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Research Notes 2020-1-13

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FamilySearch has great plans for 2020. The popular genealogy website has announced some of its plans for this year. These include:

  1. The FamilySearch Family Tree is the world’s largest shared tree and this year users will see an improved merge experience.

  2. The Latest Changes feature on person pages is being enhanced so users can see more details of past edits and changes.

  3. The mobile apps, both iOS and Android, have a new feature – My Contributions. It includes three tabs: Stats, Changes and Private Persons.

  4. Memories now allows users to add topic tags to the photographs and documents uploaded to Memories. This will make it easier to find specific memories as your collections grow.

  5. FamilySearch has always been a collaborative platform and this year they are making it even easier for users to interact with each other. You will also find it easy to share your ancestors’ profile pages on social media.

  6. A new tool – Explore Images – gives users quicker access to images that are not yet text-searchable.


The Moultrie Creek Gazette has moved from WordPress to Tumblr. Why? Tumblr is free and easy to use. It’s a great way to share the stories and photos your research discovers. Tumblr operates in two modes. In blog mode you can choose a design for displaying the posts you add to your Tumblr. There is an amazing number of design styles to choose from. Most are free, but some will cost you to use.


This is network mode. Here you can post to your own Tumblr blog and you can follow other blogs like this one. In this view you also have a number of networking features like messaging and checking to see what other Tumblrs are doing.

Tumblr is really quite easy to use and the Tumblr Help Desk will help you get started.


Have you seen the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood? Tom Hanks plays the role of Mr. Rogers. did a little research and discovered that Tom Hanks is a distant relative to Fred Rogers. It’s a fascinating story and you can read it on the Ancestry Blog.


Do you have ancestors who lived in the New England States? The Ancestor Hunt now has immigration and travel records for New England. These records – and many more – are freely accessible at The Ancestor Hunt. If you aren’t familiar with Kenneth R. Marks and his amazing collection of free records, you are missing out on a fabulous resourse.

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