Saturday, January 2, 2021

VGS News & Events: January 3, 2021 through January 9, 2021

Good bye 2020
Scheduled Coming Events:
Monday, January 4, 2021
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting 
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Herb Siegel, Coordinator, Phil Goldsmith, Programs
No information
Monday, January 4, 2021
RootsMagic Special Interest Group Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
George Zitterell, Coordinator
No information

Monday, January 4, 2021
“The Missing Man: Solving a Mystery with Genealogy Research” 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Live Online Webinar

Our guest speaker will be: Sharon Hoyt, CG

Please register for the webinar at:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
French Canadian Genealogy SIG Meeting 
9:00 am to 10:50 am
Jean Colman, Coordinator
No information

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Eastern European Genealogy SIG Meeting  
1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Carol Myers & Marie Musialek, coordinators
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting

Friday, January 8
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Zoom Meeting
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  “The X chromosome."

Saturday, January 9, 2021
African American SIG Monthly Meeting
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
No information

Gen News and Announcements:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 21 December 2020

"Search over 4M newly added Catholic Church records on FamilySearch this week from Mexico (Hidalgo 1546–1971, Zacatecas 1605–1980, and Campeche 1638–1944), and Germany (W├╝rttemberg 1520-1975), plus 4M more records in the Find-A-Grave Index, and expanded collections for Brazil, DR Congo, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Guatemala, Peru, S. Africa, and the United States (CA, HI, MS, NJ, TX, UT, and WA)." 

Ancestry® President & CEO Margo Georgiadis to Step Down at End of 2020

"Ancestry’s President & CEO Margo Georgiadis has announced that she has informed the company’s board of directors that she plans to depart the company at the end of 2020. Ms. Georgiadis will remain available for a period of time after her departure to assist in a smooth transition." 

Research Renewal: A New Series

Amy Johnson Crow
"In this time of change, it’s good to pause and get grounded and refocused. That’s even true in our genealogy. I’ve started a new series on the Generations Cafe podcast called “Research Renewal,” where I am revisiting some of my previous episodes. These are episodes that will help you get back to basics and encourage you to do more with your research." 

Amy is our seminar guest speaker... Learn more about the seminar here... 

Goodbye Yahoo Groups:

Kitty Cooper
"December 15, was the last day of Yahoo groups. Those mailing lists were places where we could ask questions and be answered by others who had already solved similar problems. We also got news about things of interest to the particular group we were following." 


How to Easily Batch Rename Files on Windows 10:

How-to Geek
"Need a quick but powerful way to rename large groups of files in Windows 10? Using Microsoft’s free PowerToys, all that power is only a right-click away thanks to the PowerRename module. Here’s how to use it." 


What Were Your Ancestors Doing in the 1880s?

Ancestral Findings
"The 1880s were a decade of change and innovation. A lot of exciting and interesting things were happening around the world. Your ancestors probably knew about most of them and may even have had the chance to enjoy some of them. Here is what was happening in this beguiling and inventive decade." 
Listen now...  4.49 minutes


Where else to look? When matches don’t reply...

Legacy Family Tree
"Having trouble with a match that isn't replying, or hasn't got a publicly-available tree? Where else can you find their family tree and thus make the most of your DNA results? This talk shows you hints and tips to help get around the problem of absent or inadequate or private family trees associated with your DNA matches"
Tuesday, January 5 2021, 8:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Michelle Patient

Genealogy Unplugged: When Offline Records Are the Best

Legacy Family Tree
"This class presents case studies to show the strategies to best use offline records to give a more effective balance to genealogy research. Offline records may include newspapers, books, property, church, government, and other records."
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 2:00pm Eastern
Presenter: James M. Baker, PhD, CG

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