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"

Upcoming Special Events

Our 18th Annual All-Day Seminar
February 28, 2018
Registration is now open to VGS members.
Complete Details
If you have a question, contact the Seminar Registrar HERE...
Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...

Register for Our Next Live Webinar

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Blaine Bettinger
On December 4th at 8 p.m. Eastern, we'll have Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, presenting "Introduction to DNA." Blaine is also going to be one of our speakers on the 2019 VGS genealogy cruise, so if you’re not familiar with him, this is a great way to become so. The webinar will be open to everyone who is a member of VGS, but you do have to register to attend:
"In addition to learning about Y-DNA and mtDNA, we’ll learn about the newest tool available to genealogists, autosomal DNA.  Genealogists can use these tools together with traditional research to explore their ancient ancestry, find genetic relatives, and break through brick walls."
Register to attend HERE...

November Meeting Update

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November 15, 2017 General Meeting
David McDonald gave an excellent informative presentation to the VGS Membership meeting on November 15.  He spoke on the topic of “Religious Records and Their Genealogical Use”.
He began with about a 45 minute presentation on the history of religions in the United States.  This was very  interesting, even for those of us who did not think it would be!  He is very knowledgeable about this history and made it not only informative, but entertaining.   This created a solid foundation on which he then explored the topic of religious records and their use. 
He then went into an exploration of the various religious documents.  The standard “vital documents” generated by governing bodies and often used by genealogists as “building blocks” can only provide so much information.  Many governing bodies did not keep vital records until the 19th or even early 20th centuries.  Church records are important back up resources.  They often provide records on births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials.  Understanding how the various religions thrived in the various parts of the United States provides an excellent resource as to where why people may have migrated, where records might be, and how to search for them.
If you missed the presentation, the handout has been posted in "Members Only."

October Meeting Update

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October 25, 2017 General Meeting
At our October 23rd meeting about 175 members were in attendance along with another 75 members attending remotely via a live webinar. Our guest speaker was Amy Johnson Crow, CG and she presented "What Do You Mean There's No Record?! Using Vital Record Substitutes"

Amy stated: "In order to research and identify our ancestors, we must find records about them. Civil vital records are key components to genealogical research. What do you do when your ancestor was born in 1878 in Indiana (where civil birth records didn’t begin until 1882) or died in Ohio in 1862 (where civil death records didn’t begin until 1867)? It’s time to start thinking outside the box and look for other types of records – the vital records substitutes."
If you missed the presentation, the handout and video have been posted in "Members Only."

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.”

Monday, Nov. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 28th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 1st
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Dec. 4th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Dec. 4th
1:00 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting

There are many church groups that your ancestors may have belonged to and many of them have website's dedicated to genealogical research.
[Church Records]

It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
[Hometown Records]

Nuclear DNA is the genetic code that is found inside of the cell’s nucleus. Our autosomal and sex chromosomes are nuclear DNA.

When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
[Vital Records]

The 1910 census lists survivors of Union or Confederate army or naval service.