Monday, December 5, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 5 December 2016

Today: December 5, 2016
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Topic: "Navigating JewishGen - Family Finder and Town Finder"

USC To Store, Digitize 10,000 Vintage Marine Corps Films:

The State
"For most of the 20th Century, the Marine Corps archived film footage of that recruit training along with Marines fighting in wars, including World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and various public relations activities."
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Genealogy DNA Test Now Available for the Lowest Price We’ve Ever Seen:

Family History Daily
"Family Tree DNA, a leader in genetic testing for genealogy, has temporarily dropped the price of its Family Finder test to the lowest we’ve ever seen for an autosomal test for this purpose – $59. You can find the deal here." 
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Closing Death Records — The Logical Flaw:

"One of the misconceptions with which we have repeatedly had to wrestle in recent years has been that ALL Personally Identifiable Information (PII) by default must be safeguarded.  For many legislators in recent years, it is almost a reflexive belief that the best or only way to fight identify thieves is to close the records that thieves might have used.  At this level of thinking, rarely do current decision-makers distinguish between the active PII of the living from records of deceased individuals."
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Hero Lost at Pearl Harbor Comes Home After Years in an Unknown Grave:

National Geographic
"Thanks to the tireless efforts of a comrade and the military’s use of DNA, family members of a sailor who died nearly 75 years ago are getting closure."
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The American Civil War: Brother against Brother:

"One of the most puzzling things to me about that 1856 passenger ship manifest for the ship that brought my great-great-grandfather Gerson Katzenstein and his family to America was the entry for a sixteen year old boy named Heinemann Mansbach."
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Where Are My Outlook PST Data Files, and How Can I Move Them Somewhere Else?

"Most people know that Outlook stores email for each account in a personal table storage (PST) file, but figuring out where that file is located depends on what version of Outlook you’re using. Here’s where Outlook stores your files and how you can move them if you need to."
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This Day In History: 5 December

1861: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna.
1909: George Taylor makes the first manned glider flight in Australia in a glider that he designed himself.
1921: The British empire reaches an accord with the Irish revolutionary group the Sinn Fein; Ireland is to become a free state.
1791 Death: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna.

State Timelines:

Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
1649: Colony granted rights to anyone affirming belief in the Trinity
1671: Slavery encouraged
1729: Baltimore established
1776: Becomes one of the thirteen original states

Saturday, December 3, 2016

VGS Reminders: 5-9 December 2016

Coming Events:
Monday: December 5, 2016
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Topic: "Navigating JewishGen - Family Finder and Town Finder"
Wednesday: December 7, 2016
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: December 8, 2016
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Road trip to the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa"
Friday: December 9, 2016
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: "Genetic Genealogy News"

12 Christmas Gifts for a Genealogist:

Olive Tree Genealogy
"Here's a list of a dozen gifts your favourite genealogist might like for Christmas. Maybe you could even sneak one or two for yourself!"
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5 First Steps to Researching Your Own Adoption:

FamilySearch Magazine
"Trying to discover the identities of your own birth parents means navigating a maze of records access laws, genetic matches and family stories. Make sure you cover these 5 first steps to researching your own adoption as you begin your search:"
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Quaker Records Offer a Wealth of Information:

"Lisa Parry Arnold has a rich Quaker heritage. A tenth generation descendant of Quakers, Arnold was a birthright Friend of the same Westfield Friends Meeting in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, that her family had attended since 1816. She attended a Quaker boarding school and married at a Quaker meeting."
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Should You Buy a Video Doorbell?

"A video doorbell is really nothing more than a regular doorbell with a built-in video camera. But is the price tag worth it in the end? Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a video doorbell, like the Ring or SkyBell HD."
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This Day In History: 3 December

1847: Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney establish the North Star, and anti-slavery paper.
1906: The U.S. Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
1979: Eleven are dead and eight injured in a mad rush to see a rock band (The Who) at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1826 Birthday: George B. McClellan, Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at Antietam and ran against Abraham Lincoln for president.

State Timelines:

Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
1909: Sulphur mining began near Sulphur
1926: Waterway opened from Gulf of Mexico to Lake Charles
1927: Flooding left 300,000 homeless

Friday, December 2, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 2 December 2016

Today: December 2, 2016
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Using the FamilySearch WIKI for research for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."

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December 7, 2016
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Scout Honored For Restoring Neglected Historic Cemetery:

delmarva now
"A long-neglected cemetery tucked behind the Arby’s fast food restaurant at Route 50 and Ward Street in Salisbury now has an improbable new champion: a ninth-grader named Ben Smith."
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Pembroke Castle Study Uncovers Possible Henry VII Birthplace:

"Aerial photographs from 2013 gave glimpses of what lay beneath the surface, with parch marks revealing possible buildings."
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Afro-Asiatic and Eurasian Backflow:

Unz Review
"If you follow Y genealogy you know that the distribution of R1ba2 exhibits a peculiar pattern. R1b is the most common haplgroup in Western Eurasia, and shares a deep common ancestry with R1a. It seems to have risen to high frequencies in Europe only during the Bronze Age, though has been found in earlier periods."
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Serving with Lincoln: Finding Your Ancestor’s Indian War Military Service in Pension Files:

"On the morning of February 11, 1861, the president-elect and future commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, left Springfield for his journey to Washington DC. States in the South had already begun to secede from the Union, and the possibility of war loomed large on the horizon. Lincoln had captained a company of local militia during the Black Hawk Indian War, and now he would lead a nation."
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World's Oldest Living Person Celebrates 117th Birthday:

