Thursday, September 29, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: NC Apprenticeship & Free Blacks

DearREADERS,

This just in from the the folks at GenealogyForum.org. Address all inquiries to:
webmaster@genealogyforum.org

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Subject: How-to lessons/Lectures in Southern US Chat
Hi all.
I wanted to let everyone know that GFSErin and GFSLball have decided to start having how-to lessons/lectures periodically during their scheduled Southern US chats on Monday nights from 9-10pm EST / 8-9 Central time. The first lesson will be held during the chat on October 10th from 9-10pm. It will probably be during the middle of the chat, but not sure when exactly during the hour. The topic will be researching apprenticeship records in NC.

This is a very important research tool for both white and free blacks before the Civil War. For free blacks in Antebellum NC, this was often the only means of education. Apprenticeship records are a good source for determining parents of a child. In many cases, wills were not left and census records before 1850 did not list the entire household. Apprenticeship records (at least in NC) offer a great alternative for connecting families.

Future topics include: Georgia Land Lotteries, and searching for names in ancestry.com census database.

Come join us on October 10th to find out more of what they offer and how to find them in NC!
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So, DearREADERS,
If you want to attend this "real time" online chat, you merely sign online a few minutes before 9PM Eastern US time on Monday night the 10th of October 2005, and then click to enter the chat room:
-- Genealogyforum Chatrooms <
http://www.genealogyforum.org/chat.php>

If you'd like to learn about other scheduled chats see:
-- Schedules By Day <
http://www.genealogyforum.org/scheduleday.php>

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

ACROSS MY DESK: TMG Version 6.04 is out

DearREADERS,
The following came in the 28 Sept 2005 Wholly Genes newsletter, Issue 2005, Number 12. If you have questions about THE MASTER GENEALOGISTS, contact:
support@whollygenes.com .


=== TMG v6.04 is now available ==================

The Master Genealogist v6.04.000 is now available. This free update includes a collection of bug fixes and a few new or changed features as follows:

NEW/CHANGED:
o Local sentences are now available for both P1 and P2 when the role is the default role of Principal. This allows users to create separate local sentences for each Principal in tags that have two Principals entered. Note to users who customize local sentences in the default "Principal" role: Now that sentences for the two principals can be customized individually, keep in mind that if you customize the sentence for one Principal, the second Principal will continue to use the default sentence unless you also modify the sentence for that second Principal.

o Right-click menu options were added to the ToolTip message field on the Custom Toolbar Manager screen.

o Added an option to allow filtering the List of Tasks report for tasks that are linked to a source that is itself linked to a particular repository. (List of Tasks filter, Field="Linked Source", Subfield="Any linked Repo ID"). Note that this is not the same thing as filtering for tasks that are directly linked to a particular repository (Field="Linked Repo").

FIXES:
o Add Person
- When a wife was added, duplicate citations were added to the Name-Marr tag. In addition to fixing the problem, this version automatically deletes one of each pair of duplicate citations that were created as a result of this bug.
- When Add Person included name tags and the names entered lacked either a given name or surname, the inferred part was not being added when the tags were saved.

o Tag Entry Screen - After searching the Project Explorer and then editing any tag, typing F4 opened the Master Tag Type List rather than the Citation screen.

o Relationship tag - If you edited a tag and expanded the memo field with F7 without first clicking into the memo field, any edits/additions to the memo were lost when the memo was saved.

o Sentence variables - Conditional brackets (< >) didn't work for the [FATH] and [MOTH] variables.

o Data Set Manager - The scroll bar for the read-only memo field didn't work.

o Expanded Picklist
- A grayout occurred after running the Picklist several times in succession.
- A grayout occurred after saving an empty filter.
- Names in the list were not displayed correctly after running certain filters.
- The Expanded Picklist should open faster without a period of jumping around.
- A language issue was fixed for the Event mode Options screen.

o Report Definition Screen - When selecting the subject for a report and using Search in Picklist to select a person, the Report Definition Screen was closed after making the Picklist selection.

o Prompts
- Could appear under floating toolbars.
- You received an erroneous prompt if you edited a Tag Type and then clicked [Cancel].
- No prompt occurred when a History tag was saved with no witnesses.

o Research Tasks - The date fields are now validated.

o Merge Two People - You couldn't add ID numbers with the numeric keypad.

o Visual Chartform
- For projects with many long memos, charts generation could take an inordinate amount of time (even if the charts didn't include the memos). Fixed.
- Report definition Screen - The 'Use the Current Focus Person' checkbox didn't work.

o Fixed a variety of cosmetic or language issues.

o Fixed a handful of more obscure bugs that were reported by users.

This free v6.04.000 update requires a previous installation of v6.00.000 or later. (Users with a prior version must first apply the update to v6.00.000). To download and apply the update, run TMG, access the Help menu and choose "Check for an update." Alternatively, you can choose "Check for a Program Update" from the Windows Start menu > The Master Genealogist group. The update will be applied automatically. Upon restarting, the startup screen will reflect a version number of "v6.04.000."

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So, DearREADERS, if you'd like to look into the latest version of THE MASTER GENEALOGISTS, check it out at:
http://www.whollygenes.com/

Here is the link to the free trial offer :
http://www.whollygenes.com/tmg.htm

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

Question about referencing other's references

From: roll1959@charter.net
DearMYRTLE,
I enjoy your Pod-Casting, and your blog. I have a question, and wonder if you can help me. Maybe other's may have it as well.

I received a copy of my wife's genealogy that one of her aunts did, but it is all on paper. I scanned it in onto my computer, but I have a question about the references that it has in superscript in the text, and then it has a listing of references on the last pages.

How are the references [to be] posted that are from another searcher's listing? Do you place the source that the researcher did; example "Descendants of ...", or do you add the reference that was listed itself; ex: "Grand Rapids Press Obituary, Sept...."

DearROLLIN,
GREAT question, kiddo, and ol' Myrt here has an easy answer:

"REPORT ON WHAT YOU LOOKED AT."

This means that you cite the aunt's book title "Descendants of John Paul Henry" with author, and publication date/place, because THAT is the source you've viewed.

IF she included a photocopy of a marriage record, and an obituary, then you ADD those as additional sources, because you looked at them.

IF you spot-checked her work by looking up a few of the documents she listed for each generation in her endnotes, ADD those sources because you looked at them. This lets those that follow know that those cited sources do exist, and that you would transcribe them the same way your wife's aunt did.

SUCH SPOT-CHECKING must be done. We can't accept the "hearsay" genealogy book without verifying that our direct lineage and supporting document are indeed accurate.

WHEN IT COMES TO CITING SOURCES, let those that follow know EXACTLY what you looked at to arrive at your lineage assumptions. Where dates/names are at variance, use the information from the original sources, because your wife's aunt probably just made a typo when creating the genealogy book.

