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Research Notes 2018-1-15

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. who led the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. He is best remembered for his focus on nonviolent protests and civil disobedience to put an end to segregation in the United States. While it celebrates Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 15, 1929, the holiday is actually held on the third Monday in January meeting the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The bill creating this holiday was passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan on November 2, 1983. The holiday was first observed on January 20, 1986.


Saturday we kick off the new year with a presentation from member, Paul Howes. His topic is One Name Studies. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting starts at 1:00pm.


Registration is now open for the North Florida Genealogy Conference! Visit the site and check out the sessions and speakers lined up for this year. You can register online by clicking the Event Bright link on the home page. In addition to the presentations, Amelia Island Genealogical Society will be back with their Brick Wall support, the Family History Center will be open with volunteers ready to help and the St. Augustine Genealogical Society is hosting the Storytellers Studio with resources and project ideas for sharing your family history. You get all this genealogical goodness, lunch and door prizes for just $25.00.


The Reading List

There are a number of geneabloggers writing about genealogy and research. The tips, resources and information they offer – at no charge – is quite impressive. Here are some examples:

  1. Lynn Palermo, the Armchair Genealogist, has a thoughtful post titled Refocus Your Genealogy for 2018: 10 Steps with Templates. As one who tends to wander, I found this article quite useful.

  2. Judy Russell looks at MyHeritageDNA’s improved matching system including a chromosome browser. If you aren’t sure what a chromosome browser is, Judy does a great job explaining it. See Big steps forward at MyHeritageDNA for the details.

  3. If you are researching any Canadian ancestors, you may want to check out Gail Dever’s Genealogy à la carte. She keeps up with Canadian archive resources and her weekly crème de la crème article will introduce you to other Canadian geneabloggers.


The January 2018 edition of the Ancient City Bulletin has been posted in the SAGS Support Library. This month’s issues takes a look a several interesting research resources. Articles include:

  1. Editorial Notes: The Family History Guide

  2. Research Toolbox: RootsFinder

  3. In the Archives: The University of Florida Libraries

We also introduce our new Storytellers Studio section.


The SAGS Community Research Center on Facebook serves many purposes. It is a news center offering the latest deals, upcoming webinars and other genealogy goodness. It is a help desk that’s always open and a community center where you can connect with other society members. Want to share a eureka moment? This is a great place to do it because your fellow researchers are the ones most likely to appreciate your effort. If you haven’t joined the group, you are missing a great research resource. Not sure how to join? See Denise Olson at Saturday’s meeting. She will help you get set up.

Final Notes

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