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


Family History Expo

Expo Past Images
March 25, 2020
Expo 2018 Photo's by John DeAngelo
Our next big event will be our EXPO on Wednesday, March 25th. Among the vendors so far are Jim Beidler, Maureen Taylor, Diahan Southard, Family Tree Maker, MyHeritage, RootsMagic, Family ChartMaster, Vivid-Pix, The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and SK Translations. In addition to their booths, two rooms have been set aside where vendors will also give short presentations.
This year, the EXPO will be open to the general public as well as VGS members and Villages residents. There is no charge to attend this event.


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...  


January Meeting Update

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January 22, 2020 General Meeting 
John DeAngelo Photo's
January again offered members the opportunity to attend two meetings on the 22nd at the Savannah Center.  Our guest speaker was Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.  The morning general meeting presentation, attended by over 300 members present and online, was “Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research.” We learned what valuable information these documents may contain and where to find them.
At our afternoon workshop, attended by 135 members, present and online, heard “Overcoming Brick Walls in Eastern European Research.” Here she outlined the challenges to this type of research and the means to overcome them.
Meetings presentations & handouts are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & 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


COMING EVENTS
Tuesday, Feb. 18th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 19th
9:00 am
Annual All-Day Seminar
Thursday, Feb. 20th
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Feb. 21st
10:00 am
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Feb. 24th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting

Facts
X chromosome: One of the two sex chromosomes, X and Y. The X chromosome is passed down from mother to child. X is the sex chromosome that is present in both sexes, singly in males and doubly in females.
[DNA]

Always record females using their maiden names.
[Basic Genealogy]

National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has U.S. military records for World War I or later. World War I draft registration cards are online, along with some of the World War II enlistment records. Some of the records in St. Louis were destroyed by fire, and they ask that you send the request for records back a second time since the first reply is computer-generated.
[Federal Records]

STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
[Land Records]

The 1900 through 1930 censuses lists the individual's year of immigration to the United States. Don't be surprised if they are all different dates.
[Immigration]