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Upcoming Monday Evening Webinar
Live Webinar / May 6, 2024 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
The Dead & The Dying: Death Records, Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
Featured Guest Speaker:  Rebecca Whitman Koford
Rebecca Whitman Koford
Description: A rich source of genealogical information can often be found at the end of a person's life. In this webinar we will investigate a variety of records about death that may surprise you, discuss records at funeral homes, the value of cemetery office records, and end with cemetery iconography and how to properly record a monument. There are a least a dozen more places to look for death information that just the death certificate, headstone, or obituary.
Presenter Info: Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. She focuses on research in Maryland, Upstate New York, Virginia, the District of Columbia colonial records, military records from the Revolution through the Civil War, federal records at the National Archives (D.C.), and land records of all types.
For more details, and to register to attend, visit our Coming Events listing.

Learning Opportunity for Absolute Beginner Genealogists
VGS is sponsoring 2 additional "Absolute Beginner Genealogy" classes (one in April & one in May) for any Village residents interested in learning how to research their family history! Attendees will learn how and where to begin their research and how to organize the results.
Classes will be taught by Terry & Jim Willard who are well known in The Villages genealogy community. They  have taught classes for The Villages Lifelong Learning College and The Villages Enrichment Academy.
Each session is FREE and open to any resident of The Villages. Enrollment is limited to 30 attendees per session, and pre-registration is required.
Session Dates, Time, Location:
  • Monday, April 8: 10:00am - 12:00pm (at Water Lily Rec Cntr, Baby Red Room)
  • Thursday, May 30: 1:30pm - 3:30pm (at Homestead Rec Cntr, Mabel Room)
​Register Online:  seats are limited so don't delay. Click HERE to register today!


Admission to in-person meetings of The Villages Genealogy Society
is limited to VGS members and paid guests.
You must be a resident of The Villages, FL for membership.

Upcoming Events
April 23, 2024
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Midwest SIG Meeting
  Topic:  Following Migrating Ancestors: Three Case Studies Coordinators:  Lynn Hall & Karen Pickelsimer  

May 1, 2024
9:00 am to 10:50 am
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
Coordinator:  Jean Colman

May 2, 2024
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
Coordinators:  Carol Myers & Marie Musialek  

May 3, 2024
9:30 am to 11:20 am
British SIG Monthly Meeting
  Topic: TBD Coordinators:  Pat Adams & Ruth Mason    

May 6, 2024
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email about the upcoming meeting.   Coordinators:  Phil Goldsmith & Jerry Schwartz    
Facts and Tips
Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the event. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be.
[Vital Records]

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.
[Federal Records]

There are 13 eastern public land states east of the Mississippi River: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.
[Land Records]