The Villages Genealogical Society
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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / June 14 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Diahan Southard
Diahan SouthardThe Program: If you have ever stared at your DNA match list wondering where to begin, wonder no more. In this live, interactive session Diahan will dive into Karin's DNA test results to help her see how DNA testing can help her address her genealogy question of “Who are the parents of Friedrich Berg, who was born 29 Jan 1904 (16 Jan 1904 Gregorian), possibly in Rovno, Poland or Ukraine, married Lydia Kelm on 11 Aug 1928, immigrated and arrived in NY on 10 Oct 1929, resided in St. Joseph, MI, and died 24 Jun 1985 in Bridgman, MI.” Bring to this session your own DNA question, or just a mystery match you want to identify, and work your own mystery alongside Diahan and Karin. Everyone will leave this session knowing exactly what they need to do next to use their DNA in their family history.
Guest Speaker:  Diahan Southard, is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (, deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. You will walk away from an interaction with her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable. 
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monthly Program
June General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 30 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Thomas MacEnteeSession 1 Topic 
Using Land Documents in Family History Research
Perhaps you know which county and community your ancestors lived in, but how cool would it be to know exactly where they owned land? Finding that information is easy if you know where to look. Join historian Dr. Josh Goodman from the State Archives of Florida for a virtual tour of common land records that can help you pinpoint where your ancestors once owned property, or uncover the history of your own property. This program also includes a tutorial on how to translate legal descriptions of land in deeds and patents into real locations on a modern map.
Session 2 Topic
Researching Ghost Towns in Florida
Have you ever passed a sign on the highway with the name of a town, but there was no town? Or maybe you've see a named place on a map and driven there only to find a crossroads and nothing more. "Ghost towns" such as these are a common feature of American geography. They form and falter for all kinds of reasons, but they share one aspect in common. There's almost always an interesting story behind each one.
About our Speaker
Josh Goodman is the Archives Historian for the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. As Archives Historian, Josh supervises the digitization of historical records for the award-winning Florida Memory website, and promotes the study of Florida history through community outreach and educational programs.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

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.

Monday, Jun. 14th
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, Jun. 14th
7:00 pm
Thursday, Jun. 17th
8:00 pm
Finding Treasurers in Academic Libraries
Monday, Jun. 21st
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Jun. 22nd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting

City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Hometown Records]

When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
[Land Records]

A widow's dower is her claim to a portion of her deceased husband's estate during her lifetime for her and her children's support.

“Land transfers weren’t always recorded. The land may have been inherited rather than transferred by deed, or deeds among family members may mot have been taken to the courthouse to save the recording fee. Diligent searching, however, should produce something, perhaps even years after the original purchase, when the land was sold out of the family.”
[Court Records]

Source: Original This source is in its first recorded form. (ie: the original marriage record license)
[Sources & Evidence]