Friday, May 22, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 23 through May 30, 2020

Never Forget!

Practice Social-Distancing
Coming Events:  Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings this coming week. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.

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...

Gen News and Announcements:

The British Institute, Is Going Virtual.

The British Institute, usually held in October in Salt Lake City, is going virtual this year. It will be October 12–14, and students can choose among three courses:
Tracing Your Irish Family History with Chris Paton
Hidden Treasures in Welsh Family History with Darris Williams
English Research: Fundamentals and Beyond with Paul Milner (who was our speaker last month)
More details here:

Search All Military Records On MyHeritage FREE:

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re offering free access to all military records on MyHeritage from May 20–26, 2020.
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Fold3: Access All Records Free

"To honor Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we're proud to offer free access* to everything on Fold3® — now through Monday."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 18 May 2020

"FamilySearch added 7 million new land, obituary, death, and divorce records this week to United States collections. Additional indexed records and images were added for American Samoa, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Niue, Peru,Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, and Venezuela. Other United States records were added for AZ, CA, GA, IA, ID, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, NE, NM, NY, OK, OH, OR, PA, UT, VA, and WI."
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Newspaper Navigator Surfaces Treasure Trove of Historic Images – Get a Sneak Peek at Upcoming Data Jam!

"Although Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public, projects like Newspaper Navigator are busy unlocking even more digital content for members of the public to access from home!"
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How to Print Your Family Tree, and Why You Shouldn’t:

Family History Daily
"When someone asks to see your family tree, what do you do? Your first instinct might be to go to your online tree and hit “Print.” After all, just a few decades ago, printing a paper copy was the only option available to genealogists who wanted to share their research with others."
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10 Ways I Wish I Had Organized My Research Library:

"My organizational lament isn’t so much about the physical locations of my books, but about the organizational tools and methods of finding the correct book when I need it. I know I’m missing things in my research as a result."
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How to Master Notifications on Your iPhone:

How-to Geek

"The iPhone is a notification machine. Left unchecked, it will ping you about every little thing from every single app, all day long. It’s time to take control and master iPhone notifications once and for all."
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How to Trace Your Ancestor's World War I History:
Ancestral Findings

"World War I was a century ago. Now, more people are starting to become interested in tracing the military histories of their WWI ancestors. Records are located in a variety of places. On today’s episode of the Ancestral Findings Podcast, I’ll show you how to find them and piece them together."
Listen now...   8.48 minutes


Enlightened Design with the MyHeritage Chart Creation Tool:

Legacy Family Tree
"Show off your MyHeritage tree to your family and friends with a beautiful chart. Learn all the hidden tips and tricks to create a customized masterpiece a perfect representation of your family history. Just a few easy steps and your beautiful chart arrives in a tube on your doorstep."
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Janet Hovorka
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Mistrust Transcriptions: And Here's Why:

Legacy Family Tree
"I think we’ve all been there...we find a transcribed Birth/Baptism, Marriage, Death/Burial or Census entry, and it either 1) looks completely wrong, 2) looks too good to be true, 3) has no supporting citation or source information. So, how do we know 1) where it came from? 2) whether it’s actually correct, or even complete?"
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Dr. Bruce Durie
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