Saturday, March 14, 2020

VGS News & Events: March 15 through March 21, 2020

Coming Events:
Wednesday: March 18, 2020
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting Canceled
Wednesday: March 18, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday: March 19, 2020
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
Friday: March 20, 2020
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting Canceled
10:00 AM in the Clearwater Room Sea Breeze Recreation Center
Friday: March 20, 2020
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting Canceled

Gen News and Announcements:

The VGS EXPO Has Been Canceled:

A Message From The President:
We're disappointed to have to announce that The Villages Genealogy EXPO, which was set to be held 25 March 2020 at the Savannah Center, has been canceled. In recent days, major vendors have canceled their attendance because of corporate "no travel" policies during the period of uncertainty about the coronavirus. Other vendors canceled because of personal health concerns, while some vendors expressed concern that possible low attendance numbers would make it economically unfeasible for them to be part of the EXPO. Out of concern for the physical and economic health of our vendors and for the health of our fellow genealogists in The Villages and the surrounding Central Florida area, we made the decision to cancel the event.

We are currently attempting to put together a Virtual EXPO for March 25th.  Stay tuned for more information!

Patricia Adams

She Got a Hysterectomy Because of Family History. Then She Found Out She Was Adopted:

"Consumer genetic testing is resulting in some truly traumatic medical surprises..."

More Than One Online Family Tree? Pros and Cons

Genealogy's Star
"One of the tragedies of modern genealogical research is the fragmentation of the huge collections of digital online genealogically valuable resources."

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 1 to 7 March 2020

"The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on during the period from 1 to 7 March 2020:"

125 Free Online School Record Collections from the New England States:

The Ancestor Hunt
"Do you research school records? I'm not talking about yearbooks. Those can be found on the Yearbooks Page. I'm talking about actual school records, such as enrollment, attendance, and grade reports for example. These are interesting source documents because they might record the students age, birth date and location, and possibly their parents names."
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Order a Pre-Adoption Birth Certificate from NYC:

NYC Health
"You can now request a copy of a pre-adoption long-form birth certificate for an adopted person who was born in New York City."
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5 Tips for Finding Women’s Obituaries:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Obituaries can be rich in genealogical details. However, finding them for our female ancestors can be tricky, especially if you're searching in digitized newspapers. Here are 5 tips to help you find women's obituaries."
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How to Save a PDF to Your iPhone or iPad:

How-To Geek
"While browsing the web, it’s common to run into PDF files that you’d like to save to your iPhone or iPad for later viewing. Here’s how to do it."
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Five Things You Should Do With Every Record:

Ancestry 5 Minute Find
"Sometimes we get so excited when we find that new record, we forget to do what we should with it. Spend 5 minutes with Anne Gillespie Mitchell and learn the 5 steps to get the most from any record."
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Techniques for Integrating Documentary and Genetic Information in a Research Report:

Legacy Family Tree
"This lecture provides practical examples of reporting on, analyzing, correlating and integrating information from documentary and genetic sources in a Research Report. The focus will be on meeting Standards detailed in Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition."
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Karen Stanbary, CG
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Top 5 resources to expand your Spanish Genealogical Research:

Legacy Family Tree
"Genealogical research in Spain can pose a number of challenges for any researcher: there's the linguistic barrier, the lack of centralised records in Spain, a lack of understanding of how Spanish resources are organised and how they can be accessed. This webinar will explore the top 5 resources which any researcher, amateur or professional, will find essential if they want to take their research further, and start knocking down those Spanish brick walls!"
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Daniel Smith-Ramos
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