Friday, September 30, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 30 Sep 2016

Kiara Neilsen from My Heritage along with the My Heritage Drawing winners.
Watch: Family Tree Innovations for 2016:
FamilySearch
"FamilySearch Family Tree is growing by leaps and bounds every year. Join Family Tree Product Manager Ron Tanner for a tour of what's new this year."
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Collections Update: Week of September 26:
FamilySearch
"The Find A Grave Index continues to grow with a new addition of over 6 million indexed records. Also, find more indexed records from Austrailia and the United States Revolutionary War."
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Family DNA Tests Compared:
MyFamilyDNA
"Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the four best-selling ancestry DNA test kits.  Each feature is explained in detail, below the chart."
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The Global Cemetery Meetups are happening October 7-9:
Find A Grave
"Attend this special event or plan one of your own. Visit a cemetery in need to take photographs and videos of headstones, explore the grounds, and share stories and discoveries with others who want to make a difference. With your thoughtful contributions, history will never be forgotten."
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100th Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode:
Features Our Favorite Genealogy Tips!
Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
"We're celebrating the 100th episode of the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast ! That's hundreds of helpful interviews with host Lisa Louise Cooke picking the brains of top genealogy experts."

Our 100th episode is now available in iTunes and on FamilyTreeMagazine.com! This hour-long special features our favorite research tips from:
Curt Witcher, director of the second-largest genealogy library in the country
James Sweany, reference librarian at the Library of Congress
CeCe Moore, consultant to the TV show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates. Jr."
Sunny Jane Morton, genealogy author and Family Tree Magazine contributor
David A. Fryxell, Family Tree Magazine contributor and founding editor
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How to Unlock Your iOS 10 Device With a Single Click (Like in iOS 9):
How-to-Geek
"In iOS 10, Apple made a small but fundamental change to the way you unlock your phone. If you’re tired of seeing “Press home to open” or “Press home to unlock” every time to you grab your phone, here’s how to switch it back to the way it was in iOS 9."
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This Day In History:  30 September
1846: The first anesthetized tooth extraction is performed by Dr. William Morton in Charleston, Massachusetts.
1927: Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run of the season off Tom Zachary in Yankee Stadium, New York City.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation that establishes the National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.
1955 Death: Actor and teen idol James Dean is killed in a car crash while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it into a race in Salinas, California.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Delaware:
1829: Chesapeake & Delaware Canal opened
1832: Newcastle & Frenchtown Railroad opened
1838: Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad opened

Thursday, September 29, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 29 Sep 2016

Yesterday's Expo was a HUGH Success!
Upcoming Free Webinars:
Legacy Family Tree
The following webinars are all on Family History Day:
Friday, October 7th.





Tracing Irish American Immigrants:
FamilySearch
"Tracing Irish American immigrants seems a lot like finding a four-leaf clover-if you find a clover with all four leaflets, you're bound to have good luck. Follow these four steps to experience the luck of the Irish and discover your Irish roots."
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Writing Your Personal History for Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide:
Crestleaf
"5 Helpful Tips to Start Writing a Personal History"
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How To Use PERSI To Find Out Information About Your Ancestor's Death:
FindMyPast
"The Periodical Source Index, also known as PERSI, is an amazing, underutilized resource for genealogists. PERSI is the largest subject index for genealogical periodicals. PERSI was created by the Allen County Public Library and the goal of the project is to index every genealogy and local history periodicals in the United States and eventually the world."
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23andMe Is Now Offering A $99 Genetics Test Again — But It's Very Different From The Original:
Tech Insider
"For those who are interested in learning more about where their family came from using a genetics test, but don't want all the other reports 23andMe offers, the company has a test for that. 23andMe, a consumer genetics company, said Wednesday that it would now offer two versions of the test:
The $199 version, which comes with both the health and ancestry components.
The $99 version, which will just have the ancestry test.
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How to Use Office 365’s Troubleshooting Tools to Fix Common Problems:
How-to-Geek
"If you’re experiencing trouble with your Office 365 installation or issues with specific Office apps, Microsoft offers two automated tools that may be able to help you troubleshoot and repair your problems."
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This Day In History: 29 September
1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean.
1850: Mormon leader Brigham Young is named the first governor of the Utah Territory.
1932: A five-day work week is established for General Motors workers.
1907 Birthday: Gene Autry, actor, singer, star of radio, film and TV; known for his film roles as a “singing cowboy” (Oh, Susanna!, Back in the Saddle), he was influential in country music with songs that included “Back in the Saddle,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Delaware:
1790: French Catholics increased emigrating from West Indies
1802: Powder Plant built on Brandywine by DuPont
1813: Fort Union constructed

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 28 Sep 2016

Today: September 28, 2016
Family History Expo
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Scarlet O'Hara Theater at the Savannah Center
This event is open to all residents of The Villages

There will be many hourly door prizes. You must be present to win.

