Saturday, October 17, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 18 through October 24, 2020


Learn more about the seminar here...

For the foreseeable future, The Villages Genealogical Society will continue to conduct virtual monthly general meetings using our GoToWebinar facilities and they will be recorded. Many SIG's have access to Zoom Video Communications for their meetings.  The most accurate list of up coming meetings can be found on our website under "Coming Events."

Zoom access information will not be posted on our website for security reasons. Contact the SIG coordinator directly for Zoom meeting access information.

Coming Events:

Tuesday, October 20
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "Ask a Question"
Description: After listening attentively for several months, the October meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions. I'll try to give you answers.  I will also go over a couple of new software bugs that have been found and reported to Mackiev.com.

Ask your question HERE... 


Wednesday, October 21
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting canceled
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator
Wednesday, October 21
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
Monday, October 26
Technology SIG Meeting Canceled
Gene Clark, coordinator

Gen News and Announcements:

Drawing Strength From Our Ancestors’ Resilience—From the Spanish Flu to Today

AncestryBlog
"It’s hard to believe six months have passed since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. As a collective community, we have endured unprecedented challenges in every lane of life – from the global economy to  our own family dynamics. At the same time, we have been deeply inspired by how people around the world have come together, with each and every organization and frontline hero joining forces to help those in need. "

23andMe Surprise Purge of DNA Matches – How It Impacts You

GR&E
"23andMe started rolling out a reduction of your list of DNA relatives in the second half of 2020. You weren’t aware of this purge? Nor was I, until other customers posted their reactions on genealogy forums. So, what’s happened? ”

Genealogy Tip: Correct Spelling Isn’t Everything 

GenealogyBank
"In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega writes about the time she misspelled her ancestor’s name in her search – and the great benefits of making that “mistake. ”

Female Ancestors: The Benefit of Searching by Her Husband’s Name

GenealogyBank
"In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega gives a great genealogy tip for finding your female ancestor’s elusive maiden name. ”

What To Do With Records Of Female Ancestors?

Dear Myrtle
"Based on a discussion in The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group, we tackle the question of what to do with the records of our female ancestors. It all boils down to whether she keeps her maiden name or not, as a cultural influence where she lived, and what system works for each researcher. ”

Julian, Gregorian and Other Calendars:

Dear Myrtle
"We concluded it behooves 21st century family historians to observe differences in the adoption of the Gregorian from the Julian calendar. It varies by county, time period, whether the record is a civil record versus an ecclesiastical record. ”

Technology:

How to Stop Companies From Listening to Your Voice Assistant Recordings:

How-to Geek
"It’s been in the news for weeks: Employees and contractors at Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are listening to recordings of you talking to voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana. Here’s how to stop humans from listening in."

Education:

How to Use Cluster Research to Find Those Hidden Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"Have you heard of the cluster technique? If not, you should know it is a powerful method for breaking through genealogical brick walls. Join me today as I give you the details."
Listen now...  8.01 minutes

Webinars:

Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree:

Legacy Family Tree
"This webinar will feature a demonstration of using DNA test results to confirm a documented ancestral line. We will walk step-by-step through the process using both traditional research and DNA evidence to meet standards."
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage

Legacy Family Tree
"The 2020 "state of the sites" update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research--and what sites and tools they should keep in mind for the future. This lecture has a global focus."
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton

How Old Did He Have To Be…?

Legacy Family Tree
"Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birth date, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer."
Friday, October 23, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL


Saturday, October 10, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 11 through October 17, 2020

Learn more about the seminar here...

For the foreseeable future, The Villages Genealogical Society will continue to conduct virtual monthly general meetings using our GoToWebinar facilities and they will be recorded. Many SIG's have access to Zoom Video Communications for their meetings.  The most accurate list of up coming meetings can be found on our website under "Coming Events."

Zoom access information will not be posted on our website for security reasons. Contact the SIG coordinator directly for Zoom meeting access information.

