I've literally made 10 maps to keep my records of everywhere I've searched in my main survival world, is there anything I can do to predict finding a village? I have found things such as chopped down trees that I have yet to touch, I'm really scared to find out why that happened 0_0.
But what I mean is, are villages usually located near deserts, mountains, biomes, or what? Is there any dead give away to any village?
It is entirely random, although at present villages only spawn in Grassland and Desert biomes. This is due to the relative flatness of these biomes and, as near as I can tell, the lack of trees. Because Villages are among the last things added to a world, they currently need to respect the space limitations imposed by forested biomes, and as they also near a fair amount of flatness they can't appear in mountains.
As for the chopped down trees, there are a few options depending on the appearance -- they could be trees that were dispossessed by a lake forming if they seem to just be floating trees with no trunk, and if they look like a stump without leaves, they may well be the result of a lava lake igniting a tree somewhere near.
The best way to find a village is to use a seed that starts your near one. The best alternative is to find a desert or grassland, and comb it over.
As for the chopped down trees, there are a few options depending on the appearance -- they could be trees that were dispossessed by a lake forming if they seem to just be floating trees with no trunk, and if they look like a stump
My guess is that an Enderman has taken some of the wood blocks. I've seen that a lot in my worlds near my base when there is no water or lava nearby