Sunday, October 21, 2018

VGS News & Events: 21 October 2018 through 27 October 2018

Coming Events:
Monday: October 22, 2018
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: Review of some of the new update fixes on Family Tree Maker, then a look at the Epson Scanner with hardware reviews and alternate ways to copy slides.
Tuesday: October 23, 2018
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "Approaches to Preserving Family History," by Tom Sodeman.
Wednesday: October 24, 2018
Fall Virtual Conference
Our guest speaker is Rich Venezia

Session 1 - 9:00 a.m.  “Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins”
Description: Pin down your elusive immigrant ancestor’s place of origin using some well-known – and lesser-known – record sets, ideas, and techniques.

Session 2 - 10:30 a.m.  “Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship”
Description: Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.

Session 3 - 1:00 p.m.  “The Aliens are Coming: USCIS Record Sets”
Description: A-Files? AR-2 Forms? C-Files? Oh my! Wade through the alphabet soup of the record sets the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding.

Session 4 - 2:30 p.m.  “Unsung Immigration Records of NARA: Contextualizing Recent Immigrant Ancestors”
Description: The National Archives (NARA) holds various records about that can provide a treasure trove of information on twentieth-century immigrant ancestors that made America their home. Learn about INS Case and Correspondence Files, Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files, Alien Personal History and Statement forms, and A-Files.

You MUST register for the presentations in order to get the link to join the seminar on the 24th.
Registration is now open... 

Note: There is no monthly meeting in October due to this conference.  You can attend any of these presentations with the one registration.  Unable to attend? The presentations will be available online the day after the event.
Gen News and Announcements:

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Results Showing she has Native American Heritage:

NBC News
"Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has faced repeated ridicule from President Donald Trump for claiming that she is of Native American descent, released a DNA test on Monday that says there is "strong evidence" to back up her claim."
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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American DNA Results: What They Mean

DNAeXplained
"Unfortunately, these results are being interpreted in a variety of ways by different individuals, in some cases to support a particular political position. I’m presenting the science, without the politics."
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Countless Americans Never Returned Home After War: Find Their Burial Records Here...

Family History Daily
"Looking for information about a family member who passed away while serving in a conflict can certainly present unique challenges for the family history researcher. In addition to the sense of loss that comes with knowing your family member’s life ended too soon, the act of finding the true story of their service can be daunting task, especially if the loved one’s remains were never returned to the United States."
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Citing Sources Without Stressing Out:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Citing sources is one of those things in genealogy research that tends to make us kind of kind of twitchy. We know we should be doing it and we want to do them right... so we tend to stress out about it. But there is a key to thinking about citing sources—and it won't raise our blood pressure."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 8, 2018

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with almost 1.7 million new searchable names from France and almost 2 million names from Native American Census Rolls, 1885-1940. New indexed records are also available from Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States (Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, and the Mexican War Pension Index). New indexed records are also on the BillionGraves Index and the Find a Grave Index."
Search now...

Incorrect U.S. Census Information—When the Census Taker Gets It Wrong:

FamilySearch
"From the very first census, incorrect census information has been a concern. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both speculated that the population of the country was higher than the 3.9 million counted in the 1790 census.2 Although early censuses recorded comparatively few names and gave a basic population count, more recent census records have much more information about individuals and households. As you search U.S. census records, understanding census errors can help you with your family history."
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Ancestry Product Update: Get a Link to Share Your Tree...

Ancestry
"We’ve added a new feature to our Family Tree sharing options to make it even easier than ever to invite friends and family to collaborate."
Continue reading...

Technology:

Microsoft Is Killing Skype Classic on November 1, and Here’s Why People Are Upset:

How-to-Geek
"After some delays, Microsoft is finally going to kill Skype Classic on November 1. If you’re a Skype user, you’ll have to upgrade from Skype 7 to Skype 8 or stop using Skype. Here’s what’s different, and why people are upset."
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Education:

22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference

You’re invited to the 22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 9am – 4:00pm. We are one of the largest family history conferences on the East Coast of the United States! This east coast event brings world-class speakers from all over the country to help you find your family’s history! Our goal is to bring you the latest news on where to find information on your ancestors as well as big, new changes to Internet research sites.

