The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
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in the study of genealogy
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Upcoming Special Events

Our 18th Annual All-Day Seminar
February 28, 2018
Registration is now open to VGS members.
Complete Details
If you have a question, contact the Seminar Registrar HERE...
Family History Expo
March 28, 2018
More Info HERE...
VGS Western Caribbean Cruise
February 2 - 9, 2019
Complete Details HERE...

November Meeting Update

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November 15, 2017 General Meeting
David McDonald gave an excellent informative presentation to the VGS Membership meeting on November 15.  He spoke on the topic of “Religious Records and Their Genealogical Use”.
He began with about a 45 minute presentation on the history of religions in the United States.  This was very  interesting, even for those of us who did not think it would be!  He is very knowledgeable about this history and made it not only informative, but entertaining.   This created a solid foundation on which he then explored the topic of religious records and their use. 
He then went into an exploration of the various religious documents.  The standard “vital documents” generated by governing bodies and often used by genealogists as “building blocks” can only provide so much information.  Many governing bodies did not keep vital records until the 19th or even early 20th centuries.  Church records are important back up resources.  They often provide records on births/baptisms, marriages, and deaths/burials.  Understanding how the various religions thrived in the various parts of the United States provides an excellent resource as to where why people may have migrated, where records might be, and how to search for them.
If you missed the presentation, the handout has been posted in "Members Only."

October Meeting Update

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October 25, 2017 General Meeting
At our October 23rd meeting about 175 members were in attendance along with another 75 members attending remotely via a live webinar. Our guest speaker was Amy Johnson Crow, CG and she presented "What Do You Mean There's No Record?! Using Vital Record Substitutes"

Amy stated: "In order to research and identify our ancestors, we must find records about them. Civil vital records are key components to genealogical research. What do you do when your ancestor was born in 1878 in Indiana (where civil birth records didn’t begin until 1882) or died in Ohio in 1862 (where civil death records didn’t begin until 1867)? It’s time to start thinking outside the box and look for other types of records – the vital records substitutes."
If you missed the presentation, the handout and video have been posted in "Members Only."

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.”

Monday, Nov. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 28th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 1st
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Dec. 4th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Dec. 4th
1:00 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting

A military records subscription site is

To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
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Begin with the latest census available and work backwards. Census records have been taken since 1790. Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled according to the state you are researching in.

There are three types of wills: Attested, Holographic and Nuncupative. The attested will is the most common and is prepared for the testator. A holographic will is written by the testator himself. A nuncupative will is the deathbed wishes of the testator, recorded by a witness present at the bedside. All wills must be witnessed.

Always record females using their maiden names.
[Basic Genealogy]