Saturday, November 21, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 22 through November 28, 2020

Learn more about the seminar here... 

Coming Events:

Monday, November 23
Technology SIG Meeting Canceled  (Technology SIG)
Gene Clark, coordinator
Tuesday, November 24
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer, coordinators
Topic: “Researching Your Midwestern Collateral Family Lines” with Dona Black Weber
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.

Gen News and Announcements:

RootsTech Connect 2021 Announces First of Keynote Speakers:

"RootsTech Connect 2021—the world’s largest family celebration event—announced its first wave of keynote speakers hailing from Australia, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.
RootsTech Connect, February 25–27, 2021, is a free online conference to discover, share, and celebrate family and heritage connections."

FindMyPast On Sale:

"Explore the largest collection of British and Irish records online."

A Beginner's Guide to Searching for Records on FindMyPass

"Getting started with Findmypast's records is easy. Our billions of individual records are divided into nine broad categories. Here's a summary of what you can expect to find in each and how they'll help your family research. "

2020’s Hardest Decision

The Legal Genealogist
"Sigh — it has taken a major catastrophe — this crazy pandemic — to ensure that none of us will be outside of our immediate families (our “pods” in today’s parlance) for the holidays in 2020. "

Mixtiles and MyHeritage Photos Opening

Genealogy's Star
" has recently entered into a partnership with, the photo wall-art company. You can order prints directly from Mixtiles from your photos on your family tree on the MyHeritage website. "

The Worry about DNA privacy and GEDmatch

Kitty Cooper
"Many of my matches at are afraid to upload their raw data to GEDmatch because of their fears about DNA privacy. Here is what I want to say to all of them. "


Holiday 2020: The Best Portable Battery Packs

How-to Geek
"No one likes a dead battery, so a portable battery is an excellent tech gift for everyone on your list. But one thing that will be different from person to person is what type of battery they need, so we found battery packs that cover everyone’s needs to fill out your shopping list this holiday season. "


Famous Civil War Battlefields:

Ancestral Findings
"So, if you’re planning on trekking to one of the famous Civil War battlefields across the country, which ones should be on the top of your list?"
Listen now...  6.22 minutes


MyHeritage Mobile App: All New Features From 2020

Legacy Family Tree
"The MyHeritage Mobile App makes building your family tree easier and more portable than ever. Learn about the new features MyHeritage added to the app that enhance your genealogy research on the go."
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz

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