Coming Events:

Monday, October 12
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Monday, October 12
Monday Evening Webinar “Genealogical Gems Found in Ledgers” 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Diane L Richard, MosaicRPM 

Tuesday, October 13
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Sharing More Ideas about Organizing to Write Your Family Stories" with Phil Goldsmith and Paul Clark
Wednesday, October 14
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Genealogy Software"
Friday, October 16
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 5 October 2020

FamilySearch
"Discover more of your German roots in 8M new German Catholic Church records added online at FamilySearch this week for Germany, W├╝rttemberg, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (1520–1975) and Germany, Hessen–Nassau, Diocese of Limburg (1601–1919), along with 4M new Find A Grave Index records and 700K Chihuahua, Mexico church records. Other country collections expanded were Brazil, Canada, France, Peru, S. Africa and Sweden; and United States collections (California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington). "  

23andMe Changes – Download Matches Now or Lose Many

DNAeXplained
"Recently, 23andMe implemented a new subscription model. In their new model, which requires retesting (with a new sample) on the V5 chip, you can pay a yearly subscription fee of $29 to receive up to 4500 matches.
The subscription service is by invitation, which you can see at this link... "

FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page:

FamilySearch
"For 125 years, the Genealogy Society of Utah and its successor, FamilySearch International, have collected genealogies submitted through earlier research programs or created by partners and other societies. These genealogies are available online in Genealogies under the Search tab on FamilySearch.org. To further serve FamilySearch users, the Search options on the Genealogies search page have been updated."  

Neanderthal Genes May Be to Blame in Some Severe Coronavirus Cases:

CNN Health
"A team of experts on Neanderthal genetics examined a strand of DNA that has been associated with some of the more serious cases of Covid-19 and compared it to sequences known to have been passed down to living Europeans and Asians from Neanderthal ancestors."  

3 Biggest Mistakes in Genealogy Research:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Let’s be honest. We all make mistakes in our genealogy, whether it’s misreading a document or drawing an incorrect conclusion. But the mistakes in how we actually do our research can lead to bigger brick walls, fewer discoveries, and more frustration. Here are the 3 biggest mistakes in genealogy research. "

Technology:

10 Awesome Windows 10 Desktop Tips and Tricks

How-to Geek
"The Windows 10 desktop is more than just a glorified folder—it’s a reflection of your personality. You can decorate it with wallpaper, cover it with your favorite shortcuts, or even play games on it. Here are 10 tips and tricks that will make your desktop experience more useful and fun."

Education:

Do You Have Mayflower Ancestry? Here is How to Prove It

Ancestral Findings
"Are you a Mayflower descendant, or do you think you may be one? You have to do the research to make sure because a lot of families have a "Mayflower ancestor" myth. Join me today and as I show you how to gather the evidence to make sure you can claim that Mayflower ancestor as your own family."
Listen now...  8.13 minutes

Webinars:

Dealing with Endogamy:

Legacy Family Tree
"General rules of DNA inheritance assume independent genealogical lines. However, cases of endogamy, pedigree collapse and multiple levels of relationship to any given genetic match merit additional considerations for analysis and interpretation. Explore strategies such as segment analysis, targeted testing, anchoring, and variable segment thresholds for overcoming the challenges of endogamy, pedigree collapse or multiple relationships in your DNA test results."
Wednesday, October 14 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Paul Woodbury

Saturday, October 3, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 4 through October 10, 2020

October is Family History Month - FamilySearch Image
Learn more about the seminar here...

The Villages Genealogical Society will continue to conduct virtual monthly general meetings using our GoToWebinar facilities and they will be recorded. Many SIG's have access to Zoom Video Communications for their meetings.  The most accurate list of up coming meetings can be found on our website under "Coming Events."

Zoom access information will not be posted on our website for security reasons. 
SIG members will receive an email. Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.
 
Coming Events:
Monday, October 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Challenges of Jewish Ancestral Research – Names, Dates and Places.” Dr. Jeanette Silverman

Monday, October 5
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Monday, October 5
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Topic: "Understanding Multimedia Files in RootsMagic 7" - Ken Macombe

Tuesday, October 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Topic: Member Presentation "Searching My Birth Father"

Wednesday, October 7
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:00 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...
Thursday, October 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
On Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
Friday, October 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Zoom Online Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Solving Cold Cases Using Genetic Genealogy"
Guest Speaker: Lori Napolitano

Saturday, October 10
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "The Underground Railroad" - Annette Burke-Lyttle
 
Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 28 September 2020

FamilySearch
"More ancestor discoveries will be populating family trees worldwide with FamilySearch's major new historical records additions this week—4M new records from Australia, Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852–1924 and over 3M Boston Massachusetts Tax Records 1822–1918 and New York Land Records 1630–1975. Also from the United States, the Indiana Marriages 1811–2007 collection had 100k additions plus more records for CA, HI, IN, KS, MS, MN, MS, TX, NY, VA, and WA. International, over 600k Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996, were added, and more for Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Mexico, Peru, and S. Africa."  