Location: We are proudly holding the conference again at OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL at 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835.

Our Keynote Speaker again this year features Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry.com!!
Learn more including how to register, cost and bus info...

Webinars:

True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"MyHeritage has brought together many long lost relatives thanks to DNA Matching technology and a huge database of family trees and historical records. In this webinar, our research team will present a few of our favorite heartwarming reunions."
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land,  military, and other records and how to access them."
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Researching your French and Indian War Ancestor:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Learn how to properly research a French and Indian War ancestor."
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Sunday, October 14, 2018

VGS News & Events: 14 October 2018 through 20 October 2018

Coming Events:
Monday: October 15, 2018
Mobile Device Apps for the Family Historian:  Learn More...
Register here...
A Monday Evening Event

Wednesday: October 17, 2018
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: October 18, 2018
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: October 19, 2018
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

DNA: Can siblings have different ethnicity estimates?

MyHeritage
"It comes as no surprise that when two siblings are DNA tested, their results will usually be similar. What is surprising to many people, though, is how two siblings (not twins) with exactly the same parents and ancestors can receive different ethnicity results. After all, identical ancestors should give identical ethnicity estimates, right?
Well, it’s not that simple."
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What You Will and Will Not Learn by Taking a DNA Test for Ancestry:

Family History Daily
"As more and more people choose to test their DNA in an attempt to better understand their family’s past, a lot of questions are popping up about what a genetic test can and can not tell you about your ancestry.
In this article we’ll go over some things you will learn by testing yourself, or your family members, and some things you won’t be able to uncover unless you combine your results with traditional genealogy research."
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New US Navy Records and More!

Lacey Cooke
"U.S. Naval correspondence letters top the list this week of new genealogy collections available online. Fold3 has two brand new collections of fascinating letters that could be a wonderful resource for anyone searching for their ancestors serving in the Navy. Also this week are two new Denmark Census Records collections and more new German vital records for you to explore. "
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Why Should You Consider Testing Older Relatives Before Exploring Your Own Genetic Genealogy? 

The In-Depth Genealogist
"Why should you consider testing older relatives before exploring your own genetic genealogy? The answer lies in genetic inheritance patterns. There are four types of genetic inheritance patterns which genetic genealogists apply to family history research: mtDNA, Y-DNA, X-DNA and autosomal DNA."
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Half or full… Yes, DNA can usually tell the difference

The Legal Genealogist
"It’s one of the most common questions people have about DNA testing. Just this past week two different people wrote in to The Legal Genealogist with some variation on the theme.
Can a basic genealogical DNA test tell the difference between half-siblings and full siblings?"
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Technology:

Microsoft Pulls the Windows 10 October 2018 Update for Deleting Files:

How-to-Geek
"Bug in Windows 10’s Latest Update Might Be Deleting Files, Back Up Your Data Now.
Over on Microsoft’s support site, they’ve updated with a note saying they are pausing the update while they look into the issue more—and they say very clearly that if you have already downloaded the update, you should not install it for now."
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Microsoft Explains Why Windows 10’s October 2018 Update Was Deleting People’s Files

How-to-Geek
"Microsoft halted the Windows 10 October 2018 Update because it was deleting some people’s files. Now, Microsoft has fixed the problem and explained what happened."
Continue reading...

Education:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Whether you are new to genealogy or a veteran, your work can only benefit from a refresher in these basic genealogy do’s and don’ts. Today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast I’ll share the things you need to know to make your work shine."
Listen now...  7.57 minutes

Webinars:
Monday, October 15
Mobile Device Apps for the Family Historian  (VGS Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Presented By: Jane Gwynn Haldeman
Presentation Description: The Star Trek generation has grown up and the future is now. Learn about smart phone and other mobile applications that you hold in your hand that will help you with your genealogy data collection. Carry your searchable family tree everywhere with you in your pocket.
Presenters Bio:  Jane G. Haldeman is a Chicago-area based professional genealogist and owner of It’s Relative, www.itsrelative.net, with more than 25 years of research experience. She lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and nationally.  She is the Co-Chair for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference and was their 2016 Conference Registration Chair. She is a former president of both the Illinois State Genealogical Society and Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, Illinois, and the author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. Jane may be reached info@itsrelative.net and genealogy@mindsafire.com.

