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Research Notes – 2016-12-12


This year’s Christmas luncheon was a delightful event. The people of Amici’s provided a delicious meal and cozy spot where we could relax and enjoy some great company.

2016 Christmas Luncheon

What special holiday traditions are a part of your family’s history? What memories do you have of your childhood Christmases? Just because we remember them doesn’t mean our descendants will. Take a few minutes to jot down special memories, the story behind an heirloom ornament or the recipe for a special dish so that future generations can better understand and appreciate their heritage.


We lost an American hero last week. John Glenn not only was the first man to orbit the earth, he was also a U.S. Senator and a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War. I was quite surprised to learn that another American hero was his wingman – Ted Williams!

Society Calendar

Don’t forget that beginning in January our meetings move to the third Saturday of the month with meetings beginning at 1:00pm.


If you are considering doing your DNA, now is the time. 23andMe  offers a $99 Ancestry Service and $199 for the Health and Ancestry Service. Ancestry DNA is discounted 10% to $89 until December 14th. Family Tree DNA has discounted the yDNA Family Finder from $268 to $188, the mtFull Sequence Family Finder from $298 to $288 and the Family Finder from $99 to $59. There’s no deadline mentioned for these discounts. In addition, MyHeritage DNA is offering a free DNA webinar on Tuesday, December 13th. You will need to register to attend.

WordPress Reader

The WordPress Reader

Are you getting these weekly Research Notes delivered to your inbox? There is also a WordPress Reader that makes it easy to keep up with genealogy news from multiple sources without overloading your inbox. It allows you to subscribe to any number of genealogy blogs and news services without having to share your email address. Unlike most email newsletters, using the Reader doesn’t generate unwanted spam.

Not only can your read these interesting articles, you can like, reply, share and save them – much like you do on Facebook.

The WordPress Reader is part of the WordPress app. It’s available for desktops (Windows, Mac and Linux) and mobile devices (iOS and Android). The example you see here is the Reader app on an iPad.

The app is free and it costs you nothing to follow the blogs and newsfeeds. To learn more, download the SAGS Support Guide. You’ll find additional information on the WordPress Reader page in the SAGS Support Help Desk.

Speaking of following other sites . . . we have several blogging members! They include:

  1. Jack Carpenter’s The Unforgotten Man

  2. Denise Olson’s Moultrie Journal

If you are blogging your family history, let us know and we’ll add you to our list.

Final Notes

Each new post published at SAGS Support is automatically emailed to member subscribers and/or delivered to their newsreader. Research Notes is published every Monday morning and other articles are posted during the week. Subscribers have the option to control how often these updates are delivered. Look down at the bottom of this message and you will find a Manage Subscriptions link in the fine print as you see in this example. Click it and you will be taken to the Subscription Management page. Use the Delivery Frequency column to change your delivery options from “Immediate” to either “Daily” or “Weekly”.

Fine Print

Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

Also down at the bottom of each delivered post is a Comment button. If you would like to comment on something discussed in a post or ask a question, just click the Comment button and you will be taken online to the comment section of the post where you can share your thoughts and read what others have shared.

To learn more, download a copy of the SAGS Support Guide on the Member Guides page at SAGS Support.

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