Saturday, October 10, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 11 through October 17, 2020

Learn more about the seminar here...

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, October 12
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Monday, October 12
Monday Evening Webinar “Genealogical Gems Found in Ledgers” 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Diane L Richard, MosaicRPM 

Tuesday, October 13
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Sharing More Ideas about Organizing to Write Your Family Stories" with Phil Goldsmith and Paul Clark
Wednesday, October 14
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Genealogy Software"
Friday, October 16
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 5 October 2020

"Discover more of your German roots in 8M new German Catholic Church records added online at FamilySearch this week for Germany, W├╝rttemberg, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (1520–1975) and Germany, Hessen–Nassau, Diocese of Limburg (1601–1919), along with 4M new Find A Grave Index records and 700K Chihuahua, Mexico church records. Other country collections expanded were Brazil, Canada, France, Peru, S. Africa and Sweden; and United States collections (California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington). "  

23andMe Changes – Download Matches Now or Lose Many

"Recently, 23andMe implemented a new subscription model. In their new model, which requires retesting (with a new sample) on the V5 chip, you can pay a yearly subscription fee of $29 to receive up to 4500 matches.
The subscription service is by invitation, which you can see at this link... "

FamilySearch Updates Its Genealogies Search Page:

"For 125 years, the Genealogy Society of Utah and its successor, FamilySearch International, have collected genealogies submitted through earlier research programs or created by partners and other societies. These genealogies are available online in Genealogies under the Search tab on To further serve FamilySearch users, the Search options on the Genealogies search page have been updated."  

Neanderthal Genes May Be to Blame in Some Severe Coronavirus Cases:

CNN Health
"A team of experts on Neanderthal genetics examined a strand of DNA that has been associated with some of the more serious cases of Covid-19 and compared it to sequences known to have been passed down to living Europeans and Asians from Neanderthal ancestors."  

3 Biggest Mistakes in Genealogy Research:

Amy Johnson Crow
"Let’s be honest. We all make mistakes in our genealogy, whether it’s misreading a document or drawing an incorrect conclusion. But the mistakes in how we actually do our research can lead to bigger brick walls, fewer discoveries, and more frustration. Here are the 3 biggest mistakes in genealogy research. "


10 Awesome Windows 10 Desktop Tips and Tricks

How-to Geek
"The Windows 10 desktop is more than just a glorified folder—it’s a reflection of your personality. You can decorate it with wallpaper, cover it with your favorite shortcuts, or even play games on it. Here are 10 tips and tricks that will make your desktop experience more useful and fun."


Do You Have Mayflower Ancestry? Here is How to Prove It

Ancestral Findings
"Are you a Mayflower descendant, or do you think you may be one? You have to do the research to make sure because a lot of families have a "Mayflower ancestor" myth. Join me today and as I show you how to gather the evidence to make sure you can claim that Mayflower ancestor as your own family."
Listen now...  8.13 minutes


Dealing with Endogamy:

Legacy Family Tree
"General rules of DNA inheritance assume independent genealogical lines. However, cases of endogamy, pedigree collapse and multiple levels of relationship to any given genetic match merit additional considerations for analysis and interpretation. Explore strategies such as segment analysis, targeted testing, anchoring, and variable segment thresholds for overcoming the challenges of endogamy, pedigree collapse or multiple relationships in your DNA test results."
Wednesday, October 14 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Paul Woodbury

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