The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy

The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Learn more about our live monthly General Meetings and Monday Evening Webinars, presenter bio's and how to register to attend Here...  


Upcoming Program
January Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 20 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Note: this meeting is a week earlier than usual.)
Lois Mackin 
Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD
Our meeting this month will include 2 sessions.
Session 1 Topic:  Vital Records
Dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths are the "meat & potatoes" of our genealogical research. Learn how to find the facts in local, state and even federal goverment records.
Session 2 Topic:  Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study
This case shows how researching the American records of a late 19th century immigrant to Wisconsin and his family led to identifying his place of origin in Ireland.
Ms. Mackin is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. She writes and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including DNA.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Recent Past Event
January Monday Evening Webinar
 Sharon Hoyt Image
Sharon Hoyt, CG
"The Missing Man: Brick Wall Strategies" was the topic for our first Monday evening webinar of 2021, presented by Sharon Hoyt, CG. Sharon pointed out the key points for your research. Plan, Names, Locations, Research, Analyze and Manage your findings. There are also many tools such as previous research, vital records, and family records. Are there military, religious, court, land, cemetery or occupational records? Don't forget the newspapers.
Existing research can provide a good starting place, but don’t accept it without verifying it and that you agree with their conclusions.
The recordings and handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”
You must be a resident of The Villages, FL for membership

Monday, Jan. 18th
1:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
1:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jan. 25th
10:00 am
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting

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]

Don't always depend on "source material" others have posted. Even census records were not always recorded accurately. Have at least 2 similar source results to back up your findings.
[Internet Reseach]

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]

The "Social Security Death Index" is an online searchable database. It only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security. Beginning in 2014, rules governing the "Social Security Death Index" changed. Records for the most recent 3 years are not available.
[Federal Records]

Don't assume that all children listed in the census belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children a combination of "his and hers."