Thursday, July 27, 2017

VGS Latest News & Tips: 27 July 2017

Gen News:

Why can mailboxes only be used for U.S. mail?

OUP Blog
"It is against Federal law to put anything in a mailbox, “on which no postage has been paid,” and if caught doing so a person could be fined up to $5,000 and an organization $10,000. Called the Mailbox Restriction Law, most countries do not have such legislation. But there is more."
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Is AncestryDNA helpful for Jewish Genealogy?

Ancestry
"Autosomal DNA testing has become a standard tool used by many genealogists, and it has helped people discover unknown Jewish ancestry. But using autosomal DNA in Jewish research is filled with challenges, due in large part to the Jewish Diaspora and a long history of endogamy (marrying solely within one’s community)."
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Go Fishing with Cousin Bait:

Ancestry
"Are you making it easy for cousins and fellow genealogists to find your family photos in an Ancestry online photo gallery? Genealogy bloggers often use “cousin bait” to catch relatives searching the internet for family names, but did you know that Ancestry Public Member Trees can help catch cousins too?"
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Tech:

All the Cloud Storage Services That Offer Free Storage:

How-to-Geek
"Cloud storage is the dream of the post-PC, mobile-focused tech world…but we’re not quite there yet. There’s a limit to what you can get for free, especially if you go with one of the major services. Here’s an exhaustive list of all the cloud storage and photo services we could find across the web that have at least some free storage options. Use them all at once to save a million Steam games, or just find the best one with the biggest bucket for your most important files."
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Should You Buy a Battery-Powered Wi-Fi Cam?

How-to-Geek
"Most Wi-Fi cams require that you plug them into an outlet to keep them powered on, but advancements in batteries and energy savings over the last couple of years have led to the popularity of battery-powered Wi-Fi cams. The big question is: are they worth it?"
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Education:

Irish Records Search Demo:

FindMyPast
"Use this handy video to guide you through accessing and searching the largest collection of Irish family history records anywhere online, at Findmypast."
Watch video... 8.10 minutes

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: 26 July 2017

Reminders:
Today: July 26, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Today: July 26, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Podcast: "10 Tools for Your Genealogy Research That You Never Thought You'd Need"Topic: "Latest Update on Leesburg Library and FamilySearch Microfilm"
Presentation: 
“Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace.” by VP Annette Burke Lyttle

Gen News:

4 Places for Missouri Research: Tips from Pro Genealogist Kathleen Brandt:

Amy Johnson Crow
"If your genealogy research takes you to Missouri, professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt has 4 places you need to check out. Show me the records! (It is the Show Me State, after all... )"
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Ask Ancestry Anne: Where Is My Native American DNA?:

Ancestry Anne
"Question: I recently had my DNA analyzed and was surprised when the results did not show any evidence of my Cherokee connection.
Would the traces of the Native American heritage be so minute that they would not be evident anymore?
Answer: The short answer is yes!
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Working at Ancestry:

The Editor
I often hear people talk about the high expense of an ancestry.com and how difficult can it be to put some documents online. Here is a list of 104 job opportunities that ancestry is currently advertising. Maybe this will give you a better incite into what makes this company function.
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Tech:

How to Sort Facebook by “Most Recent” (Instead of “Top Stories”)

How-to-Geek
"By default, Facebook doesn’t show you everything. Instead, it decides what it thinks you want to see based on the things you like, comment on, and what kind of media Facebook wants to promote. If you’d rather see everything, in chronological order, the way Facebook used to be, here’s how to do that."
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Facebook Stole Twitter’s Best Feature and No One Noticed:

How-to-Geek
"It’s the most famous number on the internet: 140. That’s how many characters you can use in a tweet, and it’s as core to Twitter’s brand as #hashtags, Trending Topics, and ignoring harassment victims."
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Education:

Surname Studies: How They Can Help You Find Your Ancestors...

