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Vicki’s note: Just got alerted to this opportunity to save significant money on MyHeritage genealogy database:

My Heritage 66% off thru January 7, 2021

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free on-line Roots Tech Conference from February 25 – 27, 2021

Vicki’s note: Here is a free on-line Roots Tech Conference from that you can sign up for. It might just be a good boost to improve our mood at the lack of being able to gather together in this season of Covid 19. They state that you should also have a (free) account set up first.:

In order to have the best experience at RootsTech Connect, you will need to have a FamilySearch account.
A FamilySearch account will allow you to interact and chat with other attendees and even see how you’re related to others who are watching.
If you don’t already have an account, you can create one for free here. February 25 is coming soon, and I have so much more to share with you over the next few weeks.
As always, if you have any questions, send us an email at
Talk soon, Jen Allen, event director P.S.
Thanks for sharing this event with your friends and family who might be interested. Keep spreading the word!

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Discover Your Story at RootsTech Connect

Join the world’s largest family celebration for free to unlock your family’s history and learn how to preserve the stories of your life.

25 – 27 February, 2021

Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience

For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.

Keynote Speakers

Lorena Ochoa

Former Mexican professional golfer; mother; entrepreneur

Francesco Lotoro

Italian musicologist

Sharon Morgan

Founder of; writer and genealogist

Nick Vujicic

International motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling authorLearn More

Virtual Connections at Your Fingertips

RootsTech Connect is different than any other virtual event—no boring speakers or falling asleep at your computer screen. Rather, enjoy dozens of inspirational learning sessions, uplifting messages from celebrity keynote speakers, and hands-on activities to help you celebrate your heritage all year long.


Celebrity Keynote Speakers

Keynotes are a huge part of RootsTech events. They deliver messages of inspiration and hope. Stay tuned for the full lineup of keynote speakers to be announced soon.


Classes from Speakers around the Globe

Enjoy dozens of classes in multiple languages on topics such as discovering your family story, tracing your ancestors, and preserving your memories.


Virtual Marketplace

The virtual Marketplace will be the perfect place to see the latest innovations, interact with companies from around the world, and find answers and resources to aid you in your work. Plus, get real-time help via video or live chat!


Cultural Activities

Celebrate the world’s cultures with activities such as homeland cooking demonstrations, yoga, and music from around the world. These experiences will be available throughout the online event and on demand.


Connect with Family from Anywhere

Finding cousins and interacting with other attendees is an important part of the RootsTech model. Enjoy exclusive opportunities to chat with other attendees through various messaging boards, social media interactions, and video chats.


Access to Content Year-Round

All recordings and videos will be available to you on demand throughout the year, so you can make connections no matter where you are! Don’t Miss Out! Reserve Your Spot Today. 25 – 27 February, 2021 Register for free

There’s Something for Everyone

Regardless of age or experience, this virtual conference has something for everyone interested in discovering family and preserving stories.


Grab your parents, siblings, or spouse, and enjoy RootsTech together. From classes to interactive cultural activities on demand, there’s enough fun here for an entire household!


With dozens of classes available live and on demand and the opportunity to chat with experts, you’ll find customized help at every click.


Don’t miss the exciting things we’ve got planned for youth of all ages—including virtual cultural celebrations and other games and activities available on demand.

“I am so excited for RootsTech Connect! Though I know I will miss seeing my friends in person, I am certain the content and virtual experiences will be fantastic! Goodbye hard conference seats, lines, sore feet, and wintry icy sidewalks. I am looking forward to basking in an amazing and comfortable RootsTech experience from my couch. With travel expenses eliminated, everyone worldwide can now enjoy the fabulous RootsTech experience.”Amy Archibald

RootsTech is going global this year with RootsTech Connect! Because of this special opportunity to focus on countries from all over the world, we wanted to create videos highlighting different cultures, food, traditions, and more, and who better to tell us about those countries than the people who live there and love it? Share your story here.

If you’ve been selected as a presenter at RootsTech Connect, congratulations! We’re glad you’re sharing your knowledge. You can find the speaker resource page here.

Have a product or a service that you’d like to showcase at RootsTech Connect? The virtual Expo Hall is the best place to bring exposure to your brand, connect with customers, and drive sales. If you’re interested in sponsoring or having a virtual booth presence, please email us at

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To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When is RootsTech Connect?

