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...

Annual Seminar Registration

Friday, February 22
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG,CG,FIGRS,FUGA

FTM Conference Update

Animated Gig
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.

January Monthly Meeting Update

Meeting Room Overview
January 2019 General Monthly Meeting
On Wednesday January 23, 2019, we had 325 members in attendance an another 50 tuning in via the internet. Today's guest speaker was Diahan Southard via a live webinar.  Here well received presentation was "3 Ways To Find Your Best DNA Matches"
  1. Mine Your Ethnicity Results For Clues
  2. Use The Genealogy Tools Provided
  3. Use The Shared Matches Tool
​She pointed out that your ethnicity results have three components: Reference Populations, Fancy Math, and Time.  That means that if a particular company doesn't have a good representation of the population you come from, they are going to have a difficult time providing a good result for you.
The Handout is now online and the Webinar will be available online soon. "Members Only" > "Webinar & Meetings"

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.”

Friday, Feb. 22nd
9:00 am
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
Monday, Feb. 25th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 26th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 27th
RootsTech Salt Lake City 2019
Wednesday, Feb. 27th
10:00 am
Could Our Ancestors Have Met?

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. Surname spelling was not standardized until well into the 20th century.
[Basic Genealogy]

Source: Original This source is in its first recorded form. (ie: the original marriage record license)
[Sources & Evidence]

Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
[Court Records]

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]

Digital copies, sometimes called "portable files", are copies of your original documents, family group sheets, notes, pedigree charts, etc.