Saturday, November 7, 2020

VGS News & Events: November 8 through November 14, 2020


Learn more about the seminar here...

Coming Events:

Monday, November 9
Italian Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Mary Frances Gerace, Coordinator

Monday, November 9
“Cards, Clevises, and Calomel: What Probate Files Reveal about Our Ancestors”  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL
Please register for the webinar at:

Tuesday, November 10
Adoption & Mystery Kin SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Anne Berg & Marcella Zorn, Co-coordinators
Topic: Share your research status and any problems or questions you may have. 

Tuesday, November 10
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewin, Coordinators
Topic: "Finding a Home for Family Treasures" - Lin Meeker
SIG members will receive ZOOM login instructions in the monthly SIG blast email. If you would like to join the SIG and receive this email please contact

Wednesday, November 11
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting
Tom Voyles, coordinator
No meeting information as of yet... I believe the meeting has been canceled.

Wednesday, November 11
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
Topic: "Internet Research"

Thursday, November 12
German Genealogy SIG Meeting
9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators

Friday, November 13
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  "Genetic Clustering"

Saturday, November 14
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
Topic: "Freedmen's Bureau Records"

Gen News and Announcements:

Sunset Notice for the Legacy Cloud Backup Service:

LFT Software
"Legacy Cloud is a free offsite backup service for users of Legacy Family Tree 9 software. We are now announcing that this backup service will be retired on January 1, 2021.
Due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, we need to discontinue the backup service. The Legacy Cloud backup tool will continue to function until midnight of December 31, 2020, and will then be turned off and all backup files will be permanently deleted to ensure privacy. Any user of the backup service who would like a copy of their backup from Legacy Cloud is encouraged to download their backup from the service before January 1, 2021. To do so, we recommend first creating a new family file, then go to File > Restore File > Restore from Legacy Cloud. This will prevent an old backup from overriding a newer version of the tree."
For any further questions, please contact our Support team at  

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 2 November 2020

"FamilySearch added 2.8M more records this week to its Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records 1626–2001 collection, and significant additions to Fiji, Vital Records 1900–1941 and Bolivia, Catholic Church Records, 1566–1996. Collections were also expanded for Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa and the United States (California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Washington). "

An English Village – How to find out about a Place?

"Even if you consider that you have a good grasp of geography, a place that you haven’t heard of before will appear on your radar that has some connection with an ancestor. How do you find out about it? "

Please Help Collect Sibling DNA Statistics...

Kitty Cooper
"I need more data from full and three quarter siblings that are either tested at 23andme or have uploaded to GEDmatch. Ever since I published my article on why full siblings don’t share more DNA, I have been getting inquiries from people who are concerned that they are only ¾ siblings, so I would like more cases in order to help them figure that out. "

Finding Your Ancestors using Death and Cemetery Records -- Part One: Lost and no recovery

Genealogy's Star
"Death and cemetery records go way beyond death certificates and grave marker inscriptions. To begin to understand all of these genealogically valuable records we need to focus on what happens and what records are created when a person goes missing or dies. "

Finding Your Ancestors using Death and Cemetery Records -- Part Two: Lost and no recovery

Genealogy's Star
"A missing person or missing body eventually does not mean that the person is still alive. See "Rule Two: Absence of an obituary or death record does not mean the person is still alive" of the Rules of Genealogy. "


10 Great iPhone Home Screen Widgets to Get You Started:

How-to Geek
"iPhone Home screen widgets have taken the world by storm! Starting with iOS 14, you can now customize your iPhone Home screen with multiple widgets. But how do you do it? Let’s take a look."


A Treasure Trove of Colonial History:

Ancestral Findings
"Did you know that the entire New England area is rich in colonial history, much of it faithfully documented by local historians? Listen on as we search for genealogy treasure in colonial history. "
Listen now... 4.34 minutes


Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage:

Legacy Family Tree
"MyHeritage is home to millions of digitized newspaper pages. Learn how the site's Record Matches technology helps you identify, review and extract information from obituaries, news articles and more right into your family tree. Learn tips to optimize newspaper discoveries, including a little-known trick for searching within specific newspaper titles."
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Sunny Morton

Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors

Legacy Family Tree
"The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors."
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Michael L. Strauss, AG

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