Saturday, April 10, 2021

VGS News & Events: April 11 through April 17, 2021


Monday, April 12

The Time Machine: Offbeat Resources for Family Historians

Live Zoom Webinar – 7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT)

Guest Speakers:  Dear MYRTLE & Cousin Russ

Registration is required; visit the Coming Events page on our website for the registration link.


Monday, April 12

Italian Genealogy SIG

Meeting Time:  1:00pm – 2:20pm

Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace

Tuesday, April 13

Preserving Family History SIG

Zoom Meeting:  2:30pm – 4:20pm

Guest Speaker:  Bob Koltnow

Coordinators:  Nancy Schulta & Sharol Lewis

Wednesday, April 14

Irish Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinator:  Tom Voyles

Wednesday, April 14

New to Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:  2:30pm - 4:20pm

Coordinator:  Carol LaSalle

Thursday, April 15

New England Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:  12:00pm – 1:30pm

Coordinator:   Christine Courtwright

Friday, April 16

Scandinavian Genealogy SIG

Zoom Meeting:   10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinator:  Per Andersson


Thursday, April 15

Using PERSI Like a Pro

Live Webinar – 7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Cari A. Taplin, CG

Hosted by The Florida State Genealogical Society. Registration is required; visit FSGS for the registration link.


Have I been pwned?

This website came about after what was, at the time, the largest ever single breach of customer accounts – Adobe. All the data on this site comes from “breaches” where data is exposed to persons that should not have been able to view it. Find out if your email or phone is in a data breach. Click here.

How to Drop a Pin in Google Maps on Your Computer or Phone

There are two ways to drop a pin on a location in Google Maps on your Windows 10 PC or Mac. You can use the search bar to drop a pin automatically, or you can drop a pin on any location on the map manually. To start, open the … continue reading.


The New and Improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars Website

Tuesday, April 13 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenters:  Daniel Horowitz & Geoff Rasmussen

The genealogy webinar experience just got a whole lot better! Join Geoff Rasmussen as he guides you through the new look and layout of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. You’ll enjoy the same exception content with a friendly new interface that’s super easy to use. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.

Jewish Genealogy with

Wednesday, April 14 @ 8:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Deborah J. Kroopkin

Debbie Kroopkin will explain the structure and purpose of the many components of the website. She will address how to connect with other researchers, how to identify and learn about your town overseas, and how to search for ancestors. Her presentation will provide details that will help researchers glean as much information as possible from This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.

An African Canadian Family History Mystery

Friday, April 16 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Mags Gaulden

A question about a family lore leads a scientist to question his surname. “Is my surname really my surname or is the lore correct, that my 2nd great grandfather was adopted?” Solving a 220 year old mystery using DNA turns this family upside down and introduces them to each other and to a rich family history with connections to slavery. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in March of 2021 with over 32 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, Franch … continue reading

During the week of 3 - 9 April, 2021, added and updated their collections. New records include U.S. Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865; Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949; North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers, 1779-1782; Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home, 18901963; Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939; Box Butte County, Nebraska, U.S., Funeral Home Records, 1919-1976; Nebraska, U.S., Index to Deaths, 1904-1955; and Nebraska, U.S., Index to Marriages, 1909-1955. To see the complete list which includes newly updated records, click HERE.

United States Census Bureau

Interactive Apportionment Map Preview Now Available (March 22, 2021)

The U.S. Census Bureau launched a new online map ahead of the 2020 Census apportionment results release. The “Historical Apportionment Data Map” currently displays apportionment results for each census from 1910 to 2010. 2020 Census apportionment results will be added to the map as they become available. Continue reading …

Sourcing history

Like any other research …

Like every good genealogist who ever lived, The Legal Genealogist is a history geek. We need to be able to properly understand our research subjects –– and the records they left –– in the context of their time and place where they lived and where those records were created. So it’s fun to sometimes just sit back and do a quick search to see what happened on a particular day in history. There are, after all, lots of websites out there that will present a list of … continue reading.

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