Saturday, December 28, 2019

VGS News & Events: 29 December through 4 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Thursday: January 2, 2020
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting:
1:00 PM in the Daytona Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: January 3, 2020
British Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Courageous Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Saturday: January 4, 2020
Jim Lannin Celebration of Life
1:00-4:00 PM at the Allamanda Recreation Center

Gen News and Announcements:

Celebrate Your DNA

"I ordered two items from Celebrate DNA to celebrate my own genetic heritage. I love wearing DNA-themed items. People ask questions and I get to explain how much fun DNA is and how critical to genealogy."
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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.

The New Jersey Death Index Is Online:

Reclaim the Records
"The New Jersey Death Index for 1901-2017 (with some gaps) is now online for free public use. The actual PDF’s of the image files are stored at the Internet Archive. Previously, only a few years of the death index were available, 1901-1903, and those were only available thanks to an earlier records request we made to the New Jersey State Archives."

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 2 December 2019

" added over 8 million new, free, historical records from WWII Draft Registration Cards (1940-1947) and Lincolnshire, England, Parish Registers (1538-1990). The military records are from California, Kansas, Montana, Oregon and Texas. More indexed records were added from Australia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the United States. "
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 9 December 2019

New, free, historical records were added to from American Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Venezuela and the United States. Over 800,000 records were added from the Cape Province of Africa (1895-1972.)
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New German Record Collections:

"MyHeritage has just published two historical record collections from Germany: the Hesse Birth Index (1874–1911) and Hesse Marriage Index (1849–1931). These collections, totaling 8.5 million historical records, are now indexed and searchable on MyHeritage."
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How Windows 7’s “Extended Security Updates” Will Work:

How-to Geek
"Windows 7 isn’t long for this world. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft ends “extended support” for Windows 7, and it will stop getting security updates. But there’s a way around it: Paying for “Extended Security Updates.”"
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The Biggest Genealogy Research Mistakes You Don't Want to Make:

Ancestral Findings
Let's start off the new year with better research techniques...
"Don't let your genealogy research be incorrect. Make sure your genealogy is as true as it can be. Join me on and I’ll talk about the three biggest genealogy mistakes and how to avoid them."
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The 2020 Webinar Series will begin soon...

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