Saturday, November 18, 2017

VGS News & Events: 19 November 2017 through 25 November 2017

There are no meetings or events this coming week. 

Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Day.

VGS Live Webinar:

VGS
On December 4th at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain, 5 p.m. Pacific) we'll have Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, presenting "Introduction to DNA." Blaine is also going to be one of our speakers on the 2019 VGS genealogy cruise, so if you’re not familiar with him, this is a great way to become so. The webinar will be open to everyone who is a member of VGS, but you do have to register using this link:

"In addition to learning about Y-DNA and mtDNA, we’ll learn about the newest tool available to genealogists, autosomal DNA.  Genealogists can use these tools together with traditional research to explore their ancient ancestry, find genetic relatives, and break through brick walls."

Latest 2019 Cruise Information:

VGS
Download the revised Cruise Information Packet HERE...

Seminar Reminder:

VGS
December 15th will be here before we know it and that's the date when non-members can register to attend our all-day seminar in February.
Register now before all seats are gone.
Download a Seminar Information Packet HERE...

Gen News & Announcements:

Help Preserve the Legacy of our Nation’s Heroes, While We Still Can:

Ancestry
"If you know any veterans who served in the war, add their memories to our collection and help us celebrate the people whose heroism made history. Help us record the story of WWII, as told by the people who lived it."
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Concepts – DNA Recombination and Crossovers:

DNAeXplained
"What is a crossover anyway, and why do I, as a genetic genealogist, care?"
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5 Tips for Using the Meyers Gazetteer:

Lisa Louise Cook
"The Meyers Gazetteer is a comprehensive, indexed map to every place name in the Second German Empire (1871-1918). It’s based on the 1912 book commonly known as “Meyers Orts” or the Meyers Gazetteer:"
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Five Great Records about Your Military Ancestor:

FamilySearch
"You can use various repositories, collections, and websites spanning many conflicts to find your soldier-ancestor. From the Revolution to World War II and later conflicts, chances are you had a family member who served."

What’s New: Map Your Ancestors:

FamilySearch
"I grew up hearing stories about my ancestors. As I learned the details of their lives, I wondered what it would be like to get a glimpse of their world. The Family Tree app recently added a feature that, in some cases, can help that become a reality by allowing you to map key events in your ancestors’ lives directly in the app."
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The Best Historic Cemeteries to Visit Around the World:

NTHP
"Loren Rhoads doesn’t find cemeteries depressing or spooky. Like many preservationists, she loves the contemplative feeling she gets amid the quiet beauty of a historic graveyard. In 2011, she began documenting her cemetery visits on her blog, Cemetery Travel."
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Technology:

16 Finder Shortcuts Every Mac User Should Know:

How-to-Geek
"The Finder seems pretty basic, but there are all kinds of things hidden just below the surface. Whether you want to cut and paste files or jump to a particular folder, it’s all about knowing the right keyboard shortcuts."
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What Does CCleaner Do, and Should You Use It?

How-to-Geek
"These days, it seems like every Windows user has heard about CCleaner. It’s widely recommended, online and offline—but this week, it acted as a piggyback for malware. The real question we should be asking is: do you really need CCleaner in the first place?"
Continue reading...

Education:

Leif Eriksson the Famous Viking Explorer:

Ancestral Findings
"Leif Eriksson was the first known European to set foot in North America, approximately 500 years before Columbus. Join me on today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast and I’ll talk about this Viking's fascinating story."
Listen now... 6.27 minutes

Webinars:

Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Federal records offer genealogical gold with both direct references to our ancestors and rich contextual background information. But it can be daunting to explore record groups that are not readily available online. The wide array of tools includes paper finding aids, preliminary inventories, online indexes, web guides, and published articles, as well as the National Archives Catalog. Malissa will offer a framework and several case studies that highlight the integration of multiple research tools."
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

VGS News & Events: 12 November 2017 through 18 November 2017

Coming Events:
Monday: November 13, 2017
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Tuesday: November 14, 2017
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 AM at the coordinators home.
Topic: "Mirror Trees" by Tami Brooks

Contact the coordinator for location and directions HERE
Tuesday: November 14, 2017
Genealogy Writers SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Presentation: "Grandpa Lurvey": An Ancestor in Historical Context." Guest speaker Dick Coffin
Wednesday: November 15, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
This meeting has been cancelled!
Wednesday: November 15, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM at the Savannah Center
Presentation: “Religious Records and Their Genealogical Use”
Guest Speaker: David McDonald, CG
Wednesday: November 15, 2017
Workshop
1:30 PM at the Savannah Center
Presentation: “Migration to the Midwest and Great Plains”
Guest Speaker: David McDonald, CG
You must register for this Workshop. Click HERE to register...
Thursday: November 16, 2017
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: November 17, 2017
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Reminder: The VGS Annual All-Say Seminar Registration is now open.

