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"

Expo is HUGE Success!

The Family History Expo
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. My Heritage provided some very nice door prizes and Family Tree Maker offered a $40 discount on their software.
Several door prizes were also provided by, AncestryDNA, FTDNA, Fold3,, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society and VGS Membership Chair Pat Otterberg.
Our Membership grew to 1135 with nearly 100 being added today.

Annual Seminar Information

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
17th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
La Hacienda Recreational Center
Our guest speaker will be Cyndi Ingle!
Owner, webmaster of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorized index to more than 327,000 on-line resources. A genealogist for more than 33 years, she is an active member of several genealogical societies. Guest lecturer for genealogical society meetings and seminars. Author of a three books for genealogical research on the Internet.

Family History Conference in Orlando

Saturday, November 12
20th Annual Central Florida Family History Conference  (Other Events)
9:00 am to 3:45 pm
Olympia High School. Orlando, FL
FEATURING Nationally Acclaimed LISA LOUISE COOKE from Dallas, Texas!
ADMISSION - $35.00 (Includes Conference Notebook with all handouts, schedule, map of the building, and much more! Students 18 and under are FREE!   
LUNCHEON - $10.00 (Panera Bread tasty fresh turkey or ham sandwich, pickle, chips, & chocolate chip cookie (or bring your own lunch) 
CD with ALL HANDOUTS for this conference plus for the last five years: $10.00
REGISTER  Seating is limited in the classrooms!

US-Mexican War, 1846-1848

US-Mexican War Image
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.- Mexican War.
Download Information Flyer
Read the entire announcement HERE.
Positions Needed Info
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. 

VGS Receives the NGS Gold Star Award

Gold Star Award Badge
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, Oct. 24th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 26th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 26th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 3rd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

DNA: (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) The chemical name for the molecule that carries genetic instructions in all living things. The DNA molecule consists of two strands that wind around each other to form a shape known as the double helix.

Meaningful genealogy requires thought. Develop a research plan and set goals. Why am I doing genealogy? How far back do I want to go? For example, go back 4 generations, or go back to the immigrant ancestor, or even to just do my father's male line, etc.
[Basic Genealogy]

There are 13 eastern public land states east of the Mississippi River: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.
[Land Records]

1790-1840 Censuses only list the head of the household, but don't overlook using them. They are helpful to place a family in specific locations at specific times.

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from females to both sons and daughters, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA to their children.