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Research Notes 2019-5-20

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Are you looking for creative ways to share the stories, photos and ephemera your research discovers with your family? If so, you will find Famicity a delightful platform to do just that. Even better, it’s free and private. With Famicity, you create and control your own social network accessible only to the family and friends you invite to join you.

Family tree also serves as a directory for your living members.

Here you see the “family tree”. It supports ancestors and living family so everyone can see how they relate to others. There is also a Contacts element. This is your address book for both family and friends you invite to Famicity. You can use its group feature to organize members into family groups, locations or whatever best suits your needs.

The fun begins when you put the story and album components to work. In the example above, the bottom right story shows our great grandfather, Dolph Barker, at his country store in rural northwest Georgia. Famicity also supports tags so we can create a digital index that makes it easy to find stories or photos for a particular person, place or event. When stories and photos are added to Famicity, members are notified that there are new things to see. They can like, tag and/or comment on any story.

While Famicity is free, there are several “premium” features you can add at a fee. For example, if you would like to include videos in your Famicity timeline, it will cost you a small annual fee.

Want to learn more? Visit Famicity at www.famicity.com/en/welcome.

 

The Family History Guide has added a number of “show me” videos on their YouTube Channel. There are currently 41 videos covering a broad range of topics. There is no cost to view any of these videos and each one is focused on a specific topic. Their Show-Me collection can be found at the Family History Guide Channel.

 

Fuzzy Ink has a great article on apps the can help create your family history books. Don’t stop at that article . . . Fuzzy Ink has lots of useful information and tips to help you with all kinds of design support.

 

Deja Vu . . .

Last week, this news item popped up in my newsreader.

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It caught my eye because my sister’s father was a B-29 pilot shot down over Japan in November 1944. My sister was four months old and never had a chance to meet her Dad. Because none of the other air crews flying that mission had seen what happened at the time, the crew was listed as missing in action. At the end of the war, that changed to killed in action. The crew are memorialized on the Honolulu Memorial.

The item in my newsreader came from The US Militaria Forum in a post from a U.S. Soldier serving in Japan. He included this photo.

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What you see here is a memorial to both the crew of the B-29 (at the top) and the fighter pilot Sakamoto (rock with red writing).

It has taken seventy years for my sister to learn what happened to her father. In today’s digital world, we researchers can often find the information we need in a matter of minutes. There is still a tremendous amount of family history waiting for us to discover. As I learned from this article, finding our ancestors and their stories may take a lot of time and effort to discover. Even so, it’s worth every day, month or year it may take.

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 WordPress.com 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.

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