Saturday, September 23, 2017

VGS News & Events: 24 September 2017 - 30 September 2017

Coming Events:
Monday: September 25, 2017
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Hearth Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Topic: “Managing Your Computer Files: Making Sense of the Chaos.”
Note the meeting location change for this meeting only.
Wednesday: September 27, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: September 27, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: “Googling Your Family: Using the Whole Google Website” by Ann Staley CGSM, CGLSM

Gen News & Announcements:

New Online! English Genealogy Records and More:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"English genealogy records abound in this week’s roundup of new family history records online. Find England BMD, parish records, newspapers, and more. Also: an important addition to the British Newspaper Archive’s Irish newspaper collection,  over 1,000 years of Chinese documents and records, German vital records, parish records for Italy and Sweden, and new US collections for VA, OH and NY."
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September Is Save Your Photo Month:

Hound on the Hunt
"Did you know that September is; save your photo month? Well, it’s been designated that but actually any month you decide to save photos I think is the right one. I’m a firm believer that you need to keep those photos safe. As we see so many natural disasters around us right now it makes you realize that you need to be proactive about scanning those photos and storing them; not just on your computer but in the cloud."
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Are In-person Genealogy Events Dead?

Amy Johnson Crow
"There are rumblings on social media about the possible end of in-person genealogy events like conferences and seminars. With all of the blogs, webinars, and email newsletters out there, are in-person genealogy events dead?"
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How to Use Ancestry’s Hints Without Going Crazy:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Many genealogists have a love/hate relationship with Ancestry's hints. Those little shaky leaves can yield great clues, but like leaves in the fall, it can feel overwhelming when they start piling up. Here's how to manage those hints."
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Mining the 1880 Census Mother Lode: Insanity and Idiocy:

Ancestor Cloud
"Family Search refers to the 1880 census as the “mother lode of questions pertaining to physical condition, criminal status, and poverty.”  Why is that?"
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Pedigree Collapse: Are We All Cousins?

Ancestor Cloud
"Have you ever thought about how many ancestors one person could possibly have?
Mathematically speaking, taking one’s family tree out thirty generations would result in about a BILLION ancestors."
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4 Things To Do When Using a Genealogy Database:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Each genealogy database that we use is slightly different. (Some of them are really different!) That means that they can act differently, which can have an impact on the results we're getting. Whether you're looking at the latest databases on Ancestry or FamilySearch or exploring a new-to-you collection, here are 4 things you should do when using a genealogy database."
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Tech:

What the Equifax Breach Means to You:

Ask Leo
"On September 7th, the U.S. credit reporting company Equifax announced they had suffered a massive data breach some months earlier.
Equifax's handling of that breach has since been termed a “dumpster fire” by noted journalist Brian Krebs. Their instructions, website, and tools to help you determine if you've been impacted have been nothing short of a total mess. The term I'd use instead of dumpster fire isn't appropriate for a family publication.
All indications are that if you've ever had a credit report, your information is likely part of this mess. Even if you're not sure, it's best to assume it.
So. What now?
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More information from the Federal Trade Commission...

Education:

Ways to Be Constantly Improving Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you want to become a better genealogist? You can! Join me on the GenealogyGold Podcast and I’ll give you three ways you can be constantly improving your genealogical skills."
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Upcoming Webinars:

Quick Guide to Texas Research:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"An introductory look at the records and repositories for getting started in Texas Research."
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Deena Coutant
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Saturday, September 16, 2017

VGS News & Events: 17 September 2017 through 23 September 2017

Coming Events:
Wednesday: September 20, 2017
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
This meeting has been cancelled.
Wednesday: September 20, 2017
Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 a.m. Pinellas Library
Thursday: September 21, 2017
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News & Announcements:

21st Annual Central Florida Family History Conference:

You’re invited to the 21st Annual Central Florida Family History Conference on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 9am – 4:00pm. We are one of the largest family history conferences on the East Coast of the United States! This regional event brings world-class speakers from all over the country to help you find your family’s history! Our Keynote Speaker this year features Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry.com!!
Location: Again this year we are proudly holding the conference at OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL at 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835.
Admission: The admission fee is $35.00 per person and includes the conference notebook.
More Information...
Register Online...
Editor's Note: This is always a great conference. I do not have any bus information at this time.

