Saturday, January 11, 2020

VGS News & Events: 12 January through 18 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: January 13, 2020
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Tuesday: January 14, 2020
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Wednesday: January 15, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting:
9:00 AM Pinellas Library Room #162
Wednesday: January 15, 2020
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Defender Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
Thursday: January 16, 2020
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
Noon in the New Smyrna Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: January 17, 2020
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze 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.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 30 December 2019

" added over 4 million civil registration records from France (1793-1914) this week. Millions more from American Samoa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay and Zimbabwe."
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24 Fun Facts about FamilySearch You May Not Know:

"FamilySearch celebrated its first 125 years of family discovery in November 2019! Founded in 1894 as the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearch has grown through the years and experienced many wonderful advancements. We wanted to share some interesting tidbits about FamilySearch and its fascinating history. Did you know these fun facts?"

31 New Year’s Resolution Ideas That Are Totally Doable:

"The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and set goals for yourself. Resolutions can help you make small changes that will make a difference for you and your family—past, present, and future. Not sure what you want your resolutions to be? Here are some easy, doable New Year’s resolutions ideas to get your list started."

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks:

Amy Johnson Crow
"You've worked hard on your genealogy. You've made some fantastic discoveries. But what do you actually do with it? Those discoveries don't do much good just sitting in your file cabinet or on your computer. That's where 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks comes in."

Great New DNA Tools in 2019:

Kitty Cooper
"2019 was a great year for DNA. Many wonderful DNA tools were created by the testing companies as well as by a number of third parties. Throughout this article I will list my blog posts which discuss the tools from 2019."


10 Quick Steps to Increase Mac Performance:

How-To Geek
"Whether your Mac is running slow or you just want to squeeze some extra performance from your system, we have some quick solutions. Buying a shiny new Mac or upgrading your current Mac’s RAM aren’t the only options."
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Using Honor Rolls to Trace Your WWI Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"If you are researching your WWI ancestors, don’t forget to check for honor rolls where they may be mentioned. Honor rolls were used for calling attention to both men and women at home and on the front lines who did extraordinary things to help the war effort. Here is what you need to know about honor rolls and where to find them."
Listen now...  7.50 minutes


10 Must-Have MyHeritage Databases:

Legacy Family Tree
"Looking for an ancestor? MyHeritage has many research options. However, there are 10 that are must-haves for any researcher. Join me as we explore what databases you need to know about and how to research them so you can find that ancestor."
Tuesday, January 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
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Vetting Published Genealogies for Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"Genealogy is written in stone and should be looked at carefully. Follow the case of Mayflower ancestor William White as Shannon Combs-Bennett shows how his genealogy was corrected over the last century."
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

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