The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy


Live Virtual Broadcasts

The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Here you can learn about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...


Annual Seminar Registration

Friday, February 22
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG,CG,FIGRS,FUGA
Download a Registration Packet
 




November Meeting Updates

Meeting Image
L-R: VP Annette Burke Lyttle, Margo Fariss Brewer, Pres. Pat Adams
Program Chair Yvonne Brannen
On Wednesday November 28, 2018, in addition to our regular monthly meeting, The VGS held an afternoon workshop.  Our guest speaker for the day was Margo Fariss Brewer. The morning presentation was "Newspapers & Times: Mastering This Combination Can Expose  Unanticipated Records."  We learned that mastering the genealogical research tools of timelines and newspaper research and then analyzing their results together will point you toward possible new resources and records for your ancestors.
In the afternoon workshop, we learned techniques for "Writing a Family Narrative Your Family Will Want To Read."  Handouts for both presentations can be found under the"Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings menu options.  Video will be available soon.


VGS Western Caribbean Genealogy Cruise

February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


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.”


COMING EVENTS
Tuesday, Jan. 22nd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Monday, Jan. 28th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 31st
9:00 am
Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society Annual Seminar

Facts
There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person’s interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Land Records]

How can I find where my ancestor was buried? Try finding death certificates, death indexes and obituaries. Search old newspapers for clues. Try finding your ancestor on findagrave.com or billiongraves .com.
[Cemeteries]

Names for causes of death have changed over time. Try to match the old name with the current medical name.
[Vital Records]

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

Be sure to look at several families before and after the family you are researching. These people are most likely the friends or family of your ancestor. Many lived in the same community very near each other.
[Census]