Saturday, July 25, 2020

VGS News & Events: July 26 through August 1, 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:

Coming Events:
No meetings planned for this week that I have been made aware of. Be on the lookout for any meeting announcements sent directly to SIG members.

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 13 July 2020

"Find a key part of your genealogical puzzle in nearly one million new Find A Grave indexed records on FamilySearch. Explore Ecuador Church Records 1565–2011, and Uruguay Passenger Lists 1888–1980, just waiting to be discovered, along with thousands more from Austria. Brazil, Chile, England, Germany Mexico, Peru, S. Africa and Spain. The United States collections were expanded for Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Virginia."
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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 20 July 2020

"Find amazing discoveries in 3.7 million new indexed United States Newspaper Obituaries and trace immigrant ancestors in new, searchable New Orleans, Louisiana, passenger list records. Find additional records for Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Fiji, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa, and Wales. Search added records for CA, CT, HI, IL, MS, NJ, NY, NC, PA, and VA."
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Ancestry security team confident Family Tree Maker vulnerability has not impacted Ancestry’s systems:

Ancestry Blog
"While we no longer have formal affiliation with the company, Family Tree Maker is used by some Ancestry customers to sync family trees between Family Tree Maker software and Ancestry. Based on our investigation, we do not believe that any Ancestry systems or data have been compromised."
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FAMILY TREE MAKER - Data Security Article
"We are aware of an article that has been published about the potential for a data breach. We had already identified the vulnerability ourselves and took care of it some time ago, so please rest assured that your data is safe. We are working on a more detailed response that we hope to have posted soon, so please check back here later for more information."
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Genealogy Software Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users

info security
"A US tech company that manages popular family tree software has exposed tens of thousands of its users’ personal information online via a misconfigured cloud server, according to researchers.
A team from WizCase led by Avishai Efrat discovered the unsecured Elasticsearch server leaking 25GB of data linked to users of the Family Tree Maker software.


Browser Choice Finally Comes to the iPhone with iOS 14:

How-to Geek
"You might think the biggest announcement of WWDC 2020 is Apple ditching Intel processors in favor of first-party silicon, but you’d be wrong. No, the big news is that iOS and iPadOS 14 will finally let you choose your default browser and email apps."
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Meningioma and DNA Heredity:

Ancestral Findings
"My wife was diagnosed with a meningioma tumor. If you’re interested, here are some of my findings from my brief study on meningioma tumors and DNA heredity testing..."
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Fabulous Photo Discoveries™ at MyHeritage:

Legacy Family Tree
"Lisa Louise Cooke will show you how to discover photographs of ancestors who currently don’t have photos in your tree using MyHeritage’s exciting Photo Discoveries™ technology. You’ll learn how to add your own photos, and then find and easily add the newly generated photo discoveries to your family tree."
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
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Researching a Loyalist Soldier:

Legacy Family Tree
"Approximately one-third of the people living in the Colonies at the time of the Revolution were loyal to the King. During the War some fought in Loyalist units. By the end of the war, most were forced to leave, either north to Canada or back across the ocean. Many filed claims with the British government for failing to protect them from the rebels. Learn about the records of their service and records of their times after the War."
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
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