Saturday, July 18, 2020

VGS News & Events: July 19 through July 25, 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:
Tuesday, July 21
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Webinar 
1:00 pm
Live Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Media and the Media Workspace in Family Tree Maker"

Wednesday, July 22
July VGS Virtual General Monthly Meeting
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online Webinar
Topic: "Lets Talk Genealogy"  -  3 Presentations by VGS members...
Obituaries 2.0 – Telling the Rest of the Story, Nancy Flanigan Schultz
Understanding DNA Results, Dan Spear
20th Century Immigration Case Study: Grandpa, What Were You Thinking?, Pat Adams
Please register for VGS General Meeting - Panel Presentations at:

Gen News and Announcements: for Free? 7 Ways to Research With No Subscription

Family Tree
"Is there a way to use for free, without buying a subscription? There is. If you have two weeks to devote to genealogy research, sign up for a free 14-day trial. (But don’t forget to go in and cancel your subscription, otherwise your card will show an automatic charge.)
But even before that, use these seven different techniques to glean as much as you can for free—not only from but also its sister site,"
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10 Easy Tips for Using

Family Tree
"When you first delve into, the world’s largest subscription collection of genealogy databases, it can be a bit mind-boggling. After all, encompasses some 31,000 collections with more than 20 billion historical records."
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Ancestry to Remove DNA Matches Soon – Preservation Strategies with Detailed Instructions:

"Ancestry has announced that they are going to remove smaller matches from their customer’s DNA match list around the first of August. I was not on this conference call myself. However, it’s a small community and others have reported consistent information.
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The 2020 FGS Family History Conference is Going Virtual:

"You won’t want to miss the final FGS Conference virtual-style! We have a variety of learning sessions to meet every genealogist’s needs. We have so many topics—including DNA, Ethnicity & Nationality, Methodology & Skill-building and so much more! And of course, we have your favorite speakers that you love learning from!"
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The Unexpected Detail in Divorce Records Might Surprise You:

Family History Daily

"As much as we would all like to think our ancestors lived in marital bliss, as you build your family tree, you will likely find the need to dig for a divorce record or two. Many are surprised to find that divorces were relatively common in certain locations around the world – including the United States – and began being recorded earlier than expected."
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Improvements to 23andMe’s G6PD Deficiency Report:

"This week, 23andMe updated its G6PD Deficiency Genetic Health Risk Report.* The update includes testing for an additional variant linked to G6PD  deficiency, a condition that can lead to episodes of anemia."
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NHGRI Researchers Generate Complete Human X Chromosome Sequence:

"Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have produced the first end-to-end DNA sequence of a human chromosome. The results, published in the journal Nature, show that generating a precise, base-by-base sequence of a human chromosome is now possible, and will enable researchers to produce a complete sequence of the human genome."
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How iOS 14 Is About to Transform Your iPhone’s Home Screen:

How-to Geek
"The iPhone Home screen hasn’t changed since Steve Jobs first showed it off in 2007. Come fall 2020, iOS 14 will drastically shake things up with a few features that will be familiar to anyone who used an Android device in the last few years."
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3 Overlooked Clues in Genealogical Documents:

Ancestral Findings
"You want to take your research farther, but seem to be stuck at a brick wall on the line you're working on. It's a frustrating fact of genealogy that nearly any genealogist will encounter at some point, and probably more than once. When you get to the point where you don't know where else to look for clues, you may be tempted to give up on that line, but don't do it just yet."
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Elusive Immigrant: The Search for Dora Lühr

Legacy Family Tree
"See the Genealogical Proof Standard applied to research on both sides of the Atlantic to prove the identity of an immigrant not found where she is supposed to be and whose name is anything but certain."
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Warren Bittner, CG
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50 More Websites Every Genealogist Should Know:

Legacy Family Tree
"We are so lucky to live at a time when we have a wealth of information at our fingertips. Previously Gena explored 50 websites you should know so now it’s time for 50 more! And these aren’t just the same old, same old websites. Let’s take our research around the world and explore more websites that are vital for the family historian."
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega

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