Saturday, December 15, 2018

VGS News & Events: 16 December 2018 through 22 December 2018

Coming Events:
Wednesday: December 19, 2018
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: December 20, 2018
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: December 21, 2018
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

All 24 Classes from MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Now Available Online:

"Our first-ever user conference in Oslo was an incredible success, and we're delighted to share recordings of all 24 classes which are now available online for free. Delivered by MyHeritage staff and internationally renowned genealogists, the sessions covered genealogy, DNA, and the intersection between the two."
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New VGS Project:

FSGS and the Library of Florida History in Cocoa have asked us to help with another project.  The Library holds many original documents from the El Destino Plantation, a large cotton plantation near Tallahassee.  They have Plantation Journals for the period for 1862 through 1869, which cover the pre-Civil War, the War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction periods.
We will be looking for a few volunteers after the firstof the year.
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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 3, 2018:

"FamilySearch added an astounding 47.2 million indexed records from 38 of the United States, and some from the Brazil Civil Registration Records. Over 11 million records come from the United States 1930 Census. Other records included the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming."
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New Historical Records Added in November 2018:

My Heritage
"We are delighted to announce that over 50 million new historical records have recently been added to SuperSearch™. This includes the addition of 17 million new records to the Sweden Household Examination Books, an update to New York City Marriage collections, U.S. Naturalization records, as well as 14 U.S. newspaper collections. Enjoy these new historical record additions and let us know what you discover."
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The Zero Dollar Genealogist: How to Avoid Spending Money on Family History Research:

Family History Daily
"Thanks to the wide availability of online records and easy-to-use family tree programs, genealogy has become an incredibly popular hobby. It's also one of the most rewarding. But many people feel frustrated by the costs. Depending on the types of records you are accessing, and programs you are using, fees can add up quickly."
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Connecting With Cousins Without a DNA Test:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Genetic genealogy is wonderful, but it shouldn't be the only of connecting with cousins. Here are some "old school" methods that can yield results."
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Make Your iPhone Easier to Use With These Hidden Accessibility Features:

"Your iPhone or iPad is packed with features that can make it easier to use, whether you want larger text or help swiping. You can also use your AirPods as hearing aids or turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass."
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GEDmatch Tutorial: Basic Introduction to 'One-to-Many' Matches - Part 1

Your DNA Family Tree
"This tutorial is part one of a how-to guide by the team at Your DNA Family Tree. It is a quick introduction to the 'One-to-Many' Matches tool on"
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Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Facing identity and kinship problems? Confused by multiple, same-named men? Learn how applying the Genealogical Proof Standard resolved similar challenges in the search for a freedman's family. A case example traces a South Carolina family of color, differentiates multiple men of similar profiles who lived in the same time and place, resolves conflicting evidence, identifies a freedman's last slave owner, and ultimately finds his enslaved birth family. The methodology and record types apply to reconstructing all families."
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
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That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Discover your ancestors that served in the war with Spain along with records of the Boxer Rebellion (1900) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) in which United States troops participation on land and sea. This lecture focuses on the many records at the National Archives and other research facilities covering all three military conflicts."
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Michael L. Strauss, AG
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