Saturday, September 19, 2020

VGS News & Events: September 20 through September 26, 2020

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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. Many SIG's 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..

Coming Events:
Monday, September 21
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. 
Tuesday, September 22
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 pm
Zoom Online Meeting
Annette Burke Lyttle, Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “How I Spent My Covid Vacation: Genealogy Discoveries from the Past Few Months”
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Gen News and Announcements:

Finding Children In-Between Census Years:
"Maybe one of the hardest items to research, mostly you may not even know about a specific individual ever existed. Infant and child mortality was high in the years of 1700s to 1940s. Visit any older cemetery and you find many infants and children did not survive past childhood."

History of the Armenian Diaspora:

"The term “Armenian diaspora” refers to the spread of Armenian people to different countries.  Many of the largest communities of Armenians outside Armenia have populations ranging well into the hundreds of thousands."

Why Your Latest Results Could Include More Scotland In Your Ethnicity Estimates:

"Our 2020 ethnicity update is the first time we are dividing results in the UK and Ireland into four populations instead of two. Over the years, the names of our ethnicity regions for the UK and Ireland have changed, but we’ve always had only two regions to compare customers’ DNA against, roughly an Ireland/Celtic/Gaelic group and an Anglo-Saxon/Britain/England group. Now we have four: England & Northwestern Europe, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales."

9 Mayflower Descendants as Famous as Their Pilgrim Ancestors:

"The Mayflower set sail for America in 1620 with 102 passengers. Though only 53 passengers lived to see the following spring, an estimated 35 million people worldwide are descendants of this small but hardy group."

A Deeper Look at

Genealogy's Star
" began as a family history product sold on CDs in 1997 and has expanded online to include 3 million paying subscribers and 18+ million people DNA tested. The website claims the world's largest collection of family history records with over 27 billion records online."

23andMe Announced Insights From Lupus Research:

"23andMe collaborated with researchers from Pfizer to learn more about how to treat Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. The research was powered by almost 6,000 consented researcher participants. No new genetic associations were found, but 23andMe did uncover deeper insights into non-genetic factors and symptoms associated with the disease."


Can Zoom Hosts Really See All Your Private Messages?

How-to Geek
"Viral social media posts are alleging that Zoom’s private messages aren’t really private—if you’re chatting privately during a Zoom meeting, the host can see your entire conversation. Is that true? Well, not exactly."


Finding Records in Ukraine for Jewish Genealogy Research: 

"In this VLOG I talk about how I found records in Ukraine for my Jewish Genealogy Research. To start finding records I needed as much as information about my immigrant ancestors, especially pertaining to any dates from when they were still in Ukraine."
Listen now... 10.41 minutes


A MyHeritage Webinar:

Legacy Family Tree
"This space is reserved for an exciting and interesting MyHeritage webinar. Here you will learn about the latest features, records, and characteristics developed by the MyHeritage team to help you find who you are, and amaze you with great discoveries."
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars

Introduction to VPNs:

Legacy Family Tree
"Participants will learn the basics of Virtual Private Networks as well how to install and use a VPN. We’ll discuss which VPN is right for you and your research as well as offer tips and tricks for getting the most out of VPNs."
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

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