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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July Meeting Update

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July 25, 2018 General Meeting
The July General Meeting featured our very own VP Annette Burke Lyttle as she presented "How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game."  Annette explained that taking some time to plan our research will actually save us time once we get into the records and allow us to target the records and collections that are most likely to get us the results we want.  Why do you need a plan?  The vast amount of records now available online can result in missing useful records or attaching records to our tree that don't really belong to us.
Members can download a copy of the handout by logging in under "Members Only."


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...


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, Aug. 14th
10:00 am
Citrus County Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 22nd
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 22nd
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 28th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Sep. 3rd
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled

Facts
A bequest is a legacy, usually a gift of real estate by will.
[Probate]

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from females to both sons and daughters, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA to their children.
[DNA]

A Blog is an abbreviated version of Weblog, a term used to describe Web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. There are many blog's for genealogy including the VGS blog and one of the more notable blogs belongs to Dick Eastman. See http://blog.eogn.com
[Internet Reseach]

Both Civil Registration and Census Returns run out when you get back to about 1840, and rarely provide information relevant before 1800. At this stage you need to turn to Parish Records: These date back to the mid 1500's. Cromwell, at the Court of Henry VIII, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial should be recorded.
[Church Records]

The 1900 and 1910 censuses lists the number of years of marriage for each married household member.
[Census]