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


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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 
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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


November Monthly Meeting Updates

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November 20, 2019 General Meeting
John DeAngelo Photo's
November gave our members the opportunity to attend two meetings on the 20th at the Savannah Center.  Our guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Jones, CP, CGL.  Our very informative presentation for the morning general meeting was "Can a Complex Research problem be Solved Solely Online?" The answer was "Yes, But..." The case study  demonstrated the complexity of issues that could be encountered during your research.  Our afternoon workshop presentation was "Inferential Genealogy: "Deducing Ancestors Identities Indirectly."  Here we learned that timelines are very important to come to a reasonable conclusion for the identity of an ancestor. 
Both meetings & 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
Monday, Feb. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Feb. 3rd
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 4th
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 5th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
The Social Security Death index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961.
[Federal Records]

Make a list of all living relatives before you start your genealogy research. Interview as many of them as possible. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy.
[Interviews]

The Research Calendar gives an account of every record source you have searched and serves as a reminder of what you have already done and where you have found pertinent information.
[Charts & Forms]

The Pedigree Chart is a map from you to your ancestors. Begin with yourself. Females always use their maiden names.
[Basic Genealogy]

A military records subscription site is Fold3.com
[Military]