Saturday, November 28, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 29 through December 5, 2020

 

Learn more about the seminar here...

Coming Events:

Tuesday, December 1
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting  
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
No topic available
Wednesday, December 2
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting  
9:00 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
Online Zoom Meeting
Thursday, December 3
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Eastern European SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.
Friday, December 4
British SIG Monthly Meeting  (British SIG)
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
Topic: "Using the British National Archives"

Note: SIG members should receive an from their coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to these meetings.

Gen News and Announcements:

Notice: This Blog will discontinue new postings after the last post on December 26th, 2020.


At the last General Meeting, members voted to approve a By-Law change to increase our annual dues to $10.00 per year effective 1/1/2021. Pay your 2021 dues prior to that date is $5.00.
 

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 23 November 2020

FamilySearch
"Check out 5M new, free German historical church records on FamilySearch this week from East Prussia Catholic and Lutheran Churches 1551–1992, and Paderborn Cathoic Church 1653–1875. Significant new Catholic Church records were also added for Mexico, Chiapas 1557-1978, Coahuila 1627–1978, and Sonora 1657–1994; and more records for Canada, Dominican Republic, England, Peru, S. Africa, and the UK. View United States collection additions for Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington. "

Free Printable Family Tree Templates and Online Family Tree Ideas

FamilySearch
"Want to display your family story in a fun, creative way? The following free family tree templates will help you do just that. These family tree ideas not only look great on the wall, but filling out the family tree charts is a great activity to bring the whole family together! "

How To Have Your Own Family History Experience This Holiday Season

Ancestry Blog
"Actor Rob Lowe embarked on a family history adventure that showed us all how to make new traditions this holiday by building connections using the power of family history--and the best part is that his sons, Matthew and John Owen, joined in. "

5 Easy DIY Family History Gifts

Amy Johnson Crow
"When you’re into genealogy, it’s natural to want to give family history themed gifts, but sometimes they miss the mark. Here are 5 easy gifts that you can put together that will delight your family, along with a gift that you might want to think twice about."

Free Mid Atlantic States Online Historical Newspaper Titles Added

The Ancestor Hunt
"About 290 new and updated Free Online Historical Newspaper Links have been added to the Mid Atlantic States' free "newspaper link lists": These were all updated in November, 2020, and represent additions from the past 5 months. There is a total of 6,240 historical newspapers available to search for free from the Mid Atlantic. Just click on your chosen state below and the links to newspaper titles from that state will appear.​ "

Technology:

Why You Should Delay Your macOS Upgrades:

How-to Geek
"Do you install the latest macOS upgrade on day one? Keeping your machine up to date is important, but there are some good reasons to delay a big upgrade, especially on your “daily driver” Mac."

Education:

What Were Your Ancestors Doing in the 1930s? 

Ancestral Findings
"The 1930s were a decade defined by the Great Depression in America, and around the world. Yet, this was not the only thing that was going on in America at the time. Here are some events of the 1930s that would have had an important impact on your ancestors."
Listen now...  4.30 minutes

Webinars:

Once Upon a Time: It’s All About the Story

Legacy Family Tree
"‘Facts’ send people to sleep; ‘stories’ keep them awake and alert and eager to learn what happens next. In this seminar, Carol shows you how to tell a gripping story within a family history, and by extension, how to write a gripping a family history."
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Carol Baxter

Four ways DNA Painter Can Help With Your Family History Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"DNA Painter is a website that aims to help demystify your DNA matches via chromosome mapping, tree visualizations and other useful analysis tools. This talk will present four ways the site can be used, with examples that will be informative to beginners and experienced users alike."
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Jonny Perl

Your DNA Questions Answered Live With Diahan:

Legacy Family Tree
"Got a DNA question? Diahan Southard will be on hand to answer your questions - LIVE! Submit questions in advance to geoff@legacyfamilytree.com."
Friday, December 4, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Diahan Southard


Saturday, November 21, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 22 through November 28, 2020


Learn more about the seminar here... 

Coming Events:

Monday, November 23
Technology SIG Meeting Canceled  (Technology SIG)
Gene Clark, coordinator
Tuesday, November 24
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Researching Your Midwestern Collateral Family Lines” with Dona Black Weber
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.

