Saturday, July 20, 2019

VGS News & Events: 21 July through 27 July 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: July 23, 2019
Midwest SIG Meeting:
2:00 PM in the Clearwater Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: July 24, 2019
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: "Let's Talk Genealogy"

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 8 July 2019

"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 15 July 2019

"FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Bolivia, Canada, England, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Venezuela and the United States, including Alabama, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania."
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Editing Names on Indexed Records—FamilySearch Update

"If you came across an incorrect index on FamilySearch, there wasn’t much you could do about it besides note down the error and perhaps grumble about it to yourself. That’s all changed now!"

Europeana for Genealogy: WWI Digital Archive, Newspapers and More

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Europeana is a digital doorway to European cultural heritage that everyone with European roots will find interesting and enlightening."

Annual Review of The Rules of Genealogy: A New Rule is Added

Genealogy's Star
"Almost a year ago on August 2, 2018, I published a new rule in a blog post entitled, "A New Rule Added: "The Rules of Genealogy Revisited Again." So here is the present list of Rules:"


Future Tech: What We’re Most Excited About

How to Geek
"To be clear, we aren’t trying to make half-baked predictions. We’re focusing on technological innovations that are in progress right now—things that should come to a universal and commercial maturity in the next five or ten years."
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Do You Have Irish Genealogy? Use This Handy Surname Guide to Trace Your Heritage:

Ancestral Findings
"There are tens of millions of Americans with Irish heritage, and many of them still bear those original Irish surnames with pride. But, where did these surnames originate? More importantly, why does it matter? It matters because knowing how your Irish surname evolved can not only tell you important details about your ancient Irish ancestors, it can actually help you trace your family tree in Ireland."
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Should You Take the Hint? Automatic Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree
"Become a more savvy user of automated record hinting technologies on,, and when you learn from an industry insider how these technologies work—and their limitations. See crucial differences between record hints and your own search results. Learn how accurate hints are and how to determine whether a particular hint is a match. Finally, what do you do when you run out of hints for your relative on your favorite genealogy website?"
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton
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Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around

Legacy Family Tree
"This program shares some tips and tricks for overcoming common and uncommon census research obstacles. Cari will cover topics such as language barriers, literacy, indexing errors, imaging errors, errors (accidental), and errors (intentional). Using examples, she will demonstrate each of these issues and suggest solutions for overcoming them."
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cari Taplin, CG
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