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"

Upcoming Special Events

Our 18th Annual All-Day Seminar
February 28, 2018
Registration is now open to VGS members.
Complete Details
If you have a question, contact the Seminar Registrar HERE...
Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
January 5 - 12, 2019
Complete Details HERE...

September Meeting Update

Meeting pictures
September 27, 2017 General Meeting Highlights
At our September 27th meeting 178 members were in attendance. Our guest speaker was Ann Staley, CGSM. CGLSM and she presented "Googling Your Family: Using the Whole Website."

Ann gave an overview on how the site started in 1996, and demonstrated some tips on how to use their search engine. She also explained several other features provided by Google that many may not be aware of that could be useful in their genealogy research; such as Google Books, Google Images, Google Docs, News, Maps and Earth. What makes this site great is that it is all free. Do you have an Google account?
Both handouts have been posted in "Members Only."

August Monthly Meeting Update (Webinar)

Meeting attendees
August 23, 2017 General Meeting
At our August 23rd meeting 115 members at the Savannah Center and another 77 at remote locations were able to watch our first live webinar presented by Mary Kircher Roddy. Her presentation was entitled “Family Browse. How to Find Unindexed Records in FamilySearch” We were a little nervous on how it would turn out but by all accounts it received very favorable comments.

Here is one comment: Webinar was fantastic!  Got lots of information on how to search that I was not aware of. We need to do more of these webinars.  Thanks.

Here is another...  WONDERFUL!  I've really never done a "live" webinar before. Today went so smoothly, and was SO informative, I must try these more often.  I had no communication, nor volume problems, no break-ups in transmission!
It was wonderful to be here in Cohoes, NY (near the Capital, Albany!) and feel like I was sitting there in the Savannah Center.  (Though missing those happy faces!!!)
Thank you so much for all you do for the VGS, and for this most enlightening seminar!!!!  Thank you to Mary!

A copy of the handout and the link to view the entire webinar from "the cloud" has been sent to all members via email.

Expo is HUGE Success!

We had a fantastic turnout for our Family History Expo on September 28th. Well over 1000 residents attended!  My Heritage and Family Tree Maker Software participated and both were busy the entire day.
Our next Bigger & Better Expo  will be March 28, 2018

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.”

Wednesday, Oct. 18th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 19th
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Oct. 20th
10:00 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Oct. 23rd
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 25th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting

Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the National Archives.

What happened to the 1890 U.S. Census? A fire broke out in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.on January 10, 1921. The census records were stored improperly in the basement and were soaked with water and no restoration efforts were made to save the documents. The damaged records were destroyed sometime between 1933 and 1935 when they were deemed no longer necessary.

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. has manuscripts, publications and microfilms of a wide range of materials useful to genealogical research. Their website is free and easy to use.
[Federal Records]

The U.S. Federal Census is taken every 10 years on a designated census day by an "enumerator" in a specific area called an enumeration district. The first census was done in 1790; there are no censuses before 1790.

DNA: (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) The chemical name for the molecule that carries genetic instructions in all living things. The DNA molecule consists of two strands that wind around each other to form a shape known as the double helix.