Contacting DNA Matches: Get More Responses with these Pro Tips:

AncestryDNA
"Discovering unknown relatives is one of the most exciting parts of receiving AncestryDNA test results. Among these newly found relatives are longtime Ancestry subscribers with robust family trees. They may be able to help break down the brick walls in your research, and you may be able to do the same for them. Of course, with this gold mine of information comes the potential for frustration."
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How to Conduct Successful Google Searches:

AncestorCloud
"One of the largest and most sophisticated databases for genealogists is Google:  yes, the ubiquitous, much loved and much vilified repository for all information about everything in the world, is actually one of the best genealogical resources."
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Using the Social Security Death Index:

AncestorCloud
"The US Social Security Death Index (or SSDI) is an old favorite among family history researchers, and if you haven’t heard about this record collection I’m going to explain what it is and how it is useful in your family history research."
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Genealogy in Ireland:  Part 1 – Getting Started

Genealogists.com
"Are you considering exploring your Irish roots for the first time, or want to investigate your family history further but are unsure where to start?
Irish genealogy has somewhat of a reputation for being a disappointing and frustrating pastime for amateur family historians. Stories of people hitting the dreaded brick wall, and that all the records were lost in the 1922 Four Courts fire in Dublin. Indeed many records, but not all, were lost. Some of the lost records include the original returns of the 1831 census and pre 1858 wills (although the indexes are still available). The 1861 to 1891 census returns were destroyed by Government Order."
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Click here to read the other posts in this series on Genealogy in Ireland:

Preserve Your Legacy: 9 Tips for Interviewing Relatives

FamilySearch
"We just never know how much longer our relatives will be able to share precious memories of their past and their ancestors. It is so important to take advantage of every opportunity to listen to and record our loved ones so their posterity can remember them.
Here are nine tips to make recording interviews an enjoyable activity for you and your family."
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New! New York Death Index, 1880-1956:

Ancestry
"If you’re researching in New York State, we have some good news for you. Ancestry has just launched a collection of New York State death indexes covering 1880 to 1956. The collection includes more than 5 million names of people who died in New York State. "
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Introducing the DNA Match Review Page:

MyHeritage
"If you’ve taken a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded your DNA data to MyHeritage, then you will have received a list of your DNA Matches. The list shows people whose DNA matches yours, the percentage of DNA you share, and your possible relationship. DNA results can imply several possible relationships between you and a DNA Match, such as 3rd – 4th cousin, but now you’d like to understand how you are related to the match. Where do you go from here?"
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Tech:

Old Photo, New Life: A Practical Guide to Scanning Old Photos:

Artifact Uprising
"Maybe you are like me and your old family photos live a little bit of everywhere. Some photos take home in shoeboxes tucked away in a nearby closet. Others live in dusty albums and in countless zip codes: your baby photos are split between the home where you grew up and a token few reside in your nightstand; your teenage years are caught up in a half-finished scrapbook; and the photo from your grandparent's wedding day has always been in dispute amongst your siblings. Sound familiar?"
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How to Lock the iPad With a Passcode or Password:

Lifewire
"Are you concerned about security with your iPad? You can lock your iPad by adding a 4-digit passcode, a 6-digit passcode or an alpha-numeric password. Once a passcode is enabled, you will be prompted for it any time you use it. You can also choose whether or not to have access to Notifications or Siri while the iPad is locked."
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Education:

European Censuses:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have ancestors who lived in Europe and you want to find out more about them? Join me on today’s episode, as we consider researching European censuses."
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Upcoming Webinars:

When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Even thorough research can miss relevant sources. What are the options when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion?"
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

WolframAlpha for Genealogists:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research."
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
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FREE DNA WEBINAR! Reveal Your Unique Story through DNA and Family:

Lisa Louise Cook
History will be broadcast LIVE from New York City on Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 am Eastern. Join Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems and DNA expert Diahan Southard along with Beth Forrester of Animoto in this 90-minute webinar.  Here’s what you’ll learn:

  1. Your DNA Guide will dispel the myth that there’s just on DNA test. There are more options, and possible outcomes, than you might think! Diahan will walk you through the choices.
  2. Creative ideas for filling in the gaps in your family’s story. Lisa will who you online tools for you that go well beyond names and dates. Then we’ll expand your story in unexpected ways by finding DNA connections.
  3. Share the story you’ve uncovered through awesome video. Lisa & Beth will show you how easy it is to tell your story like a pro!