RootsTech Connect will be live during 25-27 February 2021 at All of the content will then be available following the live event for at least 12 months. Why a virtual conference?

That’s a great question. A few reasons, really. First, the live events industry is changing and adapting currently, and that calls for innovation. Hosting this event online is the safest and most responsible action we can take for everyone involved.

Secondly, an online event means that we can truly turn this into a global celebration of family. Imagine how many people will now be able to participate in RootsTech without the barrier of travel or lodging. This is what gets me excited. We are focused on creating a true global event—meaning we’ll have content taught by presenters from all over the world, and many of the classes will be available in multiple languages. We’ll have an even greater number of companies to learn from in our virtual Expo Hall—from all over the world as well. Is this online event replacing RootsTech in Salt Lake City 2021?

Yes. This virtual conference will replace the planned in-person event that was scheduled for February 3–6, 2021, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Is this really a free event?

Yes! This event is 100 percent free. We won’t ask for a credit card number. In a few months we will have a simple registration form that you can fill out, and we might ask for your mailing address so we can send you some RootsTech swag, but the event will be freely available online. We’d ask that you share this with your friends, family, or colleagues so that we can really expand the reach of the event. Will classes be available in different languages?

Absolutely. One of our goals for this event is to have more content in more languages. We’re working on developing classes and content taught by people from around the world in a number of languages. More information will be available on the classes and speakers as the event approaches. Will recordings be available on demand after the live event?

Yes. This event will have a combination of both livestream content and content that will be available on demand. So if you have to step away from the computer for a bit, no worries. All of the content will be available to you to enjoy on your own time. Aside from classes and the virtual marketplace, what other things can I look forward to?

RootsTech is more than just classes and the virtual marketplace. It’s about celebrating culture and heritage. Throughout the event, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a number of other activities, such as a homeland cooking demonstration, a yoga session to get the blood flowing, and so much more! I’m interested in teaching a class or sharing a family history cultural activity. What should I do?

If you’ve got an idea for a class session for RootsTech Connect, we’d love to talk with you. We’re currently gathering ideas and concepts for both classes and cultural experiences and demonstrations. We’re particularly interested in sessions taught in different languages. Dream big, and share with us your fun ideas. We’re looking for sessions based on the following topics:

Genealogical classes

Food and cultural demonstrations

Mind-break activities such as exercise, meditation, or yoga

Travel and world heritage

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Free RCGS Online Zoom Family History Program – Helping Make Connections


Note from Vicki: Short notice on an interesting Rock County Genealogical Society free Zoom genealogy program that I just got an email on. I plan on “watching” it.:

Free RCGS Online Zoom Family History Program – Helping Make Connections

Rock County Genealogical Society – Finding Families, A Story of Helping Others Make Connections. A FREE Online Program-Tuesday, December 8, 7:00 p.m., CST

Note – there are no handouts for this program.

The Rock County Genealogical Society will host a free online family history Zoom program by Brian Richards at 7:00 PM on Tuesday December 8. Presenter: Brian Richards is a native of Oregon, WI and a retired elevator mechanic who researched his own family and developed more interests and skills en-route. Brian was interviewed on Channel 27 on July 2, 2020.

Program Description: He will share his experiences tracing lost lines & the joy of helping others without the resources unite with lost family members for the first time. Brian will focus on his use of DNA, and the connections it can reveal.

Tuesday December 8th, 2020 – 7:00 PM HOW TO PARTICIPATE:This free live online program is offered to the public. Participants may watch and ask questions from their home using one of two devices:
An Internet enabled home PC, or A personal cell phone

Simply click the Zoom teleconferencing link at the scheduled time and enter the conference ID code.

HOW TO JOIN:The Zoom web link, Zoom conference ID code and a link to handouts is found at the RCGS website’s “Speakers and Programs Page.” Click here for instructions, links and handouts:–speakers.html

Take a tour of our web site at

Thank you and ‘looking forward to seeing you!

Copyright © 2020 Rock County Genealogical Society, All rights reserved.You are receiving this email as a person with an interest in Rock County Wisconsin Genealogy.

