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Research Notes 2017-7-31

The Family History Library has released their schedule of classes for August. For those of us who cannot make it to Salt Lake City, most are also available as webinars. Many of the August classes teach how to research records in Great Britain, China, and Prussian Poland, to understand DNA, and to use documents and photos to preserve memories. You can find the class/webinar schedule at the Family History Newsroom. If you can’t participate in a live webinar, many of them will be recorded and can be viewed at a later date.

Check out the Online Events Calendar at SAGS Support for even more classes and events.

Not sure how to connect and participate in a webinar, hangout or online meeting? One of the tables included in September’s “Hands-On” member meeting will demonstrate what you’ll need and how to get set up.


There’s a very interesting article at AncestorCloud on using historical context to help understand your DNA ethnicity report. Check out Using Historical Context to Unravel Unlikely Ethnicity Report Results.


Are you looking for a creative and affordable way to share your research with your family? Take a look at Twile. It turns your family tree data into a beautiful and fascinating timeline. Your timeline is yours to control. Only you and the people you invite have access to your Twile content.

Use a GEDCOM file to create the “bones” of your timeline, then add the photos and stories to bring each event to life. There are two components to your Twile account – the Timeline and the Family Tree. Once your GEDCOM is imported, you can begin adding photos, stories, documents and other ephemera to timeline. Milestones – the events in each ancestor’s life – are displayed both in the Timeline and the Family Tree.

Although your timeline displays the milestones for all the ancestors you have included in your timeline, you can also focus on an individual’s timeline. Twile also offers several historical timeline overlays – like World War II – that you can add to give your timeline more historical perspective. There are plans to allow us to include “local” events in our own timelines.

Not only does Twile make it possible to turn your family tree into a fascinating trip through your family’s history, it’s does it at a very affordable price – FREE! Stop by the Twile website at and take a look around. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


The WordPress Reader

Our SAGS websites – both the public site and SAGS Support, our members site – operate on the WordPress platform. Approximately 25% of the sites on the worldwide web use WordPress. Many of them are genealogy-related sites. WordPress also offers a WordPress Reader which makes it easy to follow multiple sites without overloading your email inbox in the process. It’s like having your very own news service delivering articles only from the sites you find interesting. If you’d like to learn more, check out the WordPress Reader page on SAGS Support.


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”.

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 on the Member Guides page at SAGS Support.

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