September 2017 meeting

I hope that everyone has had a fun, interesting and safe summer. With September approaching it is time to think about our family history again and our SIG meetings. Our next meeting will be September 15th at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. This will be an “Open Discussion” meeting Coffee will be available at the meeting.

May meeting

Our May meeting will be Friday, 5/19,  will be at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center in the Clearwater Room from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. This is an “Open Discussion” meeting so bring a lot of questions/things to talk about.

Mike Garvin will be the coordinator for this meeting.

Coffee will be available at the meeting.

We will not meet in June, July or August.  Our next meeting will be in Sept..

Have an enjoyable and safe summer!


Finnish records

In a recent issue of “My Heritage News” they stated that they have added a valuable collection for Finnish genealogy research. The collection has 33 million Finnish church census books and preconfirmation books that were kept by the Lutheran Church. This is collection can be searched online for the first time. It covers almost the entire population of Finland from 1657 to 1915.

Go to the website for more information and/or to search the collection.

September VGS Meeting

The VGS will not have a normal meeting in September.  Instead it will host a “Family History Expo”  September 28th at the Savannah Center.  Because this is an Expo and not a regular meeting all village residents are invited to attend. The Expo will open at  11:30 am and close at 3:30 pm.

Invite all of your villages friends and neighbors to attend the Expo.

September meeting

Our Sept. meeting will be Friday, the 16th, at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center in the Clearwater Room from 10:00 am to 11:50 am.  The topic is “Mining Google+ for Genealogical/Family History Information.

I hope that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable summer. I have noted that several of you have done a lot of traveling here and abroad.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting.

May Meeting

The topic for our May meeting is “Finding, Accessing and Organizing Information”.  We will meet at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center on Friday, 5/20, from 10:00 am to 11:50 am.

Coffee will be available at the meeting.

This will be our last meeting until September 16th. Have a marvelous summer.



February meeting

At our February meeting we discussed the Villages Genealogical Society’s internet footprint. We logged in to the VGS website and then visited it’s Facebook page, Twitter page, Google+ page and the blog. Although several members had been on these sites we were still able to find a couple of new things to review and discuss. Then we discussed the latest status of the Family Tree Maker software. We had 19 members in attendance and enjoyed considerable input and discussion.

Our March meeting will be at the Pinnellas Library on Powell Road and 466A from 10:00 am to 11:50 am. We will have an “Open Discussion” session. We will also visit a website that provides the methodology for typing special characters.

February 24th Seminar

Our February seminar with Mark Lowe is approaching quickly.  Mark is a great speaker, very down to earth and funny as well as informative.  If you have not yet registered, there is still time to do so and come hear Mark speak on the following topics:
  “Finding Uncle John by Talking to Neighbors”
Using census records, manuscripts, and land records, learn details about your ancestor’s neighborhood and the
people with whom they worked, prayed, fought and married.
  “Documenting the “Right” Family While Staying on Track”
Learn simple techniques for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments, including the
basics of documentation and why it is an important family research tool.
  “Discover Your “Magic Genealogy Box”
Learn how certain online sites and books should be placed within your reach, and how these records will
improve your daily genealogical search activities.
  “Cemeteries as a Genealogical Resource”
Tools to help you find cemeteries and ways to learn more from our ancestors through gravestones and
There are still seats available for this seminar.  It is a full day of learning about researching your family history while getting to know some of your fellow researchers.  These  seminars are very interesting and informative so go to the VGS web site where you can download the registration form, print it, complete it and mail it to Mike Garvin.  Mike’s address is on the registration form.