Saturday, March 20, 2021

VGS News & Events: March 21 through March 27, 2021

Wednesday, March 24
March General Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Guest Speaker:  Karen Stanbary

Session 1:  10:00am – 11:15pm

Topic:  It’s All about Respect – Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected DNA Results

Session 2:  11:30am – 12:45pm

Topic:  A Giant Logic Puzzle: An Overview of Visual Phasing:
You must register for each session you want to attend. Please see complete details and registration links on our Coming Events page.

Monday, March 22
FamilyTree Maker / Technology SIG
Zoom Meeting:  10:00am – 11:50am
Coordinator:  Gene Clark

Monday, March 22
Best Practices SIG
Zoom Meeting:  1:00pm
Topic:  Analyze Your Sources
Coordinators:  Annette Burke-Lyttle & Pat Adams

Tuesday, March 23
Midwest SIG
Zoom Meeting:  2:00pm – 3:50pm
Topic:  Using National Archives Records   Presenter:  Karen Pickelsimer
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Laurie Sarauer

United States Census Bureau
Residents with Irish Ancestry are in all 3,142 U.S. Counties and make up 20% of the population in some. For more interesting facts and data on the 31.5 million residents who claim Irish ancestry and to explore the interactive U.S. map of Irish ancestry, click HERE.

10 Irish American Surnames Explained blog
Over four million Irish immigrants came to the United States between 1820 and 1930. Their surnames are still common around the country, especially in historic enclaves in the Northeast. Many originally had a tell-tale “O” before the name, which meant . . . continue reading

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Date:  Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time:  2:30pm – 3:30pm (EDT)

FREE Virtual Program – Advance Registration Required
Struggling with your Polish ancestry? Join us March 23rd to learn about the history of the Partitions of Poland, how to identify the town/village your ancestors came from, polish vital records and how to access them, as well as research beyond the records such as how to find living relatives in Poland/Ukraine or the graves of your ancestors. Presenter: Tom Szymkowiak . . . continue reading

20th Century Immigrants to the West Coast
Wednesday, March 24 @ 2:00pm (EDT)   Presenter:  Linda Harms Okazaki
20th-century immigrants to the west arrived by ship through Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, and overland through Canada and Mexico. Vast numbers of these immigrants were Asian. This lecture will examine the ports of entry, the records generated, and the laws which impacted those immigrants. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.

How to Securely Shop Online: 8 Tips to Protect Yourself
Cybercrime is an epidemic. In the U.S. alone, nearly half a million complaints are filed about it each year, according to the FBI––and that’s just what’s reported. Here’s how you can stay safe and avoid becoming a statistic. Continue reading . . .
Create Searchable PDFs from Scanned Documents
Have you ever opened a PDF file only to find that none of the information is searchable? Or you cannot copy and paste the text? With this free online tool you can convert a scanned document into a fully searchable PDF. The PDF will be OCRed (Optical Character Recognition) and the resulting text will be included as searchable text in the PDF. Continue to site . . .

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