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:

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 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:

"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:

"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:

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


"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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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 This video will walk you step-by-step through the process of exporting your results from your testing company to"
Watch now...  10.15 minutes


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...

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