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Research Notes 2019-6-24

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It’s delightful to see SAGS members on the SAGS Member Network group at, but our members are also invited to join the SAGS Research Desk group. While the Member Network group is focused on news, communicating with members and staff, genealogy deals, and tips, the Research Desk group features research resources along with best practices and other information to improve your research efforts. Here is an example showing some of the resources you will find there.

As with the Members Network group, the Tags panel serves as an index to content posted on the group. When viewing the group, tap any tag in the panel and MeWe will redraw the screen to show all posts tagged with that tag.

Articles come from many sources like archives, how to articles and genealogy blogs. We are in the process of building an index to the Family History Guide and posting it in the SAGS Research Desk. Stay tuned for updates on our progress.


Today’s journaling apps are must-have tools for family historians. Most offer both desktop and portable platforms that automatically sync your journal entries so they are available whenever and wherever you are.

Today’s journal apps are more than just a diary. They can be used to manage your research notes, document your family heirlooms, capture family moments and vacations. Many of today’s apps include publishing features so you can choose selected journal entries and create a book.

The portrait you see here is my sister circa 1946. I photographed it while visiting her in New Mexico. The photo and description was added to my Family History journal on my Day One app. Day One supports multiple journals making it easy to use the app for multiple purposes. Below is an example from my Travel Journal showing photos and notes from our 2017 cross-country drive.

Want to learn more about digital journaling? Visit the Storytellers Studio at and tap/click the #journaling tag.


The Florida’s Pioneer Families group has moved to This group is for descendants of Florida’s pioneers. To be a Florida pioneer, your ancestor must have resided in Florida prior to March 3, 1845.

The content has been moved from Facebook, but they are still cleaning up and organize the content. Even so, it’s already an impressive source of information to learn more about those pioneer families.


Looking for a creative way to share your family history for our annual Family History Faire in October? If so, take a look at Treelines. This delightful platform is part timeline, part scrapbook and part stories. With Treelines you can combine photos, documents and illustrations to build a graphic picture of your family’s history. You control your Treeline and decide who can access the site. As you can see below, it displays your content beautifully and should surely capture your family’s attention.

To learn more, visit Treelines at

A look at the Treelines home page

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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