Saturday, May 30, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 31 through June 6, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  This list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.
Monday, June 1
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Webinar
Val Harris Co-Ordinator
"RootsMagic 8 Uodate" - Ken Macomber
Register to attend HERE...

Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Register to attend HERE...

Italian SIG Zoom Meetings 
 Monday's at 1:00 p.m.
Contact the Coordinator for more info...


The Villages Meeting Room Update

The Villages Recreation Dept.
"Thank you for returning your resident lifestyle volunteer group intention forms. We will now begin working on best practices to manage the resident lifestyle volunteer groups in this new norm.

Group meetings will not be the same as prior to COVID-19. Your currently scheduled meeting days, times and room capacity will be modified to allow for social distancing, ample time to enter and exit facilities, clean rooms and set-up for the next club/activity. Equipment and supplies will also be limited to protect you and your participants.

The return of resident lifestyle groups will begin in phases in a slow organized manner. Cards and Board Games because of high touch opportunities and social clubs with large participation will be phased in at a later date with restrictive guidelines.

RLVG leaders will meet, in advance of their first meeting, with staff to review new room set-ups and expectations. We appreciate your cooperation, understanding and patience as we work in partnership to navigate and learn new and safer ways to enjoy the lifestyle opportunities here in The Villages."

Gen News and Announcements:

Free Family History Classes and Webinars for June 2020

FamilySearch
"The world famous FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is offering free webinars for June 2020.   Classes feature topics ranging from the Research Process, Research Help and Searching Records, to The FamilySearch Catalog, Dutch Handwriting, England Records, Best Practices for Nordic Research, and Oregon Land Records."
Check the List...

4 Changes to the Search Experience that Make It Easier to Find Records, Attach to Family Tree:

FamilySearch
"Searching records on FamilySearch.org has never been easier! The latest updates to FamilySearch’s search experience improve the ability to refine searches, find record collections, and standardize record dates attached to persons on the Family Tree."
Continue reading...

The Handy 10-Point Checklist Every Family Historian Needs:

FindMyPast
"So you're ready to get started on your family tree? Are you sure you've gathered together all the information you need? A little bit of preparation can make all the difference in the early stages of family research."
Continue reading...

Who Is My great Great Grandfather’s Daddy? A ThruLines Experiment

Kitty Cooper
"My great great grandfather Jørgen Oleson Wold, 1816-1892, from Skougar near Drammen, Norway, was born 9 years before his parents tied the knot. Although his father is listed as the man his mother eventually married, DNA testing has stirred up my doubts."
Continue reading...

The Basic Steps in Cleaning Up the FamilySearch Family Tree:

Genealogy's Star
"Whether you are currently deeply involved in researching and adding new names to the FamilySearch.org Family Tree or just now beginning to learn about how to sign on, we all have the same basic challenges."
Continue reading...

Technology:

How Your iPhone’s New COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Work:

How-to Geek
"Apple and Google have created a new digital framework for contact tracing for the COVID-19 pandemic that works around an Exposure Notifications API. Apple is rolling out an Exposure Notifications feature and API in the iOS 13.5 update for iPhone. But what exactly does it do?"
Continue reading...

Education:

Everything You Need to Know About the 1890 US Federal Census:

Ancestral Findings
"The 1890 census is famous for not being here for genealogists to use. At least, most of it is not available. There are a few fragments that still exist. If you are lucky enough to have ancestors in surviving portions of the 1890 census, here is what you can find in it…"
Listen now...  8.18 minutes

Webinars:

Sources for Landed and Titled People:

Legacy Family Tree
"Learn what original, published and internet sources are available for tracing your “upper crust” ancestors, those who are titled and/or owned land. Prove those connections to Royalty."
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Paul Milner
Learn more or Register for this event...

"What are the Odds?" An online tool that can help solve DNA puzzles

Legacy Family Tree
"When working with DNA for family history research, there are many scenarios where a "mystery match" will emerge. This person will share DNA with several people within a known tree, while their genealogical connection to the tree is not known. They could be someone with unknown or mistaken parentage, or simply an uncommunicative match. This webinar will show how "What are the Odds?" (WATO) can guide you towards answers to puzzles like these."
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Jonny Perl
Learn more or Register for this event...


Friday, May 22, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 23 through May 30, 2020

Never Forget!

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.

Wednesday, May 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Presenter: Drew Smith
Topic: Your Ancestor’s Fan Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls”
Description: Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.  Please register for the webinar HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

The British Institute, Is Going Virtual.

ISBGFH
The British Institute, usually held in October in Salt Lake City, is going virtual this year. It will be October 12–14, and students can choose among three courses:
Tracing Your Irish Family History with Chris Paton
Hidden Treasures in Welsh Family History with Darris Williams
English Research: Fundamentals and Beyond with Paul Milner (who was our speaker last month)
More details here:

Search All Military Records On MyHeritage FREE:

MyHeritage
In honor of Memorial Day, we’re offering free access to all military records on MyHeritage from May 20–26, 2020.
Continue reading...

Fold3: Access All Records Free

Fold3
"To honor Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we're proud to offer free access* to everything on Fold3® — now through Monday."
Search Free...

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 18 May 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 7 million new land, obituary, death, and divorce records this week to United States collections. Additional indexed records and images were added for American Samoa, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Niue, Peru,Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, and Venezuela. Other United States records were added for AZ, CA, GA, IA, ID, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, NE, NM, NY, OK, OH, OR, PA, UT, VA, and WI."
Continue reading...

Newspaper Navigator Surfaces Treasure Trove of Historic Images – Get a Sneak Peek at Upcoming Data Jam!

LofC
"Although Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public, projects like Newspaper Navigator are busy unlocking even more digital content for members of the public to access from home!"
Continue reading...

How to Print Your Family Tree, and Why You Shouldn’t:

Family History Daily
"When someone asks to see your family tree, what do you do? Your first instinct might be to go to your online tree and hit “Print.” After all, just a few decades ago, printing a paper copy was the only option available to genealogists who wanted to share their research with others."
Continue reading...

10 Ways I Wish I Had Organized My Research Library:

DNAeXplained
"My organizational lament isn’t so much about the physical locations of my books, but about the organizational tools and methods of finding the correct book when I need it. I know I’m missing things in my research as a result."
Continue reading...

Technology:

How to Master Notifications on Your iPhone:

How-to Geek

"The iPhone is a notification machine. Left unchecked, it will ping you about every little thing from every single app, all day long. It’s time to take control and master iPhone notifications once and for all."
Continue reading... 

Education:
How to Trace Your Ancestor's World War I History:
Ancestral Findings

"World War I was a century ago. Now, more people are starting to become interested in tracing the military histories of their WWI ancestors. Records are located in a variety of places. On today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast, I’ll show you how to find them and piece them together."
Listen now...   8.48 minutes

Webinars:

Enlightened Design with the MyHeritage Chart Creation Tool:

Legacy Family Tree
"Show off your MyHeritage tree to your family and friends with a beautiful chart. Learn all the hidden tips and tricks to create a customized masterpiece a perfect representation of your family history. Just a few easy steps and your beautiful chart arrives in a tube on your doorstep."
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
Learn more or Register for this event...

Mistrust Transcriptions: And Here's Why:

Legacy Family Tree
"I think we’ve all been there...we find a transcribed Birth/Baptism, Marriage, Death/Burial or Census entry, and it either 1) looks completely wrong, 2) looks too good to be true, 3) has no supporting citation or source information. So, how do we know 1) where it came from? 2) whether it’s actually correct, or even complete?"
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Dr. Bruce Durie
Learn more or Register for this event...


Saturday, May 16, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 17 through May 23, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings in May. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them or go to "Coming Events" for  more details.  These are the meetings scheduled for May as of this posting.

Tuesday, May 19
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
Presentation: "Digging Deeper into FamilySearch"
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Please register for the webinar HERE... 
Note: Date Change

Tuesday, May 19
Family Tree Maker SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Via Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Coordinator
Presentation: "Setting Up Family Tree Maker for the New User"
Description: Have you recently purchased Family Tree Maker and don't know where to begin? Or, have you been using Ancestry.com for your research and want to download your tree into Family Tree Maker? Learn these and other ways to access your data using Family Tree Maker.  We will also cover the correct methods to add your names, dates and places into your software.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Wednesday, May 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Presenter: Drew Smith
Topic: Your Ancestor’s Fan Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls”
Description: Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Have you missed any of our past meetings? There are currently 9 presentations available and three more will be added soon, see above.  The presentation and handouts, if available, can be found on our website under "Members Only." Once logged in, click on Webinars & Meetings."

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 May 2020

FamilySearch
"Explore 6 million new, free, historical records from Guatemala, England, Peru, Argentina, DR Congo, Venezuela, Chile, South Africa, Brazil, and American Samoa,  United States obituaries, vital, passenger and voter records were also added from WI, LA, HI, AZ, AR, NJ, CA, NE, NC, RI, MN, UT,  IN, PA, MT, ID, OK, VA, GA, MS and IA. "
Search now... 

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 11 May 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 2.7 million new historical records this week from South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, England, Ireland, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Chile, Niue, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.  United States obituary, vital, land, census, naturalization, and passenger lists were added for NY, AZ, GA, MT, LA, HI, ID, WI, CA,NC, MN, OK, OH, UT, MI, MS, NE, RI, VA, AR. PA. NJ, IA, IN, MN and TX."
Search now... 

NY State Historical Newspapers Adds/Updates 41 Titles - May, 2020

The Ancestor Hunt
"The NY State Historic Newspapers site is not as well known as Old Fulton Postcards, but is adding and updating titles at a very rapid rate and has over 10.5 million pages available."
Search now...

4 Types of Land Records That Can Help Solve Genealogy Brick Walls:

Legacy Tree Genealogists
"Land records are some of the most underutilized, yet most useful, records available in genealogy. Often, they are the only records which state a direct relationship between family members. They can also be used to prove relationships indirectly by studying the land laws in force at the time. "
Continue reading... 

Production of Flip-Pal scanners discontinued — but some still available in stock

Genealogy à la carte
"Gordon Nutall, the founder and CEO of the portable scanner, Flip-Pal, advised his affiliates a few days ago week that production of the scanner has been stopped."
Continue reading...

Dutch Genealogy News for April 2020:

Dutch Genealogy
"Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month."
Continue reading... 

Four Quick Tips to Make Your Mitochondrial DNA Results More Useful:

DNAeXplained
"It’s a misperception that mitochondrial DNA is more difficult to use than autosomal DNA. Surnames do change with every generation in your mitochondrial lineage, but they change in autosomal for women too."
Continue reading... 

Technology:

How to Add a Website to Your iPhone or iPad Home Screen:

How-to Geek
"If you find yourself frequently visiting a website or using a web app on your iPhone or iPad, it’s easy to add a shortcut icon directly on your Home screen using Safari that you can quickly tap to launch the site. Here’s how. Like the VGS for example..."
Continue reading... 

Education:

Jewish Surname and Their Meanings:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have a Jewish surname in your family tree? If so, you will want to know its origin and meaning. Knowing this allows you to know the story of this branch of your family tree. Join me next time on the Ancestral Findings Podcast and I’ll talk about what you need to know about your ancestral Jewish surnames."
Listen now...   8.37 minutes

Webinars:

Discover the Holdings of German Archives:

Legacy Family Tree
"This webinar will explain how to find relevant archives and discover their holdings. It will describe how to navigate detailed online finding aids when available. One need not be fluent in German to do this research. Essential vocabulary and translation tools will be discussed."
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
Learn more or Register for this event...

Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists:

Legacy Family Tree
"So many ancestors; so little time.” If you find yourself repeating this mantra, come learn about the best timesaving apps and tools to help you get a handle on those backed-up research or photo-scanning projects, society meetings and conferences, and never ending “to-do” lists! Session will include a broad review of online tools, as well as apps for Android and iPhone/iPad platforms."
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
Learn more or Register for this event...


Saturday, May 9, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 10 through May 16, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings in May. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them or go to "Coming Events" for  more details.  These are the meetings scheduled for May as of this posting.

Monday, May 11, 18 & 25
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
They are currently holding ZOOM meetings each Monday the 1:00 p.m.
Contact the coordinator for login information

Monday, May 11
“I Remember Mama—But Not Her Maiden Name”  (Evening Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Our guest speaker will be: Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Description: Women can be hard to identify.  If they married, they probably changed their names.  See more than 20 great strategies for finding the maiden name of "troublesome" women in your family's past - and a few more strategies for discovering married names for those sisters, daughters and aunts who have "disappeared." 
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Tuesday, May 12
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:00 pm
Online Webinar
Tom Sodeman and Nancy Schultz , Coordinators
Topic: "Blending Social History With Family History" 
Presenter: Nancy Flanagan Schultz
Description: It's a challenge to make your family history research interesting to read. It's nearly impossible to learn details about what your family was actually experiencing. Learn how to enrich your family narrative by researching 'social history' gathered from a variety of background sources to enhance your story.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Thursday, May 14
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Webinar
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Presentation: "What Makes German Genealogy so Challenging & Your Tools to Overcome the Hurdles"
Presenter: Bernhard Guenther:
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Wednesday, May 19
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Webinar
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
Presentation: "Digging Deeper into FamilySearch"
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Please register for the webinar HERE... 
Note: Date Change

Tuesday, May 19
Family Tree Maker SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Coordinator
Presentation: "Setting Up Family Tree Maker for the New User"
Description: Have you recently purchased Family Tree Maker and don't know where to begin? Or, have you been using Ancestry.com for your research and want to download your tree into Family Tree Maker? Learn these and other ways to access your data using Family Tree Maker.  We will also cover the correct methods to add your names, dates and places into your software.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Wednesday, May 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Presenter: Drew Smith
Topic: Your Ancestor’s Fan Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls”
Description: Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

The Genetic Detective: ABC News Series Follows Investigative Genealogist:

ABC
"ABC is on the case! The network just announced the premiere date for their new TV show, The Genetic Detective. The documentary series “follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore."
Continue reading... 

Access from Home: New, Essential Family History Resources 

American Ancestors
"I hope all is well for you. I am writing to share some resources which your members may find valuable towards their genealogical research. American Ancestors is here to help your members access our best-in-class family history programs and services online. Our online learning resources provide authoritative genealogical support for genealogists and family historians around the world. We offer free live webinars, how-to videos, downloads, online courses, and more!
If you think the members of Villages Genealogical Society would be interested, please share the following link with your members for access to our resources."
Continue reading...

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 27 April 2020

FamilySearch
"FamilySearch added 1.8 million free, historical records this week from Guatemala, and more from England, Ireland, Peru, Chile, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. The United States collections added civil, burial, and obituary records from CA, RI, SD, HI, VA, GA, MI, MS, ID, NE, NC, IA, NJ, LA, PA, and UT."
Search now...

Ancestors and Epidemics:

Sassy Jane Genealogy
"Are you researching the deaths of ancestors due to infectious diseases? The Library of Congress can help."
Continue reading... 

Hunterdon County, New Jersey Probate Records

Brouwer Genealogy
"Once again we turn to FamilySearch.org and here again we're going to use their catalog search to look up Hunterdon County, New Jersey. There are a couple of categories here that are of interest: Probate Records, with five titles, and Probate Records - Indexes, with one."
Continue reading... 

Unlock Your Ancestor’s Story with Naturalization Records:

FamilySearch
"Your ancestors’ naturalization records may hold the key to unlocking their life stories. These records likely hold clues that could lead you back to their hometown and even introduce you to more ancestors"
Continue reading... 

Technology:

How to Mute Everyone on a Zoom Call:

How-to Geek
"While video-conferencing on Zoom, sometimes other people’s video feeds become too noisy. Hosts can mute everyone’s microphones to stop this. Whether someone stepped away to quiet a noisy parrot or is being disruptive, here’s how to mute them."
Continue reading... 

Education:

Finding Ancestors with Common Surnames:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have an ancestor with an incredibly common surname or a surname that is a place, verb, or noun? These people can be tricky to identify in old records."
Listen now...   8.22 minutes

Webinars:

Leveraging MyHeritage's German Resources Effectively:

Legacy Family Tree
"Researching German ancestors? Learn about the German historical records you can find on MyHeritage and how to make the most of them."
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: James M. Beidler
Learn more or Register for this event...

The Ultimate Family History Interview:

Legacy Family Tree
"One of the most important sources of genealogy information is oral history. Learn the tips, tricks, and more to get the most information from the family members you interview."
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Nicka Smith
Learn more or Register for this event...


Saturday, May 2, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 3 through May 9, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings in May. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them or go to "Coming Events" for  more details.  These are the meetings scheduled for May as of this posting.

Monday, May 4
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Zoom Meeting - Contact the coordinator for login information

Monday, May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
They are currently holding ZOOM meetings each Monday the 1:00 p.m.
Contact the coordinator for login information

Tuesday, May 5
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Zoom Meeting - Contact the coordinator for login information

Monday, May 11
“I Remember Mama—But Not Her Maiden Name”  (Evening Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Our guest speaker will be: Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Description: Women can be hard to identify.  If they married, they probably changed their names.  See more than 20 great strategies for finding the maiden name of "troublesome" women in your family's past - and a few more strategies for discovering married names for those sisters, daughters and aunts who have "disappeared."   Please register for the webinar HERE...

