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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / June 12, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
It Gets Even Better Offline
Featured Guest Speaker:  Tom Jones
Tom Jones
Description: Anecdotes show how to follow online clues to valuable offline information (and vice versa). This presentation will also explore the fun and serendipity aspects of offline research..
Presenter Info: Tom Jones has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and of fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the popular textbooks Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof.
For more details, and to register to attend, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monthly Program
March General Monthly Meeting
(Virtual via Zoom)
Wednesday, June 28, 2022 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Featured Guest Speaker:  Pamela Holland
Pamela Holland
Topic: Irish Chain Migration to North America 
Description:  Our Irish ancestors did not immigrate on a whim. They often followed in the footsteps of other family members or their neighbors and friends. Learn about the history of chain migration including well known routes from specific Irish locations to cities and regions in North America. Discover strategies for recognizing and exploring chain migration in your family.
Speaker Bio:  Pamela Guye Holland lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and has been researching family roots found in Ireland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Germany for over twenty years. She is currently the co-president of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Pam works for Research Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and as the US-based genealogist in the Green Room at Her research specialities are Irish and Genetic Genealogy. Her website is
For more details, and to register to attend, visit our Coming Events listing.

2023 National Archives Genealogy Series
In recognition of public service, the National Archives is offering a special Genealogy Series focused on both military and civilian records. This series will provide family history research tools for all skill levels along with a general overview to specific topics. Broadcasts of the program sessions will take place in May and June. All are welcome! Upcoming broadcasts are listed below, and for more details, click HERE.
June 7 @ 1:00PM Eastern:  Accessing and Understanding Korean War Army Unit Records
• June 14 @ 1:00PM Eastern:  Planning, Techniques and Strategies for Preserving Family Collections and Stories
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Admission to in-person 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.

Upcoming Events
June 5, 2023
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting. Meeting Topic:  Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Records   Coordinator:  Herb ...

June 5, 2023
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Topic:  Back to Basics / Bring your laptops Coordinator:  George Zitterell    

June 6, 2023
10:00 am to 11:20 am
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting
  Topic:  Ghosts in the Family Tree: Tips for Finding Your Invisible Ancestors Speaker:  Tricia Lewis Noel   Coordinators:  Marcella Zorn & Bill Canavan   ...

June 12, 2023
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
It Gets Even Better Offline
  Guest Speaker:  Tom Jones   Description: Anecdotes show how to follow online clues to valuable offline information (and vice versa). This presentation will also explore ...

June 19, 2023
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
  Coordinators: Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams Topic: Get Help from Others   The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join ...
Facts and Tips
In Land Deeds, check to see if buyer and/or seller is from the same area where the land is being sold.
[Land Records]

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

It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
[Hometown Records]