The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
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...

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June Meeting Update

Our President & Vice President were our speakers for the June Monthly Meeting and they came prepared with lots of informative information during their presentations on "Four Free Resources for Improving Your Genealogy Skills."
The Four Resources are the FamilySearch Learning Center, The NGS Learning Center, YouTube and The VGS Website.
There were no handouts and the event was not recorded, however, their slides are available for download under "Members Only" > "Secure Downloads."

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.”

Tuesday, Aug. 20th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 21st
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference
Tuesday, Aug. 27th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 28th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Monday, Sep. 2nd
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled Labor Day

City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Hometown Records]

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]

Visit the cemetery and take a picture of the tombstone. However, be aware that not all cemeteries allow taking photographs. Another reason to know the rules for a specific cemetery that you intend to research.

Early immigrants came for many reasons, including religious, seeking adventure, a better life or they were sent here as a penalty for a crime.

Both Civil Registration and Census Returns run out when you get back to about 1840, and rarely provide information relevant before 1800. At this stage you need to turn to Parish Records: These date back to the mid 1500's. Cromwell, at the Court of Henry VIII, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial should be recorded.
[Church Records]