The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"
 
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April 2015 General Meeting

Speaker & President
Although many find census lectures somewhat dry, this speaker approached the topic from a personal family history research angle. By the end of the presentation we felt that we knew the family members whose lives were being reconstructed. The audience interest level was quite high. Many positive comments were made after the session. VGS Past President Will Hoehendorf attended and commented on how much the VGS has evolved over the years. Considering that we were not meeting at our normal location and that there had been some confusion in the pre-meeting publicity, it turned out to be a highly successful meeting.

March 2015 General Meeting

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235 members were on hand as our guest speaker, Gary Smith, presented "Organizing Your Genealogy Material." He offered his method for organizing files but stressed to use whatever method that was comfortable with you. He noted how important it was to source your material for later use and for using various free forms that are available online for the researcher. View more pictures...

15th Annual All-Day Seminar

 
239 registered attendees were present at our 15th Annual All-Day Seminar with our guest speaker "The Legal Genealogist" Judy G. Russell. Judy is a genealogist with a law degree and a great sense of humor that she expressed in her lectures that were well received by those in attendance. See pictures in our "Photo Gallery".

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society are limited to VGS members at the discretion of the VGS Board of Directors.

COMING EVENTS
Friday, May. 1st
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 9:30 am
Monday, May. 4th
Technology SIG Meeting
at 9:30 am
Wednesday, May. 6th
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 9:00 am

FACTS
The 1930 census lists military service in other wars: "Sp" for the Spanish-American War, "Phil" for the Philippine Insurrection, "Box" for the Boxer Rebellion, "Mex" for the Mexican Expedition, and "WW" for World War 1.
Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person’s privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.