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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April General Meeting

Meeting Photos
Our April 27, 2016 general monthly meeting was attended by 215 members. Our guest speaker was George Morgan. His presentation was, "Dissect Obituaries for New Clues", was well received by our audience with many questions being asked following the presentation.
 
What is an obituary? A notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, most often published in a newspaper. It is also...
  • A public record
  • An advertisement for a funeral parlor
  • An announcement of services
  • A tremendous potential source of genealogical information.
Due to a meeting location change beyond our control, we apologize to those who could not attend the meeting due to space limitations. A copy of the handout is available in the "Members Only" section of our website.

NEHGS in The Villages

NEHGS Seminar
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the oldest and largest non-profit genealogical society in the country came to The Villages on Friday, April 1, 2016. A full house greeted the NEHGS staff and their presenters. The Villages Genealogical Society was well represented with over 30 members in attendance.
Topics covered included:
  • Using AmericanAncestors.org
  • Migrations out or New England
  • Choosing Genealogy Software
  • Probate Record Resources
  • Immigration and Naturalization
A cocktail reception was held after the conference. See more images in our Photo Gallery.

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

COMING EVENTS
Wednesday, May. 4th
8:00 am
NGS Conference
Thursday, May. 5th
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, May. 6th
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, May. 9th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, May. 11th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
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).
[Probate]

There is genealogy beyond the internet! While the internet is one very convenient tool, it is not the only tool. Check out online library catalogs, then visit the library to access the book or request an interlibrary loan.
[Basic Genealogy]

When going through old papers, be on the lookout for a Certificate of Naturalization of your ancestor. It was given to them at the time of their Citizenship, however, it contains little information compared to the other naturalization paperwork.
[Naturalization]

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.
[Probate]

“Land transfers weren’t always recorded. The land may have been inherited rather than transferred by deed, or deeds among family members may mot have been taken to the courthouse to save the recording fee. Diligent searching, however, should produce something, perhaps even years after the original purchase, when the land was sold out of the family.”
[Court Records]