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Learning Opportunity for Absolute Beginner Genealogists
VGS is sponsoring 2 additional "Absolute Beginner Genealogy" classes (one in April & one in May) for any Village residents interested in learning how to research their family history! Attendees will learn how and where to begin their research and how to organize the results.
Classes will be taught by Terry & Jim Willard who are well known in The Villages genealogy community. They  have taught classes for The Villages Lifelong Learning College and The Villages Enrichment Academy.
Each session is FREE and open to any resident of The Villages. Enrollment is limited to 30 attendees per session, and pre-registration is required.
Session Dates, Time, Location:
  • Monday, April 8: 10:00am - 12:00pm (at Water Lily Rec Cntr, Baby Red Room)
  • Thursday, May 30: 1:30pm - 3:30pm (at Homestead Rec Cntr, Mabel Room)
​Register Online:  seats are limited so don't delay. Click HERE to register today!


Upcoming Monthly Program
April General Monthly Meeting
In-Person at the Rohan Recreation Center or via Zoom
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 / 10:00 a.m.
Featuring: Peggy Jude
Peggy Jude
Topic: What Can I Do with My DNA? 
So, you took a test, and you know your ethnicity. You are related to who you expected. Now what? Explore what you can do with your DNA, from the basics to more advanced options.
Speaker Bio: 
Peggy is a speaker, educator and researcher who has been conducting genealogical research for over 40 years. She specializes and teaches in five areas of genealogical interest:  DNA, Genealogical Technology, Preserving Family History and Family Heirlooms, Genealogical Methods and Records, and Swedish Genealogy. She is also a course coordinator for the DNA Foundations course at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and a graduate of ProGen.
For more details about our speaker, and to register to attend this meeting, visit our Coming Events listing.

Admission to in-person 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.

Upcoming Events
April 15, 2024
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
  Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams Topic: Color Coding for DNA   The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join ...

April 16, 2024
10:00 am
Let's Talk Genealogy: Members Only Event
We are looking for all levels of VGS members. Come and share with us about your latest research successes or about a research challenge you're ...

April 17, 2024
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Due to scheduling conflicts at the recreation centers, this month's meeting had to be moved to a different date & location.    Topic:  TBD Coordinators: ...

April 17, 2024
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Guest Speaker:  Peggy Jude   Topic:  What Can I Do With My DNA? 13 Things You Can Do With Your DNA So, you took a ...

April 18, 2024
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Northeastern Genealogy SIG Meeting
  Topic:  TBA Coordinator:  Joanne Schmidt  
Facts and Tips
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from females to both sons and daughters, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA to their children.

Check for cemetery records with the church, sexton and/or funeral directors. Visit the cemetery and take a picture of the tombstone. Check the obituaries in that time frame.
[Church Records]

Don't assume that all children listed in the census belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children a combination of "his and hers".