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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October General Meeting Update

Annette Burke
Luana Darby was scheduled to be our guest speaker but due to circumstances beyond her control, she had to cancel. She will be a presenter at a later date. Our talented VP, Annette Burke-Lyttle, took charge with two outstanding presentations “Finding and Using Digitized Manuscript Collections for Genealogical Research” and “Doing a Deep Dive into Collections.”  
If you just type a name in the generic search field on, this is a must presentation for you to become a more accomplished researcher.
Both sessions were well attended and contained information on where to research your family were many researchers would not normally look. The recordings are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

October Monday Evening Webinar

At our Monday Evening Webinar in October, Diane asked "Have you explored ledgers?" She said that we can learn so much about your family and the neighborhood through these records.  Store, business (e.g., hotels, livery, stable, distillery, blacksmith, etc), and health related (e.g., Physician, Insane Asylum, etc.) ledgers can link family members and provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history narrative.
Diane said many ledgers are only available off-line, you can determine their existence online using Archivegrid! The recording is now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

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."

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, Nov. 2nd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Nov. 2nd
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 3rd
9:30 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 4th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 4th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting

Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
[Vital Records]

Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. Using the information from each area provides us with a true picture of our family.
[Basic Genealogy]

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was formerly known as INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). Searching for Immigration and naturalization records is essential in genealogy research. The website which allows patrons to order index searches or record copies is at: Payment is required for searching the indexes, and then payment again to obtain copies of records located. 20th century records include: Certificate Files (C-Files); Registry Files; Visa Files; Alien Registration and A-Files.
[Federal Records]

Family Group Sheet: This sheet is what we use to keep track of family data. It features references for each piece of information that is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the compilation much easier.
[Charts & Forms]

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]