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Research Notes 2016-08-01


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

Reminder . . . there’s no meeting scheduled for August. We can still get together any time by checking in at SAGS Support. This week’s conversation is focused on how to generate interest in family history with younger generations. Stop by the Cafe and share your ideas with the rest of us.


News & Updates

It’s all about crime! That’s the latest additions at FindMyPast. A number of datasets have been added to the England & Wales Crime, Prisons & Punishment (1770-1935) collection. Some of these datasets have not been indexed yet so you may have to do some browsing to dig up your family’s criminal past.

Also at FindMyPast, more than a million Irish newspaper articles have been added from the Belfast Telegraph and the Cork Constitution. Visit FindMyPast Friday for details on all these new collections.

Ancestry Academy recently introduced what they are calling “Short Courses”.  These are short presentations – usually 5 minutes or less – offering tips on a certain topic. June’s topics were focused on U.S. Census.

Fold3 has a growing number of military records from British Commonwealth countries for both World Wars. Access to the (American) pension files for the War of 1812 is free but the indexing for the collection is only 65% complete. Visit the New & Updated Collections page for details.

From MacKiev: We now support all versions of Family Tree Maker. If you are having a technical problem, please start here:


Tech Tip

What is metadata and why do I need it? Metadata is the digital equivalent of the penciled note you hope you find on the back of an old family photo. One big difference about metadata is that it is embedded in the photo file and when a copy is made of the file, the metadata is included in the copy too. Metadata isn’t just for photos either. Just about any digital file supports metadata. Websites use metadata to organize site content and make it easier for visitor to find the information they want.

To learn more about metadata, download Sharpen Your Digital Pencil: An Introduction to Metadata (it’s free) by SAGS member Denise Olson.

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This week’s topic is Recommended Reading. Can you recommend a good book, magazine or website to make our research efforts easier? Use the comments section on the Recommended Reading page to tell us about it and where to find it.

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