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New SIG Coordinator Needed!
Help WantedDo you have ancestors in states along the East coast – Maine to New York, Pennsylvania to Virginia, and anywhere in between? Do you like hearing how other VGS members are doing research in these areas or what their results have been?
As the SIG Coordinator of the Northeastern SIG you'll have a chance to get to know others doing reseach in the same areas and to encourage members to actively participate in your SIG. No experience or expertise is needed. There are 18, or more, past and present SIG coordinators to help you get started and to share their experiences within their own SIG. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Sgritta, our SIG Manager, via email – click HERE – or by phone at (352) 575-1019.

Registration is CLOSED!
                      Last day to register is February 19!


Learning Opportunity for Absolute Beginner Genealogists
VGS is sponsoring an "Absolute Beginner Genealogy" class for any Village resident interested in learning how to research their family history.
• Attendees will learn how and where to begin their research and how to organize the results.
• Class will be taught by Terry & Jim Willard who are well-known in The Villages genealogy community. They have taught classes for the Villages Lifelong Learning College and The Villages Enrichment Academy.
• This class will be offered on 3 different dates; each session is FREE and open to any resident of The Villages; enrollment is limited to 30 attendees per session; pre-registration is required -- each person must register separately so that we have your name and contact information.
• Session dates, time, location:
-- Monday, Jan. 22 from 10:30am-12:20pm
-- Monday, Feb. 12 from 10:30am-12:20pm – CLASS IS FULL
-- Thursday, Mar. 14 from 10:30am-12:20pm – CLASS IS FULL
-- All sessions will be held in the General Arnold Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
VGS is planning two additional classes, one each in April & May – dates, times and locations will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.


Upcoming Monthly Program
March General Monthly Meeting
In-Person at the Savannah Center or via Zoom
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 / 10:00 a.m.
Featuring: Pat Adams
Pat Adams
Topic: Genealogical Research at the Leesburg Public Library
How to access and use the local genealogy resources at the Leesburg Public Library, in person or online.
Speaker Bio: 
Pat Adams has been a resident of The Villages since 2004 and a member of The VGS since 2007. She served 6 years as president of The VGS and 5 years as vice president and program chair. She is also co-coordinator of the British Special Interest Group. Pat has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Georgia, and various national and state Conferences.
For more details, and to register to attend, visit our Coming Events listing.

Admission to in-person 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.

Upcoming Events
February 29, 2024
RootsTech – 2024
Why you need to be a part of RootsTech 2024! RootsTech is the premier event to celebrate your heritage and other meaningful connections through a ...

March 1, 2024
9:30 am to 11:20 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting
  Topic: TBD Coordinators:  Pat Adams & Ruth Mason   ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss                             ...

March 3, 2024
2:00 pm to 3:20 pm
SIG Leaders Meeting
Meeting Agenda: The agenda will include a presentation by Annette Burke Lyttle on how to hold a hybrid meeting and ideas for VGS outreach to potential ...

March 4, 2024
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting.   Coordinators:  Phil Goldsmith & Jerry Schwartz    

March 4, 2024
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Topic:  Back to Basics: Popular Utility Reports Reminder:  Bring your laptops Coordinator:  George Zitterell    
Facts and Tips
The 1900 and 1910 censuses lists the number of years of marriage for each married household member.

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.

When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
[Vital Records]