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Research Notes 2019-4-22

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The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free, online genealogy and family history guide. A wiki is a website designed so that its users can add, modify or delete its contents right from their web browser. This feature makes it easy to add new content and update existing content.

While Wikipedia is probably the best known example of a wiki, FamilySearch’s Research Wiki is a close second. For family history researchers, it’s an amazing resource. Some of the things you will find in the Research Wiki include:

  1. Videos and online classes on how to use the wiki

  2. Research tools

  3. Online records by location

  4. How to organize your genealogy

Are you researching ancestors from Germany? Go to the Browse by Country section and select the German Genealogy section. Here you will find articles – and often videos – to help you. These include research instructions for your specific locality, finding aids for German records, historical geography, gazetteers and much more. There is even a section on how to write letters to request information or records.

If you aren’t taking advantage of this amazing resource, now is a good time to take a look. You will find the FamilySearch Research Wiki at


Ancestry users . . . are you taking advantage of your Ancestry Profile screen to connect with research cousins? The example above shows what your profile looks like to you. Click the See Public View button to see what your profile looks like to other Ancestry users. You can also search the member directory to find others researching the same family or area as you. The Search the Member Directory box lets you search for a specific Ancestry member or search for anyone researching a specific surname, locaction and/or date.


REMINDER: SAGS member, Margaret Nicholson’s presentation – The History of You – Ancestry Memoir – is scheduled for tomorrow, April 23rd, at the Southeast Branch Library. The presentation begins at 2:00pm.

Our April member meeting is Saturday, April 27th. Denise Olson will present An Introduction to FamilySearch.

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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