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Research Notes 2019-3-4

RootsTech is over but there’s still a lot of genealogy goodness to discover. Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis introduced several new features. These include ThruLines to help you find potential ancestors via DNA connections, MyTreeTags to label people in your tree to highlight personal details and improved DNA matches making it easier to sort, group, and view your DNA matches any way you’d like.

They are still in beta testing, but you can visit Ancestry Labs to try them out if you wish.


Last week’s Research Notes discussed the expansion of the FamilySearch Digital Library. While browsing in the library, I stumbled onto one of the volumes of Spanish Land Grants in Florida created for “ascertaining claims and titles to land in the territory of Florida”. There are at least five volumes available at FamilySearch’s Digital Library. Many of us may not have deep roots in Florida, but thanks to these books I now have a fascinating history of both my childhood home and my current home.


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The North Florida Genealogy Conference is this Saturday! You can still register online via Eventbrite but don’t wait too long. Classes are filling up fast. SAGS will have a table at in the big hall so stop by and say hello.


The Putnam County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 7th beginning at 7:00pm at the Palatka Library. This month they are holding a round table discussion with the topic “Researching Female Ancestors”.

Be prepared to talk about your female ancestors and how you research them. Bring photos and personal item to show. Bring a friend or two along with something for the refreshment table. For more information, contact Sharon S. Varnes at home (386-328-5736) or cell (386-530-0209).


It looks like Findmypast is buying up the small sides of the genealogy community. Last year they bought Twile, the online timeline platform. just announced that Findmypast had purchased them. According to the press release from Rootsfinder “RootsFinder will continue to operate independently as There are no plans to change the features and services RootsFinder users currently enjoy.


Did you know you can get FamilyTree Magazine on your mobile devices? There are several advantages to the digital version. First of all, it’s cheaper. The digital edition at Amazon costs $18.69/year while the print edition costs $22.95/year. For me, the digital edition means I can keep all my back copies online in my Kindle account and get access to them at any time from anywhere I have a wifi connection.

FamilyTree, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, Irish Roots and other genealogy magazines are available for Kindle, Nook and Apple. Magazines are best read on a tablet using the appropriate reader or app.


Final Notes

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