Wednesday, August 31, 2005

American Red Cross

DearREADERS,
Even during last year's 4 Florida hurricanes, I didn't write to ask. But seeing what's happening due to Hurricane Katrina, I am now asking each of us to consider a donation to the American Red Cross. If all 80,000 readers/listeners donated even $10 each, we could make quite a difference. Just go to:
https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp

If you forget, there is a clickable link to the Red Cross donation page on the top of my home page:
www.DearMYRTLE.com

I made my donation just now. It is over a "secure" server and took less than a minute to process.

Be sure to designate "Hurricane 2005" relief.

Let's help our brothers and sisters.

What more can I say except thank-you?

Together we can save a life.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

ACROSS MY DESK: BYU Credit for MyAncestors/Everton FHL Retreats

NOTE: The following is from Bridget at . All inquiries should be addressed to her.

From: Bridget at My Ancestors
Subject: Myrt - we have great news to share
DearMYRTLE,

We're so excited we just had to tell you what's going on now at My Ancestors and Everton Publishers!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
See
www.myancestorsfound.com/retreats.htm

LOGAN and MORGAN, Utah -- Great News! Brigham Young University has approved Everton's/My Ancestors' Research Retreats for credit toward class 481R parts 1 and 2 (Directed Research in Family History). If you are working to earn your degree or certificate in Family History from BYU or know someone who is, read about our Retreats at www.myancestorsfound.com/retreats.htm. It's the perfect way to fill your seminar requirement!

Our next Retreat is scheduled for Nov. 14-19, 2005. Cost is only $299 for five days. Imagine having your very own professional guide you in your research every day for a week!

What makes this retreat so effective is what we My Ancestors offers you:
a. Individualized, professional classes.
b. Daily research time at the Family History Library.
c. Seasoned professionals available to work with you eight hours a day in one-on-one sessions to guide you in your research.

You can find out more about our retreats by going to www.myancestorsfound.com, and subscribing to My Ancestors' Free monthly newsletter, or Everton Publisher's FREE weekly newsline.

P.S. Holly Hansen had a terrific time visiting you on your radio show! She can't wait to come back. We're letting folks on our Everton Weekly Newsline all about your radio show and encouraging them to download your latest broadcast. Keep up the good work!

Warmest regards,
Bridget Cook
www.myancestorsfound.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

29 Aug 2005 DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show

DearREADERS,
This is the lineup for today's show, now available on the web. Please also note the "Links We Mention" and "Listening to the Show" directions below. I think you'll enjoy hearing my guests this week!

-- Holly T. Hansen of MyAncestorsFound.com, editor of Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine
-- Myrt to author the "Computer Helper" section of Genealogical Helper
-- Evan Eastley, of PedigreeMagnet.com about accessing PRF files more efficiently
-- Elizabeth Powell Crowe, author of Genealogy Online, about vital records
-- MightyMouse Tour: Cindy's List

If you'd like to know more about collecting vital records as primary evidence of your family relationships see:
-- DearMYRTLE's Beginning Genealogy Lesson #1 - Primary Birth Records - "YES, "competent" is a word we will use to describe your family tree climbing abilities."
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/beginning/beg1.htm

This week's show page is located at: http://www.DearMYRTLE.com/05/0829r.htm

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LINKS WE MENTION
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--
http://www.myancestorsfound.com where you will find info on:
---- Nov. 14-19 Research Retreat, Salt Lake City LDS Family History Library with assistance from experts with a minimum of 1,000 hours experience researching in the FHL.
---- Feb. 10-11, 2006 Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree St. George, UT
-- Everton's Genealogical Helper Magazine
http://www.Everton.com If you'd like to submit an article for the Genealogical Helper Magazine, you'll want to use the following links:
---- Request Writer Guidelines
http://www.myancestorsfound.com/about.htm
---- Submit articles, books, photos, etc. http://www.myancestorsfound.com/submitEGH.htm
-- PRFNavigator
http://www.pedigreemagnet.com
-- http://www.FamilySearch.org
-- http://www.ohanasoftware.com
-- Pedigree Resource File CDs http://www.familysearch.org
-- Finding a Family History Center near you http://www.familysearch.org
-- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites http://www.cyndislist.com
-- Cyndi's List "Search" option: http://www.cyndislist.com/searchit.htm
-- Cyndi's List - Clothing & Costumes http://www.cyndislist.com/clothing.htm Including current sub-categories
---- General Resource Sites
---- Jewelry & Accessories
---- Locality Specific
---- Preservation
---- Publications, Software & Supplies
---- Vendors
--
www.vitalrec.com
-- Alabama Vital Records http://ph.state.al.us/chs/VitalRecords/VRECORDS.HTMl
-- Library of Virginia - http://www.lva.lib.va.us/
-- ACROSS MY DESK: WV vital records online http://www.DearMYRTLE.com/05/0834.htm

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LISTENING TO THE SHOW
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Each show is pre-recorded and is available 24/7 as a clickable .mp3 file in DearMYRTLE's archives at OurMedia.org:
http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644 (Click "tracks" to find all of Myrt's shows to date.)

Alternate links for listening to THIS particular show are located at:
-- OurMedia.org:
http://www.ourmedia.org/node/49347
-- Archives.org:
http://www.archive.org/download/DearMYRTLEs_Family_History_Hour_Internet_Radio_Show_29_Aug_2005/DearMYRTLE2005Aug29.mp3

If you wish to receive DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio shows as podcasts (to hear on any .mp3 player) see detailed directions at: http://www.DearMYRTLE.com/listenhow.htm

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Monday, August 29, 2005

Landform Maps of the US, etc.

DearREADERS,
Years ago, when this column was only published on AOL, the Genealogy Forum staff pointed a lot of researchers to the
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html where we find shaded relief maps of the various states.

On a recent jaunt through the web, ol' Myrt here stumbled across the site again and found more "external links" have been added to each state listing. For instance, check out the following "Landform Maps" for Virginia:

-- Shaded relief map <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps1/va.gif>
-- County map <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps1/va_c.gif>
-- Black and white map <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps_bw/va_bw.gif>
-- Western Virginia <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps1/va_west.gif>
-- Eastern Virginia <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps1/va_east.gif>
-- Satellite image <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/avhrr/VA_213.n14.96sep20_1819.html>
-- 1895 map (Big: 1.90 Mb) <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/1895/va_1895.jpg>
-- PostScript map <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/ps/va.ps>
-- Chesapeake Bay <
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps2/chesapeake/chesapeake.html>