Tuesday, May 12
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:00 pm
Online Webinar
Tom Sodeman and Nancy Schultz , Coordinators
Topic: "Blending Social History With Family History" 
Presenter: Nancy Flanagan Schultz
Description: It's a challenge to make your family history research interesting to read. It's nearly impossible to learn details about what your family was actually experiencing. Learn how to enrich your family narrative by researching 'social history' gathered from a variety of background sources to enhance your story. Please register for the webinar HERE...

Thursday, May 14
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Webinar
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Presentation: "What Makes German Genealogy so Challenging & Your Tools to Overcome the Hurdles"
Presenter: Bernhard Guenther: Please register for the webinar HERE...

Tuesday, May 19
Family Tree Maker SIG Meeting
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Setting Up Family Tree Maker for the New User"
Description: Have you recently purchased Family Tree Maker and don't know where to begin? Or, have you been using Ancestry.com for your research and want to download your tree into Family Tree Maker? Learn these and other ways to access your data using Family Tree Maker.  We will also cover the correct methods to add your names, dates and places into your software. Please register for the webinar HERE...

Wednesday, May 20
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Webinar
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
Presentation: "Digging Deeper into FamilySearch"
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Please register for the webinar HERE... 

Wednesday, May 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Presenter: Drew Smith
Topic: Your Ancestor’s Fan Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls”
Description: Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.  Please register for the webinar HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

Online Database With 26 Million Documents On Nazi Victims, Survivors Now Online:

JNS
"The world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution reached a “milestone” on Tuesday by publishing 26 million documents to its online database, including new information on forced laborers and deported Jews."
Continue reading...

Connecting the Dots: What Constitutes Genealogical Proof?

Legacy Tree Genealogists
"How do we know when we have compiled enough evidence to constitute proof? Is a birth certificate or an autosomal DNA test result sufficient to declare this person is the child of that person? Must we collect every record regarding an individual – the deeds, the tax lists, the newspaper clippings, the census reports – before we can declare a familial connection?"
Continue reading... 

A Modern Myth: My Genealogy is Complete and Accurate

Genealogy's Star
"For the past 38 years, I have been examining hundreds of thousands of names in pedigrees compiled by thousands of people acting as genealogists and researchers. I have yet to ever find even one completely accurate and consistently source supported family tree. Period."
Continue reading... 

Experience That Make It Easier to Find Records—FamilySearch Update:

FamilySearch
"Searching records on FamilySearch.org has never been easier! The latest updates to FamilySearch’s search experience improve the ability to refine searches, find record collections, and standardize record dates attached to persons on the Family Tree."
Continue reading... 

2020 Family History Conference Now Virtual:

FamilySearch
"Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 across the nation, and out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees and staff, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2020 Family History Conference will now be online only."
Continue reading... 

The Powerful Genealogy Hints Tool You’ve Probably Never Used:

Family History Daily
"If you have done family history research for any length of time, you are most likely familiar with Ancestry’s amazing hints tool – which allows users to harness the research they have already done to make new discoveries more easily. But Ancestry is not the only site that offers this service to its members. There are a number of genealogy services that offer a similar tool and MyHeritage is one of our favorites."
Continue reading... 

Technology:

How to Copy or Move Files and Folders on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"Windows offers many ways to copy and move files. We’ll show you all the tricks for File Explorer, and how to use them in Command Prompt and PowerShell. You can even add “Copy to” and “Move to” to File Explorer’s context menus."
Continue reading... 

Education:

8 Things New Genealogists Waste Money On:

Ancestral Findings
"New genealogists often make the mistake of spending money on things they really don't need. You can do perfectly good, professional-quality research without spending a fortune. If you are just starting out in genealogy, make sure you're spending your genealogy money on things that can really make a difference for your research and not these 8 things that are a total waste of your research funds..."
Listen now...  4:53 minutes

Webinars:

Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree
"We’ll progress to understanding specific search parameters for specific sites. Next, we’ll discuss whether it is worth the time to track searches as well as how to keep track of all the best ways of searching for a specific site. Finally, we’ll explore different wildcard characters and search methodology to get the most out of a website."
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
Learn more or Register for this event...

Crème de la crème: Targeted Autosomal DNA Testing to Isolate Pertinent Genetic Cousins

Legacy Family Tree
"Genetic Genealogy may be helpful for overcoming your genealogy brick wall, but how do you even start to determine which of those thousands of genetic cousins are pertinent to your particular research question? Targeted testing and collaboration to increase coverage, and filter testing can help in isolating the most important matches for your case. Once you have multiple tests available for analysis, your odds of success increase."
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Paul Woodbury
Learn more or Register for this event...