Saturday, December 22, 2018

VGS News & Events: 23 December 2018 through 29 December 2018

Season's Greetings!

Coming Events:
No Meetings This Coming Week...
Enjoy the holidays!

Gen News and Announcements:

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 10, 2018:

"FamilySearch added over 8 million indexed records from Ireland, England, Peru, the United States, and Ukraine. Of the records, 4.4 million originate from the 1911 Ireland Census. In the United States, records come from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Washington, West Virginia, and The Veteran's Administration."
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How to Collect Family Stories at Christmas:

"Even if you've conducted extensive family research and exhausted online databases, chances are you can still find out something new by speaking to your family members. Christmas is the ideal opportunity."
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Doing the DNA Happy Dance:

George Morgan
 "The time has come to get off the bench and get into the game. You can’t procrastinate about learning about DNA and what it can do for your genealogical research any longer. DNA is the most recent addition to our genealogical research toolkit and I can personally attest to its power."
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World War I: A Wartime Clipping Service Update: All 400 Volumes Now Online:

Library of Congress
"The massive collection, World War History: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 to 1926, is now fully digitized and freely available on the Library of Congress website. The 79,621 pages are packed with war-related front pages, illustrated feature articles, editorial cartoons, and more. You can search by keywords, browse the content chronologically, and download pages."
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The 10 Collections You Need to Know for Irish Genealogy Research:

Family History Daily
"When you are ready to cross the pond and research your Irish ancestors, don’t forget to take this list of important online family history collections with you. Irish genealogy records are more abundant than you can imagine and many repositories offer free access."
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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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The History of the Christmas Tree:

Ancestral Findings
"Christmas trees are an expected part of Christmas now, but how did they come to occupy such a special place in the Christmas celebrations of the western world? Believe it or not, the answer can be found all the way back in ancient Egypt. Today, I’ll share with you the story of the modern Christmas tree."
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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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