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Research Notes 2017-12-11

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The December issue of the Ancient City Bulletin has been posted in the SAGS Support Library. A copy will be emailed to the membership later today. Articles in this month’s Bulletin include:

  1. Editorial Notes: The Story of Things

  2. Research Toolbox: The Joys of Geneablogging

  3. In the Archives: GenealogyBank

In addition to current and previous editions of the Bulletin, the Library is the place to find Speaker Handouts, Member Guides and the index for the Ancient City Genealogist. Our Digital Library continues to grow with links to online articles and downloadable documents that can help your research effort.

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December is a busy month for all of us, but it’s also a time when many of the genealogy archives and services offer special deals. Keep your eye on the society’s new Facebook Group where we will post those specials when we find them. Haven’t joined the group yet? No problem! Visit the SAGS Community Research Center’s home page and click the button to join. We’ll get you hooked up right away.


This week’s research resource is the Historical Record Collection at FamilySearch. This collection makes it possible for us to focus on a particular type of record at a particular time and place.


In this example, I’m looking for death records in Chattooga County, Georgia. There are several options and I’ve chosen the Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927 to start. The camera icon to the left of a listing means there are images for this collection. The camera with a box behind it means there are images but they aren’t on FamilySearch. Most of these collections are indexed and can be searched, but those that include “Browse Images” in the records column will require you to move through them on your own.


When you select an indexed record collection, FamilySearch will display a screen similar to this one where you can search within the collection. It also include a description of the collection at the top of the screen and a source citation at the bottom.

Like the rest of the collections at FamilySearch, the Historic Records Collections is freely-accessible to all users. If you don’t have a user account at FamilySearch, you are missing out on a tremendous worldwide collection of records and a fabulous research support system too.

Note: This article has been reprinted with permission from Genealogy 101.

Final Notes

Each new post published at SAGS Support is automatically emailed to member subscribers and/or delivered to their newsreader. Research Notes is published every Monday morning and other articles are posted during the week. Subscribers have the option to control how often these updates are delivered. Look down at the bottom of this message and you will find a Manage Subscriptions link in the fine print as you see in this example. Click it and you will be taken to the Subscription Management page. Use the Delivery Frequency column to change your delivery options from “Immediate” to either “Daily” or “Weekly”.

Fine Print

Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

Also down at the bottom of each delivered post is a Comment button. If you would like to comment on something discussed in a post or ask a question, just click the Comment button and you will be taken online to the comment section of the post where you can share your thoughts and read what others have shared.

To learn more, download a copy of the SAGS Support Guide.

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