FamilySearch Hits 8 Billion Searchable Names in Historical Records:

FamilySearch
"Growth is in the roots of FamilySearch. It began 125 years ago (See FamilySearch Celebrates 125th Anniversary) as the Genealogical Society of Utah, with a mere 300 hundred books of family records on its shelves. Now FamilySearch has 3.2 billion digital images, 490,000 digital books, and a Family Tree with over a billion more user-contributed records available online. And it adds over 1 million new records every day."  

MyHeritage Expands its Theory of Family Relativity:

Genealogy's Star

"The Theory of Family Relativity™ harnesses the billions of family tree profiles and historical records on MyHeritage to suggest relationship paths between you and your DNA Matches, potentially saving you dozens of hours of research."  

2 of the Top 3 Paid Genealogy Sites Offer Millions of Records for Free:

Family History Daily
"Subscriptions to the popular paid genealogy sites like Ancestry and MyHeritage can cost hundreds of dollars a year. That’s why, when you discover your fourth-great-grandmother for free, it truly feels like you’ve struck gold! And it’s why we are all about mining the vast genealogy resources on the internet for free records."  

More Editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette Go Online:

Irish Genealogy News
"Following last month's announcement from the RCB Library that post-1949 editions of the Church of Ireland's Gazette would be digitised and released in monthly instalments, the second such tranche has been uploaded for free viewing.  It covers all editions published in 1960 to 1969 inclusive and, as with last month's instalment, it is accompanied by a presentation in the ‘Borderless Church’ series from the Representative Church Body Library."  

FamilySearch New and Updated Collections - September 1-30, 2020

The Ancestor Hunt
"FamilySearch continues to add or update their records collections at a fast pace for us to search. For the period of September 1-30, 2020,  the added/updated collections are:"  

Technology:

How to Resize Images Using Paint 3D on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"If you need to perform a simple task like resizing an image on your Windows 10 PC, you don’t need to use software with a steep learning curve like Photoshop. You can do it using Microsoft Paint 3D. Here’s how it’s done.
Open Paint 3D on your computer by typing “Paint 3D” in the Windows Search bar and selecting “Paint 3D” from the search results."

Education:

Using the 1890 US Veterans Schedule:

Ancestral Findings
"Did you know that alternative records exist to help you fill in the gaps left by the loss of most of the 1890 US federal census? There are several such sources. One of the most useful, but little use of these sources is the 1890 US Veterans Schedule. Here is what you need to know about it for your genealogy."
Listen now... 5.16 minutes

Webinars:

Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping:

Legacy Family Tree
"Chromosome mapping is typically achieved by mapping the segments of DNA we share with an identified match. In this lecture, learn how to map segments of DNA that you DO NOT share with a match! Using close relatives such as parents or siblings we can figure out where pieces of DNA came from based on lack of sharing."
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA:

Legacy Family Tree
"Step by step, how to utilize Y DNA testing at Family Tree DNA to get the most out of your results. We'll look at little known methods to obtain information, even if your match doesn't have a tree. Wonder about the Big Y test? We'll talk about why that's important and how to benefit from those results. Lastly, we'll discuss projects and using Y DNA in conjunction with autosomal for a slam-dunk."
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Roberta Estes

From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship

Legacy Family Tree
"Proving relationships between generations is an essential skill for genealogists, and one that has to be demonstrated for certification in the Kinship Determination Project. Get an updated review of this three-generation narrative linking family members from generation to generation. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists."
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Noon Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Geo-Genealogy as a Problem-Solving Tool: The Case of a 19th-Century Female Teenage Immigrant

