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 our live monthly General Meetings and Monday Evening Webinars, presenter bio's and how to register to attend Here...  


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November Monthly Meeting Update

 
Michele Tucker
Chubenko
Congratulations to President Pat Adams and VP Annette Burke-Lyttle. Today they were reelected for another two year term to their respective positions for The VGS. In other news, the membership voted to approve a by-law change raising our annual dues to $10.00 a year from the present $5.00 that was approved 10 years ago.  Michele Tucker Chubenko was our guest speaker for two presentations today.
Her first topic was "The Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Families History" and the bonus presentation was "Genealogy Research Using Online Resources."
The recordings and handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


November Monday Evening Webinar

 
Nancy A. Peters
“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors” was our November Monday evening webinar presented by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL. She explained that probate files not only help us discover relationships but also provide details of the ancestral lives provided we know how to find and interpret the documents. Understanding state probate laws helps us determine how the estate was administered, taxed, and distributed.
She spoke about probate process and administration can produce many different documents for the estate. Petition, Bond, Inventory, Accounts, Final Settlements just to name a few.
The recording is available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


October General Meeting Update

 
Annette Burke
Lyttle 
Luana Darby was scheduled to be our guest speaker but due to circumstances beyond her control, she had to cancel. She will be a presenter at a later date. Our talented VP, Annette Burke-Lyttle, took charge with two outstanding presentations “Finding and Using Digitized Manuscript Collections for Genealogical Research” and “Doing a Deep Dive into Ancestry.com Collections.”  
If you just type a name in the generic search field on ancestry.com, this is a must presentation for you to become a more accomplished researcher.
Both sessions were well attended and contained information on where to research your family were many researchers would not normally look. The recordings are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


October Monday Evening Webinar

 
Diane  
Richard
MosaicRPM 
At our Monday Evening Webinar in October, Diane asked "Have you explored ledgers?" She said that we can learn so much about your family and the neighborhood through these records.  Store, business (e.g., hotels, livery, stable, distillery, blacksmith, etc), and health related (e.g., Physician, Insane Asylum, etc.) ledgers can link family members and provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history narrative.
Diane said many ledgers are only available off-line, you can determine their existence online using Archivegrid! The recording is 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


COMING EVENTS
Tuesday, Dec. 1st
9:30 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 3rd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 4th
9:30 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting
Monday, Dec. 7th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Evidence Negative: The lack of information in this source infers an answer to this question.
[Sources & Evidence]

The 1940 Census lists answers to several new questions never asked before including where they lived in 1935 and what was their income for the previous year.
[Census]

Early immigration included St. Augustine in 1565, Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.
[Immigration]

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]

The 1880 census was the first to identify the relationship between the household member and the head of house.
[Census]