List of the Door Prizes...
The VGS will be giving away 15, 2017 memberships and 3, All-Day Seminar Tickets for the February 22, 2017 event with Cyndi Ingle.
Ancestry.com2 AncestryDNA (autosomal)Test Kits
2 Ancestry.com World Edition 1 year subscriptions
1 Fold3.com 1 year subscription
1 Newspapers.com 1 year subscription
Family Tree DNA
2 Family Finder (autosomal) Test Kits; discount flyers available
Findmypast.com
2 findmypast.com 1 year subscriptions; flyers available
New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors)
1 American Ancestors 1 year subscription
1 “Guide to Genealogical Writing” book
1 “Elements of Genealogical Analysis” book
National Genealogical Society
2 “Genealogy and the Law” books; a small amount of literature available
ArkivDigital (Swedish Genealogy)
2 three month subscriptions (drawing through the Scandinavian SIG table); flyers
MyHeritage: Our special guest exhibitor, MyHeritage has agreed to send a team from their American Headquarters in Lehi, Utah. They want to talk to people about their service and plan to show video in their booth. They will have prize drawings also.

Upcoming Free Webinars:
Legacy Family Tree
Read More and/or Register...  2:00 p.m.


Win Door Prizes -- WikiTree Source-a-Thon to kick off Family History Month (1-3 October 2016):
NGS
"It's the world's first Source-a-Thon, a 72-hour sourcing marathon.
Our goal is to clear out the Unsourced Profiles category on WikiTree. Including sources is in our community's Honor Code but inexperienced genealogists don't always record them. Sometimes the source is "Aunt Mabel," as Mags put it. This doesn't mean the information isn't worth preserving or sharing. It's a starting point — information waiting to be confirmed. "
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Audio: Five Steps To Identify A Family Photo:
Family Search
"Photo historian Maureen Taylor shares five important steps that will help you take a photo from unknown to part of your family story."
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Elephind Update:
The Ancestor Hunt
"The "Search Multiple Historic Newspaper Collections All At Once" website, elephind.com has just published an update, that includes more 250K items from 4 large collections:"
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$186K Grant Will Help Rutgers Digitize Jersey Newspaper Archives:
New Brunswick Today
"In the spirit of making New Jersey’s rich contribution to culture, politics, innovation and society more readily available, Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library have partnered to launch the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project."
Unsubscribe From Mailing Lists with One Tap in iOS 10:
How-to-Geek
"Over time, you’ve subscribed to all kinds of mailing lists and now your inbox is overrun with emails you don’t want anymore. The Mail app in iOS 10 has added a really easy way to unsubscribe from mailing lists."
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How to Disable All of Windows 10’s Built-in Advertising:
How-to-Geek
"Windows 10 has a lot of built-in advertising. This isn’t just about the free upgrade offer: Even if you purchase a new PC that comes with a Windows 10 license or spend $200 for a copy of Windows 10 Professional, you’ll see ads in your operating system. You can, however, disable a lot of it."
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This Day In History: 28 September
1904: A woman is placed under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York’s Fifth Avenue.
1924: Three U.S. Army aircraft arrive in Seattle, Washington after completing a 22-day round-the-world flight.
1928: Sir Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin when he notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory; it remained for Howard Florey and Ernst Chain to isolate the active ingredient, allowing the “miracle drug” to be developed in the 1940s.
1901 Birthday: Ed Sullivan, television host.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Delaware:
1732: Boundary with Maryland established
1754-63: French & Indian War
1776: Becomes one of the original 13 states

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 27 Sep 2016

Tomorrow: September 28, 2016
Family History Expo
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Scarlet O'Hara Theater at the Savannah Center
This event is open to all residents of The Villages

There will be many hourly door prizes. You must be present to win.

List of the Door Prizes...
The VGS will be giving away 15, 2017 memberships and 3, All-Day Seminar Tickets for the February 22, 2017 event with Cyndi Ingle.
Ancestry.com2 AncestryDNA (autosomal)Test Kits
2 Ancestry.com World Edition 1 year subscriptions
1 Fold3.com 1 year subscription
1 Newspapers.com 1 year subscription
Family Tree DNA
2 Family Finder (autosomal) Test Kits; discount flyers available
Findmypast.com
2 findmypast.com 1 year subscriptions; flyers available
New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors)
1 American Ancestors 1 year subscription
1 “Guide to Genealogical Writing” book
1 “Elements of Genealogical Analysis” book
National Genealogical Society
2 “Genealogy and the Law” books; a small amount of literature available
ArkivDigital (Swedish Genealogy)
2 three month subscriptions (drawing through the Scandinavian SIG table); flyers
MyHeritage: Our special guest exhibitor, MyHeritage has agreed to send a team from their American Headquarters in Lehi, Utah. They want to talk to people about their service and plan to show video in their booth. They will have prize drawings also.