You'll be interested to note the following external links for more Virginia Maps:
-- Yahoo <
http://www.yahoo.com/Regional/U_S__States/Virginia/>
-- Excite <
http://www.excite.com/travel/countries/united_states/virginia/>
-- US Web Finder <
http://uswebfinder.com/states.cfm?SearchString=a&StID=VA>
-- Galaxy <
http://www.galaxy.com/galaxy/Community/United-States/States/Virginia.html>
-- The 50 States <
http://www.50states.com/virginia.htm>
-- The Mining Company <
http://geography.miningco.com/library/maps/blusva.htm>
-- The US 50 <
http://www.theus50.com/virginia>
-- National Parks <
http://165.83.219.77/parksearch/State/state.cfm?statevar=va>
-- America's Roof <
http://www.americasroof.com/va.html>
-- National Scenic Byways <
http://www.byways.org/travel/state.html?CX_STATE=VA>
-- GORP <
http://www.gorp.com/gorp/location/VA/VA.htm>
-- Travel <
http://www.travel-library.com/north_america/usa/virginia/>
-- EPA Watershed info <
http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/state.cfm?statepostal=VA>
-- USGS Biological Resources info <
http://biology.usgs.gov/state.partners/va.html>
-- USA Today News links <
http://www.usatoday.com/news/states/vamain.htm>
-- AJR Newspapers links <
http://www.newslink.org/vanews.html>
-- The Union Newspapers links <
http://www.tui.edu/Research/Resources/Media/Newspapers/Virginia.html>
-- Yahoo Weather <
http://weather.yahoo.com/regional/United_States/Virginia.html>
-- Weather Underground <
http://www.wunderground.com/forecasts/VA.html>
-- Cathy Smith's Climate Page <
http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/USclimate/state.pl?lane=fast&state=VA>
-- Roadside America <
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/va.html>
-- Geobop's State Symbols <
http://www.geobop.com/World/NA/US/VA>
Other External Links:
-- Maps and Info for Washington, D.C. <
http://dcmaps.com/>

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For Further Reading
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-- Cyndi's List - Maps, Gazetteers & Geographical Information
<
http://www.cyndislist.com/maps.htm>
-- NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Historical Map and Chart Collection <
http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/csdl/ctp/abstract.htm>
-- US Geological Survey <
http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form>
-- US Gazetteer <
http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer/>

PLEASE write and describe your favorite MAP WEBSITES.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Determining Book Lists for Family History Centers

From: Sherrie Burdick theburdicks@ubtanet.com
DearMYRTLE,
I've written to you before about what books would be valuable resources in a FHC [Family History Center.] We are located in Duchesne, 120 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah with lots of LDS members in our area. I'm looking at the S.E. Black's Nauvoo Baptisms book, the DUP (Daughters of Utah Pioneers -
http://www.dupinternational.org) Women of Faith and Fortitude series. How valuable would these be or what else would you recommend?

Dear Sherrie,

Ol' Myrt here knows you want to have something on the shelf when that gentleman comes in and says "My name is Jones, and I hear the Mormon Library has my family history. I'd like to pick up a copy this afternoon!"

Your primary responsibility is to function as a satellite of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, assisting patrons in borrowing microfilm/fiche from the larger main library facility. You have also been provided with at least one computer and PAF Personal Ancestral File, so that patrons without computers can computerize their ancestors by name, date, locality and family relationship. In the case of your LDS Church members, you will encourage them to follow through by attending the temple. Most of the FHCs outside Utah have thousands more non-members using the facilities, and we're thankful to realize we're all part of the family of man. Isn't it wonderful that genealogists so willingly share information they have gained to help the next person?

Although it isn't necessary, FHC volunteers do tend to get involved in the research process with regular patrons of our centers. It should be foremost in our minds that our researchers are to become the experts on their families -- we just point them in the right direction. It is incumbent upon each patron to learn how to do research to prove his/her own family relationships.
Thank-you for specifying WHERE in Utah. That makes a difference in my recommendations because there might be useful library collections nearby. Let's prioritize:

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#1 TRY NOT TO DUPLICATE WHAT'S AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Since budgets are always limited at Family History Centers, we try not to duplicate what's available at the local public library, with a few notable exceptions for US FHCs such as yours:
-- THE RED BOOK (from Ancestry.com)
-- THE HANDYBOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS (wait for the newest version to come out this fall from Everton.com)
-- EVIDENCE! Citation & Analysis for Family Historians (from Genealogical.com)

The first two books explain the formation of counties and US states, including parent counties and the dates records began to be kept. Addresses for obtaining vital records, etc. from an ancestor's distant courthouse are provided. Although the contact information is also available online, beginning genealogy researchers often handle print media more readily.

The third book explains how to compose useful and proper bibliographic citations whether one finds clues about an ancestor in a family bible, old letters, a compiled genealogy book, a probate record, an email, an online database, or a FHL microfilm.

Perhaps the best way to avoid duplication is to check the online catalog for the nearest library before making any purchases. Remember that the library may have genealogical department resources in microfilm/fiche format in addition to books and maps. From what I can tell, Duchesne is a wonderful small town between Heber City (69 miles west) and Roosevelt (28 miles east), north/north east of Price (54.80 miles.) It would appear that the nearest public library is the Duchesne County Library in Roosevelt, Utah whose catalog is online at:
http://www.duchesnegov.net/library/library.html

If you know more about your local public library's genealogy collection, you'll be in a better position to encourage your patrons to also use that library for genealogical research.

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#2 FIND OUT ABOUT INTER-LIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
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Let's say your patron wants a book he has identified by author & title. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City does not loan books, though it may be available on microfilm or microfiche through the usual FHC ordering process. If the book is not available in microform, point the patron to the reference desk at the local public library. It is entirely possible that the another copy of the item can be obtained through ILL, if another library in the world has it to share.

Most interesting: you have a "fixed bookmobile site" located at 130 S Center Street, Duchesne, Utah, in the old county courthouse. Find out if your library participates in ILL.
Uintah Basin Bookmobile Library
PO Box 913
Duchesne, Utah 84021
(435) 738-2628

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#3 GET TO KNOW YOUR PATRON & THEIR ANCESTORS INCLUDING
RELIGIOUS, ETHNIC & GEOGRAPHICAL ORIENTATION
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While your patrons may have chosen a particular religious orientation, this may not be the same affiliation of the patron's various ancestors. Wherever a Family History Center is located, it is wise to canvas researchers (perhaps with an extra column on the sign-in sheet) to determine where the majority of their ancestors lived, and the time period currently being researched. As you talk with patrons and watch the film orders, you'll also learn more about specific areas of focus. Several themes will emerge.

-- Some may be long-time residents, where several generations will be found in local court and church records.
-- Some may be transplants from other areas of the country with no ancestral ties to your community.
-- Some may be beginners, who need to canvas previously compiled genealogies for clues.
-- Some may be so advanced, their research involves areas in distant countries.
-- Some may be computer savvy, have a genealogy management program & access to the internet.
-- Some may not know the first thing about organizing and filing family information.
-- Some may need assistance in analysis of newly acquired information.
-- Some may be more "archivist" oriented, meaning they have lots of family heirlooms, documents, or photos they need to catalog and preserve.
-- Some may prefer online resources, so you'll have to pull them towards original documents, which are often available on microfilm through the FHL for the distant areas where their ancestors once lived.
-- Some may prefer microfilm resources, so you'll have to push them towards internet resources, where time-saving indices and scanned images of original documents have begun to appear more frequently.

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#4 BECOME AWARE OF WHAT'S ONLINE - SECONDARY RESOURCES
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Even though one usually finds genealogy indices, which are considered secondary evidence, online research can lead to finding a photocopy of the original document mentioning one's ancestor.

Perhaps the single most important new thing your FHC can do is become high speed capable and then avail yourselves of the "free access to AncestryPlus" for Family History Centers. This will allow your patrons to look at some but not all of Ancestry.com databases. For a list of ALL databases at Ancestry see:
http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/alldblist.aspx

They happen to have a lot on early LDS, by the way.

