Saturday, October 24, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 25 through October 31, 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 27
Midwest SIG Meeting
2:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic:  "Waterways to the Midwest” with Annette Burke Lyttle

Wednesday, October 28
VGS General Monthly Meeting
10:00 am to 11:15 am
Live Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
Topic: “The Librarian Knows Where It’s At—Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online” 

Wednesday, October 28
VGS General Monthly Meeting
11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Bonus Live Virtual Meeting
Guest Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
Topic: “Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet”

Gen News and Announcements:

Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the National Woman’s Party:

New York Times
"The donation, timed to the centennial of the 19th Amendment, doubles the library’s holdings relating to the party, which fought for women’s suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment. ”

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 12 October 2020

"Explore 1.5M new historical Ohio Voter Records (1893–1960), and over 600K New York, Index to Passenger Lists (1897–1902) and New York, Southern District Naturalization Records (1824–1946), at  FamilySearch this week. Additional records were added to the United States collections (CA, DC, HI, IA, KS, MS, MI, NJ, NY, OK, SC, TX, VA, and WA), Mexico, Aguascalientes Catholic Church Records (1601-1962), Bolivia Catholic Church Records (1566–1996), Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Norway, Nova Scotia, Peru, Puerto Rico, and South Africa. ”

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). ”

Reclaim The Records takes on the US National Archives for Billions of Records

Genealogy's Star
"It is about time that this happened. The National Archives and Records Administration is supposed to be the nation's record keeper but only %-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept and of those only a vanishingly small number of records are digitized and available to the public other than by actually visiting the locations of the main archives or one of the branch archives. ”

1926 Census of the Irish Free State is Back in the News:

"The 1926 Census of the Irish Free State is once again making headlines. Today, it's the subject of a piece on RTÉ, Ireland's national news service, which carries a statement from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) referring to the publication on social media of data and images purporting to be from the census taken in 1926. Such publication, as the CSO makes clear in its statement, is strictly prohibited. It has also posted a tweet to this effect, see below. ”


How to Scan with Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"Windows malware is still a big problem. That’s why Microsoft ships an antivirus named Microsoft Defender with Windows 10. It scans for malware in the background, but you can also perform a full-system scan with Defender.
First, open the Start menu and type “Windows Security.” Click on the “Windows Security” app icon that pops up."


A Quick Guide to Using the US Census for Genealogy:

Ancestral Findings
"Are you a genealogy beginner? If so, have you used the US census yet? Have you ever heard of the US census? This is a brief outline of what the census is and what it can do for you in your genealogical research, as well as where to find it."
Listen now...  4.21 minutes


Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries:

Legacy Family Tree
"Jump start your family tree by learning how to add and evaluate instant discoveries to your MyHeritage family tree. Each Instant Discovery™ is based on MyHeritage’s superior Smart Matching™ technology from other MyHeritage family trees and Record Matching technologies from other family tree collections with automatic elimination of incorrect matches."
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: James Tanner

The New Ethnicity Estimates:

Legacy Family Tree
"The new Ethnicity Estimate introduce a whole new level of detail to MyHeritage's DNA tests. Learn more about this new presentation and what they can teach you about where you come from."
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: MyHeritage Webinars

In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World

Legacy Family Tree
"Family historians know that newspapers are vital to research but it’s not always easy to find them. We’ll explore finding aids for historical newspapers around the globe to help you find what you need."
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega

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