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Research Notes 2018-4-2

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MyHeritage continues to improve their mobile apps. They recently added a photo and document scanner making it possible to scan documents and photos easily and quickly. Your scans are automatically added to your family site at MyHeritage. Once uploaded you can tag your images to individuals in your family tree to better organize your record keeping.

To access the scanner, tap the Photos icon on the MyHeritage home screen. Tap the plus sign located at the bottom right of the photos screen then select the Scan photos option. When the Scanner screen appears point the scanner over the photo/document you are scanning. The scanner app will detect the item and display an orange mask over it. Once the frame is stable the scanner will automatically capture the image. You can also manually capture by tapping the capture button. The lightning bolt icon in the upper left corner of the screen will turn the flash on or off. Like most other scanners, this one will automatically straighten your scan and there are several filters to adjust color and brightness. Once your scan looks just right, tap Save to send it to the photo album or profile in your family tree. You can also add tag people in the scanned image with their names and other information now or later.

Yes, the photos are saved to your MyHeritage account, but you can take advantage of the “Share” feature to save a copy to your desktop or share them with others. This can be done at any time.


Family Tree Maker has announced a free update which they say is faster and syncs more reliably. It also includes a Sync Weather Report badge that shows sync conditions before you start a sync. The badge appears on the Ancestry sync icon and will change color to show sync conditions as green, orange or red. There are more fixes and new features listed on the page. There is a PDF Companion Guide for v 23.1 that can be reached in the app’s Help menu. Printed copies of the updated guide can be purchased at


On Saturday, April 7th, Florida Living History, Inc. will present “Last Outpost of the Empire” at Fort Matanzas National Monument. This day-long program looks at the British Colony in East Florida as they wait to hear their fate at the end of the American Revolution. The event runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm and includes British regulars, Royal Navy sailors, loyalist soldiers and local civilians re-enacting their part in this moment in history. Admission is free. (Thanks to member Sharon Varnes for passing this information on.)

Who knows, maybe area historians and archaeologists will have news on the remains of an 18th century ship that washed up on the beach at Ponte Vedra last week. As many as 16 ships ran aground on the sandbars at the St. Augustine inlet during the 1783 British evacuation of East Florida.


The Facebook scandal has many of us wondering what to do. Facebook has many useful resources – the Genealogy Network groups for example – but we don’t want our personal information sold to the top bidder. A number of security experts have offered suggestions on how to protect yourself while taking advantage of Facebook’s resources. The first suggestion is to limit the amount of personal information you post – birthdays, travel plans, children’s pictures and such. Another suggestion is to remove the Facebook apps from your mobile devices because they are designed to work in the background to capture information about you. You can still access Facebook through your device’s web browser.

The society’s Facebook page and groups will continue to provide research support and society news. We will also include tips and resources to help our members protect their privacy.


The Family History Library has announced its classes and webinars for April 2018. These webinars are free and no registration is required. If you are not able to attend an online class, most of them and can be reviewed later when it is convenient. Visit the Family History Library Classes and Webinars page for schedules and class descriptions.

Our Genealogy 101 page at SAGS Support is full of research goodness. You’ll find a page for Local Research resources, online lessons for both beginners and experienced researchers at Genealogy 101 and even support for the tech side of online research at the Genealogy Toolbox.

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