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


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...  


June Meeting Update

June 2020 General Meeting
On Wednesday, June 17, Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist, from Ancestry.com was our guest speaker at our June General Meeting. She showed some very useful tips in her presentation "Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com."  As a bonus, she also presented "What's New at AncestryDNA." From member feedback, her use of emoji's with her DNA was a hit.  If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  There are no  handouts.


June Monday Evening Webinar

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June 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
One Monday Evening, June 8th, "Mining for Treasurers in the Internet Archives" was presented by our guest speaker, Carla Cegielski.
The Internet Archive preserves more than 439 billion web pages. It contains 11 million audio files, over 3.5 million images, 554,000 software programs, and 5.8 million videos (including almost 2 million TV news shows). Of major interest to genealogists is the over 25 million items in the Text collection. Carla explained the mechanics of the search options are crucial to performing successful searches. If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available. 


May Monday Evening Webinar

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May 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
On Monday evening, May 11, we had a terrific presentation by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG direct from Seattle, Washington. We had nearly 200 register for this webinar. Her presentation was "I Remember Mama (But Not Her Maiden Name): Finding Female Ancestors" 
Mary demonstrated multiple strategies using records and those of her FAN club – her friends and family, associates, and neighbors to help crack the case of the “mystery woman” in your family tree. She also showed how to use ancestry.com very efficiently.
If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available.


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


COMING EVENTS
Thursday, Jul. 16th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jul. 21st
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Webinar
Wednesday, Jul. 22nd
10:00 am
VGS Virtual General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, Jul. 28th
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled
Monday, Aug. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
The census records may contain a good clue to when a person obtained citizenship.
[Naturalization]

Digital copies, sometimes called "portable files", are copies of your original documents, family group sheets, notes, pedigree charts, etc.
[Organization]

There are 13 eastern public land states east of the Mississippi River: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.
[Land Records]

The 1930 census marks Civil War veterans with the abbreviation "CW."
[Census]

Federal Census records are available to the public 72 years after they are taken.
[Census]