Saturday, October 17, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 18 through October 24, 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:

Tuesday, October 20
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "Ask a Question"
Description: After listening attentively for several months, the October meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions. I'll try to give you answers.  I will also go over a couple of new software bugs that have been found and reported to

Ask your question HERE... 

Wednesday, October 21
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting canceled
Karen Pickelsimer, Coordinator
Wednesday, October 21
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
Monday, October 26
Technology SIG Meeting Canceled
Gene Clark, coordinator

Gen News and Announcements:

Drawing Strength From Our Ancestors’ Resilience—From the Spanish Flu to Today

"It’s hard to believe six months have passed since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. As a collective community, we have endured unprecedented challenges in every lane of life – from the global economy to  our own family dynamics. At the same time, we have been deeply inspired by how people around the world have come together, with each and every organization and frontline hero joining forces to help those in need. "

23andMe Surprise Purge of DNA Matches – How It Impacts You

"23andMe started rolling out a reduction of your list of DNA relatives in the second half of 2020. You weren’t aware of this purge? Nor was I, until other customers posted their reactions on genealogy forums. So, what’s happened? ”

Genealogy Tip: Correct Spelling Isn’t Everything 

"In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega writes about the time she misspelled her ancestor’s name in her search – and the great benefits of making that “mistake. ”

Female Ancestors: The Benefit of Searching by Her Husband’s Name

"In this article, Gena Philibert-Ortega gives a great genealogy tip for finding your female ancestor’s elusive maiden name. ”

What To Do With Records Of Female Ancestors?

Dear Myrtle
"Based on a discussion in The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group, we tackle the question of what to do with the records of our female ancestors. It all boils down to whether she keeps her maiden name or not, as a cultural influence where she lived, and what system works for each researcher. ”

Julian, Gregorian and Other Calendars:

Dear Myrtle
"We concluded it behooves 21st century family historians to observe differences in the adoption of the Gregorian from the Julian calendar. It varies by county, time period, whether the record is a civil record versus an ecclesiastical record. ”


How to Stop Companies From Listening to Your Voice Assistant Recordings:

How-to Geek
"It’s been in the news for weeks: Employees and contractors at Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are listening to recordings of you talking to voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana. Here’s how to stop humans from listening in."


How to Use Cluster Research to Find Those Hidden Ancestors:

Ancestral Findings
"Have you heard of the cluster technique? If not, you should know it is a powerful method for breaking through genealogical brick walls. Join me today as I give you the details."
Listen now...  8.01 minutes


Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree:

Legacy Family Tree
"This webinar will feature a demonstration of using DNA test results to confirm a documented ancestral line. We will walk step-by-step through the process using both traditional research and DNA evidence to meet standards."
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage

Legacy Family Tree
"The 2020 "state of the sites" update will focus on the newest and most exciting developments at each of the major genealogy websites, with plenty of hasn’t-changed foundational description to help viewers know where they should be turning next for their genealogical research--and what sites and tools they should keep in mind for the future. This lecture has a global focus."
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton

How Old Did He Have To Be…?

Legacy Family Tree
"Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birth date, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer."
Friday, October 23, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

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