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Research Notes 2017-7-10

There’s lots to celebrate in July and the St. Augustine Genealogical Society’s anniversary is one of them. Saturday’s meeting will celebrate our anniversary with a tribute to our founder, Virginia Hassenflu, presented by Shirley Thompson. Following Shirley’s presentation is our anniversary celebration. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting begins at 1:00pm.


Time is almost up to take advantage of the pre-order sale price ($29.95) for Family Tree Maker 2017. If you aren’t on the mailing list, stop by and click on the Update News button to do so. You’ll get a welcome email along with a link to the upgrade offer.

Family Tree Maker isn’t alone in connecting users to their Ancestry data. The recent update – Roots Magic 7.5 – automatically searches Ancestry, FamilySearch and MyHeritage for possible matches to your data. In addition, there is now a new TreeShare for Ancestry feature that will let you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computer and your online Ancestry trees.  RootsMagic 7.5 is a free upgrade for RootsMagic 7 users. See the RootsMagic blog for details.


The Florida State Genealogical Society has announced their upcoming webinar for July. These webinars are free to view live, but you must register in advance to attend. Unless otherwise stated, each webinar begins at 8:00pm Eastern time.

20 Jul 2017 – Connie Lenzen, CGSM Strategies for Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons

  1. Webinar Abstract: Adoption touches many families. The search to reunite birth parents and birth children utilizes all research strategies. These same strategies are used to find relatives who have come up missing.

  2. Presenter: Connie is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher. She is the author of the Oregon Guide to Genealogical Resources and a contributing author to national and local genealogical publications. She lectures at local, state, regional, and national conferences.

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Got Scots in your ancestry? If so, you may want to take a look at ScotlandsPeople. It’s the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives. It costs nothing to search their indexes, then uses a pay-per-view model to view and download digital images of the records you find. What kind of records can you find here? The indexes cover birth, death and marriage registers, census returns, church registers, valuation rolls and legal records (like wills and testaments and coats of arms).

Credits cost £0.25 each and can be purchased in batches of 30 (£7.50) or 40 (£10) credits. Today’s conversion rate is $1.29/£1. Costs vary depending on the record type. To learn more visit the site at


Are you following the St. Augustine Genealogical Society’s Facebook page? This is different than our Facebook group. The Facebook page offers more than just the latest society news and meeting calendar. We are also using it to pass on “breaking news”. What kind of breaking news? This includes special deals being offered by the different archives. They often announce short-term access to a specific recordset, discounts on apps and other short-notice events. If you want to be informed when these deals pop up, make sure you follow our Facebook page. Just click the Follow button as shown here.


The July issue of the Ancient City Bulletin is ready for download. This month’s feature articles include “Notes Management” and a look at the “Guide for Genealogists and Family Historians” at the National Archives. Download SAGS Bulletin – Jul 2017 now or visit the SAGS Support library for this and all back issues of the Bulletin.

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