Please register for the webinar at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8025421526168660483

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Jane has given us permission to record her presentation. After the live broadcast, it will be available in the Members Only section of the VGS website for 90 days.

Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Have you ever wondered why your ancestor decided to emigrate, how they got there, or how they knew where to go? The answers to these questions could have come from an emigrant guide. Emigrant guides contain instructions and advice for those interested or planning to emigrate. They are useful for gaining insight into the whys and hows of an ancestor's preparation, journey, and settlement in a new  land."
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Julie P. Miller, CG, CGL
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Few events in America have had the impact of the California Gold Rush and the desire to have a better life; an event that lasted seven short years. The Gold Rush swelled the population of California by the hundreds of thousands. And, it was all for the little flecks of gold that shone so brightly. People rushed in from all over the world. Did it beckon your ancestors, too?"
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
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Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and...

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Learn about the repatriation program and the techniques genealogists use to locate family members and DNA reference samples for missing service members from past conflicts. Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogy."
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Jeanne Bloom, CG
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Deeper Analysis: Techniques for Successful Problem Solving

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"The Genealogical Proof Standard states that analysis and correlation of data is necessary before we can say something is proven, but what techniques are best? Many people collect information but don't know how to manipulate it for evidence analysis. Spreadsheets, timelines, maps, charts and tables are a few of the techniques that will be discussed to pull out evidence needed to answer research questions."
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:30 a.m.
Presenter: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
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John Jacob Kramer: Case Study of Mistaken Identity among Revolutionary War Soldiers

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Men of the same name is a constant challenge for every serious researcher. In the case of recognized Revolutionary patriot John Jacob Kramer, we discover how this one man's identity was actually compiled from three separate and distinct men. We will review military records, family lore, congressional papers, and more to unravel the tangle of mistaken identity passed down through the generations."
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
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Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Information hidden below the surface or totally absent helps researchers reconstruct events, identities, and relationships that no record specifies. Such hidden information is indirect or negative evidence. This session discusses the qualities of both kinds of evidence, which are easily misunderstood. It also describes uses of indirect and negative evidence, and it gives examples of applying  those uses to solving genealogical problems."
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.
Presenter: Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL
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The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"The “best evidence” rule in law requires the presentation in court of an original rather than a copy, and a copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, choose in favor of, prefer certain types of evidence to others, certain bits of information to others, certain sources to others. So... just how do we do that?
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

VGS News & Events: 7 October 2018 through 13 October 2018

Coming Events:
Monday: October 8, 2018
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "The A,B,C's of Adding a New Person to Your Tree" How to add a new person, entering dates and locations, entering facts to this new person and how to source the facts that you have entered. Once your information is entered, what can be found in different reports the software can produce and what you can do with those reports.
Tuesday: October 9, 2018
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: “Gathering Data in a Spreadsheet”, presented by Tom Sodeman
Wednesday: October 10, 2018
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: October 11, 2018
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Thursday: October 12, 2018
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Preserving Family History: Getting Past Data" - presented by Thomas Sodeman
Friday: October 13, 2018
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: "DNA Show & Tell"

Gen News and Announcements:

22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference

You’re invited to the 22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 9am – 4:00pm. We are one of the largest family history conferences on the East Coast of the United States! This east coast event brings world-class speakers from all over the country to help you find your family’s history! Our goal is to bring you the latest news on where to find information on your ancestors as well as big, new changes to Internet research sites.

Location: We are proudly holding the conference again at OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL at 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835.

