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Research Notes 2016-08-15


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

September Meeting

Mark your calendar for 10:30am Saturday, September 10th. Our speaker is Jack Butler and his topic is DNA 101 – Checking Out the Genes in Genealogy! Jack is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer with more than 20 years experience.


News & Updates

Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard was originally created as the Revenue Marine in August 1790? During World War II, the Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) was converted into a Coast Guard training facility. If there’s a Coastie in your family history, you will find Fold3’s Coast Guard databases quite useful. See the Fold3 blog for more information. You can also learn more about the Coast Guard in St. Augustine at the Lighthouse Museum.

The Florida Genealogical Society in Tampa has just announced that Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, will be the speaker for their annual seminar. It takes place Saturday, October 1st, at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Public Library at 1505 N. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. Check-in begins at 8:30am and the first program begins at 9:00am. There are four programs:

  1. Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law

  2. How Old Did He Have to Be – Using the Law to Determine an Ancestor’s Age

  3. Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep – Using Court Records to Unmask the Family Black Sheep

  4. Facts, Photos, Fair Use: Copyright Laws for Genealogists – Learn What Copyright Is and What It Isn’t

Registration is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. A box lunch is also offered for an additional $10. There’s also a reduced rate ($120/night) at the Hilton Garden Inn Ybor Historic District for attendees. For more information and registration details, see the society’s website.

From the Library of Congress . . .

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Library of Congress are pleased to announce the expansion of the chronological scope of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)! Expanding on our current scope (1836-1922), the program will now begin to allow state partners to digitize historic newspapers from 1690 to 1963. FUN FACT: Did you know that anything published before 1923 is in the public domain? From 1923 to 1963, materials fell into the public domain if their publishers did not renew their copyrights.  This means that digitized newspapers published from 1923 to 1963 may be added to Chronicling America if state partners can prove that the newspapers are not under copyright.

If you have ancestors in Staffordshire, you’ll be happy to learn that FindMyPast’s latest datasets are all over it with parish registers, baptisms, banns, marriages and burials. They have also added six publications containing more than 4,600 records – now part of their Scotland Registers & Records collection. has added a fascinating collection to their archive – Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775. Here’s how they describe it.

Between 1614 and 1775 more than 50,000 English men, women, and children were sentenced to be deported to the American colonies for crimes ranging from the theft of a handkerchief to bigamy or highway robbery. After years of painstaking research, the names of nearly all those transported were extracted from official court records by Peter Coldham and published in the landmark work The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage in 1988 and its Supplement in 1992, forming the largest and most complete passenger list of its kind ever published. From this unexpected source the researcher at last had the means of learning the names of the persons transported to the colonies, the charges against them, the dates and places of sentencing, the ship names, and the places of arrival in the colonies.

Tech Tip

Windows Users . . . you’ve got a lot of patching to do! Microsoft’s August 2016 security updates are out to fix a lot of security issues. From Naked Security . . .

This month’s Microsoft security holes give the crooks a wide choice of ways to put booby-trapped content right in front of you, including using web pages, Office documents, PDFs and an unknown range of image files.

Apple has also recently released several security updates for iOS devices. You’ll find them in the Settings app under General > Software Updates.

Why are updates important? In addition to fixing discovered security vulnerabilities, they also fix “bugs” – elements within a program that aren’t working properly – and sometimes even offer new features.

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