Sunday, November 10, 2019

VGS News & Events: 10 November through 16 November, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: November 11, 2019
Monday Evening Live Webinar
7:00 PM Online
Topic: “Who Were the Passengers of the Mayflower?”
Register to attend online HERE...

Tuesday: November 12, 2019
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Intrepid Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Topic:  "Civil War,  Pensions, and Bounty Lands Research Using the National Archives."
Note: Date & Room Change for this meeting...
Tuesday: November 12, 2019
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "A Time Line of Family Photos" - Paul Clark
Wednesday: November 13, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 AM at the Belvedere Library
Wednesday: November 13, 2019
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: November 13, 2019
African American SIG Meeting
Noon in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: November 13, 2019
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "Internet Research"
Thursday: November 14, 2019
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Friday: November 15, 2019
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

15 years of Google Books:

Google
"Fifteen years ago, Google Books set out on an audacious journey to bring the world’s books online so that anyone can access them. Libraries and publishers around the world helped us chase this goal, and together we’ve created a universal collection where people can discover more than 40 million books in over 400 languages. But, there’s still more we can do to make Google Books more useful for people.
Today we’re unveiling a new design for Google."
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FINDMYPAST GRANTS FREE ACCESS AHEAD OF VETERANS DAY 2019

From 12pm (GMT) Friday November 8th, until 12pm Monday November 11th, all records on Findmypast excluding newspapers, electoral rolls and the Periodical Source Index, will be completely free to search and explore.
To find out more about the free access period, visit:
https://www.findmypast.com/page/free-acces

MyHeritage Education: New Content to Master Your Skills

MyHeritage
"MyHeritage Education offers a wealth of material to help you learn about every facet of MyHeritage. The content includes articles, how-to videos, and webinars covering a wide variety of topics, as well as plenty of tips for everyone, from beginner family history enthusiasts to seasoned genealogists."
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New Historical Records Added to MyHeritage in October 2019

MyHeritage
"18.6 million new historical records have been added in October 2019 in seven new collections from all over the world, including Australia, Spain, the former Soviet Union, Latvia, the United States, Germany, and Denmark."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 28 October 2019:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch.org added approximately 100,000 new, notable Catholic Church Records from Salta, Argentina (1634-1972). Search additional free historical records from American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, Peru, the United States and Wales."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 November 2019

FamilySearch
"This week, over 840,000 new, free, historical records were added to FamilySearch.org from Argentine Catholic Church Records, including records that dated all the way back from 1635. Other areas include England, the Netherlands, Russia, Venezuela, and the United States, including Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Dakota."
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Automation to Find the Common Ancestors in the Trees of your DNA Matches:

Kitty Cooper
"Recently I gave a presentation on many of the great new DNA tools that have come out this year. The talk focused on how both Ancestry and MyHeritage figure out the likely ways in which you are related to a DNA match from the other trees on their sites (click here for my slides). This left very little time to go into the details of my favorite third party tools that can do similar magic, so I promised the attendees a blog post…"
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Technology:

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Setting Up a Smarthome:

How-To Geek
"Are you thinking about starting up smarthome? Great! But don’t jump directly in without a plan. That’s how you end up making common smarthome beginner mistakes. Instead, before buying anything, you should ask yourself a few common-sense questions."
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Education:

Why You Should Absolutely Take the Time to Document Your Family History Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Have you started documenting your genealogy yet? If not, you should. Today, I’ll give you the top reasons why documentation is so important in genealogical research."
Listen now...  7.40 minutes

Webinars:

Soldier's Homes (1865-1930) Caring For Our Veterans:

Legacy Family Tree
"The National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, was established by an act of Congress in 1865. The purpose of the home system (initially called the National Asylum) was to provide for the care of the large number of wounded and disabled veterans from the Civil War. Records of kinship and other treasures abound in these records—over 400,000 records of these veterans are online free of charge."
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
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Saturday, November 2, 2019

