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Research Notes 2020-1-6

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The World War I Genealogy Study Group has their first meeting Tuesday, January 7th, beginning at 12:30pm. This group will meet in the library at the big table by the genealogy section. The purpose of this study group is to help researchers learn more about their military ancestors who served in WWI. This group will meet monthly from now through May. The group is open to anyone interested in WWI research at no charge.


FamilySearch has released a GEDCOM update. This is GEDCOM version 5.5.1. It is the first update in ten years. If you are not familiar with GEDCOM, it is the tool that makes it possible to download genealogy data from one source and post it to another. This update adds several new tags. They include:

  1. EMAIL electronic mailing address

  2. FAX fax address

  3. FACT a fact or characteristic

  4. FONE phonetic variation of a text

  5. ROMN romanized variation of a text

  6. WWW web home page address

  7. MAP pertaining to maps

  8. LATI value of a latitudinal coordinate pertaining to the place of an event

  9. LONG value of a longitudinal coordinate pertaining to the place of an event

If you are not familiar with GEDCOM, Dick Eastman has an article – GEDCOM Explained – with more detailed information.


GenealogyBank has added a new feature which makes it easy to attach a document found on GenealogyBank to your FamilySearch tree.


Notice the FamilySearch logo at the far right of the tools icons. That means that one or more persons in the document are a part of your family tree. Click the icon and FamilySearch will present you with a list of people in your tree. Use the list to find the person listed in the article. Once you find and select that person, FamilySearch will collect the article/announcement/photo/etc. and add it to that person’s FamilySearch Memories. GenealogyBank does a great job of finding news about my ancestors and now FamilySearch makes it easy to capture those clippings and save them to my family tree. Life is good!


The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. Created by the staff of the Allen County Public Library Foundation and the ACPL’s Genealogy Center, PERSI is widely recognized as a vital tool for genealogical researchers. The problem with PERSI is that it is just an index. You use it to point you to possible sources for the record, document, etc.

Some time back began digitizing resources so you can actually search and find the documents, records, whatever. There’s one problem . . . To see any of those items you will need a subscription or purchase pay-per-view credits.

Not long ago, partnered with the Internet Archive to digitize family history periodicals and post them online. You will find them in the Find My Past PERSI Collection ( Currently there are 1,193 items in the collection – all of them freely accessible to everyone. You will need to create a free Internet Archive account to access the archive’s resources.

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