The Villages Genealogical Society
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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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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...


April Monthly Meeting Update

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April 24, 2017 General Meeting
Dennis Michael Desmond was our guest speaker at our April meeting. You could tell that the snow-birds are heading north since only about 150 members were in attendance. Dennis presented "So, You Think You Want to Write a Book." Dennis went over the key aspects of a successful book. "Research, Writing & Publishing." Another key point is to have others read your book prior to publishing since you, the author, are to close to the story. You want to be sure others understand the subject matter being told. 


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.


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
Wednesday, Jun. 28th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jun. 28th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting (Summer Series)
Monday, Jul. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jul. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jul. 10th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Facts
Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy offers many suggestions on Courthouse research.
[Court Records]

Be sure to check for a town or county historical society in the area you are researching. Know their hours of operation and their visitor rules.
[Hometown Records]

An "executor" is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).
[Probate]

The Bureau of Land Management is a Federal government office with responsibility for buying, selling and managing public lands.
[Land Records]

“A court clerk may suggest you need only look at the grantee index, and not the grantor index. Don’t listen! There can be a variety of reasons why the purchase was not entered in the grantee index, although later the sale appears in the grantor index. The first deed may have been a patent or grant from the state or federal government, inherited, overlooked when the index was prepared, or just not recorded. Always check both indexes." Ibid
[Court Records]