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Research Notes 2017-9-4

The St Augustine Genealogy Society is partnering with the St Johns Public Library, Southeast Branch, in a presentation by Connie Bradshaw on genetic genealogy or using DNA in genealogy research.  This talk will take place on September 30, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the SE Branch Library.  The public is welcome.

Connie Bradshaw is the owner of I Dig Your Roots, a research firm that focuses on genetic genealogy.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Genetic Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and local genealogical societies.

After conducting over thirty (30) years of personal family history, Connie completed Boston University’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research in 2012 and opened her own research firm.  She is the volunteer project administrator of three family DNA projects at Family Tree DNA, the family genealogist for the Historic Carson House located in Marion, North Carolina and coordinates several family reunions.

Connie is a twenty-six (26) year Navy veteran originally from Spokane, Washington.   In the twenty (20) years since leaving her military career, she and her husband, Doug, have traveled throughout the United States, affording her the opportunity to do what she loves – hunting for elusive ancestors.


It is very possible that by the end of the week we will be dealing with another hurricane. Now would be a good time to insure your data files are backed up – including off-site backup – and that your original documents and other precious family treasures are also secured.


FamilySearch recently released this update regarding their microfilm circulation service:

Salt Lake City, Utah (30 August 2017), Thursday, September 7, 2017, marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make billions of the world’s historic records readily accessible digitally online. (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). As its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch has provided additional information to users of its historic microfilm program. m.

FamilySearch, a global leader in historic records preservation and access, began microfilming historic records in 1938. Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient, making an unbelievable tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker online and to a far greater customer base.

FamilySearch released a list of helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital.


  1. Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.

  2. After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830).

  3. All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).

  4. The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.

  5. New digital images are available as they are scanned in the Catalog.

  6. Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.

  7. Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.

  8. Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.


Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on, all under Search.

  1. Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch’s digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.

  2. Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.

  3. Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.

“FamilySearch is committed to meeting customers’ needs as much as possible during this transition to digital access,” said Diane Loosle, FamilySearch’s Director of Patron Services. “We really appreciate the wonderful feedback we have received since the initial announcement. It is helping us better facilitate customer experiences during this next phase.”

Loosle said FamilySearch’s over 5,000 family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

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