Friday, February 24, 2017

VGS Latest News & Tips: 24 February 2017

Seminar 2017 L-R VP Annette Lyttle, Guest Speaker Cyndi Ingle, President Pat Adams
Gen News:

Savor Your Family's History: Share Your Treasured Recipes:

FamilySearch
"You might have a family heirloom hidden in your kitchen—and it isn’t the china."
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Investigation Puts Ancestry DNA Kits To The Test Among Sets Of Triplets:

Inside Edition
"Millions of people are purchasing and using home DNA kits to determine their ancestry. Inside Edition enlisted the help of two sets triplets and a set of quadruplets to investigate the accuracy of the at-home tests."
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An Attempt To Save South Carolina's Historical Documents Is Destroying Them:

NPR
"When you think of an old map or manuscript, you might picture something yellowed, tattered or even torn because of how long it has been around. But millions of historic documents, from presidential papers to personal slave journals, are facing an issue apart from age: a preservation method that has backfired."
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Tech:

How to Stop Legitimate Emails From Getting Marked as Spam:

How-to-Geek
"Email services automatically classify messages as “spam” if they look spammy. And in general, they do a pretty good job. But those filters aren’t perfect, and occasionally you may see messages you want getting sent to the spam folder."
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What Do the Emoji Next to My Snapchat Friends Mean?

How-to-Geek
"Next to some of your Snapchat friends, you’ll see little emoji."
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Education:

Confessions From a Family Historian (What I Should Have Done Right From the Beginning):

Ancestral Findings
"Are you a beginning genealogist? Don't make the same mistakes at the start that I did. In today’s episode, I’ll give you advice to help you make your research solid from the start"
Listen now... 7.57 minutes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

VGS Latest News & Tips: 23 February 2017

Gen News:

Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder? 

Ancestry
"With modern technology like dating apps, quick cross-country flights, FaceTime and more, it’s easy for us to find our soulmate across the country, or even across the world.  For Valentine’s Day, the team at Ancestry did a little digging into the history of international –or even just inter-county– couples to discover that over time, couples’ birth locations are becoming farther apart."
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DNA Transfers To Family Tree DNA Are Back!

Kitty Cooper
"You can upload your DNA test results from Ancestry.comand/or 23andme to Family Tree DNA again! You get a free look and then can pay a mere $19 to get all the tools and information."
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Locating DNA Results:

Ancestry
I recently got a question regarding where a person could find their DNA results. It's very easy. Follow these instructions...
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Tech:

How to Cancel or Delete a Stuck Print Job in Windows:

How-to-Geek
"Sometimes, documents you’re printing get stuck in the printer’s queue, preventing further documents from being printed. Here’s how to fix it when that happens."
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How to Pin and Unpin Tabs in Chrome and Firefox with a Keyboard Shortcut:

How-to-Geek
"If you tend to open a lot of tabs in your browser, it can become difficult to find the tabs with your most used websites. Pinning tabs in your browser moves those tabs to the left and shrinks the tabs to only show the favicon, and you can do it with a simple right-click."
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Education:

Drawing Those Hesitant Relatives into Your Family Tree Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Are your relatives reluctant to help with your quest for family history information? Join me today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast and I’ll give you some great tips to get them on board the search train today!"
Listen now... 5.27 minutes

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

VGS Latest News & Tips: 22 February 2017

Reminders:
Today: February 22, 2017
Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 AM at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Doors Open at 8:15 a.m.
This event is sold out and you must have a reservation to attend.
Note: There is no regular monthly meeting in February and there is no Brick Wall SIG meeting prior to the seminar.

Gen News:

It’s Complicated: Unique Relationships in Historical Records

FamilySearch
"Each of us has plenty of these messy relationships in our family tree. Sometimes the juicy details get lost in the abyss of history, but other times family stories that offer glimpses into our ancestors’ complicated relationships survive."
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OldNews USA Wins Top Honors at RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown:

FamilySearch
"Old news, it seems, is actually “new” news. Very innovative news in fact. Today at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history technology conference, OldNews USA took top honors in the 2017 Innovator Showdown, walking away with $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes."
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TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returns March 5:

Ancestry
"Get ready for a brand new season of TLC’s hit show “Who Do You Think You Are?” with an inspiring celebrity lineup that includes film and TV stars Jessica Biel, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Grey, John Stamos, Liv Tyler, Noah Wyle, Julie Bowen and music icon Smokey Robinson."
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Tech:

How to Get Rid of AVG’s Notifications and Bundled Software:

How-to-Geek
"AVG Antivirus includes browser extensions, notifications, and other features sure to distract you. If you just want an antivirus to silently protect your system in the background, here’s how to slim AVG down."
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How to Disable and Edit Safari’s AutoFill on macOS and iOS:

How-to-Geek
"Safari’s AutoFill will automatically complete information for contacts, passwords, credit cards and more. Today we’re going to discuss how to turn off or edit those AutoFill entries on macOS and iOS."
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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."
Listen now...  8.31 minutes

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

VGS Latest News & Tips: 21 February 2017

Reminders:
Today: February 21, 2017
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Tomorrow: February 22, 2017
Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 AM at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Doors Open at 8:15 a.m.
This event is sold out and you must have a reservation to attend.
Note: There is no regular monthly meeting in February and there is no Brick Wall SIG meeting prior to the seminar.

