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 our live monthly General Meetings and Monday Evening Webinars, presenter bio's and how to register to attend Here...  


Upcoming Program
January Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 20 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Note: this meeting is a week earlier than usual.)
Lois Mackin 
Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD
Our meeting this month will include 2 sessions.
Session 1 Topic:  Vital Records
Dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths are the "meat & potatoes" of our genealogical research. Learn how to find the facts in local, state and even federal goverment records.
Session 2 Topic:  Finding Overseas Ancestors: An Irish Case Study
This case shows how researching the American records of a late 19th century immigrant to Wisconsin and his family led to identifying his place of origin in Ireland.
Ms. Mackin is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. She writes and teaches about genealogical records and methods, including DNA.
For more details, and to register, visit our Coming Events listing.

Recent Past Event
January Monday Evening Webinar
 Sharon Hoyt Image
Sharon Hoyt, CG
"The Missing Man: Brick Wall Strategies" was the topic for our first Monday evening webinar of 2021, presented by Sharon Hoyt, CG. Sharon pointed out the key points for your research. Plan, Names, Locations, Research, Analyze and Manage your findings. There are also many tools such as previous research, vital records, and family records. Are there military, religious, court, land, cemetery or occupational records? Don't forget the newspapers.
Existing research can provide a good starting place, but don’t accept it without verifying it and that you agree with their conclusions.
The recordings and handouts are now available in the "Members Only" section of our website, under "Webinars and Meetings."

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

Monday, Jan. 18th
1:00 pm
Best Practices SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
1:00 pm
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jan. 25th
10:00 am
Family Tree Maker / Technology SIG Meeting

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.

An "executor" is named by the testator and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed to handle the affairs of one who dies intestate (without a will).

The 1930 census lists military service in other wars: "Sp" for the Spanish-American War, "Phil" for the Philippine Insurrection, "Box" for the Boxer Rebellion, "Mex" for the Mexican Expedition, and "WW" for World War 1.

The 1900 and 1910 censuses lists the number of years of marriage for each married household member.

Town and county histories can be invaluable to form a picture of your ancestors in the time they lived in the area.
[Hometown Records]