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Research Notes 2018-5-21

Last week we reported that the Genealogy Gophers book search platform was calling it quits due to lack of resources. Apparently the response to that news was overwhelming and this week they posted this announcement:

Starting in June, instead of relying solely upon ads, we’ll ask you to donate to receive unlimited access to view and download books. You will still be able to see search results and a limited number of books each month for free. Donations will be minimal, $3/month or $20/year. Larger donations will be greatly appreciated.

If you aren’t familiar with the Genealogy Gophers, they search the FamilySearch collection of more than 80,000 digitized family histories, regional and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, newsletters, and medieval histories. The things you find in their searches are quite amazing.

Want to learn more? You’ll find Genealogy Gophers at Try a couple of test searches and see what happens.


The handout for Ginny Barr’s presentation has been posted to the Speaker Handouts page in the SAGS Support library.

Graphic - Family History Faire

October is Family History Month and the perfect time to show off your family’s history. Because of that and to give our members more time to prepare, we are moving our Family History Faire from January to October. Bring your family and let them see just how fascinating their family history can be.

Not sure how to show off your research efforts? Stop by Storytellers Studio for project ideas and resources to help you get started. This week the spotlight is on Famicity – an online platform that is part scrapbook and part private social network. Use it to build scrapbooks, photo albums, stories and more. With Famicity, you control who has access to your network.


Famicity – part photo album, part scrapbook and part social network.

Note that our October meeting will be held a week earlier than usual – October 13th – because of this year’s elections.


Lisa Lisson has posted a short, but informative, lesson on YouTube. It’s well worth watching. Click the link above to view her video on YouTube.


REMINDER – Past issues of Research Notes are always accessible in the Research Notes Archive. Follow the link to the archive then take advantage of the Tag Cloud in the right sidebar to find issues containing information on the topic you choose. Click on any keyword listed in the Tag Cloud and you will be presented with a list of issues containing that topic. Note that some tags (keywords) are in a larger font size than others. Larger  tags mean there are more articles on that topic.


If you haven’t joined the SAGS Community Research Center on Facebook, you are missing the latest news, deals and other helpful research resources . . . This is one of your benefits as a member of the society and an opportunity to stay connected with other members between meetings. Follow the link and request access. A group administrator will approve your request and you’ll have full access to current and future resources.

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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