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Research Notes 2019-12-30

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A new year, a new decade and some new resources to help you with your genealogy research. Our January speaker is Jim Vearil who will introduce us to Florida’s Spanish Land Grants. It should be interesting to see which land grant we live on now.

Also in January, the Southeast Branch library will kick off a research study group focused on WWI history and genealogy. The group will meet in the library on the first Tuesday of the month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm beginning January 7th and continuing until May 5th. If you are interested in learning more about your WWI ancestors, contact Cheryl Bemiss at the library to join the group. There is a free World War I Genealogy Research Guide (PDF) that can be downloaded at the World War One Centennial Commission’s website at

Other resources will include’s World War I records, the National Cemetery Administration, the American Battle Monuments Commission, Chronicling America, the Internet Archive and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).


This year’s North Florida Genealogy Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. While the holidays slowed down updating the website and descriptions, you can still get a taste of the research goodness. Check it out at the conference website.


This week we will begin packing up the Christmas decorations to keep them safe for next year’s holiday season. If you are like us, many of your decorations and tree ornaments are family treasures. Now is a great time to document the stories related to those treasures so future generations will know why they are so special. A great way to do that is to use your mobile phone. Take a photo of each ornament and use a journaling app to describe its meaning. This example uses the DayOne journaling app on an iPhone which was used last year to create a catalog of all our holiday decorations. One of DayOne’s best features is that each new entry is automatically date and time-stamped.

Although Day One is only available for iOS and Mac, there are other journaling apps who offer similar features. Take a look around and see which works best for you.

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