Our Keynote Speaker again this year features Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry.com!!
Learn more including how to register, cost and bus info...

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 24, 2018

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with almost 4 million new searchable names from England and Wales, taken from the National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957. New indexed records are also available from Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Lesotho, Liberia, and the United States (Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia)."
Search now...

The Leeds Method

DNAeXplained
"This is the first in a series of two articles. This article explains the Leeds Method and how I created a Leeds Spreadsheet in preparation for utilizing the results in DNAPainter. I stumbled around a bit, but I think I’ve found a nice happy medium and you can benefit from my false starts by not having to stumble around in the dark yourself. Of course, I’m telling you about the pitfalls I discovered."
Continue reading...

DNAPainter: Painting Leeds Method Matches

DNAeXplained
"This is the second in a series of two articles. This article explains the Leeds Method (see above) and how I could use a painting technique to paint additional segments of my chromosomes.
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Ancestry vs MyHeritage vs Findmypast: What’s the Difference and Which One is Best?

Family History Daily
"Although we love free genealogy sites here at Family History Daily, and have spent a large amount of time curating collections of no-cost resources for you, we also love and use paid genealogy subscription sites every day. These sites often offer unique collections of records, powerful tools, and a lot of convenience."
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Finding Mexican Roots: Tips from Colleen Greene

Amy Johnson Crow
"Doing Mexican genealogy has its own set of challenges (even beyond the language barrier). Colleen Greene, a noted Mexican genealogy expert, shares her tips for finding your ancestor's hometown and major record groups you'll want to use. She also explains the structure of Hispanic surnames."
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Technology:

Windows 10’s October 2018 Update is Out Now: The Best Features and How to Get It:

How-to-Geek
"Microsoft released Windows 10’s October 2018 Update on October 2, 2018. Your PC may not automatically install this update for a few weeks, but you can download it now to get the latest features immediately."
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Education:

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Records:

Ancestral Findings
"Marriage records are one of the top three most basic record types in genealogy, along with Death and Birth records. If you haven’t used marriage records in your research yet, you should, and it’s time to start."
Listen now...  8.58 minutes

Webinars:

On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this webinar, you will learn how to use your mobile device to expand your family history research. From recording your family's story to sharing your discoveries, your mobile device has a wealth of tools that allow you to continue your research wherever you are."
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
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In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"I always knew my brother was adopted. It wasn't a big deal within our little family.. So when our Mother passed, and the adoption files were uncovered after more than 50 years in the back of a closet, I couldn't have imagined the journey we'd embark on. Pull up a chair. I'll tell you the story....genealogy research and all."
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Beth Foulk
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Strategies for Using FamilySearch

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"As one of the go-to resources for research Family Search is an amazing site that few take the time to explore. Learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more."
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett
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Coming Soon - Monday, October 15
Mobile Device Apps for the Family Historian  (VGS Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Presented By: Jane Gwynn Haldeman
Presentation Description: The Star Trek generation has grown up and the future is now. Learn about smart phone and other mobile applications that you hold in your hand that will help you with your genealogy data collection. Carry your searchable family tree everywhere with you in your pocket.
Please register for the webinar at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8025421526168660483


Saturday, September 29, 2018

VGS News & Events: 30 September 2018 through 6 October 2018

Reminders:
Monday: October 1, 2018
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Topic: "Jewish Given Names and Surnames"  Phil Goldsmith
Monday: October 1, 2018
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Tuesday: October 2, 2018
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Tuesday: October 2, 2018
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topics: How did the Ancestry DNA change your findings?  Libraries, On Line Sites and of course Brick Walls
Wednesday: October 3, 2018
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Topic: The Immigration of Our Early Ancestors to New France” by Geri Schembari
Thursday: October 4, 2018
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: October 5, 2018
British SIG Meeting:
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center

Did you miss the September General Monthly Meeting or the September Evening Webinar?  You can hear the meeting and watch the presentation on our website.  Log-in under "Members Only"  Once you have logged in you will get a list of menu options, select "Webinar & Meetings"  The handout(s) are also there...

