Thursday, May 25, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: May 25, 2017

Gen News:

Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time:

Smithsonian
"A new, special issue of Smithsonian magazine attempts the impossible: to list out the most significant people in United States history
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How to Share Without Plagiarizing:

DNAeXplained
"Blogging and online articles have become popular as a result of the easy reach of the internet and social media. Most bloggers have an intended audience that follows them closely, as well as follows other social media resources on the same topics."
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Overlooked Genealogy Resource Alert! 9 Tips to Research at Heritage Museums:

GenealogyInsider
"You've searched Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, gone to the library and maybe even taken a DNA test to discover your family's immigrant origins. But for a genealogist, just knowing the country or region is rarely enough."
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Tech:

How to Automatically Turn Your Wi-Fi Back On in Windows 10:

How-to-Geek
"You may want to turn your Wi-Fi off to save battery power on an airplane or somewhere else where there’s no Wi-Fi available. With Windows 10’s Creators Update, you can now have your PC automatically re-enable your Wi-Fi so you don’t have to remember to do so later."
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How to Stop Gmail From Adding Events to Google Calendar:

How-to-Geek
"If the receipt for a flight or hotel is sent to your Gmail account, an appointment is automatically added to Google Calendar. Some people find this useful; some people find it annoying; some people find it downright creepy. If you’re more in the second or third camp than the first, good news: you can disable this feature entirely."
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Editor's Note: I love this feature and would never turn it off, but I'm sure some would.

Education:

A Review of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have New England ancestry? If you do, you will want to look into joining the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Here's what it has to offer."
Listen now... 7.07 minutes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: May 24, 2017

Reminders:
Today: May 24, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Today: May 24, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Our guest speaker is Donna Bachowski "Forget Me Not: Preserving Legacies with EPOCH"

Gen News:

A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials:

Smithsonian
 "The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil's magic—and 20 were executed."
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Homo Naledi’s Surprisingly Young Age Opens Up More Questions On Where We Come From:

Scienmag
"Johannesburg – Scientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced that the richest fossil hominin site in Africa had been discovered, and that it contained a new hominin species named Homo naledi by the scientists who described it."
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Free Ancestry.com Databases:

Ancestry
Do you know that Ancestry.com has over 1800 free database collections?
The 1940 and 1880 censuses, SSID and the England & Wales, Civil Marriage Indexes to name a few.
See what's free...  Note: You need at least a free guest account to view this list...
What's a Guest account? Learn more HERE...

Tech:

How to Embed Web Videos, Music, Documents, and More in OneNote:

How-to-Geek
"OneNote is simple at first glance: it’s a place to write notes and maybe clip articles from the web for future reference. It’s an organizational tool, and a good one. But unlike other Office products, Microsoft offers OneNote for free and is constantly adding new updates."
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How to Automatically Free Up Disk Space with Windows 10’s Storage Sense:

How-to-Geek
"Windows 10’s Creators Update adds a handy little feature that automatically cleans out your temp files and stuff that’s been sitting in your Recycle Bin for more than a month. Here’s how to enable it."
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Latest Update: Family Tree Maker 2017

Software MacKiev: May 19, 2017
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Education:

Finding Unnamed Ancestors on the 1790-1840 Censuses:

Ancestral Findings
"The 1790-1840 census records only listed heads of household by name. However, that does not mean you can't put together a list of who was in the household. You just look at other clues like these."
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Today's Webinar Reminder:

WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"This presentation gives a general overview and introduction to the free collaborative family tree site, WikiTree. It will cover the site's mission and Honor Code, privacy versus open collaboration, genetic genealogy features, cousin bait, becoming a part of the community, and the benefits of membership."
Today, May 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Eowyn Langholf
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: May 23, 2017

Reminders:
Tomorrow: May 24, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Tomorrow: May 24, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Our guest speaker is Donna Bachowski "Forget Me Not: Preserving Legacies with EPOCH"

Gen News:

The Secret Hiding on the 1840 U.S. Census:

My Kith N Kin
"There is a secret hiding on the 1840 U.S. census. On the back of this census, the enumerators recorded those who were receiving..."
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Library and Archives Canada Acquires 80,000 Maps And Documents From The Canada Lands Survey Records Collection:

Library And Archives Canada 
"The CSLR collection is made up of records such as plans, field notes, diaries and correspondence that were officially deposited and registered under unique survey numbers. Canada Lands include, but are not limited to, Territorial Lands, Offshore Lands, National Parks and most Indigenous lands."
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What Sources You Should Be Looking At In 15th-17th Century English Research:

Family Tree Tips 
"Most people can trace their tree back to at least the 1800s using conventional methods such as Birth/Marriage/Death and Census records but not many realize they can go back a lot further than this using other record collections. Most records still need a visit to an Archive especially older more specialist ones as they aren't often digitized, and when they are they haven’t always been transcribed to be searchable. Your best bet for sources are:"
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Tech:

What Do Windows 10’s Basic and Full Telemetry Settings Actually Do?

