The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
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Upcoming Program
March General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 24 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session 1 Topic 
It's All about Respect – Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results
Session 2 Topic
A Giant Logic Puzzle:  An Overview of Visual Phasing
(This advanced technique uses three siblings' autosomal DNA results to reconstruct the genomes of their four grandparents.)
About our Speaker
Karen Stanbary, trained in advanced psychotherapy techniques with 30 years off clinical practice, helps people manage negative emotions upon receiving unexpected news. She offers tips to reduce stress and change the outcome of difficult conversations about unexpected DNA results. The tips are designed to change the cognitive frame from a discussion of rights to a discussion of respect and resiliency.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Recent Past Event
January Monday Evening Webinar
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"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, Mar. 8th
1:00 pm
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting
Monday, Mar. 8th
7:00 pm
“How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestors Get There? Migration Trails West”
Tuesday, Mar. 9th
2:30 pm
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 10th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 10th
2:30 pm
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting

When the head of the household is no longer listed, don't assume he/she is dead. It's possible that the former head of household is now living with one of the children.

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]

A person who dies "intestate" dies without a will.

Be sure to check for a town or county historical society in the area you are researching. Know their hours of operation and their visitor rules.
[Hometown Records]

Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology!
[Basic Genealogy]