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FOR FURTHER READING
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Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.
www.Genealogical.com Printed: 1997, reprinted: 2005. ISBN#: 0806315431

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Sources.
www.Genealogical.com Printed: 2005 ISBN#: 0806317612

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

New York Marriage Record Request

From: jniles2@verizon.net
DearMYRTLE,
I am searching for a marriage between Stanley ABERSON and Rosa (or Rosemary) FLACK in New York somewhere between 1942 and 1945. How can I find out? Thanks.

DearJONATHAN,
There are TWO New Yorks, and I am not sure which one you are hoping to research.
-- New York City
-- New York (the state)

It is possible to ask a clerk to go through an index covering the 3 years you specify, as typically one can expect a search to go one or two years before or after an estimated date. But you may have a problem with the recent date of the event. Let's check the internet for clues:

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NEW YORK CITY RECORDS
I Googled for "New York City Vital Records" and located the municipal website:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/vitalrecords/home.shtml

"The Municipal Archives has records of births reported in the five Boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949, and marriages reported prior to 1930. For a complete description of our vital records collection, please see a list of the Municipal Archives Holdings." The City Clerk's office: http://www.nycmarriagebureau.com/ explained that marriage records are protected from public view until at least 50 years old have passed or where both spouses are deceased. Links to request forms are provided.

While the ABERSON/FLACK 1942-1945 marriage time frame falls within that protected limit, I was able to determine that Stanley has passed away. A copy of his and Rosa's death certificate must accompany your request, if you feel they were married in NYC.

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NEW YORK STATE RECORDS

A second Google search, this time for "New York Vital Records" provided a link to the New York State Department of Health <http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/>." Here we discover "the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health files certificates for births, deaths and marriages that occurred in New York State outside of New York City since 1881. Also on file are divorce records for all of New York State since 1963. The Vital Records Section provides qualified applicants with certified copies of the certificates associated with these events. Uncertified copies of older certificates are available for genealogy research." Links to request forms are provided.

Apparently state guidelines affect NYC as well, with the requirement that several forms of identification must accompany your request. They include:

One (1) of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
-- Driver license
-- Non-Driver Photo-ID Card
-- Passport
-- Employment ID

Two (2) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
-- Utility or telephone bills
-- Letter from a government agency dated within the last six (6) months

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OTHER EVIDENCE
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I did run the name Samuel ABERSON through Ancestry.com and the ONLY hit I came up with was:

Stanley ABERSON
Birth Date: 11 Apr 1924
Death Date: 21 May 2005
Social Security Number: 116-16-9193
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: New York

Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 33024
Localities: Cooper City, Broward, Florida
Davie, Broward, Florida
Hollywood, Broward, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Broward, Florida
Pembroke Pnes, Broward, Florida
University, Broward, Florida

I would check the Miami, Florida papers for an obituary for more clues to Stanley's background and to determine if Rosa had preceded him in death. When I searched the Miami Herald website, it came up with a "pay-per-view" hit for Stanley's obituary. The partial description states: "FL United States ABERSON, STANLEY, 81, of Pembroke Pines, died 5/21. Svc. 5/26, 1:30 PM. Tel. 954-963-2400. Published on May 24, 2005, Page , Miami Herald, The (FL)." However, I suspect you are perhaps closely related to this individual, and may already have a copy of this obituary.

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FOR FURTHER READING
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As you progress back into the 19th century with your genealogical research, the following may be useful:

Bailey, Rosalie Fellows. Guide to Genealogical and Biographical Sources for New York City (Manhattan), 1783-1898.
http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?afid=1001&ID=9326

New York Public Library - Genealogy Resources
http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/lhg/genea.cfm

New York Research Outline (from the Family History Library)
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp

USGenWeb - New York http://www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb/

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ogden, Utah passenger lists

From: Gwfgood@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
Years ago I came across a book with lists of passengers passing east and west bound through I think Ogden, UT. At least I am sure it was some city in UT. They were listed by date, name, and sometimes destination. Apparently it was a major RR stop or else they transferred trains. I can't seem to be able to find it again. Since I have searched in some 100 libraries I don't recall which one.

Have you heard of it? At that time I found the names of some Goodrich ancestors who were heading to SF to board a ship to China. They were missionaries.

DearGEORGE,
Google provided the following link:

Intercontinental Railway to California by Jim Smith
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~yvonne/NORCAL%20index/overland.html

Here he describes the Utah connection as ol' Myrt here understands it as well: "The Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads joined on May 10, 1869 in Promontory, Utah with the ceremonial driving of the Golden Spike into the track that joined East and West. The completion of the link quickly made travel west by wagon train not only obsolete but also financially impractical. Families sold or shipped their goods west and rode in relative comfort to California."
What I didn't know without Jim's help was "The Transcontinental Railway was in operation for about a year when Volume 1 of Louis J. Rasmussen's OVERLAND TRAIN PASSENGER LISTS begins its journal of trips to California. Mr. Rasmussen stated clearly that the original records no longer exist. He gathered information about who arrived using newspaper accounts as well as Journals, diaries, letter and magazines."

Railway Passenger Lists of overland trains to San Francisco and the West by Louis J. Rasmussen.
-- Vol. 1 July 26, 1870 - November 11, 1871. 1966 ISBN 0911792-50-3
-- Vol. 2 November 12, 1871 to April 23, 1873. 1968 ISBN 0911792-51-1

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 27 Sept 2005

DearREADERS,
This is the lineup for today's show, now available for you to listen to 24/7 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!

* Barbara Benge, Native American research expert <
http://members.aol.com/bbbenge.front.html >

* Ugo A. Perego, MS, Director of Operations, Sorensen Molecular Genealogy Foundation. <
http://www.smfg.org/>

During the MightyMouse Tour this week we'll visit: <
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/>

If you'd like to know more about the small cemetery project in Texas see:
* Cemetery Research: Preserving a legacy <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0921.htm>
* More Cemetery Preservation <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0932.htm>
* Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0933.htm>
* RE: Cemetery Research: Preserving a Legacy Article <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0937.htm>

If you'd like to read Myrt's article on the Scotland's People website see:
* SCOTTISH RESEARCH: Cooperation is the name of the game <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0939.htm>

Myrt has several articles about documenting unions where a marriage didn't take place is located at:

* Not Married <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0713.htm> "..try not be be judgmental."

* Readers' Feedback: Not Married <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0717.htm>

* Common Law, Siblings & Audit Trails <
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0719.htm>

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LINKS WE MENTION
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* Online Classes at MyFamily.com <
http://www.myfamily.com/isapi.dll?c=home&htx=Onlinetraining&school=GEN&_lin=1> including Barbara's Native American research classes.

* Heritage Books <
http://www.heritagebooks.com/>
CD2010 Heritage Books Archives: 1890 Cherokee Nation Census by Barbara Benge (CD)
B1576 1880 Cherokee Nation Census by Barbara Benge (book)
B2011 1890 Cherokee Nation Census by Barbara Benge (book)
CD1419 1880 Cherokee Nation Census by Barbara Benge (CD)

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LISTENING TO THE SHOW - MANUAL CLICK
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Go directly to <
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com/05/0927r.htm> to view the "show page" and then click to listen either through Myrt's OurMedia.org or the Archive.org websites that provide the storage space for Myrt's shows.