Gen News and Announcements:

RootsTech Connect 2021 Announces First of Keynote Speakers:

FamilySearch
"RootsTech Connect 2021—the world’s largest family celebration event—announced its first wave of keynote speakers hailing from Australia, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.
RootsTech Connect, February 25–27, 2021, is a free online conference to discover, share, and celebrate family and heritage connections."

FindMyPast On Sale:

FindMyPast
"Explore the largest collection of British and Irish records online."

A Beginner's Guide to Searching for Records on FindMyPass

FindMyPast
"Getting started with Findmypast's records is easy. Our billions of individual records are divided into nine broad categories. Here's a summary of what you can expect to find in each and how they'll help your family research. "

2020’s Hardest Decision

The Legal Genealogist
"Sigh — it has taken a major catastrophe — this crazy pandemic — to ensure that none of us will be outside of our immediate families (our “pods” in today’s parlance) for the holidays in 2020. "

Mixtiles and MyHeritage Photos Opening

Genealogy's Star
" MyHeritage.com has recently entered into a partnership with Mixtiles.com, the photo wall-art company. You can order prints directly from Mixtiles from your photos on your family tree on the MyHeritage website. "

The Worry about DNA privacy and GEDmatch

Kitty Cooper
"Many of my matches at ancestry.com are afraid to upload their raw data to GEDmatch because of their fears about DNA privacy. Here is what I want to say to all of them. "

Technology:

Holiday 2020: The Best Portable Battery Packs

How-to Geek
"No one likes a dead battery, so a portable battery is an excellent tech gift for everyone on your list. But one thing that will be different from person to person is what type of battery they need, so we found battery packs that cover everyone’s needs to fill out your shopping list this holiday season. "

Education:

Famous Civil War Battlefields:

Ancestral Findings
"So, if you’re planning on trekking to one of the famous Civil War battlefields across the country, which ones should be on the top of your list?"
Listen now...  6.22 minutes

Webinars:

MyHeritage Mobile App: All New Features From 2020

Legacy Family Tree
"The MyHeritage Mobile App makes building your family tree easier and more portable than ever. Learn about the new features MyHeritage added to the app that enhance your genealogy research on the go."
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz


Saturday, November 14, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 15 through November 21, 2020

Learn more about the seminar here... 

Coming Events:

Tuesday, November 17
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "My Final Comments"
 
Please register for the webinar at: 

Wednesday, November 18
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting, canceled
  
Wednesday, November 18
VGS General Monthly Meeting
10:00 am
Virtual General Meeting
Session 1:
Topic: “The Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Family's History” 
Please register for the webinar at: 
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5592456296634179087

11:30 am
Virtual Bonus Meeting
Session 2:
Topic: “Genealogy Research Using Online Resources”
Please register for the webinar at: 

Friday, November 20
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...

Friday, November 20
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 9 November 2020

FamilySearch
"Explore the 1865 Norway Census added this week on FamilySearch, and 10M more records in United States City and Business Directories ca. 1749–1990, New York Land Records 1630–1975, and Massachusetts Deaths 1841–1950. Country collections were also expanded for Austria, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, England, France, Peru, S. Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States (LA, MA, MN, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, UT, VA, and WA). "

Trends in Preventive Measures: An Update on Ancestry’s COVID-19 Research Study

Ancestry.com
"Thanks to more than 750,000 Ancestry customers who volunteered to participate in Ancestry’s COVID-19 Research Study, we are now able to contribute additional insights to help advance this evolving body of knowledge. "

New DNA Tools and Blog from a Scientist at Cornell:

Kitty Cooper
"In an exciting development, Amy Williams, a computational biologist at Cornell University, has built a few DNA tools, with more to come, and started a blog at https://hapi-dna.org/blog/"

Did You Know That Ancestry Has 57 FREE Obituary Index Collections?

The Ancestor Hunt
"Did you know that there are many Free Obituary Index Collections available on Ancestry dot com? And yes, you do not need a subscription to access them."

Nearly 900 Million OCR-Indexed Records Coming from FamilySearch

Genealogy's Star
"I have always been somewhat incredulous about the fact that genealogists have been so slow to incorporate OCR technology in their digitization efforts."