Ancestral Findings
"Often, one of the first places people start looking when they begin their genealogy research is into their surnames. There seems to be a natural desire among beginning genealogists to discover more about their surnames, including their origins, and how many other people in the world share it. There is a common belief that those who share the same surname must surely also share a common ancestor somewhere."
Listen now... 6.43 minutes

Webinar Reminder:

Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"E-mail newsletters, Facebook groups, Google Hangouts, Twitter hashtags, and family Instagram accounts are great places to start a family storytelling challenge, award prizes for who knows the most about Grandma and post pictures for a caption contest. You'll leave with a plan for making your family history fun and strengthening your current family relationships."
Today, July 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: 25 July 2017

Reminders:
Tomorrow: July 26, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Tomorrow: July 26, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Podcast: "10 Tools for Your Genealogy Research That You Never Thought You'd Need"Topic: "Latest Update on Leesburg Library and FamilySearch Microfilm"
Presentation: 
“Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace.” by VP Annette Burke Lyttle

Gen News:

Personnel Records of the First World War:

Canada
"This database combines references to various First World War personnel records. Over the next few years, digitized versions of all of the files will be added to the database references. At present, the database includes digitized files for many individuals of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Newfoundland Forestry Corps (courtesy of the Rooms Provincial Archives). Newly digitized CEF files are added to the references every two weeks."
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The Best Newspaper Site for Your Genealogy:

Amy Johnson Crow
"There are numerous newspapers sites that could be useful for your genealogy research. Many of them would gladly have you as a paid subscriber. But how do you know which one is worth spending your money on? Here's how to find the newspaper site that's best for you."
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Ask A Librarian: When the Genealogy Library Book You REALLY Need Doesn't Circulate:

Amy Johnson Crow
"As much as we'd like to, it isn't always possible to check out that family history book from the library or borrow a copy through inter-library loan. Unlike books by Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, most genealogy books don't have thousands of copies in libraries around the world. Some books are literally one-of-a-kind."
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Tech:

How to Record Your Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iPhone Screen:

How-to-Geek
"Screenshots are great, but sometimes you need to create a video recording to really get your point across. You can record your computer’s desktop, your smartphone’s screen, or your tablet’s display."
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What Is the New Archive Feature in Google Photos?

How-to-Geek
"If you’re a Google Photos user, you’ve may have seen a new feature called “Archive” show up in the app’s sidebar. if not, don’t stress—it’s just now rolling out and not everyone has it yet. Since it’s new, here’s a quick look at what it is, why you want it, and how to use it."
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Education:

Why Citing Sources is Crucial in Genealogy and How to Do it Right:

Ancestral Findings
"Did you know that citing your sources is a crucial part of proper genealogical research? Here's why you should do it, and how to do it correctly
Listen now... 6.31 minutes

Monday, July 24, 2017

VGS Latest News and Tips: 24 July 2017

Gen News:

Third Cousins Twice Removed and Consanguinity: How You are Related to Your Relatives:

Legacy Tree Genealogists
"The Ancestry.com app We’re Related has proven to be a fun novelty sort of parlor game. The app utilizes the information found in your Ancestry online family tree to look for similarly-named individuals in the family trees of various famous people: politicians, actors, musicians, and your Facebook friends."
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Turning Hearts in Ten Minutes a Day:

FamilySearch
"Have you ever made it to the end of the day and wondered, “Where did all my time go?” Does family history frequently get pushed down on your to do list? Are you looking for simple ways to connect with your past and dive into the fun of family history? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then keep reading for five of our favorite fast family history activities. These are perfect for the days when you only have a few minutes to spare."
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How a Professional Genealogist Approaches Brick Wall Problems:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Knocking down a brick wall genealogy problem takes a good strategy. I recently spoke with professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt for tips on how she helps her clients break down brick walls."
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Tech:

Why You Shouldn’t Use SMS for Two-Factor Authentication (and What to Use Instead)

