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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15th Annual All-Day Seminar

 
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239 registered attendees were present at our 15th Annual All-Day Seminar with our guest speaker "The Legal Genealogist" Judy G. Russell. Judy is a genealogist with a law degree and a great sense of humor that she expressed in her lectures that were well received by those in attendance. See pictures in our "Photo Gallery".

January Monthly Meeting Update

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Dick Eastman was our guest speaker for January. Over 350 members listened as he presented "Genealogy Apps for Mobile Devices" also know as "Keeping Granny in your Pocket. There are so many to choose from and Dick demonstrated his favorites.
Click HERE to view his online presentation. 
Read what he wrote about us.

Genealogy Cruise

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VGS members onboard the Carnival Sensation during the recent genealogical cruise to the Bahamas.

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

COMING EVENTS
Wednesday, Mar. 4th
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 9:30 am
Thursday, Mar. 5th
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 1:00 pm
Friday, Mar. 6th
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
at 9:30 am

FACTS
Be sure to check for a town or county historical society in the area you are researching. Know their hours of operation and their visitor rules.
Surnames began in Europe about the 11th century. They developed as trade increased. The four basic groups of surnames are the patronymic (based on the father’s name), landscape features or place names, action or nicknames, and occupational or office names.