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...  

May Monday Evening Webinar

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May 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
On Monday evening, May 11, we had a terrific presentation by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG direct from Seattle, Washington. We had nearly 200 register for this webinar. Her presentation was "I Remember Mama (But Not Her Maiden Name): Finding Female Ancestors" 
Mary demonstrated multiple strategies using records and those of her FAN club – her friends and family, associates, and neighbors to help crack the case of the “mystery woman” in your family tree. She also showed how to use very efficiently.
If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available.

April Virtual Meeting

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Paul Milner FUGA,MDiv was our guest presenter for our April Virtual General Meeting.  During these difficult times, the VGS is still presenting high quality genealogical learning opportunities to our membership.  Over 200 members registered for the first session and over 150 for the second. Session 1, "Overcoming the Deadend Doldrums" was the topic. Here we learned that in any search clearly identify what piece of information you are looking for - - - only then will you know how and where to look. The second presentation was "Effective Use of GENUKI." GENUKI is the United Kingdom's largest free genealogy website.  Do you have UK ancestors?
If you missed the live presentations, members have 90 days to view them in the "Members Only" section of our website.  Handouts are also available.

Virtual Expo Update

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Our Family History Expo was canceled due to Covid-19 but it did not prevent us from having a Virtual Expo replacement. We were able to present eight, half hour presentations.  Our guest speakers included, Diahan Southard, Maureen Taylor, Jim Beidler, Janet Hovorka, Katherine Schober, Rich Voight, Mike Bollinger and Karen Molohon.
If you missed the live presentations, members have 90 days to view them in the "Members Only" section of our website.

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

Thursday, Jun. 4th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 8th
7:00 pm
“Mining for Treasures in the Internet Archive”
Wednesday, Jun. 10th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 11th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 11th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting

The 1930 census lists the value of the property if owned, or the monthly rental if rented. This could lead to locating deeds, tax or mortgage records.

Public record keeping was very unorganized in previous generations.
[Vital Records]

Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the event. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Vital Records]

There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will is the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.
[Court Records]

Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.
[Basic Genealogy]