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.  Here, you can learn more about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...


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October Meeting Updates

October 23, 2019 General Meeting
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Our October Family History month double-header featured Paula Stuart-Warren who is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, and coach based in Minnesota, but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. Her morning session was “Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research.”  After this session you will be prepared to find some information on those who lived or were born in the 20th century.  “Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records” was the topic for the afternoon workshop.  This lecture highlighted some major Midwestern archives and their holdings, finding aids, websites, special indexes, and available assistance for those not visiting in-person. An overview of each state archive was covered.
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.”
 


COMING EVENTS
Tuesday, Nov. 19th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20th
1:30 pm
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 21st
12:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
City Directories provide names and occupations of town residents and much local business information.
[Hometown Records]

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC and its Regional Branches, is the principal repository for records relating to the US federal government. These include the original paper copies of the federal census, all pre-World War I military records, Native American records, military service and pension records, naturalization records, ship passenger lists, land-entry case files, and homestead and bounty land warrant records. NARA's website is the place to begin research for federal records.
[Federal Records]

Birth Records can be difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
[Vital Records]

The 1880 census was the first to identify the relationship between the household member and the head of house.
[Census]

Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology!
[Basic Genealogy]