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Upcoming Monthly Program
June General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. 
Featuring Guest Speaker:  C. Ann Staley, CG(R), CGLSM
Annette Burke Lyttle
Session 1: 10:00-11:15am
Lineage Society Papers: Guidelines for a Successful Application 
A Lineage Society is a society of like-minded individuals with the purpose of preserving the history of the particular “pioneers” being honored. Those “pioneers” could be a specific group of people or an individual. The descendants provide the documentation needed to prove their direct descent from the “pioneers”. Some societies also allow collateral or “close” relatives. Most often our first thoughts, when lineage societies are mentioned, are of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Oh, but there are so many more! And joining one is not that difficult.
Presenter Info:  C. Ann Staley, CG(R), CGLSM, instructor, consultant, and a lecturer at local, state, and national conferences. Raised in Mobile, AL, she has been researching her family since 1980 from Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany.
She is kept busy as the Education Chairman for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and as a volunteer of the Florida State Genealogical Society. Ann is also the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976, the author of articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series: Florida.
Session 2: 11:30am-12:45pm
The Everyday Life of our Ancestors 

Our ancestors led lives, just like us – only different. Using our life as an example, how can we parallel it to theirs? They ate and drank, married and had families, dressed, had trades and occupations, practiced a religion, dabbled in the arts and sciences, participated in politics and economics, etc. This lecture will examine the various aspects of life and provide resources to discover the historical context and personal details of our ancestors’ lives.

 Please see our Coming Events listing for more details and to access the registration links for each session.

Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / July 18, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
What Am I Missing? Recognizing Research Holes in Available Resources
Featuring Guest Speaker: Patti Lee Hobbs, CG
Miles Meyer
Description: Performing reasonably exhaustive research assumes researchers recognize the resources available to solve a research question. Excellent researchers also must understand the limits of each of those resources. This lecture helps to mavigate the pitfalls.
Presenter Info: Patti Lee Hobbs, CG, who resides in rural southwest Missouri, is blessed to have ancestors from many geographical locations leading to research in many and varied repositories. She serves on the editorial board for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and is trustee for both the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the BCG Education Fund. Patti is the coordinator for the week long course "Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA" at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and "DNA Fundamentals for Genealogy" at the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR).
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.


Admission to in-person meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society
is limited to VGS members and paid guests.
You must be a resident of The Villages, FL for membership.

Upcoming Events
June 27, 2022
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FTM SIG Meeting
  TOPICS:  Tree Maintenance, deleting people from tree, misc.   SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst   (Meeting link will be emailed to SIG ...

June 28, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic:  Brick Wall Day.  Bring your questions or your brick wall, and your computer, if possible. Coordinators:  Dona Weber & Lynn Hall   ...

June 29, 2022
1:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
Please note the date change from the original date of June 27. Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams Topic: Writing Proof Statements   The SIG ...

July 7, 2022
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Coordinators:  Carol Myers & Marie Musialek  

July 8, 2022
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Coordinators:  Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa Topic:  TBA   SIG members will receive the meeting link via an email. You can also contact the coordinators, through ...
Facts and Tips
Consider using video tape for your interviews. Those being taped must approve this type of interview.

Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. Using the information from each area provides us with a true picture of our family.
[Basic Genealogy]

By the time you have collected data on a couple hundred of your relatives, you will realize that genealogy software would make keeping track of relationships within your tree, filing data about individuals, and generating reports much easier. The Society has a special interest group that discusses Family Tree Maker software. Compare features before selecting the software best for you.
[Basic Genealogy]