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

 
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


Family History Expo Update

Slideshow
March 28, 2018 General Meeting
How could you describe our Family History Expo? Would 192 new members give you an indication? It was a huge success!  The day was busy from before the event started right through closing time.  Some of the venders couldn't even take time from lunch they were so busy.  Most of the presentations were filled to capacity especially Google Tips & Tricks, and the DNA presentations by AncestryDNA and My Heritage.  We thank everyone who attended and hoped you received a wealth of information about what the VGS offers its members. See the photos...


18th Annual Seminar Update

Seminar Overview
February 28, 2018 Annual Seminar
From our survey results, Dr. John Colletta was well received at our 18th annual seminar. 
John presented four topics... They were:
  • Libraries, Archives and Public Record Offices: Understanding Resource Repositories
  • The County Courthouse: Your ‘Trunk in the Attic’
  • State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them
  • Sixteen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a
  • 19th-Century Immigrant
A big "Thank You" to all the volunteers who helped make the day a success.
All 4 Handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section for 30 days only.


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
Monday, Apr. 23rd
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Apr. 24th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 25th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 25th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May. 1st
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting

Facts
Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy offers many suggestions on Courthouse research.
[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]

Begin with the latest census available and work backwards. Census records have been taken since 1790. Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled according to the state you are researching in.
[Census]

There is genealogy beyond the internet! While the internet is one very convenient tool, it is not the only tool. Check out online library catalogs, then visit the library to access the book or request an interlibrary loan.
[Basic Genealogy]

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.
[Probate]