VGS News & Events: 3 November through 9 November, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: November 4, 2019
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: November 4, 2019
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Tuesday: November 5, 2019
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM in the Tea Room at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center
Note: Meeting Location Change for November Meeting Only

Wednesday: November 6, 2019
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: November 7, 2019
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: November 8, 2019
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Presentation: "DNA Show & Tell"

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 14 October 2019

FamilySearch
"This week, FamilySearch.org added over 1 million new, free, historical records from France Marriages (1546-1924), and another million records from Uruguay Passenger Lists (1888-1980.) Other countries include England, Sweden, Uruguay and the United States, including Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Ohio."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 21 October 2019

FamilySearch
"Familysearch.org added over 4.4 million new, free, historical records this week from the 1860 United States Census (Slave Schedule).  Additional countries include American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, Ukraine, Wales and the United States, including AL, AK, CA, DE, FL, GA, HI, LA, MD, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, VA, and WI."
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Powered By Cutting-Edge Machine Learning Technology, Ancestry® Debuts the World’s Largest, Searchable Online Obituary Collection, Providing Members with Even More Details about the Ancestors Who Shaped Their Past

Ancestry
"Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our new Newspapers.com Obituary Collection, as well as an upgrade to our U.S. Obituary Collection, adding to what is now the world’s largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements, containing almost 1 billion searchable family members."
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Stop Hiding Your Old Family Photos! 14 Ways to Put Them on Display...

Family History Daily
"If you’ve been itching to dig out those dusty old shoeboxes and piles of inherited photo albums but you’re just not sure where to start - read on. It’s time to think outside the frame and discover some new and exciting ways to display old family photos around your home."
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6 Unique Family Tree Craft Projects To Keep You Busy This Winter:

Family History Daily
"If you’re a family historian who happens to also be a fan of crafts and DIY projects, you probably know this: the family history projects that are truly worth the time to make (and some do take some serious time!) are those that can be artfully displayed in your home, given as gifts and, of course, handed down to future generations."
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Technology:

What’s the Best Antivirus for Windows 10? (Is Windows Defender Good Enough?)

How-To Geek
"Windows 10 won’t hassle you to install an antivirus like Windows 7 did. Since Windows 8, Windows now includes a built-in free antivirus called Windows Defender. But is it really the best for protecting your PC–or even just good enough?"
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Education:

Is Tracing Your Health History Important in Your Genealogy Research?

Ancestral Findings
"Is getting your family health history done an important part of your genealogy research? It can be. In this episode I’ll give you need to know about getting tested."
Lesson now... 7.05 minutes

Webinars:

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure

Legacy Family Tree
"Australia (and the rest of the world), is very fortunate to have free access to Trove - a website of the National Library of Australia. Trove contains many digitised newspapers, some from all the Australian States and Territories up to 1954. While not every paper ever printed has been digitized there is a wide selection. But the Trove site is not just newspapers but also has Picture Australia, theses, maps, and now the New South Wales and Commonwealth Government Gazettes. There are a number of ways to make your search more directed and ways to organize your research using the site."
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Helen V. Smith
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Understanding Ethnicity Estimates:

Legacy Family Tree
"Learn how and when ethnicity estimates can be useful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery will be covered. This talk covers: 1. How ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral time frame they reflect 2. Differences between the DNA testing companies 3. Additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates 4. How to identify situations in which they can be very helpful 5. Several examples where ethnicity estimates helped solve a genealogy mystery will be covered."
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Mary Eberle, JD
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

VGS News & Events: 27 October through 2 November, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: October 28, 2019
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: November 1, 2019
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

DNA Painter – Why I Bought A Subscription

Hound on the Hunt
"The page I’ve used the most at DNA Painter (up until now) was on the Tool page and that tool was the interactive Shared cM Project."
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DNAPainter Instructions and Resources:

DNAeXplained
"DNAPainter is one of my favorite tools because DNAPainter, just as its name implies, facilitates users painting their matches’ segments on their various chromosomes. It’s genetic art and your ancestors provide the paint!"
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 7 October 2019

FamilySearch.org
"FamilySearch.org added over 1 million new, free, historical records this week from England Parish Registers (1538-1997.) An additional million records were contributed from Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records. Further records added this week come from Peru, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA. States include CT, IN, KS, KY, ME, MS, NJ, OR, TN, TX and UT."
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Your Genes Do Not Need To Be Your Destiny:

Ancestry Blog
"As DNA science has continued to rapidly advance, we know that we have barely scratched the surface of what is possible to empower customers to learn from their family heritage and their DNA. Over the years, we’ve heard from many of you that you are interested in solutions to understand the connections between your DNA and your health."
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The Doctors Test with MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry:

MyHeritage Blog
"MyHeritage DNA was just featured on the Emmy-Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors, as the hosts were presented with their MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test results, which include detailed information regarding their genetic risks. "
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Technology:

What’s New in Windows 10’s November 2019 Update, Arriving Soon?

How-To Geek
"Microsoft is now getting Windows 10’s November 2019 Update, code named 19H2, ready for release. Also known as Windows 10 version 1909, this will be the smallest, quickest Windows 10 Update yet. It’s practically just a service pack."
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Education:

Your Female Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"Are your female ancestors a mystery? It’s not uncommon. While you may know the first name of a female ancestor, finding their maiden name and birth family can sometimes be a challenge. Here are some tips to get you past this incredibly common genealogical issue."
Listen now... 4.28 minutes

Webinars:

Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files:

Legacy Family Tree
"Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, filenaming, captioning, and sharing."
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Denise May Levenick
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

VGS News & Events: 20 October through 26 October, 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: October 22, 2019
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: October 23, 2019
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: October 23, 2019
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: “Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research”
Wednesday: October 23, 2019
Workshop
1:30 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: “Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records”
You Must Register to Attend In Person... Click Here to Register...
Limited to 100 members... All Members Welcomed... Seats Available...

Gen News and Announcements:

Coming Soon: Seventh Annual Virtual Genealogy Fair - October 23, 2019

NARA
"Every year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Join thousands of family historians participating during the live event. No reservations are needed."
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Simple Steps To Get Started on Your Ancestry® Family History Journey:

Ancestry
"A recent Ancestry® study found that 1 out of 3 Americans are unable to name all four of their grandparents, and 1 out of 5 were unable to name just one of their great-grandparents."
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Long Lost Family Returns to TLC

Ancestry
"People seek to reunite with their biological families after a lifetime of separation. Join them on their journeys.
Friday October 25 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC.

Why Didn’t People Smile in Old Photos?

FamilySearch
"Ever looked at an old, black-and-white photograph and wondered, “Why the long face?” You might have heard that it was because the camera’s exposure time was too long, or maybe you were told that poor dental work meant that fewer people wanted to show their teeth.
While these explanations may play a part, the main reason why people didn’t smile in old photos had more to do with culture than it did with poor technology."
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70 Million Historic U.S. Newspaper Pages Now Available from Advantage Archives:

The Ancestor Hunt
"Here is a list by state and county of the online collections available to search for free and those who allow searching only in the library's location."
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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 October 2019:

Genea-Musings
"1 New and 20 existing collections were updated this week.
New: Illinois, Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield Sacramental Records, 1853-1975."
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Technology:

Why iPhone and iPad Apps Are Asking to Use Bluetooth:

How-To Geek
"If you’ve installed iOS 13 on your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed that many apps are suddenly asking for permission to use your Bluetooth hardware. The same change will arrive on iPads with the iPadOS update. Here’s what’s going on."
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Education:

Ashkenazi Jewish | Are You Related to Them? 

