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"

Crista Cowan is Returning to The Villages

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Crista Cowan & are coming to
The Villages.
Members received information by email on February 16th on how to register for this event.

News from our January Monthly Meeting

Meeting Pictures
January 25, 2017 General Meeting
The morning began with a very crowded Brick Wall SIG meeting. You could tell this would be a well attended meeting and it was with 400+ members present. Our guest speaker was Drew Smith. He presented "Organizing Your Genealogy Files and Correspondence." During the meeting, Past President Pat Rand was presented an award for her leadership for the US-Mexican War Preservation Project from the National Park Service. Pat spoke about this project, see more information below.
Past President Betty MacDuff notified the membership that she was moving from The Villages. President Adams presented Betty with a Certificate of Appreciation for her six years as president, 2006-2011, and her 17 year membership with the Society.

Our Annual Seminar Is Almost Here...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
17th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
La Hacienda Recreational Center
Our guest speaker will be Cyndi Ingle!
Owner, webmaster of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorized index to more than 327,000 on-line resources. 
Sold Out!

US-Mexican War, 1846-1848

We Are In Need of Indexing Volunteers.
For more information about this project or to register to become an indexer contant: 
Our Past President, Pat Rand, who is the Project Coordinator. 

Expo is HUGE Success!

We had a fantastic turnout for our Family History Expo on September 28th. Well over 1000 residents attended!  My Heritage and Family Tree Maker Software participated and both were busy the entire day.

VGS Receives the NGS Gold Star Award

Read the Letter from C. Ann Staley, Conference Chair, to President Lannin:
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.”

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd
9:00 am
17th Annual All-Day Seminar
Monday, Feb. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 1st
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Mar. 3rd
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting

Check for cemetery records with the church, sexton and/or funeral directors. Visit the cemetery and take a picture of the tombstone. Check the obituaries in that time frame.
[Church Records]

General Land Office is now called Bureau of Land Management of the United States Department of Interior. Some federal land records are here, some in the National Archives and some are in state and university libraries. Public domain land states are largely available on the Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office-Eastern States free website.
[Federal Records]

Set up "proof files." These are your original documents that NEVER travel with you. Travel with copies if needed. Digital copies are easy to carry with you.

The National Genealogical Society, Washington, D.C. has a genealogical course available for national accredation and sells both supplies and reprinted genealogies and other books.
[Federal Records]

Decedent refers to the deceased person.