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

20th Annual Seminar Update

Seminar Animated Images
20th Annual Seminar Highlights
John DeAngelo Photo's
Our 20th Annual Seminar, held on February 19th, was a grand success with 250 attendees for our guest speaker Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.
Blaine presented 4 outstanding presentations on DNA.  He mentioned how the world of genealogy is growing and changing as never before with the advances in technology and the use of DNA.  In addition to telling us what's new in the world of DNA, he demonstrated the use of DNA Painter to map our chromosomes. He also talked about ways to do everything possible to identify our DNA matches and ways to use autosomal DNA to uncover some of our 18th and 19th century mysteries.
A special thank you goes out to our volunteers.  Without them, it would not be possible to run the events our organization sponsors during each year.  Next up is the Family History Expo in March.

2020 Family History Expo

Expo Past Images
March 25, 2020
Expo 2018 Photo's by John DeAngelo
Our next big event will be our EXPO on Wednesday, March 25th. Among the vendors so far are Jim Beidler, Maureen Taylor, Diahan Southard, Family Tree Maker, MyHeritage, RootsMagic, Family ChartMaster, Vivid-Pix, The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and SK Translations. In addition to their booths, two rooms have been set aside where vendors will also give short presentations.
This year, the EXPO will be open to the general public as well as VGS members and Villages residents. There is no charge to attend this event.

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...  

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

Monday, Feb. 24th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 25th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 2nd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 2nd
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 3rd
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting

Remember to source (document) everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Most genealogy software will get you through the basics, Elizabeth Shown Mills has authored several very good books on the subject.
[Sources & Evidence]

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

The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone with a spouse or child has two group sheets; one as a child with parents and usually one as a parent with children.
[Basic Genealogy]

An Inventory is a verified list of property owned by the decedent. Contents may help determine occupation or financial status.

An "executor" is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).
[Court Records]