The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
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in the study of genealogy
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Upcoming Monthly Program
April General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 21 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Luana DarbySession 1 Topic 
The Librarian Knows Where It's At – Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online
With many state archives and local libraries posting one-of-a-kind information that many times has never been see outside of that institution, the wealth of information available to genealogists is incredible.
Session 2 Topic
Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet
Have you ever wondered about how librarians can sometimes find things faster and more efficiently when searching on the Internet? 
About our Speaker
Luana Darby, CG. Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organnizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother's family in 1977, has researched for others since 1985, and working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research. She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on-site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.


Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / May 10 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Researching Graphically –– Expanding Your Research with Timelines, Charts, Spreadsheets and Diagrams
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Ari Wilkins
The Program: Think about researching and organizing documents beyong genealogical software. This lecture will disucss the different ways that we process information. We will talk about visualizing research problems – such as brainstorming and bubble diagrams. We will discuss analyzing research and documenting positive and negative searches. The presentation will include charting your thoughts; composing hypotheses; mind mapping; creating timelines, spreadsheets and diagrams.
Guest Speaker:  Ari Wilkins, ia graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many year on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. Ari has instructed at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and has lectured at a multitude of state and local societies.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

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.

Friday, Apr. 16th
10:00 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Apr. 19th
1:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 21st
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 21st
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Monday, Apr. 26th
10:00 am
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting

The 1930 census lists military service in other wars: "Sp" for the Spanish-American War, "Phil" for the Philippine Insurrection, "Box" for the Boxer Rebellion, "Mex" for the Mexican Expedition, and "WW" for World War 1. Civil War veterans with the abbreviation "CW."

1790-1840 Censuses only list the head of the household, but don't overlook using them. They are helpful to place a family in specific locations at specific times.

Census Naturalization status codes: "Al" for alien, "Pa" for "first papers," and "Na" for naturalized.

Use holidays and family gatherings to relate stories to the next generations. Christmas and Thanksgiving are great holidays for this to happen.

Consider using video tape for your interviews. Those being taped must approve this type of interview.