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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 invol Meeting

January 2015 Meeting

President Celinda Chapman preparing for meeting

Four Members of the Civil War Roundtable waiting for Mary Reid Warner presentation on Military Records

One other member of the Civil War Roundtable waits for Mary Reid Warner presetation

Members prior to meeting

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met on Thursday, January 8, 2015 for it's regular monthly membership meeting. An almost full house of members and guests came to hear Mary Reid Warner talk about the importance of Military Records when doing genealogical research. Mary Reid quickly reviewed the history of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between The States indicating that you need understand the history of these wars to get an understanding of when significant events occurred within these wars and where your ancestors might have been during these conflicts. She then reviewed the important documents included in the Military records and the websites and location where these records could be found.(A copy of her speech outline is included below).

     At least 5 of our guests and members attending the meeting are also members of the Civil War Roundtable group that meets in the Village and discusses various aspects of that conflict. They indicated they were drawn to the meeting because of the subject matter of Mary Reid Warner's talk.

     Mary Reid Warner Military Records talk

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