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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.

November 2014 Meeting

Barbara Myers talks about a relative that at one time lived in Hot Springs, AR and was friends with Al Capone

Joanie Ibinger displays her fabulous cookies before the meeting

Susan Page Veal presents "Here Today - Gone Tomorrow" program

President Celinda Chapman opens the meeting

     The VGS held their regular November membership meeting on November 6th in the Coronado Center in Hot Springs Village with approximately 50 members and guests attending. After recognition of the guests to the meeting by President Celinda Chapman, Nancy Holder introduced the speaker for the meeting, Susan Page Veal. The title of Susan's presentation was "Here Today - Gone Tomorrow". Susan stressed the importance of planning ahead for your arrangements at the time of your passing. She urged everyone to set up a Funeral Plan File and include in it numerous items that are outlined on the attachment as a link below. She particularly urged everyone to prepare their own obituaries so your loved ones don't have to guess what you want in it. An outline for obituaries is also as a link below.
After Susan's presentation, Barbara Myers, a member of the VGS, spoke briefly about finding out about a deceased relative that lived in Hot Springs in the 1930's and who owned Belvedere Country Club, lived near and owned the Majestic Hotel and was a friend of Al Capone. Wow!
As usual, Joanie Ibinger supplied the cookies for the meeting her picture with her cookies is pictured above.

     Susan Page Veal Funeral Plan File.pdf

     Susan Page Veal Obituary Outline.pdf

     October breakfast meeting
     The document and photos are on the VGS Breakfast Meetings page.

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