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...  


July Monthly Meeting Update

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July 2020 General Meeting
Three members of The VGS presented topics to over 180 registered members at our July 22, virtual meeting.  During these uncertain times, Pat Adams VGS President, announced that the 2021 Annual Seminar will be a virtual seminar and our guest speaker will be Amy Johnson Crow.
Our 3-member panelists today presented 3 very interesting topics.
"Obituaries 2.0 – Telling the Rest of the Story", by Nancy Flanigan Schultz: "Understanding DNA Results", by Dan Spear and "20th Century Immigration Case Study: Grandpa, What Were You Thinking?" by Pat Adams.  The meeting was recorded and is available in the "Members Only" section of our website.


June Monthly Meeting Update

June 2020 General Meeting
On Wednesday, June 17, Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist, from Ancestry.com was our guest speaker at our June General Meeting. She showed some very useful tips in her presentation "Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com."  As a bonus, she also presented "What's New at AncestryDNA." From member feedback, her use of emoji's with her DNA was a hit.  If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  There are no  handouts.


June Monday Evening Webinar

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June 2020 Monday Evening Webinar
One Monday Evening, June 8th, "Mining for Treasurers in the Internet Archives" was presented by our guest speaker, Carla Cegielski.
The Internet Archive preserves more than 439 billion web pages. It contains 11 million audio files, over 3.5 million images, 554,000 software programs, and 5.8 million videos (including almost 2 million TV news shows). Of major interest to genealogists is the over 25 million items in the Text collection. Carla explained the mechanics of the search options are crucial to performing successful searches. If you missed the live presentation, members have 90 days to view it in the "Members Only" section of our website.  The handout is also available. 


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
Thursday, Aug. 13th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Aug. 14th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Aug. 17th
7:00 pm
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
Tuesday, Aug. 18th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 25th
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled

Facts
Newspapers are wonderful hometown records. In addition to looking for obituaries, be sure to look for articles about special events... births, baptisms/christenings, weddings and pre-nuptial events (bridal showers, etc.), birthdays (parties), anniversaries, etc.
[Hometown Records]

Cemetery Form: These sheets are useful for people who wish to keep track of information in graveyards or sexton’s records.
[Charts & Forms]

A Wiki is a website that allows multiple users to create, modify and organize web page content in a collaborative manner. FamilySearch.org and ancestry.com both have wiki's.
[Internet Reseach]

The Pedigree chart is the road map of you and your ancestors. It begins with YOU! Females must use their maiden names.
[Charts & Forms]

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: CISHistory.Library@dhs.gov. 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]