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 these live events, presenter bio's and how to register Here...  


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September General Meeting Update

 
Our September General Meeting offered two interesting presentations by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. The first, "Preserving Family History, Experiences, and Stories from the Pandemic" where she presented ideas of how to document your COVID-19 story during this pandemic. The information to save and share for future generations.
The bonus presentation by Paula was "Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research." Names, dates, relationships, places of new and former residences, burial location, and other details may be learned. Both presentations can be found in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


September Monday Evening Webinar

 
Sanborn Maps was the topic for our September Monday evening webinar with guest speaker Ari Wilkins. Sanborn Maps were used by insurance agents to determine the risks of insuring specific buildings. Who knew that they can be used with census records and city directories to reconstruct communities.
Google Earth is a free software tool that allows one to pinpoint an ancestor’s community in present day time. The software enables the user to view current and historical maps, streets, street views and buildings in 3D. It allows the user to overlay historical maps on top of current maps, add photographs and other genealogical information including a Sanborn map. The recording is now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."


Pat Rand 2020 Hartzog Award Winner

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP is pleased to announce that park volunteer Pat Rand was awarded the Regional Hartzog Enduring Service Award for 2020
The Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognizes the exemplary contributions of these very important people. Former NPS director George Hartzog, Jr. and his wife Helen created a fund to support awards that honor the efforts of volunteers who go beyond the normal call of duty. Pat served as President, 2012-2014, and is a  VGS "Life Member."
Read the full Press Release


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


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Sep. 28th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Monday, Sep. 28th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Oct. 2nd
9:30 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting
Monday, Oct. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Information Primary: The information in this source contains details provided by someone with firsthand knowledge of the person, event, or situation. (ie: A Birth Certificate)
[Sources & Evidence]

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

Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.
[Basic Genealogy]

Be aware that many documents are only available through a courthouse. Not everything is available online. If you can’t go personally, write a letter, or check with a nearby genealogical society which may provide a lookup service for a small fee.
[Court Records]

The 1880 census was the first to identify the relationship between the household member and the head of house.
[Census]