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"

Crista Cowan is Returning to The Villages

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Crista Cowan & are coming to
The Villages.
Members received information by email on February 16th with a link to register for this event.
Check your event times on March 1 HERE

Our Annual Seminar Was a Huge Success

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Annual Seminar 2017
Cyndi Ingle, owner & webmaster of Cyndi's List Sites on the Internet was our guest speaker. She presented 4 sessions to 276 members attending today's annual seminar. She was witty and informative. Her topics included:
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
  • Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
  • The Hidden Wed, Digging Deeper
  • Be Your Own Digita; Archivist: Preserve Your Research

US-Mexican War, 1846-1848

We Are In Need of Indexing Volunteers.
For more information about this project or to register to become an indexer contant: 
Our Past President, Pat Rand, who is the Project Coordinator. 

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.”

Monday, Feb. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 1st
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Mar. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Mar. 3rd
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Mar. 6th
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting

It's very important to check maps. Boundaries change over time. Be sure the area where you think your ancestors resided is actually the area where they were.
[Hometown Records]

Y chromosome: One of the two sex chromosomes, X and Y. The Y chromosome passes down from father to son. Females do not receive it. As the Y chromosome is passed on through the paternal line, it is valuable for surname based genealogy studies.

Probate records are often overlooked in some family histories. Sometimes they can bring down your research brick wall. They may show relationships, financial status and life stories of your ancestors.

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]

The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children. Everyone with a spouse or child has two group sheets; one as a child with parents and usually one as a parent with children.
[Basic Genealogy]