Our mailing address is:Rock County Genealogical Society430 N Jackson St, Janesville, WI 53548-2936
Add us to your address book

Winnebago and Boone Counties Genealogical Society “The Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol” program – November 7,2o20

Subject:  WBCGS Meeting Program – Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol

by Mary Rose

WBCGS – Regular Meeting Program

Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:30 P.M.


The Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol was the first organization in the U.S. to form a women’s ambulance training program; making this a Rockford First, Rockford Original. On April 3, 1940, nineteen months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, eight women of Rockford formed W.A.S.P. Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol. This volunteer group was the brainchild of Dr. Albert S. Roseborough, who was chairman of the Rockford Red Cross. The women of Rockford wanted to be ready. Their motto explained their mission: “Safety in time of Peace, Security in time of Disaster”. W.A.S.P. became a volunteer homeland force of over 300 women. This idea spread coast-to-coast in 17 communities in 15 states. This is an ongoing research project which began in September 2018.

Could you be related to one of these remarkable women? Perhaps you knew one of these ladies and could add insight to the research. Come see the hour-long PowerPoint presentation. The scrapbook that revealed this amazing lost piece of history is now in the archives of Midway Village & Museum. If you have any information to share, please contact Mary Rose at:

Email us at to get your ZOOM information.

For more information, call Diane at (815) 543-2287

Visit us on the web at, or on Facebook at!

From My Heritage – One Month Free Photograph Enhancer and Color


Vicki’s Note – A chance to use this new photograph enhancer while you are staying home safe from Covid 19 Virus.  Goodbye blurry photos?  You have to register first.   Free for anyone to use from August 11 through September 10, 2020.  Read article below

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Free access to MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color for one month


an email notice that I received:

Here at MyHeritage, we want to do our part to help the genealogy community keep busy and have some fun during these challenging times. That’s why we’re now giving all users free and unlimited access to MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™, our new features that enhance and colorize photos, for an entire month. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be enhanced or colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can enhance and colorize as many photos as you’d like for free!
Enhance now Colorize now
The examples below showcase the great results that you can achieve with your own photos:
Photo Enhancer: Before and After
MyHeritage In Color™ + Photo Enhancer: Before and After
Enhancing and colorizing photos is a fun activity that will give you an even greater appreciation for your historical family photos. It will give you the chance to reminisce and gain a deeper connection to your family history. These features complement each other, and can be used on their own or together (in any order) to bring your photos to life and produce truly exceptional results. We invite you to pull out your family photo albums today and join in the fun.
Your original photos will not be modified, and new versions will be created just for you, that you can easily share on social media to delight your family and friends.
These features are based on artificial intelligence. They have taken the Internet by storm and have already been used 16 million times in the past few months. Now’s your chance to experience them too. Enjoy MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ for FREE until September 10, 2020.
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GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy. 12 Sep 2020, Web conference 

GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy.
12 Sep 2020, Web conference 

Vicki’s note – another great opportunity for on-line learning sponsored by  (CAGGNI) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois.  Helpful in this time of Covid 19 sheltering.  (By the way – my red “sideways 8” symbol  is how I visually separate words/writing that are/is mine vs what I am sharing/quoting from other sources/quotes.) is the symbol for infinity which is what family history and the hobby of researching genealogy are!  Endless.  :

“Register today for GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy.
12 Sep 2020, Web conference 

  • Saturday, Sept 12, registration: Members, $40; Non-members, $45
  • Friday, Sept 11, DNA Primer (must be registered for Saturday event): additional $15

Featuring international, national and area speakers! 

Internationally known and acclaimed speakers, from left, Kitty Cooper, Maurice Gleeson, Gail Lukasik, Jane Haldeman, Dan Hubbard and Michelle Wilson.

Lectures include: Frontiers in Genealogy, Managing Surname Projects, My Ancestor was a Farmer, From the Source’s Mouth, DNA Cousin Matching, DNA 3rd Party Tools, “I” is for Identity, White Like Her, When Life Becomes Myth, and Collaborative Trees.

For more information on the speakers and topics:

To keep up with the latest news about GeneaQuest:

To register (and receive Early Bird choice of GeneaUs Bar topics) visit: GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy.

