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"
Registration is now open for The National Genealogical Society 2016 Family History
Conference. Watch the Promo video HERE or Conference Website

January 2016 Monthly Meeting

L-R: Pres. Jim Lannin, Guest Speaker Debra Fleming, VP Pat Adams
Photo by John DeAngelo
Our first general meeting of 2016 was held January 27th at the Savannah Center with over 400 members in attendance. This was the largest attended meeting in the history of The VGS. Our guest speaker, Debra Fleming, presented "Using
According to Ms. Fleming, Family Search is the most underutilized wed site in the genealogical community. Why is that?
  • People find it hard to navigate
  • The family tree roll out was grossly mishandled
  • The wiki is not promoted enough for what it offers
  • People don't know what you can do on the site
  • LDS and Ancestry feud in the 2000's
While the above is true, is a very useful web site for research and education.
A copy of her handout is in the "Members Only" section of our website.

Seminar 2016 Information

Mark Lowe Image
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...

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

Wednesday, Feb. 10th
10:00 am
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 11th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Feb. 12th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 16th
1:00 pm
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 17th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting

FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.
[Land Records]

1790-1840 Censuses only list the head of the household, but don't overlook using them. They are helpful to place a family in specific locations at specific times.

The U.S. Federal Census is taken every 10 years on a designated census day by an "enumerator" in a specific area called an enumeration district. The first census was done in 1790; there are no censuses before 1790.

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

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]