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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NEWS FLASH!


Pat Adams
Congratulations to Vice-President Pat Adams on being elected as our new President. Pat will begin her new position in January and we wish her well in her new endeavor.
 
Pat has served as our Vice-President and Program Chair for the past five years. Prior to her election to Vice-President she served on our Membership Committee.
Animated Meeting Pics
November 16, 2016 General Meeting
Today was a very busy day for the VGS. The morning began with the Brick Wall SIG meeting followed by our General Monthly Meeting. Our guest speaker was Michael Lacopo. He presented "More Than The Census: Our Families Did Exist Within Those Ten-Year Intervals" to nearly 250 attendees. During the meeting, the election for a new president was conducted with Pat Adams being elected for the 2017-2018 term. In the afternoon, Mr. Lacopo conducted a workshop for 100 attendees for the German SIG where he presented "How to Overcome Brick Walls in German Records." While that meeting was in progress, the New to Genealogy SIG was meeting where 35 members learned about "Using the Internet for Research." 
Mr. Lacopo's handouts are in our "Members Only" section for a linited time.


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.
Seats are going fast; only 25 seats remaining.


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.


US-Mexican War, 1846-1848


FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PARTNER FOR NEW PRESERVATION PROJECT...
Read more...
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


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.”


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Dec. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 7th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 8th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 9th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Dec. 12th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Facts
In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.
[Census]

Y chromosome: One of the two sex chromosomes, X and Y. The Y chromosome passes down from father to son. Females do not receive it. As the Y chromosome is passed on through the paternal line, it is valuable for surname based genealogy studies.
[DNA]

An acre is a square measure of land containing 10 square chains, 160 square rods, or 43,560 square feet.
[Land Records]

The Bureau of Land Management is a Federal government office with responsibility for buying, selling and managing public lands.
[Land Records]

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