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...  


Virtual Expo Update

Expo Logo
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.
 


20th Annual Seminar Update

Seminar Animated Images
20th Annual Seminar Highlights
John DeAngelo Photo's
Our 20th Annual Seminar, held on February 19th, was a grand success with 250 attendees for our guest speaker Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.
Blaine presented 4 outstanding presentations on DNA.  He mentioned how the world of genealogy is growing and changing as never before with the advances in technology and the use of DNA.  In addition to telling us what's new in the world of DNA, he demonstrated the use of DNA Painter to map our chromosomes. He also talked about ways to do everything possible to identify our DNA matches and ways to use autosomal DNA to uncover some of our 18th and 19th century mysteries.
A special thank you goes out to our volunteers.  Without them, it would not be possible to run the events our organization sponsors during each year.  Next up is the Family History Expo in March.


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, Apr. 2nd
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Friday, Apr. 3rd
British SIG Monthly Meeting Canceled
Friday, Apr. 3rd
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Monday, Apr. 6th
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Monday, Apr. 6th
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting Canceled

Facts
FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.
[Land Records]

When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name. Surname spelling was not standardized until well into the 20th century.
[Basic Genealogy]

“A court clerk may suggest you need only look at the grantee index, and not the grantor index. Don’t listen! There can be a variety of reasons why the purchase was not entered in the grantee index, although later the sale appears in the grantor index. The first deed may have been a patent or grant from the state or federal government, inherited, overlooked when the index was prepared, or just not recorded. Always check both indexes." Ibid
[Court Records]

There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person’s interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Land Records]

Set up "proof files." These are your original documents that NEVER travel with you. Travel with copies if needed. Digital copies are easy to carry with you.
[Organization]