The presentation (4/17) by Jacquie Beveridge on Lineage Societies was an informative one, revealing many new resources to utilize for our research. There was good participation by those present, and an interest for resource links. As such, Jacquie has made the following documents and video available.
Lineage Society Resources
Video on Using the Worksheet
Family Search has added an index of Oregon World War I veteran state aid applications. The card index for 1921 – 1938 includes name, place of enlistment, DOB, name of nearest relative, and much more. View the search tool HERE.
A recent article from Wired.com, entitled ‘The Future of Crime Fighting is Family Tree Forensics may be of interest to the genetic genealogist. The article features work done by ‘citizen scientist’ Barbara Rae-Venter and genealogist Ce Ce Moore. Read it HERE.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Public is invited!
The featured presentation will be on Lineage Societies by Jacquie Beveridge. A refreshment break will follow the presentation prior to a members’ business meeting.
Vice President Jacquie Beverage will inform us about lineage societies and how to join one (or more) at the next SGS meeting on April 17th. The categories of lineage societies include Military, Pioneer and First Families, and Occupational lineage societies. Jacquie will reveal some of the privileges of such lineage membership as well as the benefit of connecting with other family historians who have similar research interests. Join us to learn more!
DNA AS EVIDENCE . . . Wait a Second, Not so Fast – Is it Reliable?
While we’re hearing more instances of crimes being solved through the use of DNA genealogy, DNA has also been utilized to exonerate individuals convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Read more from the Lake County News Chronicle HERE.
FACEBOOK’S NEW TOOL (To Memorialize Loved Ones)
President Mike Allen is spreading the word of a new feature of Facebook (“FB”). In response to user feedback, FB is using artificial intelligence to make changes to profiles of deceased users to eliminate those profiles from appearing “in places that might cause distress.” For example, these automated changes will prevent invitations or reminders from being sent to that user.
In addition, FB is also ‘creating a separate section on profiles of the deceased that will be dedicated to tributes. By clicking on different tabs, users will be able to switch between the deceased person’s preserved, original timeline and a second feed where others have left memories, photos or other posts in remembrance.’ According to FB, more than 30 million people have already viewed memorialized profiles. Read the article which appeared on the NBC News website HERE.
Former Vice President and long time SGS member Jim Barrett passed away March 5, 2019. In his youth, Jim contracted tuberculosis and spent a number of years at a California sanitarium until he successfully overcame the infection while part of a patient antibiotic test group. He went on to become an avid swimmer to boost his health. He credited his mother’s family stories as the beginning of his interest in genealogy. Read his March, 2015 Feature Story from this website HERE.
The March 20th Sisuslaw Genealogical Society meeting will include two webinars for the evening program: Ancestry DNA: How It Can Help with Genealogy Brick Walls; and “10 Top Tips for How to Bust Through Your Genealogy Brick Wall.
March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
The public is invited!
Another Look at Ancestry.com’s ThruLines
Roberta Estes ‘dissects’ Ancestry’s new feature to shed some light on: “What does ThruLines Do?”, and “How Is It Suppose To Help Us”. View the article from her DNAeXplained site HERE.
Lost Photos Mystery Solved
Member Merilee Mulvey shares a recent story appearing in Dick Eastman’s blog of photos found in a Glasgow’s store last year that were turned over to police. They were posted on social media and “solving the mystery revealed an unexpected link to one of the darkest moments in the history of the BBC”. Read the full story from the BBC Scotland News site HERE.
The March 20th SGS meeting program will feature two webinars: Ancestry DNA: How it can help with genealogy brick walls; and “10 Top Tips for How to Bust Through Your Genealog Brick Wall”.
Robert Lee Heilman at the Library 3/16
Attend a presentation by Myrtle Creek author Robert Lee Heilman on Sat., March 16th, at 1 pm, as he discusses and reads from his book Children of Death. Growing up in a family in which his German-speaking grandparents had migrated to the United States from Russia during the first decade of the Twentieth Century, he found himself wondering: Where had the Heilmans lived before they migrated to Russia? Why did they leave their home to settle there? And, most poignantly, what happened to the relatives who stayed behind in Russia? This program may be of interest for those with German ancestors who lived in Russia.
Changes to Ancestry.com
SGS Secretary and Library Researcher Debby Wright shares helpful videos on Ancestry’s recent changes from Roots Tech 2019.
- Address from Ancestry.com’s CEO Margo Georgiadis – a brief overview on new products and enhancements (11 minutes).
- What’s New at Ancestry – Crista Cowan’s informal class prior to her main RootsTech presentation (25 minutes)
- Crista Cowan’s main stage presentation (entire presentation, 56 minutes) – a preview of new tools with tips for how best to search to make new family history discoveries.
Debby informs us MyHeritage has also introduced a similar tool to Ancestry’s ThruLines called “Theory of Family Relativity”. She has been using both features and “while not perfect”, suggests as long as you verify the hints, they can help identify how you are related to your matches.