Saturday, February 2, 2019

VGS News & Events: 3 February through 9 February 2019

Coming Events:

The VGS Genealogy Cruise Set Sail Yesterday... Bon Voyage!

Picture from our 2015 Cruise
Our Annual Seminar Is Less Than a Month Away: February 22nd... Have you registered?
Download a Registration Packet 

Monday: February 4, 2019
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: February 4, 2019
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Lin Meeker will share her experience using “Custom Reports.”
Tuesday: February 5, 2019
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Wednesday: February 6, 2019
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: February 7, 2019
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

News - Freedom Tales

Finding Your Roots
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African-American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history. Premieres Tuesday, February 5, 8/7c

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for February 2019:

"The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free classes and webinars for February 2019. Classes focus on beginning skills using the free FamilySearch Family Tree, such as attaching sources, adding memories, and learning how to merge duplicate information correctly. Some classes are offered in Spanish. Participants can attend in person or online. See the calendar for the complete list of classes. No registration is required. and Family Tree Classes will be offered every Tuesday at Noon EST throughout the month of February.
If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.
Calendar List...

Ready to Contact Your DNA Matches? Here’s What to Say (and NOT to Say)

Family History Daily
"What should you include? How will you greet your new relative? The rules you follow in business and personal communications also apply to DNA match messages."
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Pulling Back the Curtain on DNA Ancestry Tests:

Tuft's Now
"A Tufts expert discusses whether direct-to-consumer genetics testing kits really work, their privacy risks, and potential surprises."
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How Much Was Your Ancestor Worth?

Amy Johnson Crow
"When we see a reference to how much something cost "back in the old days," it's easy to marvel at how cheap it was. But that doesn't take into account how much things cost compared to wages. So how can we tell just how much our ancestor was worth (financially)? There are some ways we can gauge the wealth of people back in the day."
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How Does The US Literacy Rate Impact Genealogy?

Genealogy's Star
"Genealogy is a text-intensive activity. If a person has difficulty reading, it's likely that they will have difficulty doing genealogical research."
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Geeky Negative Proof:

John Grenham - Irish Roots
"Negative outcomes can be just as important as positive ones. But I still cling to the hope that something will disprove my disproof."
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How to Use All of Windows 10’s Backup and Recovery Tools:

"Windows 10 includes several different types of backup and recovery tools. And we’re going to take a look at all of them.
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Organizing and Storage Tips for Your Genealogy Research:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you need advice on how to organize and store your genealogy research so you can easily keep track of everything? Here's exactly what you need to do."
Listen now...  6.40 minutes


Six Feet Under Down Under - Cemetery records in Australia

Legacy Family Tree Webinars    |
"At the establishment of the Colony for a long time no piece of ground was set apart for a Burial place. Persons buried their dead in one place and some in another... Prisoners who had no friends were buried without coffins” Rev. Samuel Marsden, letter to Archdeacon Scott, November 1827. After a discussion of the history of burial practices of indigenous and early European arrivals in the colony of New South Wales we will explore the development of cemeteries, crematoriums and memorial parks down under. We will discuss current legislation regulating burials and cremation and look at some current trends, practices and statistics for burials in Australia. The major focus of the webinar will be on resources available for locating details of people who were buried or cremated in Australia since European settlement in 1788. We will examine a range of free and subscription print and online resources that provide such details."
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Jill Ball
Learn more or Register for this webinar..

DNA and the GPS Solves A Mystery: Hamiltons In Colonial New England

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
"Who was Capt Thomas Hamilton? Y-DNA solves a 300 year old mystery of his origins. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as well as DNA evidence, Shellee describes solving a 300 year old mystery:"
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

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