Saturday, January 26, 2019

VGS News & Events: 27 January 2019 through 2 February 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: January 28, 2019
Technology SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Thursday: January 31, 2019
Family Tree Maker Expo
Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing
3 - Repeated Sessions: 9-Noon; 1-4 and 5-8 P.M.
We are waiting for the registration link from the vendor.

Our Annual Seminar Is Less Than a Month Away: February 22nd... Have you registered?
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Gen News and Announcements:

News- Reporting on the Reporters

Finding Your Roots
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores with Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. From Italy, Russia and India to America, their histories show success could take generations to achieve. Premieres Tuesday, January 29, 10/9c

News- Genealogy Society Hosts Seminar

The Citrus County Genealogical Society will host a seminar on February 9 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Hwy, Hernando from 10 AM to 2:00 PM. The speaker, Ann Mohr Osisek, professional genealogist, will give 3 presentations. The topics will cover basic genealogy, census records, immigration, naturalization, migration patterns and organizational methods. The fee is $18 for members and $21 for nonmembers who pay in advance. Paying at the door will be $3 more. Get the registration form at or call Mary Ann Machonkin at 352-382-5515

FamilySearch Launches Powerful New Simplified Search 

"An exciting new search tool on the home page called “Learn about your family” combines the power of searching records—the most used feature on the website and app—with searching the FamilySearch Family Tree—a worldwide community tree with over one billion profiles. With this new feature, you can learn about your family surname and more."
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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 21, 2109 

"FamilySearch added over 23.7 million free indexed historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa,  the United Kingdom, and the United States (Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Virginia, Obituary Records, Native American Reservation Rolls, Cemetery Abstracts, and the Veterans Administration Master Index)"

Letter from Our CEO: Celebrating 2018 and a Fresh Look at What’s Ahead:

"My goal for the future of Ancestry is to build on our 30 years of family history leadership,  bringing together an obsession for great customer experiences and using technology to unlock more possibilities for our members to create family trees, find and share stories, and make meaningful connections."
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5 Genealogy Questions That Took Me 30 Years to Answer:

Family History Daily
"Hindsight is always 20/20, don’t you think? It’s pretty easy to take a long look back and see the error of our ways. If we had that extraordinary vision, we might save ourselves countless hours of aimless research. Having worked on my own family tree or maybe “tangle of roots,” for over thirty years now, I have come to realize that my missteps may indeed be beneficial to others."
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How to Install and Update Flash on Your Mac:

"Adobe Flash is used for certain content on websites—usually video or web apps. While it’s slowly being phased out in favor of HTML5, occasionally a website still requires you to have the Flash player installed. It’s not installed by default on macOS anymore, but you can still download it."
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What to Do if Your Research Isn't Getting Any Results:

Ancestral Findings
"Is one of your genealogy lines giving you a hassle? Not every genealogical line is easy to research, but most of them can become productive. Join me on today’s Ancestral Findings Podcast to learn more, shall you?"
Listen now...  5.41 minutes


You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars    |
"Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs and wondering what is the best way to preserve them? What about boxes of family vacation slides, photo negatives or home movies? As more and more Baby Boomers take on the task of organizing family history materials, we’re uncertain about the best way to preserve these memories. And an over-abundance of technology doesn’t help! Participants will learn the best ways to organize and preserve family photos including outsourcing as well as the DIY approach. Starting with quick and easy inventory and organizing tips, we’ll move on to creating a strategic plan to finally get this photo project done!"
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
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