The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy


Live Virtual Broadcasts

The Villages Genealogical Society sponsors live virtual broadcast presentations as part of your membership.  Here you can learn about these live events, presenter bio's and how to register.  Upcoming Presentations...




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June Meeting Update

Our President & Vice President were our speakers for the June Monthly Meeting and they came prepared with lots of informative information during their presentations on "Four Free Resources for Improving Your Genealogy Skills."
The Four Resources are the FamilySearch Learning Center, The NGS Learning Center, YouTube and The VGS Website.
There were no handouts and the event was not recorded, however, their slides are available for download under "Members Only" > "Secure Downloads."


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. 20th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 21st
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference
Tuesday, Aug. 27th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 28th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Monday, Sep. 2nd
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting Cancelled Labor Day

Facts
The 1840 Census asks about names and ages of Pensioners for Revolutionary or other Military Service.
[Census]

Surnames began in Europe about the 11th century. They developed as trade increased. The four basic groups of surnames are the patronymic (based on the father's name), landscape features or place names, action or nicknames, and occupational or office names.
[Basic Genealogy]

Digest everything that is recorded on the census, not just a name and a date.
[Census]

The 1910 census lists survivors of Union or Confederate army or naval service.
[Census]

Make a list of all living relatives before you start your genealogy research. Interview as many of them as possible. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy.
[Interviews]