Technology:

Holiday 2020: The Best Gifts for New Smart Home Owners

How-to Geek
"There are tons of smart home products on the market today, and converting your home to a smart home is a project that’s never truly completed. There’s always something more than could be done, and if you have friends who are just starting that conversion then there are plenty of great gifts you can get them to help them out. "

Education:

Have You Visited Angel Island?

Ancestral Findings
"Have you visited Angel Island in San Francisco? Today we’ll explore the interesting history of this state park on an island and its storied past. "
Listen now... 4.30 minutes

Webinars:

Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men:

Legacy Family Tree
"Can the same man die twice? Two different probates years apart appear to be for different men, but they are not. Research into probate records revealed more men by the same name. Each man’s identity needed to be developed to distinguish them from each other."
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Shannon Green, CG

Surname Projects and DNA Projects:

Legacy Family Tree
"Why create a surname project or name study? Whether it’s to help you solve a family mystery or just to answer the questions of how, we will look at how surname projects and DNA projects can be worked to answer most of your genealogy questions. From discovering NPE’s (non-parental events) to discovering your surname is a derivative of another surname, we will work a surname and show you haw Surname studies and DNA can break down your brick walls."
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Mags Gaulden


Saturday, November 7, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 8 through November 14, 2020

 

Learn more about the seminar here...

Coming Events:

Monday, November 9
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator

Monday, November 9
“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
Please register for the webinar at:


Tuesday, November 10
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Topic: Share your research status and any problems or questions you may have. 

Tuesday, November 10
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Finding a Home for Family Treasures" - Lin Meeker
SIG members will receive ZOOM login instructions in the monthly SIG blast email. If you would like to join the SIG and receive this email please contact sharol-jack@hotmail.com

Wednesday, November 11
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00a.m.
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet... I believe the meeting has been canceled.

Wednesday, November 11
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Internet Research"

Thursday, November 12
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators

Friday, November 13
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Genetic Clustering"

Saturday, November 14
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "Freedmen's Bureau Records"

Gen News and Announcements:

Sunset Notice for the Legacy Cloud Backup Service:

LFT Software
"Legacy Cloud is a free offsite backup service for users of Legacy Family Tree 9 software. We are now announcing that this backup service will be retired on January 1, 2021.
Due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, we need to discontinue the backup service. The Legacy Cloud backup tool will continue to function until midnight of December 31, 2020, and will then be turned off and all backup files will be permanently deleted to ensure privacy. Any user of the backup service who would like a copy of their backup from Legacy Cloud is encouraged to download their backup from the service before January 1, 2021. To do so, we recommend first creating a new family file, then go to File > Restore File > Restore from Legacy Cloud. This will prevent an old backup from overriding a newer version of the tree."
For any further questions, please contact our Support team at support@legacyfamilytree.com.  

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 2 November 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 2.8M more records this week to its Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records 1626–2001 collection, and significant additions to Fiji, Vital Records 1900–1941 and Bolivia, Catholic Church Records, 1566–1996. Collections were also expanded for Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa and the United States (California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Washington). "

An English Village – How to find out about a Place?

FamilySearch
"Even if you consider that you have a good grasp of geography, a place that you haven’t heard of before will appear on your radar that has some connection with an ancestor. How do you find out about it? "

Please Help Collect Sibling DNA Statistics...

Kitty Cooper
"I need more data from full and three quarter siblings that are either tested at 23andme or have uploaded to GEDmatch. Ever since I published my article on why full siblings don’t share more DNA, I have been getting inquiries from people who are concerned that they are only ¾ siblings, so I would like more cases in order to help them figure that out. "

Finding Your Ancestors using Death and Cemetery Records -- Part One: Lost and no recovery

Genealogy's Star
"Death and cemetery records go way beyond death certificates and grave marker inscriptions. To begin to understand all of these genealogically valuable records we need to focus on what happens and what records are created when a person goes missing or dies. "

Finding Your Ancestors using Death and Cemetery Records -- Part Two: Lost and no recovery

Genealogy's Star
"A missing person or missing body eventually does not mean that the person is still alive. See "Rule Two: Absence of an obituary or death record does not mean the person is still alive" of the Rules of Genealogy. "

Technology:

10 Great iPhone Home Screen Widgets to Get You Started:

How-to Geek
"iPhone Home screen widgets have taken the world by storm! Starting with iOS 14, you can now customize your iPhone Home screen with multiple widgets. But how do you do it? Let’s take a look."

