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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Happy New Year! Latest Seminar Update


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
17th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
La Hacienda Recreational Center
Our guest speaker will be Cyndi Ingle!
Owner, webmaster of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorized index to more than 327,000 on-line resources. A genealogist for more than 33 years, she is an active member of several genealogical societies. Guest lecturer for genealogical society meetings and seminars. Author of a three books for genealogical research on the Internet.
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We are accepting a limited number of
waiting list registrations...

For more information contact the seminar registrar HERE


News from our last monthly meeting in November


Animated Meeting Pics
November 16, 2016 General Meeting
Today was a very busy day for the VGS. The morning began with the Brick Wall SIG meeting followed by our General Monthly Meeting. Our guest speaker was Michael Lacopo. He presented "More Than The Census: Our Families Did Exist Within Those Ten-Year Intervals" to nearly 250 attendees. During the meeting, the election for a new president was conducted with Pat Adams being elected for the 2017-2018 term. In the afternoon, Mr. Lacopo conducted a workshop for 100 attendees for the German SIG where he presented "How to Overcome Brick Walls in German Records." While that meeting was in progress, the New to Genealogy SIG was meeting where 35 members learned about "Using the Internet for Research." 
Mr. Lacopo's handouts are in our "Members Only" section for a linited time.


Webinar Registration Is Open: 2017


Millennia Corporation and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its "2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series."  Choose from 76 classes from genealogy's leading educators on topics ranging from genealogy technology, to DNA, to in-depth research methodologies.
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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.


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. 


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
Wednesday, Jan. 25th
8:30 am
Brick Wall Solutions SIG Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 25th
10:00 am
VGS General Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 1st
9:00 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 2nd
1:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Friday, Feb. 3rd
9:30 am
British Genealogy SIG Meeting

Facts
Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.
[Basic Genealogy]

STATE Land States are states that owned and distributed their lands. This includes the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. They use "metes and bounds" to survey the land.
[Land Records]

“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]

National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has U.S. military records for World War I or later. World War I draft registration cards are online, along with some of the World War II enlistment records. Some of the records in St. Louis were destroyed by fire, and they ask that you send the request for records back a second time since the first reply is computer-generated.
[Federal Records]

There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person's interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
[Land Records]