Saturday, December 8, 2018

VGS News & Events: 9 December 2018 through 15 December 2018

Follow-up questions after the November 28, 2018 Meeting
Coming Events:
Monday: December 10, 2018
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "Your Questions Answered & a Demo on the Family Book Creator plug-in for FTM"
Monday: December 10, 2018
Live Webinar:
7:00 PM Online
Topic: "Fraternal Organizations: The Original Social Network"
Presented by: Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell
Register to attend HERE...
Tuesday: December 11, 2018
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: December 12, 2018
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Thursday: December 13, 2018
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Finding Our German Family" — Paul Clark
Friday: December 14, 2018
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: "DNA Show and Tell"

Gen News and Announcements:

The Top 4 DNA Ancestry Reports Shown Side by Side: See How Results from the Same Person Compare:

Family History Daily
"Today, in an effort to help you better understand how different results compare from test to test for one individual, we are going to show you screenshots of ethnicity reports from each of the top four kits side by side."
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New Records on FamilySearch from November 2018:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in November 2018 with almost 90 million new indexed family history records and almost 300,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Benin, Chile, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Nicaragua, Peru, and the United States, which includes California, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Native American Enrollment Records, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. New digital images were added from BillionGraves."
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Were Your Ancestors in the Poor House? Here’s How to Find Out:

Family History Daily
"Back before the days of welfare, food stamps, and long-term disability insurance, people who were unable to support themselves financially sometimes had to live in these places. This article will explain what poor houses and poor farms were and how to find your ancestors who may have lived there."
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Wild-cards are a geneal*gist’s b*st fr*nd:

Family History Daily
"Wild-cards, – usually an asterisk (‘*’) representing any series of characters and a question-mark representing a single character – are one of the most important (and under-appreciated) tools in any online researcher’s toolkit."
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Why I Quote Wikipedia:

Genealogy's Star
"If you read any number of my blog posts, you may wonder why I use and quote Wikipedia. The answer to that question involves a number of levels of research and legal considerations which mostly revolve around copyright restrictions. The reasons I use Wikipedia also have extensive implications about why I use wiki-based genealogy programs."
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Garden State Court Records:

Judy G. Russell, The Legal genealogist
"Oh, it looks promising at first — a catalog search at FamilySearch.org using the keywords “Jersey county court” turns up 524 results.1 But if you then change the availability to online, it drops to 396. That still sounds like a lot of records, until you actually start looking at them."
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Technology:

Find Out AND Download Everything Apple Knows About You:

Lifewire
"Like many big tech companies, Apple keeps data on their users. If you've ever set up an Apple ID or downloaded something from iTunes or the App Store, Apple has some information on you. If you're ever curious about everything Apple knows about you, it's actually fairly simple to check it out. Here's how to see and download your Apple data."
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Education:

Don't Make These 8 Mistakes in Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings...
"Are you a beginning genealogist? Today, I’ll show you how to make your research shine by avoiding eight common beginning genealogy mistakes."
Listen now... 5.15 minutes

Webinars:

101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Tired of the regular fan, left to right or top to bottom chart? Want to show off your family relationships, places and time periods in an engaging way? If your clients and family members aren't clamoring for more, maybe you're just not showing it off effectively. The visual presentation of a family's history is one of the most powerful communication tools for genealogists."
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Citation For Beginners:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to subdue the panic, and produce quality work."
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Saturday, December 1, 2018

VGS News & Events: 2 December 2018 through 8 December 2018

Attendees at the November 2018 General Meeting
There were another 55 watching from home...
Recent Meeting Comments... Let us know what you think...

Thank you Annette. I enjoyed the webinar from home, where I took copious notes. I am about to begin writing family stories and the idea of a timeline that includes current events was especially appropriate.

The presentation was super. It is such a good idea to have the webinars for those of us who can't be there in person.

The Presentations & Handouts are on our Website under "Members Only" menu item "Webinars and Meetings"

Coming Events:
Monday: December 3, 2018
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Topic: "The Immigrant Experience", Phyllis Kramer, IAJGS
Monday: December 3, 2018
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Tuesday: December 4, 2018
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Wednesday: December 5, 2018
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: December 6, 2018
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: December 7, 2018
British SIG Meeting:
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center

Coming Soon:

Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
Friday, February 22, 2019
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG,CG,FIGRS,FUGA
"David Rencher is FamilySearch International's chief genealogical officer. In his downtown office overlooking the meticulous flower gardens of the Mormon Church’s corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rencher has lost none of the passion for family history that started his career nearly four decades ago as a young Irish research reference consultant at the Family History Library just a block away. He is a diehard advocate for the family researcher, and avid proponent for the continual development of tools and tech advancements that raise the tide of quality genealogical research skills employed by the growing wave of family history beginners worldwide." familysearch profile
Please note the date, day and place changes for this year's seminar.

