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Research Notes 2018-7-9

RootsWeb now has a blog set up to keep users informed on reconstruction efforts to get RootsWeb rebuilt. This week they posted an article about restoring RootsWeb hosted sites. If you have/had a site on RootsWeb, visit the RootsWeb blog for information on how to restore your site. You can also subscribe to the blog to have the latest posts delivered to your Inbox much like our weekly Research Notes post.


Looking for historical photos to add context to your family history? Kenneth R. Marks has updated his list of southern states online photo archives and it’s quite impressive. You will find this amazing resource at his blog, The Ancestor Hunt.

The Ancestor Hunt is also the place to go to find freely accessible historic newspapers too. His Newspapers page provides lessons on how to search and find articles related to your research. When it comes to newspapers, Kenneth is your new best friend.


FamilySearch has a series of YouTube videos offering howto information for using FamilySearch and their mobile apps. Most are short and sweet. You can watch them on your desktop (speakers or headset needed for audio) or tablet.


Do you have farmers in your ancestry? Melissa Barker, the Archive Lady, recently posted an interesting and useful article on Finding Records for Our Farming Ancestors. You can also find her on Facebook.

Family History Faire

October isn’t far off. July’s heat makes it a great time to stay inside and create your project for the Family History Faire. Each week on Research Notes you will find a tip, project idea or useful tool to help you share your family history.

This week’s project is the sketchbook bio. This is a good project when you have more photos than stories.


Did you know that your presentation software (PowerPoint for Windows, Keynote for Mac/iOS, Google Slides and more) also makes a great scrapbooking app? This project used Keynote to pull it all together.

If you want to see how all this works, check out The Sketchbook Bio at Storytellers Studio.

Final Notes

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