Saturday, August 27, 2016

VGS Reminders: 29 August - 2 September 2016

We had over 100 members at our August Workshop
Thursday: September 1, 2016
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Steve Rockwood: 4 Four Ways Innovators Can Redefine the Genealogical Industry:
FamilySearch
"There’s a unifying and motivating feeling that comes with doing family history. Finding, preserving, and sharing one’s story often evokes feelings of happiness, satisfaction, unity, and love. These feelings motivate even the most seasoned family historian to continue to dive into records and seek ancestors."
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Top 10 Genealogy Resources:
Planting the Seeds
"Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, posted her legal-centric list at “Top 10 genealogy websites” on her award-winning blog The Legal Genealogist. The theme was started by James Tanner’s post “My Top Ten Genealogy Programs for Now” at his blog Genealogy’s Star. Several other bloggers have also followed suit (and Judy names a few, so I will not repeat the list here).

My list will be a little different. I will not focus exclusively on resources or websites, but instead on foundational works."
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Left in Cardboard Boxes, Sisters Find Each Other 50 Years Later:
Ancestry
"Tammy and Liz are as close as two sisters can get. They have children who are the same age, share many interests, and even finish each other’s sentences.
But there is one detail that sets them apart from most: Their mother abandoned them both as infants, leaving them in cardboard boxes."
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How to Turn Off Enhanced Notifications for Windows Defender:
How-to-Geek
"With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10, Windows Defender now notifies you about a lot of actions that it used to keep in the background. If you want to return to the quieter days when it only alerted you about critical events, you can turn these enhanced notifications off."
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This Day In History: 27 August
1881: New York state’s Pure Food Law goes into effect to prevent “the adulteration of food or drugs.”
1894: The United States congress passes an income tax law as part of a general tariff act, but it is found unconstitutional.
1910: Thomas Edison demonstrates the first “talking” pictures–using a phonograph–in his New Jersey laboratory.
1950 Birthday: Charles Fleischer, actor, (Laverne and Shirley TV series) comedian, voice-over actor best known as the voice of Roger Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?).

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Arizona:
1886: Indian fighting ends with Geronimo's surrender
1889: Capital moved to Phoenix
1912: Admitted to the Union

Friday, August 26, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 26 Aug 2016

Online Photo Collections That Can Help Tell Your Family’s Story:
FamilySearch
"They say a photo is worth a thousand words—and this principle certainly holds true for family history research. Documents can give you specific dates and details about your ancestors, but a photo—of the events your ancestors experienced, the places they lived,  or perhaps even the actual people—can provide insights impossible to glean from words alone. But how do you find these invaluable photos? A growing number are now online, just a click away if you know where to look for them. Here are a few places to start."
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Rhode Island Cemetery Makes Grave Error By Burying Two Mn In The WRONG Plot:
Daily Mail
"The problem started in October, when a 65-year-old man was placed in the wrong family plot at Pocasset Hill Cemetery in Tiverton. No one noticed until March..."
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Remembering Camp Douglas:
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist
"Chicago genealogist Tony Burroughs posted on Facebook this past week that he had signed a Change.org petition to urge that Camp Douglas be placed on the National Register of Historic Places."
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Artist Embroiders Black And White Photographs To Adorn The Past:
Visual News
"The past doesn’t always shine whole, as much as you struggle to hold onto memories like keepsakes. You remember bits, you recall pieces, but the alluring scene of a bygone moment plays with a flickering fade. But the key ingredient of an instant stays, sometimes even brighter than you think. In artist Satoru Aoyama‘s embroidered photographs, history lingers with labor and art practically shimmering."
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Your Computer Doesn’t Care If You Lose Everything: Back It Up Right Now:
How-to-Geek
"The thing about catastrophic data loss is that it’s difficult to picture it happening to you…until it does. You’ve probably rolled your eyes at a hundred articles just like this, and assumed you’d be okay, or you’ll get to it eventually. Before you scroll past this one too, give me a chance to explain why you should, back up your photos, documents, and creative work right this minute— and how to do it the right way."
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This Day In History: 26 August
1429: Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.
1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is officially ratified, giving women the right to vote.
1957: Ford Motor Company reveals the Edsel, its latest luxury car.
1910 Birthday: Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), missionary, Nobel Prize laureate for her work in the slums of Calcutta.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Arizona:
1863: Territory of Arizona created
1879: Town of Tombstone founded
1881: First railroad crossed the territory

Thursday, August 25, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 25 Aug 2016

