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Research Notes 2017-1-16

Today is a federal holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. His civil rights movement advocated non-violent demonstrations to protest racial discrimination in federal and state laws. He spent some time here in St. Augustine during the summer of 1964 including some time spent in jail. His efforts that summer had a significant impact on this city although he did not live to see them. Lucy Jones has an interesting article on Martin Luther King in St. Augustine at her My Florida History blog. The comments are also quite interesting.


On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services initiated a new fee schedule for all applications and petitions. Most of the forms have been updated too. Visit the USCIS site for details.


Do you have Irish ancestors you’d like to track down. Findmypast has a series of five videos on using Findmypast to find them. You’ll find these videos at Findmypast Ireland – Getting Started Guides.


From Dick Eastman comes a warning that a website claiming to be a family history site looks more like a site that posts public information about individuals. According to Dick, reported that captures and reveals a lot of personal information. Visit Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter for more details on this deceptive site.


Recommended Reading

For those of you who are using the WordPress Reader to follow SAGS Support, we have some additional genealogical sites you might find interesting. To add sites to your reading list, just click the Manage button next to Followed Sites in the left sidebar then enter the URL (address) to the site you want to follow. Check out the SAGS Support guide for more information.

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This week’s recommendations include:

  1. Judy Russell’s The Legal Genealogist blog ( is a treasure trove of information on the archaic legal terms and processes related to probate and other legal issues from earlier times.

  2. James Tanner is Genealogy’s Star ( He has been teaching genealogical research techniques for years. He is also the keynote speaker at this year’s North Florida Genealogy Conference. His blog is full of helpful research tips.

  3. Denise Levenick’s The Family Curator site ( offers useful advice on organizing and preserving your personal archives.

  4. These sites aren’t the only ones offering genealogical research support. There’s a tremendous amount of instructional information already online. Genealogy 101 ( can point you to them. It will also keep you updated on the latest deals, news from the archives, software updates and more.

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Just a few more days! I can’t wait to see how creative our members can be.

Final Notes

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