Other important online resources include:
-- Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Database
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
-- FamilySearch.org (IGI, Ancestral File, & Pedigree Resource File, certain limited vital records indices, 1881 British & Canadian Census index & 1880 US Census index.)
-- RootsWeb.com Mailing Lists (surname, locality, etc.)
-- RootsWeb.com (sponsored by Ancestry) Message Boards (surname, locality, etc.)
-- USGenWeb.com
-- WorldGenWeb.org

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#5 BECOME AWARE OF WHAT'S ONLINE - PRIMARY RESOURCES
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(+ denotes fees involved, but still most noteworthy.)
-- EllisIslandRecords.org
-- CastleGardens.org (look at it through SteveMorse.org with links to Ancestry images & FHL/NARA microfilm #)
-- 1880 US Census Index (at FamilySearch.org) with link to free scanned images (Ancestry.com)
-- + ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk (not free, but it is index of most census, church and govt. records of interest)
-- + 1837online.com (not free, but its easy to use, and interfaces with ordering vital records for Eng/Wales.)
-- USGenWeb.com will point researchers to various free record collections such as VA, WV, IL vital records online.
-- + HeritageQuestOnline.com (perhaps through Godfrey.org) includes scanned census, compiled Revolutionary War pension files, old newspapers, and the extremely valuable PERSI (Periodical Source Index) of genealogical periodicals published since 1847.

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#6 AVOID DUPLICATING WHAT OTHER FHCS IN THE REGION
HAVE ALREADY COMPILED
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Our FHC here in Bradenton, Florida learned that researchers with British ancestors tended to congregate at the FHC in St. Pete, before it was closed down several years ago. We sent patrons up there (about a 25 minute) drive to find experienced volunteers and a variety of microfilm resources that we just couldn't afford to duplicate.

In your case, I see that the Vernal FHC has the two book collections you are interested in purchasing. Why not take a field trip with your patrons -- carpooling to share expenses for the 1 hour drive? Do this on an annual basis to spark interest in continuing family history research if a lot of your church members have early church ancestors.
-- Vernal FHC
http://patriotdreams.us/fhc/vfhccollections.html

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#7 HOLD BASIC HOW-TO CLASSES REGULARLY
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Annually repeat a series of how-to courses designed to put your patrons on that road to successful research. Use these books as your syllabus for several 4-week courses:
-- THE SOURCE: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (from Ancestry.com)
-- RESEARCHER'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY (free online at Genealogical.com

Check out the resources available online at Brigham Young University's Center for Family History & Genealogy:
http://familyhistory.byu.edu/index.asp
-- FAMILY HISTORY 261 http://261.byu.edu/
-- Tutorials & Guides

For help in using the PAF Personal Ancestral File software, see:
-- PAF Lessons (download where you get PAF online at FamilySearch.org)
-- PAF Users Guide (from Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group at:
http://www.svpafug.org/index.html)

Remember, your patrons may use other genealogy software programs, but you are not expected to know them all. Each software program has its own built-in manual, under "help" on the program's menu bar. Many have multi-media tutorials in online or CD format.

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#8 TEACH THEM TO FLY
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Your job is to be a cheerleader and a mentor. You want your patrons to become experts in their own field of study. Since you cannot possibly know everything, turn to the research experts that the Family History Library has asked to compose the valuable:


-- RESEARCH GUIDANCE & RESEARCH HELPS (from FamilySearch.org for every US State, Canadian Province and most countries of the world.) Click the "Search" tab, then find the links to both on the blue navigation bar.

The printed versions of the Research Outlines simply cannot stay as up-to-date, and do not include clickable hyperlinks to pertinent websites those experts consider essential. Whenever I have someone ask me a question about a place I have never researched, I refer them to these wonderful research outlines.

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#9 YOUR SPECIFIC FHC
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Having said all this, I think you can see that purchasing specific books on early LDS might not be necessary. You don't know that the majority of your patrons have early LDS members on their family tree. Also with the Vernal library so close, you can save that book money for reader/printer repairs and such.

Remember also, that the LDS Church was founded in the 1830s, and it is nothing to go many centuries earlier in our ancestral quest in England, Germany and elsewhere. Vital records are official records of birth, marriage & death that are kept by the local government. Prior records of note would include church records of christening, marriage & burials. It is possible that the Family History Library has microfilm copies of the civil registration and/or church records for the areas where your patrons' ancestors once lived.

Have your patrons check the Family History Library Catalog online at FamilySearch.org as it is much more complete than the CD version available at many FHCs.

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FINAL PEP TALK FROM MYRT
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While the task of running a FHC is daunting, remember that we help patrons one at a time. Certainly my few suggestions aren't complete. You will find your niche. Somehow, things manage to work out.

I recall a sweet lady in her 80s who had been away from our FHC for a number of weeks because of her research trip to England. She visited the town where her namesake great-grandmother once lived. A century had since passed and the researcher's parents were the first generation to live in the US. When our patron returned to the FHC, we naturally asked how the trip had gone. She got teary-eyed. Fortunately she found the old church where her ancestress had been buried. But over time, it had become a very large, over-grown cemetery. The older burial records were lost, so she had no choice but to walk up and down the rows for hours searching in vain for the woman's grave. Exhausted from the transatlantic flight and the heat of that particular day, our patron explained she finally had to sit down on a little bench to rest and wipe away her tears of frustration. Admitting defeat, she looked up and there across from her was the tombstone of her great-grandmother. Still over-whelmed by this miracle, our patron exclaimed:

"You cannot tell me that my great-grandmother didn't want me to find her!"

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Friday, August 26, 2005

Legacy 6 to be officially released at FGS in Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday, September 8, 2005

NOTE: This is just in from Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree. All inquiries should be addressed to him.

FROM: Geoff Rasmussen
Millennia Corporation
Geoff@MillenniaCorp.com
www.LegacyFamilyTree.com

DearMYRTLE,
It’s been 1 year, 9 months, and 20 days in the making — On Thursday, September 8, 2005, at the FGS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Legacy Family Tree 6.0 will be officially released!
The wait will definitely be worth it.

Visit us in booths 229 and 328 to be one of the first to see it. Admission to the exhibit hall is free. Held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, the hall will be open on the following days:
--- Thursday, September 8 - 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
-- Friday, September 9 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
-- Saturday, September 10 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


What’s New in Legacy 6?
RESEARCH GUIDANCE - Legacy’s Research Guidance helps you locate records that may contain information about your ancestors. It does this in four steps: 1. Legacy helps you review the ancestor’s timeline, to be certain that you’ve already recorded everything you know about the ancestor. 2. Legacy suggests preliminary survey sources to help you learn if the research is already in progress by another researcher, or if it has been published. 3. After selecting your goals, Legacy provides a list of prioritized suggestions to help you accomplish them. 4. Finally, Legacy organizes the sources into a To-Do List.

Publishing Center - This new feature lets you select one or more reports and combine them into one large book report. All the information from the various reports are indexed and sourced together and a master Table of Contents is generated. You can also add a Title page, Preface page, Dedication page, Copyright Notice page, Introduction Section, and Abbreviations page to the beginning of the book.

