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Research Notes 2017-1-30

The RootsTech conference begins February 8th in Salt Lake City. While Utah in February is more cold than most of us Floridians want to endure, that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of some of the conference. They just released their list of sessions that will be live streamed online at the RootsTech home page. If you can’t watch them live, they are also being recorded and will be available to view after the conference ends. Note that the times for the sessions listed below is Mountain Time.


9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications Speaker: Cydni Tetro


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together Speaker: Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage Speaker: Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available Speaker: Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines Speaker: Judy Russell

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage Speaker: Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records Speaker: Jen Baldwin


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work Speaker: Steve Reed

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher Speaker: Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

Visit the Streaming Schedule page for more details.


February is “Donate a Book Month”. Clean out those closets and bookcases and donate and type of genealogy books to be placed in the Genealogy Section of the SE Branch of the Public Library. Bring the books to the February 18, 2017 meeting for presentation to the library. Any questions contact


Just a friendly reminder to our members . . . dues are due!


Findmypast recently released their latest updates to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Why is this interesting? Findmypast isn’t just providing an index to the PERSI collection, it’s also digitizing those documents and making them available online. This release includes 14,684 articles from 46 periodicals. Most of the periodicals included in this update appear to be British. Get the details at the Findmypast Blog.

Recommended Reading

For those of you who are using the WordPress Reader to follow SAGS Support, we have started listing 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.

We’ve posted a video demonstration on how to use the WordPress Reader. You’ll find it on the Member Guides page.

This week’s recommendations include:

  1. Want to know more about genetics? Blaine Bettinger’s The Genetic Genealogist is a great resource. Blaine is also the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.

  2. James Tanner’s Genealogy’s Star is always an interesting read. By the way, he is the keynote speaker at this year’s North Florida Genealogy Conference.

Feb 2017 meeting promo

We are delighted to have Jim Vearil with us for our February 18th meeting. His program looks at how to use land records as part of your research. His presentation will explain why land records are useful and discuss the various types of land records – individual, state and public. He will also provide information on using surveys and maps.

Reminder . . . meeting times have moved back to the afternoon. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting starts at 1:00pm.

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