How-to-Geek
"Security experts recommend using two-factor authentication to secure your online accounts wherever possible. Many services default to SMS verification, sending codes via text message to your phone when you try to sign in. But SMS messages have a lot of security problems, and are the least secure option for two-factor authentication."
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How to Burn Any Video File to a Playable DVD:

How-to-Geek
"Streaming may be the most convenient way to watch most movies, but it doesn’t hurt to have a physical copy of your movies or home videos as a fall back. If you want to make a backup copy of your movie collection, or just burn a playable DVD of your own videos, it’s pretty easy—and free. Here’s how to burn videos to a playable disc on Windows and macOS."
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Education:

What Happened to the 1890 Census, and What You Can Use to Fill in Its Blanks?

Ancestral Findings
"What happened to the 1890 census? It may be gone, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on 20 years of your ancestors' lives. Use these records instead."
Listen now... 7.12 minutes

Saturday, July 22, 2017

VGS Reminders: 24 - 28 July, 2017

Reminders:
Wednesday: July 26, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: July 26, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Podcast: "10 Tools for Your Genealogy Research That You Never Thought You'd Need"Topic: "Latest Update on Leesburg Library and FamilySearch Microfilm"
Presentation: 
“Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace.” by VP Annette Burke Lyttle

Gen News:

Analyze Genealogy Records Like a Pro: For the Beginner...

The Genealogy Reporter
"To analyze a genealogy record is part of the Genealogical Proof Standard. By learning and applying this skill to both the record and its information, you will glean clues that may have otherwise been overlooked. Here are a few things to remember when you analyze a genealogy record. [Note: This post is meant to be for the beginner and is touching on one aspect of the GPS in a most basic manner.]"
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Using the Social Security Death Index:

ancestrocloud
"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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Free Family Statistics Tool from MyHeritage:

MyHeritage
"There’s an easy, free way to analyze your family tree for patterns! Discover your ancestors’ average life expectancy, most common first names, how long they stayed married, and more. Share the results at your next family reunion, or use them to understand your family health history just a little bit better. Here’s how."
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Blog Survey:

Thank you to the 73 members who responded to the recent blog survey. Your responses and comments will be reviewed and a decision on the blog's future will be forth coming hopefully before September 1. I will tell you that 82% replied that a weekly blog would work for them. If that is the route that we will take, content for the week would greatly be reduced. Currently, not including meeting and webinar reminders, there are 36 different articles published each week. If we change to a weekly blog, that number will be reduced to about 10 articles per week most likely published on Saturday and repeated on Sunday.

Tech:

How to Change Your Display Name on Twitter:

How-to-Geek
"Unlike Facebook, Twitter has never insisted people user their real names. In fact, there’s a long tradition of people changing their names to a joke or pun because it’s Christmas or Halloween, or just for no reason at all."
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How to Stop Facebook Videos from Automatically Blaring Audio:

How-to-Geek
"In yet another bid to get your attention while browsing Facebook on your mobile device, Facebook now has videos set to automatically play the audio in your news feed. Here’s how to turn that annoying new “feature” off."
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Education:

Genealogy Basics: Death Record Research Advice for Beginners...

Ancestral Findings
"Using death records is a basic part of genealogy research. In fact, for many genealogists, it is the first type of record set they learn to use. This is because death records are readily available to the general public in most cases, and because they usually contain a wealth of important family history information. If you haven't yet learned how to use death records in your genealogy research and don’t know what they can offer you, here’s what you need to know to get started with them."
Listen now... 4.37 minutes

Upcoming Webinars:

Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"E-mail newsletters, Facebook groups, Google Hangouts, Twitter hashtags, and family Instagram accounts are great places to start a family storytelling challenge, award prizes for who knows the most about Grandma and post pictures for a caption contest. You'll leave with a plan for making your family history fun and strengthening your current family relationships."
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Learn more or Register for this webinar...