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...




19th Annual Seminar Update

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2019 Annual All-Day Seminar
David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer from FamilySearch, was a superb guest speaker at our 19th annual all-day seminar.  270 members listened intently during is four presentations that covered using all the features of FamilySearch, Tips & Tricks for their historical collections and various strategies for successful research.  Initial feedback from attendees was extremely positive with many anxious to go home and try some of his suggestions.


FTM Conference Update

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2109 Family Tree Maker Conference
On a cold Thursday January 31, 2019, we had a wonderful visit from the folks at MacKiev Software, producers of Family Tree Maker 2017 Software.  Three - 3 hour sessions were full of eager members wanting to learn more about the software and other products that work along-side of Family Tree Maker.  Maureen Taylor, "the Photo Detective" was the keynote speaker.  Besides talking about different types of pictures that may be found of our ancestors, she talked about the photo darkroom that is part of Family Tree Maker 2017.  There were also presentations on using Family Tree Maker, using the Charting Companion 7 software and using the plug-in Family Book Creator. Many members left the conference with new software that was available for purchase at a discount.


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, Mar. 25th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 26th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
1:30 pm
VGS General Monthly Meeting

Facts
The 1940 Census lists answers to several new questions never asked before including where they lived in 1935 and what was their income for the previous year.
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Be sure to look at several families before and after the family you are researching. These people are most likely the friends or family of your ancestor. Many lived in the same community very near each other.
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In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.
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Both Civil Registration and Census Returns run out when you get back to about 1840, and rarely provide information relevant before 1800. At this stage you need to turn to Parish Records: These date back to the mid 1500's. Cromwell, at the Court of Henry VIII, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial should be recorded.
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Consider using video tape for your interviews. Those being taped must approve this type of interview.
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