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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Expo is HUGH Success!


The Family History Expo
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. My Heritage provided some very nice door prizes and Family Tree Maker offered a $40 discount on their software.
Several door prizes were also provided by Ancestry.com, AncestryDNA, FTDNA, Fold3, Newspapers.com, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society and VGS Treasurer Pat Otterberg.
I'm awaiting to hear the final count on how many new members joined today.
I know it was a significant number.


US-Mexican War, 1846-1848


US-Mexican War Image
 
FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND THE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 
PARTNER FOR NEW PRESERVATION PROJECT
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.- Mexican War.
Download Information Flyer
Read the entire announcement HERE.
Positions Needed Info
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. 


August Summer Series Meeting


August 2016 Summer Series Workshop
We had a good turnout for our August and last 2016 Summer Series Workshop with over 100 members in attendance. We featured a webinar "Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact" presented by Marian Pierre-Louis

Next month we begin another full season of events and guest speakers.
In September we will have a Family History Expo.
Please see the article below for further information.


VGS Receives the NGS Gold Star Award


Gold Star Award Badge
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
Saturday, Oct. 1st
8:30 am
Florida Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 5th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Oct. 7th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Oct. 10th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Facts
Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the event. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Vital Records]

Evidence Negative: The lack of information in this source infers an answer to this question.
[Sources & Evidence]

Don't assume that widow in earlier census records means her husband is deceased. It could mean that they were divorced.
[Census]

By the time you have collected data on a couple hundred of your relatives, you will realize that genealogy software would make keeping track of relationships within your tree, filing data about individuals, and generating reports much easier. The Society has a special interest group that discusses Family Tree Maker software. Compare features before selecting the software best for you.
[Basic Genealogy]

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.
[Census]