Legacy Home - The new Legacy Home tab on the main screen of Legacy brings you important information about your family file and also gives you a global view into the world of genealogy. It includes daily genealogy and Legacy News, To-Do item reminders, birthday and anniversary reminders, statistics about your family file, links to update Legacy, technical support links and much more. The built-in browser lets you browse the Internet without ever leaving Legacy.

Timelines - This feature lets you select historical timeline files containing events from certain localities, and add them to the Chronology View and reports as background information to show what was happening during a person’s life. Timeline files can be created and edited by the user.

DNA - Legacy now lets you record DNA marker test results from several different companies.
Forms Center - (Reports > All Reports > Forms Center) or Report button > Books/Other tab > Forms Center) New forms will be added on a continuing basis. These new forms will probably be available online in various packets for those who want to download them.

Potential Problems List Format - The list of all the problems found are now presented in a grid list that is retained from session to session (until rebuilt by the user). From the list you can edit the affected individuals and correct the problem or exclude it from future checking.

Global US County Verification - This new feature checks your entire family file to verify that the US counties you have used were in existence for the time periods you are using them.
Location Prepositions - On the Add/Edit Location screen (reached from the Master Location List), there is a field for the location preposition. This defaults to "in" but can be changed to other prepositions like near, around, outside, northwest, etc. These prepositions are then used when building report sentences.

Sources - You can now connect source citations to: This individual never married (individual screen), This couple didn’t marry, This couple didn’t have children, To Do Items

Note Fields - There are now Font styles buttons allowing you to bold, underline, italicize, and superscript parts of the notes. The changes show in the notes instead of just showing printer codes as in the past.

And much more . . .

If you will not be in the Salt Lake City area during FGS, stay tuned to our web site: www.LegacyFamilyTree.com

Thursday, August 25, 2005

JEFF CHAPMAN1973-2005

I am sad to tell you that Jeff Chapman passed away on the evening of 23 August 2005. Jeff was diagnosed with cancer in December 2004: he was told that he had about two months to live. Jeff and his new wife Liz determined that they would try to live as normal a life as possible for the remaining time: thankfully this was for considerably longer than the original estimate.

Jeff Chapman joined Moorshead Magazines as a student intern in February 1996 and originally spent much of his time working on Pets Magazine. However, during his time with Moorshead, the company began researching the market for a genealogy magazine and Jeff's duties were switched to help with this research. Jeff completed his internship before a final decision to launch Family Chronicle was made but once the company decided to go ahead with the new magazine we asked Jeff to join the staff on a full-time basis. He had been with the company ever since.

Jeff worked on Family Chronicle and was heavily involved in the launch of History Magazine in 1999. In 2002 Jeff was appointed Editor of History Magazine and shortly after this additionally took over the day-to-day operations of Family Chronicle.Jeff will be remembered for his integrity, high intelligence and meticulous attention to detail. His near obsession with accuracy, consistency of style and excellence in language made us all better at our jobs. Jeff's standards gradually became the hallmarks of the company that continue to this day.

Jeff is survived by his wife Liz.

R.I.P.

From: From Halvor Moorshead, publisher
Family Chronicle & History Magazine
ACROSS MY DESK: WV vital records online

NOTE: This item was sent to the DAR-L@RootsWeb.com mailing list by Frances Van Scoy, so all inquiries should be addressed to her:
Flvanscoy@aol.com

From: Flvanscoy@aol.com
Subject: [DARlings-L] West Virginia vital records online

Good news from West Virginia!

The state of West Virginia has now put some birth, marriage, and death certificates online. You have to register (give home address, email address, and reason for wanting to use the site.) See:
http://www.wvculture.org/vrr

I looked for STUMP marriages this morning and found records from Calhoun, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral, and Pendleton counties. You can view the actual images of the records.

Birth records available:
GIlmer: 1816, 1824, 1840, 1853-1859, 1861-1929
Harrison: 1817-1818, 1853-1862, 1864-1928
Mineral: 1865-1929

Marriage records available:
Calhoun: 1856-1875, 1877-1969
Gilmer: 1845-1847, 1849-1969
Hardy: 1792, 1795-1796, 1799, 1801-1842, 1844-1847, 1849-1851, 1853-1970
Harrison: 1784-1970
Mineral: 1866-1969
Pendleton: 1843-1850, 1853-1898, 1910

Death records available:
Barbour: 1917 - 1954
Berkeley: 1917 - 1954
Boone: 1917 - 1954
Braxton: 1917 - 1954
Brooke: 1917 - 1954
Cabell: 1917 - 1954
Calhoun: 1855 - 1859, 1864 - 1867, 1891 - 1954
Clay: 1917 - 1954
Doddridge: 1917 - 1954
Fayette: 1906, 1913, 1917 - 1954
Gilmer: 1853 - 1854, 1856, 1858 - 1859, 1861 - 1863, 1865 - 1873, 1875 -
1876, 1878 - 1893, 1895 - 1899, 1901 - 1954
Grant: 1917 - 1954
Greenbrier: 1917 - 1954
Hampshire: 1917 - 1954
Hancock: 1917 - 1954
Hardy: 1853 - 1860, 1866 - 1869, 1871, 1873 - 1875, 1877 - 1954
Harrison: 1853 - 1954
Jackson: 1917 - 1954
Jefferson: 1916 - 1954
Kanawha: 1903, 1907, 1909, 1914, 1916 - 1954
Lewis: 1916 - 1954
Lincoln: 1917 - 1954
Logan: 1908, 1916 - 1954
Marion: 1909, 1914 - 1915, 1917 - 1954
Marshall: 1909, 1917 - 1954
Mason: 1918 - 1954
McDowell: 1906 - 1907, 1915 - 1954
Mercer: 1914, 1917 - 1954
Mineral: 1865 - 1954
Mingo: 1914, 1917 - 1954
Monongalia: 1911, 1913 - 1915, 1917 - 1954
Monroe: 1916 - 1954
Morgan: 1916 - 1954
Nicholas: 1917 - 1954
Ohio: 1917 - 1954
Pendleton: 1853 - 1854, 1856 - 1860, 1868 - 1869, 1872 - 1879, 1881 - 1903,
1905 - 1954
Pleasants: 1917 - 1919, 1921 - 1954
Pocahontas: 1916 - 1954
Preston: 1916 - 1954
Putnam: 1918 - 1954
Raleigh: 1917 - 1954
Randolph: 1914, 1917 - 1954
Ritchie: 1917 - 1954
Roane: 1917 - 1954
Summers: 1908, 1917 - 1954
Taylor: 1917 - 1954
Tucker: 1917 - 1954
Tyler: 1917 - 1954
Upshur: 1917 - 1954
Wayne: 1917 - 1954
Webster: 1917 - 1954
Wetzel: 1917 - 1954
Wirt: 1917 - 1954
Wood: 1917 - 1954
Wyoming: 1918 - 1954

There's a promise of more to come.
ACROSS MY DESK: 1805 Georgia Land Lottery 200th Anniversary Event

After two years of preparation, the first land lottery in Georgia commenced on Monday, July 22, 1805. Drawing approximately 1,200 tickets per day, six days each week, the lottery concluded on Saturday, August 31, 2005.

ANNIVERSARY EVENT:
Come to the National Archives in Morrow on August 27, 2005, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Georgia's 1805 Land Lottery.