Chicago Tribune
"Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest living person, marked her 117th birthday Tuesday, blowing out all the candles on her cake."
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What’s New in Windows 10’s Creators Update, Arriving Spring 2017:

"The Windows 10 Creators Update–also known as Redstone 2–is due to hit PCs in Spring 2017. Like other updates to Windows 10, it’s free, and includes a host of new features."
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This Day In History: 2 December

1823: President James Monroe proclaims the principles known as the Monroe Doctrine, “that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintained, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by European powers.”
1867: People wait in mile-long lines to hear Charles Dickens give his first reading in New York City.
1921: The first successful helium dirigible, C-7, makes a test flight in Portsmouth, Va.
1906: Peter Carl Goldmark, engineer, developed the first commercial color television and the long-playing phonograph record.

State Timelines:

Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
1862: Salt mine discovered at Avery Island and New Orleans captured by Union forces
1893: 2000 die in Hurricane at Cheniere Island
1901: Oil discovered near Jenning

Thursday, December 1, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 1 December 2016

Today: December 1, 2016
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Tomorrow: December 2, 2016
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Using the FamilySearch WIKI for research for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."

A Survey Has Been Sent to Every Member:

Every member should have received an email with a link to a survey for the & Crista Cowan special event next March 9, 2017. Please complete this survey; it takes less than a minute to complete the 3 questions.

Watch the Freedmen Bureau Celebration Broadcast:

"A broadcast to celebrate the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau project will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. eastern standard time. The broadcast will be streamed live at"
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Woman, 48, Gives Birth To Her GRANDSON After Her Daughter Was Diagnosed With Cervical Condition That Means She Can Never Carry Children:

"Maddie Coleman was 14 in 2006 when she was told she couldn't carry kids..."
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Genos – A Medically Focused DNA Exome Test:

"Genos is a new type of testing company, focused not on genealogy, but on the human exome and medical conditions."
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Celebrating 10 Years of Indexing:

"Families all over the world are thankful to indexers how have worked over the last 10 years to connect families through indexing. We couldn’t do it without you!"
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How to Scan Film and Negatives like a Pro:

"I’m composing this article using Google Docs. That means every space, letter, word, and sentence is being instantly saved in a data center, likely the one owned by Google in The Dalles, Oregon. This tool is made possible largely due to the fact that we humans have figured out how to convert data into electronic signals, and electronic signals travel at roughly the speed of light"
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What Is ASLR, and How Does It Keep Your Computer Secure?

"Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) is a security technique used in operating systems, first implemented in 2001. The current versions of all major operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux) feature ASLR protection. But in the past week, a new method of bypassing ASLR has been found. So, should you be worried?"
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This Day In History: 1 December

1881: Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan Earp are exonerated in court for their action in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz.
1918: An American army of occupation enters Germany.
1941: Japan’s Tojo rejects U.S. proposals for a Pacific settlement as fantastic and unrealistic.
1761 Birthday: Madame Tussaud, Swiss-born modeller in wax who founded the world-famous exhibition on London’s Baker Street.

State Timelines:

Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
1812: Admitted to the Union
1814: Battle of New Orleans
1850: More Indians resided in Louisiana than any other state

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 30 November 2016

Tomorrow: December 1, 2016
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Google’s new PhotoScan will Scan Your Photos and Automatically Remove Imperfections, No Scanner Needed:

Dick Eastman:
"PhotoScan is a new smartphone app used to “take a picture of your pictures.” That is, it will snap photos of all those old pictures you have stored in photo albums or in Fotomat envelopes. It will then create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation. Even better, it also automatically recognizes the four corners of the frame and displays circular overlays on each corner of the scanned image."
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Legacy Tip - How To Create A Relationship Chart

Legacy Family Tree's Relationship Chart shows how two people are related. It's is a very simple process to complete  this chart. Most genealogy software have similar features.
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Genealogy Products And Services Market : Increasing Number Of Social Media Users To Play Crucial Role In Driving Demand For Genealogy Products And Services:

Military Technologies
"DNA tests are providing a lucrative market to the genealogy products and services. There are many other driving factors for the growth of this market, which include continuous innovations in technology, rapidly increasing interest towards genealogy, and increasing usage of social networking sites worldwide. "
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Researching the Past to Ensure a Healthy Future:

"This year my business partner and I founded a production company that creates short documentary films commissioned by families and individuals. Being a documentary filmmaker has given me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people and hear their inspiring stories. Among the numerous stories that I have been fortunate enough to document, one in particular hit close to home: the film about my younger sister, Liora, and her courageous journey as a BRCA gene carrier."
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How to Fix Windows Update When It Gets Stuck:

"Windows Update is supposed to work silently in the background, but it may refuse to continue if it can’t install an individual update."
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This Day In History: 30 November

1861: The British Parliament sends to Queen Victoria an ultimatum for the United States, demanding the release of two Confederate diplomats who were seized on the British ship Trent.
1919: Women cast votes for the first time in French legislative elections.
1835 Birthday: Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), American writer best remembered for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
1900 Death: Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel room after saying of the room’s wallpaper: “One of us had to go.”

State Timelines:

Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
1803: Part of the Louisiana Purchase
1805: Loisiana divided into 12 counties
1807: Orleans Territory divided into 19 parishes