Saturday, May 22, 2021

VGS News & Events: May 23 through May 29, 2021


Wednesday, May 26

General Monthly Meeting:  10:00am – 12:445pm

Live Zoom Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee

Session 1:  10:00 to 11:15am

Topic:  Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Mistakes

Session 2:  11:30 to 12:45pm

Topic:  The Coded Census – Deciphering US Census Codes

You must register for each session you want to attend. Please see complete details & registration links on the “Coming Events” page on our website.


Monday, May 24

Italian SIG

Zoom Meeting – 1:00pm

Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace

Tuesday, May 25

Midwest SIG

Zoom Meeting:  2:00pm – 3:50pm

Topic:  Researching Your Midwestern Civil War Ancestors

Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall


National Archives Foundation

Live Webinar  – Wednesday, May 26 @ 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Black Wall Street: The Hidden Economy

After Reconstruction, the Black community built its own financial engine to give each other much-needed economic support and opportunity. This effort faced political and legal intimidation as well as violent and deadly attacks, like the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921. Join us as we explore the development of Black wall streets, how Black businesses found success and struggled throughout the 1900s, and what inequality looks like for Black entrepreneurs today. This is a free event but you must register to attend – click HERE

National Archives Foundation

Live Webinar  – Thursday, May 27 @ 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Brainstorms and Mindfarts: The Best and Brightest, Dumbest and Dimmest Inventions in American History

Innovation and entrepreneurism appear inextricably woven into the American DNA. Throughout American history, the great inventors and innovators gazed into the future and saw the products and services that would transform the world. As of 2018, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office had granted its 10 millionth patent. In Brainstorms and Mindfarts, author Jim Downey presents a collection of the brightest and most innovative American inventions along with the frivolous and utterly useless ones lost to history. This is a free event but you must register to attend – click HERE.

Florida State Genealogical Society:  Poolside Chats

Live Webinar  – Thursday, May 27 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (ET)

Probate Records:  Wills and a Whole Lot More

Presenter:  Annette Burke-Lyttle

Registration is required; visit the FSGS website for details and registration link.


Advanced DNA Features on MyHeritage

Tuesday, May 25 @ 2:00pm (EDT)
Presenter:  Ofer Karp

MyHeritage offers an impressive suite of features to help you trace your relationship to your DNA Matches. In this webinar, Ofer Karp will give an overview of the different tools including the Chromosome Browser and AutoClusters, tips for using them, and walk you through recommended next steps when reviewing a Theory of Family Relativity. This is a free webinar – advance registration is required – click HERE.

How Testing Multiple Relatives Can Turbocharge Your DNA Research

Wednesday, May 26 @ 2:00pm (EDT)

Presenter:  Michelle Leonard

Testing yourself is a great first step into DNA testing waters but how could testing other relatives help you? Testing multiple relatives can massively boost your success with DNA research and this webinar will talk you through the whole process. This is a free webinar – advance registration is required – click HERE.


How to Change the Owner of a File in Google Drive

By default, you’re the owner of any file you upload or create on Google Drive. However, if you want to transfer ownership of a file to someone else, it’s an easy process. Here’s how. Continue reading


Birth Certificates: A Closer Look

Birth records are some of the first types of records you may look for when beginning your genealogy research. After all, most people in the western world have had some sort of documentation of their birth for the past thousand years. Modern birth certificates began being …continue reading

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