Saturday, January 18, 2020

VGS News & Events: 19 January through 25 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Tuesday: January 21, 2020
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "All About Reports & Charts and How to Share Them" + Your Questions Answered
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research” by Lisa A, Alzo, M.F.A
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
Afternoon Workshop
1:30 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: “Overcoming Brickwalls in Eastern European Research” by Lisa A, Alzo, M.F.A
Seating Limited to 100:  Register to attend in person HERE...
Register to attend online HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

Genetic SIG Survey

VGS
On January 10th, the VGS sent out an email request asking members to complete a survey about the future of The VGS Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG).  We have had a tremendous response from our members.  Thank you!  If you haven't already taken the survey and you are a VGS member, please take the survey now.
Survey link...

Register for Our Annual Seminar:

VGS
From the responses from the above mentioned survey, we can easily see that DNA is a very popular subject and members are requesting more information on the topic. However, response to our annual seminar is a little behind in registrations and DNA is the topic.  Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., one of the best in the business, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence and he is our guest speaker. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. Our Annual Seminar will be held on February 19, 2020 at the Savannah Center.
Download the information and registration packet HERE:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 January 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added new, free, historical records this week from American Samoa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States, including GA, HI, LA, MI, MS, NC, SC, TN and MO. Featured this week are over 2 million records from Ecuadorian Catholic church records (1565-2011) and over 600,000 records from Ireland Poverty Relief Funds (1810-1887)."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 13 January 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added new, free, historical records this week from American Samoa, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States of America. Over 2 million records added from France's Loire-Atlantique Civil Registration, (1792-1960)."
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8 Genealogy Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Researcher:

Family History Daily
"If you’re among the 49% of Americans who have never listened to a podcast, there’s never been a better time to start - especially if you love learning about family history research. In this article we’ve gathered together a list of eight incredible genealogy podcasts we love."
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DNA Inherited from Grandparents and Great-Grandparents:

DNAeXplained
"Philip Gammon, our statistician friend has been working with crossover simulations again in order to tell us what we might expect relative to how much DNA we actually inherit from grandparents and great-grandparents."
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Technology:

What’s New in Windows 10’s 20H1 Update, Arriving Spring 2020 

How-To Geek
"Microsoft is already working on Windows 10’s 20H1 update. Expected sometime around May 2020, this is Windows 10 version 2004. It’s much bigger than Windows 10’s November 2019 update but still feels like a collection of useful improvements."
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Education:

The Origin and Meaning of Scottish Surnames:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have a Scottish surname, or is there one in your family tree? Then, you will want to know about their origin and meanings, as this will tell you a lot about your ancient Scottish ancestors. Here is what you need to know…"
Listen now... 8.13 minutes

Webinars:

Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogy Problems:

Legacy Family Tree
"This topic introduces a methodology for creating multiple hypotheses in genealogical situations that are not easily solved...like the brick walls we all have! Creative thinking is discussed, as well as methods for capturing multiple hypotheses and then prioritizing them. Several types of hypotheses development will be covered. Finally, we will review cover how to refute or support each hypothesis. A case study is used throughout the discussion to highlight how the methodology is best utilized."
Tuesday, January 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Jan M. Joyce, CG, CGL
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

New Tools and Ideas in Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"The field of genealogy is constantly changing and evolving.  Each day new techniques, resources, and tools are developed to assist in the quest for one’s ancestors. Learn technological developments (including gadgets and gizmos), newly discovered resources for genealogical research and more."
Wednesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Saturday, January 11, 2020

VGS News & Events: 12 January through 18 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: January 13, 2020
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Tuesday: January 14, 2020
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: January 15, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting:
9:00 AM Pinellas Library Room #162
Wednesday: January 15, 2020
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: January 16, 2020
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: January 17, 2020
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

Register for Our Annual Seminar:

VGS
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.  He will be our guest speaker for our Annual Seminar on February 19, 2020.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 30 December 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added over 4 million civil registration records from France (1793-1914) this week. Millions more from American Samoa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay and Zimbabwe."
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24 Fun Facts about FamilySearch You May Not Know:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch celebrated its first 125 years of family discovery in November 2019! Founded in 1894 as the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearch has grown through the years and experienced many wonderful advancements. We wanted to share some interesting tidbits about FamilySearch and its fascinating history. Did you know these fun facts?"

31 New Year’s Resolution Ideas That Are Totally Doable:

FamilySearch
"The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and set goals for yourself. Resolutions can help you make small changes that will make a difference for you and your family—past, present, and future. Not sure what you want your resolutions to be? Here are some easy, doable New Year’s resolutions ideas to get your list started."