Paul K. Graham, author of two new 1805 Land Lottery reference books, will speak about the land lottery distribution system and the unique land surveys that are still used to describe land in Georgia.

Saturday, August 27, 2005
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
National Archives & Records Administration, Southeast Region Archives
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260
(770) 968-2100


Cost: Free (Seating is limited and registration is required)

SCHEDULE:
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Tour the National Archives facility and visit the Visitor Learning Center, featuring an archives-themed bookstore operated by Clayton State University.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Learn about the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery and Georgia's land lottery system with a lecture and discussion led by Paul K. Graham in the Conference Room.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Meet Paul in the Visitor Learning Center lobby.

To register for this event go to:
http://www.1805georgialandlottery.com/event.shtml

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

My own daughter didn't understand

DearREADERS,

She HAS been a little busy recovering from a C-section, and taking care of the new baby and her soon-to-be-kindergartener. Her wonderful husband has gone back to work following his "family leave." But last night when I asked my daughter to be sure to let that brilliant, talented, gorgeous, intelligent & capable 5-year-old listen to at least the last part of DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR internet radio show, my own daughter said "But, I don't have an iPOD."

You don't need an iPOD to listen to each week's internet radio show.
-- If your computer has speakers, it most likely also has a program to play audio files.
-- If you computer has an internet connection, it can click to play Myrt's audio files.

YES, it IS available as a "podcast" but your existing computer setup can also "play" the show so you can listen!

So just try clicking one of the audio links on the top of this week's show page.
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0823r.htm

The only issue might be the rush to listen on Tuesday, when the file first becomes available. I noticed that it took about 4 minutes for the file to begin playing last night when I tuned in at 9:28pm Eastern US Daylight Time.

-- The file is available 24/7.
-- You may listen as many times as you wish.

WHY DO I WANT THE GRANDCHILDREN TO HEAR THE LAST PART OF THE SHOW?
Because of Jim Brickman's "I see the Moon" -- its OUR song. And my precious grandchildren are the someone's I long to see.

P.S. I sure love my daughter. This is perhaps the first time I've been able to teach her anything about computer things. She far outshines me in every other aspect.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

ACROSS MY DESK: Google Earth

From: Andy E. Wold
To: (A private Yahoo Group)
I just wanted to add my own comments on Google Earth -- it is awesome as a genealogy tool!
Two of the features that I am currently using quite extensively is the ability to place sets of pushpins and email them to relatives to add to their own Google Earth map, and the ability to overlay images onto the map -- such as parish outline maps in Norway for each County, high-detail aerial photos of ancestors' homes during certain census years, and even cemetery Plat Maps.

You can selectively turn off or on each individual pushpin, or sets of pushpins -- I have mine categorized into places, people and things, such as Smith Family, Norway Census, FHC Locations, Cemeteries, etc. You can even save driving direction routes as "pushpins" -- allowing for multi-part trips on genealogy research excursions, which none of the other online mapping sites that I know of do any longer.

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From: Myrt
DearANDY,
Thank-you for special permission to quote your comments about GOOGLE EARTH originally posted to a private mailing list.

I agree that this tool is NOT an invasion of privacy, but is a wonderful tool for genealogists. The fact that the map is about 2.5 years old doesn't affect churchyard cemeteries.

The reason I know the aerial pictures are a little old is that my daughter bought a home in Phoenix about 2.5 years ago and immediately put in an in-ground swimming pool. The current Google Earth map clearly shows the neighbor's pools, but not her's.

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From: Andy E. Wold
DearMYRTLE,
Yes, the freshness and quality of the images can be a problem sometimes, but you can actually find more detailed and current aerial photos on the web and overlay them over specific areas.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

23 Aug 2005 DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show

DearREADERS,
This is the lineup for today's show, now available on the web. Please also note the "Links We Mention" and "Listening to the Show" below.
-- Value of 1908 letters
-- Frank or Fred Dittmar?
-- Maggie Stewart, editor USGenWeb Archives
-- KUDOS to Jim Laird & Joy Fisher
-- Blog topic: What is your personal secret for happiness?
-- MightyMouse Tour - USGenWeb.com
-- John Vilburn, creator of PAFInsight
-- Sean Williams, creator of CenMatch

If you'd like to know more about how to take care of family papers, see my column "Old letters, postcards & telegrams" http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0802.htm

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LINKS WE MENTION
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-- USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/obits/
-- Jim Laird's contributions to Kansas USGenWeb including Douglas County, Kansas Newspaper Articles, Obituaries, Vital Records (Marriages) http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ks/douglas/douglas.htm
-- Joy Fisher's transcriptions of the Gove County History on the web at:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ks/gove/gove.html
-- http://www.USGenWeb.com Visit each states where your ancestors once lived. Then revisit every 3 months, because new information is being added every day. You won't know what's been added, if you don't check back frequently.
-- PAFInsight -
http://www.ohanasoftware.com
-- PAFInsight Lessons - http://www.ohanasoftware.com/?sec=lessons
-- PAF Personal Ancestral File (Windows compatible genealogy software) http://www.familysearch.org/eng/paf/
-- Google Search http://www.google.com
-- IGI International Genealogical Index
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
-- IGI Tips for Use
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=igi/search_IGI.asp&clear_form=true
-- Dick Eastman http://www.eogn.com
-- Dick Eastman's article about CenMatch http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2005/08/cenmatch_for_an.html
-- CenMatch http://www.empiresgenealogy.com/
-- Ancestry's Census Search
http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=35

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LISTENING TO THE SHOW
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Each show is pre-recorded and is available 24/7 as a clickable .mp3 file in DearMYRTLE's archives at OurMedia.org:
http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644 (Click "tracks" to find all of Myrt's shows to date.)

Alternate links for listening to THIS particular show are located at:
-- OurMedia.org:
http://www.ourmedia.org/node/46468
-- Archives.org: http://www.archive.org/download/DearMYRTLEs_Family_History_Hour_Internet_Radio_Show_23_Aug_2005/DearMYRTLE2005Aug23.mp3

If you wish to receive DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio shows as podcasts (to hear on any .mp3 player) see detailed directions at:
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com/listenhow.htm

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

ACROSS MY DESK: Source Citations & Citation Detail

DearREADERS,
I've been hearing a lot of positive feedback in mailing lists from those who attended the genealogy conference at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah this past July. Among the gems of wisdom are these thoughts from Alan Mann,A.G. who also posted this on his website. Please remember that he is quite knowledgeable about (PAF) Personal Ancestral File, the genealogy software program available from
www.familysearch.org. To read this in context, see the complete article titled "Source Documentation For the Everyday Genealogist" http://www.alanmann.com/articles/source.htm

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOURCE RECORD & CITATION DETAIL
· A source can be oral or written from a person, a document, or other media. A source citation is a specific description of where you got the information used in entering the family history event or other data. A source description and/or citation detail gives the information required to identify the source as a distinct, traceable record.


· Sources identify the events that validate the existence of our ancestors and their familial relationships. Some are connected to an event such as a birth, christening, marriage, death, burial, or other event. Others remain "individual sources" unassociated with a particular event.

· The details from a source are the skeleton of our family tree.

· A source record in PAF has title, author, publication information, comments, repository, call number, actual text and image.

· A source citation in PAF adds film number, volume, page number, date, comments, actual text, and image.