Gen News and Announcements:

The VGS Library...

Do you know about the VGS member library? Many members do not. This is a section in "Members Only" where you can find a list of, currently, 109 books that are available from other VGS members. These books are available for loan or onsite viewing depending on the arrangements made with the book owner.  To see a list of books, log into "Members Only" > menu option "Library Books"

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 19, 2018:

Family Search
"FamilySearch added an astounding 79.5 million indexed Lutheran records from Germany, and almost 1 million more from the Ireland 1901 Census.  Other countries include Benin, Costa Rica, Portugal, South Africa, and the United States (Michigan, Georgia, and Montana)."
Search now...

Online Genealogy Records Can Disappear: Simple Ways to Protect Your Research:

Family History Daily
"These days, millions of people have family trees online, with facts and sources gathered from the many online databases that are available. But, be aware, some of these sources could just disappear. No warning, just gone - because online record collections are not guaranteed to stay online, or publicly accessible, forever."
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Fun New Features at Ancestry DNA:

Kitty Cooper
"I really like a number of the features that have come out recently at Ancestry. My favorite is that the total amount of DNA shared with each DNA relative is now shown on the match list page in centimorgans (cMs). This means that you no longer have to click through to the match page to find that number. Those total cMs are needed in order to look up the possible relationships at the DNApainter calculator."
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These Two Simple Tricks Will Help You Figure Out Cousin Relationships Without a Chart:

Family History Daily
"Cousinship, or the relationship two cousins have to one another, is one of the most confusing concepts in genealogy and genetic genealogy. For those new to family history research, the task of deciphering these relationships can be downright daunting. What is a 5th cousin? How about a 3rd cousin once removed?"
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How Not to Bore People With Genealogy:

Amy Johnson Crow
"It's natural to talk genealogy at family gatherings. But if you don't want to bore your relatives who aren't as into genealogy as you are, you have to go into it with a strategy. Here are some ways to NOT bore people with your genealogy."
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5 Overlooked Things on FamilySearch:

Amy Johnson Crow
"FamilySearch has billions of records for us to use in our genealogy. But there are 5 often-overlooked sections of the website that can be beneficial to our research."
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Technology:

The Essential Ebook Converter Guide:

Dan Price
"When it comes to ebooks there are more than a dozen common file types. And each of these has different strengths and is compatible with different ereaders. Which is why you might find yourself in need of an ebook converter.
In this article, we’ll explain everything there is to know about converting ebooks."
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Education:

How to Use Book Databases to Further Your Family History:

Ancestral Findings...
"There are several book databases online that can help you further your family history research by hooking you up with rare books with mentions of your family in them. Today, I’ll give you the how to find and use these informative databases."
Listen now... 5.00 minutes

Webinars:

Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it's crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. The same skills are necessary for onsite courthouse and archive research."
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 9): Adding an Entry from an Online Database

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this class, “Adding an Entry from an Online Database,” you’ll learn the six steps of adding information from any online database to Legacy. You’ll also learn about the Find A Grave tool."
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Monday: December 10, 2018
VGS Live Webinar:
7:00 PM Online
Topic: "Fraternal Organizations: The Original Social Network"
Presented by: Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell
Register to attend HERE...


Saturday, November 24, 2018

VGS News & Events: 25 November 2018 through 1 December 2018

Coming Events:
Monday: November 26, 2018
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Tuesday: November 27, 2018
Midwest SIG Meeting:
Topic: "Small Group Discussion by State—bring information and questions on Midwestern resources"
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: November 28, 2018
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Savannah Rec. Center
Wednesday: November 28, 2018
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Savannah Rec. Center
Topic: “Newspapers and Timelines: Mastering This Combination Can Expose Unanticipated Records” by Margo Ferris Brewer
Wednesday: November 28, 2018
Afternoon Workshop
1:30 PM in the Savannah Rec. Center
Topic: “A Family Narrative Your Family Will Want to Read”  by Margo Ferris Brewer
This afternoon session is limited to 100 attendee's and the "Preserving Family History SIG" had first preference. Remaining seats are now open to the general membership.  Register HERE to attend in person...

