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Research Notes 2017-7-24

Just before this popped up in your inbox/newsreader, you received another post from SAGS Support about Family Tree Maker Support. This post offers links to several online support resources, but it is also an invitation to share what you know about the updated software. It has been added as a conversation topic in SAG Support’s virtual cafe. Take advantage of the comment box at the bottom of the FTM page to ask questions, share tips and even link to any FTM 2017 resources you have found online. If you’re familiar with Facebook, you’ll find SAGS Support’s commenting system quite similar.


Look what popped up in my inbox yesterday . . .


Of course I had to check this out. Here’s what I found at FamilySearch.


Following the links on this page I discovered that the Samuel Gully/Orson Spencer Company was a wagon train heading for Salt Lake Valley from what is now Council Bluffs, Iowa. William was 14 when they left Iowa and from the information shown I wonder if he made it to Utah. Scrolling down this page gave me more information about the migration to Utah, but nothing much about William. I’ll have to get back into my Link ancestors to learn more about the Forrest family . . . which is probably just what the folks at FamilySearch would like me to do.

I’m guessing that Ancestry’s shaky leaves and MyHeritage’s smart matches have convinced FamilySearch to add some whistles and bells of their own to make our research easier. I especially liked that they provided fascinating facts about the pioneers who migrated west. It helps give historical context to those ancestors’ lives.


Did you know we have a calendar of online genealogy events? This includes upcoming webinars, hangouts and online meetings – many of them free. This delightful calendar uses Google’s Calendar service so it can be shared. You’ll find our copy on the Online Events Calendar page at SAGS Support. Bookmark the page so you can get back to it any time.


That’s just one of the useful things you’ll find on SAGS Support. We are in the process of moving the records archives from the old website. There’s still lots of work to be done, but stop by the Archives page to see what is there now. As new datasets are added, they will be announced via Research Notes.

The website’s search box is located at the top of the right sidebar. You can use it to find the data page containing a particular name or keyword, however it will not take you to the actual record. Once you’re on the data page, use the find-on-page command (CTRL/f for Windows and CMD/f for Mac) with your search word(s) and it will take you right to the record.

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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