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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June Meeting Update

Our President & Vice President were our speakers for the June Monthly Meeting and they came prepared with lots of informative information during their presentations on "Four Free Resources for Improving Your Genealogy Skills."
The Four Resources are the FamilySearch Learning Center, The NGS Learning Center, YouTube and The VGS Website.
There were no handouts and the event was not recorded, however, their slides are available for download under "Members Only" > "Secure Downloads."


May Meeting Update

Thomas MacEntee was our guest speaker, via live webinar, at our May general meeting.  His topic was "After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research."  A topic we all should be planning for now.
Tom said, "When it comes to your years of genealogy research and material, what plans have you made to ensure that it doesn’t die with you?  
Here’s some advice on creating a realistic plan to get your “genealogy affairs” in order so that the next generation of researchers can benefit from your years of hard work."
Handouts & Video recordings of this presentation is 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
Tuesday, Jul. 23rd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 24th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 31st
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Aug. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Remember to source (document) everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Most genealogy software will get you through the basics, Elizabeth Shown Mills has authored several very good books on the subject.
[Sources & Evidence]

Early immigration included St. Augustine in 1565, Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.
[Immigration]

Probate records are often overlooked in some family histories. Sometimes they can bring down your research brick wall. They may show relationships, financial status and life stories of your ancestors.
[Probate]

Early immigrants came for many reasons, including religious, seeking adventure, a better life or they were sent here as a penalty for a crime.
[Immigration]

Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
[Court Records]