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

20th Annual Seminar Update

Seminar Animated Images
20th Annual Seminar Highlights
John DeAngelo Photo's
Our 20th Annual Seminar, held on February 19th, was a grand success with 250 attendees for our guest speaker Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.
Blaine presented 4 outstanding presentations on DNA.  He mentioned how the world of genealogy is growing and changing as never before with the advances in technology and the use of DNA.  In addition to telling us what's new in the world of DNA, he demonstrated the use of DNA Painter to map our chromosomes. He also talked about ways to do everything possible to identify our DNA matches and ways to use autosomal DNA to uncover some of our 18th and 19th century mysteries.
A special thank you goes out to our volunteers.  Without them, it would not be possible to run the events our organization sponsors during each year.  Next up is the Family History Expo in March.

2020 Family History Expo

Expo Past Images
March 25, 2020
Expo 2018 Photo's by John DeAngelo
Our next big event will be our EXPO on Wednesday, March 25th. Among the vendors so far are Jim Beidler, Maureen Taylor, Diahan Southard, Family Tree Maker, MyHeritage, RootsMagic, Family ChartMaster, Vivid-Pix, The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and SK Translations. In addition to their booths, two rooms have been set aside where vendors will also give short presentations.
This year, the EXPO will be open to the general public as well as VGS members and Villages residents. There is no charge to attend this event.

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

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, Feb. 24th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 25th
2:00 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 2nd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 2nd
2:30 pm
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 3rd
9:00 am
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting

Know your relationships: An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
[Basic Genealogy]

Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination. If you’re not sure, search the churches closest to home first and then broaden your search in ever-widening circles.
[Church Records]

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was formerly known as INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). Searching for Immigration and naturalization records is essential in genealogy research. The website which allows patrons to order index searches or record copies is at: Payment is required for searching the indexes, and then payment again to obtain copies of records located. 20th century records include: Certificate Files (C-Files); Registry Files; Visa Files; Alien Registration and A-Files.
[Federal Records]

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

Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
[Vital Records]