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Research Notes 2016-09-05

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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.

News & Updates

Happy Labor Day! If you’re planning to “work” on your family history today, here are some interesting deals offered by the online archives:

  1. At Fold3 you’ll find a number of interesting collections available at no charge. These include the Brady Civil War Photos, the War of 1812 Pensions Index (65% indexed) and the Bounty-Land Warrant Applications 1790-1855 (unindexed).

  2. Findmypast is offering a starter package for $34.95/year that includes access to more than 2.9 billion records. Findmypast collections include both the UK and US.

  3. Ancestry.com has free access to their occupation records until 11:59pm (Eastern time) tonight.

If you want to help make more records available online, you can volunteer as an indexer at FamilySearch.org. Volunteers transcribe information from digitized copies of handwritten records so they can be searched. If you are interested, you can learn more about indexing at FamilySearch.org.

From FamilySearch Blog . . . The Family History Library is hosting over 75 free webinars in the months of September and October. These webinars include the United States Research Seminar in August and the European Family History Conference in September. Other webinars cover a variety of topics and countries and include some sessions in Spanish. Visit the Classes and Webinars page for schedules and registration details.

September Meeting

See you Saturday at 10:30am! 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.

Speaking of genes . . . The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) was presented the Technology Advances Award at the FGS conference last weekend. The award was for their ISOGG Wiki – a comprehensive guide to DNA as it relates to family history. Think of it as Wikipedia for DNA. According to Judy Russell, it is “simply one of the best resources available to genetic genealogists to help us understand DNA testing and the proper uses and limits of DNA tests in advancing our family history.”

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Another genealogism from The Genealogue.


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