The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy

The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Learn more about our live monthly General Meetings and Monday Evening Webinars, presenter bio's and how to register to attend Here...  


Upcoming Program
January Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 20 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Note: this meeting is a week earlier than usual.)
Lois Mackin 
Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD
Our meeting this month will include 2 sessions.
Session 1 Topic:  Vital Records
Dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths are the "meat & potatoes" of our genealogical research. Learn how to find the facts in local, state and even federal goverment records.
Session 2 Topic:  Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study
This case shows how researching the American records of a late 19th century immigrant to Wisconsin and his family led to identifying his place of origin in Ireland.
Ms. Mackin is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. She writes and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including DNA.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Recent Past Event
January Monday Evening Webinar
 Sharon Hoyt Image
Sharon Hoyt, CG
"The Missing Man: Brick Wall Strategies" was the topic for our first Monday evening webinar of 2021, presented by Sharon Hoyt, CG. Sharon pointed out the key points for your research. Plan, Names, Locations, Research, Analyze and Manage your findings. There are also many tools such as previous research, vital records, and family records. Are there military, religious, court, land, cemetery or occupational records? Don't forget the newspapers.
Existing research can provide a good starting place, but don’t accept it without verifying it and that you agree with their conclusions.
The recordings and handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

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

Monday, Jan. 18th
1:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
1:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jan. 25th
10:00 am
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting

In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.

When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.
[Basic Genealogy]

Begin with the latest census available and work backwards. Census records have been taken since 1790. Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled according to the state you are researching in.

Information Primary: The information in this source contains details provided by someone with firsthand knowledge of the person, event, or situation. (ie: A Birth Certificate)
[Sources & Evidence]

Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the National Archives.