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...  

June Meeting Update

June 2020 General Meeting
On Wednesday, June 17, Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist, from was our guest speaker at our June General Meeting. She showed some very useful tips in her presentation "Getting the Most Out of"  As a bonus, she also presented "What's New at AncestryDNA." From member feedback, her use of emoji's with her DNA was a hit.  If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  There are no  handouts.

June Monday Evening Webinar

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June 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
One Monday Evening, June 8th, "Mining for Treasurers in the Internet Archives" was presented by our guest speaker, Carla Cegielski.
The Internet Archive preserves more than 439 billion web pages. It contains 11 million audio files, over 3.5 million images, 554,000 software programs, and 5.8 million videos (including almost 2 million TV news shows). Of major interest to genealogists is the over 25 million items in the Text collection. Carla explained the mechanics of the search options are crucial to performing successful searches. If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available. 

May Monday Evening Webinar

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May 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
On Monday evening, May 11, we had a terrific presentation by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG direct from Seattle, Washington. We had nearly 200 register for this webinar. Her presentation was "I Remember Mama (But Not Her Maiden Name): Finding Female Ancestors" 
Mary demonstrated multiple strategies using records and those of her FAN club – her friends and family, associates, and neighbors to help crack the case of the “mystery woman” in your family tree. She also showed how to use very efficiently.
If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available.

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

Monday, Jul. 13th
7:00 pm
“Anatomy of a Case Study: Steps Used to Write for Yourself or for Publication”
Thursday, Jul. 16th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jul. 21st
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Webinar
Wednesday, Jul. 22nd
10:00 am
VGS Virtual General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, Jul. 28th
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled

Y chromosome: One of the two sex chromosomes, X and Y. The Y chromosome passes down from father to son. Females do not receive it. As the Y chromosome is passed on through the paternal line, it is valuable for surname based genealogy studies.

Family Group Sheet: This sheet is what we use to keep track of family data. It features references for each piece of information that is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the compilation much easier.
[Charts & Forms]

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

Cemetery Form: These sheets are useful for people who wish to keep track of information in graveyards or sexton’s records.
[Charts & Forms]

The method of survey using a combination of directional and distance measurements with references to natural and artificial objects, that define a tract of land is called "Metes and Bounds".
[Land Records]