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"
 
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Family History Expo Announced



The Villages Genealogical Society Family History Expo
Have you considered displaying some of your research, history, artifacts, books or charts at the upcoming Family History Expo? Start to prepare now! The event will be held in the Scarlett O’Hara Theater at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center. If you want to participate, you need to reserve a table.
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Scarlett O’Hara Theater at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Residents of The Villages are welcomed to attend!
 


June Summer Series Workshop


June 2016 VGS Workshop
June 2016 Summer Series Workshop
We had a smaller turnout for our June Summer Series Workshop with about 90 members in attendance. We featured a webinar "Taming Your Inner Packrat" presented by Lisa Alzo.

She stressed the importance of a system that works for you that also can be understood by someone else who may be trying to access your material.
This is most important after the passing of the owner.
Organizing is not just for genealogy; it's for all your personal belongings.
 
2 handout are available in the "Members Only" section of our website for this webinar.
 


VGS Receives the NGS Gold Star Award


Gold Star Award Badge
A Letter from C. Ann Staley, Conference Chair, to President Lannin:
Societies like yours are an integral part of our genealogical community. With your support and volunteers from 44 other genealogical organizations from around the country, the National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference May 4-7, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale Florida was a resounding success. The many hours of volunteer time that were provided helped to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that all the attendees had an exceptional experience.
 
Please, once again, pass along our thanks to the volunteers from your organization, named below, for the many hours they contributed. It is our pleasure to present to The Villages Genealogical Society the Gold Badge – Superior Volunteer for providing more than ten hours of volunteer time. Display it proudly on your website.
             
Ruth Wible, Pat Rand & Pat Adams
Congratulations!
Comments from our members attending the Conference can be read HERE


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


COMING EVENTS
Friday, Jul. 8th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jul. 11th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jul. 14th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 27th
10:00 am
Summer Series Workshop
Monday, Aug. 8th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Facts
Remember that each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It's easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead for your trip. Focus on one or two families. The others will still be there when you get to them.
[Basic Genealogy]

Prepare a census timeline before you begin. Review what you will find in the census you are searching. Work backwards from the most recent census. Expect spelling and age variations.
[Census]

The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone with a spouse or child has two group sheets; one as a child with parents and usually one as a parent with children.
[Basic Genealogy]

Hometown Records may include newspapers (obituaries, special events, parties, etc.), City Directories (names and occupations of town residents and business information), maps (check boundary changes over time) and town and county histories.
[Hometown Records]

The U.S. Federal Census is taken every 10 years on a designated census day by an "enumerator" in a specific area called an enumeration district. The first census was done in 1790; there are no censuses before 1790.
[Census]