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?

"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."
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The Great Thanksgiving Listen with StoryCorps:

"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:

"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 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"
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FamilySearch Update for Tagging Photos and Editing Portraits:

"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:

"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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How to Use Group FaceTime on the iPhone and iPad:

"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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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."
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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
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Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan:

"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.
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