Click HERE to register - via Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Saturday, September 9, 2017

VGS News & Events: 10 September 2017 - 16 September 2017

Meeting Reminders:
Monday: September 11, 2017
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
This meeting has been cancelled.
Tuesday: September 12, 2017
Genealogy Writers SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: September 13, 2017
Basic Computer Technology Workshop
1:00 PM in the Defender/Intrepid Rooms at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Reservations Only - The room is full and there is a waiting list.
Topic:  “Managing Your Computer Files: Making Sense of the Chaos.”
Wednesday: September 13, 2017
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "Getting Started & 100 years Freedom to Slavery"
Thursday: September 14, 2017
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Doing a Blind Search on Ancestry.com", presented by Al Becker
Friday: September 15, 2017
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News & Announcements:

Durham DNA – 10 Things I Learned Despite No Y DNA Matches, 52 Ancestors #167:

DNAeXplained
"My cousin descends from Thomas Durham Jr., son of Thomas Durham Sr. and wife, Dorothy. Thomas Durham Sr.’s parents are unknown, which is part of why we needed a Durham male to take the Y DNA test.
What Might a Y DNA Test Tell Us?"
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What You Missed Last Week at the FGS Conference in Pittsburgh:

Dick Eastman
"I was fortunate enough to attend this conference and must say that I had a good time. Judging by the smiles I saw, I believe most everyone else had similar experiences."
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Concepts – Imputation

DNAeXplained
"Until recently, the word imputation wasn’t a part of the vocabulary of genetic genealogy, but earlier this year, it became a factor and will become even more important in coming months."
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One Ancestry.com DNA Test Later, Philly Lawyer Discovers A Half-Brother:

philly.com
"A few months ago, Klenk, a Philadelphia lawyer, got curious. He knew that the man who raised him wasn’t his biological father, and he’d long stopped pressing his mother for answers she refused to give."
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Sharing Large Segments With a Match Does Not Validate Small Segments Shared With That Match:

The Genetic Genealogist
"We know that many small segments are false, and thus that many distant matches are false positives. I have written about small segments and distant matches many times."
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More Than a Pie Chart and a Number: Reading Your Ethnicity Estimate:

Ancestry
"DNA is proof, right? So why do you call it an ethnicity estimate?"
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Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry:

Ancestry
"Keep track of new and updated collections! We are always adding/updating, so make sure you check in!"
Check the list of updated collections...

Tech:

Digital Photo Overwhelm: 3 Steps You Must Do For Your Digital Photos, If You Do Nothing Else…

The Photo Organizers
"Feeling overwhelmed with all your digital photos and don’t know what to do?  Not enough time to work on a solution?  You are suffering from digital photo overwhelm. Here are 3 quick and easy steps that are crucial to preserving and enjoying your digital memories."
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Rootstech 2018:

28 Feb-03 Mar 2018
Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake, USA
"This summit is divided into more than 100 classes where leading professionals of international repute will help the attendees in every possible way. Attendees who are in search for their future genealogy, this summit hardly has any other alternatives."
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Education:

Oregon Trail Ancestry: Did Your Ancestors Travel the Trail?

Ancestral Findings
"What was the Oregon Trail? Join me today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast and give you what you need to know about this important part of American History, and how you can discover whether your ancestors traveled it."
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Upcoming Webinars:

Finding Isaac Rogers:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Discover how a book, scant clues, crowd sourced research, and limited online records came together to make ancestral ties to the Trail of Tears, US Civil War, a hanging judge, an outlaw, and of slavery in the Cherokee Nation."
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nicka Smith
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The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"The records of local public schools and universities can valuable resources for finding information about your ancestors. Even if your ancestors didn't attend school, you would be surprised by what you can find in school records about them. This webinar will show you what types of school records there are and how to find them in repositories."
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Melissa Barker
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

VGS News & Events: 3 September 2017 - 9 September 2017

VGS Members at the FGS Conference in Pittsburgh
Meeting Reminders:
Monday: September 4, 2017
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
Due to Labor Day, this meeting has been cancelled.
Tuesday: September 5, 2017
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Note: New meeting date
Thursday: September 7, 2017
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: September 8, 2017
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: Member James Brown, will present: "Finding Smith - A Genetic Melodrama - How DNA Was Used to Trace the Identity of Unknown Ancestors With a Very Common Surname."

