Saturday, December 8, 2018

VGS News & Events: 9 December 2018 through 15 December 2018

Follow-up questions after the November 28, 2018 Meeting
Coming Events:
Monday: December 10, 2018
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "Your Questions Answered & a Demo on the Family Book Creator plug-in for FTM"
Monday: December 10, 2018
Live Webinar:
7:00 PM Online
Topic: "Fraternal Organizations: The Original Social Network"
Presented by: Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell
Register to attend HERE...
Tuesday: December 11, 2018
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: December 12, 2018
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Thursday: December 13, 2018
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "Finding Our German Family" — Paul Clark
Friday: December 14, 2018
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center
Topic: "DNA Show and Tell"

Gen News and Announcements:

The Top 4 DNA Ancestry Reports Shown Side by Side: See How Results from the Same Person Compare:

Family History Daily
"Today, in an effort to help you better understand how different results compare from test to test for one individual, we are going to show you screenshots of ethnicity reports from each of the top four kits side by side."
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New Records on FamilySearch from November 2018:

"FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in November 2018 with almost 90 million new indexed family history records and almost 300,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Benin, Chile, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Nicaragua, Peru, and the United States, which includes California, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Native American Enrollment Records, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. New digital images were added from BillionGraves."
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Were Your Ancestors in the Poor House? Here’s How to Find Out:

Family History Daily
"Back before the days of welfare, food stamps, and long-term disability insurance, people who were unable to support themselves financially sometimes had to live in these places. This article will explain what poor houses and poor farms were and how to find your ancestors who may have lived there."
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Wild-cards are a geneal*gist’s b*st fr*nd:

Family History Daily
"Wild-cards, – usually an asterisk (‘*’) representing any series of characters and a question-mark representing a single character – are one of the most important (and under-appreciated) tools in any online researcher’s toolkit."
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Why I Quote Wikipedia:

Genealogy's Star
"If you read any number of my blog posts, you may wonder why I use and quote Wikipedia. The answer to that question involves a number of levels of research and legal considerations which mostly revolve around copyright restrictions. The reasons I use Wikipedia also have extensive implications about why I use wiki-based genealogy programs."
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Garden State Court Records:

Judy G. Russell, The Legal genealogist
"Oh, it looks promising at first — a catalog search at using the keywords “Jersey county court” turns up 524 results.1 But if you then change the availability to online, it drops to 396. That still sounds like a lot of records, until you actually start looking at them."
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Find Out AND Download Everything Apple Knows About You:

"Like many big tech companies, Apple keeps data on their users. If you've ever set up an Apple ID or downloaded something from iTunes or the App Store, Apple has some information on you. If you're ever curious about everything Apple knows about you, it's actually fairly simple to check it out. Here's how to see and download your Apple data."
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Don't Make These 8 Mistakes in Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings...
"Are you a beginning genealogist? Today, I’ll show you how to make your research shine by avoiding eight common beginning genealogy mistakes."
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101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Tired of the regular fan, left to right or top to bottom chart? Want to show off your family relationships, places and time periods in an engaging way? If your clients and family members aren't clamoring for more, maybe you're just not showing it off effectively. The visual presentation of a family's history is one of the most powerful communication tools for genealogists."
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
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Citation For Beginners:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to subdue the panic, and produce quality work."
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
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