Saturday, August 1, 2020

VGS News & Events: August 2 through August 8, 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 3
Italian Genealogy Special Interest Group Meeting
1:00 pm
Zoom Online Webinar
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Contact the Coordinator for more information...
Monday, August 3
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom Online Webinar
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Ordinators
"Using Sources" Ken Macomber
Contact the Coordinator for more information...
Tuesday, August 4
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am to 11:20 am
VGS Online Webinar
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-cordinators
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Speaker: Annette Burke-Lyttle, Vice-President of the VGS
Thursday, August 6
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
VGS Online Webinar
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Please register to attend at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 27 July 2020

"FamilySearch added new free indexed collections of immigrant arrivals for San Francisco, California 1903-1918, and additional voter registrations for Boston, Masssachusetts 1857-1920. Examine more records added for Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Norway, Peru, Spain, S. Africa, and Venezuela. Find your family in 2 million more United States newspaper obituaries and additional records for CA, HI, ID, IL, IA, LA, MS, NE, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI." Faces $250M Class Action Lawsuit Over Auto-Renewals

Top Class Actions
 "The class action lawsuit, which was removed to federal court this week, seeks more than $250 million in restitution for consumers." 

Hacking in the Genetic Genealogy World!

Kitty Cooper
"There are so many security breaches and problems for us genetic genealogists to worry about these days! Why would anyone want your DNA data? I can understand wanting your credit card information, although these days those companies are quick to spot fraud. But why hack a DNA site?"

6 Steps to Organize, Back Up and Store Your Old Family Records, Photos and Heirlooms:

Family History Daily
"Do you have piles of records, old photos and family heirlooms that are cluttering up your space? Here are the 6 simple steps you need to get them backed up, organized and safely stored."

Will Computers Ever Change Genealogical Methodology?

Genealogy's Star
"It is always amazing to me how much of what is written accurately reflects exactly what is taught today as genealogical methodology. You would think that ever-advancing computers and software programs would have had more of an impact on genealogy than it apparently has."

Chronicling America Updates - July, 2020

The Ancestor Hunt
"Chronicling America, the newspaper collection available for online research of United States historic newspapers, regularly updates their collection. Here are the updated titles for June and July, 2020. Some are new titles and some are added to an existing title's pages in the database. There are 48 in total from 16 different states, plus the District of Columbia." 


How to Use Your AirPods and AirPods Pro: The Complete Guide:

How-to Geek
"Just bought yourself or received a new pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro? Welcome to the truly wireless earphones life. Setting up AirPods is quite straightforward, but here’s how to customize and get the most of your AirPods or AirPods Pro."
Editor's Note:  I love mine...
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Your Foot Shape and Your Genealogy:

Ancestral Findings
"Have you ever heard of foot shape genealogy? It is a concept out of the 19th century that still has some adherents today. It is based on the belief that the shape of your foot can tell you one of five ancient ethnic groups to which your ancestors belonged."
Listen now... 7.31 minutes


Tracing Australian and New Zealand World War One Ancestors:

Legacy Family Tree
"The ANZACs were young men from Australia and New Zealand who answered the call in World War One. Using a variety of records, it is generally possible to trace their service and find out the answer to “What did you do in the war?”"
Tuesday, August 4 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Helen V. Smith
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Using DNA to Solve Adoption and Unknown Parentage Mysteries:

Legacy Family Tree
"There are some mysteries traditional research can never solve.  DNA testing, however, has revolutionized the options available to adoptees and those with unknown parentage or other unknown ancestors. This webinar will explain how to use DNA results to solve these previously unsolvable mysteries.  Michelle will illustrate the entire process from choosing the correct tests and testing companies through to making contact with newly identified relatives"
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Michelle Leonard

Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist®

Legacy Family Tree
"In this webinar, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists will share various pathways to certification. They will discuss the process of becoming a board-certified genealogist, explain each element of an application portfolio, and answer questions from the participants."
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Learn more or Register for this event...

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