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September General Meeting

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Our September general meeting was held at the Savannah Center. We had a very good turn out for a September meeting with about 175 members in attendance.
14 of those were residents who became members today. Our guest speaker was Clyde P. Stickney and his presentation was "All Rise! Researching at the County Courthouse." He gave an overview of the types of records that can be found at the county court house. Members can log-in under "Members Only" to download a meeting handout.
  • Vital Records: Usually just marriage records, sometimes birth and death
  • Probate Records: For those who died with or without a will.
  • Property Records: Sales of real and personal property between individuals, businesses, etc.
  • Court Records: Both civil and criminal

August Workshop Update

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August Workshop Attendees
Our August meeting workshop was held at the Eisenhower Recreation Center due to some additional renovation work at the Savannah Center. Our meeting rooms at the Savannah Center should be ready for us when we begin or regular monthly meetings in September.
Todays webinar featured Thomas Jay Kemp and his presentation was titled: “GenealogyBank – The Power of Finding Our Ancestor’s Stories.” For those of you not familiar with GenealogyBank, it is an online newspaper archive subscription service with over 6500 online newspapers.
Following the meeting, we received an email from one of our members who previously didn't have much success using GenealogyBank. She took the chance and signed up for a one year subscription when she discovered new newspapers from her research area had been added to their collection. Within a few hours, she was able to solve the mystery of a family story that had been handed down for many years. More details will be published on our August 29th blog posting.

July Workshop

LR: President Jim Lannin, Jack Hostetler
Our July meeting workshop was held at the Savannah Recreation Center with about 70 members present. The workshop meeting was a webinar presentation "Google Tips for Genealogy". Jack Hostetler won the door prize winning a copy of Lisa Louise Cook's "The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition."

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

Wednesday, Oct. 7th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 8th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 10th
9:00 am
Florida Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Monday, Oct. 12th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 14th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Remember that each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It's easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead for your trip. Focus on one or two families. The others will still be there when you get to them.
[Basic Genealogy]

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.

When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
[Land Records]

STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
[Land Records]

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]