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Research Notes 2017-10-23

The speaker notes from Judy Wright’s Family Tree Maker presentation last Saturday is now available on the Speaker Handouts page at SAGS Support. For those members using FTM 2017 (Windows or Mac), you have a digital copy of the Companion Guide just waiting for you to download it. Open your FTM app, then click on Help in the menu bar. One of the options in the Help menu is Companion Guide. Click on it and after a few seconds a PDF copy of the guide appears on your screen. You can save it to your computer for viewing whenever you need it. Depending on what app you use to read PDF documents, you should be able to search, bookmark and even add your own notes to your copy of the guide.


As you know, the Worldwide Indexing Event 2017 took place over the weekend at FamilySearch. There were 55,857 participants and they indexed 4,373,696 records in three days. Although the event is over, many volunteers will continue indexing records. Thanks to their efforts, you are now more likely to find freely-accessible information about your ancestors.

Indexing is a bit tedious but it isn’t difficult to do. All you need is your web browser and a FamilySearch account. You can index when and where it’s convenient for you. Batches usually contain 10 to 15 records and take about 15 minutes to complete. Stop by and take a look for yourself.


This comes from Legacy Family Tree Webinars . . .

MyHeritage is proud to announce its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar, to be held on October 29, 2017 from 7am to 3pm EST. It will feature the participation of experts in the fields of DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technology trends for genealogy. The lectures will be broadcast from the MyHeritage headquarters in Israel. The public is invited to join the lectures via Legacy Family Tree Webinars from anywhere in the world for FREE. Later, the recordings will be available to view for free on demand. To register, click here.

Times, topics, and speakers:

7:00AM Eastern – “Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD” by Rose Feldman

8:00AM Eastern – “Jewish Family Research Challenges” by Garri Regev

9:15AM Eastern – “Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing” by Tim Janzen

10:15AM Eastern – “Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information” by Jessica Taylor

11:15AM Eastern – “Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage’s Unique Technologies” by Daniel Horowitz

12:30PM Eastern – “How to Pass Your Ancestors’ Legacy to Your Grandchildren” by Jessica Taylor

1:30PM Eastern – “Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques used in Genetic Genealogy” by Tim Janzen

Register for the Online Broadcasts

All seven classes will be broadcast online by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Visit to sign up individually (free), or click here to sign up for multiple classes at once.


There’s even more educational goodness to help you in your research efforts. The

Family History Guide is a free online learning center for genealogy. It covers a broad range of topics from family history basics to computer basics to detailed information on using the major genealogy sites (Ancestry, FamilySearch, My Heritage and FindMyPast). These resources aren’t just for newbies either. Even seasoned researchers will find the guide quite useful.


Local archives update . . . For those members researching family in the St. Augustine area, you will find a growing collection of resources at SAGS Support’s Archive section.

Final Notes

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