Saturday, March 6, 2021

VGS News & Events: March 7 through March 13, 2021


Monday, March 8

How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestors Get There? Migration Trails West

7:00 - 8:00 pm


Guest Speaker:  Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Registration is required. Visit the "Coming Events" page on our website for the registration link.

Saturday, March 13

Irish Internet Site for Genealogical Research & Services

1:00 - 2:30 pm


Hosted by the Kentucky Genealogical Society. 

Presenter: David Rencher, head of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch, is one of the world’s leading Irish genealogical researchers. For more details and the registration link, CLICK HERE.


Monday, March 8

Italian Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting   1:00 -2:20 pm

Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace

Tuesday, March 9

Preserving Family History SIG

Zoom Meeting: 2:30 - 4:20 pm

Topic:  Pins & Needles: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogy Repertoire

Speaker:  Tina Beaird

Coordinators:  Nancy Schultz & Sharol Lewin

Wednesday, March 10

Irish Genealogy SIG

Meeting Time:   10:00 - 12:00 pm

Meeting Location:  Osceola Room @ Chula Vista Recreation Center

This will be our first in-person meeting since March 2020. We will wear masks, and tables & chairs will be arranged to accommodate social distancing.

Coordinator:  Tom Voyles

Wednesday, March 10

New to Genealogy SIG

(for members with less than 2 yrs of genealogy experience)

Zoom Meeting:   2:30 - 4:20 pm

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle

Thursday, March 11

German Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   9:30 - 11:20 pm

Coordinators:  Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow

Friday, March 12

Genetic Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   10:00 - 11:50 am

Coordinators:  Sherry Bean & Diann LaRosa

Saturday, March 13

African American SIG

2:30 - 4:20 pm

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle


Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 . . . continue reading

Deep NostalgiaTM is an Internet Sensation!

In just one week since its release, Deep NostalgiaTM, our new feature for animating family photos, has exploded in popularity and become an internet sensation. Over 10 million faces have been animated so far, and a few thousand photos are being … continue reading

Monthly Record Update for February 2021

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in February of 2021 with almost 34 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Guatemala, Liberia, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and the United States, which includes … continue reading


Using Different Family Tree Views for Your Research (MyHeritage)

Tuesday, March 9 @ 2:00pm (EST)   Presenter:  Uri Gonen

MyHeritage offers four family tree views, each of which can offer new perspectives on your family history. Learn about the different views, the advantages of each one, and how they can be of use to you at different stages of your research.

Researching Ancestral Locations in Prussian Genealogy Records

Wednesday, March 10 @ 8:00pm (EST)   Presenter:  Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS

Were your ancestors German in one set of records and Prussian in another? Prussian research, especially locations, can be complicated by shifting borders, languages, and religions. Discover leading and lesser-known online resources to decipher geographic locations of German-speaking ancestors from Prussia.

These are free webinars but do require registration. For more details and to register, click HERE.


Irish Genealogy & Heritage

Bertie, you big eejit

I regularly berate my dog for rank stupidity (losing his ball/taking fright at the shape of a chimney-pot/barking at high-vis road signs …) But what I call him is an “eejit”. At first glance, this might seem like just a phonetic Irish-accent version of “idiot”, but it’s completely different. It’s much softer, more like an affectionate poke than an attack. Affectionately insulting people (and dogs) plays quite a large part in Irish life. What does this have to do with genealogy? Many (Gaelic) Irish surnames incorporate what appear to be tongue-in-cheek jibes. The Irish (Gaelic) for “bald” is maol, and this appears in many common surnames . . . continue reading

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