The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register Here...  


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September General Meeting Update

 
Our September General Meeting offered two interesting presentations by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. The first, "Preserving Family History, Experiences, and Stories from the Pandemic" where she presented ideas of how to document your COVID-19 story during this pandemic. The information to save and share for future generations.
The bonus presentation by Paula was "Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research." Names, dates, relationships, places of new and former residences, burial location, and other details may be learned. Both presentations can be found in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


September Monday Evening Webinar

 
Sanborn Maps was the topic for our September Monday evening webinar with guest speaker Ari Wilkins. Sanborn Maps were used by insurance agents to determine the risks of insuring specific buildings. Who knew that they can be used with census records and city directories to reconstruct communities.
Google Earth is a free software tool that allows one to pinpoint an ancestor’s community in present day time. The software enables the user to view current and historical maps, streets, street views and buildings in 3D. It allows the user to overlay historical maps on top of current maps, add photographs and other genealogical information including a Sanborn map. The recording is now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


Pat Rand 2020 Hartzog Award Winner

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP is pleased to announce that park volunteer Pat Rand was awarded the Regional Hartzog Enduring Service Award for 2020
The Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognizes the exemplary contributions of these very important people. Former NPS director George Hartzog, Jr. and his wife Helen created a fund to support awards that honor the efforts of volunteers who go beyond the normal call of duty. Pat served as President, 2012-2014, and is a  VGS "Life Member."
Read the full Press Release


Admission to 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


COMING EVENTS
Thursday, Oct. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Oct. 2nd
9:30 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting
Monday, Oct. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Oct. 5th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Oct. 5th
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting

Facts
The 1940 Census, when released, lists answers to several new questions never asked before including where they lived in 1935 and what was their income for the previous year.
[Census]

The Research Log is very important for the time when you share you data or decide to publish your work. You will need to know your sources for obtaining each piece of information. Be VERY specific with your information quoting authors, titles, pages, publishers, etc.
[Sources & Evidence]

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
[Naturalization]

Birth Records can be difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
[Vital Records]

Know your relationships: An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
[Basic Genealogy]