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Research Notes 2019-6-17

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If you are concerned about protecting your research as you wander through the many online genealogy resources, you have a friend at Mozilla. Mozilla is the technology company that puts people before profit. Mozilla’s products include the Firefox web browser. When you join Firefox (at no cost) and install the Firefox browser on your desktop and mobile devices, your bookmarks and passwords will be automatically synched across all your devices. It also includes apps like Lockwise to manage your passwords, Monitor to watch for account breaches and Firefox Send for secure file transfers.

One of my favorite Mozilla services is Pocket. This app makes it possible to save content you find online – blogs, videos, web pages, etc. – in one place so you can access them at any time. It also includes a keywords feature to make it easy to find specific items when you need them.

Want to learn more about Firefox and the Mozilla tools? You’ll find them at


Writing a family history can be a rather intimidating project. FamilySearch’s #52Stories project is designed to make it easy. It provides the inspiration you need to write one story a week for a year. When focused on “little stories”, you’ll be surprised to see how quickly these little stories become a family history.

#52Stories on Pinterest

There are two versions of #52Stories – personal and family – each with its own set of questions. Want to learn more? You’ll find details at the FamilySearch Blog. You can also download additional printable sets covering a broad range of topics on the #52Stories Printables page.


Robin Wirthlin at the blog has an interesting article – 10 Ways to Group Your DNA Matches into Genetic Networks. If you are trying to make sense out of DNA matches, this article can be a big help.


This week’s MeWe tip is all about surnames. Posting your surnames in the SAGS Members Network group is a great way to make contact with members who are researching the same surnames you are. In the example you see here, there are two ways you can post your surnames. The first way is to create a post and list your surnames there. The post option gives you room to include dates and places too. The second option is posting your surnames in your group profile (the panel on the right).

Regardless of the place you post your surname list, we suggest that you include a hashtag (#) at the beginning of each surname. Why do this? Hashtags have become a standard in the genealogy community – especially in social networks – to identify surnames. Because there are a lot of names posted in MeWe, your search for Johnson without the hashtag will find anyone and everyone in MeWe named Johnson. Using the hashtag in your search string will limit your search to MeWe members and groups focused on genealogy. It’s not perfect, but it does work pretty darn good.

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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