Saturday, October 31, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 1 through November 7, 2020


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Coming Events:

Monday, November 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Comparing Jewish Resources on, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage and JewishGen.” - Ellen Kowitt and Sunny Morton

Monday, November 2
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Topic: "How to Use FamilySearch with RootsMagic" - Ken Macomber

Wednesday, November 4
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:00 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No information available

Thursday, November 5
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Goggle Meet Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
Topic: General meeting.  Learn ways to research your Eastern European ancestors.  Share your successes, bring your questions.

Friday, November 6
British SIG Monthly Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Pat Adams & Phyllis Sample, Coordinators
No information available

Gen News and Announcements:

FREE ACCESS! Over 540 MILLION Death Records at MyHeritage this weekend!

My Heritage
"During this limited-time offer, October 29 - November 2, you’ll be able to take full advantage of all records in their 153 different collections absolutely free."

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 19 October 2020

"FamilySearch adds 100K Costa Rica Civil Registrations (1823–1975), a new collection of German Catholic and Lutheran Church Records (1537–1981), and expands available records for Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Guatemala, Norway, Peru, Spain, S. Africa and the United States  (See Indiana Marriages, 1811–2007, Wisconsin Naturalization Records, 1807-1992, US City and Business Directories, ca.1749-1990, Washington Voting Records, 1876–1940,  Kansas Birth, Baptism and Death Records, 1811–1940, plus more for CA, HI, IA, MS, OK, SC, TX, and VA).”

BCG Revises Genealogy Standard 57 to Allow Private Sharing of DNA Match Details

"On 5 October 2020, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists revised Standard 57 (respect for privacy rights) and the Genealogist’s Code of Ethics to allow private sharing of DNA match details. The changes also eliminate the need for test takers to provide written consent for use of their DNA data, although they must be informed about the pros and cons.”

285 Free Mid Atlantic States Online Alumni Collections:

The Ancestor Hunt
"Alumni records are part directories, part newspapers and magazines, part biographies, part obituaries, part yearbooks, part vital records, etc. You get the idea. If you are seeking genealogy clues, these "records' are full of them. ”

Recently Added & Updated Collections at – July 27 to Sept. 25, 2020

"You need a subscription to view these records. Sure – it’s a little spendy, but if you’re into family history, it’s a tremendous bang for your buck. Eh… More like an explosion. ”

Italian Interment in the Early 1940's
During World War 2 (1939-1945), it was nation against nation. With Japan attaching the American Pearl Harbor in 1941, anyone who was Japanese in America was looked at as a threat to the nation. So many Japanese-American (even those born in the USA) were placed in special internment camps across the US.


Where Did the System Control Panel Go on Windows 10?

How-To Geek
"Are you looking for the classic System pane in the Control Panel? Well, if you’ve updated to Windows 10’s October 2020 Update, you can stop looking: It’s gone. Here’s why—and what you should use instead. "


Talk to the Older Folks: Cultivate the Leaves on the Family Tree:

Ancestral Finding
"Whether you’re doing serious genealogical research or just want to know, don’t forget to check with the older members of your family. "
Liston now... 3.38 minutes


Australian Census Substitutes:

Legacy Family Tree
"Sadly, in Australia while censuses were taken, once the statistical data was extracted, most were destroyed. Apart from some early musters, researchers have to use other resources to try and fill in the gaps. These include electoral rolls, directories, gazettes, council rates, land records, civil registration and more. While not a perfect substitute these resources do help us put people in time and place."
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Helen V. Smith

How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society:

Legacy Family Tree
"Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society."
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Kate Eakman

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