The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
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Upcoming Program
March General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 24 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session 1 Topic 
It's All about Respect – Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results
Session 2 Topic
A Giant Logic Puzzle:  An Overview of Visual Phasing
(This advanced technique uses three siblings' autosomal DNA results to reconstruct the genomes of their four grandparents.)
About our Speaker
Karen Stanbary, trained in advanced psychotherapy techniques with 30 years off clinical practice, helps people manage negative emotions upon receiving unexpected news. She offers tips to reduce stress and change the outcome of difficult conversations about unexpected DNA results. The tips are designed to change the cognitive frame from a discussion of rights to a discussion of respect and resiliency.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Recent Past Event
January Monday Evening Webinar
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"The Missing Man: Brick Wall Strategies" was the topic for our first Monday evening webinar of 2021, presented by Sharon Hoyt, CG. Sharon pointed out the key points for your research. Plan, Names, Locations, Research, Analyze and Manage your findings. There are also many tools such as previous research, vital records, and family records. Are there military, religious, court, land, cemetery or occupational records? Don't forget the newspapers.
Existing research can provide a good starting place, but don’t accept it without verifying it and that you agree with their conclusions.
The recordings and handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

“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.

Monday, Mar. 1st
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 1st
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 2nd
9:30 am
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 3rd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 4th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

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).

In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.

Don't assume that all children listed in the census belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children a combination of "his and hers."

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]

Autosomal DNA (atDNA) is DNA from one of our chromosomes located in the cell nucleus. It generally excludes the sex chromosomes. Humans have 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and a pair of sex chromosomes.