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Research Notes 2020-7-13

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The libraries may be closed and holding meetings are not possible in the middle of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue your family research efforts. There are plenty of options available to you and many of them are both easily accessible and free to use.

One good place to begin is the Affordable Research blog on Tumblr. Right now the top post is a presentation on affordable research. If viewing on a desktop computer, you will need speakers or a headset to hear the speaker’s words. If you have a mobile device, you can watch and hear with no problem.


Even if you don’t watch the presentation, this blog is also full of affordable research that you can access from you desk.


Many well-known genealogists, online archives and genealogy societies use blogs to share research notes, announce archive updates and other genealogical information. How would you like to have all this research goodness delivered to your desktop? That’s where a newsreader comes in handy. It’s easy, affordable and safe.

Here’s how to get started . . . Click the link below. It will take you to the Research Delivered screen at You can read the guide online at SCRIBD or download a copy by clicking the Download icon just above the green “Save” box.

If you’re wondering . . . SCRIBD is a subscription reading service for books, audio books, magazines and documents. Their collections include a broad range of genealogy books. You can read free for 30 days. After that you can read an unlimited number of books for $9.99/month. You can also cancel at any time.

The Researcher’s Digital Toolbox group on MeWe has a growing number of research guides in the Files section of the group. The Storytellers Studio MeWe group is also building a files library. These guides are published in PDF format and can be read online on your desktop computer but are easiest to read on a mobile phone or tablet.

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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