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Research Notes – 2016-12-5

75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Photo courtesy U.S. Army collection at Flickr.

This week we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy”. More than 2,400 Americans died on that day when Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Fold3 has their Interactive USS Arizona Memorial which includes an image of the wall that you can search or browse to find the names of servicemen who died on the Arizona. Each name is linked to an Honor Wall page where you can find information about the veteran as well as add your own photos or tributes. Both the memorials and the honor pages are accessible to all.

It doesn’t stop there. the World War II collection – all 113 million records – is free through the month of December.

If you’ve hit a brick wall in your research, check our list of 13 common reasons why people fail to find the genealogy data they’re looking for. These are not the only reasons a person might hit a brick wall, but in the vast majority of cases one or more of these observations apply. If you feel that something on the list describes your research, take the time to address it and you might find that you tear down your family history obstacle once and for all.

If you are considering purchasing a tablet to support your research effort, take a look at the Kindle Fire tablet which is currently offered at $49.95 for the 8GB model. It’s small – 7.5″ x 4.5″ – but packs a lot of features for its size and price. It’s a good starter tablet if you want to try going mobile.


Society staff are building an online directory pointing members to useful publications related to genealogical research. There’s a growing number of guides on a broad range of topics. Our library describes and links to these guides. As more guides and publications are found, they will be added to the collection. Bookmark our Digital Library  page at SAGS Support so you can check in regularly.


Kenneth R. Marks at The Ancestor Hunt does an amazing job of collecting, organizing and sharing information and updates related to historical newspaper archives. Here’s his update on the newest additions to Chronicling America – the online newspaper archive managed by the Library of Congress.

Here are the updated titles for October and November, 2016.  Some are new titles and some are added to an existing title’s pages in the database. There are 31 in total from 9 different states plus Puerto Rico. (Please note that some newspapers may be listed multiple times because they were updated more than once by the Library of Congress during the month).
Society Calendar

The society calendar for the new year is shaping up nicely. Here’s a look at things to come.

Sharing Your Past

The holiday season is a great time to collect and share your family history. You might start by telling the story behind family holiday traditions or documenting the history of decorations that have been handed down from older generations. Then there are those fabulous recipes that make your holiday meals so special. If you don’t tell these stories, who will?

See you Saturday at the Christmas luncheon!

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