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...  


Virtual Expo Update

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Our Family History Expo was canceled due to Covid-19 but it did not prevent us from having a Virtual Expo replacement. We were able to present eight, half hour presentations.  Our guest speakers included, Diahan Southard, Maureen Taylor, Jim Beidler, Janet Hovorka, Katherine Schober, Rich Voight, Mike Bollinger and Karen Molohon.
If you missed the live presentations, members have 90 days to view them in the "Members Only" section of our website.
 


20th Annual Seminar Update

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20th Annual Seminar Highlights
John DeAngelo Photo's
Our 20th Annual Seminar, held on February 19th, was a grand success with 250 attendees for our guest speaker Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.
Blaine presented 4 outstanding presentations on DNA.  He mentioned how the world of genealogy is growing and changing as never before with the advances in technology and the use of DNA.  In addition to telling us what's new in the world of DNA, he demonstrated the use of DNA Painter to map our chromosomes. He also talked about ways to do everything possible to identify our DNA matches and ways to use autosomal DNA to uncover some of our 18th and 19th century mysteries.
A special thank you goes out to our volunteers.  Without them, it would not be possible to run the events our organization sponsors during each year.  Next up is the Family History Expo in March.


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
Wednesday, Apr. 8th
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Wednesday, Apr. 8th
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Thursday, Apr. 9th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Saturday, Apr. 11th
2:30 pm
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
Monday, Apr. 13th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
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.
[Census]

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.
[Census]

X chromosome: One of the two sex chromosomes, X and Y. The X chromosome is passed down from mother to child. X is the sex chromosome that is present in both sexes, singly in males and doubly in females.
[DNA]

Death Records can be the least accurate records depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information about the deceased. How much do your children know about you?
[Vital Records]

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]