Monday, March 30, 2020

MyHeritage News

FREE Access To All US Census Records At MyHeritage!

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

VGS News & Events: March 29 through April 4, 2020

Coming Events:
All VGS Meetings Canceled this Week
French-Canadian SIG Meeting Canceled
Eastern European SIG Meeting Canceled
British Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled

Gen News and Announcements:

Enjoy Free and Unlimited Access to MyHeritage In Color™

MyHeritage
"MyHeritage launched MyHeritage In Color™ — a breakthrough new feature that automatically colorizes your black and white photos in seconds!"
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 16 March 2020

FamilySearch
"Browse nearly 2 million newly indexed newspaper obituaries this week on FamilySearch.org and 3M more indexed WWII draft records and images from the United States (for California, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Utah).  US Vital records were added from AL CA, DC, HI, IA, KS, LA, ME, MA, MN, MI, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI. Collections were also expanded for England, South Africa, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ireland, American Samoa, Jamaica, Chile, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Sierra Leone.  "
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Connect While Social Distancing: Join the FamilySearch Live Community

FamilySearch
"We at FamilySearch are excited to share an upcoming new live social media series. This series will be an opportunity for the family history community to connect virtually and interact while many are practicing social distancing, quarantining, or even self-isolating."
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33 Productive Things You Can Do at Home:

FamilySearch
"Staying in the house can quickly start to feel repetitive or mundane. When you find productive things to do at home and you’re purposeful with your time, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish!"
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Reflections on Genealogy in the year of the Pandemic 2020:

Genealogy's Star
"The main effect of the current pandemic on my personal lifestyle is that what little interpersonal social contact I had before has now been decreased to almost zero. For example, I have been asked hundreds of times if I ever sleep. Well, here I am again in the middle of the night typing away."
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Technology:

Working From Home? 5 Ways to Show Your PC Some Love

How-To Geek
"Whether you’re under self-quarantine or government-mandated isolation, it’s a great time to catch up on any goals you haven’t had time to pursue. Or, you could just take care of your PC."
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Education:

Use Default Settings:

Ancestry 5 Minute Find
"This week's 5-Minute Find focuses on search and the "Use Default Settings" links on the Advanced Search form. Juliana Szucs Smith teaches you how that little link can make a big difference in your searches."
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Webinars:

‘Stop Thief!’: British Crimes and Punishment

Legacy Family Tree
"This seminar begins by discussing the big picture question of the British criminal justice system, including the contemporary attitudes to criminals and the policy of transporting them abroad. It then covers the types of records that deal with the crimes and punishments of British criminals."
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Carol Baxter
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Betty Jeans Story - Forensic Genealogy, DNA and Adoption:

Legacy Family Tree
"Betty Jean was abandoned in Asheville, NC in 1927. All her life Betty Jean wanted to know who her parents were, but her search ended abruptly in the 1950s when she was shown her very empty files by a clerk at the courthouse. Until her cousin contacts her asking about some family papers. "You know I am adopted?" and the cousin answered, "you know, helping adoptees find their families is one thing my business does?" Follow along as we work the history, we find connections and ultimately find Betty Jean’s Family."
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Mags Gaulden
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

VGS News & Events: March 22 through March 28, 2020

Coming Events:
The Following Meetings Canceled this Week
Technology SIG Meeting Canceled
Midwest SIG Meeting Canceled
Family History Expo Canceled
Wednesday: March 25, 2020
Online Virtual Expo Replaces Canceled Family History Expo
9:30 am to 3:45 pm
Right from the convenience of your home...
  • You can register for as many of the presentations as you wish, but you need to register individually for each one that you want to attend.
  • You will receive an email with and “join” button for each presentation you’re registered for.
  • There will be door prizes after some of the presentations.
  • You must be registered for that presentation to win.
  • Many presenters will be offering discount codes for their products during their presentations. You will need to attend the presentations to receive the discount codes.
  • Cost: FREE!
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - "Your DNA Guide: Plans for Finding Answers in Your DNA" with Diahan Southard

