The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"
 
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June Monthly Meeting Update

Meeting Pictures
June 28, 2017 General Meeting
We had a great turnout for our June meeting with about 115 members present plus we received 8  new member applications.   Welcome!   This month we had a panel of 4 experienced members who answered 12 questions that had been submitted by our membership. From the comments after the meeting, we will do this type of meeting again sometime in the future. Thank you to our panelists for taking the time to prepare answers to the member questions. Thank you also to our members who supplied the questions. Without your questions, this meeting would not have been a success.  A copy of  the PowerPoint slide presentation is in the "Members Only" section of our website.


May Monthly Meeting Update

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May 24, 2017 General Meeting
Donna Bachowski was our guest speaker at the May general meeting. The snow-birds have returned north, subsequently we only had a little over 100 members present. Donna presented "EPOCH:" (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage). EPOCH is a project created by the Orange County Library System for our community to save local history and memories. By engaging the community to memorialize the lives of those they have lost, the fullness of the life of the deceased can be preserved for family, researchers, and genealogists. Any one in the world can use this FREE service.  Learn more about EPOCH Here...


Expo is HUGE Success!

We had a fantastic turnout for our Family History Expo on September 28th. Well over 1000 residents attended!  My Heritage and Family Tree Maker Software participated and both were busy the entire day.
Our next Bigger & Better Expo  will be March 28, 2018


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
Sunday, Jul. 23rd
37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Wednesday, Jul. 26th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 26th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting (Summer Series)
Friday, Jul. 28th
International German-American Genealogical Partnership Conference
Thursday, Aug. 3rd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone with a spouse or child has two group sheets; one as a child with parents and usually one as a parent with children.
[Basic Genealogy]

Information Secondary The information in this source contains details provided by someone with secondhand (or more distant) knowledge of the person, event, or situation (hearsay, tradition, local lore, a birth date of a death certificate etc.) A Death Certificate can contain both primary and secondary source information.
[Sources & Evidence]

Set up "proof files." These are your original documents that NEVER travel with you. Travel with copies if needed. Digital copies are easy to carry with you.
[Organization]

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC and its Regional Branches, is the principal repository for records relating to the US federal government. These include the original paper copies of the federal census, all pre-World War I military records, Native American records, military service and pension records, naturalization records, ship passenger lists, land-entry case files, and homestead and bounty land warrant records. NARA's website is the place to begin research for federal records.
[Federal Records]

Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
[Probate]