· Both source record and source citation have fields for actual text and image. The difference is that the any comments, actual text, or image placed in the source record will apply to anything cited from that source. Image and actual text given in the source citation apply to that citation only. For example, a source might be the 1860 census record of a particular place. Several of your ancestors’ families are listed in that place. The source might be the census record for that place, but a citation would be the specific page that had a family. Thus, each family might cite the same source, but each citation would list the page of the census record on which that family appeared.

The image of a particular page would only be attached to the citation for the family that appeared on that page.

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Any inquiries should be addressed to Alan via email at: mngs@alanmann.com

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Fishing for ancestors

DearREADERS,
After weeks of planning, scheduling, and "equipping," I took a trip to witness Mother Nature's bounty at Lake Okeechobee in South Florida last April. It was KT's birthday, and we were off to celebrate with 5 days away from the phone and work. Though nothing much was biting, the trip was still fun. The locals told us that in the first three months of the year only 2-3 sizable bass had been caught. All was attributed to the changes in the lake brought about by the runoff from the up-stream rivers damaged during three of the four hurricanes in 2004.

One early morning I found myself relaxing in the canoe with baited hook and lots of time to set my mind adrift. It was picture-perfect. The sun was just beginning to melt the mist that blanketed the water overnight. There were dragon flies skipping the surface as a hatch of ducklings ventured out within a beak's length of their doting mother. A graceful pair of egrets assumed their supervisory position, circling in the lofty heights. The usual Florida heat wouldn't make its debut for another 2 months, and the rare low humidity was idyllic. But alas, no fish were forthcoming.


It was at that moment that Ol' Myrt here began to realize how similar this process is to "fishing for ancestors."

Funny thing! The first recognized similarity was the FRUSTRATION of not finding anything.
The second similarity is the need for patience.


WHEN WE START OUT, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WILL CATCH
Whether it is striped bass, rainbow trout or catfish, a dedicated fisherman longs to haul in the big one. Genealogists dream of breaking through that "big brick wall" to gather information on elusive ancestors. Not knowing what we'll find is the fun of both "sports."

WE NEED TO HAVE SOME EQUIPMENT
Since none of us have the bear claws to fish, we must gather an assortment of hooks, lines, sinkers, lures, rods and reels; perhaps even a boat and a trolling motor. When fishing for ancestors, the 21st century genealogist needs a computer, genealogy software, printer, scanner, copier, digital camera, internet access, file folders, top-loading sheet protectors and such.

BOTH REQUIRE AN INVESTMENT OF TIME & MONEY
Just as the fishing trip involved travel expenses for the car, cabin and food, similar expenses can be anticipated when genealogists go on research trips. (Notice trips is plural.)

WE NEED A LICENSE
Each year Florida fishermen must purchase 1 or 2 types of fishing licenses - freshwater or saltwater, with an additional stamp for permission to take snook during season. Genealogists renew memberships in local and national genealogical societies, and online database sites. When I went to Phoenix, I had to obtain an "Urban Fishing License" to take my grandsons fishing, since my Florida licenses weren't reciprocal. Genealogists might decide to join a distant society based on surname or place where our ancestors once lived, just to obtain the newsletters in hopes of catching tidbits on an ancestor or how-to tips for research that particular area.

WE NEED BAIT
Yes, ol' Myrt knows how to put worms on hooks now, but I have not yet mastered the finer points in the art of using minnows and crickets. (The darn crickets are just too quick for me.) Online genealogists set their bait, using surnames on databases websites and search engines, such as Google. That's what brings the information to your desktop. Just sitting there staring at the screen at Ancestry (and not typing in a name) is about as effective as my staring at the murky waters of Taylor's creek without casting in my line. Just as I must try a variety of bait, so we must try every conceivable spelling of an ancestor's surname to make the catch.

Neither fish nor ancestors are going to just fall into my lap, except for that time on Frog Creek; but that is another story, and I digress.

WE MIGHT USE A CASTNET
Just how did the local bait shop get the minnows we hoped would land the big one? They use castnets to pull in multiple fish to sell to aspiring fishermen like KT and me. Sometimes the castnet snares twigs and reeds, and might even catch an old shoe. Likewise, genealogists cast their nets to bring in multiple responses by posting queries on message boards and mailing lists online or via print media such as local newspapers, in addition to genealogy and history periodicals. As with the bait fishermen, you don't know what you'll gather in response. Some will be good, but you may have to throw some back.

THE CATCH MUST MEET MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS
If a fish is too small, or it isn't the right season, we must throw it back. Likewise, we don't want to keep unsubstantiated lineages. Everything must meet a minimum criteria to be acceptable. No exaggerated "fish tales" when it comes to proving an earlier generation on my family tree.

THE BAIT SHOP - WHERE FISHERMAN HANG OUT
If you want to know about the best fishing places in a new area, just hang out at the local bait shop. There will always be some proud soul who will jump at the chance to share his latest fishing triumphs. Genealogists have hangouts, too. The local genealogy society's monthly meetings provides all sorts of tips on how to reel in an ancestor. Hearing the successes of others only serves to increase our determination to make good.

FAVORITE FISHING HOLES
In April 2005, Lake Okeechobee wasn't seeing a lot of good catches. Folks in the area had reported success catching sunshine bass on Taylor Creek in the early morning and at twilight. This waterway feeds into the lake by the locks on the north side. That's a major reason for our choosing to spend time there, in hopes of duplicating the success. Likewise, genealogists have their own favorite fishing holes. www.ancestry.com, www.HeritageQuestOnline.com (through www.godfrey.org), www.familysearch.org (including online research outlines), www.usgenweb.com and www.worldgenweb.org to name a few. Proponents for one service over another are just as adamant as the fisherman is about returning to his lucky spot.

FROG CREEK
And now to the story about Frog Creek -- it was a school of perhaps 100 tiny 1-inch baby bass that jumped across and into my lap just as I paddled my orange kayak around the bend and into their neck of the woods (err, um, ok,) creek. Fortunately KT & Johnny were in the canoe behind me and saw the whole thing. Because they provided primary evidence as first hand eye-witnesses, THAT fish story of Ol' Myrt's is believable.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Clicking to hear the show anytime you wish

From: AKeisacker@aol.com [mailto:AKeisacker@aol.com]
DearMYRTLE,
Great news, Myrt, and really good to be able to get the radio show anytime -- over and over for practice. Please tell me how that simple "mouse click" away works. Thanks for all you do.

DearAUDREY,
The complete directions for the "clicking" (not podcasting) method of listening to DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet radio show are quite simple if you understand that the shows are located DearMYRTLE's file area at OurMedia.org. If you forget this, I'll keep the link on the home page at
www.DearMYRTLE.com. But anyway, here are the directions:

1. Go to: http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644/track where the most recent show will appear on the top of the list.

2. Click on the show's title, so the page can change and load the internet "radio player." The page also includes a brief description of the show's guests and main topics.

3. Wait a moment or two then click the "play" button to listen to the show. It isn't necessary to wait for the entire file to load to begin listening.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com
1911 Canadian Census Now Online
Census! Census! Who has the Census? A Brief History of the Canadian National Census


[See web version of this column <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0826.htm>for screen shot of the website & the Mullen household census entry page.]