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LISTENING TO THE SHOW - AUTOMATIC PODCAST
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If you wish to learn more about how to receive DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio shows automatically 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

Sunday, September 25, 2005

NEED READERS' INPUT: First things first

DearREADERS,
If you heard of a beginning genealogist -- someone just starting out, WHAT would be your advice?

What pitfalls would you advise them to avoid?

What organization tips have helped you the most?

Let me know by next SUNDAY and I'll create a column with your ideas.

Thanks & Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com
SCOTTISH RESEARCH: Cooperation is the name of the game

DearREADERS,

When it comes to Scottish research, you'll find one-stop "shopping" at
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

Ol' Myrt visits ScotlandsPeople during this week's MightyMouse segment of DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio show (also available as a podcast.) The government of Scotland has taken the initiative by consolidating the following record groups for presentation on this site. We're talking indices AND printable scanned images of original documents.

STATUTORY REGISTERS-- Births 1855-1904
-- Marriages 1855-1929
-- Deaths 1855-1954

OLD PARISH REGISTERS
-- Births & Baptisms 1553-1854
-- Banns & Marriages 1553-1854

CENSUS RECORDS-- 1871
-- 1881
-- 1891
-- 1901

WILLS & TESTAMENTS
-- 1513-1901

Please note there is no "separation between church & state" when it comes to the presentation of both church and government records of interest to family historians at this site. Thankfully, you don't need to know the specific town of origin for your Scottish ancestors, since this website has consolidated the databases on a national level.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ACCESS THESE RECORDS?
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Compiled from:
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/faqs/questions/index.aspx?138

-- FREE SURNAME SEARCH The surname search on the Scotland's People homepage is free and covers all records, allowing you to check how many records of a particular surname appear in the various datasets, before you commit to payment.

-- FREE INDEX SEARCH OF WILLS Access to the index of wills and testaments is free of charge.
-- SCANNED IMAGES OF ORIGINAL WILLS Viewing full-color, actual size digital images of an original will, testament or inventory costs 5GBP per document, regardless of length.

-- INDICES OF STATUTORY (VITAL) RECORDS, OLD PARISH RECORDS & CENSUS RECORDS Access to statutory, OPR and census indexes costs 6GBP. For this fee, you will receive 30 "page credits" which are valid for 7 consecutive days. Viewing a page of index results costs 1 credit and each page will contain up to 25 search results.

-- SCANNED IMAGES OF STATUTORY (VITAL) RECORDS, OLD PARISH RECORDS & CENSUS PAGES Viewing an image costs 5 credits (equivalent to 1GBP). Your session begins when payment has been authorized and additional credits may be purchased in 6GBP increments. The session will restart with each new credit purchase.

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FREE HELPFUL GUIDES TO UNDERSTANDING
THE DOCUMENTS
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See:
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&420

Handwriting Help

Sums of money, including the use of:

-- 'lb' or 'li' (with a stroke through it) signifying the Latin word 'libra' (meaning pounds)
-- 's' (or double s) signifying the Latin word 'solidus' (meaning shilling)
-- signifying the Latin word 'denarius' (meaning penny)

Weights & Measures
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&425

The Way People Lived http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&435 including:
-- The Clothes Chest
-- Working Lives
-- Hidden lives
-- Hearth & Home

Glossary
http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&429
-- Occupations
-- Medical Terms
-- Unusual Words
-- Word Abbreviations

That's where I learned the definition of OUTSIGHT PLENISHING, which means moveable property kept or lying out of doors; it would include livestock and implements like ploughs, but not corn or hay, which were not reckoned as "plenishings."

If you don't live in Scotland, and are concerned about the exchange rate, not to worry. Your MC or VISA does the exchange for you automatically at the time of purchase. So PLAN AHEAD, for a seven day stretch to make full use of your time and research dollars when it comes to the Scottish limbs on your family tree and this BEST OF THE INTERNET FOR GENEALOGISTS website -- ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com
ACROSS MY DESK: Census forms offer from Everton

FREE OFFER FROM EVERTON
Posted in EVERTON NEWSLINE September 23, 2005


"Special offer extended! If you are one of the first 100 customers to sign up for a subscription this week to Everton’s Genealogical Helper, or the Everton Online Collection, Everton Publishers will give you a census form bundle absolutely free. Each bundle includes 10 copies of abstracts from each census year, 1790-1930 (except 1890). There are 110 pages in each bundle. These forms are great for identifying information when you’re looking at census records online or on microfilm and the copy you are looking at is too poor to distinguish what questions were asked. This is a very helpful tool.

Find out more by simply calling 1.800.443.6325 to order a single issue or a full year subscription of the Helper. You can also go to
www.everton.com to subscribe online. Don’t forget to check out the Everton Library Online. For just a few dollars more you can get the magazine along with a full year of this amazing online collection, with newspapers, archives, searchable databases and more! Check out the details and the price that can’t be beat: http://www.everton.com/library/."

Saturday, September 24, 2005

RE: Cemetery Research: Preserving a Legacy Article

From: Jeff
jnicoll@bellsouth.net
DearMYRTLE,
I was looking at your website and noticed the article(s) you had in regards to cemetery preservation. My name is Jeff Nicoll. I currently live with my wife in Mobile, AL, but I grew up in Travis County, Texas, and actually recognized the area described in them. My wife and I belong to an organization here in Alabama called the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance (ACPA) and are the County Representatives for Mobile County. This organization was formed several years ago to help bring to light the plight of historic cemeteries and their conditions here in Alabama. There are many cemeteries here in Alabama that are in the same situation as the cemetery in Sunset Valley. With suburban growth over the years, many cemeteries that were once on farms, ranches, or in small communites have now become endangered and in need of rescue.

I noticed in your articles that Terry Grumbles ran into a lot of the roadblocks that can be in place, but your suggestions and the actions taken by Mr. Grumbles are a step in the right direction. The idea of enlisting a local Boy Scout looking for an Eagle Scout Project is a very good one and one that recently was noted in our local newspaper.

For your reader's and listener's who are wanting to become involved with these issues some places for them to start are as follows:
-- Contact local/state Historical Societies
-- Contact local/state Genealogical Societies
-- Research local/state cemetery laws
-- Contact state organizations for Cemetery Preservation/Restoration
-- Research internet sites for Cemetery Preservation/Restoration

For further information on the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance please feel free to look at our website -
www.alabama-cemetery-preservation-allianace.com or contact one of the following persons - Lisa Baggett (ACPA Secretary) @ lisabaggett@mindspring.com or Ted Urguhart (ACPA President) @ fixingraves@alabama-cemetery-preservation.com

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,Jeff Nicoll
ACPA - Asst. Mobile County Representative

DearJEFF,
I will see that Terry Grumbles receives a copy of your email. Thank-you for your suggestions. I contacted the USGenWeb Coordinator for Texas, Travis county & the Texas tombstone project. At least one is planning to link the several columns to their website as well. Helping people become aware is half the battle. We all wish that folks would do this for the heretofore unknown cemeteries of our fore-fathers.

