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Research Notes 2018-5-7

The big news this week is the kickoff of the Virtual Genealogical Society. This isn’t the first online society. The Florida State Genealogical Society is a virtual society and it’s been around for years. While both offer monthly online presentations, the VGS is also offering special interest groups, conferences and socializing – all online. In less than a week, they already have more than 500 members from around the world. A quick look at their program schedule shows multiple presentations from well-known presenters each month.

Their Facebook group (members only) is also quite active. They are organizing volunteers to manage local chapters in the states and countries. It will be interesting to see which SIGS get organized first. My guess is DNA.

Annual membership is $20 per person. If your interested, visit the VGS website at


Last week, the Genealogy Gophers book search service announced they are shutting down on June 1st. This has been an impressive tool for finding books containing information on our ancestors and will be missed.


Scrapbooks and photo albums are a great way to get your family interested in their heritage. Famicity is an easy and affordable way to create and share your collection of family ephemera. It’s part scrapbook and part social network allowing you and your family to share stories, photos, letters and other things with your family wherever they are. Since it is a web-based platform with apps for both desktops and mobile devices, it is easy to take it with you to October’s Family History Faire.

Want to learn more about Famicity? It is short course scheduled after May’s member meeting is adjourned.

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