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"
Registration is now open for The National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History
Conference. Watch the Promo video HERE or Conference Website

January 2016 Monthly Meeting

L-R: Pres. Jim Lannin, Guest Speaker Debra Fleming, VP Pat Adams
Photo by John DeAngelo
Our first general meeting of 2016 was held January 27th at the Savannah Center with over 400 members in attendance. This was the largest attended meeting in the history of The VGS. Our guest speaker, Debra Fleming, presented "Using
According to Ms. Fleming, Family Search is the most underutilized wed site in the genealogical community. Why is that?
  • People find it hard to navigate
  • The family tree roll out was grossly mishandled
  • The wiki is not promoted enough for what it offers
  • People don't know what you can do on the site
  • LDS and Ancestry feud in the 2000's
While the above is true, is a very useful web site for research and education.
A copy of her handout is in the "Members Only" section of our website.

Seminar 2016 Information

Mark Lowe Image
J. Mark Lowe
Registration for our members has begun for our 16th annual seminar. Our Guest Speaker for the February 24, 2016 seminar will be J. Mark Lowe CG. Mr. Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the south. Mark has published articles in APGQ, North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, SPEAK!, The Longhunter, and other society publications.


He is also an instructor at IGHR (Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research) at Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (UGA). He is a former officer and Board member for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and was awarded the APG – Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award.

Members should plan on registering early to assure you have a seat.
Registration is now open to all non-member residents of The Villages.
Registration deadline has been extended to February 20th.
Registrations after that date contact the registrar for seat availability.
Download the information packet...

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

Friday, Feb. 12th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 16th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 17th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 17th
2:30 pm
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 18th
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting

The 1900 and 1910 censuses lists the number of children that were born to each woman and how many were still living at the time of the census.

Remember to source (document) everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Most genealogy software will get you through the basics, Elizabeth Shown Mills has authored several very good books on the subject.
[Sources & Evidence]

The 1910 census lists survivors of Union or Confederate army or naval service.

Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
[Court Records]

The Research Log is very important for the time when you share you data or decide to publish your work. You will need to know your sources for obtaining each piece of information. Be VERY specific with your information quoting authors, titles, pages, publishers, etc.
[Sources & Evidence]