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

Old New York Times issues online

DearREADERS,
Its fairly easy to follow the paper trail back to our World War I or US Civil War ancestors, but learning the lingo or discovering the prevailing attitudes of the day is not something we can accomplish by merely collecting birth, marriage & death records. One of the best ways to flesh out a family history is to read old newspapers from the time period and include snippets in your compiled family history, with appropriate bibliographic citations, of course. To that end, you'll want to check out this online resource:

Historical NY Times Project <http://nyt.ulib.org/>

"For your reading pleasure, we present historic issues from the New York Times. The digitization process is ongoing, but we invite you right now to peruse the newspaper issues that we have put on line including the Civil War and the Turn of the Century 1900-1907."

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

Friday, September 23, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: Jewish Sites down due to hurricane preparedness

From: Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Nu? What's New?
The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy
Volume 6, Number 14 September 22, 2005


Special Edition

Avotaynu and JewishGen Servers Not Functioning

Avotaynu and JewishGen websites are currently unavailable. The two sites share the same Internet Service Provider which is located in the Houston, Texas area in the path of Hurricane Rita. As a precaution, the hardware is being moved inland to Palestine, Texas (yes, Palestine). Even if the system comes up shortly, there is a risk is will go down again as the hurricane passes due to power failures or communication problems.

If you are in the United States or Canada and wish to place an order with Avotaynu, phone 1-800-AVOTAYNU (800-286-8296).
Listen to DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour, etc.

DearREADERS,

Ol' Myrt here is back in town, and just completed an interview about DNA for an upcoming DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio show, answering Gypsy97's email query!
Listen to Myrt's internet radio shows anytime you wish, not just on Tuesday evenings, when each week's show will become available. Instead of a live broadcast, each show is pre-recorded to improve transmission quality and to provide greater access for a world-wide audience. You'll find clickable links to the audio files at:
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/listen.htm

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So far we have the following audio files for your review:
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-- 6 Sept 2005 Show with Kory Meyerink, AG from ProGenealogists.com & John Shupe from Passage Express. MightyMouse Tour: step-by-step downloading a genealogy software program.
-- 29 Aug 2005 Show with Holly T. Hansen of MyAncestorsFound.com & Everton's Genealogical Helper, Evan Eastley of PedigreeMagnet.com and Elizabeth Powell Crowe on Beginning Genealogy: Vital Records. MightyMouse tour of Cyndislist.com (clothing & costumes & search option.)

-- 23 Aug 2005 Show with Maggie Stewart of USGenWeb, John Vilburn of PAFInsight & Sean Williams of CenMatch. MightyMouse Tour of USGenWeb.com

-- 16 Aug 2005 Show with author Elizabeth Powell Crowe & Aaron Underwood of GenSmarts. MightyMouse tour of FamilySearch.org's "Place" section of the FHLC Family History Library Catalog.

Some of Myrt's favorite columns are now available in .mp3 format as well:
* Handwritten notes in a digital world
* ACROSS MY DESK: Source Citations & Citation Detail
* Fishing for ancestors

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PROJECTS OL' MYRT IS WORKING ON
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27-Sep-05 Show
Libbi Crowe: Beginning #2Barbara Benge: Native American Research
Ugo Perego: Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation
Maggie Stewart: USGenWeb

4-Oct-05 Show
Grace Dumelle: Finding Your Chicago Ancestors
Geoff Rasmussen: Legacy Family Tree 6
Maggie Stewart: USGenWeb

11-Oct-05 Show
Libbi Crowe: Beginning #3
Coleen Fitzpatrick: Forensic Genealogy
Frank O. Koerner: The Missing Peace of a Heritage Puzzle.
Maggie Stewart: USGenWeb

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

From: L.A. CLUGH Clugh_la@msn.com
DearMYRTLE,

Re: More cemetery peservation
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0932.htm
and
Cemetery Research: Preserving a legacy
http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0921.htm

Here in Indiana we use these books as our guides for pioneer cemetery restoration:

-- A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad. The book can be ordered from The Association for Gravestone Studies.
http://www.gravestonestudies.org/store/books/preservation_information.htm

-- Landscapes of Memories: A Guide for Conserving Historic Cemeteries http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/culdiv/heritage/memories.htm These folks have studied the process pretty well, showing what true restoration is all about.

There is a difference in good faith cleanup and historic restoration.

Thank you for what you do for genealogy,
L.A. Clugh, Indiana
INDIANA PIONEER CEMETERIES RESTORATION PROJECT
http://www.rootsweb.com/~inpcrp/

DearLA,
Thanks for such an informative email. We all get by with a little help from our friends. No one can possibly "know it all." Somehow in the 2 emails about preserving this nearly obliterated 1/4 acre Texas cemetery, I failed to give everyone Terry Grumble's email address. Some folks may wish to write to him directly with their ideas and stories of their own cemetery restoration projects. Contact him at:
terry.grumbles@gmail.com

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

DearREADERS,
Judging by your emails, there has been a lot of interest in the tiny 1/4 acre overgrown cemetery mentioned in yesterday's column. An unnamed City of Sunset Valley, Travis County, Texas source reports that the City Council looks favorably on Terry Grumbles' project which was presented at recent city council meeting:

"... did present the cemetery project to them, stating that the family is actively working on it, and are not requesting funding at this time. She got several nods of approval when she mentioned that the Grumbles would be interested in having a volunteer day and/or ceremony to honor the Grumbles Family and their rich ties to the history of this area. This session was just informational, [...] to introduce her unfunded projects, and only had about 2 minutes [each] to tell them about each project. She said that the project got the most interest & positive response from Council."

So it seems that by tiny steps, progress is being made.

There are going to be expenses for renting bush hogging equipment, etc. I wonder if the Home Depot will donate rental equipment?

Ol' Myrt here wonders if the local Boy Scout Troup might assist?

I also wonder if one of those Boy Scouts might make cleaning up this cemetery his Eagle Scout Project? We had a similar project here in Manatee County, where the local electric company responded by providing a large dumpster, which had to be carried away twice on the clean up day, and a third time the following day. All of those weeds and underbrush need to be carried away somehow.

Have any of my readers had experience with such a cemetery clean-up project?

