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.  Here, you can learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...


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October Meeting Updates

October 23, 2019 General Meeting
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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.”
 


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Nov. 11th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Nov. 11th
7:00 pm
“Who Were the Passengers of the Mayflower?”
Tuesday, Nov. 12th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 12th
2:30 pm
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 13th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting

Facts
STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
[Land Records]

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from females to both sons and daughters, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA to their children.
[DNA]

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]

Only the 1900 census asks for the person's month and year of birth.
[Census]

In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.
[Census]