Getting Started on Ancestry:
Christa Cowan at Ancestry.com
"New to family history? Join Christa Cowan for a look at simple steps for starting your family tree. She'll also highlight what to enter, how to enter it, and what to do next."
Watch video... 14.04 minutes

3 Tips for Using Google for Genealogy:
Family Search
"While there are many ways you can use Google to aid your research, here are three of the most beneficial."
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‘My God, That’s Kimberly!’: Scientist Solves Perplexing Mystery Of Identity Thief Lori Ruff:
The Seattle Times
"The Seattle Times in 2013 published a real-life mystery story about Lori Ruff, who died in 2010, leaving a husband and child in Texas. Years earlier, she had stolen another person’s identity. Who was she really? Finally, we have an answer."
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New 23andMe Experience – In a Word, Disappointing:
DNAeXplained
"Almost a year after the 23andMe “new experience” was promised “shortly” and then subsequently promised by 2015 year end, it’s finally here. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s September of 2016. I could have gestated a baby in less time. However, let’s take a look at the new experience process and features. I’m going to record each step in this new experience since I’ve finally transitioned."
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Finding Our Roots: The Technology of Genealogy:
The Information Umbrella
"There seems to be a resurgence of interest in history, particularly personal history and genealogy. Popular television shows such as “Finding Your Roots” and “Who Do You Think You Are” explore ancestry. Ancestry.com and similar websites provide a platform for discovering your lineage. I wonder if part of this interest is because we now have technologies that help us discover who we are and where we come from."
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How to See Other Devices Logged Into Your Facebook Account:
How-to-Geek
"You logged into your Facebook account on your friend’s computer, and you’re not sure if you logged out. Or maybe you’re worried someone else has your password. Thankfully, Facebook tracks where you’re logged in, so you can see every device logged into your account, and end any sessions you don’t want active."
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This Day In History: 27 September
1864: Confederate guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage Jesse James, massacre 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Missouri. The event becomes known as the Centralia Massacre.
1918: President Woodrow Wilson opens his fourth Liberty Loan campaign to support men and machines for World War I.
1920: Eight Chicago White Sox players are charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.
1722 Birthday: Samuel Adams, American revolutionary patriot and statesman, helped to organize the Boston Tea Party.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Delaware:
1657: 200 persecuted Italians arrived
1682: William Penn annexed Delaware
1701: Area split off from Pennsylvania

Monday, September 26, 2016

VGS Latest News & Tips: 26 Sep 2016

Today: September 26, 2016
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Keeping Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Topic: " Managing Your Computer Files: Making Sense of the Chaos"

Facial Reconstruction Made Of Bronze Age Woman 'Ava:
BBC
"A facial reconstruction has been made of a young woman who died more than 3,700 years ago."
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The White Mormon and the Black Muslim – A Tale of Serendipity:
Ancestry Insider
"This story, written by Lee Davidson, originally appeared in the Deseret News in Salt Lake City in 1997."
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Editor's Note: This is an interesting news article. The main reason that I am using it today is to give you another idea of what can be found on the internet provided that you understand the many tools that are available to the user. Today's tool is called Google News. It's very easy to use and you can find a lot of useful information.
Go directly to the news article on Google News...

FGS Next Project – #FGS2016:
Ancestry Insider
"At their 2016 conference the Federation of Genealogical Societies announced both the completion of their Preserve the Pensions project and the beginning of a new one. FGS is teaming up with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park of the National Park System to build a database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War."
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Editor's Note: Our past president, Pat Rand, is the Project Coordinator.
See more information on our website.

How British Are You? DNA Study Reveals UK’s Ethnic Diversity:
Ancestry
"Think you’re more British than queuing for cricket in the rain? Or drinking Pimms with sun burn? By looking at our DNA data, we’ve been able to not only find the most British region in the UK, but prove how ethnically diverse Britain is. And the winner is?"
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Find A Grave Community Weekend on October 7-9:
Ancestry
"Announcing our 3rd Annual Find A Grave Community Meetup! We are hosting this global meetup starting on Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9th to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave, and to document those cemeteries and grave-sites that are not currently on our site. Cemeteries are incredibly valuable"
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10 Ways to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu:
How-to-Geek
"Windows 10 finally brought back the Start menu, and it’s more customizable than ever. Here’s a quick rundown of all the different ways that you can make the Start menu your own."
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This Day In History: 26 September
1913: The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.
1914: The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business.
1955: The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss.
1820 Death: The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.

State Timelines:
Even though it is hard to tell what made people move or disappear, these are just a few possibilities.
Delaware:
1630: Dover settled and Dutch settled along the Delaware River
1638: Peter Minuit established Swedish settlement
1656: Finnish Lutherans began to immigrate