Saturday, November 30, 2019

VGS News & Events: 1 December through 7 December, 2019

Coming Events:
Monday: December 2, 2019
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: December 2, 2019
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Topic: "The Upcoming Release of RM8"
Tuesday: December 3, 2019
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM in the Tea Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Note our new location...
Topic: "I’m Adopted, But I Won’t Be Celebrating National Adoption Month"
A discussion on this article found at: Click here...
Wednesday: December 4, 2019
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting:
9:00 AM in the Julio Iglesias Room at the La Hacienda Recreation Center
Thursday: December 5, 2019
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
Friday: December 6, 2019
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

Register for Our Annual Seminar:

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.  He will be our guest speaker for our Annual Seminar on February 19, 2020.
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 25 November 2019

"This week, 8 million historical newspaper obituaries (1815-2011) from U.S. Genealogy Bank were added to More new, free, historical records this week include Catholic church books from Croatia, Cambridge parish registers from England, Irish directories, archival indexes from the Netherlands, and passenger lists from the United States of America."
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Tom Hanks Surprised by Ancestry® Discovery That He’s Related to Mr. Rogers, His Onscreen Character:
"At the New York City Red Carpet Screening for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” this week, Tom Hanks was shocked to learn he is a distant relative to Fred Rogers, the beloved television personality who he will portray in the movie. Access Hollywood revealed the powerful Ancestry® discovery to Tom and his wife."
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Ancestry® Debuts the World’s Largest Digital Archive of Searchable Online Obituaries and Death Announcements, Powered by Cutting-Edge Artificial Intelligence
"Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, is releasing the new Obituary Collection and announcing an upgrade to its U.S. Obituary Collection, adding to what is now the world’s largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements, containing almost 1 billion searchable family members."
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MyHeritage Adds 9 New Reports to its Genetic Health Product"

Business Wire
"New reports assess genetic risk for high blood pressure and PALB2-associated breast cancer, and susceptibility to HIV-1"
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Planning a Trip? How Many of These Must-Visit Genealogy Destinations Have You Been To?

Family History Daily
"Considering a vacation? Worried that you might miss a genealogy research opportunity if you leave your computer? Well, why not incorporate genealogy into your trip? "
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How to Use Multiple Monitors on Your Mac:

How-to Geek
"Want to be more productive on your Mac? Add another monitor, and you’ll spend less time switching between spaces, tabs, and windows. With Catalina, you can even use an iPad as a second monitor with the new “Sidecar” feature."
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Finding Probate Records:

Ancestral Findings
"Probate records are some of the most valuable and interesting genealogical documents. You need them for your research."
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Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest

Legacy Family Tree
"The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers."
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Paul Milner
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Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action

Legacy Family Tree
"Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool even confused with mtDNA. And those cryptic inheritance charts! Let's see how it's applied."
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Debra Renard
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