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Research Notes – 2016-10-24


Join us on Saturday, November 10th, when Judy Wright will bring is up-to-date on Family Tree Maker. She will cover the transition from the Family Tree Maker (FTM) software to MacKiev 14.1 FTM . Judy Wright’s intention is to relieve anxieties for anyone concerned about the transfer of this software to MacKiev. Then she’ll have some fun with an overview of the major features of FTM 14.1 and reveal some “hidden” gems in the software.

Family Tree Maker graphic

Judy Wright is retired from two careers. She was a foreign language teacher in Palm Beach County for 27 years. She then worked in the legal profession for 11 years, first as a translator and legal secretary, then as an IT professional. She became interested/passionate about genealogy about 20 years ago. It’s rumored she took early retirement from the law firm so she could spend more time climbing the family tree.

She was a volunteer alpha tester for Family Tree Maker for 9 years, and is now a beta tester for Software MacKiev, the new owners of Family Tree Maker. She is the webmaster and outgoing president of the Marion County Genealogical Society.

The North Florida Genealogy Conference just announced that James Tanner will be the keynote speaker. He is a well-known speaker and popular geneablogger with his

Genealogy’s Star blog. He will join a number of area speakers to provide an informative and enjoyable conference. The St. Augustine Genealogical Society and Amelia Island Genealogical Society are new sponsors of the event, joining the Jacksonville Genealogical Society and Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society to make this year’s conference the best one yet.

To keep up with the latest conference news, visit the site at and subscribe to the conference newsletter. You’ll find the subscribe box at the bottom of the sidebar on the conference home page. It works just like our Research Notes newsletter.


FamilySearch has added 141 million new hints in their online family tree. When you see the blue badge icon next to a person in your family tree, click on it to display the hints associated with that person.

FamilySearch Hints

In this example I have three hints for William Booker Link. When I clicked on the first link, it displayed the transcribed details of the record, citation information and a link to the image of the actual marriage license. With a couple of clicks, the details were attached to the appropriate people in my online family tree and synched to my genealogy program (MacFamilyTree).

If you are wondering what that purple signpost icon does, it means there’s a research suggestion for that person. In this case, the suggestion pointed out the long time gap between two of the family’s children and suggested I look further to see if there isn’t a missing child.


RootsMagic is celebrating 30 years of magic. If you are a RootsMagic user, you are invited to enter the RootsMagic birthday contest. “Tell us about the time you “first felt the magic”- that is, the moment you fell in love with our software. Just fill out this entry form by Monday, October 31, 2016.” You could win some great gifts! Get the details at the RootsMagic Blog.

Graphic - Family History Faire

The holidays offer a great opportunity to collect and share family stories and treasures. One of the most popular projects in my family was a family cookbook. We asked everyone to share one or more favorite family recipes along with photos and comments describing why this recipe was so special. We used a cookbook program to compile all the recipes and used the “notes” section of each recipe to include the associated stories. Instead of including a picture of the dish, we chose favorite photos of the cook or of a family event associated with that dish.

Our cookbook program also had a publishing feature which allowed us to export the recipes. We used to “publish” our cookbook. The beauty of Lulu is that there is no minimum purchase. If you only want one book, you only buy one book.

Our finished cookbook could best be described as a family scrapbook full of great photos, stories and recipes. It’s also become a family treasure.


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