Coming Soon:

Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
Friday, February 22, 2019
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG,CG,FIGRS,FUGA
"David Rencher is FamilySearch International's chief genealogical officer. In his downtown office overlooking the meticulous flower gardens of the Mormon Church’s corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rencher has lost none of the passion for family history that started his career nearly four decades ago as a young Irish research reference consultant at the Family History Library just a block away. He is a diehard advocate for the family researcher, and avid proponent for the continual development of tools and tech advancements that raise the tide of quality genealogical research skills employed by the growing wave of family history beginners worldwide." familysearch profile
Please note the date, day and place changes for this year's seminar.
Gen News and Announcements:

DNA Test Kit Sales

AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage Autosomal Test Kits are all on sale for $49.95.
The FamilyTreeDNA autosomal test kit is only $39.95.

How Can I Tell Matches From My Mother’s and Father’s Side Apart?

AncestryDNA
"We took a poll of questions AncestryDNA members had about their test results, and this one topped the list: How can I tell my paternal from my maternal matches? This is one area where testing multiple family members can help."
Continue reading...

The Great Thanksgiving Listen with StoryCorps:

Ancestry
"At Ancestry, we care deeply about keeping and preserving memories from our ancestors and loved ones. This year, we are honored to partner with StoryCorps, a wonderful non-profit organization that records and shares the stories of Americans from all different backgrounds. The stories are archived and select recordings are shared with the public through StoryCorps’ podcast, NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, books, and various other digital platforms."
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Ancestry Launches a New Take on Genetic Traits:

Ancestry
"We’re proud to introduce a fun and innovative way for you to further explore who you are and where you come from – AncestryDNA Traits. Using science and data to power ongoing journeys of discovery, Traits is a new interactive experience that allows you to discover traits and attributes influenced by your DNA."
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FamilySearch Unlocking Centuries of Italian Ancestry Records:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch International announced free access to over  150 million Italian historical genealogical records—the largest online collection of its kind. The unprecedented initiative is the result of collaboration between FamilySearch, the Italian government, the Italian State Archives (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi or DGA), and many other archives. The free collections include over 200 years of digitized images of birth, marriage, death, and other significant family history records from all regions of Italy and many other repositories. Search the free Italy collections online at FamilySearch.org."
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FamilySearch Update for Tagging Photos and Editing Portraits:

FamilySearch
"In the upper left-hand corner of each ancestor’s FamilySearch person page is a place for a photo—known as a “portrait.” Until recently, each person saw a different portrait, possibly one she chose by selecting from hundreds of photos that had been tagged with that ancestor’s name. FamilySearch has now streamlined this process, connecting only one portrait to each ancestor."
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New Feature: Shared Ancestral Places for DNA Matches:

MyHeritage
"We’re happy to announce the release of a new feature for DNA Matches — the display of Shared Ancestral Places for every match. This feature makes MyHeritage’s DNA Matching even more useful."
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Technology:

How to Use Group FaceTime on the iPhone and iPad:

How-to-Geek
"For the longest time, FaceTime has allowed no more than two users to video chat with each other, but with the release of Group FaceTime in iOS 12.1, you can video chat with up to 31 other people. Here’s how to do it."
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Education:

10 "Must Do" Genealogy Projects for November:

Ancestral Findings...
"Are you looking for genealogical projects to do for November? Consider these ten seasonal gems to get your creative genealogy energy going. You'll have a ball."
Listen now... 5.15 minutes
Webinars:

Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Did great-grandpa traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may give us personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and where to find them."
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8): The Smoking Gun

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this class, “The Smoking Gun,” you’ll be stunned, as was Geoff, with the discovery. But you’ll also learn about some cool Legacy tips."
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan:

The VGS
"The latest edition of the Monthly Monday evening VGS Webinar was broadcast on Monday, November 19th. and the topic was "Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan."  113 members registered to attend the event and it is now online for viewing for those who missed the presentation. Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL suggested several educational opportunities for beginners, intermediate, advanced and professional genealogists.
Login now to view the presentation...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

VGS News & Events: 18 November 2018 through 24 November 2018


Coming Events:
Your Personal Genealogical Education Plan

Monday, November 19

Your Personal Genealogical Education Plan  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Presented By: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
Presentation Description:  Genealogists who avail themselves of education are more successful in their research goals, but they face realities of time and budget constraints and can be confused by the many choices available. Webinar attendees will receive help to assess their goals and levels of abilities to find which opportunities are best for them. Be prepared to write answers to the questions posed which will result in a personal education plan that can be put into action. Scholarship information and tips for economical education are also discussed.

