Saturday, May 2, 2020

VGS News & Events: May 3 through May 9, 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.

Monday, May 4
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Zoom Meeting - Contact the coordinator for login information

Monday, May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
They are currently holding ZOOM meetings each Monday the 1:00 p.m.
Contact the coordinator for login information

Tuesday, May 5
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Zoom Meeting - Contact the coordinator for login information

Monday, May 11
“I Remember Mama—But Not Her Maiden Name”  (Evening Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar
Our guest speaker will be: Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Description: Women can be hard to identify.  If they married, they probably changed their names.  See more than 20 great strategies for finding the maiden name of "troublesome" women in your family's past - and a few more strategies for discovering married names for those sisters, daughters and aunts who have "disappeared."   Please register for the webinar HERE...

Tuesday, May 12
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History)
2:00 pm
Online Webinar
Tom Sodeman and Nancy Schultz , Coordinators
Topic: "Blending Social History With Family History" 
Presenter: Nancy Flanagan Schultz
Description: It's a challenge to make your family history research interesting to read. It's nearly impossible to learn details about what your family was actually experiencing. Learn how to enrich your family narrative by researching 'social history' gathered from a variety of background sources to enhance your story. Please register for the webinar HERE...

Thursday, May 14
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Webinar
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Presentation: "What Makes German Genealogy so Challenging & Your Tools to Overcome the Hurdles"
Presenter: Bernhard Guenther: Please register for the webinar HERE...

Tuesday, May 19
Family Tree Maker SIG Meeting
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-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 20
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Webinar
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator.
Presentation: "Digging Deeper into FamilySearch"
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
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...

Gen News and Announcements:

Online Database With 26 Million Documents On Nazi Victims, Survivors Now Online:

"The world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution reached a “milestone” on Tuesday by publishing 26 million documents to its online database, including new information on forced laborers and deported Jews."
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Connecting the Dots: What Constitutes Genealogical Proof?

Legacy Tree Genealogists
"How do we know when we have compiled enough evidence to constitute proof? Is a birth certificate or an autosomal DNA test result sufficient to declare this person is the child of that person? Must we collect every record regarding an individual – the deeds, the tax lists, the newspaper clippings, the census reports – before we can declare a familial connection?"
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A Modern Myth: My Genealogy is Complete and Accurate

Genealogy's Star
"For the past 38 years, I have been examining hundreds of thousands of names in pedigrees compiled by thousands of people acting as genealogists and researchers. I have yet to ever find even one completely accurate and consistently source supported family tree. Period."
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Experience That Make It Easier to Find Records—FamilySearch Update:

"Searching records on has never been easier! The latest updates to FamilySearch’s search experience improve the ability to refine searches, find record collections, and standardize record dates attached to persons on the Family Tree."
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2020 Family History Conference Now Virtual:

"Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 across the nation, and out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees and staff, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2020 Family History Conference will now be online only."
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The Powerful Genealogy Hints Tool You’ve Probably Never Used:

Family History Daily
"If you have done family history research for any length of time, you are most likely familiar with Ancestry’s amazing hints tool – which allows users to harness the research they have already done to make new discoveries more easily. But Ancestry is not the only site that offers this service to its members. There are a number of genealogy services that offer a similar tool and MyHeritage is one of our favorites."
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How to Copy or Move Files and Folders on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"Windows offers many ways to copy and move files. We’ll show you all the tricks for File Explorer, and how to use them in Command Prompt and PowerShell. You can even add “Copy to” and “Move to” to File Explorer’s context menus."
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8 Things New Genealogists Waste Money On:

Ancestral Findings
"New genealogists often make the mistake of spending money on things they really don't need. You can do perfectly good, professional-quality research without spending a fortune. If you are just starting out in genealogy, make sure you're spending your genealogy money on things that can really make a difference for your research and not these 8 things that are a total waste of your research funds..."
Listen now...  4:53 minutes


Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy:

Legacy Family Tree
"We’ll progress to understanding specific search parameters for specific sites. Next, we’ll discuss whether it is worth the time to track searches as well as how to keep track of all the best ways of searching for a specific site. Finally, we’ll explore different wildcard characters and search methodology to get the most out of a website."
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
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Crème de la crème: Targeted Autosomal DNA Testing to Isolate Pertinent Genetic Cousins

Legacy Family Tree
"Genetic Genealogy may be helpful for overcoming your genealogy brick wall, but how do you even start to determine which of those thousands of genetic cousins are pertinent to your particular research question? Targeted testing and collaboration to increase coverage, and filter testing can help in isolating the most important matches for your case. Once you have multiple tests available for analysis, your odds of success increase."
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Paul Woodbury
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