Saturday, April 25, 2020

VGS News & Events: April 26 through May 2, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, all April Rec Center meetings have been canceled.

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 20 April 2020

"Examine 2 million US newspaper obituaries and a million South African probate records newly added to FamilySearch this week.  Find ancestors in Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, and American Medical Association Deceased Physicians records. New recors were also added for Uruguay, Great Britain, Paraguay, Colombia, Germany, Peru, Honduras, Brazil, Nova Scotia, Chile, Sri Lanka, and American Samoa.  Additional US records are from MA, SD, MD, MS, PA, LA, CA, NC, UT, IA, GA, VA, GA, OH, NJ, VT, and SD.    "
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New Ancestry DNA Feature: Connecting Matches to Your Tree

Kitty Cooper
"Ancestry has unveiled a new convenient feature: the ability to link a DNA match to their entry in your tree. No one can see the resulting tag but you or someone with whom you have shared your DNA results."
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FREE Yearbook Collection through May 23, 2020

Genealogy's Star
"Drawing on the overwhelming positive response to MyHeritage In Color™, we’ve taken this feature one step further and colorized our entire collection of U.S. yearbooks. In addition, we’ve opened up access to our yearbook collections for FREE, through May 23, 2020!"
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FREE Access to TNA Digital Records:

Canada's National Archives
"We are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors."
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7 Family History Activities for When You Can’t Focus:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Genealogy is something that countless people find enjoyable and rewarding. In this time of crisis, it’s natural to turn to it… but many of us have found ourselves unable to concentrate. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we can’t do something. Here are 7 family history activities that we can do, even when we can’t focus."
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When The Found Father Needs Help Understanding The DNA Results:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Often when I help someone find their biological father with DNA it turns out that he never knew about the pregnancy. His reaction when contacted varies greatly..."
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How to Move a Window to Another Monitor on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"If you run a multiple-monitor setup on your Windows 10 PC, it’s essential to know how to move windows between displays. With a few drags of the mouse or a simple keyboard shortcut, it’s easy to manage windows like a ninja. Here’s how."
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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."
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Working with DNA segments on MyHeritage:

Legacy Family Tree
"Learn how the MyHeritage DNA test analyzes your DNA."
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
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Road Crews and Jury Selection: How Do Find Where Our Ancestor Lived and Their Neighbors

Legacy Family Tree
"Learning to recognize and understand information contained in county court minute books and order books along with other types of routine court records will require effort to determine the appropriate law regarding the entry and the prevailing tradition of the community. In order to have a better understanding of the laws in place regarding the construction and maintenance of roads, we should review the state laws in place at the time."
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
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The Future is Still in the Past: An Introduction to Online Parish Clerks in the United Kingdom

Legacy Family Tree

"England is divided into 40 administrative counties which traditionally were each comprised of various numbers of ecclesiastical parishes. Each parish had its own church that administered to both the spiritual and the secular needs of the community. In 1538, Thomas Cromwell, chief minister of Henry VIII, issued The Second Henrician Injucntions that mandated every parish to maintain registers in which to record all baptisms, marriages and burials. These documents are central to ancestral research in England but it is not always practical for researchers to inspect or study the original registers or the many additional documents that originated in the parishes."
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Wayne Shepheard
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