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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Register to attend the live June webinar...

Please register for Villages Genealogical Society: "Filling Out Your Family Tree Without Breaking the Bank" on Jun 27, 2018 9:30 AM EDT. Register HERE... 

There are many paid subscription sites for online genealogy, but there are many more sites providing the same and/or similar information at no cost! Discover 75+ sources for tracing your family tree without “breaking the bank."
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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The VGS has been asked by the Florida State Genealogical Society to undertake the project of  digitizing Florida Pioneer applications.  We Need Your Help! 
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May Meeting Update

Meeting slideshow
May 23, 2018 General Meeting
The May General Meeting was well attended with about 160 members present. Our guest speaker was Donna Moughty from Lakeland Ranch, Florida. Donna has spoken to our group on several occassions. Her topic was "Finding the Women In Your Family Tree."
Donna pointed out that prior to the 20th century, many women didn't have an identity of their own. They were tangled with the father of husband often making research difficult.  Following the meeting, she had a large crowd asking additional questions.


April Meeting Update

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April 25, 2018 General Meeting
The April General Meeting was very well attended with over 200 members present. Our meeting consisted of four member presentations by President Pat Adams, VP Annette Burke Lyttle, New to Genealogy SIG Coordinator Carol LaSalle and Webmaster John DeAngelo. Each member was allotted 10 minutes to make their presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. A copy of the slides is in the "Members Only" section of this website. The topics were about using, Newspapers, Books, the FamilySearch Card Catalog and the "Resources" on the VGS website to expand your research capabilities.


Upcoming Special Events

 
VGS Western Caribbean 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, Jun. 20th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 21st
8:00 pm
FSGS: Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Invaluable to ALL Southern Research!
Tuesday, Jun. 26th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jun. 27th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jun. 27th
9:30 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting

Facts
When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
[Land Records]

Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.
[Basic Genealogy]

It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
[Hometown Records]

DNA: (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) The chemical name for the molecule that carries genetic instructions in all living things. The DNA molecule consists of two strands that wind around each other to form a shape known as the double helix.
[DNA]

In Land Deeds, check to see if buyer and/or seller is from the same area where the land is being sold.
[Land Records]