February 28, 2018
Complete details and a registration packet HERE...

New: The Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society Seminar

February 16, 2018 in Port Charlotte, Florida
Download a Registration form HERE...
Several members attended last February's seminar and found that the material provided was well-presented, detailed and very helpful.

Gen News & Announcements:

Did You Know That You Can Borrow Books From Internet Archive?

NGS
"I learned that you can “borrow” books for 14 days from the Internet Archive via its Books to Borrow page. In order to do this you must be registered with Internet Archive.  Here is a FAQs page on how you can borrow from the lending library.
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How ‘Photo Detectives’ Have Helped Reveal Irish History:

Atlas Obscura
"With approximately 5.2 million photographs dating from the 19th century on, the National Library of Ireland’s Photographic Archive is thought of as a sort of national family album. But time dulls historical memory, and a lot of information about the people captured in those images has been forgotten.
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Completing Tasks on the FamilySearch Tree Mobile App:

FamilySearch
"There’s a reason family history is so important—taking some time out of each day to turn your heart to your ancestors can enrich your life, establish your identity, and strengthen your family. Thanks to new and constantly advancing technologies that are available today, it has become easier than ever to integrate family history moments into your daily life in simple, rewarding ways."
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11 Tips For Reading Old Handwriting:

FindMyPast
"Paleography, or the study of old handwriting, is an art form, to say the least. Not only does paleography require many years of careful studying and analysis, it is also deeply rooted in history and the understanding of historical documents."
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How to Manage Your Family's Digital Assets:

Dick Eastman
"Now that we have all these digital devices, have we figured out what to do with the fruits of those devices—the mounds of digital files and sources we amass daily, weekly, monthly, yearly? What do we do with all our personal digital content that makes up our digital lives?"
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Your Genealogy Research Could Land Your DNA Results An A Criminal Investigation:

KIRO7 & Dick Eastman
"The article is a bit sensationalist, emphasizing one very small negative in what I believe to be a testing process that is filled with lots of positive stories. Nonetheless, you might want to think about this a bit before submitting a DNA sample."
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FREE ACCESS THIS WEEKEND AT FINDMYPAST! 

Get access to US and UK Military Records November 8-12, 2017
FindMyPast
"Don’t let your family’s military heroes be forgotten. Unearth their remarkable stories in original documents from the US, UK, Ireland and more. Together, we’ll keep their legacies alive."
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Your DNA Has A Story To Share. Now There’s A Better Way To Tell It.

Ancestry
"As we’ve talked to customers about what you want from your AncestryDNA results, your comments and suggestions inspired us to make some changes. So we’ve integrated more of your DNA test data into a single experience we call your DNA Story."
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Technology:

How to Get Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update Now:

How-to-Geek
"Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, but it will be a few months before every PC gets it. If you don’t want to wait, you can download the Fall Creators Update from Microsoft right now."
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What’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:

Windows Blog
"The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is beginning to roll out to Windows 10 customers around the world, and we’re outlining all the great new features available in the update with this blog post and our special episode of This Week on Windows."
Continue reading...

Education:

What is a GEDCOM?

Ancestral Findings
"What is a GEDCOM? It is an important word you will come across a lot in online genealogy. Join me on today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast… now is the ideal time to learn."
Listen now... 5.37 minutes

Webinars:

British and Irish research: The Differences

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Ireland was England's oldest colony, so many assume the records will be the same. They are not precisely because the two country's histories and their relationship to each other were different. We all know about the terrible loss of Irish records, but there are great treasure troves of surviving records which don't exist in England - records about war, rebellion, security and land control. So while there are great obstacles (record loss, language, differing histories), there is a great wealth of resources rarely accessed by genealogists. This talk will examine these differences in records and research techniques between Britain and Ireland, why Irish records were created, or destroyed, and how they can be used to unlock your past."
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Brian Donovan
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

VGS News & Events: 5 November 2017 through 11 November 2017

Coming Events:
Monday: November 6, 2017
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Topic: "My Sephardic Heritage"
Tuesday: November 7, 2017
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: November 8, 2017
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: November 8, 2017
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "Census Records & Immigration"
Thursday: November 9, 2017
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Research Success Stories" -- presenters: Paul Clark and Anne Berg
Friday: November 10, 2017
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: "Genetic Genealogy News"

Gen News & Announcements:

Continued Commitment to Customer Privacy and Control:

Ancestry
"Customers can now decide if they want to have access to the list of people they may be related to and be shown as a potential family member for other customers with whom they share DNA.  While connecting family is one of the main benefits of our service, we also recognize that not everyone is open to discovering their extended family."
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Editor's Note: Be sure to read the comments...