Ancestral Findings

"Do you have Ashkenazi Jewish DNA? This can be an exciting journey for you. Today, I’ll talk about who the Ashkenazi people are and what it means for your family history."
Listen now... 6.10 minutes

Webinars:

Privacy: How to Protect Your Information Online

Legacy Family Tree
"Protecting privacy online is a continuing concern. Family historians need to decide what personal and family history information we'd like to keep private while still sharing with cousins and other researchers. Learn more about what controls online privacy and what methods and tools are available to give us the best chance to protect our privacy choices."
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
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Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist: 2019 edition

Legacy Family Tree
"Leave this class armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient."
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
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Decoding Secret Societies: Finding Your Female Fraternal Ancestors

Legacy Family Tree
"Do you have ancestry with membership in the Eastern Star? The Daughters of Rebekah? or another woman’s fraternal organization. This lecture focuses on those female fraternal auxiliaries and the rich genealogical material of family members who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies."
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Michael L. Strauss, AG
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

VGS News & E vents: 13 October through 19 October, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: October 14, 2019
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Tuesday: October 15, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "What's New in FTM 2019?"

Thursday: October 17, 2019
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: October 18, 2019
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

The Daughters of the American Revolution: A Treasure for Genealogical Research

D. Joshua Taylor
"The DAR holds the most authoritative and exhaustive database of Revolutionary War soldiers and their descendants. They have safeguarded the lineage of America’s founders, identifying more than 144,000 Patriot ancestors in the past 125 years."
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5 Secrets for Searching Old Digitized Newspapers:

The Ancestor Hunt
"I have often heard researchers say "I can't find a single article about my ancestor, even though I have searched for hours!" Here are 5 secrets to success:
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France Rejects Bill To Legalize Consumer DNA Tests:

Genealogy à la carte
"Genealogists who hoped to one day soon see a big increase in the number of DNA matches in France had their hopes dashed Friday when members of France’s National Assembly rejected all amendments in a bill to legalize consumer DNA tests."
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New Records Added in the Second Half of September:

My Heritage
"40.1 million new records have been added in the second half of September. These new records include an update to the existing collection Netherlands, Population Registers, and two new collections: United States and Canada, Index of Obituaries, and the Denmark, Copenhagen Police Registrations."
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27 Ways to Find Ancestor Birth Information:

The Ancestor Hunt
"When researching our ancestors, one of the most important events is obviously their birth (otherwise they wouldn't be ancestors - but I digress). Determining the date and location of birth is important as we document the major events in their lives."
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Technology:

Do You Need an Antivirus on a Mac?

How-To Geek
"No software is immune to attack, including macOS. The rising popularity of Apple computers has made them a prime target for malware. And security companies are increasingly offering antivirus for Macs, but do you really need it?"
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Education:

Meet the 18-year-old genealogy wiz uniting long-lost relatives all over the U.S.

CBS This Morning
"It’s estimated more than 26 million people around the world have dug into their family histories with the help of at-home DNA kits. But finding your ancestors often requires much more than just submitting your DNA. In this growing field of ancestry amateurs, we discovered an unlikely pro and he’s only 18. Michelle Miller reports."
Listen now... 5:49 minutes

Webinars:

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records

Legacy Family Tree
"(Live webinar only, will not be recorded.) Civil law notarial records are among the most valuable genealogical resources available. In civil law societies like France, Spain, Italy, (French) Canada, and many other countries, notaries function much like contract lawyers, creating legally binding "authentic acts" (also called contracts or protocols) that regulate private relationships among individuals."
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Claire Bettag, CG
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Italian Civil Registration (Stato Civile): Going Beyond the Basics

Legacy Family Tree
"This lecture discusses some of the more advanced records within Italian civil registration: Allegati [birth, death, and marriage supplements/attachments], Cittadinanza [citizenship records] and Atti Diversi [Diverse Acts]. Students will learn how these records can help to fill in the details of an Italian families’ history as well as track them across Italy. and around the world."
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Melanie D. Holtz, CG
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