Gen News & Announcements:

3 New SIG's are Being Considered:

The VGS
At least two new SIG's will be in the offering in the near future. They are going through the process now trying to obtain sufficient interest from members in order to secure a room and time for their meetings from The Villages. The topics be considered are Mid-Western States, Roots Magic Software and Adoption. The first two have sufficient interest and their paperwork is being processed. The Adoption SIG needs a few more names of members that would have an interest. If you have an interest in Adoption, contact our SIG Coordinator, Dale Heins, and tell him of your interest. You can reach Dale, HERE.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Disaster Planning for the Genealogist:

Abundant Genealogy
"Given this past week’s events in Texas related to Hurricane Harvey, and as the storm makes its way through the American South this weekend, it is easy to feel helpless if you and your family are not directly impacted. In speaking with genealogy friends and colleagues, I don’t think there is any degree of separation from this disaster: we likely all know at least one person who has lost their home, their business and their possessions."
Download this FREE GUIDE on Disaster Planning by Melissa Barker
Offer expires tomorrow, September 3rd

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of August 23, 2017:

FamilySearch
"This week over 8 million new records from the Netherlands were added and millions more from Denmark and England! Search these new free records and new records from Belgium, BillionGraves, Chile, Kansas, Liberia, Louisiana, Ohio, South Africa, and Sweden at FamilySearch"
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Getting Help With the New RootsMagic TreeShare Feature:

RootsMagic
"When you open the TreeShare screen (Internet > TreeShare for Ancestry), just click the link at the bottom of the TreeShare screen and RootsMagic will take you to a web page where you can find additional information about TreeShare, including the how-to video and the printable Magic Guide for TreeShare."
Download guide now...

British Isles Genealogy: New Records Online for England, Scotland, Ireland:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Trace your British Isles genealogy! This week we report on new genealogy records online for England, Scotland, and Ireland. Read about WWI weekly casualty lists, free census records at FreeCen, English and Scottish burials, Scottish poorhouse–and a free British Newspaper Archive webinar on learning about migration and travel in old newspapers."
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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Genealogist When Submitting a Lineage Society Application:

LegacyTree Genealogists
"It often takes quite a bit of work because the records needed to prove each generational link are not always readily available – and sometimes they just don’t exist at all. This is where a professional genealogist can help."
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Research Pitfalls of Beginning Genealogists:

LegacyTree Genealogists
"If you’re looking for ways to improve your research skills, it’s always best to take a personal inventory of your research practices and habits. Following are some errors that many beginners and hobbyists make which, if eliminated, could save time and increase accuracy immensely."
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7 Genealogy Webinars You Need To Check Out!

The Genealogy Guide
"Do you need help with your familyhistory research? Genealogy webinars are a great way for you to learn from the best, from the experts. So read on as I share with you my top 7 genealogy webinars that I recommend that you should visit."
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Compile a Reading History For Your Family:

Ancestry
"Have you ever considered doing a “reading history” for your family? What insights might you gain about your more recent family by learning more about what they read, and the newspapers and magazines they subscribed to. Here’s a few examples from my own family."
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Tech:

What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?

How-to-Geek
"Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. Your computer’s hard drive could fail tomorrow, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever."
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How to Disable SMBv1 and Protect Your Windows PC From Attack:

How-to-Geek
"The WannaCry and Petya ransomware epidemics both spread using flaws in the ancient SMBv1 protocol, which Windows still enables by default (for some ridiculous reason). Whether you’re using Windows 10, 8, or 7, you should ensure SMBv1 is disabled on your PC."
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Education:

Why Understanding Ancient Laws is Important in Genealogy:

Ancestral Findings
"Legal knowledge is important in genealogy, especially of old laws and legal terms. On today’s episode, I’ll show you why, and where you can get this knowledge."
Listen now...  4.49 minutes

Upcoming Webinars:

Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Leave this class armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient and fun."
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

VGS News & Events: 27 August 2017 - 2 September 2017

Members awaiting our first live webinar: August 23, 2017

About Our First Live Webinar:

First, let me say thank you to all those who attended the live webinar at the Savannah Center and to those who attended remotely and others who have seen the presentation from the "Cloud."
The cloud version will be available until a little after Thanksgiving Day. All members should have received an email with that link and a copy of the 12-page handout.
Second, in the 12 years that I have been the webmaster, this event generated more non-solicited comments from members than any other previous event including seminars.
Thank you for your comments.
Third, many of your comments were thanking me for the success of this event. I had very little to do with that. Your thanks should be directed to The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and to our VP Annette Burke Lyttle. The FSGS provided the "Go to Meeting" platform to make this type of meeting possible. It is provided free to affiliate member societies of which The VGS is one. Annette is often the moderator of the monthly FSGS webinar's and our program chair. It was her idea to try this type of event and the expertise to make all this technologically possible. Thank you FSGS and Annette. The success of this type of presentation has given us several ideas. Stay tuned for future events.
Lastly: Thank you to our guest speaker Mary Kurcher Roddy for a terrific presentation. She lives in Washington State. We connected with her for a test at 9:30 a.m. but it was 6:30 a.m. at her location.

