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Research Notes 2019-4-29

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After a rather chaotic start, we had a lively discussion about the FamilySearch family tree and it’s many features – all of them free. If you missed yesterday’s meeting, you will find the speaker notes and the FamilySearch Memories guide on the Speaker Handouts page on SAGS Support.

If you would like to learn more about FamilySearch, you will find a series of saved webinars from the BYU Family History Library on Getting Started with FamilySearch Family Tree.


The St. Augustine Genealogical Society is in serious need of your help. We currently have a number of unfilled officer and committee positions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pat Tanner ( The positions that need to be filled include:

  1. 1st Vice President (Programs)

  2. 2nd Vice President (Members)

  3. Research Committee

  4. Communications Committee

  5. Social Networks


If you haven’t yet created an account in the network, you are missing a lot of genealogical goodness. Getting started is easy. Point your web browser to and you will be taken to the Get Started screen. All you have to do is fill in the blanks and check the boxes, then click/tap the GET STARTED button.


Once you logged in, you will be viewing your home page. It will be a bit sparse at first, but once you get connected with the St. Augustine Genealogical Society page on and get added to the SAGS Members Network group, things will start picking up.

Use the search box at the top of your home screen to find the St. Augustine Genealogical Society page. When you “follow” that page, a link to it will be added to the Pages icon at the top of your screen.

SAGS has two groups for our members. The first is SAGS Members Network and the second is SAGS Research Desk. These two groups are private groups – only for members of the St. Augustine Genealogical Society. The SAGS Members Network is an online community center for SAGS members. It gives all of us an opportunity to stay connected with members between meetings. It’s also a genealogy news center delivering the latest tips, deals and resources to help you trace your family’s history. For information on research techniques and support, add the SAGS Research Desk to your groups.

Once you have created your account in, send an email message to to let me know you have joined and I will send you an invitation to each group. Once you are in the SAGS Members Network, click on the Files item just below the group photo to display the Files section. There you can download the MeWe Beginners Guide.


We will be sharing MeWe tips in each Monday’s Research Notes newsletter.


If you would like to learn more about the FamilySearch platform, go to or open the YouTube app on your mobile devices. Use YouTube’s search feature to search for FamilySearch. It will present you with an impressive number of videos. The beginners topics include Step 1, Step 2, etc. in their titles so you can easily get started.

Notice they also have a video describing how to index records. It’s a great way to “pay it forward” for other researchers.

Final Notes

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Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

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