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. - "5 Steps to Tackling Your Photos- Indentification and Organization" with Maureen Taylor
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3969024076574102541

11:00 to 11:30 a.m. -  "Finding the Right German Place!" with Jim Beidler 
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - "2020 Trends for Displaying Your Family History" with Janet Hovorka
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7446572647043630605
 
12:15 to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. -  "You CAN Read the Old German Handwriting: Exclusive Peek at the Fun-Filled Online Course" with Katherine Schober
Registration:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8889936745197318413

01:45 to 2:15 p.m. - "Create Your Story" with Rick Voight
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7356235672193992461

02:30 to 3:00 p.m. - "What's New in Family Tree Maker" with Mark Olsen 
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1949942495977570317

03:15 to 3:45 p.m. - "Visiting Georgia--Find Your Ancestors!" with Karen Molohon
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2858439267194991117

Gen News and Announcements:

NOTICE: Temporary Family History Library Closure:

FamilySearch
"Out of concern for the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will temporarily close starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. This closure is to support preventive efforts to control the spread of COVID-19."
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Opportunity Knocking:

The Legal Genealogist
"All of the events where The Legal Genealogist was to speak have been cancelled into early May, and it’s almost certain that there will be more cancellations ahead.
Which means…
All of a sudden there’s time on my hands." And your hands too!
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A Reading List to Stay at Home With:

Kitty Cooper
"Since you are all carefully practicing social distancing in order to do your part to slow this pandemic, I put together some DNA focused reading recommendations. I am very grateful to my kindle app which makes it easy to get books."
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620 Free Online School Record Collections from the Mid West States:

The Ancestor Hunt
"Those can be found on the Yearbooks Page. I'm talking about actual school records, such as enrollment, attendance, and grade reports for example. These are interesting source documents because they might record the students age, birth date and location, and possibly their parents names."
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5 Things You Need to Know About Researching UK Ancestors:

Family History Daily
"When we ponder exploring jolly old Great Britain and Northern Ireland with its pastures of green, sprinkled with ancient castles and quaint village cottages, it may seem like a research slam-dunk for any seasoned genealogist. Why not? Their history goes back for hundreds upon hundreds of years. Plus, their native language is English, right?"

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:

Alternate Sources for Death Records:

Ancestry 5 Minute Find
"What do you do when you can't find your ancestor's death record? There are other records that can help. Amy Johnson Crow shows several examples of alternate sources for civil death registrations."
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Webinars:

Using Fold3.com to Your Advantage

Legacy Family Tree
"With every subscription service, there are nuances. What is free? What will you have to pay for? How can I best use this tool, efficiently, but effectively? Where are their mistakes? How can I find what I need, even when I cannot seem to find it? Come learn my tricks about Fold3.com."
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Online Virtual Expo

Wednesday, March 25
Online Virtual Expo  (Monthly Meeting)
9:30 am to 3:45 pm
Right from the convenience of your home...
  • You can register for as many of the presentations as you wish, but you need to register individually for each one that you want to attend.
  • You will receive an email with and “join” button for each presentation you’re registered for.
  • There will be door prizes after some of the presentations.
  • You must be registered for that presentation to win.
  • Many presenters will be offering discount codes for their products during their presentations. You will need to attend the presentations to receive the discount codes.
  • Cost: FREE!
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - "Your DNA Guide: Plans for Finding Answers in Your DNA" with Diahan Southard

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. - "5 Steps to Tackling Your Potos- Indentification and Organization" with Maureen Taylor
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3969024076574102541

11:00 to 11:30 a.m. -  "Finding the Right German Place!" with Jim Beidler 
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - "Family Chartmasters" with Janet Hovorka
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7446572647043630605

