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Research Notes 2016-09-12


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

News & Updates

For those of you who missed Jack Butler’s DNA 101 presentation, you can download a PDF copy of his handout at the Speaker Handouts page.

The September webinar at the Florida State Genealogical Society is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th, beginning at 8:00pm. This month’s presentation is titled Desperation, Displacement, Determination and Deuteronomy: Colonial Germans and what we can learn about them presented by Sharon Cook MacInnes. The webinar is free and details on registration are found on the FLSGS site.

October is Family History Month and WikiTree will kick things off with a three-day sourcing marathon. If you aren’t familiar with WikiTree, its a community where research cousins can collaborate – publicly or privately – on their family history. This sourcing marathon offers an opportunity for members to confirm the information in unsourced profiles and add proper citations. There are currently 12 million person profiles in WikiTree with something in the neighborhood of 200,000 of them needing source verification. The purpose of the marathon is to significantly reduce that number and draw attention to the importance of sources. The marathon will include live chats and drawings for prizes (archive memberships, RootsTech passes, software, books and much more).

To be eligible for door prizes, participants must register in advance and get a “race number.” See


Also in October is the

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair. This takes place October 26th and 27th. It is free and being broadcast via YouTube. Viewers watching it live will have opportunities to interact with speakers and other attendees. All sessions are recorded and can be viewed at a later date. Visit the fair page for details and the session schedule. You can also watch sessions from previous fairs.


Tomorrow is release day for Apple’s iOS 10. This is the operating system for iPhones and iPads. You will need at least an iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation or an iPad mini 2 to upgrade. This release includes some impressive new features for Messages and Maps will now help you find the best/fastest way to get where you’re going. It also helps you find gas stations and restaurants while on the road. Siri can do a whole lot more too! Photos can now search for objects (lighthouse, beach, fish, etc.) in pictures and the new Memories feature creates beautiful presentations using your favorite photos. Apple Pay users will find it now works for online purchases. For details, visit Apple’s iOS 10 pageMake sure you have a complete backup of your device before you begin the update.


The SAGS’ online library continues to grow. Visit the Library page for the latest copy of the Ancient City Bulletin. Other pages include the Ancient City Bulletin page which provides an article index with links to download previous issues. The Ancient City Genealogist page is the index to the issues stored at the library. The Digital Library page presents a growing list of useful research publications from a broad range of sources – many of them are free downloads. The Member Guides page offers publications related to the society and finally there is the Speaker Handouts page. As new additions are added, they will be noted in upcoming Research Notes newsletters.


Deadline for submissions for the October issue of the Ancient City bulletin is Monday, September 19th. We are looking for research tips, family stories and eureka experiences to share with our members. Visit the Submission Guidelines page for details.

Our next member meeting is Saturday, October 8th, at 10:30am. Denise Olson will present Evernote – A Revolution in Research Management.

Save the date! North Florida Genealogy Conference

Final Notes

Previous editions of Research Notes can be found in the News section at SAGS Support.

Fine Print

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