Saturday, August 15, 2020

VGS News & Events: August 16 through August 22, 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:
Monday, August 17
“Strategies for Brick Wall Busting.”
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Elizabeth O'Neal

Description: Have you been doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results? Then it’s time for you to think “outside the box!”  
This presentation will feature a variety of tips and strategies for thinking creatively about your genealogy research.


Tuesday, August 18
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Presentation: "Using Charts and Reports in Family Tree Maker "

Gen News and Announcements:

Quarantine Diary Prompts—How to Journal about the Historic Events of 2020:

"We are living in historic times. Are you recording your experiences? Not only can journaling help you cope better with day-to-day life, but one day your family will be interested in knowing what it was like to live through the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020."

7 Journal Ideas to Help You Record Your Story:

"We live in momentous times! As we experience what life brings, keeping a record of our activities and current events will help us, as well as our descendants, understand our experiences. These days, the ways to keep a journal have increased dramatically."

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 10 August 2020

"This week FamilySearch added over 250K Civil War (Union) Service Records, 1861–1866, a new index to Corydon, Indiana, newspaper obituaries, 1861–2008, and 3.6M other US obituaries.  Country collections expanded for Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, DR Congo, Ecuador, England, FIji, Micronesia, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States (CA, HI, MI, MS, NC, OR, PA, TX, UT and WA)."

The Women Who Carried the Fight: Understanding the Limits of the 19th Amendment Blog
"While the ratification of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago (August 18, 1920) was a key achievement in women’s suffrage, the road to voter equality spanned generations – from the early efforts of suffragists and abolitionists in the 1800s, to breaking down barriers to voting for women of color in the mid-1900s."

August Hot News: Ancestry Match Tagging Script, DNA Sales, DNAPainter Newsletter & More:

"This wasn’t exactly how I had in mind to convey these news items, but you know that saying, “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans,”? Well, let’s just say it’s one of those weeks/months and years."

Downloading AncestryDNA® Raw Data Blog
"AncestryDNA® raw data is the lab-generated information of a DNA sample that can be downloaded in a .txt (text file) format. DNA data from other websites cannot be uploaded to Ancestry®."


What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?

How-to Geek
"Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. Your computer’s hard drive could fail tomorrow, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever."
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How to Make a Family Cookbook (and Why You Should):

Ancestral Findings
"The food that families make is wonderful and ties the generations closer together in shared meals, traditions, experiences, and emotions. Preserving these recipes is an important part of your genealogy work and one that even the non-genealogists in your family can appreciate."
Listen now... 4.30 minutes


The Advance of Research Habits over Recent Decades — And the Downside

Legacy Family Tree
"The Internet, other technological advances, indexing projects, and DNA testing have revolutionized how genealogists conduct research. Have they also have promoted counterproductive research habits?"
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Tom Jones, PhD, CG
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Getting to Know Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records:

Legacy Family Tree
"These records are often described as the best family history records in the world due to the wealth of genealogical information typically included in these records. Learn how to find and analyze Mexico civil and church registration collections to build out your Mexican family history. Even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research."
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
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