Saturday, October 3, 2020

VGS News & Events: October 4 through October 10, 2020

October is Family History Month - FamilySearch Image
Learn more about the seminar here...

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. 
SIG members will receive an email. Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.
Coming Events:
Monday, October 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
Topic: “Challenges of Jewish Ancestral Research – Names, Dates and Places.” Dr. Jeanette Silverman

Monday, October 5
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator
Monday, October 5
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Val Harris & George Zitterell Co-Coordinators
Topic: "Understanding Multimedia Files in RootsMagic 7" - Ken Macombe

Tuesday, October 6
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Topic: Member Presentation "Searching My Birth Father"

Wednesday, October 7
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:00 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...
Thursday, October 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
On Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
Friday, October 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Zoom Online Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Solving Cold Cases Using Genetic Genealogy"
Guest Speaker: Lori Napolitano

Saturday, October 10
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "The Underground Railroad" - Annette Burke-Lyttle
Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 28 September 2020

"More ancestor discoveries will be populating family trees worldwide with FamilySearch's major new historical records additions this week—4M new records from Australia, Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852–1924 and over 3M Boston Massachusetts Tax Records 1822–1918 and New York Land Records 1630–1975. Also from the United States, the Indiana Marriages 1811–2007 collection had 100k additions plus more records for CA, HI, IN, KS, MS, MN, MS, TX, NY, VA, and WA. International, over 600k Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996, were added, and more for Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Mexico, Peru, and S. Africa."  

FamilySearch Hits 8 Billion Searchable Names in Historical Records:

"Growth is in the roots of FamilySearch. It began 125 years ago (See FamilySearch Celebrates 125th Anniversary) as the Genealogical Society of Utah, with a mere 300 hundred books of family records on its shelves. Now FamilySearch has 3.2 billion digital images, 490,000 digital books, and a Family Tree with over a billion more user-contributed records available online. And it adds over 1 million new records every day."  

MyHeritage Expands its Theory of Family Relativity:

Genealogy's Star

"The Theory of Family Relativity™ harnesses the billions of family tree profiles and historical records on MyHeritage to suggest relationship paths between you and your DNA Matches, potentially saving you dozens of hours of research."  

2 of the Top 3 Paid Genealogy Sites Offer Millions of Records for Free:

Family History Daily
"Subscriptions to the popular paid genealogy sites like Ancestry and MyHeritage can cost hundreds of dollars a year. That’s why, when you discover your fourth-great-grandmother for free, it truly feels like you’ve struck gold! And it’s why we are all about mining the vast genealogy resources on the internet for free records."  

More Editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette Go Online:

Irish Genealogy News
"Following last month's announcement from the RCB Library that post-1949 editions of the Church of Ireland's Gazette would be digitised and released in monthly instalments, the second such tranche has been uploaded for free viewing.  It covers all editions published in 1960 to 1969 inclusive and, as with last month's instalment, it is accompanied by a presentation in the ‘Borderless Church’ series from the Representative Church Body Library."  

FamilySearch New and Updated Collections - September 1-30, 2020

The Ancestor Hunt
"FamilySearch continues to add or update their records collections at a fast pace for us to search. For the period of September 1-30, 2020,  the added/updated collections are:"  


How to Resize Images Using Paint 3D on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"If you need to perform a simple task like resizing an image on your Windows 10 PC, you don’t need to use software with a steep learning curve like Photoshop. You can do it using Microsoft Paint 3D. Here’s how it’s done.
Open Paint 3D on your computer by typing “Paint 3D” in the Windows Search bar and selecting “Paint 3D” from the search results."


Using the 1890 US Veterans Schedule:

Ancestral Findings
"Did you know that alternative records exist to help you fill in the gaps left by the loss of most of the 1890 US federal census? There are several such sources. One of the most useful, but little use of these sources is the 1890 US Veterans Schedule. Here is what you need to know about it for your genealogy."
Listen now... 5.16 minutes


Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping:

Legacy Family Tree
"Chromosome mapping is typically achieved by mapping the segments of DNA we share with an identified match. In this lecture, learn how to map segments of DNA that you DO NOT share with a match! Using close relatives such as parents or siblings we can figure out where pieces of DNA came from based on lack of sharing."
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA:

Legacy Family Tree
"Step by step, how to utilize Y DNA testing at Family Tree DNA to get the most out of your results. We'll look at little known methods to obtain information, even if your match doesn't have a tree. Wonder about the Big Y test? We'll talk about why that's important and how to benefit from those results. Lastly, we'll discuss projects and using Y DNA in conjunction with autosomal for a slam-dunk."
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Roberta Estes

From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship

Legacy Family Tree
"Proving relationships between generations is an essential skill for genealogists, and one that has to be demonstrated for certification in the Kinship Determination Project. Get an updated review of this three-generation narrative linking family members from generation to generation. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists."
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Noon Eastern
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Geo-Genealogy as a Problem-Solving Tool: The Case of a 19th-Century Female Teenage Immigrant

Legacy Family Tree
"Evidence for the home-country origins of 19th-century immigrants can be hard to find. This lecture illustrates how 3-D genealogy (associations, geography, and time), including an expansive geographical search in American records can produce a tight geographical focus in home-county records, leading to the birth family of a single, teenage girl who landed at New Orleans in 1845. Enjoy a research cruise up and down the Mississippi to gather clues leading to Dena’s German birthplace. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists."
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 1:15p.m. Eastern
Presenter: J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG

Spanning 150 Years of Record Loss: A Methodological Approach to Identifying Parents in Sweden

Legacy Family Tree
"Swedish records are rarely lost to fire. Churches built of brick and a lack of conflict within the country have made most records available and continuous back to the late 1600s. Elna Johansdotter married Troed Pehrsson, but not in the parish where she raised her children and died. Swedish women usually marry in their home parish, but live in the parish of their husband. Where was Elna born and who were her parents? Available record sets consisted of 1 book of parish records which ended in 1716; the gap-ridden mantals tax records, an annual recording of the heads of household and their taxable obligations; and the probate documents, the latter available only if the court ordered an inventory to occur. Squeezing all information out of the limited record sets available resulted in a successful identification of the parents of Elna. The records sets available may differ but the methodologies used to identify the parents of Elna are transferable, whether in Sweden, the United States or elsewhere. Presented as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists."
Thursday, October 08, 2020, 2:30pm Eastern
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG

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