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Research Notes 2018-1-8

January is traditionally the month for planning and organization. We have been posting a number of interesting and useful articles on organizing your research at SAGS Community Research Center. That’s not all! We post webinar schedules, the latest deals from the online archives and other interesting genealogical news. It’s also a great way to connect with society members between meetings. If you haven’t joined the group, now would be a good time.


This year’s North Florida Genealogy Conference will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Family History Center in Orange Park. In addition to the many impressive presentations, the Amelia Island Genealogical Society is once again sponsoring their research help desk. Their Brick Wall Help program includes 20-minute sessions with a mentor from the sponsoring societies. Sign-up for these sessions is open now and, to insure you get the best support possible, they have also included a downloadable Help Desk questionnaire to be submitted in advance. These questionnaires make it possible to review your problem and prepare research options prior to the conference to share with you during your session.

For details, visit the Brick Wall Help page on the conference site. You’ll also find the link to the questionnaire on that page. If you want to take advantage of this service, set up your appointment now and get to work on the questionnaire right away.


The Family History Guide is a free, online learning center for genealogical research. It covers a broad range of research topics from a number of sources. We are taking advantage of this impressive resource to help our members improve their research skills. Each week’s Research Notes newsletter will point to a lesson, presentation or article of interest. Note that not all of these items are located on the Guide’s website. Rather than reinventing the wheel, they are taking advantage of the many existing online resources. This week’s topic is Understanding Kindship Terms.


Another interesting resource is the Family History Library’s class schedule for January. Each of them is also available as a webinar. These classes cover a broad range of topics. There is no charge to attend these webinars. You can “attend” via your web browser or using the mobile Adobe Connect app. Thursday’s Using Social Media for Family History looks quite interesting.

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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