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

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Changes at Ancestry

DearREADERS,

MyFamily.com has announced several changes at Ancestry.com in the past week:

The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) reports in an online article:
http://www.harktheherald.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=64750
"MyFamily.com buys Springville personal storybook making software company -- MyFamily.com Inc., an online genealogy research company, has acquired the assets of Heritage Makers LLC of Springville. Terms of the purchase weren't disclosed. Founded in 2004 by Doug Cloward and Sharon Murdoch, Heritage Makers is a direct seller of software that enables customers to load, crop and size photos and create text for a 28-page storybook on their home computers."

and

The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) noted a change in CEO
http://www.harktheherald.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=64654
"MyFamily.com names new president and CEO -- MyFamily.com Inc., a Provo online genealogy research service, named Tim Sullivan its president and CEO. He will be responsible for overseeing the direction, financial performance and operational functions of the company. Sullivan replaces Tom Stockham, former president and CEO, who quietly resigned in March after serving the company for three and a half years and is credited with helping to grow the company and its work force. Sullivan was most recently chief executive officer of Match.com, an online dating unit of IAC/InterActiveCorp."

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

Cemetery Research: Preserving a legacy

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DearREADERS,

If you'd like to know what Terry Grumbles is doing when it comes to family
history, ask him, and he'll tell you about the 1/4 acre family cemetery he
discovered is located in the middle of shopping district in City of Sunset
Valley, Travis County, Texas. It is the final resting place of Eliza J. Grumbles, who married the
brother of Terry's 3rd great-grandfather. It seems the next few months will be
spent cleaning up the cemetery -- no easy task.


The chain link fence shown in the background on the
photo at the right was put up by the developer to protect the cemetery
from the construction going on around it. Before that the old iron picket fence
in the foreground was used to keep the Texas cattle and sheep out of the place.


The tombstone is Eliza J. Grumbles. Here is a close up of
Terry kneeling over his ancestor's gravestone. Terry & his grandson Michael
Torrez had to remove quite a few briars to get the photos for this column. I
asked Terry to take some additional shots for this column, and to tell me a little more
about his day at the cemetery.




Terry writes: "Sunset Valley is not a
real city, other than they have city limits to protect their neighborhood,
and they do that well and beautifully. A few years, ago, they even imported
people for a new section in the middle of the city from the richest part
of West Austin. It is so small there is no daily newspaper or library.


This Sunset Valley area has LOTS of green
space. So much so that if you use GoogleEarth you can see the subdivision
installed in the middle of it, a few years ago. There is a 50 Year
Anniversary (1954-2004) article in Sunset Valley's informal history book. This
book can be purchased from the Public Works Department in Sunset Valley, Texas
78745. [...]




It is still very much still a country setting there. Very nice place, with open
spaces. The city office is beside Lone Oak Trail. Lone Oak, bull, there are so
many substantial trees there. Actually, the lone Oak for which it was named
stood at the end of the road, but fell from Oak wilt rot, probably. It lay by
the side of the road for years. That
was Fowler Road for a long time. Not to be confused with the Fowlers in the
Grumbles family. I saw a picture of Marie Fowler's horse, which I used to ride
out to William Cannon area, still was way out from Austin at that time.


John D Grumbles is a cousin, but like so many
people, I just fell in love with Capt John J Grumbles son's family plot. I guess
too, it is like an oasis, eh? Capt. John J was a Texas Ranger in the '50's....
1850's that is. He also owned everything south of The Colorado River at one
time, out to south of Sunset Valley, bound by Williamson Creek, which runs
through Sunset Valley.


I also was going to get some photos of a bunch
of deer feeding, and I mean a bunch... but the sun was wrong. We were looking
at where the 1882 railroad ran down to the creek and the abutment on the other
side of the creek, then we saw the deer grazing. (Gahhhhleeee, another train is
going ...creeping.. by already). We were facing straight into the sun, so no go
on that one. When they ripped up the rail in Sunset Valley about 1888, some of the
roadway became a popular dirt (gravel?) road to the picnic area on the creek,
across from and west of the limestone cliffs.


John D. Grumbles' dad was an uncle of mine.
My ancestor, Jesse Grumbles, was Capt John J's "brother" in Travis County. I
think that makes John D a first cousin. I mention how people love this cemetery
-- makes me wonder if those on the other side still notice when visitors arrive.
These are a loving people buried there. There is another cemetery that I am
working on that Michael and I have studied. Michael was standing on a set of
stones that represented the porch in front of a school/church way out in the
country. Suddenly Michael started acting weird.. What's the matter. "I have a
strange feeling. People are watching me." Bad vibes. I told my daughter,
Jennifer, (whose birthday is today), later about our going over there. Jennifer
said that when she goes to the playground there, she gets a spooky feeling.



Back
to this cemetery -- We want so much to honor John D Grumbles, b 1833, by
renaming his family cemetery to be Grumbles Cemetery. It is presently known on
the records of the county as "Fowler Family Cemetery."


Within the confines of Sunset Valley, it is
nestled on 1/4 acre amongst a big shopping center, including Home Depot and
Office Max, on Brodie Lane in South Austin, Texas. It is so begging to be
converted from a forest to a park, matching the others in Sunset Valley. Sunset
Valley still loves beauty in landscaping, and the other City projects show it.


There are about 6 Grumbles members buried there, amongst them are two family friends, the Carpenters. There is possibly another kin buried in the Grumbles Cemetery, but yet to be proven: Mr. Lafayette Benedict (Buddy) Best, a son-in-law of Capt. John J. (which makes him John D.'s brother-in-law). He
was married into the family of the Plumleys, intertwined in the Grumbles family. Across Fredericksburg highway from the Grumbles Cemetery, the Plumley family also had a large ranch there.
Lafayette died in March 1888, but no record of his burial site has been located. This could be the spot, since the cemetery was an active burial ground at that time.


Things were so overgrown, that my grandson, Michael, and I clear a trail back to the main part of the cemetery. Here is a
picture of Michael as we first "uncovered" Eliza's tombstone. It tells us that Eliza J
Grumbles lies amongst the grand oak tree there.

One of the first things we want to do is put a granite marker in the plot, showing who has been laid to rest amongst these shady trees. That granite marker we propose is shown below.

While we have found Eliza J. Grumbles' tombstone, and based on first hand notes from his descendents, it is believed that John D Grumbles lies beside her, along with a grandson, baby Chester Allen Grumbles.

































































Click on these
thumbnail to view a larger version of each photo.




Picture #1: This is the view from
Brodie Lane facing the
hidden cemetery. A Home Depot was built in front of the cemetery as part of
a
strip mall.



Picture #2: This is the view from the loading dock at the
now vacant Home Depot, facing the trees of the heavily wooded cemetery.



Picture #3: Walking closer to the cemetery with Home
Depot now not showing because it is behind us.



Picture #4: This is
the corner with the huge oak tree, where we found Eliza’s marker.



Picture #5:

Michael entering the cemetery. Terry writes "When I was taking a picture at Michael on the fence, with Home Depot in the
background, I started getting a fog ... mist on the screen as I watched it
develop. Once or twice near the end from inside the gravesite of Eliza J
Grumbles. I left a little fog on the one coming from the oak tree. I made a
comment to Michael about it."



