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Upcoming Monthly Program
October General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 27 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Drew Smith
Nancy LoeSession 1 Topic 
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
The research process includes goals, questions, sources, information, evidence, and conclusions. Learn to use task management software, research logs, and other tools to keep track.
Session 2 Topic
Organizing Your Genealogy Files
Overwhelmed with too many paper documents and digital files? Learn to organize these so that you'll quickly find just the one you need.
Presenter Info:  As a child, Drew developed an interest in genealogy, and he began to engage in serious family history research in 1992 after the death of his favorite aunt. He soon became a volunteer in the American Online (AOL) Genealogy Forum, and within a few years was writing regular genealogy articles for Genealogical Computing, Digital Computing, and NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine). 
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / November 8 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
The Case of the Missing Will
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Shelley Bishop
Sara Cochran
Description: 1870 Illinois resident, James Taylor, was born in Ohio – but where and to whom? No will, probate, death record, obituary, or other record names his parents. This case study illustrates how indirect evidence drawn from extensive research in a variety of sources was analyzed and correlated to identify his father and long-deceased mother, as well as locate his place of birth.
Presenter Info: Shelley Bishop is a professional genealogical researcher, writer, and speaker with a passion for finding and preserving ancestral stories. She is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine, NGS Magazine, and other publications. 
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

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
October 25, 2021
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting
Coordinator:  Gene Clark No meeting information available at this time.  

October 26, 2021
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic:  Poking Around on Find-A-Grave   Coordinators:  Dona Weber & Lynn Hall  

October 27, 2021
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session
  Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Guest Speaker:  Drew Smith Topic: "Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process" Description:  The research process includes goals, questions, sources, ...

November 1, 2021
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. Coordinator:  Herb Siegel Programs:  Phil Goldsmith  

November 1, 2021
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Coordinator:  George Zitterell  
Facts and Tips
Remember to source (document) everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Most genealogy software will get you through the basics, Elizabeth Shown Mills has authored several very good books on the subject.
[Sources & Evidence]

There are many church groups that your ancestors may have belonged to and many of them have website's dedicated to genealogical research.
[Church Records]

When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
[Vital Records]