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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Upcoming Workshop

January 24, 2018 at the Savannah Center at 1:30 p.m.
Maureen Taylor: The Photo Detective
"Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs"
No Seats  Available


Upcoming Special Events

Our 18th Annual All-Day Seminar
February 28, 2018
Registration is now open to VGS members.
Complete Details
HERE...
If you have a question, contact the Seminar Registrar HERE...
Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


December Live Webinar

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Blaine Bettinger
On December 4th, 190 members had the opportunity to view the "Introduction to DNA" webinar presented by Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD, the Genetic Genealogist.  Blaine is going to be one of our speakers on the 2019 VGS genealogy cruise, so those who attended got a very good introduction to his informative presentations.
We learned about Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA in an easy to understand format. His handout contains many of the images that he use to illustrate the points he was making. The handout is available for download in the "Members Only" "Online Webinars" section of our website as is the actual video. The video will be available for viewing for three months.


November Meeting Update

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November 15, 2017 General Meeting
David McDonald gave an excellent informative presentation to the VGS Membership meeting on November 15.  He spoke on the topic of “Religious Records and Their Genealogical Use”.
 
He began with about a 45 minute presentation on the history of religions in the United States.  This was very  interesting, even for those of us who did not think it would be!  He is very knowledgeable about this history and made it not only informative, but entertaining.   This created a solid foundation on which he then explored the topic of religious records and their use. 
 
He then went into an exploration of the various religious documents.  The standard “vital documents” generated by governing bodies and often used by genealogists as “building blocks” can only provide so much information.  Many governing bodies did not keep vital records until the 19th or even early 20th centuries.  Church records are important back up resources.  They often provide records on births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials.  Understanding how the various religions thrived in the various parts of the United States provides an excellent resource as to where why people may have migrated, where records might be, and how to search for them.
 
If you missed the presentation, the handout has been posted in "Members Only."


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, Jan. 22nd
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 23rd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 24th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 24th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 24th
1:30 pm
VGS Workshop

Facts
Decedent refers to the deceased person.
[Probate]

National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has U.S. military records for World War I or later. World War I draft registration cards are online, along with some of the World War II enlistment records. Some of the records in St. Louis were destroyed by fire, and they ask that you send the request for records back a second time since the first reply is computer-generated.
[Federal Records]

The 1900 through 1930 censuses lists the individual's year of immigration to the United States. Don't be surprised if they are all different dates.
[Immigration]

Digest everything that is recorded on the census, not just a name and a date.
[Census]

The local library may have copies of old city directories produced my the municipality.
[Hometown Records]