Saturday, January 4, 2020

VGS News & Events: 5 January through 11 January, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: January 6, 2020
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting:
10:00 AM in the MacArthur Room at the Eisenhower Recreation Center
Monday: January 6, 2020
Roots Magic SIG Meeting:
2:30 PM in the New Smyrna Room at the Recreation Center
Monday: January 6, 2020
Evening Webinar:
7:00 PM Online
"Researching Your Confederate Ancestor"
Our guest speaker is: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Tuesday: January 7, 2020
Adoption & Mystery KIN SIG Meeting
9:00 AM in the Tea Room at the Colony Recreation Center
Note new meeting location...
Wednesday: January  8, 2020
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: January 8, 2020
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Thursday: January 9, 2020
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Topic: "German Migration and Textile Industry Formation in 19th Century Łódź"  
Friday: January 10, 2020
All Genetic Genealogy SIG Meetings Canceled until further notice. 
Saturday: January 11, 2020
African American SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Jasmine Room at the Hibiscus Recreation Center
Note new meeting date & location...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 16 December 2019

"This week, added new, free, historical records from American Samoa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, England, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and the United States, including AL, GA, HI, LA, OH, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Over 1 million records were added from Peru's Civil Registration (1805-2001.)"
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5 Tips for Gathering Family Stories:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Family stories are an integral part of our family history. Without stories, our ancestors are just names on paper. Looking ahead, if we don’t record our own stories, we will end up the same way. Here are 5 easy tips for gathering your family stories (and how to get better stories out of the people you talk with)."
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When There’s a Surprise in DNA Results:

Amy Johnson Crow
"DNA has led to incredible discoveries. The news and social media are filled with stories of adoptees finding biological family members and siblings being reunited after decades apart. But there’s another kind of discovery that isn’t talked about as often—surprises in the DNA results."
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Important Changes at GEDmatch:

Kitty Cooper
"If you have not logged into GEDmatch recently, please do so and either accept the new terms and conditions or don’t. Unless you are clearly USA based*, your kits will not be visible to your relatives any more unless you accept. I have linked to numerous other blogs at the end of this article to help you make your choice. I recommend reading either the one from Roberta Estes (below) or EU users, the one from Debbie Kennett. Both look carefully at the new terms and conditions which are not very different from before."
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GEDmatch Acquired by Verogen

"GEDmatch needs modernization and Verogen has committed to breathe new life into GedMatch which provides tools not available elsewhere and much loved by many genealogists."
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How to Download Files Using Safari on Your iPhone or iPad:

How-to Geek
"In your work or personal life, you’ll sometimes need to download a file on your iPhone or iPad. Using the new feature introduced in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, you can now do this directly in Safari. No third-party app needed!"
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What are Railroad Records?

Ancestral Findings
"Did your ancestor work for the railroad? If so, you'll want to explore railroad records to find out more about them on today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast."
Listen now... 5.40 minutes


Mistakes I Have Made: Confessions of a Repentant Genealogist

Legacy Family Tree
"Let's face it. We all make mistakes when we are doing something new. True confessions: as a beginning and not-so-beginning genealogist, I made them all. Still do if I am not careful. “Mistakes I Have Made: Confessions of a Repentant Genealogist” shares examples of the most common genealogy errors with examples from my own experiences. Learn what NOT to do and how to avoid making these mistakes with your research."
Wednesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cheri Hudson Passey
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