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Research Notes 2017-8-14

Most of you are aware that our new St. Augustine Genealogical Society website ( is now up and running. Much of the user content from the old site has been moved to SAGS Support. That includes our records archive and our new research library. While we have moved a large number of recordsets already, there are still more to post. It will take some time and we’ll keep you posted as additional recordsets are added. Visit the Archives page to see what is currently available. Note that at the top of this page is a link to the Archives Offsite page. It links to area resources located at other sites. There is an impressive collection of records at FamilySearch and you’ll be surprised to find that many of them were written or indexed by our own Mack Wills.


The August issue of the Ancient City Bulletin is now posted in the SAGS Support Library.  You can download your copy (in PDF format) by clicking the link below.

  1. Research Toolbox: Managing Multiple Email Accounts

  2. In the Archives: Local Histories at the Internet Archive


September’s member meeting is our annual hands-on workshop where staff and members will share their expertise in various areas of research. Each Monday between now and the meeting, Research Notes will spotlight one of the “tables” so you can plan which ones you will want to visit. This week’s spotlight is on the Webinar Table. There is an impressive number of online webinars, hangouts and videos available – many at no charge – to help you learn ways to improve your research effort. See what equipment and apps you’ll need and learn how to find, register and attend these online events. For a little inspiration, here’s a look at some of the upcoming online events . . .

online events calendar

Speaking of webinars, Legacy has expended their 50% discount on their annual webinar subscription for another week. For $24.98 you can watch and participate in all their live webinars with download access to the speaker notes and chat logs. It also includes full access to their archive of recorded webinars. Learn more here.

Here’s a quick tip if you want to take advantage of this offer and any other webinars before the September meeting . . . Install the GoToWebinar on your iPad or tablet. The app is free and your tablets have speakers and microphones making them the easiest way to attend. You can also do this on your phone, but the screen is so small it’s hard to read the screen.

summer break graphic

From MyHeritage . . .

In celebration of our recent milestone — surpassing 8 billion historical records on SuperSearch — we’re happy to announce that we’re making all of our major census collections from the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, Canada, and Nordic countries free for everybody, for one week! Starting on Monday, August 14, until August 20, no Data subscription will be required to access these documents, and you can search through this treasure trove of census records for free. That’s 94 collections, containing over 1 billion census records! Some of the census records are found exclusively on MyHeritage. This is available to users of MyHeritage as well as people who have never used MyHeritage before.

More good news . . .

The State of Connecticut has just announced that they have received funding that will enable the state to add 100,000 historical newspaper pages to their collection in Chronicling America.

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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