Gen News:

Open Ended Questions To Ask Older Generations Of Your Family:

Family Tree Tips
"Almost everyone will have older members in their family that might not be around for that much longer, so it’s great to ask them about their lives and the lives of their Siblings, Cousins, Aunties, Uncles, Parents and Grandparents. The majority of the time they will jump at the chance to give you what you’re after as long as you don’t go down the ‘survey’ avenue."
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DNA doings in 2017:

Judy G. Russell
"Lots of DNA developments are coming down the pike and RootsTech 2017 attendees got an eyeful and earful about — and sometimes a sneak peek at — what’s to come."
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New Oklahoma Index Site To Launch:

Judy G. Russell
"On Monday, January 9th, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is launching one of the most user-friendly comprehensive index sites for vital records available anywhere."
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Tech:

How to See Who’s Viewed and Screenshotted Your Snapchat Story:

How-to-Geek
"Snapchat is all about transparency. You can always see exactly who’s seen your Story and, most importantly, if anyone has taken a screenshot of it before it disappears."
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Is Microsoft Edge Really Safer than Chrome or Firefox?

How-to-Geek
"Microsoft is heavily pushing their Windows 10-exclusive browser, Edge. Ads built into Windows 10 are now claiming that Edge is “safer” than Chrome and Firefox. How did Microsoft determine that, and is it really true?"
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Education:

FamilySearch Indexing: Training - Screen Layout

YouTube
"Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! As you start giving back to the genealogical community through this monumental initiative, you'll need to know what tools are available to you. Then you can index high-quality records and have the best time doing it and helping others grow their family tree."
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RootsTech 2017 Session Videos Now Available!
RootsTech
Did you miss Roots Tech 2017? Now you can view the recorded sessions right at home. Thanks to FamilySearch and Roots Tech for making this possible.
Wednesday: 9 Sessions; February 8, 2017
Thursday: 10 Sessions, February 9, 2017
Friday: 13 Sessions, February 10, 2017
Saturday: 8 Sessions. February 11, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

VGS Latest News & Tips: 20 February 2017

Reminders:
Tomorrow: February 21, 2017
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center

Gen News:

A Guide To Understanding Catholic Records:

FindMyPast
"Our Catholic Heritage Archive is a ground breaking project that will eventually see as many as 100 million Catholic records published online for the first time ever. Since this is a new record set, we've put together this comprehensive guide to understanding your search results."
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After 75 Years, WWII Soldier’s Lost Dog Tags Make It To Rock Hill Family:

The Herald
"During World War II training in the Arizona desert in 1942, Army soldier James Thompson lost his dog tag."
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Pentagon Launches Effort To Solve A Baffling WWII Mystery:

ABC News
"The Pentagon is launching efforts to solve a baffling World War II mystery: whether dozens of U.S. sailors listed as missing from a ship disaster were actually recovered and buried all along as unknowns in a New York cemetery."
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Tech:

How to Install macOS Sierra in VirtualBox on Windows 10:

How-to-Geek
"Whether you want to occasionally test a website in Safari, or try out a little bit of software in the Mac environment, having access to the latest version of macOS in a virtual machine is useful. Unfortunately, you’re not really supposed to do this—so getting macOS running in VirtualBox is, to say the least, tricky."
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How Do You Convert an Unknown Media File Type to MP3?

How-to-Geek
"If you have a media file with an unknown extension type, then getting it to easily play in your favorite media player can be a frustrating experience. Should you convert the file or is there a better solution? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a reader deal with a problematic media file."
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Education:

FamilySearch Indexing: Get Started!

YouTube
"Interested in learning how to index with FamilySearch? Watch this video and learn how easy it is to download our FamilySearch Indexing software and register to become an indexer!"
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Free British Isles Research Seminar:
Family Search
FamilySearch is offering a FREE British Isles Seminar on March 13 through March 17 and you can either attend at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City or ONLINE!
You need to register to attend.
Read the FamilySearch Wiki article HERE...
Download the event Brochure HERE...