The Villages Genealogical Society
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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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June Meeting Update

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June 28, 2018 General Meeting
The June General Meeting was a live webinar and we have about 80 members present at the Savannah Center and another 80 members watching online as Katherine R. Willson presented "Filling Out Your Family Tree Without Breaking the Bank." 
The general consensus following the meeting was "Wow, I didn't know there were so many free research websites."
Members can download a copy of the handout and/or watch the presentation by logging in under "Members Only."


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The VGS has been asked by the Florida State Genealogical Society to undertake the project of  digitizing Florida Pioneer applications.  We Need Your Help! 
Click HERE to learn more...


May Meeting Update

Meeting slideshow
May 23, 2018 General Meeting
The May General Meeting was well attended with about 160 members present. Our guest speaker was Donna Moughty from Lakeland Ranch, Florida. Donna has spoken to our group on several occassions. Her topic was "Finding the Women In Your Family Tree."
Donna pointed out that prior to the 20th century, many women didn't have an identity of their own. They were tangled with the father of husband often making research difficult.  Following the meeting, she had a large crowd asking additional questions.


Upcoming Special Events

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


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
Tuesday, Jul. 24th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 25th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 25th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 7th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting

Facts
Use the Research Extract Sheets to summarize information which cannot be photocopied, for which there is no document in your possession, or for things such as deeds which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly when you need information from the copy you have.
[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]

Death Records can be the least accurate records depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information about the deceased. How much do your children know about you?
[Vital Records]

“A court clerk may suggest you need only look at the grantee index, and not the grantor index. Don’t listen! There can be a variety of reasons why the purchase was not entered in the grantee index, although later the sale appears in the grantor index. The first deed may have been a patent or grant from the state or federal government, inherited, overlooked when the index was prepared, or just not recorded. Always check both indexes." Ibid
[Court 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]