Saturday, September 12, 2020

VGS News & Events: September 13 through September 19, 2020

For the foreseeable future, The Villages Genealogical Society will continue to conduct virtual monthly general meetings using our GoToWebinar facilities and they will be recorded. Special Interest Groups may use our GoToWebinar facilities if they are available. All SIG's also have access to Zoom Video Communications for their meetings.  The most accurate list of up coming meetings can be found on our website under "Coming Events."

Zoom access information will not be posted on our website for security reasons. Contact the SIG coordinator directly for Zoom meeting access information. Contact information can be found on their SIG web page.

Coming Events:
Monday, September 14
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Monday, September 14
Monday Evening Webinar: “Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories.”
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Ari Wilkins
Please register for the webinar at:

Tuesday, September 15
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist" Guest Speaker Annette Burke-Lyttle
Please register for the webinar at:

VGS General Monthly Meeting 
10:00 am to 11:15 am
Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Topic: “Preserving Family History, Experiences, and Stories from the Pandemic”
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:

Wednesday, September 16
VGS General Monthly Bonus Meeting 
11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Virtual Bonus Meeting
Guest Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
Topic: “Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research”
Please register for this VGS General Meeting at:

Thursday, September 17
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
12:00 pm to 1:50 pm
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Friday, September 18
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 31 August 2020

"FamilySearch added 400K German Catholic Church Records 1704–1957, and 500K Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888–1956. Collections were expanded for Brazil, Canada, England, Peru, S. Africa, Wales and the United States (military service records for Union soldiers and more for Arizona, California. Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin)."

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 7 September 2020

"This week FamilySearch added over 1M new Catholic Church records from Morelos, Mexico (1598–1994), and more for Brazil. Canada, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Micronesia, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa and Spain. Over 500K records were added to United States collections for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, N. Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington (state)."

Ancestry® Delivers More Precise Ethnicity Estimates Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network

"Powered by the world’s largest consumer DNA network, millions of family trees linked to AncestryDNA test results, and by increasing our reference panel, Ancestry is releasing our most precise DNA update yet."

10 Things You Should Never Do With an Old Photo + What to Do Instead:

Family History Daily
"For genealogists, the older a family photo, the better. Who doesn’t love scouring old photographs for clues to an ancestor’s lifestyle? Or maybe you just enjoy looking for similarities in the facial features of you and your great-great grandmother. Whatever the reason, you want to be sure you keep your collection in the best possible condition for future generations to enjoy."

How to Use Google Photos for Beginners:

Lisa Louise Cooke
"Have you thought about using Google Photos but just weren’t sure how it worked or where to start? This video webinar will answer your questions and give you the confidence to use it effectively. In this introductory tour to Google Photos we will answer the questions:"


How to Stop Apps from Tracking Your Precise Location on iPhone:

How-to Geek
"When a ride-sharing app asks you for your location, it’s for a good reason. But some apps needlessly request your location for doing menial tasks. Here’s how you can stop those apps from tracking your precise location on your iPhone."


How to Hire a Professional Genealogist:

"If you want to hire a professional genealogist then you will first want to identify your research question, being as coherent and specific in your goal for the genealogy research."
Listen now... 8.38 minutes


Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence:

Legacy Family Tree
"DNA can often be used along with documentary evidence to break through brick walls and resolve questions of relationship. Learn how an early nineteenth-century English immigrant's family is reconstructed through a combination of documentary evidence and DNA test results."
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Melissa Johnson, CG

Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files:

Legacy Family Tree
"Chinese genealogical research is challenging. Even the names are confusing—a person could have two or three distinctly different names during his lifetime, and possibly an Americanized version. This webinar will give a brief history of the act, tell where the files are located, and how to access them."
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Trish Hackett Nicola, CG

Your DNA Questions Answered Live With Diahan:

Legacy Family Tree
"Got a DNA Question? Diahan Southard will be on hand to answer your questions - LIVE!
Submit questions in advance to"
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Diahan Southard

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