Saturday, December 14, 2019

VGS News & Events: 15 December through 21 December, 2019

Coming Events:
Tuesday: December 17, 2019
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "Managing Places" + Your Questions Answered
Wednesday: December 18, 2019
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: December 19, 2019
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: December 20, 2019
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:
Dues Reminder:  Have you renewed your dues for 2020?

If not, members will soon receive a reminder notice via email.

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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Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: November Updates

"During the second half of November, the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives' team uploaded some small headstone sets and the second installment from Balmoral Cemetery in Belfast."
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Northern Ireland's Tithe Applotment Books Go Online:

"The books, which date from c1820 to c1840, can be viewed, free of charge, on PRONI's e-catalogue. (See step by step help)."
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Don't Hold Our History Hostage:

Genealogy's Star
"Any genealogist or anyone related to an immigrant who has ever tried to obtain a copy of a record from a government agency at any level should be alarmed at the attempt by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to raise the cost of obtaining historical records by 492% which could make the cost of obtaining a single paper file as high as $625."
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22 Million Completely Searchable Books and Records on the Internet Archive:

Genealogy's Star
"One of the least known valuable genealogical resources is the Internet Archive or This website is rapidly becoming the largest, free, downloadable, completely accessible collection of books and other records on the Internet."
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Any Old Nova Scotia County Maps In Your Attic?

Genealogy a la carte
"The Nova Scotia Heritage Community Is Asking The Public For Help In Locating Original A.F. Church Maps."
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How to Fix Sound Problems in Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"You launch a PC game or stream a movie, but you don’t hear any sound. On the surface, there’s no apparent reason for the lack of audio. This guide shows you how to fix sound problems in Windows 10."
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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."
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Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders

Legacy Family Tree
"Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States."
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
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How To Trace Your UK Ancestry:

Legacy Family Tree
"From the comfort of your home (outside the UK), trying to uncover your roots (whether in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales) can be an extremely challenging task. However, it is far from impossible with a plethora of information available online from books to databases, transcriptions to images, photographs and other (numerous) online sources. This webinar will provide individual case studies to highlight what is available online and offline, hands-on tips and details of how offline material might be accessed from afar."
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Kirsty Gray
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