Picture #6: Looking in
from outside, at corner of cemetery. Michael has made his way to other side
of Eliza's iron picket fence.

Picture #7: Terry's
grandson Michael took this picture of him outside the tiny family cemetery.
The limbs of the oak tree at Eliza’s grave marker, hang over his head.



Picture #8: Michael
has made his way around to the iron picket fence in the corner of Fowler
(hopefully to be renamed Grumbles) Cemetery in Sunset Valley.



Picture #9: Tombstone of Eliza J.
Grumbles.



Picture #10: LC
Carpenter's tombstone. According to tax records, the Carpenters were
neighbors out on the ranch.



Picture #11: details of tombstone
inscription, which reads:

L. C. Carpenter

born

Sept 17, 1831

died

Aug 25, 1902.

Picture: #12: The little cemetery
stands de-annexed by Sunset Valley, on the left, middle of this map. You can
go to Google Earth and see the forest behind Home Depot. It is just begging
to be cared for. If only we could learn who has the deed, we could go in
there full force. Sunset Valley tells us we can be re-annexed under those
conditions.

The RED CIRCLE marks the spot.



GoogleEarth View:

Longitude: 30.229612

Latitude: -97.822975


And so, DearREADERS, let us hope that Terry
Grumbles and his grandson succeed to clearing the 1/4 acre cemetery. Perhaps
there will be more tombstones to uncover. What a wonderful project to preserve
this little part of his family history.



Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt :)

DearMYRTLE,

6023 26th Street West PMB 352

Bradenton, FL 34207


http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: Dynamic Redesign Invigorates Ancestry.com

Leading Family History Web Site Enhances Organization and Community Connections


PROVO, Utah, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Family history enthusiasts will soon experience the many enhancements MyFamily.com, Inc. has made to its leading family history web site, Ancestry.com. Ancestry members who subscribe to the world's largest collection of historical records -- more than three billion names and thousands of searchable databases -- can anticipate that they will find it easier to keep track of recent research activities, get helpful tips and instruction, organize discoveries in OneWorldTree(SM), and connect to an expanded worldwide community of people researching their family history.

"Ancestry's product development and marketing teams spent more than 18 months personally visiting with and surveying Ancestry members to identify their family history research priorities," said David Moon, chairman and CEO of MyFamily.com, Inc. "Following on those visits, we created innovative new and enhanced web site features to address members' priorities and make their research more effective and efficient."

Some of the enhancements and new features will include:

* A Recent Activity section on the Ancestry home page will allow members
to easily pick up where they last left off their research.
* Enhanced integration between searching records and saving results will
allow faster documentation and organization of discoveries.
* Improved contextual search tips will make it easier to track down
hard-to-find ancestors.
* New tutorials will help guide members and help them make the most of
Ancestry.
* Connecting with other people researching their family stories in
Ancestry's new Community section will be more straightforward.
Members will be able to share information and ask questions by using a
variety of community tools, message boards and a member directory.
* A new worldwide Ancestry connection service, together with member
profiles, means it will be easier and faster to connect with people
who have similar research interests.

"The site definitely has a new look and feel, but the ability to connect more easily with those wanting to research the same family lines offers a tremendous benefit to users," said Suzanne Russo Adams, manager of MyFamily.com, Inc.'s Professional Services Desk. "Another notable new feature is the 'shoebox', which allows you to save images and records and come back to them later for review."

Look for Ancestry's new features, which are expected to be launched fall of 2005, at
http://www.ancestry.com/

About MyFamily.com, Inc.
MyFamily.com, Inc. is the leading online network connecting families, present and past. MyFamily's tools, content and community empower individuals to find the people most important to them -- and discover and share their unique family stories. The MyFamily network includes MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com and RootsWeb.com. MyFamily also publishes Family Tree Maker®, the #1 selling family tree software, Ancestry Magazine, Genealogical Computing Magazine, over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on MyFamily.com, Inc., visit
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ACROSS MY DESK: Poznan Project Newsletter #7

[Forwarded by ]

From: Lukasz Bielecki
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 5:35 AM
Subject: Poznan Project Newsletter #7

Dear Poznan Project Participants and Friends,
It seems that making the partial results of our Project
(see
http://www.polishroots.org/posen_indexing.htm )
available on the net, which was done in June, has indeed triggered some acceleration to our joint efforts to transcribe the 19th century marriages of the Poznan/Posen province. Several new volunteers have declared to sign up for parishes, and yes, a few of the "old" ones have resumed the work that somehow fell off their priorities over the last years. I appreciate this very much, as usual.

The way the initial results are presented, i.e. not as a searchable database (which had been the initial idea and still is a goal to achieve at a time closer to the completion), but rather in the form of lists of marriages ordered by the grooms' first names has yielded an unexpected but positive side effect. Due to the manner google.com (and similar engines) work, the tables are on the top of search results when names are looked for. Please try e.g. "Agnes Konczal" or "Theodor Brauser". I have added links which now lead all people who stumble upon these Project Results, to the main page where they can find more about it, which they otherwise would probably never have a chance to.

Another page has been started:
http://www.man.poznan.pl/~bielecki/proj/test.htm
where all accounts are welcome about how the data covered by the Project have added to your research or even made it possible at all. This should also help to encourage possible new volunteers. Transcribing a parish (500-2000 marriages on the average) is a task that one person is able to accomplish, and then many, many people will no more need to reproduce this effort in vain. Hopefully some of them will find it worthwhile to add more data to the whole Project "in return".

Thanks for your help and as usual I am asking for encouraging new volunteers and spreading the information about the Project.

Monday, September 19, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: History Detective

From: GRC_UPDATE@yahoogroups.com

Tonight a segment of "History Detectives" on PBS will be devoted to an adoption search:
http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/case/311_index.html

Unwed Mothers' Home The Detective: Gwen Wright The Place: Kansas City, Missouri The Case: The only reminder one woman has of her birth parents is a medallion of the Virgin Mary that was attached to her diaper when she was presented from a home for unwed mothers to her adoptive parents. Homes for unwed mothers were a national trend from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1970s, when they fell from use.

Follow this emotional story as the History Detectives head to Missouri to help our contributor
finally find her birth parents and the home where she was adopted.

Consult your local listings for the time and channel.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Handwritten notes in a digital world

DearREADERS,
We're to the part where we're writing thank-you notes to everyone who sent flowers, offered service or brought food to my sister's family because of her husband's death. Having to look up the snail mailaddresses has reminded me that it has been at least seven or eight years since I wrote a note by hand to anyone, except on packages atChristmas or someone's birthday. However, in the past few years, I've ordered birthday presents online because the shipping is usually free; so my cards have been imprinted by the same computer that creates theshipping label. Paychecks are direct-deposit. Electronic bill payingand email is so popular, we hardly ever need to purchase a stamp. But I think for me that this is going to change.

