The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"
Can’t make it to the NGS 2016 Family History Conference?
You can still watch ten lectures from the comfort of your home or office!

April General Meeting

Meeting Photos
Our April 27, 2016 general monthly meeting was attended by 215 members. Our guest speaker was George Morgan. His presentation was, "Dissect Obituaries for New Clues", was well received by our audience with many questions being asked following the presentation.
What is an obituary? A notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, most often published in a newspaper. It is also...
  • A public record
  • An advertisement for a funeral parlor
  • An announcement of services
  • A tremendous potential source of genealogical information.
Due to a meeting location change beyond our control, we apologize to those who could not attend the meeting due to space limitations. A copy of the handout is available in the "Members Only" section of our website.

NEHGS in The Villages

NEHGS Seminar
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the oldest and largest non-profit genealogical society in the country came to The Villages on Friday, April 1, 2016. A full house greeted the NEHGS staff and their presenters. The Villages Genealogical Society was well represented with over 30 members in attendance.
Topics covered included:
  • Using
  • Migrations out or New England
  • Choosing Genealogy Software
  • Probate Record Resources
  • Immigration and Naturalization
A cocktail reception was held after the conference. See more images in our Photo Gallery.

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

Wednesday, May. 4th
8:00 am
NGS Conference
Wednesday, May. 4th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, May. 5th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, May. 6th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, May. 9th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Newspapers are wonderful hometown records. In addition to looking for obituaries, be sure to look for articles about special events... births, baptisms/christenings, weddings and pre-nuptial events (bridal showers, etc.), birthdays (parties), anniversaries, etc.
[Hometown Records]

If you don't provide the sources for your information, then that information is practically worthless to other researchers.
[Sources & Evidence]

Information: Primary The information in this source contains details provided by someone with firsthand knowledge of the person, event, or situation. (ie: A Birth Certificate)
[Sources & Evidence]

Cemetery Form: These sheets are useful for people who wish to keep track of information in graveyards or sexton’s records.
[Charts & Forms]

A census is an official counting of the population living in a given locality on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor in a specific place at a specific time.