Education:

A Treasure Trove of Colonial History:

Ancestral Findings
"Did you know that the entire New England area is rich in colonial history, much of it faithfully documented by local historians? Listen on as we search for genealogy treasure in colonial history. "
Listen now... 4.34 minutes

Webinars:

Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage:

Legacy Family Tree
"MyHeritage is home to millions of digitized newspaper pages. Learn how the site's Record Matches technology helps you identify, review and extract information from obituaries, news articles and more right into your family tree. Learn tips to optimize newspaper discoveries, including a little-known trick for searching within specific newspaper titles."
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton

Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors

Legacy Family Tree
"The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors."
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Michael L. Strauss, AG


Saturday, October 31, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 1 through November 7, 2020

 

Learn more about the seminar here...

Coming Events:

Monday, November 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Comparing Jewish Resources on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and JewishGen.” - Ellen Kowitt and Sunny Morton

Monday, November 2
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Topic: "How to Use FamilySearch with RootsMagic" - Ken Macomber

Wednesday, November 4
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:00 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No information available

Thursday, November 5
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Goggle Meet Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.

Friday, November 6
British SIG Monthly Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
No information available

Gen News and Announcements:

FREE ACCESS! Over 540 MILLION Death Records at MyHeritage this weekend!

My Heritage
"During this limited-time offer, October 29 - November 2, you’ll be able to take full advantage of all records in their 153 different collections absolutely free."

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 19 October 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch adds 100K Costa Rica Civil Registrations (1823–1975), a new collection of German Catholic and Lutheran Church Records (1537–1981), and expands available records for Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Guatemala, Norway, Peru, Spain, S. Africa and the United States  (See Indiana Marriages, 1811–2007, Wisconsin Naturalization Records, 1807-1992, US City and Business Directories, ca.1749-1990, Washington Voting Records, 1876–1940,  Kansas Birth, Baptism and Death Records, 1811–1940, plus more for CA, HI, IA, MS, OK, SC, TX, and VA).”

BCG Revises Genealogy Standard 57 to Allow Private Sharing of DNA Match Details

DearMYRTLE
"On 5 October 2020, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists revised Standard 57 (respect for privacy rights) and the Genealogist’s Code of Ethics to allow private sharing of DNA match details. The changes also eliminate the need for test takers to provide written consent for use of their DNA data, although they must be informed about the pros and cons.”

285 Free Mid Atlantic States Online Alumni Collections:

The Ancestor Hunt
"Alumni records are part directories, part newspapers and magazines, part biographies, part obituaries, part yearbooks, part vital records, etc. You get the idea. If you are seeking genealogy clues, these "records' are full of them. ”

Recently Added & Updated Collections at Ancestry.com – July 27 to Sept. 25, 2020

GenealogyBlog
"You need a subscription to view these records. Sure – it’s a little spendy, but if you’re into family history, it’s a tremendous bang for your buck. Eh… More like an explosion. ”

Italian Interment in the Early 1940's

FamilyTree.com
During World War 2 (1939-1945), it was nation against nation. With Japan attaching the American Pearl Harbor in 1941, anyone who was Japanese in America was looked at as a threat to the nation. So many Japanese-American (even those born in the USA) were placed in special internment camps across the US.

Technology:

Where Did the System Control Panel Go on Windows 10?

How-To Geek
"Are you looking for the classic System pane in the Control Panel? Well, if you’ve updated to Windows 10’s October 2020 Update, you can stop looking: It’s gone. Here’s why—and what you should use instead. "

Education:

Talk to the Older Folks: Cultivate the Leaves on the Family Tree:

Ancestral Finding
"Whether you’re doing serious genealogical research or just want to know, don’t forget to check with the older members of your family. "
Liston now... 3.38 minutes

Webinars:

Australian Census Substitutes:

Legacy Family Tree
"Sadly, in Australia while censuses were taken, once the statistical data was extracted, most were destroyed. Apart from some early musters, researchers have to use other resources to try and fill in the gaps. These include electoral rolls, directories, gazettes, council rates, land records, civil registration and more. While not a perfect substitute these resources do help us put people in time and place."
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Helen V. Smith

How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society:

Legacy Family Tree
"Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society."
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Kate Eakman