The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"

Upcoming Special Events

Our 18th Annual All-Day Seminar
February 28, 2018
Registration is now open to VGS members.
Complete Details
If you have a question, contact the Seminar Registrar HERE...
Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...

December Live Webinar

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Blaine Bettinger
On December 4th, 190 members had the opportunity to view the "Introduction to DNA" webinar presented by Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD, the Genetic Genealogist.  Blaine is going to be one of our speakers on the 2019 VGS genealogy cruise, so those who attended got a very good introduction to his informative presentations.
We learned about Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA in an easy to understand format. His handout contains many of the images that he use to illustrate the points he was making. The handout is available for download in the "Members Only" "Online Webinars" section of our website as is the actual video. The video will be available for viewing for three months.

November Meeting Update

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November 15, 2017 General Meeting
David McDonald gave an excellent informative presentation to the VGS Membership meeting on November 15.  He spoke on the topic of “Religious Records and Their Genealogical Use”.
He began with about a 45 minute presentation on the history of religions in the United States.  This was very  interesting, even for those of us who did not think it would be!  He is very knowledgeable about this history and made it not only informative, but entertaining.   This created a solid foundation on which he then explored the topic of religious records and their use. 
He then went into an exploration of the various religious documents.  The standard “vital documents” generated by governing bodies and often used by genealogists as “building blocks” can only provide so much information.  Many governing bodies did not keep vital records until the 19th or even early 20th centuries.  Church records are important back up resources.  They often provide records on births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials.  Understanding how the various religions thrived in the various parts of the United States provides an excellent resource as to where why people may have migrated, where records might be, and how to search for them.
If you missed the presentation, the handout has been posted in "Members Only."

October Meeting Update

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October 25, 2017 General Meeting
At our October 23rd meeting about 175 members were in attendance along with another 75 members attending remotely via a live webinar. Our guest speaker was Amy Johnson Crow, CG and she presented "What Do You Mean There's No Record?! Using Vital Record Substitutes"

Amy stated: "In order to research and identify our ancestors, we must find records about them. Civil vital records are key components to genealogical research. What do you do when your ancestor was born in 1878 in Indiana (where civil birth records didn’t begin until 1882) or died in Ohio in 1862 (where civil death records didn’t begin until 1867)? It’s time to start thinking outside the box and look for other types of records – the vital records substitutes."
If you missed the presentation, the handout and video have been posted in "Members Only."

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.”

Thursday, Dec. 21st
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jan. 1st
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled
Monday, Jan. 1st
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 2nd
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was formerly known as INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). Searching for Immigration and naturalization records is essential in genealogy research. The website which allows patrons to order index searches or record copies is at: Payment is required for searching the indexes, and then payment again to obtain copies of records located. 20th century records include: Certificate Files (C-Files); Registry Files; Visa Files; Alien Registration and A-Files.
[Federal Records]

An "executor" is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).

The Research Calendar gives an account of every record source you have searched and serves as a reminder of what you have already done and where you have found pertinent information.
[Charts & Forms]

Evidence: I don't know! Information without a source is information that is not verified and should not be considered sound research or valid information.
[Sources & Evidence]

A Blog is an abbreviated version of Weblog, a term used to describe Web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. There are many blog's for genealogy including the VGS blog and one of the more notable blogs belongs to Dick Eastman. See
[Internet Reseach]