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


Live Virtual Broadcasts

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


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April Meeting Update

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April 17, 2019 General Meeting
Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. presented two presentations today at our April monthly seminar and afternoon workshop:  "Analyzing the United States Federal Census 1790-1940" and "Beginning Genealogy: Where Do I Start."  Dr. Abbott made learning about these two subjects very entertaining and enjoyable while being informative.  If you missed today's seminar, members will be able to see it under our members-only site on the VGS webpage.
Habdouts & Video recordings of both presentations are available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


March Meeting Update

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March 27, 2019 General Meeting
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, was our outstanding guest speaker at our March General Meeting.  Her topic was "Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events."  Judy went over the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How about this event and the process she used to reconstruct the event.  She discussed her research plan using the Genealogy Proof Standard and also the ethical considerations and constraints if any family members are still alive.
She also presented “Polls, Personality and Property- Using Tax Lists” in our afternoon workshop.
Video recordings of both presentations are available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


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, May. 27th
Technology SIG Meeting Cancelled
Tuesday, May. 28th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jun. 4th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Start with yourself. Document everything you know about yourself. Include your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Include occupations, where you have lived and all important events in your life. Then, and only then, start working backwards and with your living relatives.
[Basic Genealogy]

Names for causes of death have changed over time. Try to match the old name with the current medical name.
[Vital Records]

The Social Security Death index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961.
[Federal Records]

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

The National Genealogical Society, Washington, D.C. has a genealogical course available for national accredation and sells both supplies and reprinted genealogies and other books.
[Federal Records]