Genealogy Groups & Community Members Unite to Preserve Access to Records:

NYG&B
"On October 24, members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society joined dozens of others from the genealogy community to combat an unacceptable proposal that would greatly restrict access to New York City vital records.
If accepted, the proposal would prevent birth records from becoming publicly accessible until 125 years after their creation, and death records wouldn't be available for 75 years after they were made."
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Looking Back on 500 Years: The Protestant Reformation and Why It Matters to Genealogy Research:

FamilySearch
"The Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago, in 1517, when Martin Luther posted his now-famous 95 theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. With that small act, Luther set off a chain reaction that changed the course of history. For genealogists, that event in 1517 has particular significance. The Protestant Reformation also changed the course of record keeping. Here, we take a look at the movement Martin Luther started 500 years ago and how it affected the world in general—and genealogy research in particular."
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Spread that DNA around:

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist
"Whether we’re dealing with investing for retirement, or making other kinds of plans for the future, having all our hopes rise or fall with a single choice is rarely a good idea.
And nowhere is that more true, for us as genealogists, than when it comes to DNA testing."
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Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for November 2017:

FamilySearch
"The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for November 2017. Participants can attend in person or online."
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New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 16, 2017:

FamilySearch
"Over 40 million new records this week from Finland, Italy, and the Netherlands. Additional records were published from Argentina, Australia, Austria, BillionGraves, Chile, China, Denmark, England, France, Hungary, Massachusetts, South Africa, Spain, and West Virginia. Search these new free records at FamilySearch"
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What’s New: Logged-in Home Page

FamilySearch
"Last year, FamilySearch updated the home page to make it a more personalized experience. These changes put your family memories and recommended tasks front and center, making it easier for you to connect with your ancestors.
We’ve created a video to highlight the new features. You can watch HERE...

2017 Worldwide Indexing Event Results:

FamilySearch
"Over seven million new family history records will now be available on FamilySearch.org thanks to volunteers around the world who participated in the 2017 Worldwide Indexing Event on October 20–22."
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5 Things to Know About Your Ancestor’s Probate:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Probate records are created to settle a person's estate after they die. They can have tremendous amounts of information in them. However, there are some misconceptions about what some of them mean. Here are 5 things you need to know when looking at your ancestor's probate records."
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Family History Center Information:

Leesburg Library
Even though many films have been digitized, some films can only be viewed online from a Family History Center.  Affiliate lending libraries have been reclassified as Family History Centers.  The Leesburg Library is one of them and they have announced that FHC films can now be viewed from computers in their library.
Editor's Note: Thanks to Pat Rand for this information.

Technology:

What Does CCleaner Do, and Should You Use It?

How-to-Geek
"These days, it seems like every Windows user has heard about CCleaner. It’s widely recommended, online and offline—but this week, it acted as a piggyback for malware. The real question we should be asking is: do you really need CCleaner in the first place?"
Continue reading...

Importing Google Photos to FamilySearch:

FamilySearch
"Google Photos, an online photo sharing and storage service, is a good place to store your high-resolution images. Its facial-recognition feature allows you to quickly search your photos for a specific person. And now, you can easily import photos from Google Photos to your FamilySearch family tree."
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Education:

What are Railroad Records?

