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Research Notes 2019-7-15

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Where were you on July 16, 1969? I was sitting in the sand at St. Augustine Beach along with a group of former classmates – we had graduated just a month before – waiting to see Apollo 11 launch. Even though we had watched other launches, this one was special. A few days later – again at the beach – the radio announced that Apollo 11 was about to land. Imagine the look on Mrs.

Patillo’s face when a mob of wet and sandy teenagers invaded her house and were instantly glued to the television. Our teachers would have been amazed at how quiet we were as we watched the landing.

What are your memories of Apollo 11 and the many other space adventures? Our memories are part of the history of space flight. Consider sharing them with the younger generations in your family.


The Storytellers Studio has moved from WordPress to Tumblr. Why move to Tumblr? It’s part blog and part social network. It costs nothing to create your blog. And, best of all, it’s got a very short learning curve.

Tumblr operates on both desktop and mobile devices. You can post text articles, photos and even videos in your blog posts. It also includes tools that keep you up-to-date on how many people are following your blog and how many like your posts. If you are trying to generate family history interest in your family, Tumblr can be a great way to get their attention.

Found on Tumblr

By combining the Tumblr blog with the group, our members can have easy access to news, resources and one-to-one support with their storytelling efforts.

See for yourself at the Creekside Tales blog. If you want to learn more, contact Denise Olson at Saturday’s member meeting to see how you can become a geneablogger too.


Over the weekend an interesting article popped up in my newsreader. Thomas MacEntee, the force behind the Abundant Genealogy blog and a frequent author and speaker at many conferences, provides insight on Family Tree Magazine’s bankruptcy. It’s not sounding good. You can read his evaluation of the situation at Genealogy Bargains.

There are two rather nice – and affordable – alternatives. The Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today magazines both offer a PDF subscription for $15.95/year. Both magazines are published six times a year and print editions can also be found in the newstand at Barnes & Noble.


There is even more publications goodness . . . The Digital Library page at SAGS Support now includes a section for Journals and Newsletters. Here you will find links to the Library of Congress, National Archives and an impressive number of state archives and libraries offering publications that can support your research efforts. Most of the links take you to the current issue, but look around and you will often find a page with previous issues. Some even offer subscriptions.

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”.

Fine Print

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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