Each of my grandchildren needs to feel the excitement of receiving snail mail addressed to him or her personally. Remember how important you felt when you received a letter as a child? Everyone else got mail, and finally it was your turn. There is something wonderfully tactile about holding the envelope and tracing your fingers around the stamp affixed slightly crooked in the upper right corner.

There is always thequestion "I wonder who it's from?" for in those days we wrote the return address on the back of the envelope. Instead of just turning over the envelope, we'd try to make out the town and state from the imprint of the postal cancellation to determine where the letter wasmailed. Geesh, those were once hand stamped by the postmaster. Remember?

Then there were the all-important discussions involving '...wonder what has happened?" That part always makes me smile, because people did tend to speculate for a minute or two and I don't know why. It is a simple matter just to open the envelope and read the letter to find out. But it seems a mini-discussion of the possible news is part of the ritual. This gives everyone around you the chance to theorize and practice deductive reasoning. It also gives them a chance to share what they know about the family news of late. "I wonder if Dad is doing better. I wonder if John got that new job. Maybe Mary has finished nursing school.-- Nope, I think that she still has another year to go." Isn't that a funny thing? Just open the letter and find out!

At this point the person with the power is the recipient. He and only he can bring this discussion to a close by actually opening the envelope.You can almost hear the drum rolls.

There are several methods for opening envelopes. Perhaps the easiest is the thumb or pointer finger approach where you get under a loose corner of the envelope flap, and pry it open to retrieve the contents. That method was long ago improved upon by the invention of a dull-bladed knife known as a "letter opener." They used to come it sets with inkwells and quill pen holders, something else my grandchildren have probably never seen.

Alternately there are those who take a more high-tech approach, by tapping the envelope on one of the short sides to hopefully shift the contents before using a small hand-held or electric letter opener designed to slice off an eighth of an inch of the opposite end. Then one would gently squeeze the envelope to open that end by holding the envelope between the thumb and fingers on the long sides. For some reason, a few folks also gently blow into that open end before using the other hand to pull the letter out. I know of no earthly reason for blowing into the envelope. Again, it must just be a ritual thing.

Some recipients of snail mail read silently, giggling in the appropriate spots and eventually looking up to say "that's wonderful" or "I am so glad." In polite company, this is actually unkind, because it only serves to heighten the suspense, since the gathered crowd has simply no idea what they are to be glad about.

There are the fainting readers, the swooning readers, the sobbers and the clutchers. That last group is particularly problematic when they've received bad news -- they clutch the letter to their heart and no amount of prying will release the letter (or the information) to those around.

Once we do get a peek at the letter, we most likely find it isn't just a matter of words on a page. You can tell a lot about the writer without being a professional handwriting expert. You know at a glance the ornate swirls are from Grandma Frances, who always makes her "Ts" and"Ps" that way. You can just see how Grandpa's hand has been shaking more lately as his letters wiggle across the page. Some folks write straight across the page without benefit of lined paper, while otherspen sentences that slant down as they get closer to the right edge.

And speaking of borders, there are those who sign their letters and then think of something else, so they turn the paper sideways and write up the margin, across the top and sometimes down the opposite side in teeny tiny letters. Some people sign their letters with hearts dotting each "I" or draw flowers or birds in the unused portion of the page below the signature. On thank-you notes, where there isn't much to say,the sender might chose to use inordinately large letters to fill up thepage. The texture and color of paper can vary depending on the preferences of the writer. There may be a hint of perfume added for sentimental reasons. Overseas letters used to come in very thin "airmail" paper that folded to become the envelope as well.

But somehow, eventually the news gets out. In fact within the week, nearly everyone in town might say "Heard you got a letter from Frank." Of course that was when we lived on farms or in small-towns and the postmaster knew everyone personally. Now we're a global community accustomed to split-second "instant messaging" and electronic mail. But is this really an improvement in communication? You can't clutch your computer monitor to your chest and sigh in anguish if need be. I am not too sure that we shouldn't return to handwritten notes for more thanspecial occasions.

All double negatives aside, I think the special people in our lives, like my precious grandchildren, deserve our hand-written attention and care. It really says something -- but they'll have to open the envelope to find out what.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
www.DearMYRTLE.com
LA Records and Salt Lake City Visit

From: Charles Royall
cnroyall@wcc.net
DearMYRTLE,
I am very concerned about the old state and parish original records inLA. Most old records are kept in courthouse basements and that is thefirst place to flood. New Orleans has excellent old records going backto 1600s. In all of the reports on the damages there, I have not heardanything about the loss of any records, banking, tax, school, medicaletc. The list of potential loss of records is beyond the imagination.

Having done a lot of research in LA. and actually getting to handle theoriginal records was a real pleasure. I just hope and pray that it willstill be available and not lost for ever.As far as the Salt Lake Family History Library goes, I drove over 2500miles there and back and was disappointed. Never got in the front door.The only parking that I could find was at curbside parking meters with arate of .25 for 20 minutes.There were about 20 steps leading up to the front door. I can not negotiate steps in a wheel chair.

Stayed in Salt Lake for 5 days enjoying other things in the area, butdid not get to do what I went there for. For all practical purposes itwas an expensive and wasted trip. Average cost to stay and eat in SaltLake for 2 persons was $175.00 per day plus the motels and gas to getthere and back. That was $1600.00 dollars that I could have used inother research.

From: DearMYRTLE,
DearCHARLIE,
I think your letter is exactly why I should open a bed & breakfast, and cater to folks. May I share your email with my other readers?

From: Charles Royall
cnroyall@wcc.net
DearMYRTLE,
Please do. I think it needs to be placed on the list. If they had ahandicapped entrance I could not find it. There are a lot of us olderfolks doing research. You could keep a bed and breakfast full ofresearchers. Thanks.

From: DearMYRTLE,
DearCHARLIE,
First let me say I have been very concerned about the preservation of original documents. Sometimes the microfilming process can make a fleckin the old-style paper look like a comma in a person's name. There is nothing to replace the feeling of working through dusty oldcourthouses, though I don't miss the sneezing. The terrible destructionin Louisiana & Mississippi and now the Atlantic coast is, as you say, impossible to imagine.

Regarding SLC: Since you first wrote, ol' Myrt here has been wracking her brain to figure out where the 20 steps are, for I recall the FHL has a flat entrance. I agree that the parking is terrible. I think theDUP Daughters of Utah Pioneers building has the steps you mention. Bu tin the time since you last visited SLC, I believe that the ADA requirements for handi-capable access has come into play. I've seen a number of people in the FHL in wheel chairs. In fact, last year's remodeling project makes it easier to get around in my opinion. But all this confusion is exactly why I should do a small bed & breakfast, at least six months of the year. I could pick my guests up at the airport, and bring them home. Each morning we could have a genealogy power breakfast then I could drop you off at the library, take the car home and walk back to the library to go through the research process with you.

