Saturday, August 3, 2019

VGS News & Events: 4 August 2019 through 10 August 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: August 6, 2019
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: August 8, 2019
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Friday: August 9, 2019
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center

Gen News and Announcements:

News from the German Genealogy Conference

Bernie Guenther
Linked is the excellent July issue of the "Partner Zeitung" newsletter. It sums up the June German Genealogy conference very nicely.  Especially noteworthy for our membership is Page 3.  For beginners, there is a good primer on the three main challenges when conducting German Genealogy. 
Most importantly for all of us, is the interview at the bottom of Page 3 that presents the  process that DAGV, the German umbrella group of 70+ societies, will use to handle research requests from partner societies, of which we are one.
One of the most exciting news was the announcement of the next Conference, to take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, specifically at the Sharonville Conference Center, July 16-18, 2021.  The sponsor is the Hamilton County Genealogy Society.  This 1,300 member society has extensive experience in hosting national conferences and includes a large German-American contingent.  As the date draws closer, news will be posted on their website
We also encourage all members to visit the IGGP website to catch up on the latest news, especially upcoming conferences that might be of interest for you.  For example, the Palatines to America National Conference is June 17-20, 2020, also in Cincinnati.  Their website is

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150 Years Ago: Church of Ireland Disestablished

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How to Check and Tighten All Your iPhone’s Privacy Settings:

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What Your German Surname Says About Your Ancestors:

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"Join me today on the Ancestral Findings Podcast and I’ll talk about what you need to know about your German surname and what it can tell you about your ancestors."
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Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy

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