The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy


Lannin Memorial Image
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Past President and our Genetic SIG Coordinator, Jim Lannin. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4:00 p.m. on January 4, 2020 at the Allamanda Recreation Center, 1515 St. Charles Place, The Villages.


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The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Here, you can learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...


November Monthly Meeting Updates

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November 20, 2019 General Meeting
John DeAngelo Photo's
November gave our members the opportunity to attend two meetings on the 20th at the Savannah Center.  Our guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Jones, CP, CGL.  Our very informative presentation for the morning general meeting was "Can a Complex Research problem be Solved Solely Online?" The answer was "Yes, But..." The case study  demonstrated the complexity of issues that could be encountered during your research.  Our afternoon workshop presentation was "Inferential Genealogy: "Deducing Ancestors Identities Indirectly."  Here we learned that timelines are very important to come to a reasonable conclusion for the identity of an ancestor. 
Both meetings & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


October Monthly Meeting Updates

October 23, 2019 General Meeting
Jim Lannin Photo
Our October Family History month double-header featured Paula Stuart-Warren who is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota, but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. Her morning session was “Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research.”  After this session you will be prepared to find some information on those who lived or were born in the 20th century.  “Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records” was the topic for the afternoon workshop.  This lecture highlighted some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, special indexes, and available assistance for those not visiting in-person. An overview of each state archive was covered.
Both meetings & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & 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


COMING EVENTS
Tuesday, Dec. 17th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 18th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 19th
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 20th
10:00 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 1st
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled

Facts
When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.
[Basic Genealogy]

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]

Women were included under their husbands' naturalization until 1920. However, due to the Expatriation Act of 1907, a women lost her citizenship if she married a person from another country that had not already been naturalized.
[Naturalization]

Tax records, jury and militia records are indicators of a person's residence.
[Basic Genealogy]

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