The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy


The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register Here...  


Virtual Expo Update

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Our Family History Expo was canceled due to Covid-19 but it did not prevent us from having a Virtual Expo replacement. We were able to present eight, half hour presentations.  Our guest speakers included, Diahan Southard, Maureen Taylor, Jim Beidler, Janet Hovorka, Katherine Schober, Rich Voight, Mike Bollinger and Karen Molohon.
If you missed the live presentations, members have 90 days to view them in the "Members Only" section of our website.
 


20th Annual Seminar Update

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20th Annual Seminar Highlights
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Our 20th Annual Seminar, held on February 19th, was a grand success with 250 attendees for our guest speaker Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.
Blaine presented 4 outstanding presentations on DNA.  He mentioned how the world of genealogy is growing and changing as never before with the advances in technology and the use of DNA.  In addition to telling us what's new in the world of DNA, he demonstrated the use of DNA Painter to map our chromosomes. He also talked about ways to do everything possible to identify our DNA matches and ways to use autosomal DNA to uncover some of our 18th and 19th century mysteries.
A special thank you goes out to our volunteers.  Without them, it would not be possible to run the events our organization sponsors during each year.  Next up is the Family History Expo in March.


Admission to 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


COMING EVENTS
Friday, Apr. 3rd
British SIG Monthly Meeting Canceled
Friday, Apr. 3rd
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Monday, Apr. 6th
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Monday, Apr. 6th
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting Canceled
Monday, Apr. 6th
7:00 pm
“5 Search Strategies Every Genealogist Should Know”

Facts
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from females to both sons and daughters, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA to their children.
[DNA]

A census is an official counting of the population living in a given locality on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor in a specific place at a specific time.
[Census]

There is genealogy beyond the internet! While the internet is one very convenient tool, it is not the only tool. Check out online library catalogs, then visit the library to access the book or request an inter-library loan.
[Basic Genealogy]

Tax records, jury and militia records are indicators of a person's residence.
[Basic Genealogy]

What happened to the 1890 U.S. Census? A fire broke out in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.on January 10, 1921. The census records were stored improperly in the basement and were soaked with water and no restoration efforts were made to save the documents. The damaged records were destroyed sometime between 1933 and 1935 when they were deemed no longer necessary.
[Census]