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Research Notes 2018-9-10o

It looks like Hurricane Florence won’t be headed our way, but it still wouldn’t hurt to make sure your computer files are backed up with at least one copy stored off-site. One lightning strike from a summer storm last month killed our tvs, phones and routers. Fortunately our computers were connected to a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) box which provides significantly more surge protection than the plug strips. Even so, frequent backups are always a good idea. has just updated the person pages in the Family Tree. The streamlined menu at the top of the page make it easier to get to the information you need. In the example above, you are looking at the Time Line screen – an entirely new tool. Here you see the Map feature is turned on. It displays the location of each time line element for this person. The Show button makes it possible to filter which events and relationships you would like to see. The green icons in the timeline are used to describe what kind of event or relationship you are viewing. The Add button makes it easy to add even more events to this timeline. In addition to the “vital” events, you will find a number of others including things like occupation, residence, military service and more. There is even a custom event option for events unique to your ancestor.

At the moment, the Time Line is only available on the desktop version of I’m hoping it will soon also be accessible in the mobile apps. Wouldn’t that be awesome!


Heirlooms, special photographs, eureka discoveries and research tips now have a place in the Bulletin’s Out of the Closet page. Send us a digitized photo – preferably with caption – of your heirloom or special photograph. A paragraph describing your eureka moment or research tip is always welcome. Submit your “Closet items” by emailing them to

The Member Stories section of the Bulletin is open to any member with a story to share. This could include the story behind a break-thru research discovery, the history of a treasured heirloom or a biography of a fascinating and/or famous ancestor. For more information, visit the Submission Guidelines page at SAGS Support. Submission deadline for the October Bulletin is September 28, 2018.

Family History Faire

Flickr is a photo-sharing platform with a number of wonderful tools to organize and display your family photos – past and present. One of my favorite features is Flickr Groups. What makes a group so special? Each group is based on a topic. One of my favorites is the Coastal Empire Cemeteries – historic cemeteries in the Southeastern United States. A group includes both photos and discussions. The group manager controls who has access and how things operate within the group. A group is perfect for organizing and sharing the fascinating photos and ephemera your research has discovered.


Notice that photos aren’t the only thing you can include in your group. This particular group was created so one of my cousins and I could share, compare and discuss our ancestors. One delightful side effect of this group . . . my cousin’s young son is also discovering how fascinating his ancestors were.

To learn more about Flickr and how to get a group started, you’ll find guides in the Library at Storytellers Studio.

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”.

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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