The Villages Genealogical Society
Welcome to The Villages
Genealogical Society
Promoting and stimulating knowledge and interest
in the study of genealogy
"It's Another Beautiful Day in The Villages"
 
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May Monthly Meeting Update

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May 24, 2017 General Meeting
Donna Bachowski was our guest speaker at the May general meeting. The snow-birds have returned north, subsequently we only had a little over 100 members present. Donna presented "EPOCH:" (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage). EPOCH is a project created by the Orange County Library System for our community to save local history and memories. By engaging the community to memorialize the lives of those they have lost, the fullness of the life of the deceased can be preserved for family, researchers, and genealogists. Any one in the world can use this FREE service.  Learn more about EPOCH Here...


April Monthly Meeting Update

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April 24, 2017 General Meeting
Dennis Michael Desmond was our guest speaker at our April meeting. You could tell that the snow-birds are heading north since only about 150 members were in attendance. Dennis presented "So, You Think You Want to Write a Book." Dennis went over the key aspects of a successful book. "Research, Writing & Publishing." Another key point is to have others read your book prior to publishing since you, the author, are to close to the story. You want to be sure others understand the subject matter being told. 


Expo is HUGE Success!

We had a fantastic turnout for our Family History Expo on September 28th. Well over 1000 residents attended!  My Heritage and Family Tree Maker Software participated and both were busy the entire day.


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
Thursday, Jun. 1st
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 5th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Jun. 8th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Jun. 9th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 12th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting

Facts
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]

National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has U.S. military records for World War I or later. World War I draft registration cards are online, along with some of the World War II enlistment records. Some of the records in St. Louis were destroyed by fire, and they ask that you send the request for records back a second time since the first reply is computer-generated.
[Federal Records]

The local library may have copies of old city directories produced my the municipality.
[Hometown Records]

The "Social Security Death Index" is an online searchable database. It only includes the names of deceased individuals whose deaths were reported to Social Security. Beginning in 2014, rules governing the "Social Security Death Index" changed. Records for the most recent 3 years are not available.
[Federal Records]

There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person’s interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Land Records]