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...  

July Monthly Meeting Update

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July 2020 General Meeting
Three members of The VGS presented topics to over 180 registered members at our July 22, virtual meeting.  During these uncertain times, Pat Adams VGS President, announced that the 2021 Annual Seminar will be a virtual seminar and our guest speaker will be Amy Johnson Crow.
Our 3-member panelists today presented 3 very interesting topics.
"Obituaries 2.0 – Telling the Rest of the Story", by Nancy Flanigan Schultz: "Understanding DNA Results", by Dan Spear and "20th Century Immigration Case Study: Grandpa, What Were You Thinking?" by Pat Adams.  The meeting was recorded and is available in the "Members Only" section of our website.

June Monthly Meeting Update

June 2020 General Meeting
On Wednesday, June 17, Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist, from was our guest speaker at our June General Meeting. She showed some very useful tips in her presentation "Getting the Most Out of"  As a bonus, she also presented "What's New at AncestryDNA." From member feedback, her use of emoji's with her DNA was a hit.  If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  There are no  handouts.

June Monday Evening Webinar

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June 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
One Monday Evening, June 8th, "Mining for Treasurers in the Internet Archives" was presented by our guest speaker, Carla Cegielski.
The Internet Archive preserves more than 439 billion web pages. It contains 11 million audio files, over 3.5 million images, 554,000 software programs, and 5.8 million videos (including almost 2 million TV news shows). Of major interest to genealogists is the over 25 million items in the Text collection. Carla explained the mechanics of the search options are crucial to performing successful searches. If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available. 

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

Thursday, Aug. 13th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Aug. 14th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Aug. 17th
7:00 pm
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
Tuesday, Aug. 18th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 25th
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled

Probate records are often overlooked in some family histories. Sometimes they can bring down your research brick wall. They may show relationships, financial status and life stories of your ancestors.

When writing to a relative for information, make specific requests. Don't ramble! Offer to share your information.

Use a Correspondence Log for both regular and electronic correspondence. This includes the name and address of the person to whom you have written, what you requested, the date the request was sent, and a column for the outcome. Remembering every letter written is impossible. Follow up if you don't get an answer within a month.
[Sources & Evidence]

The National Genealogical Society, Washington, D.C. has a genealogical course available for national accreditation and sells both supplies and reprinted genealogies and other books.
[Federal Records]

Major ports of entry were Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans. There were other ports that were not considered major ports.