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Research Notes 2017-5-1

Florida Memory has a wonderful article, It’s in the Directory, discussing how you can put city directories to work to learn more about your ancestors. You’ll find St. Augustine City Directories in the genealogy section at the Southeast Branch Library and the St. Augustine Historical Society’s research library. The Internet Archive also has an impressive collection of city directories from all over the U.S. Check the August 2016 issue of the Ancient City Bulletin to learn how to find them.


Here’s the latest update on FamilyTreeMaker from MacKiev dated April 28th:

THE BETA TEST DRIVE HAS BEGUN Starting yesterday, we began rolling out FTM 2017 to 25,000 users worldwide in our Beta Test Drive Program. The initial feedback from our “Test Drivers” has been very positive. The group’s composition was selected for the best chance of successful syncing.  In a departure from our usual confidentiality rules for beta testing, our test drivers are allowed to share their test driving experience publicly. DRIVING OUT OF THE SHOWROOM The beta Test Drive lasts 48 hours after which all drivers will go through an automated diagnostic analysis. If everything appears to be working as expected, the Test Drivers will be allowed to continue using their copies of FTM 2017 after the test drive is complete.  We are expecting 19 out of 20 test drivers to be able to sync successfully, and virtually all who want to continue using their test drive edition copies to be able to do so. NEXT STEPS We will be able to read the results of the test drive over the weekend as assessment forms start coming in. We will lbe measuring syncing success, performance and stability. Additionally, Ancestry will be monitoring what happens when tens of thousands of Family Tree Maker users all get started using the new edition at the same time. We’ll meet with Ancestry on Tuesday to decide whether to expand the test drive program or go for a general release. Stay tuned.

Did you know you can customize your homepage? If not, check out this video at Ancestry Academy to show you how.


Are you one of the lucky ones who has inherited a journal or diary from an ancestor? If so, you know what a joy they can be. They provide a personal look at the people and events in our ancestors’ world that no amount of vital statistics ever will.

Gopher Hill Memories

So what are you passing on to the future generations in your family? A beautifully documented family tree is one thing, but what does it say about the personalities of the people included in your tree? Photos are always a delight – especially when there are captions explaining who, what, when and where.

Throughout the month of May, the SAGS Writers Group is focused on journals, diaries and scrapbooks with tips, ideas, apps and discussions on ways to bring your world to life for future generations. To participate, email to request an invitation giving you access to the group’s website.


Recommended Reading

For those of you who are using the WordPress Reader to follow SAGS Support, we have some additional genealogical sites you might find interesting. To add sites to your reading list, just click the Manage button next to Followed Sites in the left sidebar then enter the URL (address) to the site you want to follow. Check out the SAGS Support guide for more information.

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This week’s recommendations include:

  1. You don’t have to be a native Floridian to enjoy the Florida Memory blog. It is full of fascinating stories about our state and it’s people. From Atocha treasures to fascinating winter visitors to swamp cabbage, you’ll find these memories a delight.

  2. There’s also 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”.

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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.

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