There are No VGS meetings scheduled for this coming week.

Gen News & Announcements:

3 New SIG's May Be Forming:

The VGS
At our August monthly VGS meeting, Dale Heins circulated Special Interest Group (SIG) Interest Sheets for three (3) new SIGs.  We understand that many of you are either Seasonal Residents or just away on vacation.  The new SIGs which we are looking to form are:

ADOPTION SIG: The intent of the ADOPTION SIG will be to educate and guide members in their search for unknown family members, both recent and in the more distant past, using both DNA and traditional genealogical research, utilizing: Instruction and advice for making contact with DNA matches, Techniques and third-party tools for use with DNA, Social media and online directories for finding living people, Newspaper databases and other tools for traditional genealogy and Mutual support network for those seeking birth families.

MID-WEST SIG: The intent of the Mid-West SIG will be to assist VGS Members in researching their genealogy in the Mid-Western area of the United States.   This SIG will cover the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri

ROOTS MAGIC SIG: The intent of the RootsMagic SIG will be to assist VGS Members in using the RootsMagic genealogy software including the following areas: Inputting ancestors information and building your databases, Adding media to your entries, Creating sources and documenting your entries, and Syncing your database and cloud storage.

If you have an interest in any of these SIG's, please contact The VGS SIG Coordinator, Dale Heins, of your interest. He can be reached HERE.

US Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards:

Fold 3
"Do you have an ancestor who received a U.S. Army or Navy pension between 1907 and 1933? Check out Fold3's collection of US Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards!"
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Were Your Ancestors Affected by Disaster? This Site Will Help You Uncover Their Stories:

Family History Daily
"Family History is about more than just finding the names and important dates of those that came before us, it is a quest to discover the narratives of our ancestors lives. But finding that information can be difficult and sometimes requires creative solutions, such as reviewing old newspapers or examining historical events that affected large populations."
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4 Events That Changed Our Ancestors’ Lives Forever, and the Records They Left Behind:

Family History Daily
"When it comes to history and genealogy, the two topics can never be separate. Our ancestors’ daily lives, family connections, and records were influenced by events in history that they could not control – and the aftermath of these historic events often brought about quite a change for those affected.
Let’s take a look at some of the events that may have influenced your American family members over the years as well as some related free resources for researching them."
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Georgia Historic Newspapers

Digital Library of Georgia
"The Georgia Historic Newspapers database is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of Georgia HomePlace. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia."
Search newspaper contents now...

The Best Genealogy Software:

Top Ten Reviews
"Genealogy software's job is to store, organize and chart the family history you have. We ranked software based on features that make the job easier. Before you purchase any genealogy software, it's best to consider what you already know about your family. If you're just beginning to research your family, look for software that connects to online databases. On the other hand, if you already know a significant amount about your family or just want to digitize your records, look for strong reporting and citation options. Below are other aspects to consider as you choose with genealogy software to buy."
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Changing Place Names in Genealogy Research:

LDS Genealogy

"It doesn't take long for a genealogical researcher to find that place names can get rather slippery. Not only are we faced with boundary changes in cities, counties, states and countries, even very local areas can change their names from time to time."
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RootsMagic Updated to Version 7.5.3.0: 

RootsMagic
"We have released an update for RootsMagic 7 users, version 7.5.3.0.  This update adds a few requested features to our Ancestry TreeShare feature, as well as fixing a few bugs."
See what's new...

Computer Club Event:

VGS webmaster, John DeAngelo, will be the guest speaker at The Villages Computer Club meetings on September 1 and repeated on September 8th. I will speak about things you should be aware of before starting your genealogy research. Meetings are at 1:00 p.m. at the La Hacienda Center and Lake Minona respectively.

Tech:

5 Ways to Run Windows Software on a Mac:

How to Geek
"Macs have a thriving ecosystem of software, but some programs still only support Windows. Whether you want to use business software or play Windows PC games, there are many ways to run Windows programs on your Mac."
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Education:

The Missouri Compromise: What Was it and How Did it Contribute to the Civil War?

Ancestral Findings
"The Missouri Compromise was an important factor in the events that led up to the American Civil War. On today’s episode, I’ll talk about how it contributed to the war that was to come."
Listen now... 4.44 minutes

Upcoming Webinars:

Getting Started with Evidentia:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"A quick overview of using Evidentia software to organize and share your research with Legacy Family Tree software. We will cover entering and cataloging your first source, analyzing your evidence, and exporting that evidence for use in Legacy Family Tree."
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Edward A. Thompson
Learn more or Register for this webinar...