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Research Notes 2019-1-7

Congratulations to SAGS member Margaret Nicholson on the release of her new book – My Surprise Family! Many of us learned some of the story from her presentation last year. This book gives us the rest of the story as only Margaret can.

Interested? You can order the book at Amazon.


Are you using the resources available at FamilySearch to help your research efforts? If not, you are missing the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. In 2018 alone, FamilySearch added new collections from the War of 1812 and World War I. Another impressive collection is the complete archive of Ellis Island and Castle Garden records. The total number of searchable people accessible through the free FamilySearch Family Tree app is now 1.21 billion. In the last year Family Tree users added 241 million sources to their ancestor pages.

Records aren’t the only improvement to this amazing platform. The free Family Tree mobile app now has over 90% of the functionality found on the’s online Family Tree. Even better . . . all this research goodness is freely accessible.


The Digital Library of Georgia has digitized approximately 53,980 pages from Georgia newspapers published prior to 1861. They now offer this collection as full-text searchable versions of the newspapers and are found in the Georgia Historic Newspapers database ( They will also be accessible at Chronicling America for the online delivery of the full-text newspapers.


What are you doing to capture your history? How many times have you wished your ancestors had left letters, journals and stories about their lives? We have some amazing tools to make capturing our special moments and even those not so special things much easier. Today’s cameras automatically capture date, time and place along with the picture. Journal apps do all that . . . and they save that information in a format that will survive the changes in technology.

FamilySearch’s #52Stories Project is designed to help us write one brief story about our lives each week this year. How does it help us? The project offers themes, tips, weekly questions and even printables and downloads to get you started and keep you going. Visit for details.

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