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

Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...

18th Annual Seminar Update

Seminar Overview
February 28, 2018 Annual Seminar
From our survey results, Dr. John Colletta was well received at our 18th annual seminar. 
John presented four topics... They were:
  • Libraries, Archives and Public Record Offices: Understanding Resource Repositories
  • The County Courthouse: Your ‘Trunk in the Attic’
  • State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
  • Sixteen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a
  • 19th-Century Immigrant
A big "Thank You" to all the volunteers who helped make the day a success.
All 4 Handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section for 30 days only.

January Monthly Meeting Update

Animated Meeting Pictures
January 24, 2018 General Meeting
January is usually a full house and our best attended meeting of the year and 2018 proved to be no exception.  402 members were in attendance to hear Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, present "Identifying and Dating Family Photos." From comments overheard after the meeting is was a very well received presentation.
She identified major characteristics of photographic methods, types of images, how to start at home and network with relatives, clothing clues, and using any photographer's imprints to help identify the photographic.
In her afternoon workshop, 100 additional members were on hand for her presentation "Discovering Genealogical Clues in Photographs."  Her first question was is a photograph a Genealogical Document?  Yes it is!
Handouts are available in the "Members Only" section for 60 days.

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.”

Wednesday, Mar. 21st
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 21st
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 26th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 27th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 28th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting

There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person's interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Land Records]

Federal Census records are available to the public 72 years after they are taken.

A military records subscription site is

Surnames began in Europe about the 11th century. They developed as trade increased. The four basic groups of surnames are the patronymic (based on the father's name), landscape features or place names, action or nicknames, and occupational or office names.
[Basic Genealogy]

The 1880 census was the first to identify the relationship between the household member and the head of house.