The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / May 10 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Researching Graphically –– Expanding Your Research with Timelines, Charts, Spreadsheets and Diagrams
Featuring Guest Speaker:  Ari Wilkins
The Program: Think about researching and organizing documents beyong genealogical software. This lecture will disucss the different ways that we process information. We will talk about visualizing research problems – such as brainstorming and bubble diagrams. We will discuss analyzing research and documenting positive and negative searches. The presentation will include charting your thoughts; composing hypotheses; mind mapping; creating timelines, spreadsheets and diagrams.
Guest Speaker:  Ari Wilkins, ia graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many year on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. Ari has instructed at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and has lectured at a multitude of state and local societies.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Upcoming Monthly Program
May General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, May 26 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Luana DarbySession 1 Topic 
Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning From Mistakes
It isn't often that we get a "do-over" when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain "embarrassing" such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there's hope since genealogists are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices.
Session 2 Topic
The Coded Census – Deciphering US Census Codes
Participants will learn this history of "coding the census" and how this information can improve genealogy research. Specifically we'll cover the 1910 to 1950 US Census Population Schedules and the various codes employed.
About our Speaker
What happens when a "tech guy" with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who's also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

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, May. 10th
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, May. 10th
7:00 pm
Researching Graphically – Expanding Your Research with Timelines, Charts, Spreadsheets and Diagrams
Tuesday, May. 11th
2:30 pm
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
Wednesday, May. 12th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, May. 12th
2:30 pm
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting

When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
[Land Records]

Start with yourself. Document everything you know about yourself. Include your spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Include occupations, where you have lived and all important events in your life. Then, and only then, start working backwards and with your living relatives.
[Basic Genealogy]

City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Hometown Records]

A centiMorgan (cM) is a measurement of how likely a segment of DNA is to recombine from one generation to the next. A single centiMorgan is considered equivalent to a 1% (1/100) chance that a segment of DNA will crossover or recombine within one generation.

Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the event. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Vital Records]