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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April Meeting Update

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April 17, 2019 General Meeting
Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. presented two presentations today at our April monthly seminar and afternoon workshop:  "Analyzing the United States Federal Census 1790-1940" and "Beginning Genealogy: Where Do I Start."  Dr. Abbott made learning about these two subjects very entertaining and enjoyable while being informative.  If you missed today's seminar, members will be able to see it under our members-only site on the VGS webpage.
Habdouts & Video recordings of both presentations are available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


March Meeting Update

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March 27, 2019 General Meeting
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, was our outstanding guest speaker at our March General Meeting.  Her topic was "Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events."  Judy went over the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How about this event and the process she used to reconstruct the event.  She discussed her research plan using the Genealogy Proof Standard and also the ethical considerations and constraints if any family members are still alive.
She also presented “Polls, Personality and Property- Using Tax Lists” in our afternoon workshop.
Video recordings of both presentations are 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
Monday, May. 27th
Technology SIG Meeting Cancelled
Tuesday, May. 28th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jun. 4th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Use a good genealogical software package to maintain your records and your digital files.
[Organization]

A time line begins with your ancestor's birth and is filled in with various events in his life. Continue to fill this in as information becomes available to provide a picture of your ancestor's life. Several of the genealogy software programs assist you with this.
[Basic Genealogy]

Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the National Archives.
[Military]

Hometown Records may include newspapers (obituaries, special events, parties, etc.), City Directories (names and occupations of town residents and business information), maps (check boundary changes over time) and town and county histories.
[Hometown Records]

A General Family Relationships Chart is a "Family Graph Chart." Names of family members or couples are written in boxes. Optional lines highlight the relationships. Use with generations going down, or across.
[Charts & Forms]