Saturday, January 18, 2020

VGS News & Events: 19 January through 25 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Tuesday: January 21, 2020
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Patriot Room at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
Topic: "All About Reports & Charts and How to Share Them" + Your Questions Answered
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
Brick Wall SIG Meeting
8:30 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
General Monthly Meeting
10:00 AM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research” by Lisa A, Alzo, M.F.A
Wednesday: January 22, 2020
Afternoon Workshop
1:30 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Topic: “Overcoming Brickwalls in Eastern European Research” by Lisa A, Alzo, M.F.A
Seating Limited to 100:  Register to attend in person HERE...
Register to attend online HERE...

Gen News and Announcements:

Genetic SIG Survey

On January 10th, the VGS sent out an email request asking members to complete a survey about the future of The VGS Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG).  We have had a tremendous response from our members.  Thank you!  If you haven't already taken the survey and you are a VGS member, please take the survey now.
Survey link...

Register for Our Annual Seminar:

From the responses from the above mentioned survey, we can easily see that DNA is a very popular subject and members are requesting more information on the topic. However, response to our annual seminar is a little behind in registrations and DNA is the topic.  Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., one of the best in the business, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence and he is our guest speaker. 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. Our Annual Seminar will be held on February 19, 2020 at the Savannah Center.
Download the information and registration packet HERE:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 January 2020

" added new, free, historical records this week from American Samoa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the United States, including GA, HI, LA, MI, MS, NC, SC, TN and MO. Featured this week are over 2 million records from Ecuadorian Catholic church records (1565-2011) and over 600,000 records from Ireland Poverty Relief Funds (1810-1887)."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 13 January 2020

" added new, free, historical records this week from American Samoa, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States of America. Over 2 million records added from France's Loire-Atlantique Civil Registration, (1792-1960)."
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8 Genealogy Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Researcher:

Family History Daily
"If you’re among the 49% of Americans who have never listened to a podcast, there’s never been a better time to start - especially if you love learning about family history research. In this article we’ve gathered together a list of eight incredible genealogy podcasts we love."
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DNA Inherited from Grandparents and Great-Grandparents:

"Philip Gammon, our statistician friend has been working with crossover simulations again in order to tell us what we might expect relative to how much DNA we actually inherit from grandparents and great-grandparents."
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What’s New in Windows 10’s 20H1 Update, Arriving Spring 2020 

How-To Geek
"Microsoft is already working on Windows 10’s 20H1 update. Expected sometime around May 2020, this is Windows 10 version 2004. It’s much bigger than Windows 10’s November 2019 update but still feels like a collection of useful improvements."
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The Origin and Meaning of Scottish Surnames:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have a Scottish surname, or is there one in your family tree? Then, you will want to know about their origin and meanings, as this will tell you a lot about your ancient Scottish ancestors. Here is what you need to know…"
Listen now... 8.13 minutes


Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogy Problems:

Legacy Family Tree
"This topic introduces a methodology for creating multiple hypotheses in genealogical situations that are not easily the brick walls we all have! Creative thinking is discussed, as well as methods for capturing multiple hypotheses and then prioritizing them. Several types of hypotheses development will be covered. Finally, we will review cover how to refute or support each hypothesis. A case study is used throughout the discussion to highlight how the methodology is best utilized."
Tuesday, January 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Jan M. Joyce, CG, CGL
Learn more or Register for this webinar...

New Tools and Ideas in Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"The field of genealogy is constantly changing and evolving.  Each day new techniques, resources, and tools are developed to assist in the quest for one’s ancestors. Learn technological developments (including gadgets and gizmos), newly discovered resources for genealogical research and more."
Wednesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor
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