Saturday, June 15, 2019

VGS News & Events: 16 June through 22 June 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: June 18, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "10 Things You May Note Be Aware That FTM Can Do" + Q&A

Gen News and Announcements:

7 Ways to Preserve your Family Legacy for the Next Generation:

FindMyPast
"Creating a legacy that will last for generations doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive. We've compiled a list of quick and easy ways you can preserve your family legacy right now. Your younger relatives will be forever grateful."
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FamilySearch Updates Enhance your Experience:

FamilySearch
"To keep you up to date on the latest FamilySearch experience changes, we will be listing them here chronologically. Check back often to see how your FamilySearch experience has improved!"
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5 Strategies for Locating Marriage Records and the Vital Details They Contain:

Family History Daily
"Marriage Records are an essential part of family history research and are one of the best ways to find the ever-elusive maiden name of a woman - as well as parents' names, ages and occupations, residence and religious beliefs. If you have not found such a record for every married couple in your tree, you are missing out."
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Army Repatriation: Bringing Them Home:

Amy Johnson Crow
"What does "No man left behind" truly mean? For Megan Smolenyak, it means working to identify service members from past conflicts, finding their families, and bringing them home in the process of military repatriation."
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New & Updated US Genealogy Records Online

Genealogy Gems
"From coast to coast, U.S. records from the ‘genealogy giants’ are new and updated this week. Findmypast has a new collection of mine accident records for Pennsylvania (and we’ll also highlight a similar collection for England). Ancestry.com has updated a large number of genealogy collections for U.S. marriage, census, and military records that you’ll want to check out. And lastly, FamilySearch has made updates to a small set of U.S. county, tax, and enumeration records."
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Guide to Locating WW2 Ancestors

FindMyPast
"Many of you may have known someone who served during World War 2, and some of you may have been lucky enough to hear firsthand accounts of their experience serving. World War 2 records can be very rewarding to look through because chances are the people you're searching for, you know or had direct contact with at some point in time. There are many resources available for you to find your World War 2 ancestors."
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Technology:

How to Turn an Old iPad Into the Ultimate Kid’s Tablet:

How-to-Geek
"You’ve got a shiny new iPad, and an old one that’s about to start gathering dust. Don’t let it languish in a drawer—turn it into the ultimate kid’s tablet by cleaning it up, locking it down, and installing kid-friendly apps."
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Education:

How to Handle the Emotional Response from Genealogy DNA Testing:

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"DNA testing is an exciting thing. You can find out so much about yourself and your heritage by having it done. But, you can also find out information that can be disconcerting, or even upsetting. Here are some common things you may find in your DNA that may shake you, and emotional coping techniques for dealing with them."
Listen now... 8:06 minutes

Webinars:

Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section:

Legacy Family Tree
"As family historians go through the library to their local genealogy department, many quickly bypass the library’s Government Document Section. All offices of our federal government compiled, printed, and disseminated an assortment of reports and maps. Over the years, the GPO sent these publications out to various regional and selective depository libraries. Many times these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information pertaining to people and their surroundings. Repeatedly these publications contain unusual and one of a kind information. This session demonstrates the type of information included in Government Documents, how to search, locate, and obtain these federal gems."
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL
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Researching in New Mexico:

Legacy Family Tree
"The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the US. Written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed."
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Henrietta Martinez Christmas
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

VGS News & Events: 9 June through 15 June 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: June 10, 2019
Finding WWII Ancestors in the Archives of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Our guest speaker will be: K B Barcomb
Thursday: June 13, 2019
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Problem Solving, New Findings & Conquering Brick Walls"

Gen News and Announcements:

News: Facebook Live Genealogy Q&A:

NYG&B
"Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 3:00 pm ET for another New York Genealogy Q&A with D. Joshua Taylor, President of the NYG&B, and Susan R. Miller, the NYG&B's Director of Programs and Outreach.
We'll be answering as many of your submitted research questions as possible, and providing some great tips along the way.
Even if you don't have a question you want Josh or Sue's opinion on, join us and you'll certainly pick up a few valuable pointers about New York research.
Click here to sign up...

New Records on FamilySearch from May 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in May of 2019 with almost 14 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. Over 387,000 new digital images were added as well."
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See Historical Events Your Ancestors Lived Through and More:

FamilySearch
"A recently-released feature on FamilySearch.org helps you see historical events your relatives lived through. An additional update to the person page lets you toggle details on and off, giving you extra insight about who has added or changed information."
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Please Opt In at GEDmatch:

Kitty Cooper
"In these modern divisive times, even the genetic genealogy community has been torn into two camps. Is it modern nature to react with emotion rather than thought? With the “are you with us or them”? Is this what overuse of social media has done to us? I can see both sides of the issue. Some of you may wonder what I am even talking about …."
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Finders Keepers?

Genealogy's Star
"Did the pot hunters that raided the ancient abandoned cities of the native population of America own the things they acquired? Does this question have anything to do with genealogical research? Do you automatically "own" the information and documents you discover as a genealogical researcher (or genealogical pot hunter)?"
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How a Family Group Sheet Could Become Your Secret Research Weapon:

Family History Daily
"If you’re not sure what a family group sheet is, or you’ve never gotten around to using one in your genealogy research, you’re not alone. While the concept of a family group sheet is about as basic as it gets, not every family historian out there has had the chance to embrace this clever method of research and organization."
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Using Mortality Schedules: An Overlooked Source for Genealogy

Amy Johnson Crow
"The census forms the foundation of much of our genealogy research. But there is a section of it that is often overlooked. Here is how to use mortality schedules to find even more about your ancestors."
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Technology:

The Best Video Editing Software for Beginners

Review Geek
"Video editing isn’t an easy skill, even for the technically-inclined. It doesn’t help that the software to do it is generally expensive. If you’re hoping to get into video editing without spending a bundle, we have a few suggestions."
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Education:

How to Use Old Newspaper Advertisements to Research the Childhood Lives of Your Ancestors:

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"Did you know that old newspaper advertisements can tell you a wealth of information about what your ancestors’ childhoods were probably like, or what they may have been like as parents? This is valuable information you won’t find anywhere else. Join me today to find out what old advertisements can reveal."
Listen now... 7:43 minutes

Webinars:

MyHeritage Mobile App: New Features:

Legacy Family Tree
"Check out the new features and improvements to the MyHeritage mobile app."
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
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Tracking Your Digital Bread Crumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications:

Legacy Family Tree
"Clicking links means you can start off on a web site for one specific topic and end up dozens of web sites away on many different topics. It’s easy to get lost and lose focus on what you were trying to find in the first place. And with so many web sites to use in your research, how do you keep track of them all? How do you organize what you use regularly? How can you get back to a site at some point in the future? We have several ways to help you gain control of your digital bread crumbs."
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

VGS News & Events: 2 June through 8 June 2019

June 6th is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Coming Events:
Monday: June 3, 2019
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Topic: "My Genealogical Journey" - three members will share their stories.
Tuesday: June 4, 2019
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: June 6, 2019
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: June 7, 2019
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Note date change for this month...

Gen News and Announcements:

News: Have You Registered For The June 10 Live Webinar?

VGS
On Monday evening, at 7:00 p.m., our live webinar will feature K B Barcomb and her topic will be "Finding WWII Ancestors of the Air Force Historical Research Agency."
More details and information can be found on our website under "Coming Events"
Register here to attend line online...

How a Tiny Website Became the Police's Go-To Genealogy Database:

The Atlantic
"The site’s terms of service now explicitly tells users that “DNA obtained and authorized by law enforcement” can be uploaded to identify a perpetrator of a “violent crime.”"
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23andMe Is Updating Ancestry Results Without Telling Users:

The Ridge
"If you took a genetic ancestry test through a company like 23andMe, you may want to go back and give your results a second look."
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FamilySearch Celebrates 20 Years Online:

FamilySearch
"Twenty years ago, global nonprofit FamilySearch launched an innovative new website, a free internet genealogy service. Two decades later, FamilySearch is a leader in the rising tide of popular ancestry-related services online."
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Norway Ancestry Records:

FamilySearch
"Did you know that Norway is famous for keeping and protecting excellent records? If you have family history that extends back to Norway, you can likely trace your family lines for many generations using Norway ancestry records."
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Technology:

Everything New in Windows 10’s May 2019 Update, Available Now:

How-to-Geek
"Windows 10’s latest update is the May 2019 Update, which is version 1903 and was code-named 19H1 during development. It features a light theme, speed improvements, and lots of polish. There are no crazy new features like My People or Timeline. And it’s out now."
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Education:
How to Locate Hidden Genealogical Gems on FamilySearch.org
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"FamilySearch.org is the most popular free genealogy website online, and often one of the first ones new genealogists use. Their collection of records is impressive… it’s the largest in the world. However, billions of its billions of records are still not indexed. Today, I’ll talk about how to find some hidden gems on the website, even without the benefit of indexing."
Listen now... 7:55 minutes

Webinars:

They Really Didn't Swim! Finding Your Ancestors In New South Wales Colonial Shipping Records:

Legacy Family Tree
"Four groups of people sailed to Australia in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries: convicts, free passengers, soldiers and sailors. This seminar focuses on the free passengers, those who paid their passages or received free passages under systems like the Bounty Immigrant scheme."
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Carol Baxter
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Lessons in Jewish DNA: One Man's Successes and What He Learned On the Journey

Legacy Family Tree
"The hottest topic in genealogy in recent years has been genetics and many thousands of genealogists have ordered DNA tests. Most of those haven't a clue what to do with their results. The situation is more complicated among Jews, who have married "within the tribe" for hundreds of years, thus ensuring that everyone is related to everyone else, multiple times. Marrying within a closed community - "endogamy" – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community."
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Israel Pickholtz
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Foundations of Scottish Genealogy 7 of 12: Using ScotlandsPlaces for People in Land and Tax Records

Legacy Family Tree
"Scotlands Places sounds like it is only about geography, right? In fact there is a great deal of information about people in this large, comprehensive and completely free-to-use resource. Tax and Land Records, Ordnance Survey Name Books, Reports, Publications and Burgh Records, Archaeological Records, Maps, Surveys, Plans, Drawings and Photographs and more."
Wednesday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Dr. Bruce Durie
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

VGS News & Events: 26 May through 31 May 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: May 27, 2019
Technology SIG Meeting:
Cancelled - Memorial Day
Tuesday: May 28, 2019
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

News: I hope you have enjoyed this blog...After 910 blog posts, that I hope you found interesting, it is time for me to handover the duties to someone else.  Our Social Media Director, Diann LaRosa, will be taking over the duties as of June 1st. I'm sure she will continue to provide information that will assist members with their research and provide them with additional education opportunities. Best of luck Diann.

News: Your AncestryDNA® ethnicity estimate will update on May 30 

AncestryDNA
"Your DNA doesn’t change, but the science behind it does. Using our latest research, Ancestry updates your ethnicity estimate regularly to keep your results as precise as possible.
You can see your updated ethnicity estimate by visiting your DNA Story. If you wish to keep a copy of your previous ethnicity estimate, it will be available to download for a limited time.

News: Congratulations to Ric Burton for winning our May Cool Cash Contest.

Researcher Releases Facial Recognition Software To Identify Civil War Soldiers

Virginia Tech
"Through the software platform, called Photo Sleuth, Luther seeks to uncover the mysteries of the nearly 4 million photographs of Civil War-era images that may exist in the historical record."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 13, 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, France, Spain, and the United States, including Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Obituaries from American Society of Germans from Russia, Utah, and Washington."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 20, 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Argentina, Ukraine, and the United States, including Arizona, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Utah. Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images."
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Technology:

How to Turn Syncing On or Off in Chrome:

How-to-Geek
"Google Chrome lets you sync up your Google account to your browser across any device. When enabled, bookmarks, history, passwords, extensions, and themes—among many other settings—sync from your Google account, creating a seamless experience no matter where you are."
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Live Stream Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree 2019

SCGS
Thanks to the generous underwriting by Ancestry, all 12 live streamed presentations are once again free to all subscribers.
Can't watch it Live?
Watch at your convenience through July 31, 2019.
You must register online to view.
·     SCGS Membership not required to subscribe to Live Streaming - but always welcome! Why not become an SCGS member? Individual membership is only $40. Become a member NOW!
·     Syllabus materials are included for all the classes
Register now...

Education:

Unusual Sources for Finding Old Family Photos:

Ancestral Findings
"Are you looking for photos of your ancestors and not having much luck? Today,  I’ll give you four effective alternative sources you can use to find old photographs."
Listen now...  8.17 minutes

Webinars:

New Developments From MyHeritage DNA:

Legacy Family Tree
"Genetics has a profound influence on our lives, impacting behavior, personal characteristics, culture, and more. Gain new insights into the value of DNA testing with MyHeritage and the many ways it can be used to improve the human experience."
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
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Tools for Translating and Transcribing Genealogy Records:

Legacy Family Tree
"Documents – old and new – are a requisite resource for genealogy research. Learn the latest tools and programs available to translate foreign language documents as well as transcribe documents in order to extract needed information."
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

VGS News & Events: 19 May through 25 May 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: May 21, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Old Glory Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic:  "What Does Family Tree Maker 2017 Offer You?" + Q&A

Wednesday: May 22, 2019
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Savannah Rec. Center
Wednesday: May 22, 2019
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Savannah Rec. Center
Guest Speaker: Thomas MacEntee via a live online webinar

Topic: “After You’re Gone-Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research”
Unable to attend in person? To attend this event online, register here...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 6, 2019

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week including over 1.8 million from Brazil and 4.5 million from Scotland. Other countries include Canada, England, Peru, Poland, South Africa, and the United States (World War I Servicemen Records from Delaware, Mississippi, and Ohio, Indexes to World War II Army Veterans of Utah, and other state records)."
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Three of My Favorite Genealogy Finding Aids:

Legacy News
"Knowing about what finding aids exist can help you more easily find what you need and know what is available for researching your genealogy. Here are  three of my favorite finding aids newspapers, records, and journal articles."
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Using the 1940 U.S. Census to Build Your Family Tree:

FamilySearch
"If you’re looking for ancestors who were alive in 1940 in the United States, the census is one of the best resources available. The 1940 census has the most detailed information of all United States censuses that have been released so far."
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More Clustering Tools!

Kitty Cooper
"Charts give you an easy way to see your family groupings and can help you figure out a new match since each cluster typically represents a common ancestral couple."
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Using Mortality Schedules: An Overlooked Source for Genealogy

Amy Johnson Crow
"The census forms the foundation of much of our genealogy research. But there is a section of it that is often overlooked. Here is how to use mortality schedules to find even more about your ancestors."
Continue reading...

Technology:

When Should You Properly “Eject” Your Thumb Drive?

How-to-Geek
"When do you safely remove a device? Some users put caution to the wind and yank out any device, while others perform religious rituals every time. Here are some tips and guidelines for practicing safe drive removal."
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Education:

Using Local Historical and Genealogical Societies to Further Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"What types of things will you find at local historical and genealogical societies? It varies, of course, but you may find valuable research resources.  Let's explore these resources together on today's episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast."
Listen now...  7.30 minutes

Webinars:

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking?

Legacy Family Tree
"The search for the deceased husband of Elizabeth Larzelere enumerated in 1820 with four young children leads to unexpected results and to new questions."
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Jeanne Bloom, CG
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Google Drive: an Office in the Cloud

Legacy Family Tree
"Never again suffer the heartache of a dead hard drive. Take advantage of 'found" research time when you keep research notes available anywhere with internet access."
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dear MYRTLE
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Compiling a Military Service Record:

Legacy Family Tree
"By their nature a compiled military service record is incomplete. This lecture focuses on how to either add to a CMSR or create a service record in the absence of a CMSR."
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
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