Saturday, July 4, 2020

VGS News & Events: July 5 through July 11, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  That list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.

All remaining regular Monthly Meetings for 2020 will be virtual meetings.

Coming Events:
Monday, July 6
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Zoom Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Zoom Webinar
Val Harris Co-Ordinator
"Using List Reports in RootsMagic 7" - Ken Macomber
Contact the Coordinator for a Meeting Link...

Tuesday, July 7
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Webinar
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Guest Speaker is Lisa Freeman
Presentation: Lisa will discuss Search Angels: who they are and what they do, how to use the service, free and paid searches, and the materials the Search Angels need from us to begin our search.  She will also give basic and intermediate research tips on using Ancestry to find birth relatives as well as mystery kin. 
Presenter's Bio: Lisa Freeman is a genetic genealogist who works with the nonprofit SearchAngels.org. Lisa specializes in finding the birth parents of adoptees, as well as solving mysteries on family trees. She has approximately 10 years of genealogy experience and five years of genetics experience. Lisa is a wife, a mother of two, and teaches high school math in northern Virginia. 

Wednesday, July 8
Genetic Genealogy SIG Zoom Bonus Meeting
7:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "How 23andMe’s DNA Test Helped Me Unravel a Secret Family"
Dave Johnston, blogger for howtogeek.com will be joining the Genetic SIG for a Special Zoom Meeting.
Description: He will give a short talked related to his article. He then will answer questions.
Read his article HERE...
Contact the coordinator for meeting login information

Friday, July 10
Genetic Genealogy SIG Zoom Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  Basic:   "Using Ancestry colored dots" 
Topic:  Advanced:  "Ancestry colored dots using tags and filtering."
Contact the coordinator for login information

Monday, July 13
“Anatomy of a Case Study: Steps Used to Write for Yourself or for Publication” 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Please register for the webinar at:

Gen News and Announcements:

Latest News from The Villages Recreation Department.

All recreation sponsored events (Camp Villages, Socials etc.) and Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Groups have been postponed until further notice.  All current openings and activities will remain the same (arts & crafts, fitness clubs, court sports and swimming pools).

580 Free Mid West States Online Historical Newspaper Titles Added:

The Ancestor Hunt
"580 new and updated Free Online Historical Newspaper Links have been added to the Mid West States' free "newspaper link lists": These were all updated in June, 2020, and represent additions from the past 6 months. There is a total of 12,315 historical newspapers available to search for free from the Mid West."
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570 Free Mid Atlantic States Online Photo Archives Available:

The Ancestor Hunt
"An old proverb states that "the eyes are the windows into the soul." A genealogy corollary is that "a photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors."
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French Traditions and Culture:

FamilySearch
"Understanding French culture and traditions can help you better understand your family heritage if you have French ancestors. Discover where you’re from and more about your ancestors with the help of FamilySearch Discoveries."
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Best Genealogy Sites for Irish Research:

Donna Moughty
"I decided to write on what I thought were the Best Genealogy Sites for Irish Research. This will be a continuing series checking out one or two sites each week. If you haven't identified a locality in Ireland, you need to do that before most of these sites will be helpful."
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Celtic Connections Virtual Conference

CO-HOSTED BY: The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI)  & The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA)
31 July - 31 August 2020
Cost: $99.00
Learn more here...
Technology:

What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?

How-to Geek
"Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. Your computer’s hard drive could fail tomorrow, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever."
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Education:

8 Fresh Genealogy Tips for Building Your Family Tree:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you need some new ideas for discovering information on your ancestors? Try these eight fresh tips."
Listen now...  5:07 minutes

Webinars:

Turning Dry Facts Into Exciting Narrative:

Legacy Family Tree
"The literary world condemns most family histories as ‘fact-driven and tedious’ because they are usually little more than prose timelines. Yet the phrase ‘family history’ communicates the three ingredients needed to produce a piece of prose that is interesting to read: ‘family’ (the facts about the family), ‘history’ (the historical context) and ‘story’. This seminar focuses on the first two ingredients and shows how we can weave our facts together in such a way that the reader is keen to keep on reading."
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Carol Baxter
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Saturday, June 27, 2020

VGS News & Events: June 28 through July 4, 2020

4th of July
Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  That list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.

All remaining regular Monthly Meetings for 2020 will be virtual meetings.