Legacy Family Tree
"Evidence for the home-country origins of 19th-century immigrants can be hard to find. This lecture illustrates how 3-D genealogy (associations, geography, and time), including an expansive geographical search in American records can produce a tight geographical focus in home-county records, leading to the birth family of a single, teenage girl who landed at New Orleans in 1845. Enjoy a research cruise up and down the Mississippi to gather clues leading to Dena’s German birthplace. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists."
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 1:15p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG

Spanning 150 Years of Record Loss: A Methodological Approach to Identifying Parents in Sweden

Legacy Family Tree
"Swedish records are rarely lost to fire. Churches built of brick and a lack of conflict within the country have made most records available and continuous back to the late 1600s. Elna Johansdotter married Troed Pehrsson, but not in the parish where she raised her children and died. Swedish women usually marry in their home parish, but live in the parish of their husband. Where was Elna born and who were her parents? Available record sets consisted of 1 book of parish records which ended in 1716; the gap-ridden mantals tax records, an annual recording of the heads of household and their taxable obligations; and the probate documents, the latter available only if the court ordered an inventory to occur. Squeezing all information out of the limited record sets available resulted in a successful identification of the parents of Elna. The records sets available may differ but the methodologies used to identify the parents of Elna are transferable, whether in Sweden, the United States or elsewhere. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists."
Thursday, October 08, 2020, 2:30pm Eastern
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG

Saturday, September 26, 2020

VGS News & Events: September 27 through October 3, 2020

For the foreseeable future, The Villages Genealogical Society will continue to conduct virtual monthly general meetings using our GoToWebinar facilities and they will be recorded. Many SIG's have access to Zoom Video Communications for their meetings.  The most accurate list of up coming meetings can be found on our website under "Coming Events."

Zoom access information will not be posted on our website for security reasons. Contact the SIG coordinator directly for Zoom meeting access information.


Coming Events:
Monday, September 28
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 
Thursday, October 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.  
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  
Friday, October 2
British SIG Monthly Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.

Gen News and Announcements:

Using the Internet Like a Pro: Genealogists Have No Idea What’s Out There:

Genealogy's Star
"The question involved obtaining a list of the websites on the video that did not involve stopping the video every few minutes to write down a URL or name. Because I was asked the question, I decided to make a list of the websites mentioned in the video and add a few more for good measure. Here is the list."

Deleting DNA Results or Closing Your Account Does NOT Automatically = Destroying Your Original DNA Sample:

DNAeXplained
"First and foremost, I want to state unequivocally that I am NOT advocating closing your account at any of the testing vendor sites. That’s not the purpose of this article. In fact, I encourage everyone to use each tool to extract every drop of information possible."

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests:

Ancestry Blog
 
"These simple-to-take, saliva-based tests reveal your possible ethnic origins, connect you to distant relatives, help you find ancestors, and uncover new details about your family history.
But how much do you know about these tests?"

15 Reasons Why Searching Mortuary and Funeral Home Records Is a Gold Mine!

The Ancestor Hunt
"Most folks know that finding obituaries is a bonanza when it comes to finding information about the deceased as well as his/her family. For example, if you are looking for the maiden name of a female sibling of a deceased married woman, if the obituary states that the deceased had a brother named "John Moran" who had a sister, say Mrs. Stella McDonald - a good place to start to find out more about Stella is to search for "Stella Moran." Except for step or half sibling relationships or name changes, much of the time that would indeed be her maiden name."

Look for Genealogy Channels on YouTube:

Genealogy's Star
"Google's YouTube.com is a go to place for information and explanations about almost every possible subject. I have used YouTube videos for everything from installing an air filter in my car to learning specific software programs. What you may not realize is that there are thousands of videos about a multitude of genealogically related topics."

California Enacts the Genetic Privacy Information Act:

JDSUPRA
"With the focus of personal privacy increasing, it is unsurprising that additional laws are being proposed to increase privacy rights, including the California Privacy Rights Act initiative on the ballot this upcoming November."

Technology:

Windows Task Manager: The Complete Guide

How-to Geek
"The Windows Task Manager is a powerful tool packed with useful information, from your system’s overall resource usage to detailed statistics about each process. This guide explains every feature and technical term in the Task Manager."

