Village Genealogical Society
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
The VGS Meeting on December 6, 2012 was attended by approximately 50 members and guests. There were several visitors drawn
to the meeting because of our speaker, Mary Reid Warner, and her topic "Methods For Organizing Genealogical Records". Mary Reid
pointed out there were two major working forms: Ancestor or Pedigree Charts, and Family Group Sheets. She covered a case history
of one of her ancestors. She also covered the various types of filing systems, both digital and paper, and cited the need to do a
thorough job of documenting your research.
After her talk and questions from the audience, a drawing was held for door prizes, which included Poinsettia Plants and a free membership for 2012 - 2013.
Joanie Ibinger supplied a roomful of cookies for the meeing and was presented with a gift card in appreciation of all the work she does in supplying these for our meetings.
The October meeting of the VGS was held on Thrusday the 4th and the program was a webinar produced Legacy Family Tree entitled "Building A Family Using Circumstantial Evidence". The speaker in the webinar was Judy G. Russell, an attorney and certified genealogist. Judy took us through a real family where there was no official birth record, marriage record, or death record and showed how using circumstantial evidence (bible records, land records, tax records, pre 1850 census records), that you can build a circumstatial case for these events.
Janet showing a video about Living Legacy
Janet answering questions
Janet Holt, a certified Legacy Advisor for the Living Legacy Project and a member of the Association of Personal Historians
and the International Association of Story Keepers (I-ASK), talked to the meeting attendees about the Living Legacy Project. The
mission of the Living Legacy Project is to capture the living history of our time. The project seeks to educate, motivate, and mentor
people in the process of implementing their individual legacy plans. The Living Legacy Project utilizes the website LegacyStories.org,
which securely archives legacy content on the Amazon cloud. LegacyStories.org is a state of the art archival website that utilizes
social networking technology. The site provides premium storage space for digital multimedia content focused on the things families
hold most dear - their legacies, represented by stories, photos, videos, audios, and genealogical data. The site enables members to
discriminately share this content and collaborate with anyone they chose.
Janet, as a certified Legacy Advisor, is available to help with your living legacy project. Call her at 501-538-4596.
Russell Baker, archivist, lecturer, historian, teacher, and author was our speaker at the June 7, 2012 VGS meeting. The title of his presentation was "Stump The Chump". A number of the VGS Members sent brick walls they've encountered in their genealogical research to Val Hartnett who forwarded them on to Russell to review and make suggestions at the June 7 meeting. Russell started out his presentation by outlining the 5 main sources he always utilizes in doing his research. They are: State & Local Vital Records, the U.S. Census Records of 1790-1940, County and Local Records, Military Records, and Newspaper Records. Russell admitted that he was unable to help with some of those brick walls presented to him by the VGS Members, but he went through several of the problems encountered by the members and gave them suggestions as to some avenues they should follow in their continuing research.
Twenty five members of the VGS met at noon on May 3, 2012 to enjoy a luncheon picnic of chicken strips supplied by the Society,
and salads and desserts supplied by those attending. As is always the case with pot luck style affairs, there was more than
enough food for everyone. After the luncheon there was a short meeting at which the officers for the 2012-13 were elected by
The Village Genealogical Society met on April 5, 2012 and after a short business meeting listened to a talk by Dr. Bill Lindsey
titled "Tracking Maryland & Virginia Roots Prior To 1790". Dr. Lindsey used a case study from some of his own research on his
ancestors in Virginia to illustrate the numerous possible resources available to search for ancestors during this time before
there were U.S. censuses. These resources include land, church, and tax records and their availability can vary greatly from state
to state and county to county.
The Village Genealogy Society met on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Phil Russell, Asst. VP, Programs for the VGS, introduced the speakers
for the day. Bill Russell gave a presentation entitled "Revolutionary War Veterans: Tracking Descendants, Filling In Family Lines".
Supporting him in his presentation was Dr. Bill Lindsey who talked about the Lyman Draper Manuscript Collection that contains
information not found in the normal sources such as census collections. This collection has information, sometimes from diaries
and the like, that contains information on people as they migrated west from the Eastern States after the Revolutionary War.
Dr. Stephen Schaefer also contributed to these presentation. Approximately 60 people were in attendance for the meeting.
The Hot Springs Village VGS met on Thursday, February 6, 2012 and after a short meeting
attended by approximately 60 members and guests, heard a talk by Marilyn Mertens titled
"Researching Quaker Records". Marilyn is pictured with Valerie Hartnett, Vice-President,
Programs for the VGS. Marilyn is a retired political professor and member of the
Hot Springs Village VGS, who has had a lifelong love for genealogy.