Please register for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Elissa has given us permission to record the webinar and make it and her handout available to members only for 90 days after the broadcast.
VGS General Monthly Meeting
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Workshop)
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be Margo Fariss Brewer
You must register to attend...
Afternoon session: “A Family Narrative Your Family Will Want to Read” 
Registration is now open for all members.
Presenter Bio:  Margo Fariss Brewer is an active lecturer, consultant, instructor and the co-leader of genealogy trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and Allen County Public Library which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. Her genealogy courses include beginning through advanced methodology, writing your family history narrative so it will be read, a genealogy computer lab and DNA testing for genealogy; her courses are offered through Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Her lecture specialties include methodology, writing an enjoyable family history narrative with historical context, historical occupations, and military and land records; she focuses on records within the United States. Margo is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild (president), National Genealogical Society (2016 Conference vice-chair), Virginia Genealogical Society and several other local and state genealogical societies.
Can't be there in person... You can attend on your computer, tablet, or smart phone no matter where you are. You must register in advance to attend remotely. You be able to hear the presentation and see the speaker's slides. Please register for this afternoon workshop at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1894936116497198850

Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
Friday, February 22, 2019
Our 19th Annual All-Day Seminar
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Savannah Regional Recreation Center
Our guest speaker will be David E. Rencher, AG,CG,FIGRS,FUGA
"David Rencher is FamilySearch International's chief genealogical officer. In his downtown office overlooking the meticulous flower gardens of the Mormon Church’s corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rencher has lost none of the passion for family history that started his career nearly four decades ago as a young Irish research reference consultant at the Family History Library just a block away. He is a diehard advocate for the family researcher, and avid proponent for the continual development of tools and tech advancements that raise the tide of quality genealogical research skills employed by the growing wave of family history beginners worldwide." familysearch profile
Please note the date, day and place changes for this seminar.

Gen News and Announcements:

4 Things You Should Definitely Do With Your DNA Results (and 3 You Shouldn’t)

Family History Daily
"The period after you get your DNA test results may not seem like the right time to start thinking about privacy settings, but many people don’t consider what information will be available to others, and how to protect it, until this time."
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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 12, 2018:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 3.5 million records from the 1901 Ireland Census, and 1.4 million naturalization records from New York. Other countries include Honduras, Peru, and the United States (Minnesota, Oregon, and Texas).
Research these free new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images."
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Researching the Genetics of Human Lifespan:

AncestryDNA
"Three years ago, we announced a collaboration with Calico, a research and development company focused on the biology of longevity. Today, our first joint research paper was published in GENETICS, a journal of the Genetics Society of America."
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Tag it! Introducing the National Archives Facebook Chatbot:

Ancestry
"What do you get when you have an bold strategic goal to have one million records enhanced by citizen archivists in the National Archives Catalog and an idea to try something new on a social site? You create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot, of course!"
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How To Quickly Find Free Genealogy Records Through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA):

Family History Daily
"Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an online research site that allowed you to easily search for records about your ancestors from repositories across the USA? One that linked to actual records that you could view online?
Wouldn’t it be even more wonderful if that site was completely free for anyone to use?
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Dallas Public Library Teams with FamilySearch to Digitize Genealogy Collections:

FamilySearch
"The Dallas Public Library is working with FamilySearch International, the largest genealogical organization in the world, to digitize the library’s extensive family history book collection. The initiative will expand free online patron access worldwide to the library’s historical records digitized. Search FamilySearch's Historical Book Collections."
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10 Things You Should Know About Every Ancestor in Your Tree:

Family History Daily
"When you first set out to research your family history, you probably started with a basic tree – online or off. And the information required to complete such a tree (or chart) is pretty straightforward; you simply fill in your ancestors’ names, birth dates and places, marriage details, and death information…then you go on to the next generation.
And, in truth, this is as far as many people ever go with their trees. They gather the most basic details and move on, trying to add as many names as they can.
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Technology:

How to Wirelessly Transfer Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer:

How-to-Geek

"If you’re a prolific shutterbug, you know what a hassle it is to constantly pull the SD card from your camera, plug it into your computer, and transfer the files to get to the snapshots you just took. Here’s how to add Wi-Fi based photo transfer to your digital camera."
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Education:

You Have Your DNA Results. Now What? - Gedmatch

Family History Fanatics
"Now that you have your genetic tests complete, what do you do next? Compare your DNA results to tests of AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and others using GedMatch.com. This video will walk you step-by-step through the process of exporting your results from your testing company to GEDMATCH.com."
Watch now...  10.15 minutes

Webinars:

Every Day Life of Our Ancestors:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Our ancestors led lives, just like us - only different. Using our life as an example, how can we parallel it to theirs? They ate and drank, married and had families, dressed, had trades and occupations, practiced a religion, dabbled in the arts and sciences, participated in politics and economics, etc. This lecture will examine the various aspects of life and provide resources to discover the historical context and personal details of our ancestors' lives."
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Learn more or Register for this webinar...


Saturday, November 10, 2018

VGS News & Events: 11 November 2018 through 17 November 2018


100 Years Ago Today
November 11, 1918: 
Armistice Signed 
World War I Fighting Ends!

Coming Events:
Monday: November 12, 2018
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: “Your Questions Answered"
Tuesday: November 13, 2018
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: “Preserving Heirloom Photos and Documents", presented by Barbara Filipiak
Wednesday: November 14, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 AM Pinellas Library
Wednesday: November 14, 2018
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 14, 2018
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: November 14, 2018
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Thursday: November 15, 2018
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Topic: "How, when or if you should hire a researcher to help you break down your brick wall. "
Friday: November 16, 2018
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society
2019 Annual Seminar
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Doors open at 8:30 am; Seminar begins at 9:00 am
24 Twenty-One Event Center
2421 Tamiami Trail—Port Charlotte, FL
Topic: "Expanding Your Research Options: Four Sets of Underused Federal Records."
Presenter: Kenneth W. Heger, PhD
More info Here...

Gen News and Announcements:

MyHeritage DNA to End Free Ethnicity Reports:

Family History Daily
"Good things can’t last forever, and MyHeritage has announced that they will end free ethnicity estimates on Dec 1st, 2018. Users will still be able to upload their DNA for free, but will only receive access to cousin matches at no cost."
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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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Tips to Find Your Scottish Ancestors:

Amy Johnson Crow
"If bagpipes are the soundtrack of your genealogy, you probably have some Scottish ancestors. Tina Beaird recently shared with me some resources and methods for tracing your Scottish genealogy."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 5, 2018

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expands its free historical records this week by adding almost 2.5 million records from Oklahoma School Records and almost 500,000 records from England. Other countries included are the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Peru, and the United States (California, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, Native American records, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington). Billion Graves has also expanded its numbers."
Search now...

New Records on FamilySearch from October 2018:

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in October 2018 with over 12 million new indexed family history records and nearly 400,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Belgium, Chile, Colombia, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, which includes California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia. New digital images were added from BillionGraves and Belgium."
Search now...

In 1752, 11 Calendar Days Were Lost Forever: Here’s What Happened

Family History Daily
"The further we travel back in time, however, the more and more clear it becomes that dates are not to be taken for granted. Lunar vs solar calendars, shifting new years, double dating (it’s not what you think), missing days…it’s a lot to take in."
Continue reading...

Technology:

How to Find All the Photos Stored on Your Windows 10 PC:

How-to-Geek
"Have you ever transferred some pictures to your PC and then forget where you stored them? Or, maybe you’ve got a few storage hard drives and don’t want to search them manually? Here’s a simple way to get Windows to search for all your photos on your computer."
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Education:

3 Genealogy Blunders to Avoid:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you know how to make sure your genealogy research is the best it can be? Today you’ll learn about the most common genealogy blunders and how to avoid them so your research can rise high."
Listen now...  6.43 minutes

Webinars:

Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Tracing your Louisiana ancestors can be challenging. Get off to a great start with a brief introduction to her varied legal history, important migration events and blended ethnic influences. Review repositories, unique record collections and vital records access requirement along with strategies for successful research."
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Rorey Cathcart
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"In this class, “Adding Email Correspondence,” you will learn the six steps of adding information from an email to Legacy."
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Rasmussen
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