Saturday, January 19, 2019

VGS News & Events: 20 January 2019 through 26 January 2019

Coming Events:
Wednesday: January 23, 2019
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Savannah Rec. Center
Wednesday: January 23, 2019
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Savannah Rec. Center
A Live Webinar Event with Diahan Southard
Topic: “Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results”
Description: Long lists of matches and multiple buttons and graphs at your DNA testing company can often lead to information overload. But not all of the thousands of matches on your DNA match list are important, and not all the buttons are useful. Learn how to leverage your admixture results, the reports from your testing company, and the Shared Matches tool to slim down your match list and begin making genealogical discoveries with your DNA test results.
Unable to attend in person? To attend this event online, register at:

Our Annual Seminar Is Only A Month Away: February 22nd... Have you registered?

Gen News and Announcements:

News - Family Tree Maker Day Update

There is nothing new to report about the proposed Family Tree Maker Day on January 31st at the Waterford Inn.  As soon as we know for sure, a blast email will be sent to all members on how to register to attend this event.

News - Reporting on the Reporters:

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling that the stories within their own family trees are every bit as compelling as the news stories they have been covering for the world. Premieres Tuesday, January 22, at 8 P.M.

The 1890 Census Was Lost Forever, but These Records Can Help You Fill the Gap:

Family History Daily
"If your ancestors lived in the United States before 1890, you are sure to run into a frustrating gap in United States census records. Sadly, there is practically no 1890 U.S. Census left. But, luckily, there are substitute records that can help you overcome this hurdle."
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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 7, 2019

"FamilySearch added over 600,000 free indexed historical records this week from Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, and Ohio in the United States. ​Almost 200,00 digital images were also added from BillionGraves."
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FamilySearch's Top Record Collections of 2018:

"In 2018, FamilySearch added hundreds of millions of searchable free images and indexes of historical records from all around the world. The records came from locations such as Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, and the United States. We thought we'd summarize those countries with the largest volume of new records and images for you and provide convenient links to help you quickly discover a few new ancestors."
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How to Start a Genealogy Blog:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Having a genealogy blog can beneficial in many ways, but it can also feel daunting to start one. Here are some tips to show you how to start your own genealogy blog."
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What's Coming from FamilySearch in 2019

"The popular, free genealogy website announced its 2019 plans to enhance its record search and Family Tree search capabilities and introduce new interactive discovery experiences."
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How to Use Instant Hotspot on Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac:

"If you have an iPhone or an iPad with cellular connectivity, you can share its Internet connection with any of your other Apple devices without having to jump through hoops. It’s a little-known feature, and we’re about to blow your mind."
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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"
Watch now...  3.44 minutes


Using OneNote With Your Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"OneNote has been one of Microsoft's best kept secrets. Whether you use other software/applications in the Microsoft productivity family OR you want to use OneNote separately, it is a robust program to use in conjunction with your genealogy management software. Come learn how to get the most out of this great note-taking program."
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Tessa Keough
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Patriot or Not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line

Legacy Family Tree Webinars  |
"The audience is introduced to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and then presented with four research questions concerning a man who is currently a patriot on a closed DAR line. The closed line needs more proof before descendants may claim his service. After going through the evidence, the audience will be asked to participate in the decision on whether the conclusion has been proven for each of four research questions. The Colglazier family was said to be of Pennsylvania, but were they? Following each step of the migration backward from where they settled in Indiana to the Military District of Ohio to their origins through land, probate, military, census, and tax lists, the questions are laid out and analyzed through several analysis techniques. This lecture discusses what constitutes an exhaustive search, proof, and conflicting evidence, as well as techniques (time lines, spreadsheets, and other analysis tools) that help us see the answers in the data."
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
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