Saturday, February 8, 2020

VGS News & Events: February 9 through February 15, 2020

Coming Events:
Monday: February 10, 2020
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 PM in the Atlanta Room in the Savannah Center
Monday: February 10, 2020
Monday Evening Webinar
7:00 PM Online
TOPIC: “Introduction to Researching at the National Archives” 
To register to attend, click HERE...
Tuesday: February 11, 2020
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Intrepid Room at the Lake Miona Recreation Center
TOPIC: “Sourcing Your Data: I'm so Confused...”  John DeAngelo
Tuesday: February 11, 2020
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Destin Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
TOPIC: “Today's Heirlooms” 
Wednesday: February 12, 2020
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Osceola Room at the Chula Vista Recreation Center
Wednesday: February 12, 2020
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 PM in the Neptune Beach Room at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center
TOPIC: “Immigration” 
Thursday: February 13, 2020
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 AM in the Reliance Room at the Late Miona Recreation Center
Friday: February 14, 2020
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 AM in the Rhett Butler Room at the Savannah Center

Gen News and Announcements:

DNA Matches: What You Can Do with All Your Genetic 4th Cousins:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Are you one of those people have way too many genetic “4th cousins or closer” among your DNA matches? Have you ever wondered “What do I do with all these matches?!” If so, keep reading. We’re going to explore some of your options, and most importantly, how to determine how genetically close your cousins really are."
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Triangulation in Action at GEDmatch:

"This article, and the rest in the “Triangulation in Action” series introduces triangulation at FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe, GEDmatch and DNAPainter, explaining how to use triangulation to confirm descent from a common ancestor. You may want to read the introductory article first."
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Find Undiscovered Treasures at Expert Tips:
Lisa Louise Cooke

"Nancy Hendrickson, the author of The Unofficial Guide to and the Unofficial Workbook: A How-To Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the #1 Genealogy Website knows the website inside and out. Today she’s sharing four great tips for taking your research to the next level."
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Cultural Identity, DNA Testing & Religion:

"A very interesting article was written and posted by David Gewirtz, who hosts the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs. Not being Jewish, it’s a subject I hadn’t spent any time considering, but Mr. Gewirtz takes on the topic of cultural and religious identity. When you take a DNA test with Ancestry, you’ll get results that might show how “Jewish” you are. Wait a minute! Isn’t Jewish a religion? Why don’t our DNA tests tell us how Catholic or Lutheran we might be? Well… It’s much more complicated than that."
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Ancestry Finds that AI Optimizes their Cloud Platform Without Impeding the User Experience:

Genealogy Blog
"Ancestry spent two years executing its shift to the cloud. In that time, the genealogy company migrated a database of over 20 million members away from data centers and into Amazon Web Services."
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How to File Your 2019 Taxes Online For Free:

How-To Geek
"The IRS is now accepting 2019 tax returns, which are due by April 15, 2020. As usual, most Americans are eligible to file for free through the IRS Free File Program—and, as usual, most Americans don’t know this."
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5 Ways To Tell If Your Genealogy Research Is Accurate:

Ancestral Findings
"There is a lot of guesswork and uncertainty in genealogy. People in the past may have put the wrong information on old records, either from genuinely not knowing, or from having something they wanted to hide. Mistakes can be made in transcriptions of documents from one location to another; even tombstones are known to sometimes have mistakes on them from the stone cutter. Census takers make mistakes in the spellings of names (and even dates and places of birth of the householders they enumerate). Those who published family genealogies back in the 19th century, when this was a popular thing to do, often relied on legend, gossip, and the erroneous family stories other people gave them."
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Tune Up Your Family Tree with the MyHeritage Consistency Checker:

Legacy Family Tree

"When selected, the MyHeritage Consistency Checker scans your family tree for inconsistencies and mistakes to enable you to do the necessary research to correct all of your entries. This webinar will focus on using the Consistency Checker’s 36 separate tools to dramatically increase your accuracy and consistency."
Tuesday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: James Tanner
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Best Practices for Success in Facebook Groups for Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree
"With well over 12,000 Facebook groups for genealogy it's easy to get lost in the masses. We will discuss tips and tricks and help you develop successful strategies for getting the most out of these valuable sources for research help, education, and so much more."
Wednesday, February 12, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle
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