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"
Get Ready! The National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference
is Coming  to Florida. Watch the Promo video HERE or Conference Website

Seminar 2016 Information

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J. Mark Lowe
Registration for our members has begun for our 16th annual seminar. Our Guest Speaker for the February 24, 2016 seminar will be J. Mark Lowe CG. Mr. Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the south. Mark has published articles in APGQ, North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, SPEAK!, The Longhunter, and other society publications.


He is also an instructor at IGHR (Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research) at Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (UGA). He is a former officer and Board member for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and was awarded the APG – Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award.

Members should plan on registering early to assure you have a seat.
Registration for non-member residents of The Villages, begins December 15, 2015
Download the information packet...

November Monthly Meeting Update

Guest speaker with officers
L-R: VP Pat Adams, Guest Speaker Ann Osisek, Pres. Jim Lannin
Photo by John DeAngelo
Our November general meeting was held at the Savannah Center with over 200 members in attendance. Our guest speaker, Ann Mohr Osisek, presented "Chronological Logic - Timelines in Genealogical Research." 
Timelines are another tool in the family historians toolbox. They can be used to organize a families historical information. They also can be used to see gaps in your research or as a means to knockdown a brick wall.  By linking world events with family history events one can get a better understanding of the living conditions our ancestors may have had to deal with. If you plan on writing about your research they offer a means to structure and outline that family story.

October Monthly Meeting Update

Guest speaker
Our guest speaker Diahan Southard
Photo by John DeAngelo
Our October general meeting was held at the Savannah Center with a strong turnout to hear Diahan Southard speak about Autosomal DNA Testing. She asked "how many in the audience have had their DNA tested?" and she was surprised at the number who raised their hands; over three quarters of the attendees. One thing she wanted everyone to be aware of is that there are more relatives in online databases who cannot be found with just your test. If you get more people tested (siblings, cousins etc) then you increase your chances of finding all of your relatives.

Admission to meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society is limited to
VGS members and paid guests.”

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 3rd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Dec. 4th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 9th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 10th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting

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).

Be sure to check for a town or county historical society in the area you are researching. Know their hours of operation and their visitor rules.
[Hometown Records]

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.

Remember to source (document) everything you find on your ancestors. Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Most genealogy software will get you through the basics, Elizabeth Shown Mills has authored several very good books on the subject.
[Sources & Evidence]

When looking at deed indexes, be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land.
[Land Records]