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Village Genealogical Society

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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The Village Genealogical Society was first established in 1987. We are an organization of persons engaged in one of the most interesting and creative pastimes in the United States. Because of our community mainly being a retirement community, our members have settled here from a wide range of places. As a result, their research extends worldwide. Their experience ranges from the most advanced genealogical researchers to those that are just beginning the search for their roots. VGS seeks personal involvement in making membership a meaningful and satisfying experience and also offers a variety of ways to provide support. The Newsletter, published monthly, contains many articles of interest. Beginner and intermediate genealogy classes are conducted frequently to provide a sound base for those beginning their research. These classes focus on enhancing research skills and give students a chance to ask questions and resolve problems that they might be encountering.

The highlight of each monthly meeting is a special presentation on some aspect of research designed to build knowledge in tracing family history. Genealogical books, research materials and CD-ROMs are available in the Coronado Center Library for everyone to use. Monthly breakfast meetings are held for a more personal approach and to provide a chance to meet other members. Here we exchange ideas, develop solutions to research problems, and just have a good time interacting and talking about our common love of genealogy.

Anyone interested in family research is welcome to visit our meetings. We hope you come, get involved and have a good time.

April 2014 Breakfast Meeting

Pictured: Jill Botkin, Barrie Gonthier, Chuck Flynn, Bob Blocker a first time visitor, Mary Fisher, Nancy Mayer, Peggy Johnson, Nancy Holder, Mary Reid Warner, Sue Barber, Joanie Ibinger "cookie lady" and President Celinda Chapman.

     Our topics today were stories about how, why and when we came to Arkansas.

     Peggy Johnson won the $5.00 gift Debra's certificate. Jill Botkin suggested we look into taking a VGS trip and Nancy Holder discussed the many trips the camera club does with great success. Some knew they had AR family and others discovered it after they moved here. Nancy and Chuck discovered a family history connection not unusual in our VGS Club. The breakfast meetings are an informal way of getting to know one another and share experiences searching for family. Joanie and Chuck shared a wonderful book of pictures and life style in Minnesota. We talked a little about migration from north to south and from South Carolina to AR. Celinda shared her recent vacation to Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama where they drove some of the Natchez Trace Parkway, saw many historic homes including Rosalie Mansion owned by the MSSDAR (Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution) built in 1823 and commented on the Spring beauty of the south.


     Our next topic: To bring a picture or pictures of particular interest for show and tell. Did you know on our VGS web site, we have a location to help identify pictures?

April 2014 Meeting

Joe Gillespie, Suzanne Sweeten - Reporter for the HS Village Voice, Jeanette Frahm - Getting ready for the meeting

Nancy Holder introduces speaker Mary Reid Warner

Mary Reid presents Research Techniques to the April 3, 2014 meeting

Attendees at April 3, 2014 Meeting

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogy met on April 3, 2014 at the Coronado Center for their regular monthly membership meeting. We had a special guest, Suzanne Sweeten, a reporter for the Village Voice, our local newspaper. Suzanne interviewed some of the officers and took pictures and stayed for the entire meeting. She indicated she is doing features on various clubs in the Village and will do an article on the VGS for the paper.
President Celinda Chapman opened the meeting, introducing several visitors, and turned to Nancy Holder to introduce our speaker, VGS member Mary Reid Warner. Mary Reid's topic was "Research Techniques". Mary Reid pointed out that she has taught an "Intermediate Genealogy Course" that a number of the members had taken in past years. Rather than do this again she felt it might be better to give a series of presentations at our meeting that covered the material in those classes, and this is the first in that series. Others will be presented in the future.
The outline of Mary Reid Warner's presentation is available as a pdf here. The presentation was well received by those in attendance and raised several questions from those in attendance.
After the presentation a drawing for a door prize was held and afterwards the meeting was adjourned.

More pictures from the April meeting are located in the Previous VGS Meetings page.

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