In an email with another reader, Dolly in Maryland, I considered what impact the full online access in six years to the 3 million rolls ofmicrofilm will have on the the use of the Family History Library. But then I remembered all the newly published books, county histories,society newsletters and surname books that won't be part of the onlineresources due to copyright issues.Hmmmm, this is getting to be a serious possibility, a partial move toSLC.

If I really plan ahead, I can drive west each year from Florida(to escape the hurricanes?) do a few seminars along the way, then spend six months in Salt Lake. Hmmm. This is fun to work on these plans. I already have someone booked for the first month.

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

Getting around that brick wall

From: "Jerry Lovett"
jllovett@charter.net
DearMYRTLE,
I read your review on William Wade Hinshaw's book on Quakers. I just recently found out an ancestor of mine was married to a Quaker and Iwould like to find out more about them. The ancestor is a JosephLovett. He was married to a Sarah Hodgson. She was supposed to have been a Quaker. Do you have any info on them to help me? Our librarydoes not have any of these volumes. Would appreciate any help possible.

DearJERRY,
Rhonda McClure wrote "Quaker records are one of the most useful records because of the unique system devised by George Fox. Minutes were takenat many of the different levels of meetings that the Quakers werelikely to attend, which included... " See:
http://www.genealogy.com/heard080599.html for the full text, including a specific description of the 6 original volumes of Hinshaw's index of Quaker meeting records.

You can certainly check other regional libraries at www.libdex.com to locate a copy of the volume you need.

See also: Descendants of James Joseph Lovett
http://www.rootsweb.com/~tncrocke/family/lovett1.html
where it lists "JAMES JOSEPH1 LOVETT was born 1753 in England, and diedMay 12, 1833 in Guilford Co., NC. He married SARAH HODGSON 1778 inGuilford Co., NC, daughter of JOHN HODGSON and MARY MILLS. She was bornOctober 14, 1757 in Guilford Co., NC, and died November 09, 1838 inGuilford Co., NC."

You'll need to contact Nelda Jernigan neldajernigan@att.net> for source documentation. This webpage is linked to another webpage where Nelda has contributed information onthe following additional family lines:
-- The Descendants of William Baldwin
-- The Jernigans of West Tennessee
-- Stroud, Johnson, and Related Families
-- Descendants of Hampton Sullivan
-- The Descendants of Samuel O. Wilkerson, Sr.
-- The Descendants of Thomas Yearwood
http://www.rootsweb.com/~tncrocke/family/family.html

I hope some of these names ring a bell, and that you are able to get in contact with Nelda for the details.

PS -- Working on this column caused me to run across an online storyabout the WORRELL family line. I haven't worked it in years. I wonder if http://www.rootsweb.com/~tncrocke/family/worrell.html
will provide clues to the ancestry of my Worrel family, who were early Quakers in Pennsylvania. I can't wait to get home to look into this further. Looks like this column may have killed 2 birds with one stone!

PPS -- I am also thinking of moving to Salt Lake, and renting a 2bedroom apartment, one for ol' Myrt here and one for visitors to theFamily History Library. What fun we would have working the stackstogether.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
www.DearMYRTLE.com

My brother-in-law's obituary

Paul Hatch Daines, Jr., M. D., 49, of Logan, Utah passed away Saturday, September 10, 2005, following a valiant battle against colon cancer. Paul was born July 22, 1956 in Washington, D.C. to Paul Daines, Sr., and Allene Kleinman Daines. Paul was the first of nine children and grew up in Montpelier, Idaho.

Paul married his sweetheart, Sharon Elizabeth Player July 31, 1981 in the Logan Temple. Together they have two children, Matthew Paul Daines and Leilani Player Daines. Paul graduated from the University of Utah and the University of Washington Medical School. He served his residency in Honolulu, Hawaii. Paul practiced medicine, first as an internist and then as an Emergency Department physician at Logan Regional Hospital.

Paul served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Düsseldorf, Germany, remaining an active member in good standing. He served as a Bishopric counselor, a Bishop and as a stake High Counselor. His most recent calling was the Logan 5th Ward Family History Center Director. Family history and temple work were dear to his heart.

Paul had a zest for life that was joyous to see. He saw every challenge that came his way as an opportunity for growth and learning, and encouraged the same in others. He could always be counted on for a word of loving advice, whether or not solicited.

Paul had a strong desire to serve others, investing his time, resources and talents wherever possible. He was particularly concerned with helping youth find happiness and become productive adults. Therefore, he helped found Options for Youth, an organization for gang prevention. He also established the Sunrise Leadership Academy, a wilderness program to help youth recognize their potential and build their self-confidence. He felt strongly enough about his political beliefs to run for Mayor of Logan City.

In the last 5 years, he worked with the Swanson Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting third-world countries, particularly Mongolia. Their goals include obtaining & delivering medical supplies and equipment, providing post-graduate education to medical professionals, training police authorities, and assisting orphanages. Paul traveled to Mongolia seven times to promote these efforts.

In addition to his family, his passions were horses, gardening, skiing, and fishing. He loved Hawaii, and his dream was to retire there. He supported the arts and enjoyed collecting oil paintings. Serving others with kindness was the essence of his heart. He had so many friends and he loved visiting with them all. Typical visits to the grocery store became epic never-ending conversations with people he ran into at the store. Finally his dear family had to impose a time limit so they could get home before the ice cream melted. His family resorted to fining him when he exceeding the time limit, which has resulted in enough funds to see his children through graduate school.

Paul always wanted to have a lot of children and as so many nieces and nephews, neighbors, and friends can attest, Paul and Sharon welcomed many children into their home and loved them as their own.

Paul is survived by his loving wife and devoted children, his parents and his siblings Laura & Lenny Tatro of Logan, Utah; Scott & Kendall Daines of Kensington, Maryland; Michael & Janice Daines of Wenatchee, Washington; Bruce Daines of Ogden, Utah; Shelly & Bruce Wallentine of Lanarck, Idaho; Andrea Hart of Paron, Arkansas; Clark Daines of Salt Lake City, Utah and Stephanie Daines of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The love shared by Paul & Sharon will endure eternally. He is her rock, she is his kite. He enjoyed her creative, colorful, free spirit. She thrived in his loving care, stability and wisdom. The gift of the six years following his original diagnosis, were the happiest years of their marriage. They were fortunate enough to have a second honeymoon a week before he died. Those memories can never be taken from them. Paul is the love of Sharon's life.

Paul knew his time was near. He loved the Lord and took solace in his early morning personal scripture study. He left his house in order. He had made a personal checklist, which was discovered after his death. He told his family he was at peace.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 14th at the Logan 5th Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday at Allen-Hall Mortuary and on Wednesday at 10:30am at the Logan 5 th Ward. Interment will be in the Smithfield Cemetery.

Paul's family would appreciate donations in his name to the Swanson Family Foundation to help continue the work for those who need our love and assistance. Contact the Foundation at 2520 North 1500 West, Ogden, Utah 84404. 801-392-0360.