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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April Meeting Update

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April 17, 2019 General Meeting
Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. presented two presentations today at our April monthly seminar and afternoon workshop:  "Analyzing the United States Federal Census 1790-1940" and "Beginning Genealogy: Where Do I Start."  Dr. Abbott made learning about these two subjects very entertaining and enjoyable while being informative.  If you missed today's seminar, members will be able to see it under our members-only site on the VGS webpage.
Habdouts & Video recordings of both presentations are available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


March Meeting Update

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March 27, 2019 General Meeting
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, was our outstanding guest speaker at our March General Meeting.  Her topic was "Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events."  Judy went over the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How about this event and the process she used to reconstruct the event.  She discussed her research plan using the Genealogy Proof Standard and also the ethical considerations and constraints if any family members are still alive.
She also presented “Polls, Personality and Property- Using Tax Lists” in our afternoon workshop.
Video recordings of both presentations are available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


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
Monday, Apr. 22nd
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Apr. 23rd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, May. 1st
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, May. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, May. 3rd
9:30 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting

Facts
Don't assume that widow in earlier census records means her husband is deceased. It could mean that they were divorced.
[Census]

The local library may have copies of old city directories produced my the municipality.
[Hometown Records]

“A court clerk may suggest you need only look at the grantee index, and not the grantor index. Don’t listen! There can be a variety of reasons why the purchase was not entered in the grantee index, although later the sale appears in the grantor index. The first deed may have been a patent or grant from the state or federal government, inherited, overlooked when the index was prepared, or just not recorded. Always check both indexes." Ibid
[Court Records]

Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. Using the information from each area provides us with a true picture of our family.
[Basic Genealogy]

STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
[Land Records]