Saturday, January 12, 2019

VGS News & Events: 13 January 2019 through 19 January 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: January 15, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Old Glory Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "Back to the Basics" + your questions answered
Note: This and all future meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Same time and location...
Wednesday: January 16, 2019
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: January 17, 2019
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: January 18, 2019
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

Received a DNA Test for the Holidays? Here’s What You Should Know

Family History Daily
"It’s pretty thrilling, after all, to finally discover how much Irish you really are, or if Grandma Jane was right when she said you have a distant Native American ancestor. You might even be hoping to connect with lost relatives."
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News:  Finding Your Roots... Mystery Men 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams discover a wealth of hidden family history. Both grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves deeply empowering. Premieres Tuesday, January 15, 8/7c"

News:  RootsMagic 7 Minor Update ( Available

"We have released a free minor update for RootsMagic 7 users, version  This update primarily fixes bugs introduced by changes FamilySearch made to their API.
If you haven't already downloaded the update, look for the "Update Available" indicator in the lower right corner of your RootsMagic 7 program screen, and click on it."

Couple Sue Vermont Gynecologist For Fathering Child:

"The family found out just recently when their now 41-year-old daughter wanted to find her genetic background to learn more about her health and background. She used websites like..."
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This is another example of what might be discovered from a simple DNA test...

Year-End Round Up of New Genealogy Records Online:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"It’s the end of another year, and as 2018 comes to a close we’ve rounded up the last of the new online records collections for you. Explore a unique collection of Catholic Church records in Peru, dating back to the 17th century. Next you can view Jewish registers online at, browse unique historical collections for the U.S., and check out German civil registrations new and updated at FamilySearch."
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Enemies of Your Genealogy Documents: Metal Fasteners, Paper Clips, and Tape

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Genealogists, like archivists, encounter staples, metal paper clips, rubber bands, tape and other fasteners attached to records. These were used frequently to keep documents together back in the day. Knowing what these items can do to genealogical records and how to remove them is a skill that every genealogist should have."
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How to Use Google Lens on the iPhone:

"If you’re a fan of Google Lens, you now have another avenue for accessing the feature in iOS, because it’s now included in the Google Search app on the iPhone. Here’s how to use it."
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Mystery Ancestor? How to Discover Their Origins Using Documents and DNA:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have a mystery ancestor? If you believe you don't have any more ways to research this person, you're wrong. In this episode, I’ll show you what you can do to discover the truth about their background."
Listen now...  4.52 minutes


Visualizing Information for Client Reports:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"This presentation will show how to use text and images effectively in client research and why it matters. Several examples will illustrate how to go from raw data to a polished, professional display of information."
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Margaret R. Fortier, CG
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What Would You Do If You Had Five Days in Washington, DC?

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"When you have mined web sources for records in Washington, DC, and your appetite has been whetted for a trip to see for yourself the vast array of repositories and sources available there, how will you plan your trip to make the most of the time available? This class presents a plan for an actual research trip to DC and suggestions about transportation, lodging, and other practical matters."
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

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