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Research Notes 2016-09-26


Findmypast isn’t just about the British Empire. They have a growing collection of American records too. Take advantage of their new starter package ($34.95 for the first year) or their pay-as-you-go credits to see if they don’t have something to help your research. Here’s a sample:

  1. The Shipwrecked Passenger Book has records related to the 339 transatlantic shipwrecks between 1817 and 1875.

  2. The Quintin Collection has 3,926 family histories and genealogies from all 50 states as PDF documents. Search the collection by title, county, state and year of publication.

  3. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (NYG&B’s quarterly review) collection now contains more than 6,000 issues.

  4. There are currently 332 digitized books of state and local histories from the United States.


If you have a Yahoo account, it’s time to change your password. Some 500 million Yahoo user accounts have been stolen. And, if you used your Yahoo email address to sign up with online services like with the same password as your email account, you need to change those passwords too. It isn’t unusual for data thieves to use your email address to gain access to online banking accounts or shopping services.

Maintaining different complex passwords for every online site you use can be quite tedious, but fortunately there are password manager apps that make your online world a lot safer and easier to maintain. Take a look at 1Password or LastPass to see how they can remember your passwords for you.


Ancestry has posted a video demonstrating what an AncestryDNA test will show you about your ethnic heritage and more. You’ll find the video at


On Friday, October 7th, some of the top American genealogists will present a series of lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Fortunately, thanks to the Board of Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars, these lectures will also be broadcast live online. The lectures include:

  1. Enough is Enough. Or Is It? Pamela Boyer Sayre CG, CGL (11:00am EDT)

  2. FAN+GPS+DNA: The Problem-Solver’s Great Trifecta Elizabeth Shown Mills CG, CGL (12:15pm EDT)

  3. Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records Ann Staley CG, CGL (1:30pm EDT)

  4. Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG (3:30pm EDT)

  5. When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence Judy G. Russell CG, CGL (6:00pm EDT)

You must register online to see these webinars. For details and registration, visit the event page at FamilyTreeWebinars.


Looking for creative ways to share your past at January’s Family History Faire? If you are a scrapbooker, Etsy has some gorgeous – and affordable – family tree graphics.

This Dianne Rigdon collection of digital backgrounds and clipart include several tree layouts along with labels and frames which will combine to create some beautiful family tree pages. Even more amazing is the price – just $2.00!

You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to find great family tree ideas. Go to Etsy’s home page and do a search for “family tree”. You’ll be amazed!

Stay tuned . . . we’ll have more creative ideas each week.


Final Notes

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

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