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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Upcoming Special Events

Our 18th Annual All-Day Seminar
February 28, 2018
Registration is open to all residents of The Villages, FL
Registration deadline is February 23, 2018
Complete Details
HERE...
If you have a question, contact the Seminar Registrar HERE...
Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...
 


January Monthly Meeting Update

Animated Meeting Pictures
January 24, 2018 General Meeting
January is usually a full house and our best attended meeting of the year and 2018 proved to be no exception.  402 members were in attendance to hear Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, present "Identifying and Dating Family Photos." From comments overheard after the meeting is was a very well received presentation.
She identified major characteristics of photographic methods, types of images, how to start at home and network with relatives, clothing clues, and using any photographer's imprints to help identify the photographic.
In her afternoon workshop, 100 additional members were on hand for her presentation "Discovering Genealogical Clues in Photographs."  Her first question was is a photograph a Genealogical Document?  Yes it is!
Handouts are available in the "Members Only" section for 60 days.
 


December Live Webinar

Blaine's Image
Blaine Bettinger
On December 4th, 190 members had the opportunity to view the "Introduction to DNA" webinar presented by Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD, the Genetic Genealogist.  Blaine is going to be one of our speakers on the 2019 VGS genealogy cruise, so those who attended got a very good introduction to his informative presentations.
We learned about Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA in an easy to understand format. His handout contains many of the images that he use to illustrate the points he was making. The handout is available for download in the "Members Only" "Online Webinars" section of our website as is the actual video. The video will be available for viewing for three months.


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
Wednesday, Feb. 21st
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 22nd
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Feb. 26th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 28th
9:00 am
18th Annual All-Day Seminar
Thursday, Mar. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC and its Regional Branches, is the principal repository for records relating to the US federal government. These include the original paper copies of the federal census, all pre-World War I military records, Native American records, military service and pension records, naturalization records, ship passenger lists, land-entry case files, and homestead and bounty land warrant records. NARA's website is the place to begin research for federal records.
[Federal Records]

Chromosome: An organized package of DNA found in the nucleus of the cell. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. 22 numbered chromosomes, called autosomes and one pair of sex chromosomes X and Y.
[DNA]

City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Hometown Records]

Birth Records can be difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
[Vital Records]

General Land Office is now called Bureau of Land Management of the United States Department of Interior. Some federal land records are here, some in the National Archives and some are in state and university libraries. Public domain land states are largely available on the Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office-Eastern States free website.
[Federal Records]