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Registration Opens October 15, 2022


Upcoming Monthly Program
September General Monthly Meeting
MEETING RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 / 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 
Let's Talk Genealogy:
Bring Your Brick Walls
Description:  This program allows VGS members to talk with each other about a research challenge they're facing and get help and ideas for moving forward. There are two ways to attend:  in-person at the Savannah Center or online via Zoom. If you want to attend in person, simply come to the Savannah Center at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 21. If you want to attend online via Zoom, you will need to register in advance by clicking the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / October 10, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Using U.S. City Directories to Advance Your Research
Featured Guest Speaker:  Mike Mansfield
Mike Mansfield
Description: City directories, as a source of local history, provide rich and detailed residential, relationship, and occupational information on heads of households and their spouses and can lead us to other sources such as local churches, schools, and cemeteries. This session will illustrate concepts with a large collection of U.S. City Directories at MyHeritage, and additional online collections will be discussed and concepts learned about these sources will be widely applicable.
Presenter Info: Mike Mansfield works for as the Director of Content Operations. Previously, Mike has worked for and FamilySearch, and has been professionally active in the genealogy and family history domain for the last 23 years. Mike has served on the board of Federation of Genealogical Societies and he has presented at numerous genealogical conferences, webinars, and symposia in the United States, England, Scandinavia, and Australia. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.
For more details, and to register, 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
October 4, 2022
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting
Coordinators:  Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn   SIG members will receive an e-mail. Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the ...

October 5, 2022
9:00 am to 11:50 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Coordinator:  Jean Colman

October 7, 2022
9:30 am to 11:20 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting
  Topic:  Newspapers Coordinators:  Pat Adams & Ruth Mason

October 10, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Planning Research
  Guest Speaker:  Mike Mansfield   Description: City directories, as a source of local history, provide rich and detailed residential, relationship, and occupational information on heads ...

October 11, 2022
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
  Topic:  What Families Don't Talk About Protecting people's privacy while maintaining and preserving Family history. Presenter:  Karen Pickelsimer     Coordinators:  Sharol Lewin & ...
Facts and Tips
The Pedigree chart is the road map of you and your ancestors. It begins with YOU! Females must use their maiden names.
[Charts & Forms]

Remember that each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It's easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead for your trip. Focus on one or two families. The others will still be there when you get to them.
[Basic Genealogy]

The census records may contain a good clue to when a person obtained citizenship.