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Research Notes 2020-8-17

Research Notes

MeWe (The Next-Gen Social Network) is growing in popularity and is quickly becoming the best alternative to Facebook. As more and more people are growing concerned about security breaches, data sharing, tracking software, the blocking of conservative content, and other issues that are rising up in the Facebook world, MeWe has made a big effort to step in and provide the same services that Facebook provides, but with a greater degree of integrity and a stronger commitment to security, privacy, and freedom of speech.


Thanks to Kelsey Weber, we now have access to an impressive resource to help us get started with MeWe. Her guide is easy to use and full of useful information on how MeWe works. While we are all tucked away at home, we can take advantage of MeWe’s features like voice and video chats, posting presentations and even use MeWe chats to get research support from our fellow members.

Stop by Kelsey’s MeWe – Frequently Asked Questions page and see how useful MeWe can be. Create you account and take a look around. MeWe already has a number of genealogy groups including our Genealogy Research Resource Center and Lee Thayer’s Genealogy & Family Research group.

The SAGS Members Network group is a private group. If you are not already a member of this group, contact Denise Olson at to get you connected. Currently there are two online presentations available in the group – Affordable Research – Build your family history without going broke and Find Your Ancestors at the Internet Archive. There are comment boxes below each presentation. You can use them to ask questions or request help.

We don’t know how long this pandemic will interfere with our meetings at the library, but MeWe makes it possible for us to offer our members access to presentations, useful publications and more. If you need help to get started, contact Denise at


The Storytellers Studio group is full of ideas, resources and now even includes a growing library of guides to help you create the stories of your ancestors. You will find these guides in the Files section. Click/tap the Files item on the group’s menu bar to display the folders and files. Each guide is a PDF document and can be downloaded by clicking the Download item below the guide’s title. As the library content grows, the files will be organized into folders like the ones you see at the top of the Files list.


Did you know our library supports digital books? Even better they also include an impressive collection of digital genealogy books. All you need is your library card and a Kindle app on your mobile device (Apple or Android) and you can checkout a book without going near the library.

Final Notes

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Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

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