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"
 
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Register to attend the live June webinar...

Please register for Villages Genealogical Society: "Filling Out Your Family Tree Without Breaking the Bank" on Jun 27, 2018 9:30 AM EDT. Register HERE... 

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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The VGS has been asked by the Florida State Genealogical Society to undertake the project of  digitizing Florida Pioneer applications.  We Need Your Help! 
Click HERE to learn more...


May Meeting Update

Meeting slideshow
May 23, 2018 General Meeting
The May General Meeting was well attended with about 160 members present. Our guest speaker was Donna Moughty from Lakeland Ranch, Florida. Donna has spoken to our group on several occassions. Her topic was "Finding the Women In Your Family Tree."
Donna pointed out that prior to the 20th century, many women didn't have an identity of their own. They were tangled with the father of husband often making research difficult.  Following the meeting, she had a large crowd asking additional questions.


April Meeting Update

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April 25, 2018 General Meeting
The April General Meeting was very well attended with over 200 members present. Our meeting consisted of four member presentations by President Pat Adams, VP Annette Burke Lyttle, New to Genealogy SIG Coordinator Carol LaSalle and Webmaster John DeAngelo. Each member was allotted 10 minutes to make their presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. A copy of the slides is in the "Members Only" section of this website. The topics were about using, Newspapers, Books, the FamilySearch Card Catalog and the "Resources" on the VGS website to expand your research capabilities.


Upcoming Special Events

 
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


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, Jun. 4th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jun. 5th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 7th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Jun. 8th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 11th
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting Cancelled

Facts
Every cemetery has their own rules; follow them.
[Cemeteries]

Always record females using their maiden names.
[Basic Genealogy]

Be sure to check for a town or county historical society in the area you are researching. Know their hours of operation and their visitor rules.
[Hometown Records]

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC and its Regional Branches, is the principal repository for records relating to the US federal government. These include the original paper copies of the federal census, all pre-World War I military records, Native American records, military service and pension records, naturalization records, ship passenger lists, land-entry case files, and homestead and bounty land warrant records. NARA's website is the place to begin research for federal records.
[Federal Records]

A census is an official counting of the population living in a given locality on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor in a specific place at a specific time.
[Census]