Saturday, July 11, 2020

VGS News & Events: July 12 through July 18, 2020

Practice Social-Distancing

Due to Covid-19, no Rec Center meetings until further notice. Some SIG's are having virtual meetings. Be on the lookout for emails announcing the meetings and how to connect to them.  That list is very fluid. Check the "Coming Events" section of the website as event news becomes available.

All remaining regular Monthly Meetings for 2020 will be virtual meetings.

Coming Events:
Monday, July 13
“Anatomy of a Case Study: Steps Used to Write for Yourself or for Publication”  
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar
Our guest speaker will be: Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG
Please register for the webinar at:

Thursday, July 16
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Live Online Webinar
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Topic: Bavaria

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 29 June 2020

Family Search
"Discover your ancestors at FamilySearch this week in over 2.5M new indexed New York Land Records; along with new obituary and church census records from Utah, and Native American records from Oklahoma. Explore expanded world collections from Bolivia, Brazil, Canada,  England, France, Peru, S. Africa,  and  Venezuela among others. Search new vital records for California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio,Pennsylvania and Louisiana as noted below."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 July 2020

Family Search
"FamilySearch added 2M more indexed obituaries this week to United States collections, along with 300K Brazilian civil registrations and 200K English church records. New records added for Canada, Chile, Finland, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa, and Sweden.  United States additions included: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia."
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Online Volunteer Opportunity: Help Improve Place-Names:

Family Search
"After a recent update, the improve place-names tool now lets you select specific countries you would like to work on, allowing you to focus on countries you are most familiar with. You can also change place information when it is slightly incorrect to get an updated list of possible standards."
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New Tool is Changing the Way We See Old Photos: Here’s How to Use It

Family History Daily
"MyHeritage has created two new photo enhancing tools to help you get to know your ancestors in a whole new way. MyHeritage in Color, coupled with the site’s new Photo Enhancer technology, can transform your old family photos into sharp and vibrant images that reveal previously-hidden details."
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“Earliest Known Ancestors” at Family Tree DNA in 3 Easy Steps

"Why should you take the time to complete the information about your earliest known ancestor, your EKA, at Family Tree DNA?
The answer is simple – because it helps you with your genealogy and it helps others too."
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Tool To Find Common Ancestors At GEDmatch

Kitty Cooper
"GEDmatch has just released a tool for its Tier 1 (paid) members that will search for the common ancestor you have with your DNA matches on that site."
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How to Make Google Auto-Delete Your Web and Location History:

How-to Geek
"Google collects and remembers information about your activity, including your web, search, and location history. Google now auto-deletes history for new users after 18 months, but it will remember history forever if you previously enabled this feature with the default options."
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5 Things Every Genealogists Should Know How to Do:

Ancestral Findings
"There are certain skills every genealogist should know. Here are five of the most important ones…"
Listen now...   4.57 minutes


Connecting the Dots – Introduction to Auto Clusters at MyHeritageDNA

Legacy Family Tree
"Genetic network analysis is a powerful approach for interpreting DNA match lists, and MyHeritageDNA has an autocluster tool built into their interface to enable this analysis. Learn how to interpret the results of an autocluster, what a cluster means, types of cluster alliances, and next steps for your cluster analysis."
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars
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On the Record Trail of My LDS Immigrant Ancestor:

Legacy Family Tree
"Explore unique and fascinating historical records about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons or LDS) in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using research on her own ancestor, Sunny Morton will share examples of–and tips for finding–congregational membership records; group immigration resources; missionary diaries; ward minutes, and local histories of areas settled by LDS pioneers."
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton
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