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Research Notes 2016-07-25

Research Notes is our new weekly update bringing you the latest news in the genealogical community. Every Monday morning the latest news, deals and upcoming events will be delivered to St. Augustine Genealogical Society members via your inbox or newsreader.


Most of us know the value of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and the Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources. We just can’t afford to own them. Now you don’t have to. has recreated them online in their Learning Center (their Family History Wiki to be exact). They are now available to everyone. Why are they included in the wiki? Because these books haven’t been updated in years. A wiki is designed for group editing and Ancestry has invited anyone with updated information to edit the outdated text. What a great idea!

Findmypast added more than 18,000 articles from 94 publications to the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) in June. This includes articles related to the Revolutionary War discussing descriptions of battles, regimental histories and accounts from the men who served in the war. It also includes indexes, transcriptions and extracts of county-level records.

FamilySearch had 116,475 people from around the world participate in a 72-hour indexing event this month. During that time they indexed 10,447,887 records! You can learn more about this amazing event at the FamilySearch blog. We’ll be sure to bring news of upcoming indexing events here at Research Notes  . . . just in case you want to participate.

RootsMagic 7 now includes a feature called WebHints that automatically searches FamilySearch, MyHeritage and FindMyPast for matches to your data. When at match is found, a light bulb icon appears. Click the light bulb and your browser will open to the matching record. FamilySearch records are freely available to all, but other sites will require a subscription to view the record. Visit RootsMagic for more details.

Kenneth Marks at The Ancestor Hunt blog does an amazing job of tracking down all the historic newspapers being digitized in this country. If you would like to see what newspapers are available in the areas you are researching, visit his Newspaper Research Links page. Right now there are 17,500 links included in those lists.


This week we added the GeneaWebinars, Online Meetings and Hangouts calendar to our SAGS Support site. You will find it on the Online Events Calendar page. On Wednesday, FamilyTreeWebinars is presenting a free program titled Researching Women – Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Use About Our Ancestors. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the presenter. On Thursday, FamilySearch is presenting two programs U.S. Mid-Atlantic Research and British Research Q&A. If you’re interested, visit the calendar page and click the title to view details on attending.

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The next time you visit the SAGS Support site, check out the Conversations section. You’ll find a link to it in the sidebar under Sections. The most recent conversation revolves around a thought-provoking article recently posted at Vita Brevis (the NEHGS blog) about the current state of genealogical research. Add your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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