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Research Notes 2017-4-3 has officially stopped synching with legacy versions of Family Tree Maker. The MacKiev page and FTM support groups on Facebook are seeing lots of activity. If you have questions or need help, Facebook is a good place to find it.

MacFamilyTree/MobileFamilyTree users also received a big update last week. Both apps now synch via Synium Software’s CloudTree service. This not only keeps your data synched across all your devices, it also makes it possible to collaborate with other MFT users. They have improved their connection with FamilySearch so you can now see when new records or possible new ancestors are found in the online archive. They have also improved the feature allowing users to search,,,,,,,, and from any person screen.

UPDATE: FTM 2017 is in final beta testing with a meeting scheduled today for feedback from Ancestry testers and engineers. If there are no issues, they expect to begin shipping tomorrow.


Fold3 is offering free access to their Civil War Collection from April 1st to 15th. This includes:


Another interesting find is – a search engine focused on historic newspapers from around the world. Right now they have 3,366 newspaper titles with more than 3 million editions. They are adding more every day.


There are a lot of genealogy webinars, online meetings and hangouts happening – many of them free! At SAGS Support we have embedded the Google Calendar showing these events. You will find them on the Online Events Calendar page. Click on an event to display the details of the presentation along with instructions on how to attend.


Recommended Reading

Reminder . . . You can download PDF copies of the speaker handouts and short course cheatsheets at the Speaker Handouts page on SAGS Support. Back issues of Research Notes are also available. 

This week’s recommendations include:

  1. If you need help finding your female ancestors, then Gena’s Genealogy is for you. Gena Philibert-Ortega is a well-know author and speaker on this very subject. Her book, From the Family Kitchen, is also an informative (and delicious) read.

  2. These sites aren’t the only ones offering genealogical research support. There’s a tremendous amount of instructional information already online. Genealogy 101 ( can point you to them. It will also keep you updated on the latest deals, news from the archives, software updates and more.

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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