Saturday, December 14, 2019

VGS News & Events: 15 December through 21 December, 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: December 17, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "Managing Places" + Your Questions Answered
Wednesday: December 18, 2019
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: December 19, 2019
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: December 20, 2019
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:
Dues Reminder:  Have you renewed your dues for 2020?

If not, members will soon receive a reminder notice via email.


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.
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Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: November Updates

IGN
"During the second half of November, the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives' team uploaded some small headstone sets and the second installment from Balmoral Cemetery in Belfast."
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Northern Ireland's Tithe Applotment Books Go Online:

IGN
"The books, which date from c1820 to c1840, can be viewed, free of charge, on PRONI's e-catalogue. (See step by step help)."
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Don't Hold Our History Hostage:

Genealogy's Star
"Any genealogist or anyone related to an immigrant who has ever tried to obtain a copy of a record from a government agency at any level should be alarmed at the attempt by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to raise the cost of obtaining historical records by 492% which could make the cost of obtaining a single paper file as high as $625."
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22 Million Completely Searchable Books and Records on the Internet Archive:

Genealogy's Star
"One of the least known valuable genealogical resources is the Internet Archive or Archive.org. This website is rapidly becoming the largest, free, downloadable, completely accessible collection of books and other records on the Internet."
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Any Old Nova Scotia County Maps In Your Attic?

Genealogy a la carte
"The Nova Scotia Heritage Community Is Asking The Public For Help In Locating Original A.F. Church Maps."
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Technology:

How to Fix Sound Problems in Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"You launch a PC game or stream a movie, but you don’t hear any sound. On the surface, there’s no apparent reason for the lack of audio. This guide shows you how to fix sound problems in Windows 10."
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Education:

Organizing and Storage Tips for Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you need advice on how to organize and store your genealogy research so you can easily keep track of everything? Here's exactly what you need to do."
Listen now...  6.40 minutes

Webinars:

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders

Legacy Family Tree
"Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States."
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
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How To Trace Your UK Ancestry:

Legacy Family Tree
"From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This webinar will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar."
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Kirsty Gray
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Saturday, December 7, 2019

VGS News & Events: 8 December through 14 December, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: December 9, 2019
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM Holiday Lunch at Red Souse
Monday: December 9, 2019
Live Webinar: "Organize Like An Archivist" 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Our guest speaker will be: Nancy Loe, MA, MLS
Please register for the webinar HERE...
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Tuesday: December 10, 2019
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "Christmas Family Traditions"
Wednesday: December 11, 2019
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Thursday: December 12, 2019
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Friday: December 13, 2019
All Genetic Genealogy SIG Meetings Postponed until further notice.

Gen News and Announcements:

3 Challenges in the Genealogy World and How FamilySearch Is Helping:

FamilySearch
"The global genealogy community enjoys unprecedented growth but faces major challenges too. Here’s what FamilySearch is doing about three of the most crucial needs."
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Can You Find Your Ancestors in These Old English Criminal Records?

Family History Daily
"You don't have to have murderers or famous outlaws in your family tree to make use of criminal records in your research. If you have ancestors who lived in England in the last three and a half centuries you do not want to miss the vast (and free) collections of The Old Bailey Online and its sister site the Digital Panopticon. "
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How to Find and Browse Unindexed Records at Ancestry – The Better Browsing Checklist

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Browse-only collections at Ancestry and other genealogy websites are sometimes viewed as inaccessible, but they are actually a hidden treasure. Learn how to access these browse-only collections at Ancestry and expand your family history research."
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5 Steps to Digitizing Your Old Negatives:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Do you have old family photo negatives in your closet? You may be wondering, “can I still get my old negatives printed into photos? What should I do with these old negatives?” To answer questions like these, we’ll need to think through your goals, budget and resources. Follow these 5 steps to digitizing old negatives and soon you may be looking at your family history in a new way!"
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Clicking Over from DNA Ancestor Hints:

Kitty Cooper
"The great new features just keep coming for Ancestry‘s DNA product. Now we can click new people into our tree from a DNA match with an Ancestor hint."
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Technology:

Does Your Computer Have a Virus? Here’s How to Check

How-to Geek
"Windows computers sometimes do get viruses and other malware, but not every slow or misbehaving PC is infected by malware. Here’s how to check if you actually have a virus—and whether that suspicious process is dangerous or not."
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Education:

Five Important Time-Saving Tips for Getting Your Genealogy Research Done:

Ancestral Findings...
"Is your genealogy research time limited due to other commitments? You need to make the most out of every research moment you have. Join me today and I’ll show you how."
Listen HERE...  8:05 minutes

Webinars:

Grandma's Obituary Box: The Use of Obituaries in Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture

Legacy Family Tree
"Obituaries are a genealogical resource that help document our ancestors and bring them to life. This lecture examines the clues and types of information found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A discussion of obituaries through the past three centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and how those values have or have not changed through the years."
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Pam Stone Eagleson, CG
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

In Memorium

Special Announcement

Jim Lannin Memorial Image

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Past President and our Genetic SIG Coordinator, Jim Lannin.  More information about a memorial service as it becomes available.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

VGS News & Events: 1 December through 7 December, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: December 2, 2019
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: December 2, 2019
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Topic: "The Upcoming Release of RM8"
Tuesday: December 3, 2019
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM in the Tea Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Note our new location...
Topic: "I’m Adopted, But I Won’t Be Celebrating National Adoption Month"
A discussion on this article found at: Click here...
Wednesday: December 4, 2019
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: December 5, 2019
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
Canceled
Friday: December 6, 2019
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona 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.
Download more details here...

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 25 November 2019

FamilySearch
"This week, 8 million historical newspaper obituaries (1815-2011) from U.S. Genealogy Bank were added to FamilySearch.org. More new, free, historical records this week include Catholic church books from Croatia, Cambridge parish registers from England, Irish directories, archival indexes from the Netherlands, and passenger lists from the United States of America."
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Tom Hanks Surprised by Ancestry® Discovery That He’s Related to Mr. Rogers, His Onscreen Character:

Ancestry.com
"At the New York City Red Carpet Screening for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” this week, Tom Hanks was shocked to learn he is a distant relative to Fred Rogers, the beloved television personality who he will portray in the movie. Access Hollywood revealed the powerful Ancestry® discovery to Tom and his wife."
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Ancestry® Debuts the World’s Largest Digital Archive of Searchable Online Obituaries and Death Announcements, Powered by Cutting-Edge Artificial Intelligence

Ancestry.com
"Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, is releasing the new Newspapers.com Obituary Collection and announcing an upgrade to its U.S. Obituary Collection, adding to what is now the world’s largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements, containing almost 1 billion searchable family members."
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MyHeritage Adds 9 New Reports to its Genetic Health Product"

Business Wire
"New reports assess genetic risk for high blood pressure and PALB2-associated breast cancer, and susceptibility to HIV-1"
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Planning a Trip? How Many of These Must-Visit Genealogy Destinations Have You Been To?

Family History Daily
"Considering a vacation? Worried that you might miss a genealogy research opportunity if you leave your computer? Well, why not incorporate genealogy into your trip? "
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Technology:

How to Use Multiple Monitors on Your Mac:

How-to Geek
"Want to be more productive on your Mac? Add another monitor, and you’ll spend less time switching between spaces, tabs, and windows. With Catalina, you can even use an iPad as a second monitor with the new “Sidecar” feature."
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Education:

Finding Probate Records:

Ancestral Findings
"Probate records are some of the most valuable and interesting genealogical documents. You need them for your research."
Listen Now... 5.50 minutes

Webinars:

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest

Legacy Family Tree
"The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers."
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Paul Milner
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Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action

Legacy Family Tree
"Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied."
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Debra Renard
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

VGS News & Events: 27 Nov 2019

The Best Holiday DNA Deals 2019 + Which Kit to Choose as a Gift:

Family History Daily
"Hoping to score the very best deal on a DNA test this holiday season? Look no further, we’ve rounded up all of the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and ongoing holiday deals from the most trusted providers to make your job easier. We’ve covered Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FTDNA and Living DNA."