Why Learning Your Family’s Story Matters:
FamilySearch
"For many of us, the thrill of researching our ancestors comes from learning about their stories. Glimpses of what their everyday life looked like, the challenges they overcame, and the hopes and dreams they worked toward add color to otherwise black and white memories."
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Massive Flood Prompts West Virginia Town to Digitally Map Cemeteries:
Digital Communities
"(TNS) -- Clendenin, W. Va.'s ’s Koontz Cemetery has nearly 1,500 graves and is as old as the town itself. Just about everyone in the town has a relative buried there. The town owns and maintains that cemetery and Mary Osborne Cemetery, which has about 300 graves.
On June 23, when flash floods swept through the first floor of Clendenin’s town hall, records for both cemeteries were lost."
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Follow Your Family Using Census Records:
Ancestry Guide
"Census records are one of the best ways to discover details about your family — and how that family changed every 10 years. You’ll discover names, addresses, what people did for a living, even which ancestor fought in the Civil War or was first to arrive in America."
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Actor Kills Wife in Love Triangle And Other Family Secrets in the Daily News:
Ancestry
"Decades ago, when I’d ask my mother questions about her grandmother’s brother, I’d get the same answer every time—Edward Forshay was an actor and his wife was a famous actress. Mom told me that Edward Forshay killed his wife, Edna, in a love triangle, but he was completely exonerated by the “unwritten law.”
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How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor for Your PC or Mac:
How-to-Geek
"Multiple monitors are awesome. With two screens side by side, you can more easily see all your windows at once, keeping you productive. Got an iPad? You can use it as a second display for your Mac or PC."
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This Day In History: 25 August
1765: In protest over the stamp tax, American colonists sack and burn the home of Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson.
1830: The “Tom Thumb” steam locomotive runs its famous race with a horse-drawn car. The horse wins because the engine, which had been ahead, breaks down.
1940: The first parachute wedding ceremony is performed by Rev. Homer Tomlinson at the New York City World’s Fair for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, bride and groom, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were all suspended from parachutes.
1918 Birthday: Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer and pianist.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Arizona:
1857: First stagecoach
1862: Beginning of ten year war between the Apaches & settlers
1862-65: Yuma settled & names Arizona City

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 24 Aug 2016

Today: - Wednesday, August 24:
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center.
Today: - Wednesday, August 24:
Summer Workshop
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center.

Using WWI Registration Cards To Trace Your Ancestors:
Ancestry
"The National Registration Act (UK) came in to play in July 1915 – and it required the registration of all men and women aged 15-65 effective on the 15th of August 1915.
In our new WWI Registration Cards for Bexley, we have digitised 11,100 surviving records pertaining to Bexleyheath in Kent, as it was then."
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Why Irish Genealogy Is So Hard:
FindMyPast
"In late June of 1922, crucial evidence of your Irish ancestors was blown to smithereens. The very same event that began the Irish Civil War."
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Finding Your Ancestors on Facebook:
FamilySearch
"You already know that Facebook is a great place to share news and photos and to connect with old friends. But did you know that Facebook can also be a great place to connect with your ancestors—or at least to find the answers you need to connect your ancestors to your family tree? With FamilySearch’s Facebook groups, you can interact with other people tracing their families who lived in the same areas as your family and perhaps even break through your brick wall or help others break through theirs."
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The Freedmen’s Bureau Project: Success Stories Are Possible:
FamilySearch
"On August 2, 2016, an amazing family history discovery happened just by chance. On that day, 72 educators were in attendance at the New Jersey Amistad Commission Summer Institute at Kean University. FamilySearch representative Thom Reed provided an overview of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project to these educators. As part of his presentation,"
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How to Use Your Free Windows 10 License After Changing Your PC’s Hardware:
How-to-Geek
"The free Windows 10 license you receive is tied to your PC’s hardware. You’re still allowed to use Windows 10 on that same PC even after changing its hardware. Activating that license is easier than ever in Windows 10’s Anniversary Update."
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This Day In History: 24 August
1814: British troops under General Robert Ross capture Washington, D.C., which they set on fire in retaliation for the American burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.
1891: Thomas Edison files a patent for the motion picture camera.
1992: Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida. The Category 5 storm, which had already caused extensive damage in the Bahamas, caused $26.5 billion in US damages, caused 65 deaths, and felled 70,000 acres of trees in the Everglades.
1905 Birthday: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, blues singer, a major influence on Elvis Presley.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Arizona:
1848: U.S. gained control of portions of area as a result of the Mexican War
1853: Gadsden Purchase presented the U.S. with the rest of Arizona
1854: Gold discovered around Tubac


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 23 Aug 2016

Tomorrow: - Wednesday, August 24:
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center.
Tomorrow:Wednesday, August 24:
Summer Workshop
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center.

Avoiding Distractions in Our Genealogy:
Amy Johnson Crow
"When we’re researching our families, every ancestor we find presents us with the opportunity (and challenge!) of finding two more people: his or her parents. Add the siblings in and you have a whole bunch of people to research. Spice things up with a curiosity to learn new things and you have a recipe for spending a lot of time…. but not actually accomplishing very much. We fall down the Genealogy Rabbit Hole."
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Finding French Ancestors:
Legacy Family Tree Webinar
Register HERE to attend this FREE Online Webinar.

Genealogical Society Wants A Memorial To Honor Unmarked Graves:
3 News: Las Vegas
"Genealogy Society wants to honor Woodlawn Cemetery unnamed graves with a memorial"
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Desperately Seeking a Place:
Ancestry
"These pictures depict a timeless moment. Six people went on a sight seeing trip on a hazy summer day in the mid-1940s."
Solving the Riddle.
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How to Set Your Default Location for Windows 10 Apps:
How-to-Geek
"Windows 10 can find your device’s location in a variety of ways, often by examining nearby Wi-Fi networks. But this doesn’t always work well, especially on desktop PCs. That’s why Windows 10 offers a way to set a “default location” that is reported to apps if it can’t get a solid read on your location."
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This Day In History: 23 August
1775: King George III of England refuses the American colonies’ offer of peace and declares them in open rebellion.
1821: After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.
1950: Up to 77,000 members of the U.S. Army Organized Reserve Corps are called involuntarily to active duty to fight the Korean War.
1926 Death: American film star Rudolph Valentino dies, causing world-wide hysteria and a number of suicides.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Arizona:
1821: Mexico gained control
1821: American trappers & traders began to arrive
1832-36: Continuous general warfare with Apaches