Saturday, December 12, 2020

VGS News & Events: December 13 through December 19, 2020


Learn more about the seminar here...

Coming Events:

Monday Evening Webinar, December 14
“Preserving Your Ancestor’s Textiles and Handmade Treasures” 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Melissa Baker, AKA, The Archive Lady

Please register for the webinar at:

Wednesday, December 16
Mid-Atlantic States SIG Meeting canceled
Friday, December 18
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, December 18
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Christine Courtwright, coordinator
Note: SIG members should receive an from their coordinator
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to these meetings.

Gen News and Announcements:

VGS Hires New Webmaster:

Karen Feeney, from Tucson Arizona, has been hired by the Board of Directors to serve as the new VGS Webmaster. She will assume those duties on January 1, 2021.  She is replacing John DeAngelo, who has been the VGS webmaster for the past 15 years. It also appears that she will continue some form of the VGS Blog for an unspecified period of time.  Karen also serves as webmaster for several other societies from around the country and is well versed in the program that we use. I wish her well as she assumes her new duties.

Finding Your Ancestors Using Land and Property Records

Genealogy's Star
"Online, you can find digital maps in a variety of formats for almost any location on the face of the earth. In the United States, most of the land has been mapped using the Geographic Information System Mapping or GIS. "

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 7 December 2020

"This week on FamilySearch explore nearly 3M parish and civil registrations for France, Nord 1524–1893 and Seine-Saint-Denis 1523–1932, plus millions of new Catholic Church records for Mexico, Durango 1604–1985, and Ecuador 1565–2011. Discover your ancestors in  more new records for the Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, S. Africa and the United States (Georgia voter registrations 1856–1941 and Chicago Illinois 1888–1892, tax records for Boston, Massachusetts 1822–1918, and more records for Alabama, Arkansas, California, Mississippi, New Jersey, Utah and Washington). "

Introducing DNA Tidbits – DNA Tidbit #1: Triangulation

"DNA Tidbits will be enjoyable to do together because we can share our findings. They will range from introductory to a little more complex so everyone can play, and learn. "

DNA Tidbit #2: FamilyTreeDNA’s Compare Origins Map

"My goal was to find tidbits that might not be well known – features that people might not realize are available. We can all use all the help/hints we can get, right?!.
FamilyTreeDNA’s myOrigins “Compare Origins” map fits that bill perfectly. The functionality changed recently, probably with the introduction of myOrigins 3, and I had no idea."

DNA Tidbit #3: Ancestry’s Genetic Communities

"For those who have DNA tested at Ancestry, Ancestry has combined your ethnicity results with Communities and loosely tied that to both your ancestors and your DNA matches within those communities."


How to Use Windows 10’s Hidden Video Editor

How-to Geek
"Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that works a bit like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. You can use it to trim videos or create your own home movies and slideshows. You can even have it create videos automatically."


American Indians: Selling American Colonists to Canada

Ancestral Findings
"There was a period of time in colonial New Hampshire when colonists were regularly abducted by Indians and sold to the French in Canada. This is why they did it… "
Listen now...  6.06 minutes


From the 18th to the 21st: The Records of Prohibition

Legacy Family Tree
"The 18th amendment took effect in January 1920 and ushered in more than a decade of Prohibition until repealed by the 21st amendment in December 1933. In those few years, so many records were created of juice joints and bootleggers, revenuers and Untouchables -- producing a gold mine for researchers."
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 8:00pm Eastern
Learn more or Register for this event...

Ten Best Sources for Determining Your Immigrant Ancestor's Town of Origin:

Legacy Family Tree
"Determining your immigrant ancestor's exact town of origin is the key to successful research across the pond. In this webinar, learn about the best US sources that might name your ancestor’s town or village, and how to prioritize your search and set expectations for tracking down key records in foreign repositories."
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Lisa Alzo

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