Saturday, September 26, 2020

VGS News & Events: September 27 through October 3, 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. 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 28
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. 
Thursday, October 1
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.  
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  
Friday, October 2
British SIG Monthly Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.

Gen News and Announcements:

Using the Internet Like a Pro: Genealogists Have No Idea What’s Out There:

Genealogy's Star
"The question involved obtaining a list of the websites on the video that did not involve stopping the video every few minutes to write down a URL or name. Because I was asked the question, I decided to make a list of the websites mentioned in the video and add a few more for good measure. Here is the list."

Deleting DNA Results or Closing Your Account Does NOT Automatically = Destroying Your Original DNA Sample:

"First and foremost, I want to state unequivocally that I am NOT advocating closing your account at any of the testing vendor sites. That’s not the purpose of this article. In fact, I encourage everyone to use each tool to extract every drop of information possible."

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests:

Ancestry Blog
"These simple-to-take, saliva-based tests reveal your possible ethnic origins, connect you to distant relatives, help you find ancestors, and uncover new details about your family history.
But how much do you know about these tests?"

15 Reasons Why Searching Mortuary and Funeral Home Records Is a Gold Mine!

The Ancestor Hunt
"Most folks know that finding obituaries is a bonanza when it comes to finding information about the deceased as well as his/her family. For example, if you are looking for the maiden name of a female sibling of a deceased married woman, if the obituary states that the deceased had a brother named "John Moran" who had a sister, say Mrs. Stella McDonald - a good place to start to find out more about Stella is to search for "Stella Moran." Except for step or half sibling relationships or name changes, much of the time that would indeed be her maiden name."

Look for Genealogy Channels on YouTube:

Genealogy's Star
"Google's is a go to place for information and explanations about almost every possible subject. I have used YouTube videos for everything from installing an air filter in my car to learning specific software programs. What you may not realize is that there are thousands of videos about a multitude of genealogically related topics."

California Enacts the Genetic Privacy Information Act:

"With the focus of personal privacy increasing, it is unsurprising that additional laws are being proposed to increase privacy rights, including the California Privacy Rights Act initiative on the ballot this upcoming November."


Windows Task Manager: The Complete Guide

How-to Geek
"The Windows Task Manager is a powerful tool packed with useful information, from your system’s overall resource usage to detailed statistics about each process. This guide explains every feature and technical term in the Task Manager."


Optimize DNA Results by Uploading to Free Databases: 

"In this Quick Genealogy Tip I discuss how to optimize DNA results by uploading to free databases. By uploading to different databases you are casting a wider net for people you can match as different people are in different databases."
Listen now... 6.22 minutes


5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections:

Legacy Family Tree
"Early pioneers and settlers were a diverse group with family members across the country. Records about the families which moved and those individuals and neighbors back home are also often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher. Thousands of wonderful stories and records are preserved in the Southern states about these families, and may contain the answers for which we are searching."
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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