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Research Notes 2020-10-5

Research Notes

The FamilySearch Learning Center offers an impressive collection of lessons and tips to help you get the best out of your research efforts. Here are a few of the lessons available at no cost. 


It looks like there are a lot of online genealogical conferences coming soon. The Virtual Genealogy Association’s Annual Conference will be held November 13, 14 and 15. It will cost $79 for non-members and $59 for members. The conference offers six daily sessions from well-known speakers with topics ranging from DNA to grappling with difficult family discoveries.

Cheryl Hudson Passey’s GenFriends (YouTube Panel Show) is a weekly event. Cheryl and her panel of friends get together each week to interview someone in the genealogy field about their specialty or an ongoing project.

Cheryl posts each episode to YouTube on Wednesdays. You can find episode information on her blog, Carolina Girl Genealogy.

Don’t forget RootsTech Connect – a virtual conference scheduled for February 25-27, 2021. This conference will be both global and free. It will have all the things you would find at previous conferences except for hotel bills and blistered feet. If you haven’t registered, now is a good time.

Previous RootsTech conferences offered mobile apps to help attendees keep up with all the things happening during the conference. I wouldn’t be surprised if they offer something similar for the virtual conference. Stay tuned!


MeWe just recently added a Help Center to make it even easier for MeWe users. In the example below you see a section to introduce users to MeWe groups. As you see, instructions are available for Apple and Android device users and for users accessing MeWe online via the web.

Why is MeWe getting so much attention? Unlike many social media networks, MeWe protects its users. It will not copy and sell the content you post on the site.

The genealogy community has discovered MeWe. You will find an impressive collection of genealogy groups offering useful information and support to help you in your research efforts. For example, the Genealogy Research Resources group has a growing collection of online resources ranging from newspapers to books to maps and more.

Note: the St. Augustine Genealogy Research Network group on MeWe is a private group for society members only. Once you create your MeWe account, contact Denise Olson at and she will add you to our society group.

Want to learn more? A good place to start is the MeWe Help Center.

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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