Saturday, August 17, 2019

VGS News & Events: 18 August 2019 through 24 August 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: August 20, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
 Topic: "More About Media..."
A continuation from our July Meeting

Gen News and Announcements:

Navigating Your MyHeritage DNA Health Reports:

My Heritage
"In this post, we explain how to navigate the health reports and describe their different components."
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New Data Collection: Connecticut Death Records, 1897-1968

Ancestry.com
"This data is published by the Connecticut State Library. All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. Ancestry.com does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database."
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Note: You must have an ancestry.com subscription to search this data...

New Data Collection: Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897-1968

Ancestry.com
"This data is published by the Connecticut State Library. All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. Ancestry.com does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database."
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Note: You must have an ancestry.com subscription to search this data...

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 29 July 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Peru, Spain, and the United States, including AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NM, NC, OH, PA, TX, VA and WI."
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FamilySearch Users Can Now Correct Name Indexing Errors:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch has added a much-anticipated innovation that now enables users to make name corrections to its indexes. Corrections made by users increase the likelihood of success for researchers to find the records of their ancestors."
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Technology:

How to Use Google Chrome to Generate Secure Passwords:

How-To Geek
"Google Chrome offers to save passwords for all your online accounts. It then stores and syncs them to your Google account as part of the Smart Lock feature. Chrome also has a built-in password generator that automatically creates strong passwords at the click of a button."

Education:

Your Guide to Spanish Last Names and Their Meanings:

Ancestral Findings
"Since most Spanish surnames can be traced back to Ancient Rome and the Visigoth invasions of it, this may mean being able to trace your family back pretty far, as long as you can find the written records."
Listen now... 8.09 minutes

Webinars:

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing:

Legacy Family Tree
"Genealogists love to research, but writing it up – not so much. First, we need to read good writing (any kind). Then, practice writing in two separate compartments: write as it comes, and return later to fix or edit. Don’t worry about beginnings or endings; they will emerge over time. Seek out helpful critics, never wait until the last minute, and be ready to learn from editors."
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Harold Henderson, CG
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Bullet Journaling for Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree
"There are so many wonderful technological tools for getting more out of your genealogical research time, but how do you choose which ones are going to work best for you? Are you struggling with making time for your research, staying on track for your projects, or just want to unplug and plan? If any of these situations sound like you, perhaps putting pen to paper might be the way to go."
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
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Introduction to Forensic Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree
"This course will give the participant an overview of forensic genealogy and the role of the genealogist in these types of cases. We will discuss some of the major types of cases in which a forensic genealogist may be involved, such as guardianship, oil and gas, unidentified and unclaimed persons, and probate. The role of the forensic genealogist as an expert witness will also be discussed."
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Kelvin L. Meyers


Saturday, August 10, 2019

VGS News & Events: 11 August 2019 through 17 August 2019

Coming Events:

No Meetings This Coming Week!

Gen News and Announcements:

10 Everyday Inventions You Owe to World War 2:

FindMyPast
"World War Two saw the creation of dozens of clever inventions we still use today, from radar to superglue to freeze dried coffee. Here's a brief look at our top ten."
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23andme Now Connects to the FamilySearch World Tree:

Kitty Cooper
"You can connect your family tree at FamilySearch to your 23andme profile as part of a Beta test of this exciting new feature. Then your DNA relatives can see the names of your grandparents (if deceased), great grandparents, and so on, via a nice compact list where every generation is clickable to see the full names, dates, and locations. Plus they can even click on a specific ancestor to go to that profile at FamilySearch! Only a preview is shown until they log in there."
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Ireland's Oldest Jewish Cemetery To Re-Open To The Public:

Irish Genealogy News
"Ballybrough Cemetery, in Dublin 3 – is to be refurbished and reopened to the public more than 40 years since its closure."
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Guide on How to Write Your Family History Yourself!

The Genealogy Guide
"Nowadays, people are interested in preserving their heritage for future generations. And like many others you will want to know how to write your family history."
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10 Tips for Doing On-Site Research in the Netherlands:

Dutch Genealogy
"Are you coming to MyHeritage Live in Amsterdam in September 2019? Or are you planning another trip to the Netherlands and want to do some on-site research while you’re here? Here are ten tips to make the most of the time you have available."
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Pedigree Triangulation: What is it and How Can it Solve Brick Walls?

