Friday, May 7, 2021

VGS News & Events: May 9 through May 15, 2021

 



UPCOMING VGS EVENTS
Monday, May 10
"Researching Graphically – Expanding Your Research with Timelines, Charts, Spreadsheets and Diagrams"
Live Zoom Webinar – 7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT)
Guest Speaker: Ari Wilkins
Registration is required; visit the Coming Events page on our website for the registration link.


UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Monday, May 10

Italian SIG

Zoom Meeting – 1:00pm

Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace


Tuesday, May 11

Preserving Family History SIG

Zoom Meeting – 2:30pm - 4:20pm

Presenter:  Nancy Schultz

Coordinators:  Nancy Schultz & Sharol Lewis


Wednesday, May 12

Irish Genealogy SIG

Meeting Time:  10:00am – 11:50am

Meeting Location:  Osceola Room @ Chula Vista Rec Center

Coordinator:  Tom Voyles


Wednesday, May 12

New to Genealogy SIG

Meeting Time:  2:30pm – 4:20pm

Meeting Location:  Neptune Room @ Seabreeze Rec Center

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle


Thursday, May 13

German Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting – 9:30am

Coordinators:  Dianne Fedderson & Steve Buhrow


Friday, May 14

Genetic Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting – 10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinators:  Sherry Bean & Diann LaRosa



OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

National Archives Foundation

Live Webinar  – Monday, May 10 @ 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier

It is the mid-18th century, and in the 13 colonies founded by Great Britain, anxious colonists desperate to conquer and settle North America’s “First Frontier” beyond the Appalachian Mountains commence a series of bloody battles. These violent conflicts are wages against the Native American tribes whose lands they covet, the French, and finally against the mother country itself in an American Revolution. In their book Blood and Treasure, best-selling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin tell the true saga of the legendary figure Daniel Boone and the bloody struggle for America’s frontier, as told through the eyes of those who witnessed it. This is a free event but you must register to attend – click HERE.



WEBINARS

Latest Updates to MyHeritage Genetic Groups

Tuesday, May 11 @ 10:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Daniel Horowitz

Genetic Groups provide exceptional depth and resolution to MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results by pinpointing your origins across 2100+ regions. Join Daniel Horowitz as he presents the latest updates to this fascinating feature and shows you the genealogical insights you can gain from your results. This is a free webinar – advance registration is required – click HERE.


DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue

Wednesday, May 12 @ 8:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Blaine Bettinger, PhD

Many genealogists have been working with their DNA results for several years, and it is natural to feel some fatigue. This is especially true since new matches are coming in at a slower rate. In this presentation we will explore some strategies to fight the fatigue and attach DNA results. This is a free webinar – advance registration is required – click HERE.





EDUCATION

Why You Should Check Your Theories of Family Relativity™ Regularly

Myheritage.com

The Theory of Family Relativity™ is a revolutionary MyHeritage feature that takes all the effort out of working out how you’re related to your DNA Matches. Simply visit your DNA Matches page, and any theories about how you might be related to a given match … continue reading


Ancestry® Launches “Questions and Ancestors™: Black Family History”

Ancestry.com.blog

On April 21, 2021, Ancestry.com launched “Questions and Ancestors™: Black Family History,” an ongoing video content series hosted by Nicka Sewell-Smith, an expert in Black genealogy. Throughout the series, Nicka will help everyday individuals and leaders within the Black community explore their own roots, uncovering the untold stories of their ancestors. Now available on the @Ancestry IGTV, the first … continue reading



RESEARCH

findmypast.com

Delve into 9.5 million new travel records

At Findmypast, May has begun how April ended - with more exciting new releases. Get all the details on our latest record and newspaper editions ... continue reading







Saturday, May 1, 2021

VGS News & Events: May 2 through May 8, 2021


UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Monday, May 3
Jewish Genealogy SIG
10:00am – 11:50am
Coordinator:  Herb Siegel
Programs:  Phil Goldsmith

Monday, May 3
Italian SIG
Zoom Meeting – 1:00pm

Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace

Monday, May 3
RootsMagic SIG
Meeting Time:  2:30pm – 4:20pm
Meeting Location:  New Smyrna Beach Room @ Seabreeze Rec Center

Coordinator:  George Zitterell

Tuesday, May 4
Adoption & Missing Kin SIG
Zoom Meeting – 9:30am

Coordinators:  Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn

Wednesday, May 5
French Canadian Genealogy SIG
Meeting Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm
Meeting Location:  La Hacienda – Carmen Miranda Room + Zoom

Coordinator:  Jean Coleman

Thursday, May 6
Eastern European Genealogy SIG
Zoom Meeting – 1:00pm – 2:50pm

Coordinators:  Carol Myers & Marie Musialek

Friday, May 7
British Genealogy SIG
Zoom Meeting – 9:30am – 11:20am

Coordinators:  Pay Adams & Phyllis Sample

Saturday, May 8
African American Genealogy SIG
Zoom Meeting – 2:30pm – 4:20pm

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Enter the #MomsInMyFamily Challenge for a Chance to Win!

blog.myheritage.com

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to celebrate our matriarchs with a new challenge! We want to see photos of the moms in your family, going as far back through the generations as you can. The winners will receive a free MyHeritage Complete plan! Continue reading …




WEBINARS
Comparing Australian Content on the Giant Genealogy Websites
Tuesday, May 4 @ 10:00pm (EDT)
Presenter:  Sunny Morton
What Australian records are available on different genealogy websites? See a comparative analysis of Australian historical record content and educational tools at MyHeritage, FamilySearch, Ancestry and Findmypast. This is a free FamilyTree webinar –– advance registration required –– click HERE.

Solving a Brick Wall with DNA – A Case Study
Wednesday, May 5 @ 2:00pm (EDT)
Presenter:  Larry W. Thomas
How I used both Mitochondrial and Autosomal DNA to prove a great grandmother’s maternal line. This is a free FamilyTree webinar –– advance registration required –– click HERE.

Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People
Friday, May 7 @ 2:00pm (EDT)
Presenter:  Brian Shelley
1859 bore witness to the largest single sale of human beings in the United States’ history. 440 people were sold over a 3 day period by Pierce Mease Butler to settle his enormous debts. This presentation covers the process in researching the descendants of the 400 souls who were sold, as well as the descendants of the 400+ enslaved people Pierce Mease Butler did not sell. This is a free FamilyTree webinar –– advance registration required –– click HERE.


EDUCATION

Upstairs, Downstairs

findmypast.com

Would you like to explore the history of the real Downton Abbey? Or perhaps Princess Diana’s childhood home? Choose a historical house to step back in time.

Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle)

Princess Diana’s Home (Althorp House)



RESEARCH

Is Accuracy Important in Genealogical Research?

genealogysstar.blogspot.com

You may wonder why I have to ask whether or not accuracy is important in genealogical research? The simple answer is that apparently there are a lot of people who simply ignore the fact that the information they enter into online family trees is not only inaccurate but entirely unsupported by a valid genealogical source document. Every item of information asserted in a family tree should be adequately supported by the historical record. In the case of almost all genealogy … continue reading



Friday, April 23, 2021

VGS News & Events: April 25 through May 1, 2021

 

UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Monday, April 26

FamilyTree Maker / Technology SIG

10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinator:  Gene Clark


Tuesday, April 27

Midwest SIG

Zoom Meeting – 2:00pm – 3:50pm

Topic: Specific Religions: Mennenonites – presented by Karen Campbell

Topic:  Specific Religions:  Christians – presented by Anita Rateike

Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall



OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

National Archives Foundation

Live Webinar  – Thursday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Celebrated, Controversial, Reluctant, and Political: U.S. First Ladies

Join us for the next conversation in our First Ladies Program Series. Katherine Jellison – Professor of History at Ohio University and television/radio commentator on first ladies – will discuss how most first ladies follow the four traditional archetypes: celebrity, controversial, reluctant or political partner. Jellison’s presentation will highlight Dolley Madison, Lucy Hayes, and Betty Ford, among others. This is a free event but you must register to attend – click HERE.



NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Archives Genealogy Series

May & June 2021

In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the programs sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube. Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher.


Dates & Topics for May Sessions — all sessions start at 1:00 p.m (ET):

Tuesday, May 4:  Preserving & Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

Wednesday, May 12:  Finding Genealogy Resources and Tools on Archives.gov

Wednesday, May 19:  Tips & Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds


Dates & Topics for June Sessions — all sessions start at 1:00 p.m (ET):

Tuesday, June 1:  From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees

Tuesday, June 8:  Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, and More

Tuesday, June 15:  Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives in St. Louis


All are welcome! Session descriptions, videos, handouts and participation instructions can be found HERE.



WEBINARS

Recent Updates to MyHeritage’s Historical Record Search Engine

Tuesday, April 27 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Dana Drutman, Sr. Product Manager at MyHeritage

The MyHeritage search engine for historical records is easier and more intuitive than ever before. In this webinar you’ll review the improved search interface and explore some of the noteworthy new collections in MyHeritage’s historical record database. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


94% European and 6% Nigerian – Tracing My Missing Nigerian Ancestor

Wednesday, April 28 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Yetunde Moronke Abiola

You have discovered that you have 6% Nigerian ethnicity in your DNA or maybe a friend or client asked about this. What does this mean? Who is this missing link and how do you find this ancestor? Many people have discovered that they have a percentage of African in their genetic makeup. So what’s next? How do you begin to find your Nigerian ancestor? This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.



EDUCATION

Reconstructing DNA from One Parent with HAPI

hapi-dna.org

At the 2021 RootsTech Connect, we released the tool HAPI, which reconstructs DNA for one parent using data from three or more children and their parent. Two videos from RootsTech describe ancestor DNA reconstruction in general and the HAPI tool in particular. Continue reading …


Half-Sisters from Across the Atlantic Find Each Other with MyHeritage DNA

blog.myheritage.com

Diane Ward was adopted as a baby in the state of Michigan, where adoption records are sealed. Her husband had also been adopted, and as she helped him hunt down his birth father (who had unfortunately passed away), she stated thinking . . . continue reading



RESEARCHING

My Heritage Historical Record Collections Added in March 2021

During March, 6.7 million historical records were added to MyHeritage in three new collections: Lithuanian-Jewish records from LitvakSIG, Jewish vital records from Vienna, and World War I casualty lists from Austria-Hungary. Much of the … continue reading ...


10 Google Search Techniques for Family History Research

findmypast.com

Building your family tree, you can spend years searching for details to complete a single box on a pedigree chart, only to be rewarded with two new empty boxes that remind you how much more you have to learn – and the call to learn, for many, is irresistible. With billion of pages included in Google’s index of the web, however, even these powerful free tools can challenge us as we’re met with a haystack of results instead of … continue reading







Sunday, April 18, 2021

VGS News & Events: April 18 through April 24, 2021




UPCOMING VGS EVENT
Wednesday, April 21
General Monthly Meeting:  10:00am - 12.45pm
Guest Speaker:  Luana Darby, CG
Session 1:  10:00 to 11:15am
Topic:  The Librarian Knows Where It’s At – Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online
Session 2:   11:30 to 12:45pm
Topic:  Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet
You must register for each session you want to attend. Please see complete details & registration links on the “Coming Events” page on our website.

UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Monday, April 19

Best Practices SIG

Zoom Meeting:  1:00pm – 2:20pm

Topic:  Locality Research

Coordinators:  Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams


Wednesday, April 21

Mid-Atlantic States SIG

Defender Room @ the Lake Miona Recreation Center   9:30am – 11:10am

Coordinator:  Karen Pickelsimer



EDUCATION

amyjohnsoncrow.com

5 Things You Might Be Missing on Ancestry

It’s easy to focus on the searches and the results when we’re using Ancestry. However, there are some features of the site that you might be overlooking –– features that can make your research more productive. Make your searching more effective with these 5 features. Continue reading …


Beginning German Genealogy 

Elevenses with Lisa Louise Cooke  Genealogy Gems Broadcast

If you’re new to German Genealogy or your research has stalled, this recent broadcast is for you. This particular show features Katharine Schober, a translator, author and German handwriting expert. She’ll be sharing her 10 Top Tips for Beginning German Genealogy. Click HERE to start watching.



Do You Have Irish Genealogy? Use This Handy Surname Guide to Trace Your Heritage

AncestralFindings.com

If you have Irish heritage, there is probably at least one Irish surname in your family. As Irish families can be challenging to trace, this guide to Irish surnames and their origins and meanings will help you learn the beginnings of your Irish family tree branch. Learn more.



WEBINARS

Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions

Tuesday, April 20 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  J.H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG

Brush up on your evidence analysis skills. Grasp the difference between direct and indirect evidence. Understand how to logically weave indirect evidence to answer a research question. Learn how to craft a proof statement, a proof summary, or a more complex proof argument. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


3 Ways to Advance Your Research with Correlation

Wednesday, April 21 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Shannon Green, CG

Correlation is required to meet the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), but what exactly is it? How do I do it? And can it help me solve genealogical problems? We will use case studies to demonstrate how to correlate evidence to generate ideas for further research, test hypotheses, and present conclusions. You will leave the webinar with clear steps to apply your genealogy at different stages during the research process. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


Recent Updates to MyHeritage’s Historical Record Search Engine

Tuesday, April 27 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Dana Drutman, Sr. Product Manager at MyHeritage

The MyHeritage search engine for historical records is easier and more intuitive than ever before. In this webinar you’ll review the improved search interface and explore some of the noteworthy new collections in MyHeritage’s historical record database. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


94% European and 6% Nigerian – Tracing My Missing Nigerian Ancestor

Wednesday, April 28 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Yetunde Moronke Abiola

You have discovered that you have 6% Nigerian ethnicity in your DNA or maybe a friend or client asked about this. What does this mean? Who is this missing link and how do you find this ancestor? Many people have discovered that they have a percentage of African in their genetic makeup. So what’s next? How do you begin to find your Nigerian ancestor? FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.





Saturday, April 10, 2021

VGS News & Events: April 11 through April 17, 2021

UPCOMING VGS EVENTS

Monday, April 12

The Time Machine: Offbeat Resources for Family Historians

Live Zoom Webinar – 7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT)

Guest Speakers:  Dear MYRTLE & Cousin Russ

Registration is required; visit the Coming Events page on our website for the registration link.



UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Monday, April 12

Italian Genealogy SIG

Meeting Time:  1:00pm – 2:20pm

Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace


Tuesday, April 13

Preserving Family History SIG

Zoom Meeting:  2:30pm – 4:20pm

Guest Speaker:  Bob Koltnow

Coordinators:  Nancy Schulta & Sharol Lewis


Wednesday, April 14

Irish Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinator:  Tom Voyles


Wednesday, April 14

New to Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:  2:30pm - 4:20pm

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle


Thursday, April 15

New England Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:  12:00pm – 1:30pm

Coordinator:   Christine Courtwright


Friday, April 16

Scandinavian Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinator:  Per Andersson



OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

Thursday, April 15

Using PERSI Like a Pro

Live Webinar – 7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Cari A. Taplin, CG

Hosted by The Florida State Genealogical Society. Registration is required; visit FSGS for the registration link.



TECHNOLOGY

Have I been pwned?

This website came about after what was, at the time, the largest ever single breach of customer accounts – Adobe. All the data on this site comes from “breaches” where data is exposed to persons that should not have been able to view it. Find out if your email or phone is in a data breach. Click here.


How to Drop a Pin in Google Maps on Your Computer or Phone

howtogeek.com

There are two ways to drop a pin on a location in Google Maps on your Windows 10 PC or Mac. You can use the search bar to drop a pin automatically, or you can drop a pin on any location on the map manually. To start, open the … continue reading.



WEBINARS

The New and Improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars Website

Tuesday, April 13 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenters:  Daniel Horowitz & Geoff Rasmussen

The genealogy webinar experience just got a whole lot better! Join Geoff Rasmussen as he guides you through the new look and layout of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. You’ll enjoy the same exception content with a friendly new interface that’s super easy to use. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.



Jewish Genealogy with JewishGen.org

Wednesday, April 14 @ 8:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Deborah J. Kroopkin

Debbie Kroopkin will explain the structure and purpose of the many components of the website. She will address how to connect with other researchers, how to identify and learn about your town overseas, and how to search for ancestors. Her presentation will provide details that will help researchers glean as much information as possible from JewishGen.org. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.



An African Canadian Family History Mystery

Friday, April 16 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Mags Gaulden

A question about a family lore leads a scientist to question his surname. “Is my surname really my surname or is the lore correct, that my 2nd great grandfather was adopted?” Solving a 220 year old mystery using DNA turns this family upside down and introduces them to each other and to a rich family history with connections to slavery. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.




RESEARCHING

FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in March of 2021 with over 32 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Finland, Franch … continue reading


Ancestry.com

During the week of 3 - 9 April, 2021, Ancestry.com added and updated their collections. New records include U.S. Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865; Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949; North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers, 1779-1782; Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home, 18901963; Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939; Box Butte County, Nebraska, U.S., Funeral Home Records, 1919-1976; Nebraska, U.S., Index to Deaths, 1904-1955; and Nebraska, U.S., Index to Marriages, 1909-1955. To see the complete list which includes newly updated records, click HERE.



United States Census Bureau

Interactive Apportionment Map Preview Now Available (March 22, 2021)

The U.S. Census Bureau launched a new online map ahead of the 2020 Census apportionment results release. The “Historical Apportionment Data Map” currently displays apportionment results for each census from 1910 to 2010. 2020 Census apportionment results will be added to the map as they become available. Continue reading …



Sourcing history

legalgenealogist.com

Like any other research …

Like every good genealogist who ever lived, The Legal Genealogist is a history geek. We need to be able to properly understand our research subjects –– and the records they left –– in the context of their time and place where they lived and where those records were created. So it’s fun to sometimes just sit back and do a quick search to see what happened on a particular day in history. There are, after all, lots of websites out there that will present a list of … continue reading.