The Village Genealogical Society in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 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 we are mainly a retirement community, our members have settled here from a wide range of places and their research extends worldwide. Members have experience ranging from the most advanced genealogical researchers to those who 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. In addition to three different monthly meeting formats, workshops are conducted periodically with certified genealogists as speakers for the all-day sessions. Our meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to join us! Visitors from outside the Village can request entry for meetings at either the West Gate (off Arkansas Highway 7) or the East Gate (off Arkansas Highway 5.
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The objectives of the Village Genealogical Society are to create, foster and maintain interest in genealogy; to collect, preserve and publish information relating to the ancestors of the members so as to make the information more readily available to present and future generations; to exchange ideas and cooperate in devising efficient methods of genealogical and historical research; and to develop educational programs pertaining to genealogical and historical research.
As a special project to assist genealogy research for those outside of our area or state, the Village Genealogical Society sponsors a cemetery transcription project (updated at least once a year) that collects data on all burials within the boundaries of Hot Springs Village, a gated community. This currently includes twelve locations. Basic information is collected (name, dates, military service, location of obituary if found). A photo is taken of each marker and each specific burial is mapped for the site. All information is uploaded to the Find-A-Grave website as a genealogical kindness. If family members make a request, management of an individual’s memorial in FindAGrave.com is transferred from HSVGS to the family. In addition, the mapping information for Cedarvale Cemetery is shared with the local Akansa DAR chapter as a guide for placing memorial flags on veterans’ graves for special holidays or ceremonies.
Volunteers for this project are always welcome! If you are interested in helping, please contact VGS at the gmail address shown above.
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