Saturday, September 5, 2020

VGS News & Events: September 6 through September 12, 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 7
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 7
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Leading the discussion:  Ken Macomber "Using Narrative Reports in RootsMagic  7"
To attend, contact Val Harris ( and request the Zoom Meeting log-on instructions.

Tuesday, September 8
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
Online Webinar
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Get Organized to Write Your Family Story" Guest Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle

Wednesday, September 9
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.  

Thursday, September 10
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Friday, September 11
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic: "DNA Painter"
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Saturday, September 12
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting. 

Gen News and Announcements:

Finding Your Ancestors in United States Church Records:

"If you’re hitting a brick wall with your United States ancestors, consider looking for them in church or synagogue records. Many people affiliated with a religious institution, even if they didn’t attend regularly. Churches often recorded the names of members and those who were married or eulogized by the clergy or who participated in church rites."

FamilySearch Announces RootsTech Connect 2021: A Free Global Virtual Event

"FamilySearch is thrilled to announce that the RootsTech 2021 conference previously planned for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, will now be held on February 25–27, 2021, as a free, virtual event online. RootsTech Connect 2021 will enable attendees to participate from around the world and will feature inspiring keynote speakers, dozens of classes in multiple languages, and a virtual marketplace. Reserve your place today at"

Our Commitment to Preserving the Memory of the Holocaust:

"As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, fewer than 400,000 Holocaust survivors are still alive, and by 2030, there could be fewer than 100,000. We are at a critical time, where the impact and memory of the Holocaust is in danger of being lost."

Ancestry and the Longest Segment:

Kitty Cooper
"Ancestry now shows the longest segment on a DNA match’s profile page which could be very useful to help decide which matches to pursue and which ones to ignore."

When is a Brick Wall not a Brick Wall?

Genealogy's Star
 "In this post, I am going to try to identify the type of situations that cannot be classified as "brick walls" for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, there is no consistent and universally accepted definition for what is and what is not a brick wall."

How to Store Print Photographs So They Last for Generations:

"In the age of boundless digital photograph storage, it can feel a bit old fashioned to worry about maintaining a print photograph collection. But experts we spoke with from the Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Geographic agree: A print photograph can serve as a crucial backup to your digital collection and act as a way to interact with history, both for this generation and for those to come."


What’s New in Chrome 85, Available Now:

How-to Geek
"Chrome 85 arrived on the stable channel Aug. 25, 2020. The latest version of Chrome promises to speed up page loads on your computer and take advantage of more RAM on Android phones."


Quick Genealogy Tip: Genealogical Proof Standard

"In this quick genealogy tip I discuss the Genealogical Proof Standard, a system to measure the plausibility of a genealogical conclusion. Another way to see it is the standard to judge proof of a genealogical conclusion."
Listen now... 6.16 minutes


New Historical Records Available on MyHeritage:

Legacy Family Tree
"MyHeritage is constantly adding new historical records to SuperSearch™. Learn about the latest additions to the collection and the value they can add to your family history research."
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Dana Drutman

Cyndi's List in Practice:

Legacy Family Tree
"Sometimes overwhelming to beginners and sometimes underused by veterans, Cyndi's List is a research tool that is robust with resources helpful in everyone's research. Using specific examples for beginners, as well as more advanced researchers, we will explore the site and point out how to make the most of the categories and the links found within."
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

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