By guest author: MGS President Edward H. Gaulin, 10th great grandson of Francois Gaulin (1630-1675) and his wife Marie Rocheron (1639-1687) of the Isle of Orleans, Quebec, Canada.
ehgaulin@att.net

THE FIRST SETTLEMENTS IN NEW FRANCE were begun in 1605 when the famous explorer Jacques Cartier brought a small group of French adventurers to an attractive spot on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in what is now Nova Scotia, Canada. Unfortunately that experiment lasted only a sort time, but Cartier continued to induce more like-minded Frenchmen over the next few decades to establish other settlements that are still flourishing in Canada today.

A COUNT OF THE POPULATION OF CANADA was first taken in 1666 when all 3,200 inhabitants of that vast country were enumerated. Apparently the French King and his ministers didn’t believe those numbers and ordered the Royal Governor in Quebec City to try again. So the following year his enumerators were once again in the field and this time their count was more than doubled.

The French continued to count Canadians on a hit-or-miss basis until they were expelled by the British in 1763 at the conclusion of the Seven Years War - in America we called it called the French and Indian War.

IT WASN'T UNTIL 1851 that the British took the first "nominal" census of the country in which every man, woman and child was to be accounted for in the place they were located on one particular day. That census and next enumeration in 1861 were primarily of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec). It wasn’t until after the Confederation in 1867 that Canada became a unified nation of provinces and a truly ‘national’ census was taken in 1871.
Since then the census has been taken across Canada every ten years - the decennial census was born. Canadian law has provided for general public access to census records 92 years after the census was taken. Accordingly, the 1901 census was released to the public in 1993 and the 1911 census was scheduled to be opened for public use in the year 2003. The latter event failed to happen due to an unusual interpretation of the census statutes and Canadian privacy laws by the Chief Statistician of Canada.

STATISTICS CANADA IS THE AGENCY charged with the responsibility for actually performing the count of the population. Then, when their work is finished the census tabulations are delivered to the Canadian National Archives for preservation and storage. But since about 1998 it has been the announced position of the Chief Statistician that no public access will be allowed to individual census records taken after 1901 and he has refused to transfer control of those records to the National Archives. He has also advocated the destruction of all the original census returns.

FORTUNATELY, ALMOST AS SOON AS THIS EXTREME POLICY WAS ANNOUNCED, a number of concerned Canadian citizens, primarily genealogists, began an old fashioned letter writing campaign to their representatives in government. The new twist is that this campaign was largely conducted over the Internet and supporters from all over the world have been enlisted in their effort. Within a very short period of time a handful of those citizens emerged to take the lead in the campaign to win support of members of parliament to draft and pass enabling legislation to insure that these valuable public records remain forever public.

SEVEN LONG YEARS LATER, genealogists worldwide have prevailed and a genealogical disaster has been averted in Canada. Bill S-18 was passed unanimously by members of the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 and Royal Assent was received the following day. Public access to the Canadian Federal Census is now assured for all of us forever.
Within days of the parliamentary approval, the Canadian National Archives began scanning the 1911 census and posting the images on their website. And several private agencies have already begun work on indexing the scanned images to make the 1911 census data more user friendly.

THE FUTURE
The next census of the United States to be released to the public was taken in 1940 and genealogists will be scrambling to get their hands on those microfilm rolls on the 1st of April 2012. Just about one year later, sometime in 2013, the 1921 Canadian Census will be available to researchers worldwide.

Perhaps the most valuable 20th Century Canadian genealogical research tool has gone from almost lost to available on the Internet in the space of less than a decade. It is a marvelous achievement and I for one appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.


FOR FURTHER READING:
See: <
http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1911/index-e.html> also shown in the web version of this column. It is the 1911 Census Detail: Household of Mullen, John F. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, page 13. Shows names, relationship to head of household, sex, month and year of birth and age at last birthday. Additional info not shown in this view.
<
http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1911a/e078/e001927813.pdf>
LISTENERS' FEEDBACK: DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 16 Aug 2005

WHERE: The show is in the queue at:
http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644/track
WHEN: You may listen any time.

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From: gypsy97
DearMYRTLE,
Wow! I just got a chance to listen to your broadcast (Wednesday evening) and I am really impressed. I loved your selection of guests and learned some new things. Thank-you so much for the effort you put into this.
PS - After all the agonizing about getting set up so I could tune in, everything went perfectly. What was I so stressed about???

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From: Geoff
DearMYRTLE,
Loved your Internet show last night. Good work with it.

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From: Rosa
DearMYRTLE,
Great show. It was easy to click and begin listening. Thank-you also for your informative columns.

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From: Gene
DearMYRTLE,
I figured out how to click the "pause" button on your pre-recorded radio show, so I could go to the websites you were talking about. I clicked around as you guided us through the online catalog of the Family History Library. Keep up the good work.

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From: Patty Sparks
Neat idea, I didn't know that I could press "enter" instead of clicking the "go" button on my web browser after typing in a web address. I am going to listen every week.

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From: Jerry
Yawning on the "air?" Yes you are human, Myrt, but that makes it so much easier to learn from you. I notice there is an occasional "lisping" sound with your letter "s" but I think that is a matter of recording in lower quality. Can you work on this?

NOTE FROM MYRT: Yes, Jerry, you are correct. The original recorded interviews were done at 128kps and sound marvelous, but they take up 100mb of file space. We've crunched the 1 hour show's file quality down to 24kps, so the file is only 10MB. This facilitates uploading the file, and saves hard drive space for those listeners who wish to receive the file as a podcast.
As you have noted, the trade off with the smaller file is that we must endure a slightly lower quality. I've gone through 12 different microphones, ranging from $12 to $200 each. Believe it or not, one of the less expensive microphones picks up the telephone interviews best.

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From: Margaret (in Australia)
DearMYRTLE,
I love the new way to listen to your show since I can listen anytime. I don't have to worry about the time difference between your radio studio and my home. When you used to broadcast only at 9pm in the US, it was 11am in Melbourne... smack in the middle of my workday. I couldn't always take lunch early to try to listen in. [...] Tonight I listened to the show in the background for the second time while working through my email.

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DearREADERS,
Remember its EASY to listen to DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio show:

1. Go to the list of shows at
http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644/track

2. Click on the show you wish to hear.

3. Wait a few moments (for the file to begin to open) and then click the "play" button.
NOTE:

-- You do not have to wait until the entire file loads for the show to begin playing.

-- If you would prefer to receive the radio shows as a podcast, directions are located at:
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/listen.htm

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Monday, August 15, 2005

Tuesday's the day - DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show

DearREADERS,
I'll forego my column today as I am in the last stages of production of the newest DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour, which will begin broadcasting again each Tuesday evening. Use this extra time today to practice listening to the "test spot" which is the familiar "Mission Impossible" promo spot for the show located at:
http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644/track

(The 33644 is DearMYRTLE's unique file area at OurMedia.org's gigantic file service website.)

WHERE
All DearMYRTLE audio files will reside at: http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644/track The list will grow
larger as weeks go by since all shows are archived in the same place.

WHAT
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour -- a weekly internet radio show providing practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians.

WHEN
You may listen anytime, as many times as you wish. Thanks to advances in technology, the shows are pre-recorded and are available 24/7. Each week's new show will be added to the top of the list on Tuesdays at 9pm Eastern US time.