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks:

Amy Johnson Crow
"You've worked hard on your genealogy. You've made some fantastic discoveries. But what do you actually do with it? Those discoveries don't do much good just sitting in your file cabinet or on your computer. That's where 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks comes in."

Great New DNA Tools in 2019:

Kitty Cooper
"2019 was a great year for DNA. Many wonderful DNA tools were created by the testing companies as well as by a number of third parties. Throughout this article I will list my blog posts which discuss the tools from 2019."

Technology:

10 Quick Steps to Increase Mac Performance:

How-To Geek
"Whether your Mac is running slow or you just want to squeeze some extra performance from your system, we have some quick solutions. Buying a shiny new Mac or upgrading your current Mac’s RAM aren’t the only options."
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Education:

Using Honor Rolls to Trace Your WWI Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"If you are researching your WWI ancestors, don’t forget to check for honor rolls where they may be mentioned. Honor rolls were used for calling attention to both men and women at home and on the front lines who did extraordinary things to help the war effort. Here is what you need to know about honor rolls and where to find them."
Listen now...  7.50 minutes

Webinars:

10 Must-Have MyHeritage Databases:

Legacy Family Tree
"Looking for an ancestor? MyHeritage has many research options. However, there are 10 that are must-haves for any researcher. Join me as we explore what databases you need to know about and how to research them so you can find that ancestor."
Tuesday, January 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Vetting Published Genealogies for Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"Genealogy is written in stone and should be looked at carefully. Follow the case of Mayflower ancestor William White as Shannon Combs-Bennett shows how his genealogy was corrected over the last century."
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Saturday, January 4, 2020

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


Coming Events:
Monday: January 6, 2020
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: January 6, 2020
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Monday: January 6, 2020
Evening Webinar:
7:00 PM Online
"Researching Your Confederate Ancestor"
Our guest speaker is: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Tuesday: January 7, 2020
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM in the Tea Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Note new meeting location...
Wednesday: January  8, 2020
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: January 8, 2020
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Thursday: January 9, 2020
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "German Migration and Textile Industry Formation in 19th Century Łódź"  
Friday: January 10, 2020
All Genetic Genealogy SIG Meetings Canceled until further notice. 
Saturday: January 11, 2020
African American SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Note new meeting date & location...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 16 December 2019

FamilySearch
"This week, FamilySearch.org added new, free, historical records from American Samoa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, England, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and the United States, including AL, GA, HI, LA, OH, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Over 1 million records were added from Peru's Civil Registration (1805-2001.)"
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5 Tips for Gathering Family Stories:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Family stories are an integral part of our family history. Without stories, our ancestors are just names on paper. Looking ahead, if we don’t record our own stories, we will end up the same way. Here are 5 easy tips for gathering your family stories (and how to get better stories out of the people you talk with)."
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When There’s a Surprise in DNA Results:

Amy Johnson Crow
"DNA has led to incredible discoveries. The news and social media are filled with stories of adoptees finding biological family members and siblings being reunited after decades apart. But there’s another kind of discovery that isn’t talked about as often—surprises in the DNA results."
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Important Changes at GEDmatch:

Kitty Cooper
"If you have not logged into GEDmatch recently, please do so and either accept the new terms and conditions or don’t. Unless you are clearly USA based*, your kits will not be visible to your relatives any more unless you accept. I have linked to numerous other blogs at the end of this article to help you make your choice. I recommend reading either the one from Roberta Estes (below) or EU users, the one from Debbie Kennett. Both look carefully at the new terms and conditions which are not very different from before."
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GEDmatch Acquired by Verogen

DNAeXplained
"GEDmatch needs modernization and Verogen has committed to breathe new life into GedMatch which provides tools not available elsewhere and much loved by many genealogists."
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Technology:

How to Download Files Using Safari on Your iPhone or iPad:

How-to Geek
"In your work or personal life, you’ll sometimes need to download a file on your iPhone or iPad. Using the new feature introduced in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, you can now do this directly in Safari. No third-party app needed!"
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Education:

What are Railroad Records?

Ancestral Findings
"Did your ancestor work for the railroad? If so, you'll want to explore railroad records to find out more about them on today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast."
Listen now... 5.40 minutes

Webinars:

Mistakes I Have Made: Confessions of a Repentant Genealogist

Legacy Family Tree
"Let's face it. We all make mistakes when we are doing something new. True confessions: as a beginning and not-so-beginning genealogist, I made them all. Still do if I am not careful. “Mistakes I Have Made: Confessions of a Repentant Genealogist” shares examples of the most common genealogy errors with examples from my own experiences. Learn what NOT to do and how to avoid making these mistakes with your research."
Wednesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cheri Hudson Passey
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Saturday, December 28, 2019

VGS News & Events: 29 December through 4 January, 2020


Coming Events:
Thursday: January 2, 2020
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: January 3, 2020
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Saturday: January 4, 2020
Jim Lannin Celebration of Life
1:00-4:00 PM at the Allamanda Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

Celebrate Your DNA

DNAeXplained
"I ordered two items from Celebrate DNA to celebrate my own genetic heritage. I love wearing DNA-themed items. People ask questions and I get to explain how much fun DNA is and how critical to genealogy."
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Register for Our Annual Seminar:

VGS
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.  He will be our guest speaker for our Annual Seminar on February 19, 2020.

