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Research Notes 2018-8-13


FamilySearch has added a descendancy chart to their Family Tree platform and it is impressive – especially when you have photos to go with the names. At the top right corner of the Family Tree is a drop-down menu to choose which view you want to display. Your options are Landscape, Portrait, Fan Chart and now Descendancy. When you choose the Descendancy tree view, you will also have the option to choose how many generations you want to display. In this case I have chosen two generations.

Most everything else is still the same. Click on a photo or name in the chart to display that person’s data card. From there you can click the person’s name to view the Person screen with all the details, sources and notes collected for that person. There’s also the Memories screen where you can add photos, stories, documents and even recorded audio to each person.


Do you need help on property, land and probate research? You can find it at The Family History Guide. The Guide is a free online learning, research and training center that is accessible at any time from anywhere. The Family History Guide Blog has a comprehensive description of the resources available in the Guide and where to find them. And, it’s not just for the U.S. either. You will also find information on the nations of the United Kingdom included too.


Are you familiar with Family History Expos? This group organized conferences all over the country for a number of years. Today they are taking advantage of the opportunities online services provide and have gone virtual. It’s not just expos either. To steal a quote from Emeril Lagasse, they have “kicked it up a notch”.  Today’s services include:

  1. GenTeacher – a growing series of recorded classes that you can view when it is convenient for you. Each lesson also includes a downloadable research guide. These lessons cost $9.95.

  2. Ask-the-Pros Q&A are live events covering a specific topic. The topic for the session scheduled on August 29th is Beginning Research – Probate. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time so the researcher can give you an in-depth answer.

  3. Make sure you check out the Shop too. You’ll find books, charts, forms and lots more.

Their first conference – Pirates of the Pedigree – is scheduled for October 15-20, 2018. Not only is there an impressive agenda, there will also be a virtual exhibit hall and door prizes. Registration is open and early birds can register for $69. After September 3, 2018, the fee goes up to $99.

To learn more, you will find them at

Family History Faire

This week’s project idea for the Faire is both easy and affordable . . . create your own private family social network with Famicity. Unlike most social networks, Famicity gives you a secure platform to stay in touch with family (and friends) near and far. It has many of the features found in other networks but without advertising or selling your personal information.

Famicity screen

Famicity screen showing a photo album and a family story.

Once your family sees how beautifully Famicity displays your photos, stories and news, they will be delighted to participate. Once you’ve got them connected, you can start sharing some of the stories, photos and ephemera your genealogy research has discovered. Who knows . . . you may even inspire a new generation of family historians!

So, how do you get started? The Famicity – Getting Started article at Moutrie Creek Gazette is a good place to begin. You can build/manage your Famicity network on your desktop and/or on Android and iOS mobile devices.

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.

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