Gen News & Announcements:

22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference

You’re invited to the 22nd Annual Florida Family History Conference on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 9am – 4:00pm. We are one of the largest family history conferences on the East Coast of the United States! This east coast event brings world-class speakers from all over the country to help you find your family’s history! Our goal is to bring you the latest news on where to find information on your ancestors as well as big, new changes to Internet research sites.

Location: We are proudly holding the conference again at OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL at 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835.

Our Keynote Speaker again this year features Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry.com!!
Learn more including how to register, cost and bus info...

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 10, 2018

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with over 1 million indexed records from England and Wales from the National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957. New additions also include content from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Liberia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and the United States, including information from the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Border Crossings from Canada to the United States and World War I Americana Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919. New records are also available from the Billion Graves Index."
Search now...

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of September 17, 2018

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with over 1.7 million indexed immigrants and passenger lists records from Australia. New additions also include content from Colombia, England, France, Italy, Peru, Sweden, Wales, and the United States (California, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, New Mexico, and border crossings from Canada to United States)."
Search now...

Finally, Ancestry’s New Ethnicity Estimates:

Kitty Cooper
"We all got an email from Ancestry announcing new ethnicity reports for everyone. Adding five times the reference populations plus a better algorithm that can often indicate the modern countries. This time I really do have the new ancestry composition estimates!"
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Figuring Out An Ancestor’s Actual Birth Year:

Kitty Cooper
"Records that include your ancestor’s birth year are not necessarily accurate. Most records before the modern computerized era have self-reported ages, from censuses to marriage records, so often show incorrect information."
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Ancestry.com’s “Location Traps” Are Causing Researchers to Miss Important Records:

Family History Daily
"While just about all of us have used Ancestry.com at some point, very few have really uncovered everything they can from Ancestry's massive databases. With so many records and resources it is incredibly easy for vital records to get buried. You might be surprised by how many brick walls are broken down and "missing" records located by utilizing a new set of advanced tips and search tricks."
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Why Searching for Your Ancestors by Full Name Can Sometimes Be the Worst Way to Find Them:

Family History Daily
"As any experienced genealogist will tell you, names seldom play by the rules. Our ancestors’ monikers were often misspelled, shortened, abbreviated, confused, changed and even left out of records completely."
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2 Updates to MyHeritage DNA Upload You Need to Know:

Genealogy Gems
"We’re happy to announce another industry first from MyHeritage! We now support the upload of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files, in addition to supporting data uploads from all major DNA testing services, including Ancestry, 23andMe (prior to V5) and Family Tree DNA (Family Finder)."
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Tech:

Google Maps is Renaming Entire Neighborhoods:

How-to-Geek
"Google is a powerful company, but did you know it can rename entire areas of a city, seemingly accidentally?
Jack Nicas, writing for the New York Times, outlines several instances this has happened. Here’s one:"
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Education:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Whether you are new to genealogy or a veteran, your work can only benefit from a refresher in these basic genealogy do’s and don’ts. Today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast I’ll share the things you need to know to make your work shine."
Listen now... 7.57 minutes

Webinar(s):

Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been collecting genealogical information since 1890 to support both the application process for membership and to honor the service of Patriots. The Society operates a marvelous library in Washington, DC. Over the last few years they have scanned and provided public access to extensive online resources."
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this series, Legacy’s Geoff Rasmussen will guide you through the step-by-steps of properly adding genealogy documents, citations, and digital media to your Legacy Family Tree 9 software. Each class is based on a different chapter in his popular book, Legacy 9 Unlocked: Techniques, Tips and Step-By-Steps for Using Legacy Family Tree to Record Your Genealogy. Watch them in order if you want to  follow the mystery or jump around to capture the instructions."
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Saturday, September 22, 2018

VGS News & Events: 23 September 2018 through 29 September 2018

Reminders:
Monday: September 24, 2018
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "Methods of repairing Ancestry files and the effects on Genealogy Software using Sync"
Tuesday: September 25, 2018
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News & Announcements:

Our First Live Broadcast of our General Monthly Meeting Was A Huge Success:

The VGS
On Wednesday September 19, 2018, The VGS using our own GotoMeeting platform, presented our first live general monthly meeting to our membership. We had approximately 135 members present at the meeting and another 55 in attendance online. Several additional members have already viewed the meeting after it was posted to our website. In addition to the membership meeting, the presentation "Creating Google Map Tours" was presented by Karin A. Fortin.  Members can view the entire meeting by logging into the "Members Only" section of our website. Select the "Webinar & Meetings" menu option.

Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network, Ancestry Unveils More Detailed and Precise Ethnicity Estimates Than Ever Before:

Ancestry
"Today, we announce that Ancestry will deliver ethnicity estimates with increased precision to its customers, through a new algorithm that analyzes longer segments of genetic information, marking an important evolution in the way we interpret DNA data. Having built and expanded our DNA reference panel, we have a better understanding of genetic signatures globally, can break down geographic ethnicity estimates with greater specificity and give you a more detailed picture of your origins."
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Ancestry.com Changed How It Determines Ethnicity And People Are Upset:

Detroit Free Press
"After Ancestry rolled out a new update to its ethnicity estimate system last week, users noticed dramatic changes in their ethnic profiles — some of which is inaccurate, customers say."
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Index to New York State Births (Outside of New York City), 1881-1942

Reclaim The Records
"In September 2017, Reclaim The Records made a new FOIL request of the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), asking for the first-ever public copy of the basic index to all births in New York State (minus New York City). In September 2018, after a year of working and waiting and e-mailing and finally receiving the records, we went public with the news that we had won, and published the records online."
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MyHeritage Step by Step Guide: How to Upload-Download DNA Files

DNA eXplained

"In this Upload-Download Series, we’ll cover each major vendor:
  • How to download raw data files from the vendor
  • How to upload raw data files to the vendor, if possible
  • Other mainstream vendors where you can upload this vendor’s files"
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Are You Making the Direct-Line Mistake in Your Family Tree?

Family History Daily
"One of the most common research mistakes that family historians make when building their tree (especially for the first time) is also one of the most limiting and potentially detrimental. We like to call it the Direct-Line Mistake, and its effect on your research is pretty huge."

Citrus County Genealogical Society Meeting October 9

The Citrus County Genealogical Society will meet October 9 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto. 
"The speaker, Debbie Smyth, a professional genealogist from Palm Harbor, will present "Indirectly Evident: Finding William's Parents." Challenges arise in identifying parental relationships when the time period lacks traditional birth and death records. Research is further complicated by early marriage records that did not name parents. A genealogist must rely on the analysis and correlation of many sources to reach a conclusion. This presentation will explore a case study using indirect evidence to arrive at a conclusion for the parents of William. Guests are welcome to attend. For information call Mary Ann Machonkin at 382-5515 or go to www.citrusgenealogy.com

Tech:

All the Best Microsoft Excel Keyboard Shortcuts:

How-to-Geek
"Even if you’re familiar with Microsoft Excel, you might be surprised by the number and variety of keyboard shortcuts you can use to speed up your work and generally make things more convenient."
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Education:

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Census Records

Ancestral Findings
"The U.S. Federal Census is one of the best-known tools for researching your family history. Whether you are a novice or a veteran of using the census, there is always more to learn about this fascinating recordset. Today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast I’ll give you the five top questions genealogists of all levels have about the census, and their answers."
Listen now...  8.53 minutes

Webinar(s):

Importance of Newspapers for Family Research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Newspapers are a key tool to get information about families in all kind of announcements; but not everybody knows how and where to access them. But the most recent revolution in newspaper technology was done with MyHeritage's Record Matching new technology, designed to automatically find historical records for families in newspapers, comparing important meta-data like places and dates. Learn how  this technology works and how it benefits the users and the newspapers as well."
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz
Learn more or Register for this webinar...