Saturday, November 14, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 15 through November 21, 2020

Learn more about the seminar here... 

Coming Events:

Tuesday, November 17
Family Tree Maker Users SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Webinar
John DeAngelo, Co-Coordinator
Topic: "My Final Comments"
Please register for the webinar at: 

Wednesday, November 18
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting, canceled
Wednesday, November 18
VGS General Monthly Meeting
10:00 am
Virtual General Meeting
Session 1:
Topic: “The Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Family's History” 
Please register for the webinar at:

11:30 am
Virtual Bonus Meeting
Session 2:
Topic: “Genealogy Research Using Online Resources”
Please register for the webinar at: 

Friday, November 20
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Ken Bowgren, Per Andersson and Kris Petersen-Gauthier Co-coordinators
No meeting information as of yet...

Friday, November 20
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet...

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 9 November 2020

"Explore the 1865 Norway Census added this week on FamilySearch, and 10M more records in United States City and Business Directories ca. 1749–1990, New York Land Records 1630–1975, and Massachusetts Deaths 1841–1950. Country collections were also expanded for Austria, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, England, France, Peru, S. Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States (LA, MA, MN, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, UT, VA, and WA). "

Trends in Preventive Measures: An Update on Ancestry’s COVID-19 Research Study
"Thanks to more than 750,000 Ancestry customers who volunteered to participate in Ancestry’s COVID-19 Research Study, we are now able to contribute additional insights to help advance this evolving body of knowledge. "

New DNA Tools and Blog from a Scientist at Cornell:

Kitty Cooper
"In an exciting development, Amy Williams, a computational biologist at Cornell University, has built a few DNA tools, with more to come, and started a blog at"

Did You Know That Ancestry Has 57 FREE Obituary Index Collections?

The Ancestor Hunt
"Did you know that there are many Free Obituary Index Collections available on Ancestry dot com? And yes, you do not need a subscription to access them."

Nearly 900 Million OCR-Indexed Records Coming from FamilySearch

Genealogy's Star
"I have always been somewhat incredulous about the fact that genealogists have been so slow to incorporate OCR technology in their digitization efforts."


Holiday 2020: The Best Gifts for New Smart Home Owners

How-to Geek
"There are tons of smart home products on the market today, and converting your home to a smart home is a project that’s never truly completed. There’s always something more than could be done, and if you have friends who are just starting that conversion then there are plenty of great gifts you can get them to help them out. "


Have You Visited Angel Island?

Ancestral Findings
"Have you visited Angel Island in San Francisco? Today we’ll explore the interesting history of this state park on an island and its storied past. "
Listen now... 4.30 minutes


Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men:

Legacy Family Tree
"Can the same man die twice? Two different probates years apart appear to be for different men, but they are not. Research into probate records revealed more men by the same name. Each man’s identity needed to be developed to distinguish them from each other."
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Shannon Green, CG

Surname Projects and DNA Projects:

Legacy Family Tree
"Why create a surname project or name study? Whether it’s to help you solve a family mystery or just to answer the questions of how, we will look at how surname projects and DNA projects can be worked to answer most of your genealogy questions. From discovering NPE’s (non-parental events) to discovering your surname is a derivative of another surname, we will work a surname and show you haw Surname studies and DNA can break down your brick walls."
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Mags Gaulden

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