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Research Notes 2017-4-24

We are delighted to announce that the society’s records archives are moving to SAGS Support. These include the many local records transcribed and digitized by SAGS member, Mac Wills. You can access them by visiting the Archives page. That page lists and links you to the many data collections. Click any archive name to visit that page. You can also enter a surname into the Search box in the right sidebar. The site will present you with a list of archive pages containing that surname. Once you open an archive page, use the Find On Page command (CTRL/f for Windows and CMD/f for Mac) to find individual records. The Church Records, Obituaries and St. Johns County Cemeteries are already here and more are on the way.

To better accommodate these recordsets, SAGS Support has also undergone some major remodeling. We are now using a template that better accommodates our largest tables. At times, a table may be so large that the sidebar is turned off for that page. When that happens, use the top menu to quickly get to another area of the site. Some of the widgets have moved – the Calendar is now at the bottom of the page and the Tag Cloud has moved to the sidebar.


Main archives page

If you have questions or comments about the archives, you’ll find a conversation page dedicated to archive-related discussions posted in the Cafe. We’d love to hear from you!


RootsMagic users are also getting connections to Ancestry. Their new TreeShare feature will move your data from your RootsMagic files to your online trees at Ancestry. The WebHints feature automatically scans Ancestry’s records and when matches to your RootsMagic entries are found, you can review and add them right in RootsMagic. They expect to release this feature before the end of April. Learn more at the RootsMagic blog.


Some interesting software updates have been released recently. Google’s PhotoScan app (demonstrated in the February short course on scanning) has been updated to give users the choice to turn the remove glare feature off when it isn’t needed. If glare is not a problem, you won’t need to “hit” the four corners of each photo you scan. This update is available for both the Android and iOS versions of the app.

Dropbox users will find the new Paper app (iOS and Android) quite interesting. Paper makes it possible for multiple people to create, review and revise a document created with the Paper app and stored in Dropbox. The editor is fully functional yet easy to use. Multiple people can work in the same document making it a great place for research cousins to share research notes and other information. You’ll find the app in your device’s app store and plenty of instructional material in your Dropbox account. A good place to begin is watching the demonstration video at

Recommended Reading

Want to learn more about DNA? President Bernadette Patruno recommends these books:

  1. The Seven Daughters of Eve, The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry by Bryan Aykes

  2. The Family Tree guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger

Both books can be ordered through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The Seven Daughters of Eve is also available at the Anastasia Island and Bartram Trail libraries.


Friday, April 28th, is the deadline for submissions to the May issue of the Ancient City Bulletin. Stories about your ancestors, research tips, genealogical book reviews and app reviews are all welcome. Visit the Submission Guidelines page for details on formatting and submission.


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”.

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