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Research Notes 2019-5-27

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Before this cemetery became a national cemetery it was the post cemetery for the post of St. Augustine. Soldiers from the Indian wars, the Civil War and both World Wars are buried here. A Memorial Day Observance will take place this morning at the cemetery.

 

Did you know that MyHeritage has made 47 million military records from around the world freely accessible from May 22nd to May 28th to commemorate Memorial Day? How about the 13 million German Holocaust Museum records now available?

You would if you were connected to the SAGS Member Network group on MeWe.com. That’s not all. Our Network group includes the latest genealogy news, upcoming events, new additions to online archives and other useful information.

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The SAGS Member Network is a private group just for members of the St. Augustine Genealogical Society. It requires an invitation to become a group member. Once you create your MeWe account, send your request for an invitation to sags.publications@yahoo.com. We will reply with your invitation and instructions for logging into MeWe.com along with a copy of the MeWe Beginner’s Guide.

There’s more than just the Members Network group here. Our members also have access to the SAGS Research Desk group which is full of tips, articles and even videos discussing useful resources and ways to improve your research efforts. The Storytellers Studio group is full of ideas for sharing the stories your research discovers. From digital scrapbooking to cookbooks, blogs and more, you will soon discover your creative side. Don’t forget . . . October’s Family History Faire isn’t that far off.

 

One of the best ways to share the stories your research discovers is blogging. A blog is an online journal that supports text, photos and even videos. One of the nice things about blogs is they have legs. When you post a story on your blog, it is instantly accessible via search engines such as Google or DuckDuckGo. The genealogy community quickly realised how useful a blog can be. Blog searchability has made it easy to connect with research cousins and other members of the genealogy community.

There are a number of website platforms offering a broad range of resources, including blogs. Many offer basic services at no charge, but adding features will cost you. Two options for beginners are Tumblr and Posthaven.

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Florida Memory on Tumblr


Tumblr is part blog, part scrapbook and part social network. It is very easy to use and supports text, photo, video and audio posts. The social networking feature makes it possible for you to follow other Tumblr bloggers and make connections with other Tumblr users.

Using the Tumblr app (iOS and Android – free) on your mobile devices makes it easy to post content just about anywhere as well as read and share content from the Tumblr sites you follow. Tumblr is both free and easy to use. There are a number of genealogy services and archives using Tumblr so you can make connections if you wish.

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Your Tumblr site can also stand alone. In the example above you see my Storytellers Studio blog as a “normal” blog site. Each Tumblr has a “website” address (https://storytellersstudio.tumblr.com) that can be shared with others who don’t have a Tumblr account. Tumblr also offers a number of design templates at no charge.

There are some down sides to Tumblr. While it is easy to post content on Tumblr, downloading your posts can be a challenge. Because it is also part social network, the platform supports all kinds of interests. You may find some of these interests rather crude. Fortunately you control which, if any, Tumblr blogs you want to follow.

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A Posthaven Blog


The Posthaven blog platform is very easy to use. If you can send an email message, you can post to Posthaven. Posthaven also offers both public and private sites. The example above is a public site. Visitors can subscribe to public blogs and each time a new post is published, a copy will be delivered to them via email. With a private site, the owner determines who will be subscribers. Our family uses a private site to share family news, celebrate birthdays and organize family events.

Unlike many other blog platforms, Posthaven does not have a free version. Posthaven will cost you $5.00/month and includes ten blogs.

Want to learn more? Download the Posthaven Primer at Moultrie Creek Gazette.

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.

To learn more, download a copy of the SAGS Support Guide.

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