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


Live Virtual Broadcasts

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


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June Meeting Update

Our President & Vice President were our speakers for the June Monthly Meeting and they came prepared with lots of informative information during their presentations on "Four Free Resources for Improving Your Genealogy Skills."
The Four Resources are the FamilySearch Learning Center, The NGS Learning Center, YouTube and The VGS Website.
There were no handouts and the event was not recorded, however, their slides are available for download under "Members Only" > "Secure Downloads."


May Meeting Update

Thomas MacEntee was our guest speaker, via live webinar, at our May general meeting.  His topic was "After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research."  A topic we all should be planning for now.
Tom said, "When it comes to your years of genealogy research and material, what plans have you made to ensure that it doesn’t die with you?  
Here’s some advice on creating a realistic plan to get your “genealogy affairs” in order so that the next generation of researchers can benefit from your years of hard work."
Handouts & Video recordings of this presentation is available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


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
Tuesday, Jul. 23rd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 24th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 31st
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Aug. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.
[Basic Genealogy]

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]

The Pedigree Chart is a map from you to your ancestors. Begin with yourself. Females always use their maiden names.
[Basic Genealogy]

Remember that each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It's easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead for your trip. Focus on one or two families. The others will still be there when you get to them.
[Basic Genealogy]

Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.
[Basic Genealogy]