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Research Notes 2018-10-8

Thanks to FamilySearch’s collaboration tools, I’m following two of my cousins as they track down Jesse James. It appears that they made a connection to a James cousin through their research and his DNA results appeared to connect him to Jesse. At this point, no one has found a “concrete” connection but I’m having a great time following their adventures.

How did I connect with these cousins? I posted some photos and documents of my ancestors on my mother’s side to FamilySearch Memories.

Sample FamilySearch memories

Here is an example of a photo memory. In addition to the picture, there is a place to describe the who, what and where of this image and to connect each person in the photo to their person page within FamilySearch. The Details section is where you add the metadata (date, place, etc.). It was that metadata that connected me with my cousins.

Are you taking advantage of the “social side” of genealogy? If not, you are missing some fabulous opportunities.


Even if you don’t have anything to show at Saturday’s Family History Faire, do come and take a look at the displays. You will find them full of ideas you can put to use with your family’s genealogy.


If you are researching ancestors in England or Wales, you may find a new collection at very interesting. This collection is the National Probate Calendar for England and Wales. It is an index to wills and administrations from 1858 to 1957. You’ll find the details on this collection in the Research Wiki.


It looks like we have another storm heading our way. Now is a good time to back up your research files. You can also take advantage of online photo-sharing platforms like Flickr (, Amazon Photos ( or Google Photos ( to store backups of your scanned photos, documents and ephemera.

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