Ancestral Findings

"Did your ancestor work for the railroad? If so, you'll want to explore railroad records to find out more about them on today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast."
Listen now... 5.40 minutes

Webinars:

New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs
Legacy Family Tree Webinars

"Many persons can trace their origins to the Empire State. New York City being one of the largest urban center offers many genealogical resources. Between the American Revolution and the Civil War-several key urban cities along the eastern seaboard populations increased strikingly. In 1790 New York's population was about 33,000 persons, and by 1860 more than 1 million persons lived in the metropolitan area. This lecture offer a unique prospective into the various genealogical sources and historical records that are New York City."
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Michael L. Strauss, AG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"We are familiar with the decennial censuses, but the non-population schedules can also provide evidence and context for your family history. Using basic analytical skills and correlating tools, we will investigate five different records sets which shed light on many aspects of our ancestors lives and enrich our stories of them."
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

VGS News & Events: 29 October 2017 through 4 November 2017

October Monthly Meeting - A Live Webinar with Amy Johnson Crow
Coming Events:
Wednesday: November 1, 2017
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation
Wednesday: November 1, 2017
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting:
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Note: Date Change for this meeting... 
Wednesday: November 1, 2017
RootsMagic SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM at the Pinellas Library
Thursday: November 2, 2017
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: November 3, 2017
British Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Topic: A special presentation by Mark Olsen from Family  Tree Maker.
Mark will talk about the latest version of the Family Tree Maker Software and there will be ample time for members to ask questions about the software features. Attendance is by reservation only since space is limited to the first 80 registrants. Register HERE...

Saturday, November 4

21st Annual Central Florida Family History Conference:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL at 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835
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!!
More information: HERE...
Download: Info & Bus Info Flyer:

Latest News & Announcements:
The Citrus County Genealogical Society will meet November 14 at 10:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto. Diahan Southard, nationally known DNA lecturer and owner of the website “Your DNA Guide” will give a live webinar about autosomal DNA tests, “Your Slice of the DNA Pie.” This presentation will answer your questions about ethnic origins and what do maps and percentages mean. She will discuss all major testing companies and talk about Ancestry’s DNA Genetic Communities tool. There will be 15 minutes after the presentation for questions and answers. Guests are welcome to attend. For information go to www.citrusgenealogy.com or call Mary Ann Machonkin at 382-5515

VGS Monthly Meeting Update

At our October 23rd meeting about 175 members were in attendance along with another 75 members attending remotely via a live webinar. Our guest speaker was Amy Johnson Crow, CG and she presented "What Do You Mean There's No Record?! Using Vital Record Substitutes"
Amy stated: "In order to research and identify our ancestors, we must find records about them. Civil vital records are key components to genealogical research. What do you do when your ancestor was born in 1878 in Indiana (where civil birth records didn’t begin until 1882) or died in Ohio in 1862 (where civil death records didn’t begin until 1867)? It’s time to start thinking outside the box and look for other types of records – the vital records substitutes."
If you missed the presentation, the handout and video have been posted on our website under "Members Only."

What Is Soundex And How It Is Still Being Used:

Legacy Family Tree
"Newcomers to genealogy are sometimes confused by the word soundex. Whereas those who have been researching for decades have likely memorized the soundex codes for each of their favorite ancestors' surnames. With the advent of every-name census indexes, soundex has been somewhat left behind."
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Research Clues for those Elusive “Brick Wall” Mysteries:

Ancestry
"You’ve likely hit a brick wall or encountered a mystery in your research if you’ve spent any measure of time piecing together your family tree. It’s not easy. These challenges crop up in many ways. Sometimes your ancestors have a common last name like “Smith” or there is a lack of census data for a particular country or time. In other instances, your ancestors were enslaved people whose surname traces back their owner, but to no one beyond that."
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Family Foodways:

Ancestry
"Merriam-Webster’s dictionary perhaps says it best. Foodways are the “eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical time period.” Foodways include the growth and production of food, methods of cooking, spices, who cooked the food, social occasions, and special events. Even the intangibles such as aroma, food’s association with memories, folktales and family oral traditions about certain foods or specific meals, and more, can be considered foodways."
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Uncovering Your World War I Ancestors:

FamilySearch
"With over 4.7 million US troops serving in places around the world and countless other men and women involved in supportive services, the chances are pretty high that someone in your family tree participated in World War I—and created records in the process. Some families are already familiar with the individuals on their family trees that were involved while others will need to first identify these World War I ancestors."
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Using Military Records to Bring Your Ancestors to Life:

FamilySearch
"Although military service is part of most of our family trees, military records are often overlooked in learning about our families. Perhaps part of the hesitation is that many people aren’t sure what military records have to offer. Much more than telling if your ancestor was involved in a certain war or conflict, military records can unlock family stories. Here are just a few examples of unexpected discoveries—and some tips on where and how to look to make similar discoveries of your own:"
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Online Historical Newspapers at the Library - ProQuest

The Ancestor Hunt
"Many family history and genealogy researchers who are used to searching for articles about our ancestors in old newspapers have gotten spoiled with the increasingly robust online collections that are available for free.
But did you know that there are other quite large collections that are available via your local library or a library that may require a little bit more drive time?"
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What Type of Transportation Did Your Ancestors Use?

