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


Lannin Memorial Image
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Past President and our Genetic SIG Coordinator, Jim Lannin.  More information about a memorial service as it becomes available.


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


November Monthly Meeting Updates

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November 20, 2019 General Meeting
John DeAngelo Photo's
November gave our members the opportunity to attend two meetings on the 20th at the Savannah Center.  Our guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Jones, CP, CGL.  Our very informative presentation for the morning general meeting was "Can a Complex Research problem be Solved Solely Online?" The answer was "Yes, But..." The case study  demonstrated the complexity of issues that could be encountered during your research.  Our afternoon workshop presentation was "Inferential Genealogy: "Deducing Ancestors Identities Indirectly."  Here we learned that timelines are very important to come to a reasonable conclusion for the identity of an ancestor. 
Both meetings & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


October Monthly Meeting Updates

October 23, 2019 General Meeting
Jim Lannin Photo
Our October Family History month double-header featured Paula Stuart-Warren who is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota, but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. Her morning session was “Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research.”  After this session you will be prepared to find some information on those who lived or were born in the 20th century.  “Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records” was the topic for the afternoon workshop.  This lecture highlighted some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, special indexes, and available assistance for those not visiting in-person. An overview of each state archive was covered.
Both meetings & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


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
Tuesday, Dec. 17th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 18th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 19th
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 20th
10:00 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 1st
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled

Facts
There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person's interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Land Records]

A Bounty Land Warrant is a gift of bounty landĀ due to a person entitled by military service.
[Land Records]

The 1880 census was the first to identify the relationship between the household member and the head of house.
[Census]

There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will is the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.
[Court Records]

FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.
[Land Records]