The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"
 
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July Meeting Update

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July 25, 2018 General Meeting
The July General Meeting featured our very own VP Annette Burke Lyttle as she presented "How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game."  Annette explained that taking some time to plan our research will actually save us time once we get into the records and allow us to target the records and collections that are most likely to get us the results we want.  Why do you need a plan?  The vast amount of records now available online can result in missing useful records or attaching records to our tree that don't really belong to us.
Members can download a copy of the handout by logging in under "Members Only."


June Meeting Update

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June 28, 2018 General Meeting
The June General Meeting was a live webinar and we have about 80 members present at the Savannah Center and another 80 members watching online as Katherine R. Willson presented "Filling Out Your Family Tree Without Breaking the Bank." 
The general consensus following the meeting was "Wow, I didn't know there were so many free research websites."
Members can download a copy of the handout and/or watch the presentation by logging in under "Members Only."


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The VGS has been asked by the Florida State Genealogical Society to undertake the project of  digitizing Florida Pioneer applications.  We Need Your Help! 
Click HERE to learn more...


Upcoming Special Events

 
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...


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
Tuesday, Aug. 14th
10:00 am
Citrus County Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 22nd
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 22nd
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 28th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Sep. 3rd
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled

Facts
DNA: (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) The chemical name for the molecule that carries genetic instructions in all living things. The DNA molecule consists of two strands that wind around each other to form a shape known as the double helix.
[DNA]

It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
[Hometown Records]

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]

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]

The 1890 U.S. Census records were destroyed by fire on January 10, 1921.
[Census]