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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 and get involved.

For further information, contact our president.

President's Message

     February is almost here. We celebrate Valentine's Day, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln as we hope for a winter that won't stay too cold. January's meeting on "Ancestor Sketches" went well and we were entertained with some unique "Genealogy Gems". We may do some more work on writing about our ancestors later this year.
Sue Barber is still working on our surname project which will enable us to see the lines that we are all working on. It's not unusual to find cousins right here in Hot Springs Village. We already know of several that cross into other's lines. We can help each other as we see similar counties and states that we research.
It is my Fogler (Vogler) German line that is drawing me to the International Germanic Conference in Minneapolis this summer, July 28-30. I finally have their German Parish Records back to 1580, will be planning a trip to Germany next year and hope to learn much at this conference. There will be translation services, small groups, and opportunities to connect with contacts in Germany while there. I have a good source book for Germans in the region of Baden if anyone would like to see that. I am working on some ancestors from the Ostfriesland region of Germany also. The conference website is: if any ofyou wish to check it out.
The February speaker topic is "Against the Tide" by Barbara Pinkney and we will learn about the Acadian people. I know othing of them and am excited to learn more of our American history.

     Jeanne Meek
     VGS President

January 2017 Meeting

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society began their spring general meetings with "Genealogy Gems" presentations from Susan Read and Sue Barber. Susan shared a small hairpiece of curls made of her grandmother's hair which she wore at her own wedding as her "something old". She had pictures of her grandmother with the curls and her own wedding picture showing her wearing those curls. She also had a clip of her own hair (a perfect match!) which she will pass down to her children along with the curls hairpiece. Sue Barber shared two teapots and two sets of cups/saucers which have been handed down through her family. They were originally "dime store teapots" but are now heirloom items. Members then enjoyed a presentation from member Beverly Newsom Salisbury titled "Ancestor Sketches". Beverly discussed ways to translate genealogical materials (pedigree charts, names/dates/places, notes, documents, photos, etc) to a reader friendly format that can be shared with family. She suggested writing out the information as sentences and paragraphs, one ancestor at a time (trying to write about everyone at once can be overwhelming!) The arrangement of information can be thought of in terms of a telephone conversation.

     Telephone: Who you are, why you called
     Ancestor sketch: Ancestor name, date/place of birth, name of their parents, and how this ancestor is related to you. You can also the include name of their spouse with date/place of marriage and a list of their children.

     Telephone: Topic discussed; subject changed - another topic discussed; subject changed; etc.
     Ancestor sketch: Each new paragraph shares information you have on this ancestor (where he/she grew up, different places he/she lived, occupation(s), information on their siblings, church affiliation, military service, family stories, etc). You can embed copies of documents or photos if you like. For future generations, it is helpful if you transcribe documents that are difficult to read.

     Telephone: Say goodbye
     Ancestor sketch: Date/place of death, cause of death, obituary/cemetery information (include details of how to find the cemetery and where to find the grave within the cemetery). Whenever possible, include a good close-up picture of the tombstone or grave marker and transcribe what is on the marker.

     If you have limited information about many ancestors, another option is to group information by cemeteries or locations where they are buried.

     What about sourcing your information or printing it as a book? Beverly shared several books she and husband Keith Salisbury have privately published about their ancestors. References and source information can either be noted when mentioned or a reference list can be added as an appendix; just make sure each item is cross referenced by name or number between the text and the appendix. The website can be used as an affordable option for printing your sketches. The writer can create the book on their own computer (you can combine multiple ancestor sketches as different "chapters" in your book) and save as a PDF file. When ready to publish, simply register on the website and upload your PDF file (materials remain private and cannot be accessed by others using the website). Beverly suggested watching the website for sales - you can often get 10%, 20%, or even 30% discounts off the price of publishing. Although a variety of sizes and covers can be selected, she recommends publishing as a hardback book that will fit in a bookshelf, as that may increase the likelihood of it being passed along in your family.

      Ancestor Sketches Handout (pdf)

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