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


Live Virtual Broadcasts

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


November Meeting Updates

Meeting Image
L-R: VP Annette Burke Lyttle, Margo Fariss Brewer, Pres. Pat Adams
Program Chair Yvonne Brannen
On Wednesday November 28, 2018, in addition to our regular monthly meeting, The VGS held an afternoon workshop.  Our guest speaker for the day was Margo Fariss Brewer. The morning presentation was "Newspapers & Times: Mastering This Combination Can Expose  Unanticipated Records."  We learned that mastering the genealogical research tools of timelines and newspaper research and then analyzing their results together will point you toward possible new resources and records for your ancestors.
In the afternoon workshop, we learned techniques for "Writing a Family Narrative Your Family Will Want To Read."  Handouts for both presentations can be found under the"Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings menu options.  Video will be available soon.


November Monday Evening Webinar

Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan:
"The latest edition of the Monthly Monday evening VGS Webinar was broadcast on Monday, November 19th. and the topic was "Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan."  113 members registered to attend the event and it is now online for viewing for those who missed the presentation. Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL suggested several educational opportunities for beginners, intermediate, advanced and professional genealogists.
Login to "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings to download the handout and to view the presentation.


VGS Western Caribbean Genealogy Cruise

February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


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
Wednesday, Dec. 19th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 20th
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Friday, Dec. 21st
10:00 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 1st
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting Canceled
Wednesday, Jan. 2nd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
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]

Source: Original This source is in its first recorded form. (ie: the original marriage record license)
[Sources & Evidence]

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC and its Regional Branches, is the principal repository for records relating to the US federal government. These include the original paper copies of the federal census, all pre-World War I military records, Native American records, military service and pension records, naturalization records, ship passenger lists, land-entry case files, and homestead and bounty land warrant records. NARA's website is the place to begin research for federal records.
[Federal Records]

Probate records are often overlooked in some family histories. Sometimes they can bring down your research brick wall. They may show relationships, financial status and life stories of your ancestors.
[Probate]

When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.
[Basic Genealogy]