Our guest speaker for our 21st Annual All-Day Seminar, 24 Feb 2021, will be Amy Johnson Crow.  More details on that as they become available.
Coming Events:
Thursday, July 2
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Google Meet Meeting
1:00 pm
Google Meet Online Meeting
Contact the coordinator for access codes...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 22 June 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 2.3M Find A Grave indexed records this week, and significant additions were also made to England, New York, Peru, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah collections. See the table below for the full list of this week's historical records updates."
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Can Your Family Tree Pass the 5 Step “Proof” Test?

Family History Daily
"The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) helps genealogists sort out, verify, and document facts through simple, straightforward guidance."
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The Powerful Genealogy Hints Tool You’ve Probably Never Used:

Family History Daily
"The MyHeritage Discoveries engine, as it is called, does a brilliant job of connecting researchers with new records in a way that will actually help you grow your tree"
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Y DNA: Step-by-Step Big Y Analysis:

DNAeXplained
"Many males take the Big Y-700 test offered by FamilyTreeDNA, so named because testers receive the most granular haplogroup SNP results in addition to 700+ included STR marker results. If you’re not familiar with those terms, you might enjoy the article, STRs vs SNPs, Multiple DNA Personalities."
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455 Free Mid Atlantic States Online Historical Newspaper Titles Added:

The Ancestor Hunt
"455 new and updated Free Historical Newspaper Links have been added to the Mid-Atlantic States' free "newspaper link lists": These were all updated in June, 2020, and represent additions from the past 6 months. For all 8 states, the total number of links is 5,967.  Just click on your chosen state below and the links to newspaper titles from that state will appear."
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Technology:

How to Use Multiple Email Signatures in Gmail:

How-to Geek
"An email signature is an important way to quickly add a personalized touch to the end of every email you send. But different types of emails call for different signatures. Set up several signatures in your Gmail for work, friends, and family."
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Education:

Why Citing Sources is Crucial in Genealogy and How to Do it Right:

Ancestral Findings
"As a beginning genealogist, you may not give much thought to citing your sources in your research. However, it is a vitally important part of any serious type of genealogical pursuit. Citing sources serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, it lets you know where you found your information."
Listen now... 6.31 minutes

Webinars:

The 1939 Register for Family Historians:

Legacy Family Tree
"Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. Findmypast has now published the registers for England and Wales. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what to do with the information you find."
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Fiona Brooker
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Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA:

Legacy Family Tree
"Oral tradition told the story; DNA identified the father. The case study illustrates using matches on Ancestry and GEDmatch to narrow the number of candidates, developing and implementing a targeted testing plan, hypothesis development and using documentary evidence to support the conclusion---while complying with genetic standards. The use of the X-match, not often employed is utilized as well. It’s a simple case to illustrate basic principles without jargon"
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG
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Saturday, June 20, 2020

VGS News & Events: June 21 through June 27, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  That list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.

All remaining regular Monthly Meetings for 2020 will be virtual meetings.

Our guest speaker for our 21st Annual All-Day Seminar, 24 Feb 2021, will be Amy Johnson Crow.  More details on that as they become available.

Coming Events:

Italian Special Interest Group ZOOM Meeting

June 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
The speaker will be Doug Garone a member of the Italians of Central Oklahoma and The Order Italian Sons & Daughters of American will do a presentation on San Fele and how he found his ancestors.  Contact the Coordinator for access codes.

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 15 June 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added Paraguay, Catholic Church Records 1754-2015, and 1.3M Connecticut death records 1640-1955. More for Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, French Polynesia, Liberia, Micronesia, Niue, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa, and  Zambia. United States included AR, CA, CT, HI, ID, IL, IA, LA, MN, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, and WA."
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Genographic Project Participants: Last Chance to Preserve Your Results & Advance Science – Deadline June 30th

DNAeXplained
"If you’re one of the one million+ public participants in the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project, launched in 2005, you probably already know that testing has ceased and the website will be discontinued as of June 30th. Your results will no longer be available as of that date."
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Genealogical Reality vs. Expectations:

Genealogy's Star
"There is often a distinct divide between our personal expectations and reality. One of the most common examples among those who are involved in the millions of online family trees is the expectation that the information recorded in those family trees is accurate. However, there is an exactly opposite and equally common expectation among some genealogists that all the information in online family trees is inaccurate and not supported by sources. What is the genealogical reality?"
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The Unexpected Detail in Divorce Records Might Surprise You:

Family History Daily
"As much as we would all like to think our ancestors lived in marital bliss, as you build your family tree, you will likely find the need to dig for a divorce record or two. Many are surprised to find that divorces were relatively common in certain locations around the world – including the United States – and began being recorded earlier than expected."
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Seven Inventions from the 1920s That We Still Use Today:

FamilySearch
"As the 1920s came roaring in, the United States was experiencing a time of economic prosperity. With that prosperity came a desire for convenience and more leisure time. For this reason, many inventions in the 1920s are related to entertainment and making domestic life easier. These inventions not only drastically shaped the 1920s but shaped the world as we know it today."
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Finding a Relationship with DNA Segment Data:

Kitty Cooper
"Ancestry has spoiled us all with its tree and ancestor matching tools; so much so that I almost never look at the actual segment data any more."
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Technology:

The Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives:

How-to Geek
"While Microsoft Office is still the ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations, and many more digital tasks, there are still plenty of free alternatives. Avoid freeware full of ads and check out these free productivity suites."
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Education:

The 1880 US Federal Census: A Closer Look:

Ancestral Findings
"The 1880 US census was the first of its kind in several ways. The most important is that it was the first to ask a number of highly detailed questions about each individual person who was enumerated. This makes it a genealogical gold mine. Here is what you need to know about this valuable census."
Listen now... 7.57 minutes

Webinars:

Working with SuperSearch™ to Find the Correct Historical Record:

Legacy Family Tree
"10+ billion records... so little time. Learn to use MyHeritage's powerful search tool to quickly locate the exact historical record you're looking for."
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz
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Utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"This robust digital repository, underutilized by many genealogists, is packed with digitized publications from academic and research institutions that are relevant to your family history. This lecture walks you through HathiTrust’s discovery and access tools, showcases U.S. and international collections that are particularly relevant to genealogists, and demonstrates search strategies to help you find those valuable sources."
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

VGS News & Events: June 14 through June 20, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  That list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.

All remaining regular Monthly Meetings for 2020 will be virtual meetings.

Our guest speaker for our 21st Annual All-Day Seminar, 24 Feb 2021, will be Amy Johnson Crow.  More details on that as they become available.

Tuesday, June 16
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Using Sources and Citations in Family Tree Maker "
Description: Learn the basics for creating Sources & Citation within Family Tree Maker.  Step by step examples will include Census records, SSID, Obituaries, FindaGrave and documents you have in your possession.
Please register for the webinar Here...

Wednesday, June 17
VGS General Monthly Meeting
10:00 am to 11:15 am
First of two Online Webinars
Note Date Change...
Presenter: Crista Cowan
Topic: “How to Get the Most from Ancestry.com”
Description: Are you getting the most out of your Ancestry subscription?  Even if you don't have a subscription, are you aware there are many things you can access for free?  We will cover the major areas of the Ancestry.com website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.
Please register for the webinar Here...

Wednesday, June 17
VGS General Monthly Bonus Meeting
11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Second of two Online Webinars
Note Date Change...
Presenter: Crista Cowan
Topic: “What's New with Ancestry DNA”
Description: Learn more about AncestryDNA's features that will power your research and make it easier to discover your story.  ThruLines and better matching tools help you get even more from your AncestryDNA information.
Please register for the webinar Here...

Gen News and Announcements:

Free Pennsylvania & Vermont Obituaries and Obituary Index Links:

The Ancestor Hunt
"One of the main goals for genealogists in searching historic newspapers is to find obituaries. Obituaries are a gold mine of information. They provide death dates and locations, funeral and cemetery information and sometimes more importantly - information about the relatives of the deceased's family and extended family. "
Search now...  Pennsylvania
Search now...  Vermont

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 8 June 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 5M United States obituary, Minnesota death records and Electoral Registers for Wales, 1839-1778.  More records were added for American Samoa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, Micronesia, Niue, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Zambia.  United States collections included CA, HI, ID, LA, MS, NH, NY, NC, OR, PA, UT, and VA."
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How to Diagram a Mystery DNA Match...

FYFT
"One of Mom's DNA matches is driving me crazy. This is what I'll do when a DNA match is too abstract to make sense."
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Y DNA: Step-by-Step Big Y Analysis

DNAeXplained
"Many males take the Big Y-700 test offered by FamilyTreeDNA, so named because testers receive the most granular haplogroup SNP results in addition to 700+ included STR marker results. If you’re not familiar with those terms, you might enjoy the article, STRs vs SNPs, Multiple DNA Personalities."
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To Test or Not to Test – An Excellent Question

LegacyTree Genealogists
"The first hurdle a researcher may face as they contemplate engaging with the growing field of genetic genealogy may be the decision of whether or not to take a DNA test in the first place. While DNA testing is increasingly useful for the genealogist, the power of genetic genealogy to reveal surprising or unexpected information, and its current and potential future uses are reasons to pause and consider the options."
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Technology:

How to Copy, Cut, and Paste on a Windows PC

How-to Geek
"Copy, cut, and paste are three basic operations that every Windows user should know by heart. The concepts behind them apply to nearly every application you’ll ever use. Here’s how they work."
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Education:

Genealogy Again: Breathing New Life in Your Family Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you need some ideas to make your genealogy research more interesting again? Here are four ideas to get you moving."
Listen now... 4.04 minutes

Webinars:

Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives:

Legacy Family Tree
"An enormous variety of Irish manuscripts tell the stories of our ancestors. Parish registers, census returns, Griffith’s Valuation, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide a great beginning for Irish family history research. However, a careful search of record repositories in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom reveals many more Irish archives of great worth."
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: David Ouimette, CG
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Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840

Legacy Family Tree
"Have you lost an ancestor between 1780 and 1840? Often connecting our ancestors to colonists can be quite a task. Learn how to employ probate, land, census, tax, and other compiled records to help bridge the gap."
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
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Saturday, June 6, 2020

VGS News & Events: June 7 through June 13, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  This list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.

Monday, June 8
“Italian SIG Monday Afternoon ZOOM Meeting” 
1:00 pm 
There guest speaker is Gary Palmer: "His book, The Five Percent Minority"
He will explain his childhood and how he overcame adversity.
Contact the SIG Coordinator for access information.

Monday, June 8
“Mining for Treasures in the Internet Archive”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Our guest speaker will be: Carla Cegielski 
Description: The Internet Archive is not just the Wayback Machine! It also contains audio items, movies, images, software, maps, and texts. Take a tour of its contents and learn search strategies for accessing its genealogical treasures.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 26 May 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 1.2 M new, free, historical records this week to United States collections including 800K from California. World collections added church, civil, and tax records for American Samoa, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, England, Finland, France, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Niue, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and Sweden.  Additional United States records were for AZ, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, LA, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, and WI."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 1 June 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 6.5 million New York land records and over 1 million Uruguay passenger lists, 1880 - 1980.  Additional records were added for American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Iceland, Ireland, Niue, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.  Additional US records were added for AK, CA, HI, ID, IA, KS, LA, MN, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, UT, VA, and WI."
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DNA Testing: Ethical Considerations

Genealogical.com
"Millions of people have voluntarily undergone DNA testing. Probably millions more would do so if they were not bothered about the privacy issues associated with DNA testing."
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6 of the Best Genealogy Podcasts to Listen to Now:

Family Tree
"podcasts are reviving the art of informative audio. Edison Research reported in 2016 that 21 percent of Americans age 12 and older had listened to at least one podcast in the past month."
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The 23andme Family Tree built from DNA

Kitty Cooper
"The dream of every genetic genealogist is to be able to build a family tree from just DNA. 23andme made a terrific start on this with their Beta family tree released in October. Now it is out of test mode and they have added good editing facilities. Being slightly obsessive, I tried it out with almost everyone whose login I have (my family and many friends and clients)."
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Did My Family Not Hug Because of the Spanish Flu?

Shop the Hound
"As the world begins the stages of the “new normal” and we slowly get back to interacting with people it’s made me wonder about how my family handled things during the Spanish Flu."
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Technology:

No, the iOS 13.5 iPhone Update Won’t Send Your Health Data to the Government:

How-to Geek
"On May 20, 2020, iPhones started to receive iOS 13.5, which includes a COVID‑19 Exposure Notifications API. Despite the contract tracing feature being voluntary, people are already worried that personal information will be misused. Here’s why you don’t need to worry."
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Education:

1918 Flu Pandemic

CBS Sunday Morning
"The pandemic of H1N1 virus in 1918 infected about one-third of the world's population, causing at least 50 million deaths, including more than a half-million in the United States.  Martha Teichner reports."
Listen now... 6.37 minutes

Webinars:

How Members of the LDS Church Can Benefit from the FamilySearch/MyHeritage Partnership:

Legacy Family Tree
"A partnership between MyHeritage and FamilySearch benefits members of the LDS Church with a free subscription to MyHeritage. Many members fail to benefit from this partnership. One opportunity is to synchronize information between MyHeritage and the FamilySearch Family Tree. This webinar highlights major partnership opportunities for members of the Church. "
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: James Tanner
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Using DNA to Answer Real Research Questions: Three Case Studies

Legacy Family Tree
"DNA tests provide opportunities for researchers to solve specific research questions. Gail Shaffer Blankenau will demonstrate how to combine DNA results with traditional research methods to make those fascinating DNA results useful."
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Gail Blankenau
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