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.  Here, you can learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...


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October Meeting Updates

October 23, 2019 General Meeting
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Our October Family History month double-header featured Paula Stuart-Warren who is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota, but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. Her morning session was “Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research.”  After this session you will be prepared to find some information on those who lived or were born in the 20th century.  “Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records” was the topic for the afternoon workshop.  This lecture highlighted some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, special indexes, and available assistance for those not visiting in-person. An overview of each state archive was covered.
Both meetings & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”
 


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Nov. 11th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Nov. 11th
7:00 pm
“Who Were the Passengers of the Mayflower?”
Tuesday, Nov. 12th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 12th
2:30 pm
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 13th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting

Facts
Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology!
[Basic Genealogy]

Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.
[Land Records]

Use family gatherings to collect stories or to interview the senior family members. Make audio or, even better, video recordings if possible.
[Interviews]

The 1850 census was the first census to give the name, sex, color, age, occupation and birthplace of each free member of the household.
[Census]

Use holidays and family gatherings to relate stories to the next generations. Christmas and Thanksgiving are great holidays for this to happen.
[Interviews]