German Special Interest Group of The Villages Genealogical Society (Florida)
Purpose: to promote and stimulate knowledge and interest in the study of genealogy; to provide for exchange of information among members; and to provide educational programs and workshops that will assist our members in their genealogical research.
Membership: Limited to residents of the Villages, Florida only. $10 yearly for initial membership, with $5 for renewal. This includes participation in all monthly programs at no extra charge.
Membership Benefits: Attendance at monthly VGS meetings and special seminars, as well as all 16 Special Interest Groups. Access to secure downloads and archives of past presentations. There is also a bi-annual visit from Christa Cowan of Ancestry.com.
Events: Monthly meetings of VGS and German SIG as well as other 15 SIGS, not all of which meet every month, plus a yearly Seminar in February with a nationally-known speaker, for an additional fee. German SIG offers formal presentations September through May, with summer months dedicated to member success stories and tackling brick walls.
Research & Library functions are not provided by VGS or the German SIG. Informal German translation services are provided by Coordinator Bernhard Guenther.
Publications: There is a monthly newsletter, with an archive of past issues, available to non-members going back to 2009. The daily blog is only available to members on a subscription basis (gratis).