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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / April 3, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
In Your Ancestor's Kitchen: Researching the Items You Remember
Featured Guest Speaker:  Gena Philibert-Ortega
Gena Philibert-Ortega
Description: Do you have a picture in your mind of your grandmother's kitchen? What did she have? Do you remember her aprons, dishes, or that meat grinder that was mounted to the counter? Did you inherit something and wish you knew more about it? In this presentation, we will take a look at the material culture of the kitchen and where you can find information about those items.
Presenter Info: Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. Her published works include two books, numerous articles in magazines and online, as well as six editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing. She has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series.
For more details, and to register to attend, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monthly Program
April General Monthly Meeting
(In-person & Virtual via Zoom)
Wednesday, April 19, 2022 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Featured Guest Speaker:  Debbie Wilson Smyth
Debbie Wilson Smyth
Topic:  Disconnected Connections: A Case Study of Family Lore and an MPE 
Description:  In genealogical circles, the acronym MPE stands for a "misattributed parentage event". An MPE event encompasses those situations where parentage has been attributed to the wrong person. For example, learning that daddy wasn't really the biological father. Finding an MPE can be an unexpected or upsetting matter. Truth is, those times when family lore, DNA and documents diverge happens more frequently than we think. This presentation will begin with a discussion on DNA testing, identifying a misattributed parentage event, exploring some research strategies, and considering the ethics involved.
Speaker Bio:  Debbie Wilson Smyth has been researching her family since 1993; she holds a Certificate in the Genealogical Research program from Boston University. As the owner of Oak Trails Genealogy Services, LLC, she provides professional genealogical services in research, education, consultation, and speaking. Her research focuses on midwestern and southern states, methodology, lineage society applications, and DNA .
For more details, and to register to attend, 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
March 27, 2023
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Technology SIG Meeting
  Coordinators:  Pamela Selinski & Vicci Turner  

March 27, 2023
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FTM SIG Meeting
  TOPIC:  MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS   Visit our website page for more details about this SIG. SIG Coordinators:  Karen Feeney & Bob Boerst   (Meeting link will be ...

March 28, 2023
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic:  TBA Coordinator:  Lynn Hall  

April 3, 2023
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting.   Coordinator:  Herb Siegel Programs:  Phil Goldsmith

April 3, 2023
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Topic:  Back to Basics / Bring your laptops Coordinator:  George Zitterell    
Facts and Tips
Know your relationships: An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
[Basic Genealogy]

Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the National Archives.

Both Civil Registration and Census Returns run out when you get back to about 1840, and rarely provide information relevant before 1800. At this stage you need to turn to Parish Records: These date back to the mid 1500's. Cromwell, at the Court of Henry VIII, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial should be recorded.
[Church Records]