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.






Sunday, April 4, 2021

VGS News & Events: April 4 through April 10, 2021





UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Monday, April 5

Jewish Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:  10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinators:  Herb Siegel & Phil Goldsmith


Monday, April 5

RootsMagic SIG

Zoom Meeting:  2:30pm – 4:20pm

Coordinator:  George Zitterell


Tuesday, April 6

Adoption & Missing Kin SIG

Zoom Meeting:  9:30am – 11:20am

Topic:  Beginning Your Search for Unknown Relatives

Coordinators:  Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn


Wednesday, April 7

French Canadian Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   9:00am – 10:50am

Coordinator:  Jean Colman


Thursday, April 8

German Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:  9:30am – 11:20am

Coordinators:   Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow


Friday, April 9

Genetic Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinators:  Sherry Bean & Diann LaRosa


Saturday, April 10

African American SIG

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Easter DNA Sale on Now!

MyHeritage.com

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! We’re excited to announce a great treat to sweeten your Easter – a fantastic sale on MyHeritage DNA kits. From April 1, 2021––April 5, 2021, MyHeritage DNA kits are on sale for just $59 US … continue reading


The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon

April 8-9, 2021

Join us in making history as we embark on the second-annual 24-hour genealogy webinar marathon, where you will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world's top genealogists and educators. From creating your own YouTube channel to DNA, from Cherokee ancestry to Canada and England, there's something for everyone... in every time zone. And thanks to FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it's completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes. If you can't join us in real time, we've got you covered: all recordings will be available absolutely free for a week. Details and registration links can be found HERE.



RESEARCH

FamilySearch Record Update for March 2021

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in March 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 . . . continue reading



TECHNOLOGY

howtogeek.com

How to Take Full-Page Screenshots in Microsoft Edge

There might be times when you need to capture a screenshot of an entire webpage, perhaps to share a recipe or a how-to from a website. Use Microsoft Edge’s built-in feature to capture … continue reading


Become a Gmail pro with these 10 tools and tips

cnet.com

Check out these Gmail tips for accessing multiple accounts at once, setting up filters and more. Continue reading … 



WEBINARS

Four More Sources for New Zealand Family History

Tuesday, April 6 @ 10:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Fiona Brooker

Add some more detail to your New Zealand Family History by checking four more sources for your research:  Military records, NZ Electoral Rolls, The Suffrage Petition and the Cyclopedia of New Zealand. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


DNA for Dog Lovers

Wednesday, April 7 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Shellee Morehead, Phd, CG

Do you love genetic genealogy? Do you love your dog? Are you curious about your pooch’s antecedents for training purposes or for a rescue pup? Get your doggy’s DNA tested and learn about the science behind both human and dog DNA testing, ethnicity and breed estimates, pedigree analysis and health markers. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.




Saturday, March 27, 2021

VGS News & Events: March 28 through April 3, 2021

UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS
Thursday, April 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG
Zoom Meeting:   1:00pm – 2:50pm

Coordinators:  Carol Myers & Marie Musialek

Friday, April 2
British SIG
Zoom Meeting:   9:30am – 11:20am

Coordinators:  Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Announces . . . 
"The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon"
Date: April 8-9, 2021
Join us in making history as we embark on the second-annual 24-hour genealogy webinar marathon, where you will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world's top genealogists and educators. From creating your own YouTube channel to DNA, from Cherokee ancestry to Canada and England, there's something for everyone ... in every time zone. And thanks to FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours – it's completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes. If you can't join us in real time, we've got you covered: all recordings will be available absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a webinar membership to FamilyTreeWebinars.com. You'll find the complete list of webinars and links to register for your favorites by clicking HERE.


WEBINARS
National Archives Foundation
The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights
Date:  Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 12:00pm (EDT)

FREE Virtual Program – Advance Registration Required
From the perspective of three friends and neighbors in mid-19th-century Auburn, NY––the “agitators” of the title––Dorothy Wickenden tells the fascinating stories of abolition, the Underground Railroad, the early women’s rights movement, and the Civil War. Harriet Tubman, one of the most important conductors on . . .  continue reading

See your ancestors like never before with MyHeritage’s photo tools
Tuesday, March 30 @ 2:00pm (EDT)   Presenter:  Tal Erlichman 
Historical photos capture the likeness of our ancestors, and MyHeritage’s groundbreaking photo tools can reveal incredible details that bring the past to life. Discover the latest improvements to MyHeritage’s suite of photo tools and connect with your family history in new and exciting ways. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.

Fifty Overlooked Genealogical Resources in Fifty Minutes
Wednesday, March 31 @ 2:00pm (EDT)   Presenter:  Diane L. Richard
Many valuable and overlooked databases don’t make headline news. Every day new ones are being created. Let’s explore some juicy gems. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.

In Their Own Words: Genealogy in the Slave Narratives
Friday, April 2 @ 2:00pm (EDT)   Presenter:  Renate Yarborough Sanders
Uncovering the genealogy of the formerly enslaved can be challenging; but, sometimes, the information is left in first-hand accounts, commonly known as “Slave Narratives”. From books, to projects set up to learn about life during slavery, researchers can find an abundance of genealogical and other information about enslaved families, their owners, and their communities – straight from the mouths of the Ancestors. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


EDUCATION
Familytree Magazine
Free Irish Poor Law Unions Map Download
Poor law unions (PLUs), designed by the British government to administer services for the poor, are central to this research. By knowing the PLU your ancestor lived in, you can find him in Ireland’s civil birth, marriage and death records. Click HERE for details.

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

VGS News & Events: March 21 through March 27, 2021

UPCOMING VGS EVENT
Wednesday, March 24
March General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Guest Speaker:  Karen Stanbary

Session 1:  10:00am – 11:15pm

Topic:  It’s All about Respect – Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results

Session 2:  11:30am – 12:45pm

Topic:  A Giant Logic Puzzle: An Overview of Visual Phasing:
You must register for each session you want to attend. Please see complete details and registration links on our Coming Events page.


UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS
Monday, March 22
FamilyTree Maker / Technology SIG
Zoom Meeting:  10:00am – 11:50am
Coordinator:  Gene Clark

Monday, March 22
Best Practices SIG
Zoom Meeting:  1:00pm
Topic:  Analyze Your Sources
Coordinators:  Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams

Tuesday, March 23
Midwest SIG
Zoom Meeting:  2:00pm – 3:50pm
Topic:  Using National Archives Records   Presenter:  Karen Pickelsimer
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
United States Census Bureau
Residents with Irish Ancestry are in all 3,142 U.S. Counties and make up 20% of the population in some. For more interesting facts and data on the 31.5 million residents who claim Irish ancestry and to explore the interactive U.S. map of Irish ancestry, click HERE.

10 Irish American Surnames Explained
ancestry.com blog
Over four million Irish immigrants came to the United States between 1820 and 1930. Their surnames are still common around the country, especially in historic enclaves in the Northeast. Many originally had a tell-tale “O” before the name, which meant . . . continue reading


WEBINARS
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Date:  Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time:  2:30pm – 3:30pm (EDT)

FREE Virtual Program – Advance Registration Required
Struggling with your Polish ancestry? Join us March 23rd to learn about the history of the Partitions of Poland, how to identify the town/village your ancestors came from, polish vital records and how to access them, as well as research beyond the records such as how to find living relatives in Poland/Ukraine or the graves of your ancestors. Presenter: Tom Szymkowiak . . . continue reading

20th Century Immigrants to the West Coast
Wednesday, March 24 @ 2:00pm (EDT)   Presenter:  Linda Harms Okazaki
20th-century immigrants to the west arrived by ship through Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, and overland through Canada and Mexico. Vast numbers of these immigrants were Asian. This lecture will examine the ports of entry, the records generated, and the laws which impacted those immigrants. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


TECHNOLOGY
howtogeek.com
How to Securely Shop Online: 8 Tips to Protect Yourself
Cybercrime is an epidemic. In the U.S. alone, nearly half a million complaints are filed about it each year, according to the FBI––and that’s just what’s reported. Here’s how you can stay safe and avoid becoming a statistic. Continue reading . . . 

SandwichPDF.com
Create Searchable PDFs from Scanned Documents
Have you ever opened a PDF file only to find that none of the information is searchable? Or you cannot copy and paste the text? With this free online tool you can convert a scanned document into a fully searchable PDF. The PDF will be OCRed (Optical Character Recognition) and the resulting text will be included as searchable text in the PDF. Continue to site . . .






Saturday, March 13, 2021

VGS News & Events: March 14 through March 20, 2021



UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, March 18
Effective Use of GENUKI: England’s Largest Free Genealogy Website 
8:00pm-9:00pm
Live Online Webinar
A Poolside Chat event from The Florida State Genealogical Society
Guest Speaker: Paul Milner, FUGA, M.Div
Registration is required. Visit the FSGS website for the link.

UPCOMING SIG MEETINGS

Thursday, March 18
New England Genealogy SIG 
Zoom Meeting:  12:00pm-1:30pm
Coordinator: Christine Courtwright

Friday, March 19
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG 
10:00am-11:50am
Coordinator: Per Andersson


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
MyHeritage Adds Lithuanian-Jewish Historical Records in Coordination with LitvakSIG
MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, and LitvakSIG, a U.S. non-profit organization providing the primary online resource for Lithuanian-Jewish genealogy research worldwide, jointly announced today the publication of an important compilation of Lithuanian-Jewish historical records by MyHeritage. The records in this collection were originally translated and indexed by LitvakSIG, and represent almost the entire corpus of LitvakSIG's work over more than twenty years. These records have now been added to MyHeritage's historical record database. Read more . . .


TECHNOLOGY
How to Hide Gridlines in Google Sheets
If you’re working in Google Sheets, you should already be familiar with its grid-like interface, where cells are separated by borderlines called gridlines. If you want to hide these gridlines from view, however, here’s what you’ll need to do. Read more . . . 

Windows 10: You Have to Try These 2 New Features
The latest major Windows update brought some new tricks for your browser, Start menu and more. Here’s how to use them.


EDUCATION
Ancestry® Teams Up with The Home Edit to Share Spring Cleaning Tips
Just in time for spring cleaning, Ancestry® has teamed up with the co-founders of The Home Edit, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, to share advice on how to use Ancestry to help organize your family treasures—so you can not only add beauty to your home but honor and share your loved ones’ memories with more family near and far. Here are Clea and Joanna’s top 5 tips for preserving and sharing family photos, documents, and other heirlooms. Read more . . .

History of Ireland and Your Heritage
Though Ireland only has a population of about 4.9 million, Irish heritage is widespread in the world. It is estimated that nearly 32 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2018; in Britain, it is estimated nearly 6 million residents can claim an Irish heritage two generations back. Are you and your family part of this ancient and amazing culture? You can explore your Irish heritage and history in the . . . continue reading


WEBINARS
Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication
Tuesday, March 16 @ 8:00pm (EST)    Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
Documenting and sharing are fundamental to a genealogist’s work. Learn guidelines for preparing more informative, accurate, and useful research reports for yourself and others. The webinar shows how observing genealogical standards can improve written communication of research notes and findings. Topics include ten essential characteristics of quality reports, optional report elements, and standards applied to research case examples.

FamilySearch.org - 10 Links You Have to Try
Wednesday, March 17 @ 2:00PM (EST)    Presenter: Devin Ashby
FamilySearch.org is a big website with many different places to go. Have you ever wondered if you could browse recently captured images by locality? What about the best place to go to find hints to add people to the tree? What if you want to share an experience with a friend who doesn’t have an account? Come learn about 10 links you may not know about that you have to try!

Tracing Your War of 1812 British Soldier
Friday, March 19 @ 2:00pm (EST)   Presenter: Paul Milner
Different records are created for officers and enlisted men in the British Army. This lecture uses case studies to trace involvement of officers and enlisted using examples from the War of 1812, though the records are applicable for most pre WWI soldiers, thus much wider appeal.

These are free webinars but do require registration. For more details and to register, click HERE.