The Villages Genealogical Society
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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...

19th Annual Seminar Update

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2019 Annual All-Day Seminar
David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer from FamilySearch, was a superb guest speaker at our 19th annual all-day seminar.  270 members listened intently during is four presentations that covered using all the features of FamilySearch, Tips & Tricks for their historical collections and various strategies for successful research.  Initial feedback from attendees was extremely positive with many anxious to go home and try some of his suggestions.

FTM Conference Update

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2109 Family Tree Maker Conference
On a cold Thursday January 31, 2019, we had a wonderful visit from the folks at MacKiev Software, producers of Family Tree Maker 2017 Software.  Three - 3 hour sessions were full of eager members wanting to learn more about the software and other products that work along-side of Family Tree Maker.  Maureen Taylor, "the Photo Detective" was the keynote speaker.  Besides talking about different types of pictures that may be found of our ancestors, she talked about the photo darkroom that is part of Family Tree Maker 2017.  There were also presentations on using Family Tree Maker, using the Charting Companion 7 software and using the plug-in Family Book Creator. Many members left the conference with new software that was available for purchase at a discount.

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.”

Monday, Mar. 25th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 26th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
1:30 pm
VGS General Monthly Meeting

Social Security Administration has made the Social Security Death Index freely available on multiple websites. When first entered the records began with 1962 deaths, but now there are some listed earlier than 1962.
[Federal Records]

Decedent refers to the deceased person.

The are dozens of terms related to DNA technology. Refer to our "Resources" menu item for a complete list.

Early immigration included St. Augustine in 1565, Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

When writing to a relative for information, make specific requests. Don't ramble! Offer to share your information.