The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
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May Monthly Meeting

May meeting pictures
175 members were in attendance as Jim & Terry Willard presented "Family Photos as a Clue to Genealogical Research."
Jim pointed out that every photo has 5 "W's; who, what, when, where and why associated with it. However, we may be missing some of that information. Often the name of a person is missing or when it was taken for example. Their tips offered ways to determine the missing pieces. Also, as you take pictures now, make sure you include the 5 "W's" for future generations.
Members can download a copy ot their suggestions. Log into "Members Only" and select "The Willards" in the Secure Download menu selection.

April 2015 General Meeting

Speaker & President
Although many find census lectures somewhat dry, this speaker approached the topic from a personal family history research angle. By the end of the presentation we felt that we knew the family members whose lives were being reconstructed. The audience interest level was quite high. Many positive comments were made after the session. VGS Past President Will Hoehendorf attended and commented on how much the VGS has evolved over the years. Considering that we were not meeting at our normal location and that there had been some confusion in the pre-meeting publicity, it turned out to be a highly successful meeting.

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society are limited to VGS members at the discretion of the VGS Board of Directors.

COMING EVENTS
Monday, Jun. 8th
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
at 1:00 pm
Thursday, Jun. 11th
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 9:30 am
Friday, Jun. 12th
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 10:00 am

FACTS
USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was formerly known as INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). Searching for Immigration and naturalization records is essential in genealogy research. The website which allows patrons to order index searches or record copies is at: CISHistory.Library@dhs.gov. Payment is required for searching the indexes, and then payment again to obtain copies of records located. 20th century records include: Certificate Files (C-Files); Registry Files; Visa Files; Alien Registration and A-Files.
To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.