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"
 
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April General Meeting

Meeting Photos
Our April 27, 2016 general monthly meeting was attended by 215 members. Our guest speaker was George Morgan. His presentation was, "Dissect Obituaries for New Clues", was well received by our audience with many questions being asked following the presentation.
 
What is an obituary? A notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, most often published in a newspaper. It is also...
  • A public record
  • An advertisement for a funeral parlor
  • An announcement of services
  • A tremendous potential source of genealogical information.
Due to a meeting location change beyond our control, we apologize to those who could not attend the meeting due to space limitations. A copy of the handout is available in the "Members Only" section of our website.

NEHGS in The Villages

NEHGS Seminar
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the oldest and largest non-profit genealogical society in the country came to The Villages on Friday, April 1, 2016. A full house greeted the NEHGS staff and their presenters. The Villages Genealogical Society was well represented with over 30 members in attendance.
Topics covered included:
  • Using AmericanAncestors.org
  • Migrations out or New England
  • Choosing Genealogy Software
  • Probate Record Resources
  • Immigration and Naturalization
A cocktail reception was held after the conference. See more images in our Photo Gallery.

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

COMING EVENTS
Wednesday, May. 4th
8:00 am
NGS Conference
Thursday, May. 5th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, May. 6th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, May. 9th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, May. 11th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
The 1890 U.S. Census records were destroyed by fire on January 10, 1921.
[Census]

The are dozens of terms related to DNA technology. Refer to our "Resources" menu item for a complete list.
[DNA]

Family Group Sheet: This sheet is what we use to keep track of family data. It features references for each piece of information that is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the compilation much easier.
[Charts & Forms]

Federal Census records are available to the public 72 years after they are taken.
[Census]

When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.
[Basic Genealogy]