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Research Notes 2017-12-18

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Christmas is a busy time for all of us. Between gift shopping, decorating and cooking, there is plenty to do. It’s also a great time to “grab” some family history. Here’s where your mobile phone can be a real asset. Use its camera to capture special moments. Today’s cameras capture more than just the picture. They also capture date, time and place when you have those features turned on. This information stays with the digital photo even when you make copies to share with others.

There are all kinds of opportunities to capture information on your current family and possibly even get some historical tidbits. Here are some options . . .

  1. If Uncle Joe starts telling one of his stories, switch from photo to video and capture him and his story.

  2. Document family traditions passed down over the years. These can range from decorations to food to special events.

  3. Your phone can also grab the recipe for a traditional family dish – either verbally using video capture or by scanning the actual recipe. If you can, find out where that special dish originated.

Family history is more than just vital records. It’s the photos, letters, journals and other ephemera that really bring our ancestors to life. Documenting today’s family is just as important. And, it’s a lot of fun too.


The commercial side of genealogy research goes into overdrive during the holidays. There have been a number of deals and discounts announced recently and we can expect to see more between now and the end of the year. While many offer nice discounts, the deal is often only available for a short period of time. We are using the SAGS Community Research Center on Facebook to share these deals with our members. It’s the easiest and quickest way to get the word out. If you haven’t joined this group yet, now would be a good time. Just follow the link to the group and click the Join button. Once added to the group, you may want to turn on notifications to know when new content is added in the group.

Deals aren’t the only thing you’ll find there. Once the holidays are over our focus returns to research.

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