Ancestry
"How did your ancestors get around? Go back far enough, and they primarily walked or rode horses (which were domesticated about 4,000-3,000 B.C.). But how about in more recent times?"
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Technology:

Are My Amazon Echo and Google Home Spying on Everything I Say?

How-to-Geek
"In-home voice assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are convenient, but are they also a secret back door for the government and corporations to spy on everything you say? No. Of course not. Reports of the Echo and Google Home’s ability to spy on you have been greatly exaggerated."
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Education:

The Dangers of Being Careless on Citing Resources in Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"It is just as important to cite your genealogy sources correctly as it is to cite them at all. On today’s Ancestral Findings Podcast, I’ll show you what can happen if you're careless with your sources."
Continue reading... 5.37 minutes

Upcoming Webinars:
There are several webinars scheduled for tomorrow, October 29, to mark the end of "Family History Month." These webinars are sponsored by MyHeritage.

Jewish Family Research Challenges:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Jewish family research can be complex. Using JewishGen.org as our basis we'll have a chance to experience locating an ancestral village, searching for records in Poland, Lithuania & Galicia, finding others researching similar family names and accessing tombstone information. Additional websites with information available will be mentioned as well - JRI-Poland.org; LitvakSIG.org; GesherGalicia. org; BillionGraves.com; FindAGrave.com You'll better understand the kinds of records available, strategies to interpreting them and important clues in building a Jewish family history will be discussed."
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Presenter: Garri Regev
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"This presentation will describe the basics about the use of autosomal DNA for genealogical purposes. Topics covered will include basic autosomal DNA terms, the interpretation of matching segment data, the impact that endogamy can have on your autosomal DNA results, and practical tips for creating a master match list spreadsheet. An example of how autosomal DNA testing was used to solve a  genealogical research question will also be provided."
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.
Presenter: Tim Janzen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"We all use Google multiple times a day in a variety of ways. This course will go over tricks for making the time we spend with Google, particularly with Google search, more fruitful."
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
Presenter: Jessica Taylor
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage's Unique Technologies:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In the last decade, technology has revitalized genealogy, opening many new frontiers for research, preservation and sharing while maintaining the thrill of the detective hunt. MyHeritage’s key technologies are the precisely the intersection of technology and genealogy: Smart Matches, Record Matches, Instant Discoveries, SearchConnect, Global Name Translation, DNA Matching and the very new Photo Discoveries and Consistency Checker are just a few. Daniel will share how these technologies were invented and improved, describe the challenges they solve, and explain how you can make the most of them for your family history research."
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

How to Pass Your Ancestors' Legacy to Your Grandchildren:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"We've all spent years gathering information about our ancestors. How will this legacy of knowledge get into the heads and hearts of later generations? This class will go over the many options at our fingertips for preserving and sharing our genealogies in a way that children (and adults) will find interesting and inspiring."
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Jessica Taylor
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"This presentation will introduce some advanced techniques used by genetic genealogists including the use of triangulated groups, chromosome mapping, visual phasing, and phasing. Triangulated groups are clusters of matches who all share the same DNA segment and therefore all descend from a common ancestor. All serious genetic genealogists organize their matches into triangulated groups and then look for the shared ancestor common to everyone in each triangulated group. Chromosome mapping is the process of determining which portions of your DNA came from which ancestors and/or which geographic region or population. Chromosome mapping is essential to genetic genealogists. It allows you to focus your attention on a portion of your pedigree chart when you search for a shared ancestor with a match who shares a segment of DNA with you that you have mapped to a specific ancestor. Visual phasing is a powerful technique that helps you refine your chromosome maps if you have autosomal DNA test results from 3 or more siblings."
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Tim Janzen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"A person’s life is lived 24 hours a day, and includes much more than BMD. A person is involved in all facets of everyday life and we just need to think where to look for the sources that will tell these stories, and in what archive they can be found. The sources can deal with the socio-economic situation, immigration, socialism, the community, politics, education, occupation, youth movements and  others. The aim of the lecture is to show examples of various sources and in what archives or types of archives they were found. This will include the internet and social media. The next step will be for the audience to incorporate the ideas presented into their own family research. Most of the examples will be from the Israel Genealogy Research Association’s [IGRA] All Israel Database (AID) collection. http://genealogy.org.il"
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rose Feldman
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"What do you need to look for once you have reached your brick wall? What is available and how do you find it? Learn how to think like a German and understand how to assess the needs of your German research to get the most out of it, from both sides of the ocean. You will understand how a typical German lived and made decisions. Our case study will show you step by step how to overcome a typical brick wall."
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Luana Darby, MLIS, AG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