The New Jersey Death Index Is Online:

Reclaim the Records
"The New Jersey Death Index for 1901-2017 (with some gaps) is now online for free public use. The actual PDF’s of the image files are stored at the Internet Archive. Previously, only a few years of the death index were available, 1901-1903, and those were only available thanks to an earlier records request we made to the New Jersey State Archives."

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 2 December 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added over 8 million new, free, historical records from WWII Draft Registration Cards (1940-1947) and Lincolnshire, England, Parish Registers (1538-1990). The military records are from California, Kansas, Montana, Oregon and Texas. More indexed records were added from Australia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the United States. "
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 9 December 2019

FamilySearch
New, free, historical records were added to FamilySearch.org from American Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Venezuela and the United States. Over 800,000 records were added from the Cape Province of Africa (1895-1972.)
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New German Record Collections:

MyHeritage
"MyHeritage has just published two historical record collections from Germany: the Hesse Birth Index (1874–1911) and Hesse Marriage Index (1849–1931). These collections, totaling 8.5 million historical records, are now indexed and searchable on MyHeritage."
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Technology:

How Windows 7’s “Extended Security Updates” Will Work:

How-to Geek
"Windows 7 isn’t long for this world. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft ends “extended support” for Windows 7, and it will stop getting security updates. But there’s a way around it: Paying for “Extended Security Updates.”"
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Education:

The Biggest Genealogy Research Mistakes You Don't Want to Make:

Ancestral Findings
Let's start off the new year with better research techniques...
"Don't let your genealogy research be incorrect. Make sure your genealogy is as true as it can be. Join me on and I’ll talk about the three biggest genealogy mistakes and how to avoid them."
Continue reading... 5.31 minutes

Webinars:

The 2020 Webinar Series will begin soon...


Saturday, December 21, 2019

VGS News & Events: 22 December through 28 December, 2019

No Meetings This Week
Gen News and Announcements:

20 Best Christmas Traditions Your Family Will Cherish for Decades

Country Living
"To help you remember the best Christmas traditions to try (and perhaps incorporate into your December every year), we've rounded some of our favorites right here. Whether you choose to do one, a few, or all of these yuletide rituals, you can't beat the memories you'll be making with your family that you'll cherish for years to come."
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5 Hanukkah Traditions:

Punchbowl
"Celebrate the festival of lights and stick to Hanukkah traditions to show your appreciation for the holiday. Take part in Chanukah traditions such as lighting the menorah, playing the dreidel game, eating gelt, cooking and baking delicious food, and enjoying the fun of Hanukkah gifts."
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Kwanzaa Christmas Traditions & Customs:

whychristmas.com
"Kwanzaa is a seven day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history. Kwanzaa takes place from 26th December to 1st January."
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15 Christmas Traditions Only Germans Will Understand:

Culture Trip
"As in many other Christian countries, Christmas is the most special time of the year in Germany. Though the most important ingredients of Christmas across the world are the same – festive cheer, family time and delicious food – each country has its own special way of celebrating this magical festival. These Christmas traditions and rituals are quintessentially German."
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5 Italian Christmas Traditions You Probably Didn’t Know About:

Maxwell-Scott
"Here are five Italian traditions that you may never have heard of before, from the gift-giving Befana, to the all important game of tombola…"
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Top ten Irish Christmas traditions - Old Fashioned and Modern Ireland Combined:

Irish Central
"Christmas in Ireland embodies these top ten traditions and less we get too twee (I have included the then and now versions)..."
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A Scandinavian Christmas: History and Food Traditions:

FineDiningLowers
"The land of ice and snow, of warm-huddle-fires and reindeer, Scandinavia is as close to the Christmas idyll as one can get, and certainly more approachable and cuddly than the North Pole itself."
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10 Ways to British Up Your Christmas Holiday:

Anglophenia
"Many American Christmas traditions trace back to England, like the main staples of decorating your home, putting up a tree, exchanging presents and having a mid-day dinner. Why not British it up a bit more this year? "
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Christmas Customs in Central & East Europe:

biega.com
"Christmas  is the most important family holiday of the year in all East European countries, except Albania and Bosnia."
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Webinars:
No Webinars This Week