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Research Notes 2020-1-20

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Want to learn more about the Spanish Land Grants in Florida? You will find the collection at Florida Memory’s Spanish Land Grants collections. Take a look at the Collections box at the left side of the page. The Maps: Past and Present page shows more detailed maps of the land grants properties while the Florida Maps: Then & Now page has video presentations of several maps along with the history of those land grants.

There are several interesting Spanish Land Grants nearby that are worth a visit. Bing’s Landing is just a couple of miles south of Washington Oaks state park on A1A. Here you will find the remains of the Mala Compra Plantation which was destroyed by the Seminoles during the Second Seminole War. Note: You’ll also find some awesome BBQ.

Take the Mayport Ferry to the north side of the St. Johns River and you are just minutes away from Kingsley plantation – a place and family with a fascinating history. It is now maintained by the National Park Service.


Registration is now open for the North Florida Genealogy Conference. This year the conference is Saturday, March 14th at the LDS church in Orange Park. Take a look at the sessions scheduled for this year’s conference, then download the registration brochure to make your choices and send your registration fee. There will be consultants available to help you get the most from and Your registration fee includes a box lunch and raffle tickets. Once again, two SAGS members will be presenting – Paul Howes and Denise Olson. SAGS will also have a table in the big hall.


Did you know there is a growing collection of genealogical fiction? The Sterling Affair by Nathan Dylan Goodwin is one good example. This is the eighth novel in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series.

The Sterling Affair

The Sterling Affair

When an unannounced stranger comes calling at Morton Farrier’s front door, he finds himself faced with the most intriguing and confounding case of his career to-date as a forensic genealogist. He agrees to accept the contract to identify a man who had been secretly living under the name of his new client’s long-deceased brother. Morton must use his range of resources and research skills to help him deconstruct this mysterious man’s life, ultimately leading him back into the murky world of 1950s international affairs of state. Meanwhile, Morton is faced with his own alarmingly close DNA match which itself comes with far-reaching implications for the Farriers.

If you are interested, the book is available at Amazon. Get the paperback edition for $15.99 or the Kindle edition for $5.99.

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