The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
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Upcoming Program
March General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 24 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session 1 Topic 
It's All about Respect – Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results
Session 2 Topic
A Giant Logic Puzzle:  An Overview of Visual Phasing
(This advanced technique uses three siblings' autosomal DNA results to reconstruct the genomes of their four grandparents.)
About our Speaker
Karen Stanbary, trained in advanced psychotherapy techniques with 30 years off clinical practice, helps people manage negative emotions upon receiving unexpected news. She offers tips to reduce stress and change the outcome of difficult conversations about unexpected DNA results. The tips are designed to change the cognitive frame from a discussion of rights to a discussion of respect and resiliency.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Recent Past Event
January Monday Evening Webinar
 Sharon Hoyt Image
"The Missing Man: Brick Wall Strategies" was the topic for our first Monday evening webinar of 2021, presented by Sharon Hoyt, CG. Sharon pointed out the key points for your research. Plan, Names, Locations, Research, Analyze and Manage your findings. There are also many tools such as previous research, vital records, and family records. Are there military, religious, court, land, cemetery or occupational records? Don't forget the newspapers.
Existing research can provide a good starting place, but don’t accept it without verifying it and that you agree with their conclusions.
The recordings and handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

“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, Mar. 1st
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 1st
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 2nd
9:30 am
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 3rd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 4th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If you're not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.
[Church Records]

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

Use a good genealogical software package to maintain your records and your digital files.

In Colonial days, men were eligible for service at age 16. Some lied about their age an entered before age 16.

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