Saturday, May 16, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 17 through May 23, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings in May. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them or go to "Coming Events" for  more details.  These are the meetings scheduled for May as of this posting.

Tuesday, May 19
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
Presentation: "Digging Deeper into FamilySearch"
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
Please register for the webinar HERE... 
Note: Date Change

Tuesday, May 19
Family Tree Maker SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Via Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Coordinator
Presentation: "Setting Up Family Tree Maker for the New User"
Description: Have you recently purchased Family Tree Maker and don't know where to begin? Or, have you been using for your research and want to download your tree into Family Tree Maker? Learn these and other ways to access your data using Family Tree Maker.  We will also cover the correct methods to add your names, dates and places into your software.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Wednesday, May 27
VGS General Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am
Via Online Webinar
Presenter: Drew Smith
Topic: Your Ancestor’s Fan Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls”
Description: Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
Please register for the webinar HERE...

Have you missed any of our past meetings? There are currently 9 presentations available and three more will be added soon, see above.  The presentation and handouts, if available, can be found on our website under "Members Only." Once logged in, click on Webinars & Meetings."

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 May 2020

"Explore 6 million new, free, historical records from Guatemala, England, Peru, Argentina, DR Congo, Venezuela, Chile, South Africa, Brazil, and American Samoa,  United States obituaries, vital, passenger and voter records were also added from WI, LA, HI, AZ, AR, NJ, CA, NE, NC, RI, MN, UT,  IN, PA, MT, ID, OK, VA, GA, MS and IA. "
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 11 May 2020

"FamilySearch added 2.7 million new historical records this week from South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, England, Ireland, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Chile, Niue, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.  United States obituary, vital, land, census, naturalization, and passenger lists were added for NY, AZ, GA, MT, LA, HI, ID, WI, CA,NC, MN, OK, OH, UT, MI, MS, NE, RI, VA, AR. PA. NJ, IA, IN, MN and TX."
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NY State Historical Newspapers Adds/Updates 41 Titles - May, 2020

The Ancestor Hunt
"The NY State Historic Newspapers site is not as well known as Old Fulton Postcards, but is adding and updating titles at a very rapid rate and has over 10.5 million pages available."
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4 Types of Land Records That Can Help Solve Genealogy Brick Walls:

Legacy Tree Genealogists
"Land records are some of the most underutilized, yet most useful, records available in genealogy. Often, they are the only records which state a direct relationship between family members. They can also be used to prove relationships indirectly by studying the land laws in force at the time. "
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Production of Flip-Pal scanners discontinued — but some still available in stock

Genealogy à la carte
"Gordon Nutall, the founder and CEO of the portable scanner, Flip-Pal, advised his affiliates a few days ago week that production of the scanner has been stopped."
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Dutch Genealogy News for April 2020:

Dutch Genealogy
"Here is an overview of the new sources, projects, and news about archives that were announced last month."
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Four Quick Tips to Make Your Mitochondrial DNA Results More Useful:

"It’s a misperception that mitochondrial DNA is more difficult to use than autosomal DNA. Surnames do change with every generation in your mitochondrial lineage, but they change in autosomal for women too."
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How to Add a Website to Your iPhone or iPad Home Screen:

How-to Geek
"If you find yourself frequently visiting a website or using a web app on your iPhone or iPad, it’s easy to add a shortcut icon directly on your Home screen using Safari that you can quickly tap to launch the site. Here’s how. Like the VGS for example..."
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Jewish Surname and Their Meanings:

Ancestral Findings
"Do you have a Jewish surname in your family tree? If so, you will want to know its origin and meaning. Knowing this allows you to know the story of this branch of your family tree. Join me next time on the Ancestral Findings Podcast and I’ll talk about what you need to know about your ancestral Jewish surnames."
Listen now...   8.37 minutes


Discover the Holdings of German Archives:

Legacy Family Tree
"This webinar will explain how to find relevant archives and discover their holdings. It will describe how to navigate detailed online finding aids when available. One need not be fluent in German to do this research. Essential vocabulary and translation tools will be discussed."
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
Learn more or Register for this event...

Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists:

Legacy Family Tree
"So many ancestors; so little time.” If you find yourself repeating this mantra, come learn about the best timesaving apps and tools to help you get a handle on those backed-up research or photo-scanning projects, society meetings and conferences, and never ending “to-do” lists! Session will include a broad review of online tools, as well as apps for Android and iPhone/iPad platforms."
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
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