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


Live Virtual Broadcasts

The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Here you can learn about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...


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September Meeting Update

Meeting Room Overview
September 19, 2019 General Meeting
Our September General Meeting was an encore presentation by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, entitled "Introduction to DNA."  In today's presentation, we learned the fundamentals of DNA testing and was a "warm-up" for our February Annual Seminar. At our seminar, Mr. Bettinger will present 4 additional, more advance, DNA presentations to our attendees. Registration for the seminar has begun. Click on the link above for more information and a registration form.
 
The Webinar & Handout are online: "Members Only" > Webinar & Meetings


VGS Receives the NGS Gold Star Award

Read the Letter from C. Ann Staley, Conference Chair, to President Lannin:
Comments from our members attending the Conference can be read HERE


Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”
 


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Sep. 23rd
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Sep. 24th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Sep. 24th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 25th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 1st
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting

Facts
Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.
[Court 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 1940 Census lists answers to several new questions never asked before including where they lived in 1935 and what was their income for the previous year.
[Census]

Collective naturalization is a process used when a government acquires the territory of a foreign government by treaty or cession, and the inhabitants receive the rights and privileges of citizenship.
[Naturalization]

Federal Census records are available to the public 72 years after they are taken.
[Census]