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Research Notes 2017-6-12

Got questions on using DNA for research? Jot them down and bring them with you to Saturday’s meeting. Jack Butler is returning and ready to answer all your questions.


Chronicling America, the freely-accessible newspaper archive at the Library of Congress, is celebrating passing the 12 million page mark. To help in the celebration, The Ancestor Hunt blog has posted three YouTube training videos he created to help you make the best use of the archive. These videos cover more than just how to use the search function. Visit The Ancestor Hunt to learn more and view the videos.


The latest update on Family Tree Maker shows that test drive build #207 is quite stable. More than 98% of testers with trees containing less than 15,000 people are working very well. They are now focused on the big trees with impressive results. They aren’t at 100% yet, but it’s looking good. In addition, syncing Ancestry has gone from “watching paint dry” slow to lightning fast. There is more testing to be sure everything is just right, but it won’t be long. If you want to take advantage of their pre-order pricing, you need to do it before test drive 2.0 is released. Check the website for details.

The AncestorCloud blog has an interesting series on state archives. Here’s a sample . . .

We family history researchers often give thanks for all of the critical documents and resources provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We receive ancestor census and military records, among others, from NARA through various databases such as FamilySearch and If we’re lucky, we may even get to go on site to a NARA location. As we seek more comprehensive information on ancestors, we can also use NARA’s helpful state archives contact lists and resources to pinpoint likely archives for our projects here. It’s critical to remember: State archives provide records, artifacts, collections, newspapers and treasures that often document ancestors at the micro level. In this first part of a multi-part series, we’ll look at archives in California, Texas, and Missouri.

This is the first in a series of articles discussing state archives. This article discusses the collections in the California, Texas and Missouri archives. Additional articles are scheduled for July.


The June issue of the Ancient City Bulletin is now ready for download. You can download it from the Bulletin page at SAGS Support.


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