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Research Notes 2017-8-28

When did you last backup your data files – genealogical and otherwise? As hurricane season heats up, it’s a good time to insure that your research is protected from disaster.  The 3-2-1 rule for data protection requires three copies of everything (family tree data, photos, records, letters, etc.) on at least two different media (hard drive, CD, external drive, thumb drive) with one copy stored off-site. Yes, it takes time and effort, but aren’t your precious treasures worth it?


Would you like to take advantage of the many genealogy webinars, hangouts and online training but don’t know how to get started?

September’s member meeting is our annual hands-on workshop with tables set up to cover a broad range of research-related topics. One of those tables is all about online learning. You’ll learn how to register, get connected and participate in these interesting and informative programs from the comfort of your own home.

This is just one of the workshops planned for September. Keep an eye out for more details in upcoming editions of Research Notes.


MyHeritage is doing some amazing things in the DNA department. They recently announced their new DNA Match Review page.

The new page offers a plethora of detailed information about each of your DNA Matches. Your DNA Match details are now consolidated into one place with different sections that will help you discover how the match may be related to you. This can open the door to new connections and discoveries to advance your family history research.

The DNA Match Review is described in detail on the MyHeritage blog. Below is one of those screens displaying one of my DNA matches. Notice the question mark icons next to the different elements discussed on this screen. Click an icon and you’ll get a description of this element. This example is only one part of the Match Review.


Pay As You Go at FindMyPast

Would you like to do some research on your United Kingdom ancestors but not ready to fork out the money for a FindMyPast subscription? No problem! Take advantage of their PayAsYouGo program.

PayAsYouGo credits are an ideal choice for people who only want to undertake a small amount of research to begin with. Individual records can be viewed using PayAsYouGo credits instead of through a subscription.

Records on Findmypast can be viewed using PayAsYouGo credits instead of through a subscription. Records cost between 5 and 60 credits to view. Once purchased, records can be viewed unlimited times. Find out more about credits.

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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