WHY
Because we're genealogy nuts!

WHO
Since 2000, Myrt's guests have included genealogy authors, lecturers, researchers, webmasters & software producers from throughout the world. Myrt welcomes your suggestions for topics and guests.

HOW
1. Go to: http://www.ourmedia.org/user/33644/track

2. Click on the pre-recorded audio file you wish to hear.

3. You will then be taken to a webpage with a "player" which downloads the file. Notice the control buttons below the player screen for:

  • play the file
  • pause
  • previous file
  • rewind this file
  • fast forward
  • next file

4. You MUST click the PLAY button to listen to the audio file.

NOTE: If you'd prefer to listen to DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour via podcast, see:
http://wwwDearMYRTLE.com/listen.htm

So far, DearREADERS, 273 of you have listened to the audio file this way.

This is so much fun interviewing folks -- and talking about our favorite topic -- GENEALOGY!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Sprucing things up with familiar quotations

DearREADERS,

Ol' Myrt here has been tutoring a newbie computer user, and yesterday's topic seemed quite applicable to family historians as well. Why not intersperse "familiar quotations" when composing biographies of your ancestors? Don't these reflect prevailing thought, in addition to adding bits of wisdom and whimsy? Think of:

GO WEST YOUNG MAN - "A favorite saying of the nineteenth-century journalist Horace Greeley, referring to opportunities on the frontier. Another writer, John Soule, apparently originated it."(1) "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country. Attribution: Horace Greeley (1811–1872), U.S. newspaper editor. Hints toward Reforms (1850)." (2)

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THE GOAL:
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Find an online source for familiar quotations.
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THE PROCESS:
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1. I needed a "search engine" so I went to
www.Google.com
2. I typed in the words "familiar quotations" (without the quote marks.)
3. I noticed that the first of 826,000 entries was:

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Searchable quotations site, provided in electronic format by Project Bartleby at Columbia University.
www.bartleby.com/ - 38k - Aug 11, 2005

4. That sounded good, so I clicked on the blue underlined hypertext. Hypertext is clickable text, that directed my computer in this case to the
www.Bartleby.com.
5. When I got to Bartleby's website, I typed "fear itself" without quote marks in the search box. (See point A on illustration below.)
6. Then I clicked the "GO" button (See point B on illustration below.)
[The illustration appears in web version of this column. RootsWeb mailing lists do not provide for embedded photos or attachments. See:
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0823.htm ]
7. The next screen (not illustrated here) gave a list of quotations that have the word "fear" and "itself" within a 3-5 word proximity of each other. I was surprised to discover more than one quote qualified, and showed up on the "hit list."
8. I clicked on the Roosevelt link "nothing to fear but fear itself" to obtain the full quote and attribution. It happened to be the third item on the hit list yesterday.

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THE RESULTS:
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QUOTATION: Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
ATTRIBUTION: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 2, 1932, repeated in his first inaugural address, March 4, 1933. The expression has numerous precedents, including the Duke of Wellington, Montaigne and the Bible, and was used by Sir Winston Churchill during World War II.

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GO DIRECTLY TO BARTLEBY.COM
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Skip the Google Search and go directly to
www.Bartleby.com where your search includes the following resources:
-- Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 2001.
-- The Encyclopedia of World History, 6th ed. 2001.
-- The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd ed. 2002.
-- The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000.
-- The World Factbook. 2003.
-- American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. 2000.
-- Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, 3rd ed. 1995.
-- Roget’s International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. 1922
-- Bartlett, John. 1919. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.
-- The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.
-- Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations. 1988.
-- Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
-- American Heritage® Book of English Usage. 1996
-- The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993.
-- Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King’s English, 2nd ed.
-- Mencken, H.L. 1921. The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States, 2nd ed.
-- Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur. 1916. On the Art of Writing.
-- Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur. 1920. On the Art of Reading.
-- Sapir, Edward. 1921. Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech.
-- Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of Style.
-- The Bible. 1999. King James Version.
-- Brewer, E. Cobham. 1898. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.
-- Bulfinch, Thomas. 1913. The Age of Fable.
-- Frazer, Sir James George. 1922. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, Abridged ed.
-- Cambridge History of English & American Literature (18 vols.). 1907–21.
-- Eliot, Charles W., ed. 1909–17. The Harvard Classics and Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.
-- Eliot, T.S. 1920. The Sacred Wood.
-- Shakespeare, William. 1914. The Oxford Shakespeare.
-- Van Doren, Carl. 1921. The American Novel.
-- Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body, 20th ed.
-- Farmer, Fannie Merritt. 1918. The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.
-- Post, Emily. 1922. Etiquette.
-- Robert, Henry M. 1915. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.
-- Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. 1989.
-- Bryan, William Jennings, ed. 1906. The World’s Famous Orations.
-- Eliot, Charles W., ed. 1909–17. The Harvard Classics and Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.
-- Bryan, William Jennings, ed. 1906. The World’s Famous Orations.
-- American Historical Documents: 1000–1904. 1909–17.
-- English Essays from Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay. 1909–17.
-- Essays: English and American. 1909–17.
-- Literary and Philosophical Essays. 1909–17.
-- Matthews, Brander, ed. 1914. The Oxford Book of American Essays.
-- Morley, Christopher, ed. 1921. Modern Essays.
-- Scientific Papers. 1909–17.
-- Voyages and Travels. 1909–17.
-- Adams, Henry. 1918. The Education of Henry Adams.
-- Augustine, Saint. 1909–14. The Confessions of St. Augustine.
-- Bacon, Francis. 1909–14. Essays, Civil and Moral.
-- Bacon, Francis. 1909–14. The New Atlantis.
-- 1909–14. Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Luke & Acts. From the American Standard Edition of the Revised Bible.
-- Bok, Edward. 1921. The Americanization of Edward Bok.
-- Browne, Thomas, Sir. 1909–14. Religio Medici.
-- Burke, Edmund. 1909–14. A Letter to a Noble Lord.
-- Burke, Edmund. 1909–14. On Taste.
-- Burke, Edmund. 1909-14. On the Sublime and Beautiful.
-- Burke, Edmund 1909–14. Reflections on the French Revolution.
-- Carlyle, Thomas. 1909–14. Characteristics.
-- Carlyle, Thomas. 1909–14. Inaugural Address at Edinburgh.
-- Carlyle, Thomas. 1909–14. Sir Walter Scott.-- Cellini, Benvenuto. 1909–14. Autobiography.
-- Cicero. 1909–14. On Friendship & On Old Age.
[etc.]
OK, DearREADERS, that is the list of works, just through the letter "C" of author's surnames. I think you get the point, especially when you compare this list to your advanced placement high school & college reading lists.

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THIS IS THE POWER OF COMPUTERS
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Since locating an appropriate quotation is just a mouse-click away, the internet isn't just for students. Family historians can take advantage of this powerful website to enhance the descriptions of their ancestors.
-- TIME SAVED (the ability to search literally hundreds of sources in a nano-second.)
-- MONEY SAVED (I certainly don't have a personal library this extensive.)
-- CROSS REFERENCES (Each phrase contains links for bibliographic citation and biographical studies of the author in question.)
-- COPY/PASTE to your notes for an ancestor

It might be good to print this out, and try the process on your own with another quotation.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com
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ENDNOTES
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(1) The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002.
(2) The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.