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Research Notes 2017-11-6

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It’s going to take a while adjusting to the change back to Eastern Standard Time, but watching that gorgeous full moon rise over the creek last night made the early sunset a delightful event.


In our family, holiday season was kicked off yesterday with a family get-together to plan for Thanksgiving. The weeks between now and the new year will be busy for most of us and while it may limit the time we have to work on our research, we still can use the holidays to our advantage. It’s a great time to ask questions, capture stories and take photos at family events. Your mobile phone can be the perfect tool to make that happen. Most of us know how to take photos and videos with our phones, but do you know how to do voice recordings? Now’s a good time to check your user manual and experiment with those tools so you will be ready when an opportunity arises.


Have you heard about the Florida State Genealogical Society’s Fall Virtual Conference? Here are the details . . .

17 – 18 Nov 20179:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m Join us for our Fall Virtual Conference – a way for you to renew your genealogy research skills without having to leave home. The conference will be presented via GoToWebinar. Attendees will be able to attend the “live” presentation or listen to the recorded video which will be available to registered attendees only, for a period of 3 weeks after the conference. What you will get:
  1. 8 hours of lectures by noted genealogy presenters – over 2 days.

  2. Viewing “live” or attend via recording up to 3 weeks after the conference.

  3. Door Prizes throughout both days.

  4. Handouts will be available for each session.

Follow the link above for information on the programs and speakers along with registration details.



Mobile genealogy apps are becoming quite useful – and not just on tablets either. FamilySearch’s mobile apps (phone and tablet) now have a new Map My Ancestors feature which shows where documented events for the selected person took place. The example shown here documents the birthplace, residence and death/burial location for my grandmother as viewed on my iPhone.

MyHeritage’s updates have also made viewing on the small screen easier. You can even activate your DNA kit by opening the app and scanning the activation code with your device’s camera.

FindAGrave’s big redesign for desktop computers will be released “soon” but you can view the updated mobile app right now. Both of them have significantly improved the search function. The mobile app now includes a function that makes it easier to photograph and transcribe the details of each grave marker you add to the FindAGrave archive.

NOTE: The November Ancient City Bulletin has an in-depth look at FindAGrave’s redesign.


The Archives at SAGS Support continues to grow. The latest additions include St. Augustine City Directories, a number of military research collections and extracts from the 1898 Daily Herald. Visit the Archives page for the updated directory and tips to help make your search easier. Many thanks to member Pat Tanner for her help posting information to the archives.

Final Notes

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