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Research Notes 2019-12-9

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The pace is picking up for the 2020 North Florida Genealogy Conference. The session descriptions have been posted and it will be hard to choose which to select. You have time to think it over. Registration won’t open until after the holidays.

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In the blogs . . .

Denise Levenick – The Family Curator – has a delightful post on preserving holiday memories. It’s full of great ideas including a workflow for scanning old Christmas cards.

At Genealogy’s Star James Tanner lists his choices for the 10 best genealogical opportunities of this year. Of course RootsTech is at the top of the list with MyHeritage LIVE 2019 a close second. He recognizes the number of original source documents digitized this year. Combine the efforts of FamilySearch and MyHeritage and those numbers are in the billions. These are just a start. Stop by his blog for the rest of the story.

FamilySearchBlog has a post on sharing your family’s holiday traditions with 12 ideas from families around the world. When your traditions are posted to your FamilySearch Memories you are preserving them for future generations.

Nicole Dyer at Family Locket has a great article on searching PERSI with state postal codes. If you want more information, she points to the FamilySearch Wiki for help.

Capturing Memories with Day One


One easy way to capture – and keep – treasured memories of Christmas is with a journal. Digital journaling apps like Day One on your mobile phone makes it easy to take a picture and add a few words describing what makes it special. As you can see in this example, even ornaments have a story. The Day One app is available for iPhone and Android mobile devices, Mac desktops and as a browser extension on Chrome web browsers. Day One offers both a free and premium service. Premium gives you unlimited, secure and automatic cloud backup, unlimited photos and videos and even audio recording. They also offer a publishing feature where you select the posts you want to include, arrange them the way you want them and send it all off to be published. One last point . . . Day One supports Markdown which means your journal will never suffer from bit rot.

Day One and your mobile phone makes it easy to capture and preserve special events and everyday things for future generations. It wouldn’t hurt to add it to your wish list for Santa.

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