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Research Notes 2018-1-22

Paul Howes had a good-size crowd interested in his talk on one-name studies. His handout is posted on the Speaker Handouts page at SAGS Support. We had eleven visitors Saturday, six of whom are now society members. It gets even better! New member, Colette Oldham, brought us the good news that the Family History Center in St. Augustine Shores is open again.


Have you registered for the North Florida Genealogy Conference? Online registration is now open. Your $25 registration fee includes 25 classes, individual help getting past your brick wall, door prizes and lunch. The St. Augustine Genealogical Society is one of the conference sponsors and will host the Storytellers Studio in the main room. If you have a brick wall problem, you can get help from the members of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society (AIGS). To take advantage of this service, you will need to schedule an appointment online and complete a questionnaire describing your problem. AIGS members will do the research prior to the conference and have a report ready for you on conference day. Learn more about this service on the site’s Brick Wall page.


SAGS members don’t need to wait for the conference to take advantage of the Storytellers Studio. The Studio is up and running now at  You will find it full of creative ways to share your family history along with resources and apps to make it happen.

who will tell your family's stories

As you know, RootsWeb still has serious problems and it doesn’t look like they will be fixed any time soon. Fortunately there are some impressive alternatives. Here are some you may find useful . . .

The USGenWeb Project is an organized group of volunteers who have built a network of resources across the United States. Projects are organized at the state and county level. The resources you will find include listings of local sources for records, county and state histories, online genealogy books, research tips, maps and links to other helpful resources. Unfortunately, a number of the USGenWeb websites were hosted on RootsWeb and are currently offline. The St. Johns County GenWeb site was not impacted by RootsWeb and has plenty of local resources.

WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy. There are currently pages for over 2,800,000 people. But that’s not all. There are a number of research guides full of useful information. The Cemetery Portal offers a broad range of articles/pages on cemeteries worldwide. There are also guides for places, repositories, sources and more. Note: the wiki format can be a bit intimidating at first, but is worth the effort.

The Family History Research Wiki at FamilySearch is easier to use than WeRelate and also offers an amazing range of research information. In addition to resources to help you get started with genealogy you will also find tools that help you locate the records you need.

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