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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March Monthly Meeting Update


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March 22, 2017 General Meeting
Genealogy Road Show co-host, Mary Tedesco, was out guest speaker for our March monthly meeting and the guest speaker in the afternoon for our Italian Special Interest Group meeting. 340 members heard Mary present "Underused Resources and Record Types for Genealogists" at the monthly meeeting and 50 Italian SIG members loved the information that was presented in "Italian Genealogy: Records & Resources in Italy."   For those who did not get a handout in the morning session, one is available in "Members Only" > "Meeting Handouts.


Crista Cowan Returns to The Villages


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Crista Cowan returned to The Villages and over 550 seats were filled by members during three sessions of lectures and demonstrations on using Ancestry.com. Getting the most from Ancestry.com and many tips and tricks on using your family tree on the ancestry.com website were presented. "Using DNA to Build Your Family Tree" seemed to generate the most questions from attendees.


US-Mexican War, 1846-1848


FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PARTNER FOR NEW PRESERVATION PROJECT...
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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.”


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Mar. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Monday, Apr. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 5th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Apr. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Apr. 7th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Enter sources and notes in a consistent format.
[Sources & Evidence]

Make a list of all living relatives before you start your genealogy research. Interview as many of them as possible. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy.
[Interviews]

There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will is the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.
[Court Records]

Both Civil Registration and Census Returns run out when you get back to about 1840, and rarely provide information relevant before 1800. At this stage you need to turn to Parish Records: These date back to the mid 1500's. Cromwell, at the Court of Henry VIII, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial should be recorded.
[Church Records]

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]