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Research Notes 2016-09-24

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We are looking forward to seeing our members at the library Saturday morning, September 30th. The society and the library are hosting a special presentation on using DNA in genealogy research. The presenter, Connie Bradshaw, has more than 30 years experience in family research and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Genetic Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. The program begins at 11:00am.


Members who use Family Tree Maker have until October 1st to upgrade to FTM 2017 at a 50% discount. After that it will be back to the regular price of $79.95. Click here to upgrade now.


Chronicling America – the historic newspaper platform at the Library of Congress has launched a new site. This gives the library opportunities to discover new uses for the digital material found at the library. This site is called Beyond Words, and makes it possible for participants to view cartoons and photographs in historic newspapers and post captions for them. These captions turn the image into searchable data. If you’d like to learn more about this project, read the article at


Florida Memory is asking Floridians to donate digital photos for Hurricane Irma. They are looking for photos of any preparation, damage, volunteers, shelters and recovery efforts related to Irma. If you are interested, visit Florida Memory for details.


Apple released a major update for iPhone and iPad users last week. iOS 11 has a lot of new features, but one that genealogists will enjoy is the document scanning feature added to the Notes app. To scan a document, open a note and tap the plus icon at the bottom of the screen or just above the keyboard. A popup menu offers several options including “Scan Documents”. Tap Scan Documents and the app opens the camera. Position your device over the document and Notes will detect the edges of the document and within a few seconds snap the shot. Notes can scan multiple-page documents and save them to PDF documents. The scanner does not include optical character recognition (OCR) so the text in these scanned pages are not searchable. The free Scannable app from Evernote and Scanner Pro from Readdle do provide OCR functionality.


iPad split screen displaying two apps

Although the changes in the Home Screen and such are a bit confusing, the new Files app, split screen and drag & drop features make the iPad an impressive working platform. I really like having my genealogy app and the FamilySearch app sitting side by side on the screen.

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