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Research Notes 2018-1-1

Happy New Year!  The holidays were delightful (and delicious) but now it’s time to settle back into our usual routine. The short days and chilly weather make it a great time to focus on family history. The society is building even more resources to help improve your researching skills.

First of all is our new Facebook group – SAGS Community Research Center. This is a members-only group so you must ask to join. Once that’s done, you have full access to the group. It supports a number of services. First of all, it is a news service updating our members on interesting deals, new additions in the archives and other useful information. We will also pass along interesting articles, videos and other online resources that can help your research effort. Here’s one example . . .


Every informational post will have one or more hashtags included in the text of the post. As you can see in the example above, there are two hashtags – each beginning with a pound/hash character – #ethics and #DNA. If you want to quickly find all the posts related to DNA, use the “Search this group” box in the left sidebar and enter #DNA. Your screen will refresh with just the posts containing #DNA hashtag.


There’s a reason we called this group a community research center . . .

Do you see the “Write something…” box just below the masthead in the image above? If you have a question, need some help or want to pass along a tip of your own, this is the place to post it. Just click in the box and start typing. You won’t get an immediate answer, but it won’t take too long. And, if you see someone asking for help and you have the information that person needs, go right ahead and reply.


The January issue of the Ancient City Bulletin will introduce a new section – Storytellers Studio. The articles in this section will discuss creative projects, services and apps to help you tell the stories your research discovers. St. Augustine Genealogical Society is also sponsoring a Storytellers Studio “booth” at the North Florida Genealogy Conference with demonstrations, resources and project ideas. The 2018 conference is March 10th and registration begins later this month.


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

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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