Family Locket
"Triangulation is such a powerful tool that the major DNA testing companies as well as third party companies are working hard to provide easier ways for using this concept. In this article, I’ll explore pedigree triangulation and show you examples to help you understand what it is and how it can confirm your research and make progress on genealogical challenges."
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Technology:

Capital One – Amazon Data Breach

The Villages Computer Club
"At the end of July, we learned that a former Amazon employee is responsible for hacking 106 million, that’s 106,000,000., customer applications for Capitol One credit cards. An arrest was made on July 29, 2019. The data that was obtained as a consequence of this hack included about 140,000 social security numbers and roughly 80,000 bank account numbers. The data stolen was consumer and small business applications submitted from 2005 thru early 2019. This data was stored in the cloud at an Amazon Web Services (AWS) location. Capital One has indicated that those individuals involved in this breach will be contacted by Capital One directly via letter or email. Warning, this means if you get a phone call from anyone representing themselves as a Capital One or Government employee who wants to assist you because your info was stolen, IT IS A SCAM – do not fall for it. Just hang up.
The best defense is still freezing your credit with each of the major credit reporting bureaus (it’s now free to do so) and using the services offered by the majors to check your credit report periodically. You are entitled to one free report from each bureau every 12 months. Stagger your requests to each
bureau so that you get one free report every 4 months. If you know you been hacked in the past it may be wise to pay for more frequent reports but that is for you to decide."
Education:

Italian Surnames and Their History and Meaning:

Ancestral Findings
"The Italian language is a rich and descriptive one, and it has—as one might expect—equally rich and descriptive (and sometimes just plain intriguing) surnames. Knowing the history and meaning of your own Italian surname, or that of an ancestor can tell you a lot about that particular branch of your family tree, even going back to ancient times.
Here are the most important things you need to know about Italian surnames and their meanings."
Listen now... 8.24 minutes

Webinars:

Basics of Land Platting - Part 1

Legacy Family Tree
"Don't understand Metes and Bounds? This working session will help you learn how to plat a deed using the metes and bounds system. Discover new clues by understanding more about your ancestor's land."
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

VGS News & Events: 4 August 2019 through 10 August 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: August 6, 2019
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: August 8, 2019
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Friday: August 9, 2019
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center

Gen News and Announcements:

News from the German Genealogy Conference

Bernie Guenther
Linked is the excellent July issue of the "Partner Zeitung" newsletter. It sums up the June German Genealogy conference very nicely.  Especially noteworthy for our membership is Page 3.  For beginners, there is a good primer on the three main challenges when conducting German Genealogy. 
Most importantly for all of us, is the interview at the bottom of Page 3 that presents the  process that DAGV, the German umbrella group of 70+ societies, will use to handle research requests from partner societies, of which we are one.
One of the most exciting news was the announcement of the next Conference, to take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, specifically at the Sharonville Conference Center, July 16-18, 2021.  The sponsor is the Hamilton County Genealogy Society.  This 1,300 member society has extensive experience in hosting national conferences and includes a large German-American contingent.  As the date draws closer, news will be posted on their website www.hcgsohio.org
We also encourage all members to visit the IGGP website www.iggpartner.org to catch up on the latest news, especially upcoming conferences that might be of interest for you.  For example, the Palatines to America National Conference is June 17-20, 2020, also in Cincinnati.  Their website is www.palam.org.

A Handy Guide to the DNA Terms You Need to Understand:

FindMyPast
"What exactly is DNA and which buzzwords do you need to become familiar with when interpreting your ancestry test results?"
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How Findmypast's Parish Records Can Transform Your British Family History:

FindMyPast
"Church or parish records are some of the best resources you can use to take your British Isles family tree back further. In many cases, you'll be able to go as far back as the 1500s, when King Henry VIII was on the throne."
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Maine Birth, Marriage, and Death (BMD) Record Links:

TheAncestorHunt
"Over the past few decades, thanks to volunteers, librarians and archivists (as well as the largest of them all - FamilySearch), a great number of indexes to birth, marriage, and death collections have been provided for free online."
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Tips on Census Searching:

FamilyTree
"Doing research using the U. S. Federal Census is a major undertaking but can yield great information about your ancestors. The most important item to remember is that all information recorded on a census was provided by someone in a specific household. It may have been the wife, the husband, a father, an uncle, a second cousin, anyone available to answer questions. So there can be errors."
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150 Years Ago: Church of Ireland Disestablished

Irish Genealogy News
"To mark the anniversary, the RCB Library has published its August Archive of the Month a few days early in order to release an analysis by the historian Dr Miriam Moffitt of the Disestablishment as it happened and was reported in the Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette (now known as the Gazette). "
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Technology:

How to Check and Tighten All Your iPhone’s Privacy Settings:

How-To Geek
"Apps on your iPhone have to ask permission before accessing your data, but have you ever agreed to a permission request only to reconsider it later? Take back control of your data by reviewing your privacy settings."
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Education:

What Your German Surname Says About Your Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"Join me today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast and I’ll talk about what you need to know about your German surname and what it can tell you about your ancestors."
Listen now... 8.30 minutes

Webinars:

Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree
"You’ve identified a group of shared DNA matches, but you're stumped on how you’re all related. Learn how to let DNA take the lead in determining who and where to search to uncover the group’s most recent common ancestor."
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Nicka Smith
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

VGS News & Events: 28 July through 3 August 2019

Coming Events:
Thursday: August 1, 2019
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

The Cool Cash Drawing Winner for July was Karen Sinn, Congratulations


How to Build the Ultimate Genealogy Travel Kit for $25:

Family History Daily
"Everything you need to build the ultimate genealogy research travel kit for $25 or less. Whether you plan on traveling to an archive or a cemetery you'll want to bring along these items every time."
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This Free Web Clipper Makes Adding New Records to Your Family Tree an Easy Task:

Family History Daily
"Family History Daily recently reviewed the free family tree site RootsFinder, because its modern design and robust functionality makes it a great choice for anyone in the market for a new place to store their research."
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Missouri Actively Resists Public Disclosure Laws: All Genealogists Need to Read This

Genealogy's Star
"I am begging every genealogist who spends a few minutes to read this long email account of the refusal and blatant actions of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to share this post and the quoted letter as many times as possible. I am fed up with the government lying and refusing to follow the law at all levels. We all need to take a stand on this issue in our own jurisdictions. Here is the entire explanation, you decide for yourself."
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Cousin Chart—Cousin Relationships Explained:

FamilySearch
"Ever found yourself asking “So what exactly is a second cousin?” or debating with your family and friends about what it means to be “once removed”? We’re here to settle the debate once and for all!"
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Technology:

7 Ways To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows:

How to Geek
"Hard drives are getting larger and larger, but somehow they always seem to fill up. This is even more true if you’re using a solid-state drive (SSD), which offers much less hard drive space than traditional mechanical hard drives."
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Education:

What You Need to Know About French Surnames:

Ancestral Findings
"If you have French ancestry, you are in good company. Hundreds of millions of people around the world can claim descent from this ancient nation. Like most countries in Europe, the French people did not start using surnames until the Middle Ages."
Listen now... 8.00 minutes

Webinars:

Google Photos: One Photo App To Rule Them All

Legacy Family Tree
"What if there was a photo app that could manage all your photos and give you unlimited backup space? There is one. It’s called Google Photos. Google’s facial recognition technology lets you create shared albums, collages, animations, movies, stories, and much more. It’s totally free and unlike any other photo app out there."
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Devin Ashby
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

VGS News & Events: 21 July through 27 July 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: July 23, 2019
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: July 24, 2019
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: "Let's Talk Genealogy"

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 8 July 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 15 July 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Bolivia, Canada, England, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Venezuela and the United States, including Alabama, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania."
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Editing Names on Indexed Records—FamilySearch Update

FamilySearch
"If you came across an incorrect index on FamilySearch, there wasn’t much you could do about it besides note down the error and perhaps grumble about it to yourself. That’s all changed now!"

Europeana for Genealogy: WWI Digital Archive, Newspapers and More

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Europeana is a digital doorway to European cultural heritage that everyone with European roots will find interesting and enlightening."

Annual Review of The Rules of Genealogy: A New Rule is Added

Genealogy's Star
"Almost a year ago on August 2, 2018, I published a new rule in a blog post entitled, "A New Rule Added: "The Rules of Genealogy Revisited Again." So here is the present list of Rules:"

Technology:

Future Tech: What We’re Most Excited About

How to Geek
"To be clear, we aren’t trying to make half-baked predictions. We’re focusing on technological innovations that are in progress right now—things that should come to a universal and commercial maturity in the next five or ten years."
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Education:

Do You Have Irish Genealogy? Use This Handy Surname Guide to Trace Your Heritage:

Ancestral Findings
"There are tens of millions of Americans with Irish heritage, and many of them still bear those original Irish surnames with pride. But, where did these surnames originate? More importantly, why does it matter? It matters because knowing how your Irish surname evolved can not only tell you important details about your ancient Irish ancestors, it can actually help you trace your family tree in Ireland."
Listen now... 8.01 minutes

Webinars:

Should You Take the Hint? Automatic Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree
"Become a more savvy user of automated record hinting technologies on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com when you learn from an industry insider how these technologies work—and their limitations. See crucial differences between record hints and your own search results. Learn how accurate hints are and how to determine whether a particular hint is a match. Finally, what do you do when you run out of hints for your relative on your favorite genealogy website?"
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton
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Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around

Legacy Family Tree
"This program shares some tips and tricks for overcoming common and uncommon census research obstacles. Cari will cover topics such as language barriers, literacy, indexing errors, imaging errors, errors (accidental), and errors (intentional). Using examples, she will demonstrate each of these issues and suggest solutions for overcoming them."
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cari Taplin, CG
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