VGS Plan for Meetings Through

the 2020 Summer Break Until September 2020

1. The remaining in-person VGS meetings are cancelled immediately.

These include:

May 7th    General Meeting

May 14th    Members Helping Members Meeting

May 21th    Breakfast Meeting

2. VGS does not meet during the summer, so our next regular General Meeting is scheduled tentatively for Thursday, September 3, 2020, contingent upon Covid-19 regulations and Hot Springs Village pandemic policies at the time. VGS will contact members via Gen Soc as soon as our fall schedule is solidified.

3. Summer Breakfast meetings are on hold until further notice; if resumed you will receive an email with date and time.

4. A mid-August VGS Board meeting will be called by the President to plan the Fall Meeting dates. Dan Boehmer has graciously agreed to present our previously scheduled May program on “Ladies of Arlington Cemetery” at our September meeting.

5. Meanwhile, please explore the HSVGS Website and look for new and existing information to aid you in your genealogical research.

6. If you have research or brick wall questions or difficulty accessing the VGS website, you can contact Barbara Pinkney at (501) 915-8446 or by email Barbara Pinkney and she will try to assist you via phone or email until we can resume our Members Helping Members sessions.

7. Due to the current extenuating public health circumstances, the Board has moved our Election of Officers to the September meeting for this year. Those elected will take office immediately.
Most of our current officers have agreed to run again, and some are changing offices to cover a few of the offices that were recently vacated. The Nominating Committee is actively putting together a Slate of Officers, so please seize this opportunity and run to join this experienced Genealogical Society governing Board.

8. Watch the May Newsletter for interesting Genealogy articles and reference links. Our Newsletter Editor has invited members to share their stories about Genealogy Research or other genealogy related stories that may interest and/or help other members. If we receive these stories, we will try to publish a Newsletter Supplement to share this information.

About Us

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.

For further information, please contact us at

Our Objectives

The ojectives 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.

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Random Acts of Kindness

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 is transferred from HSVGS to the family. In addition, the mapping information for Cedarvale Cemetery is shared with the local Akansas 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. Click here for More Information.