The Villages Genealogical Society
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Genealogical Society
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May General Meeting

May 2016 Meeting Pictures
May 2016 Scenes
May is usually the lowest attended meetings of the year since so many of our members have gone north and returned home for the summer. However, the 135 in attendance today were presented with an interesting methodology on how guest speaker Hank de Cillia went about researching his family tree.

He had 13 suggestions for "Finding Your Roots" with number one being: See yourself as gathering information to "tell your family story". It's much more rewarding than simply "collecting data". Become a family history detective.
His handout will be available for a limited time in the "Members Only" section of our website.

My take on the NGS Confernece

Mark Lowe & Pat Adams Picture
J. Mark Lowe & VP Pat Adams at the 2016 NGS Conference
Article by Vice President Pat Adams
This was the second national conference I have attended and what a different feeling for me from the first.  I found that this conference for me was like a school reunion of sorts.  I felt right at home as I chatted with many of our past speakers including J. Mark Lowe, Diahan Southard, Ann Staley, Donna Moughty and Dick Eastman.   I made some new contacts as well and hope to bring them to The Villages to speak at future meetings.
When I am at conferences I usually wear three hats.  First, as Program Chair, I am always on the lookout for topics and speakers.  Second, as co-chair of the British SIG, I will usually attend at least one session whose focus is researching The British Isles.  Third, I look for topics that can assist me in my research with either a brick wall or just additional general research.  I will tell you about some of them in a future post.
However, the most fun for me is the exhibit hall.  Just ask my roommates.  I am like a kid in a candy shop.  In fact, many of the vendors had candy at their booths and I happily volunteered to help them out by eating some.  I sign up for drawings, because you can’t win if you don’t enter.  I am so glad I had two and a half hours each day to spend there.  Grab a little lunch and then wander around and talk to the vendors.  That is another great thing about the exhibit hall.  Vendors like Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, Find My Past and Genealogy Gems offer 30 minute mini sessions throughout the luncheon period which can be very informative and may even help you to break down one of those brick walls.  The exhibit hall is often as enlightening as the sessions.  I always learn something new when talking with vendors.
I hope you all were able to see our group photos with both the NGS president, Jordan Jones, and FGS president, Josh Taylor.  Nice photo ops and good publicity for us.  By the way, two of our attendees won door prizes at the NGS banquet.  Pat Rand won an Ancestry DNA kit and Joanne Read won a year subscription to Research Ties.  Congratulations to both of you.
I want to thank the VGS for the scholarship and I hope all of you will get an opportunity sometime to attend a state or national conference.   It’s a great way to exhaust, yet re-energize yourself!

April General Meeting

Meeting Photos
April 2016 Scenes
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.

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

Thursday, Jun. 9th
9:30 am
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Jun. 10th
10:00 am
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
Monday, Jun. 13th
1:00 pm
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jun. 15th
9:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, Jun. 15th
9:30 am
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting

Use a Correspondence Log for both regular and electronic correspondence. This includes the name and address of the person to whom you have written, what you requested, the date the request was sent, and a column for the outcome. Remembering every letter written is impossible. Follow up if you don't get an answer within a month.
[Sources & Evidence]

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]

Probate records refer to wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. They are usually held at the county courthouse unless archived and they are indexed by the name of the testator.

Digest everything that is recorded on the census, not just a name and a date.

DNA Sequencing is a laboratory technique used to determine the exact sequence of bases (A,C,G and T) in a DNA molecule. The technology of DNA sequencing was made faster and less expensive as a part of the Human Genome Project.