Friday, April 23, 2021

VGS News & Events: April 25 through May 1, 2021



Monday, April 26

FamilyTree Maker / Technology SIG

10:00am – 11:50am

Coordinator:  Gene Clark

Tuesday, April 27

Midwest SIG

Zoom Meeting – 2:00pm – 3:50pm

Topic: Specific Religions: Mennenonites – presented by Karen Campbell

Topic:  Specific Religions:  Christians – presented by Anita Rateike

Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall


National Archives Foundation

Live Webinar  – Thursday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Celebrated, Controversial, Reluctant, and Political: U.S. First Ladies

Join us for the next conversation in our First Ladies Program Series. Katherine Jellison – Professor of History at Ohio University and television/radio commentator on first ladies – will discuss how most first ladies follow the four traditional archetypes: celebrity, controversial, reluctant or political partner. Jellison’s presentation will highlight Dolley Madison, Lucy Hayes, and Betty Ford, among others. This is a free event but you must register to attend – click HERE.


National Archives Genealogy Series

May & June 2021

In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the programs sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube. Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher.

Dates & Topics for May Sessions — all sessions start at 1:00 p.m (ET):

Tuesday, May 4:  Preserving & Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

Wednesday, May 12:  Finding Genealogy Resources and Tools on

Wednesday, May 19:  Tips & Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds

Dates & Topics for June Sessions — all sessions start at 1:00 p.m (ET):

Tuesday, June 1:  From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees

Tuesday, June 8:  Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, and More

Tuesday, June 15:  Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives in St. Louis

All are welcome! Session descriptions, videos, handouts and participation instructions can be found HERE.


Recent Updates to MyHeritage’s Historical Record Search Engine

Tuesday, April 27 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Dana Drutman, Sr. Product Manager at MyHeritage

The MyHeritage search engine for historical records is easier and more intuitive than ever before. In this webinar you’ll review the improved search interface and explore some of the noteworthy new collections in MyHeritage’s historical record database. This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.

94% European and 6% Nigerian – Tracing My Missing Nigerian Ancestor

Wednesday, April 28 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Yetunde Moronke Abiola

You have discovered that you have 6% Nigerian ethnicity in your DNA or maybe a friend or client asked about this. What does this mean? Who is this missing link and how do you find this ancestor? Many people have discovered that they have a percentage of African in their genetic makeup. So what’s next? How do you begin to find your Nigerian ancestor? This is a free FamilyTree webinar – advance registration required – click HERE.


Reconstructing DNA from One Parent with HAPI

At the 2021 RootsTech Connect, we released the tool HAPI, which reconstructs DNA for one parent using data from three or more children and their parent. Two videos from RootsTech describe ancestor DNA reconstruction in general and the HAPI tool in particular. Continue reading …

Half-Sisters from Across the Atlantic Find Each Other with MyHeritage DNA

Diane Ward was adopted as a baby in the state of Michigan, where adoption records are sealed. Her husband had also been adopted, and as she helped him hunt down his birth father (who had unfortunately passed away), she stated thinking . . . continue reading


My Heritage Historical Record Collections Added in March 2021

During March, 6.7 million historical records were added to MyHeritage in three new collections: Lithuanian-Jewish records from LitvakSIG, Jewish vital records from Vienna, and World War I casualty lists from Austria-Hungary. Much of the … continue reading ...

10 Google Search Techniques for Family History Research

Building your family tree, you can spend years searching for details to complete a single box on a pedigree chart, only to be rewarded with two new empty boxes that remind you how much more you have to learn – and the call to learn, for many, is irresistible. With billion of pages included in Google’s index of the web, however, even these powerful free tools can challenge us as we’re met with a haystack of results instead of … continue reading

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