Best regards,


Northern Illinois Coal Mining Webinar – CAGGNI


Vicki’s note – CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois is continuing their genealogy “meetings” via webinars.  Here is one of their latest programs that you can “attend”.  The lead mines in Galena, Illinois  and in Wisconsin were very important to the mid 1800s economy.  This webinar would be interesting even If some of your ancestors were  not from there or other mining states:

Pit pony - Wikiwand

(Notice that the miner is in the cart behind the horse, and both have to duck their heads to go through the mine. )

“A pit pony, otherwise known as a mining horse,[1] was a class of pony commonly used underground in mines from the mid-18th until the mid-20th century. The term refers to the work done by the animal, and has sometimes been applied to any equines working underground, regardless of breed.”

Northern Illinois Coal Mining Webinar – CAGGNI

“Upcoming event information:
Northern Illinois Coal Mining Webinar
Date: 18 Jul 2020 10:30 AM CDT

Northern Illinois Coal Mining

by Richard Joyce

Though gone for several decades, the coal industry had a huge impact on northern Illinois. Our speaker will focus on the history of the coal industry in northern Illinois from the work force, to the mine types to the social life in the coal towns, labor struggles and major mine disasters. 

Speaker: Richard Joyce is a descendant of coal miners on both sides of his family and grew up on a farm near South Wilmington. A resident of Coal City, he is a retired teacher and serves on the Grundy County board.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 8909 5705

Password: 401143

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Best regards,

A New Genealogy TV Show – “The Genetic Detective”

A New Genealogy TV Show  –                         “The Genetic Detective”


Vicki’s note – I have watched the first 2 episodes of this new ABC TV series  which started May 26 on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Central Time.  It hits the right notes for television true crime procedurals and learning more about DNA genealogy detective techniques.  I don’t personally care for “procedural” detective mysteries – in television shows, movies or books, but watching Cece in action solving the often long cold cases is fascinating.

Based on an interview at the start of the series –  Cece Moore “created” her self-designated “genetic genealogy” label when genetics first became viable to be used in conjunction with genealogy research.  She reinvented herself from a model and educated herself to become a highly sought after genetic detective. Henry Louis Gates JR  refers genetic issues of his “Finding Your Roots” television show guests to her.

Cece specialized in finding the birth families of adopted people.  When police departments first asked her to apply her skills to finding murdering criminals, Cece  had the same moral/ethical dilemma that many of us genealogists might empathize with – using the DNA test results of unaware relatives to find DNA family connections.  She applies that to finding relatives  of a criminal to narrow down who the criminal is.  She resolved her uncertainty once she knew that individuals voluntarily submit   DNA test results to GEDCOM which lists them  for easy access of all .

Cece knows that she is doing a good thing to solve these crimes, and sometimes stop further (mass) murderers, even though she knows that some of the cases “no one can feel good about.”  The victims families also appreciate having the long ago crimes  be resolved.  The show is worth a watch.

Genealogy is the fascinating study of our families – those individuals that shine, and those that did not.  This is just one more aspect.

Cece uses DNA test results, vital records, and other genealogical documents to create the family trees of people related to the DNA tested criminal.  She is able to pinpoint the (most probable) previously unnamed individual and identify who they are by DNA results.

The percent of shared DNA  shows the exact relationships even when the family history hides the true connections – i.e. the older sister is really the mother of a child,  the father was not the husband, etc.  The amazing thing is that Cece researches and concludes the results in just a few hours – something we all would like to achieve!

You may also want to click to read further information on the television show, and DNA testing uses and issues here:

“…an online service to compare autosomal DNA data files from different testing companies.”



How a Tiny Website Became the Police’s Go-To Genealogy Database

“To track down the suspect, investigators had created a fake profile on GEDmatch and uploaded DNA from a 1980 crime scene, where it matched a distant relative of the man eventually arrested.”


Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter –


ABC News –

Free Access to Military Records

Free Access to Military Records


Vicki’s note – limited free access May 20 – 25

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Free Access to Military Records

In honor of Memorial Day in the U.S., we’re offering free access to all military collections on MyHeritage, which include over 57 million records, between May 20 and May 26, 2020. Discover fascinating information about your ancestors and relatives who served in the military.

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