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Research Notes 2019-5-13

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I have some sad news to report today. Laverne Tornow, the Florida GenWeb Project coordinator, has resigned due to health issues. It’s been an honor to work with her and while she will be missed very much I can only pray that she will regain her health quickly.

If you are not familiar with the USGenWeb Project, it was established in 1996 to create online centers for genealogical research. GenWeb volunteers have created and maintained web sites for states and counties offering listings of local sources for records, histories, maps, online genealogy books and links to helpful online resources. Volunteers work to find, share and even transcribe records, sources and other useful information that is freely available to any researcher.


St. Johns County GenWeb site

GenWeb took a big hit when the RootsWeb platform crashed some time back. It has taken a lot of time and work to get sites back up but you can see that those efforts have restored an impressive amount of information. Visit the USGenWeb site index and see for yourself.


This month we are delighted to have Lori Smith Miranda from the Amelia Island Genealogical Society as our speaker. Her presentation is titled Let Me Weave You A Story – Genealogical Synchronicity and Family Patterns.

We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday. Check-in begins at 12:30pm and the meeting will be called to order at 1:00pm.


If you are heading out this summer to visit family and maybe even do a bit of researching, you may want to take a look at the

SAGS Members Network group on MeWe. We’ve kicked off a discussion on using mobile devices to capture and organize your research.

We all know how useful a mobile tablet can be for research on the go, but the cost of these tools have kept many of us in the pencil and paper world. Time has changed and tablets are now becoming affordable. Right now is offering their Kindle Fire 7 for as little as $49.99. This model includes a 7″ screen and 8GB of storage. It also has a slot for a microSD card which can increase storage up to 256GB. There is both a VGA front-facing camera and 2MP rear-facing camera which, when combined with a scanner app, can be a very useful tool to support your research efforts.


We have another bit of genealogical goodness in the MeWe Members group . . . the list of free genealogy webinars for May. Produced at the Family History Library, these webinars are free and cover a broad range of topics. You can also watch past webinars – with handouts – at any time.

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