The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Zoom Webinar / April 12 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
The Time Machine: Offbeat Resources for Family Historians
Featuring Guest Speakers:  Dear MYRTLE & Cousin Russ
Dear Myrtle and Cousin RussThe Program: Exhausted the usual genealogical record sets? Got a seemingly unsurmountable brick wall? Let's step back in time and place to discover documents that mention your ancestors. We'll go bravely where most other family historians have not gone before. This interactive session will loosen the constraints of 21st century thinking, to see what's possible to uncover in previous centuries. Upon our return, attendees will be equipped with insider knowledge of how to find off-beat, unusual record sets.
Guests Speakers:  Dear MYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, who serves as president of the APG Chapter in Second Life (virtual), and is the author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. Russ Worthington, known popularly as Cousin Russ, is a FamilyTree Maker expert, writing and posting videos at the Family Tree Maker User Blog.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monthly Program
April General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 21 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Luana DarbySession 1 Topic 
The Librarian Knows Where It's At – Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online
With many state archives and local libraries posting one-of-a-kind information that many times has never been see outside of that institution, the wealth of information available to genealogists is incredible.
Session 2 Topic
Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet
Have you ever wondered about how librarians can sometimes find things faster and more efficiently when searching on the Internet? 
About our Speaker
Luana Darby, CG. Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organnizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother's family in 1977, has researched for others since 1985, and working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research. She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on-site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.
You must be a resident of The Villages, FL for membership.

Saturday, Apr. 10th
2:30 pm
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
Monday, Apr. 12th
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, Apr. 12th
7:00 pm
“The Time Machine: Offbeat Resources for Family Historians”
Tuesday, Apr. 13th
2:30 pm
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 14th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Death Records can be the least accurate records depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information about the deceased. How much do your children know about you?
[Vital Records]

FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.
[Land Records]

The 1940 Census, when released, lists answers to several new questions never asked before including where they lived in 1935 and what was their income for the previous year.

Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If you’re not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.
[Church Records]

DNA: (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) The chemical name for the molecule that carries genetic instructions in all living things. The DNA molecule consists of two strands that wind around each other to form a shape known as the double helix.