12:15 to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. -  "You CAN Read the Old German Handwriting: Exclusive Peek at the Fun-Filled Online Course" with Katherine Schober
Registration:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8889936745197318413
01:45 to 2:15 p.m. - "Create Your Story" with Rick Voight
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7356235672193992461 
02:30to 3:00 p.m. - "What's New in Family Tree Maker" with Mark Olsen 
03:15 to 3:45 p.m. - "Visiting Georgia--Find Your Ancestors!" with Karen Molohon

Saturday, March 14, 2020

VGS News & Events: March 15 through March 21, 2020

Coming Events:
Wednesday: March 18, 2020
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting Canceled
Wednesday: March 18, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday: March 19, 2020
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Friday: March 20, 2020
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: March 20, 2020
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting Canceled

Gen News and Announcements:


The VGS EXPO Has Been Canceled:


A Message From The President:
We're disappointed to have to announce that The Villages Genealogy EXPO, which was set to be held 25 March 2020 at the Savannah Center, has been canceled. In recent days, major vendors have canceled their attendance because of corporate "no travel" policies during the period of uncertainty about the coronavirus. Other vendors canceled because of personal health concerns, while some vendors expressed concern that possible low attendance numbers would make it economically unfeasible for them to be part of the EXPO. Out of concern for the physical and economic health of our vendors and for the health of our fellow genealogists in The Villages and the surrounding Central Florida area, we made the decision to cancel the event.

We are currently attempting to put together a Virtual EXPO for March 25th.  Stay tuned for more information!

Patricia Adams
President

She Got a Hysterectomy Because of Family History. Then She Found Out She Was Adopted:

elemental
"Consumer genetic testing is resulting in some truly traumatic medical surprises..."

More Than One Online Family Tree? Pros and Cons

Genealogy's Star
"One of the tragedies of modern genealogical research is the fragmentation of the huge collections of digital online genealogically valuable resources."

Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 1 to 7 March 2020

Genea-Musings
"The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on Ancestry.com during the period from 1 to 7 March 2020:"

125 Free Online School Record Collections from the New England States:

The Ancestor Hunt
"Do you research school records? I'm not talking about yearbooks. Those can be found on the Yearbooks Page. I'm talking about actual school records, such as enrollment, attendance, and grade reports for example. These are interesting source documents because they might record the students age, birth date and location, and possibly their parents names."
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Order a Pre-Adoption Birth Certificate from NYC:

NYC Health
"You can now request a copy of a pre-adoption long-form birth certificate for an adopted person who was born in New York City."
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5 Tips for Finding Women’s Obituaries:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Obituaries can be rich in genealogical details. However, finding them for our female ancestors can be tricky, especially if you're searching in digitized newspapers. Here are 5 tips to help you find women's obituaries."
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Technology:

How to Save a PDF to Your iPhone or iPad:

How-To Geek
"While browsing the web, it’s common to run into PDF files that you’d like to save to your iPhone or iPad for later viewing. Here’s how to do it."
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Education:

Five Things You Should Do With Every Record:

Ancestry 5 Minute Find
"Sometimes we get so excited when we find that new record, we forget to do what we should with it. Spend 5 minutes with Anne Gillespie Mitchell and learn the 5 steps to get the most from any record."
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Webinars:

Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report:

Legacy Family Tree
"This lecture provides practical examples of reporting on, analyzing, correlating and integrating information from documentary and genetic sources in a Research Report. The focus will be on meeting Standards detailed in Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition."
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Karen Stanbary, CG
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Top 5 resources to expand your Spanish Genealogical Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"Genealogical research in Spain can pose a number of challenges for any researcher: there's the linguistic barrier, the lack of centralised records in Spain, a lack of understanding of how Spanish resources are organised and how they can be accessed. This webinar will explore the top 5 resources which any researcher, amateur or professional, will find essential if they want to take their research further, and start knocking down those Spanish brick walls!"
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Daniel Smith-Ramos
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