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Upcoming Monthly Program
October General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 27 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Drew Smith
Nancy LoeSession 1 Topic 
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
The research process includes goals, questions, sources, information, evidence, and conclusions. Learn to use task management software, research logs, and other tools to keep track.
Session 2 Topic
Organizing Your Genealogy Files
Overwhelmed with too many paper documents and digital files? Learn to organize these so that you'll quickly find just the one you need.
Presenter Info:  As a child, Drew developed an interest in genealogy, and he began to engage in serious family history research in 1992 after the death of his favorite aunt. He soon became a volunteer in the American Online (AOL) Genealogy Forum, and within a few years was writing regular genealogy articles for Genealogical Computing, Digital Computing, and NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine). 
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / November 8 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
The Case of the Missing Will
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Shelley Bishop
Sara Cochran
Description: 1870 Illinois resident, James Taylor, was born in Ohio – but where and to whom? No will, probate, death record, obituary, or other record names his parents. This case study illustrates how indirect evidence drawn from extensive research in a variety of sources was analyzed and correlated to identify his father and long-deceased mother, as well as locate his place of birth.
Presenter Info: Shelley Bishop is a professional genealogical researcher, writer, and speaker with a passion for finding and preserving ancestral stories. She is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine, NGS Magazine, and other publications. 
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
October 18, 2021
1:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators Topic: "Discussion of Individual Projects"   The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after ...

October 21, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Coordinator:  Christine Courtwright   Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  

October 21, 2021
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Migration Patterns of Germans within America
Webinar Abstract: We’ll explore how historical events channeled Germans into certain areas and how chain migration drew allied families together. Many migrated from NY/MD/PA down ...

October 25, 2021
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting
Coordinator:  Gene Clark No meeting information available at this time.  

October 26, 2021
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic:  Poking Around on Find-A-Grave   Coordinators:  Dona Weber & Lynn Hall  
Facts and Tips
A citation is a reference to a source of information.
[Sources & Evidence]

City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Hometown Records]

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]