Genealogy Readings

Debby Wright shares a link to an article by a family researcher on his personal experience in locating family through DNA testing. He details an 8-step procedure, beginning with the selection of DNA kits (he suggests 2), then what to do with the data and matches.  A well thought-out compilation.  View it HERE.

Video Tombstone – Creepy or Fascinating?
A recent post from Dick Eastman’s newsletter featured a story on Robert Barrows, creator of the Video Enhanced Gravemarker, which enables high quality transmission of video from a tombstone. Options include various size tv screens, speakers that attach to the gravestone or audio transmission through wifi headsets. Creepy or cool? Read more in this Candid Conversation interview.

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Upcoming Genealogy Events

Save the Dates:

Oregon Genealogy Society DNA Seminar (A Zoom Meeting)
Saturday, October 31, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Topics include:
Making Your Case with Documents and DNA. The session will “show different ways that genealogical problems have solved bay integrating DNA evidence with the paper trail.

Problem Solving with DNA. This presentation will “examine relationships that were either unknown unproven from documentary research”.

For more details and registration form click HERE.

Roots Tech Connect (Roots Tech Conference) FREE
Online Conference – February 25 – 27, 2021

FamilySearch has announced Roots Tech Connect will be a free virtual online event, featuring keynote speakers, classes and a virtual marketplace. Interact with presenters, exhibitors, live chat and Q & A. Register HERE (free).

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Of Genealogy Interest

As a follow-up to their presentation on headstone symbols, Merilee Mulvey and Jacquie Beveridge, share a link for a further understanding of Catholic Cemetery Symbols.

Sally Daugherty has recently viewed a New York Times article of a 23andMe DNA study of enslaved people.  The study claims to show “how the treatment of enslaved people shaped the DNA of their descendants”.  Read the article HERE.

The U.S. Census Bureau has reported over 80.1% of American households (more than 90 million) have responded thus far to the 2020 census.  15.4% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 64.7% of households responded online, by phone or by mail.

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Email Scam Warning

Debbie Wright sends out a warning to MyHeritage users of a recent phishing scam that people need to be aware of and remain vigilant for fake emails.  Beware of emails with the subject line “Ethnicity Estimate V2”.  Full details from the MyHeritage blog HERE.

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AncestryDNA Changes to DNA Matches

Member Pat Miller calls your attention to AncestryDNA’s plans to update their algorithm methodology intended to remove approximately 2/3 of the false DNA matches from match lists.  Only matches sharing 8 cM or more will be reported. (The current threshold is 6 cM).  Matches sharing less than 8 cM in total will no longer appear as common ancestor hints or in ThruLines.  The following links provide more details on what you need to know and how to preserve matches that may be jeopardized. The update will take place in early August.

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Genealogy Update

Mirror Trick for Viewing Gravestones
Debby Wright shares a great video by a gravestone carver who reveals methods of non-destructively ‘moving sunlight’ for a better view and picture opportunity of dark, decaying gravestones.  Well worth viewing – click HERE.

Confederates Who Moved to Brazil
Merilee Mulvey read an article from the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter that describes Americana, a small city in Brazil settled by Confederates following the Civil War. Descendants of the original settlers still reside there. An interesting read if you’ve been searching for family members not appearing in public records during that time.  Read the article HERE.

SGS Summer Picnic Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the annual picnic has been cancelled.

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Genealogy News

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules
The importance of mortality data?  These records could help your research with proving/disproving a relationship, or provide an explanation for a descendant’s death. Census information included name, sex, age, color, widowed or not, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death.  The schedules are not available for all states and years. The Enumerators for these census data were asked to record information of individuals who died in the year immediately preceding the census.  SGS member Merilee Mulvey shares an article from Dick Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter which describes how mortality schedules can benefit your family research.

Census 2020 Update
90,000,000 (and counting) households nationwide have responded to the 2020 Census.

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum Schedule
SGS member Pat Rongey reminds everyone the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum will be open on July 4th & 5th and July 11th & 12th from 12-4 pm.  Corona virus safety measures have been implemented. Visitors are encouraged to bring and wear masks, practice safe distancing and use available hand sanitizers.  The Museum Research Library is available by appointment only until further notice.  The Museum staff will re-assess the opening procedures after this limited opening to determine whether it will resume regular everyday hours.  For more information or to contact the research library, call 541-997-7884 and leave a message.


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