Education:

Optimize DNA Results by Uploading to Free Databases: 

"In this Quick Genealogy Tip I discuss how to optimize DNA results by uploading to free databases. By uploading to different databases you are casting a wider net for people you can match as different people are in different databases."
Listen now... 6.22 minutes

Webinars:

5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections:

Legacy Family Tree
"Early pioneers and settlers were a diverse group with family members across the country. Records about the families which moved and those individuals and neighbors back home are also often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Thousands of wonderful stories and records are preserved in the Southern states about these families, and may contain the answers for which we are searching."
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Saturday, September 19, 2020

VGS News & Events: September 20 through September 26, 2020

Learn more about the seminar here...

For the foreseeable future, The Villages Genealogical Society will continue to conduct virtual monthly general meetings using our GoToWebinar facilities and they will be recorded. Many SIG's have access to Zoom Video Communications for their meetings.  The most accurate list of up coming meetings can be found on our website under "Coming Events."

Zoom access information will not be posted on our website for security reasons. Contact the SIG coordinator directly for Zoom meeting access information..

Coming Events:
Monday, September 21
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 
Tuesday, September 22
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 pm
Zoom Online Meeting
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “How I Spent My Covid Vacation: Genealogy Discoveries from the Past Few Months”
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Gen News and Announcements:

Finding Children In-Between Census Years:

familytree.com
"Maybe one of the hardest items to research, mostly you may not even know about a specific individual ever existed. Infant and child mortality was high in the years of 1700s to 1940s. Visit any older cemetery and you find many infants and children did not survive past childhood."

History of the Armenian Diaspora:

FamilySearch
"The term “Armenian diaspora” refers to the spread of Armenian people to different countries.  Many of the largest communities of Armenians outside Armenia have populations ranging well into the hundreds of thousands."

Why Your Latest Results Could Include More Scotland In Your Ethnicity Estimates:

AncestryDNA
"Our 2020 ethnicity update is the first time we are dividing results in the UK and Ireland into four populations instead of two. Over the years, the names of our ethnicity regions for the UK and Ireland have changed, but we’ve always had only two regions to compare customers’ DNA against, roughly an Ireland/Celtic/Gaelic group and an Anglo-Saxon/Britain/England group. Now we have four: England & Northwestern Europe, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales."

9 Mayflower Descendants as Famous as Their Pilgrim Ancestors:

FamilySearch
"The Mayflower set sail for America in 1620 with 102 passengers. Though only 53 passengers lived to see the following spring, an estimated 35 million people worldwide are descendants of this small but hardy group."

A Deeper Look at Ancestry.com:

Genealogy's Star
"Ancestry.com began as a family history product sold on CDs in 1997 and has expanded online to include 3 million paying subscribers and 18+ million people DNA tested. The website claims the world's largest collection of family history records with over 27 billion records online."

23andMe Announced Insights From Lupus Research:

23andMe
"23andMe collaborated with researchers from Pfizer to learn more about how to treat Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. The research was powered by almost 6,000 consented researcher participants. No new genetic associations were found, but 23andMe did uncover deeper insights into non-genetic factors and symptoms associated with the disease."

Technology:

Can Zoom Hosts Really See All Your Private Messages?

How-to Geek
"Viral social media posts are alleging that Zoom’s private messages aren’t really private—if you’re chatting privately during a Zoom meeting, the host can see your entire conversation. Is that true? Well, not exactly."

Education:

Finding Records in Ukraine for Jewish Genealogy Research: 

"In this VLOG I talk about how I found records in Ukraine for my Jewish Genealogy Research. To start finding records I needed as much as information about my immigrant ancestors, especially pertaining to any dates from when they were still in Ukraine."
Listen now... 10.41 minutes

Webinars:

A MyHeritage Webinar:

Legacy Family Tree
"This space is reserved for an exciting and interesting MyHeritage webinar. Here you will learn about the latest features, records, and characteristics developed by the MyHeritage team to help you find who you are, and amaze you with great discoveries."
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars

Introduction to VPNs:

Legacy Family Tree
"Participants will learn the basics of Virtual Private Networks as well how to install and use a VPN. We’ll discuss which VPN is right for you and your research as well as offer tips and tricks for getting the most out of VPNs."
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee