The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"

Crista Cowan is Returning to The Villages

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Crista Cowan & are coming to
The Villages.
Members received information by email on February 16th with a link to register for this event.
Check your event times on March 1 HERE

Our Annual Seminar Was a Huge Success

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Annual Seminar 2017
Cyndi Ingle, owner & webmaster of Cyndi's List Sites on the Internet was our guest speaker. She presented 4 sessions to 276 members attending today's annual seminar. She was witty and informative. Her topics included:
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
  • Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
  • The Hidden Wed, Digging Deeper
  • Be Your Own Digita; Archivist: Preserve Your Research

US-Mexican War, 1846-1848

We Are In Need of Indexing Volunteers.
For more information about this project or to register to become an indexer contant: 
Our Past President, Pat Rand, who is the Project Coordinator. 

Expo is HUGE Success!

We had a fantastic turnout for our Family History Expo on September 28th. Well over 1000 residents attended!  My Heritage and Family Tree Maker Software participated and both were busy the entire day.

VGS Receives the NGS Gold Star Award

Read the Letter from C. Ann Staley, Conference Chair, to President Lannin:
Comments from our members attending the Conference can be read HERE

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”

Monday, Feb. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 1st
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Mar. 3rd
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 6th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Always record females using their maiden names.
[Basic Genealogy]

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC and its Regional Branches, is the principal repository for records relating to the US federal government. These include the original paper copies of the federal census, all pre-World War I military records, Native American records, military service and pension records, naturalization records, ship passenger lists, land-entry case files, and homestead and bounty land warrant records. NARA's website is the place to begin research for federal records.
[Federal Records]

The 1900 through 1930 censuses lists the individual's year of immigration to the United States. Don't be surprised if they are all different dates.

The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone with a spouse or child has two group sheets; one as a child with parents and usually one as a parent with children.
[Basic Genealogy]

The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants.