Saturday, February 15, 2020

VGS News & Events: February 16 through February 22, 2020

Coming Events:
Tuesday: February 18, 2020
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topics: "Filters & Using FamilySearch" + Your Questions answered.

Wednesday: February 19, 2020
Annual Seminar
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Savannah Recreation Center
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday: February 20, 2020
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: February 21, 2020
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

FREE ACCESS to Marriage Records at MyHeritage!

MyHeritage
"February 14–18, 2020 only!  Their collections contain over 440 million records from the United States and around the world.  I just downloaded information from a 1945 marriage in England."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 10 February 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org has added millions of free historical church and civil records to its collections from Denmark, France, and Pennsylvania USA. Millions more are now easily searched from Africa, American Samoa, the United Kingdom, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Gibraltar, Brazil, the Dominican Republic,  Nova Scotia, and the United States."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 February 2020

FamilySearch
"This week, over 2 million Pennsylvania birth records (1709 to 1950) were added to FamilySearch.org. More new, free, historical records this week include almost 600k Swedish marriage records, Argentine baptisms, Barbados marriages, Chilean deaths, Oxfordshire parish registers, Guatemalan civil registrations, Georgia christenings, and World War II draft registration cards from Virginia. More records from American Samoa, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States."
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RootsTech 2020 Announces Free Livestream Schedule:

FamilySearch
"RootsTech 2020 announced its free online streaming schedule. Starting Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. MDT, a select number of classes and events, including the daily keynote speakers, will be broadcast live at RootsTech.org. View the free streaming schedule for each day. Join or follow RootsTech social media conversations using #NotAtRootsTech. Sessions will be available to view on-demand after the livestream ends.
Purchase or add on the Virtual Pass and get access to 30 recorded classes from the event."
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Colorize Your Heritage:

My Heritage
"Colorize your black & white family photos automatically with the world’s best deep learning technology."
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6 Signs It’s Time to Get Help From a Professional Genealogist:

Family History Daily
"How do you know when it’s time to take the leap and bring an expert into your research? Here are 6 signs to watch out for."
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Technology:

How to Switch to a Local User Account on Windows 10:

How-To Geek
"Windows 10’s setup process now forces you to sign in with a Microsoft account. If you’d rather use a local user account, Microsoft says you should switch from Microsoft to a local user account afterward. Here’s how."
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Education:

The Ten Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners:

Ancestral Findings
"These ten websites are among the best for genealogy beginners. Everyone has to start somewhere, and in the era of modern genealogy, you can do much without having to leave your house. Join me today and I’ll suggest using ten beginner websites to get you off to the best start."
Listen now...   7.28 minutes

Webinars:

A Convincing Argument or a Convoluted Mess:

Legacy Family Tree
"You’ve done the research and have the strongest available evidence. Now you just need that soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion based on that evidence."
Tuesday, February 18, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter:  Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS
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Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"Newspapers can be a goldmine for genealogy, especially in the case of records destruction or when all other avenues have failed to yield findings on an ancestor. In this session, we’ll discuss all you need to know to get the most out of using periodicals as genealogical resources for people of color communities."
Wednesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Nicka Smith
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

VGS News & Events: February 9 through February 15, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: February 10, 2020
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Monday: February 10, 2020
Monday Evening Webinar
7:00 PM Online
TOPIC: “Introduction to Researching at the National Archives” 
To register to attend, click HERE...
Tuesday: February 11, 2020
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Intrepid Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
TOPIC: “Sourcing Your Data: I'm so Confused...”  John DeAngelo
Tuesday: February 11, 2020
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
TOPIC: “Today's Heirlooms” 
Wednesday: February 12, 2020
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: February 12, 2020
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
TOPIC: “Immigration” 
Thursday: February 13, 2020
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Friday: February 14, 2020
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Pending...

Gen News and Announcements:

DNA Matches: What You Can Do with All Your Genetic 4th Cousins:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Are you one of those people have way too many genetic “4th cousins or closer” among your DNA matches? Have you ever wondered “What do I do with all these matches?!” If so, keep reading. We’re going to explore some of your options, and most importantly, how to determine how genetically close your cousins really are."
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Triangulation in Action at GEDmatch:

DNAeXplained
"This article, and the rest in the “Triangulation in Action” series introduces triangulation at FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe, GEDmatch and DNAPainter, explaining how to use triangulation to confirm descent from a common ancestor. You may want to read the introductory article first."
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Find Undiscovered Treasures at Ancestry.com: Expert Tips:
Lisa Louise Cooke

"Nancy Hendrickson, the author of The Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com and the Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook: A How-To Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the #1 Genealogy Website knows the website inside and out. Today she’s sharing four great tips for taking your research to the next level."
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Cultural Identity, DNA Testing & Religion:

GenealogyBlog
"A very interesting article was written and posted by David Gewirtz, who hosts the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs. Not being Jewish, it’s a subject I hadn’t spent any time considering, but Mr. Gewirtz takes on the topic of cultural and religious identity. When you take a DNA test with Ancestry, you’ll get results that might show how “Jewish” you are. Wait a minute! Isn’t Jewish a religion? Why don’t our DNA tests tell us how Catholic or Lutheran we might be? Well… It’s much more complicated than that."
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Ancestry Finds that AI Optimizes their Cloud Platform Without Impeding the User Experience:

Genealogy Blog
"Ancestry spent two years executing its shift to the cloud. In that time, the genealogy company migrated a database of over 20 million members away from data centers and into Amazon Web Services."
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Technology:

How to File Your 2019 Taxes Online For Free:

How-To Geek
"The IRS is now accepting 2019 tax returns, which are due by April 15, 2020. As usual, most Americans are eligible to file for free through the IRS Free File Program—and, as usual, most Americans don’t know this."
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Education:

5 Ways To Tell If Your Genealogy Research Is Accurate:

Ancestral Findings
"There is a lot of guesswork and uncertainty in genealogy. People in the past may have put the wrong information on old records, either from genuinely not knowing, or from having something they wanted to hide. Mistakes can be made in transcriptions of documents from one location to another; even tombstones are known to sometimes have mistakes on them from the stone cutter. Census takers make mistakes in the spellings of names (and even dates and places of birth of the householders they enumerate). Those who published family genealogies back in the 19th century, when this was a popular thing to do, often relied on legend, gossip, and the erroneous family stories other people gave them."
Listen now...    8.31 minutes

Webinars:

Tune Up Your Family Tree with the MyHeritage Consistency Checker:

Legacy Family Tree

"When selected, the MyHeritage Consistency Checker scans your family tree for inconsistencies and mistakes to enable you to do the necessary research to correct all of your entries. This webinar will focus on using the Consistency Checker’s 36 separate tools to dramatically increase your accuracy and consistency."
Tuesday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: James Tanner
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Best Practices for Success in Facebook Groups for Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree
"With well over 12,000 Facebook groups for genealogy it's easy to get lost in the masses. We will discuss tips and tricks and help you develop successful strategies for getting the most out of these valuable sources for research help, education, and so much more."
Wednesday, February 12, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle
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Saturday, February 1, 2020

VGS News & Events: February 2 through February 8, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: February 3, 2020
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: February 3, 2020
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Tuesday: February 4, 2020
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM in the Tea Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Wednesday: February 5, 2020
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: February 6, 2020
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: February 7, 2020
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Saturday: February 8, 2020
African American SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

Our Annual Seminar: Have you registered?

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.

Double Dating:

Legacy Family Tree
"In a nutshell, we changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 but it wasn't officially adopted by England (and its colonies) until 1752. The problem with this is the Julian Calendar used March 25th as the first day of the year and the Gregorian Calendar uses January 1st."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 27 January 2020

Family Search
"Over 3.9M records from North Carolina marriages, deaths and burials (1759-1994), 1M Massachusetts marriage records, (1695-1910) and 1.9M New Jersey birth, marriage, and naturalization records were added to FamilySearch.org this week. More records were added from American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States."
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3 Things to Know About Ancestry’s Hints:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Ancestry’s hints — those shaky leaves that pop up — can be useful to our genealogy research. However, there are some limits to them that can really trip up researchers. Here’s what you need to know to avoid the pitfalls of Ancestry’s hints."
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23andMe is Reducing Staff:

ZDNet
"23andMe is reducing staff numbers by roughly 100 people, or 14 percent of its overall workforce, with its CEO citing privacy concerns as a potential reason for declining sales. "
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Proposed Bill Would Keep Law Enforcement From Probing DNA Data:

The Daily Universe
"A West Valley City Republican is a filing a bill in the 2020 Legislature that will prevent police from accessing at-home DNA tests to perform familial DNA searches."
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Technology:

Ring Cameras Have a Security Problem, and It’s up to the Company to Fix It:

How-To Geek
"Recently, several reports have described disturbing instances of bad actors taking controls of Ring security cameras and harassing the owners. Ring denies any security breach and blames the users for reusing passwords. While that may be true, Ring can and should do more to prevent this from happening."
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Education:

Do You Have Any Shaker Ancestors? Here’s How to Trace Them:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have Shakers in your family tree? What are the Shakers in the first place? Join me today as we about this unique religious sect and how to find information on any ancestors you had who were part of it."
Listen now...   8.14 minutes

Webinars:

Organizing Your DNA Results (updated!)

Legacy Family Tree
"Now that you have pages of matches and gobs of new information, how do you keep track of it all? We will spend time going over how to create and track correspondence, organization tools within each testing company, as well as strategies for tracking the genealogy information of your matches, including surnames, locations, and genetic relationships. You are bound to walk out of this lecture with a game plan that you can implement right away."
Tuesday, February 4, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Diahan Southard
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Developing a DNA Testing Plan: A Guide For Beginners:

Legacy Family Tree
"You might already create research plans for major projects or repository visits. Plans are also valuable when applying DNA testing to your family history research. This talk answers questions such as:  What is DNA and why should I test it? Which test should I use? Where should I get my test? Who else should I test? Don't hesitate any longer to add this invaluable tool to your genealogy toolbox!"
Wednesday, February 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Debra Renard
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

VGS News & Events: 26 January through 1 February, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: January 27, 2020
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: Ancestry.com
Tuesday: January 28, 2020
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogy Research"

Our Annual Seminar: Have you registered?

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.

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 21 January 2020

FamilySearch
"Over 1.6 million new, free, historical records were added from Argentina Baptisms (1645-1930) this week to FamilySearch.org. Many other record collections included are from American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America."
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Genetic SIG Survey

VGS
On January 10th, the VGS sent out an email request asking members to complete a survey about the future of The VGS Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG).  We have had a tremendous response from our members.  Thank you!  If you haven't already taken the survey and you are a VGS member, please take the survey now.
Survey link...

BYU Tech Makes Family History More Interactive Online"

The Daily Universe
"Below are five of the most popular games, apps or tools included in the BYU Family History Technology Lab.
Relative Finder, Virtual Pedigree, Geneopardy, Record Quest and Ancestor Games.
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All about Black History Month:

Family Search Blog
"Since 1976, every United States president has observed Black History Month each February. This time is dedicated to celebrating African American heritage and the achievements of people of African descent."

Triangulation in Action at GEDmatch:

DNAeXplined
"Recently, I published the article, Hitting a Genealogy Home Run Using Your Double-Sided Two-Faced Chromosomes While Avoiding Imposters. The “Home Run” article explains why you want to use a chromosome browser, what you’re seeing and what it means to you."

Great New DNA Tools in 2019:

Kitty Cooper
"2019 was a great year for DNA. Many wonderful DNA tools were created by the testing companies as well as by a number of third parties. Throughout this article I will list my blog posts which discuss the tools from 2019."

Technology:

What is the Brave Browser, and How Does It Compare to Chrome? 

How-To Geek
"There are more competing web browsers than ever, with many serving different niches. One example is Brave, which has an unapologetic focus on user privacy and comes with a radical reimagining of how online advertising ought to work."
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Education:

The Ten Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners:

Ancestral Findings
"These ten websites are among the best for genealogy beginners. Everyone has to start somewhere, and in the era of modern genealogy, you can do much without having to leave your house. Join me today and I’ll suggest using ten beginner websites to get you off to the best start."
Listen now...

Webinars:

MyHeritageDNA for Your Family Knot:

Legacy Family Tree
"If you have a lot of ancestors that married within the same group — but you're not an endogamous population — you can still have issues using DNA for genealogy. MyHeritageDNA has some of the best in-house tools for dealing with this, but you have to recognize the situation first."
Tuesday, January 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Jennifer Dondero
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Effective Use of GENUKI: England’s Largest Free Genealogy Website:

Legacy Family Tree
"Learn how to effectively use the largest free website for British Isles research. Understand how the site is organized and to find the many resources on the site. Plus see how to find its gems for specific local research."
Wednesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Paul Milner
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More Than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"Those every-10-years U.S. censuses are goldmines of names, ages and birthplaces for members of our families. But there's so much more in the census records if we know where to look: everything from socioeconomic status to crops grown or products made, from school attendance to marriage dates, from physical disabilities to causes of death, from military service to clues that lead us to other sources. Learn how an advanced search of the U.S. census records can add to your family history.Those every-10-years U.S. censuses are goldmines of names, ages and birthplaces for members of our families. But there's so much more in the census records if we know where to look: everything from socioeconomic status to crops grown or products made, from school attendance to marriage dates, from physical disabilities to causes of death, from military service to clues that lead us to other sources. Learn how an advanced search of the U.S. census records can add to your family history."
Friday, January 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

VGS News & Events: 19 January through 25 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Tuesday: January 21, 2020
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "All About Reports & Charts and How to Share Them" + Your Questions Answered
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research” by Lisa A, Alzo, M.F.A
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
Afternoon Workshop
1:30 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: “Overcoming Brickwalls in Eastern European Research” by Lisa A, Alzo, M.F.A
Seating Limited to 100:  Register to attend in person HERE...
Register to attend online HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

Genetic SIG Survey

VGS
On January 10th, the VGS sent out an email request asking members to complete a survey about the future of The VGS Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG).  We have had a tremendous response from our members.  Thank you!  If you haven't already taken the survey and you are a VGS member, please take the survey now.
Survey link...

Register for Our Annual Seminar:

VGS
From the responses from the above mentioned survey, we can easily see that DNA is a very popular subject and members are requesting more information on the topic. However, response to our annual seminar is a little behind in registrations and DNA is the topic.  Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., one of the best in the business, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence and he is our guest speaker. 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. Our Annual Seminar will be held on February 19, 2020 at the Savannah Center.
Download the information and registration packet HERE:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 January 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added new, free, historical records this week from American Samoa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States, including GA, HI, LA, MI, MS, NC, SC, TN and MO. Featured this week are over 2 million records from Ecuadorian Catholic church records (1565-2011) and over 600,000 records from Ireland Poverty Relief Funds (1810-1887)."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 13 January 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added new, free, historical records this week from American Samoa, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States of America. Over 2 million records added from France's Loire-Atlantique Civil Registration, (1792-1960)."
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8 Genealogy Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Researcher:

Family History Daily
"If you’re among the 49% of Americans who have never listened to a podcast, there’s never been a better time to start - especially if you love learning about family history research. In this article we’ve gathered together a list of eight incredible genealogy podcasts we love."
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DNA Inherited from Grandparents and Great-Grandparents:

DNAeXplained
"Philip Gammon, our statistician friend has been working with crossover simulations again in order to tell us what we might expect relative to how much DNA we actually inherit from grandparents and great-grandparents."
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Technology:

What’s New in Windows 10’s 20H1 Update, Arriving Spring 2020 

How-To Geek
"Microsoft is already working on Windows 10’s 20H1 update. Expected sometime around May 2020, this is Windows 10 version 2004. It’s much bigger than Windows 10’s November 2019 update but still feels like a collection of useful improvements."
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Education:

The Origin and Meaning of Scottish Surnames:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have a Scottish surname, or is there one in your family tree? Then, you will want to know about their origin and meanings, as this will tell you a lot about your ancient Scottish ancestors. Here is what you need to know…"
Listen now... 8.13 minutes

Webinars:

Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogy Problems:

Legacy Family Tree
"This topic introduces a methodology for creating multiple hypotheses in genealogical situations that are not easily solved...like the brick walls we all have! Creative thinking is discussed, as well as methods for capturing multiple hypotheses and then prioritizing them. Several types of hypotheses development will be covered. Finally, we will review cover how to refute or support each hypothesis. A case study is used throughout the discussion to highlight how the methodology is best utilized."
Tuesday, January 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Jan M. Joyce, CG, CGL
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New Tools and Ideas in Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"The field of genealogy is constantly changing and evolving.  Each day new techniques, resources, and tools are developed to assist in the quest for one’s ancestors. Learn technological developments (including gadgets and gizmos), newly discovered resources for genealogical research and more."
Wednesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor
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