The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy


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The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register Here...  


January Meeting Update

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January 22, 2020 General Meeting 
John DeAngelo Photo
January again offered members the opportunity to attend two meetings on the 22nd at the Savannah Center.  Our guest speaker was Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.  The morning general meeting presentation, attended by over 300 members present and online, was “Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research.” We learned what valuable information these documents may contain and where to find them.
At our afternoon workshop, attended by 135 members, present and online, heard “Overcoming Brick Walls in Eastern European Research.” Here she outlined the challenges to this type of research and the means to overcome them.
Meetings presentations & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


November Monthly Meeting Updates

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November 20, 2019 General Meeting
John DeAngelo Photo's
November gave our members the opportunity to attend two meetings on the 20th at the Savannah Center.  Our guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Jones, CP, CGL.  Our very informative presentation for the morning general meeting was "Can a Complex Research problem be Solved Solely Online?" The answer was "Yes, But..." The case study  demonstrated the complexity of issues that could be encountered during your research.  Our afternoon workshop presentation was "Inferential Genealogy: "Deducing Ancestors Identities Indirectly."  Here we learned that timelines are very important to come to a reasonable conclusion for the identity of an ancestor. 
Both meetings & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”
You must be a resident of The Villages, FL for membership


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Feb. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Feb. 3rd
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 4th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 5th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy 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]

The 1940 Census lists answers to several new questions never asked before including where they lived in 1935 and what was their income for the previous year.
[Census]

When the head of the household is no longer listed, don't assume he/she is dead. It's possible that the former head of household is now living with one of the children.
[Census]

A person who dies "intestate" dies without a will.
[Probate]

Marriage Records may only be records of the wedding. However, you may also find the Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be. Marriage records may also be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness. There could also be a newspaper account of the wedding.
[Vital Records]