How-to-Geek
"Windows 10 includes a telemetry service that automatically sends diagnostic and usage data about your computer to Microsoft. These settings have caused a lot of controversy since Windows 10’s release, but what do they actually do?"
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How to Post 360 Degree Photos to Facebook:

How-to-Geek
"If you've ever scrolled through your Facebook feed and noticed that someone posted a 360-degree photo, they probably didn't use a special 360 camera, but rather just their phone. Here’s how you can take your own 360 photos with your smartphone and post them to Facebook for all to enjoy."
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Education:

How to Research the Birthplaces of Your Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"Locating the birthplaces of your ancestors is an important part of genealogy. It can open up whole new lines of research to you."
Listen now... 8.28 minutes

Monday, May 22, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: May 22, 2017

Reminders:
Today: May 22, 2017
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
The topics will be "Protecting your Computer' followed by a discussion on where is your "Gold Standard genealogy file."

Gen News:

10 Genealogy Facebook Groups You Need to Join:

My Kith N Kin
"Here is a list of nine top Facebook groups for genealogy and family history and why I love them. [Note: This list is not in any order]"
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A Listing of FREE German Ancestry - Genealogy Resources:

Deutsch Ahnenreihe
"Discover your German family history and start your family tree. Find resources for many regions and access genealogy records including census,  land and  cemetery records. This website is dedicated to making German ancestry research as free as possible."
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The Temples Of England:

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist  
 “In reviewing documentation on a William Marbury (1524-1581), Anne Hutchinson’s paternal grandfather, he was said to have been admitted to the ‘Middle Temple’ in 1551,” he wrote. “The definition of Middle Temple as contained in Wikipedia does not fully clarify the term for me. Is it simply an English legal society?”
Um… no.
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Tech:

How to Modify Text Size in the Safari Browser"

Lifewire
"How to Modify Text Size in the Safari BrowserHow to Modify Text Size in the Safari Browser"
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Lifewire
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How to Customize Google Calendar’s Notifications on the Web:

How-to-Geek
"Google Calendar is undoubtedly a powerful tool for managing everything from appointments to schedules to reminders (and everything in between). As good as it is by default, there are things you can do to make its notification system even better."
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Education:

5 Substitutions for the 1890 Census:

Ancestral Findings
"Most of the 1890 U.S. Federal Census was destroyed in a fire in the 1930’s. This leaves a large, annoying 20-year gap in census records for genealogists. On today’s episode of the, I’ll give you five substitutions that you can use for the 1890 census."
Listen now... 6.13 minutes

Saturday, May 20, 2017

VGS Reminders: 22 - 26 May 20, 2017

Reminders:
Monday: May 22, 2017
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
The topics will be "Protecting your Computer' followed by a discussion on where is your "Gold Standard genealogy file."
Wednesday: May 24, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: May 24, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Our guest speaker is Donna Bachowski "Forget Me Not: Preserving Legacies with EPOCH"

Gen News:

10 Free Historical Photo Sites for Finding Your Ancestors:

Crestleaf
"If you’re like us, you love flipping through old family photo albums to discover more about your family’s history. And if you've been fortunate enough to interview your elderly or extended family members, they've likely divulged some fun and interesting stories behind those photos that you've happily added to your family tree."
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Physical Characteristics Of An Ancestor-6 Steps To Discovery:

familytree.com
"Oh, how you wish sometimes you had some photo of an ancestor. You have gathered information about their life, but have no idea what they look like. Did they have a round face, were they tall, have blue eyes and is it possible you look like them?"
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Courthouse Research From Home:

familytree.com
"When I think of "probate records", I think of wills and estate files. If you are thinking the same way, you are likely missing out on a great deal of information!"
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Tech:

How to Figure Out What’s Preventing Your Mac From Sleeping:

How-to-Geek
"It’s bad enough that your kid never goes to sleep, but now your Mac is doing the same thing! Sure, it may not be crying, but your Mac just sits there, awake, without giving you any indication as to why. What’s going on?"
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How to Use Microsoft Paint 3D:

How-to-Geek
"Paint 3D is a new application included with Windows 10’s Creators Update. You can use it to work with 3D models and put together 3D scenes. Your work can be shared online or even printed on a 3D printer."
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Education:

The Top Three Reasons You Should Donate Your Genealogy Research to a Society:

Ancestral Findings
"Have you ever considered donating your genealogical collection to a society? Today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast, I’ll give you three reasons why you should, as well as how to choose the best one for your research and heirlooms."
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Webinar:

WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"This presentation gives a general overview and introduction to the free collaborative family tree site, WikiTree. It will cover the site's mission and Honor Code, privacy versus open collaboration, genetic genealogy features, cousin bait, becoming a part of the community, and the benefits of membership."
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Eowyn Langholf
Learn more or Register for this webinar...