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...


Annual Seminar Registration

Friday, February 22
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG,CG,FIGRS,FUGA
Download a Registration Packet
 




November Meeting Updates

Meeting Image
L-R: VP Annette Burke Lyttle, Margo Fariss Brewer, Pres. Pat Adams
Program Chair Yvonne Brannen
On Wednesday November 28, 2018, in addition to our regular monthly meeting, The VGS held an afternoon workshop.  Our guest speaker for the day was Margo Fariss Brewer. The morning presentation was "Newspapers & Times: Mastering This Combination Can Expose  Unanticipated Records."  We learned that mastering the genealogical research tools of timelines and newspaper research and then analyzing their results together will point you toward possible new resources and records for your ancestors.
In the afternoon workshop, we learned techniques for "Writing a Family Narrative Your Family Will Want To Read."  Handouts for both presentations can be found under the"Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings menu options.  Video will be available soon.


VGS Western Caribbean Genealogy 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, Jan. 22nd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Monday, Jan. 28th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 31st
9:00 am
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society Annual Seminar

Facts
Use the Research Extract Sheets to summarize information which cannot be photocopied, for which there is no document in your possession, or for things such as deeds which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly when you need information from the copy you have.
[Charts & Forms]

The Research Log is very important for the time when you share you data or decide to publish your work. You will need to know your sources for obtaining each piece of information. Be VERY specific with your information quoting authors, titles, pages, publishers, etc.
[Sources & Evidence]

Information Secondary The information in this source contains details provided by someone with secondhand (or more distant) knowledge of the person, event, or situation (hearsay, tradition, local lore, a birth date of a death certificate etc.) A Death Certificate can contain both primary and secondary source information.
[Sources & Evidence]

Every cemetery has their own rules; follow them.
[Cemeteries]

Set up "proof files." These are your original documents that NEVER travel with you. Travel with copies if needed. Digital copies are easy to carry with you.
[Organization]