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! 
Click HERE to learn more...


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.


Family History Expo Update

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March 28, 2018 General Meeting
How could you describe our Family History Expo? Would 192 new members give you an indication? It was a huge success!  The day was busy from before the event started right through closing time.  Some of the venders couldn't even take time from lunch they were so busy.  Most of the presentations were filled to capacity especially Google Tips & Tricks, and the DNA presentations by AncestryDNA and My Heritage.  We thank everyone who attended and hoped you received a wealth of information about what the VGS offers its members. See the photos...


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
Monday, Jun. 4th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Jun. 5th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 7th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Jun. 8th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 11th
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting Cancelled

Facts
Early immigration included St. Augustine in 1565, Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.
[Immigration]

Every cemetery has their own rules; follow them.
[Cemeteries]

Use a Correspondence Log for both regular and electronic correspondence. This includes the name and address of the person to whom you have written, what you requested, the date the request was sent, and a column for the outcome. Remembering every letter written is impossible. Follow up if you don't get an answer within a month.
[Sources & Evidence]

Names for causes of death have changed over time. Try to match the old name with the current medical name.
[Vital Records]

DNA Sequencing is a laboratory technique used to determine the exact sequence of bases (A,C,G and T) in a DNA molecule. The technology of DNA sequencing was made faster and less expensive as a part of the Human Genome Project.
[DNA]