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 Meeting Update

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June 28, 2018 General Meeting
The June General Meeting was a live webinar and we have about 80 members present at the Savannah Center and another 80 members watching online as Katherine R. Willson presented "Filling Out Your Family Tree Without Breaking the Bank." 
The general consensus following the meeting was "Wow, I didn't know there were so many free research websites."
Members can download a copy of the handout and/or watch the presentation by logging in under "Members Only."


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The VGS has been asked by the Florida State Genealogical Society to undertake the project of  digitizing Florida Pioneer applications.  We Need Your Help! 
Click HERE to learn more...


May Meeting Update

Meeting slideshow
May 23, 2018 General Meeting
The May General Meeting was well attended with about 160 members present. Our guest speaker was Donna Moughty from Lakeland Ranch, Florida. Donna has spoken to our group on several occassions. Her topic was "Finding the Women In Your Family Tree."
Donna pointed out that prior to the 20th century, many women didn't have an identity of their own. They were tangled with the father of husband often making research difficult.  Following the meeting, she had a large crowd asking additional questions.


Upcoming Special Events

 
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


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
Tuesday, Jul. 24th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 25th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 25th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Aug. 6th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
How can I find where my ancestor was buried? Try finding death certificates, death indexes and obituaries. Search old newspapers for clues. Try finding your ancestor on findagrave.com or billiongraves .com.
[Cemeteries]

Correspondence Record: is important to keep track of those with whom you have corresponded, the reasons for writing, and whether or not you have already received an answer.
[Charts & Forms]

Town and county histories can be invaluable to form a picture of your ancestors in the time they lived in the area.
[Hometown Records]

“Land transfers weren’t always recorded. The land may have been inherited rather than transferred by deed, or deeds among family members may mot have been taken to the courthouse to save the recording fee. Diligent searching, however, should produce something, perhaps even years after the original purchase, when the land was sold out of the family.”
[Court Records]

Don't assume that all children listed in the census belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children a combination of "his and hers."
[Census]