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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April Monthly Meeting Update

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April 24, 2017 General Meeting
Dennis Michael Desmond was our guest speaker at our April meeting. You could tell that the snow-birds are heading north since only about 150 members were in attendance. Dennis presented "So, You Think You Want to Write a Book." Dennis went over the key aspects of a successful book. "Research, Writing & Publishing." Another key point is to have others read your book prior to publishing since you, the author, are to close to the story. You want to be sure others understand the subject matter being told. 


March Monthly Meeting Update

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March 22, 2017 General Meeting
Genealogy Road Show co-host, Mary Tedesco, was out guest speaker for our March monthly meeting and the guest speaker in the afternoon for our Italian Special Interest Group meeting. 340 members heard Mary present "Underused Resources and Record Types for Genealogists" at the monthly meeeting and 50 Italian SIG members loved the information that was presented in "Italian Genealogy: Records & Resources in Italy."   For those who did not get a handout in the morning session, one is available in "Members Only" > "Meeting Handouts.


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.


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
Thursday, Jun. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 8th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Jun. 9th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 12th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Facts
The local library may have copies of old city directories produced my the municipality.
[Hometown Records]

The 1910 census lists survivors of Union or Confederate army or naval service.
[Census]

The Social Security Death index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961.
[Federal Records]

An Ancestor Chart records the ancestors from whom you directly descend--those for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family unit. It shows at a glance the progress you have made towards this goal and what remains to be done.
[Charts & Forms]

Female lines are as important as male lines. One-half of your ancestors are female! They can be more difficult to locate since most changed their names when married.
[Basic Genealogy]