VGS News & Events: 23 October 2017 through 28 October 2017

Adoption SIG: First Meeting on October 10th
Coming Events:
Monday: October 23, 2017
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "An overview of Scanners and there use. A  look a Google Photos Software and how we can use features in Genealogy."
Wednesday: October 25, 2017
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: October 25, 2017
General Monthly Meeting
9:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
A Live Webinar: 
Presentation: "What Do You Mean There’s No Record?! Using Vital Records Substitutes"  Guest Speaker: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
If you are unable to attend this meeting you can view this presentation remotely but you must register.
Register Here... 

Register to win a Scholarship to attend to the November 2017 Florida State Genealogical Society Virtual Conference for FREE!

The winners will be announced at the October 25th 2017 monthly meeting. Prior scholarship recipients from 2016-2017 are not eligible. You do not need to be present to win. Reimbursement will be paid when you submit your registration receipt to the VGS Treasurer.
Registration ends at 6:00 p..m. on October 24th.
Learn more about the conference HERE...
Register to win a scholarship HERE...

Latest News & Announcements:

October is American Archives Month:

Ancestry
"October is American Archives Month, and institutions throughout the country are celebrating! Here are seven ways you can get involved:"
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World War I Records on Fold3.com:

Ancestry
"I’ve found one of the best ways to search what is available on Fold3 is to search within the records of a particular conflict. I wrote a little about this concept in my WWII article, Combining World War II Research on Fold3 With Your Ancestry Family Tree on this blog in April 2016. The same idea applies whether we look at WWII or WWI or any other conflict on Fold3."
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Rockstar Genealogist Voting 2017:

DNAeXplained
"John Reid of Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections is once again conducting the Rockstar Genealogist poll, back by popular demand. Normally, this happens in early September and when I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t think it was happening this year – but alas – it’s back."
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5 Steps to Developing a Genealogy Research Plan:

LegacyTree Genealogists
"While developing a genealogy research plan can take a few hours of valuable research time, it is a worthwhile investment of time."
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The Ethics of Genetic Genealogy: Tips from Judy Russell

Amy Johnson Crow
"Getting started with genetic genealogy is easy: Get a kit, send off your sample, and await the results. But those results can have huge surprises, not only for you, but also for your matches. Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, shares some things we need to consider around the ethics of genetic genealogy."
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Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records:

"This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, wills and probate records, and cemetery burials. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online."
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Absolutely Free Genealogy Research Sites for Every Single U.S. State:

Family History Daily
"Many U.S. states have put a good deal of effort into making their records freely accessible online, and some of the best no-cost resources can now be found through state and local agencies."
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Technology:

JoyFLIPS — Unlimited Scanning & Cloud Storage:

JoyFLIPS
"JoyFLIPS brings new life to your old and new photos alike. Fast beautiful photo scanning for print photos and add digital photos directly from your iPhone. Download hi-res copies of your photos and photos shared with you."
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iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Truly Disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth: Here’s What to Do Instead:

How-to-Geek
"That shiny new Control Center in iOS 11 doesn’t actually let you disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth anymore. You can toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off from the Control Center, but the hardware radios will still be running and they’ll turn back on completely at 5 a.m. Yes, this is really weird."
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Education:

What to Do if Your Research Isn't Getting Any Results?

Ancestral Findings
"Is one of your genealogy lines giving you a hassle? Not every genealogical line is easy to research, but most of them can become productive. Join me on today’s Ancestral Findings Podcast to learn more, shall you?"
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Upcoming Webinars:

Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Many Midwestern and Plains states have superb state census records. Learn about the indexes, the many personal details these censuses include, locating the censuses, and alternate sources. The lecture includes many specific examples from these enumerations, provides an overview of state censuses for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and indicates where they may be found. Does your state have a 1945 state census? The personal details vary but may include names of children, maiden names, military service, religious denomination, mother of how many children, occupation, value of real estate, and other helpful details."
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
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