The Villages Genealogical Society
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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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March Monthly Meeting Update


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March 22, 2017 General Meeting
Genealogy Road Show co-host, Mary Tedesco, was out guest speaker for our March monthly meeting and the guest speaker in the afternoon for our Italian Special Interest Group meeting. 340 members heard Mary present "Underused Resources and Record Types for Genealogists" at the monthly meeeting and 50 Italian SIG members loved the information that was presented in "Italian Genealogy: Records & Resources in Italy."   For those who did not get a handout in the morning session, one is available in "Members Only" > "Meeting Handouts.


Crista Cowan Returns to The Villages


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Crista Cowan returned to The Villages and over 550 seats were filled by members during three sessions of lectures and demonstrations on using Ancestry.com. Getting the most from Ancestry.com and many tips and tricks on using your family tree on the ancestry.com website were presented. "Using DNA to Build Your Family Tree" seemed to generate the most questions from attendees.


US-Mexican War, 1846-1848


FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PARTNER FOR NEW PRESERVATION PROJECT...
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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.”


COMING EVENTS
Monday, Mar. 27th
10:00 am
Technology SIG Meeting
Monday, Apr. 3rd
10:00 am
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 5th
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Apr. 6th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Apr. 7th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
The Social Security Death index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961.
[Federal Records]

Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.
[Land Records]

Digital copies, sometimes called "portable files", are copies of your original documents, family group sheets, notes, pedigree charts, etc.
[Organization]

When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.
[Basic Genealogy]

The 1850 census was the first census to give the name, sex, color, age, occupation and birthplace of each free member of the household.
[Census]