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Research Notes 2016-08-22


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

Reminder . . . the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service are collaborating to index the military records from the Mexican American War (1846-1848) which resulted in Mexico losing what is now the southwestern states in the U.S. Family Search is providing the indexing platform to support this project. You’ll find details of this project in the recent Crowdsourcing Genealogy article. If you would like to participate, contact Project Coordinator Patricia Rand, The Villages, FL, at To learn more about indexing, watch the Indexing Quick Start video on YouTube.

North Florida Genealogical Conference has announced the date for its 2017 conference. It will be held on Saturday, March 4th, from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Orange Park Family History Center on Blanding Boulevard.

Are you familiar with Matthew Brady, the photographer who documented the Civil War? You will find more than 5,600 of his photos at Fold3. These include photos of soldiers, living and dead, battlefields, along with cities burned and bombed by invading troops. This collection is free.

The Library of Congress – home of the impressive newspaper archive Chronicling America, also has an impressive collection of images from historical newspapers in the Flickr Commons. This Historic Newspaper collection was posted on Flickr to gain more knowledge about the stories and photos they contain. Visitors who recognize people or places are encouraged to add comments and tags on the image pages so we can all learn more about the events documented in the stories.


Tech Tip

If you have an iPad or iPhone updated with the latest version of the iOS operating system (currently version 9.3.4), you have an impressive notes management tool on your device. It’s the Notes app and while it doesn’t have all the whistles and bells of Evernote or OneNote, it can do some pretty amazing things. Here’s a sample:

  1. To draw in a note, tap the squiggle icon to display the drawing tools. Use your finger and create graphic elements or handwritten notes.

  2. Use the ruler tool to draw straight lines.

  3. Format typed notes with headings, bulleted or numbered lists and even checklists.

  4. Easily add one or more images into a note from the Photos app.

  5. Use the Share component in Safari to send content from a web page to a note.

  6. The Share component can also be used in the Maps app to send a map to a note.

  7. You can also password protect individual notes. You’ll need to set a password in Settings > Notes > Password, then hit the Share icon in the note you want protected and tap the Lock Note item. When you try to open a locked note, you will need to either enter the password. You can remove the lock by accessing the note then tapping Share > Remove Lock.

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