Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Blanche Myrtle Player RIP

Blanche Myrtle (Jackoson) Bennett Player

Let this be a lesson to us all... write our obits now. Even as a genealogist who is supposed to remember these things, I confused Blanche's maiden name with that of her mother, and am sending out this corrected email.

I've been her caregiver and I guess I am a little tired and confused.

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On Christmas Day 25 Dec 2006 at 1:49 pm my step-mother Blanche Myrtle (Jackson) Bennett Player lost her battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She lead a wonderful life as the beloved wife of Glen S. Player, MD and the mother of Daniel Bennett and James Bennett. She welcomed Glen's children into her gracious heart: Mary Clements, David Player, Patti Richley, Mike Player and Sharon Wagner.

I have yet to write her obituary...

We are overwhelmed by Blanche's sweet spirit, despite the difficulties she endured toward the end. She is a wonderful example to me of a dear, very feminine woman. She blessed our lives with her kindness and possessed a natural intelligence and the ability to be a friend to all.

I was just on the phone dialing Barbara and Johnny to wish them a happy Christmas when my brother called me to Blanche's bedside for the last 2 hours of her valiant struggle.

Love to all,

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Quick note about restored power

DearREADERS & LISTENERS,
Ol' Myrt here just noticed the electricity is finally back after 7 days with the generator powering the furnace, refrigerator and a few lights. This was all the aftermath of that violent windstorm that hit the Pacific Northwest. It has been marvelous to see the outpouring of cooperation and support among neighbors. At times like this, when we're thrown back to the "good ol' days", we catch a glimpse of what our more recent ancestors experienced with limited technological resources.

During this time, I also:
-- flew to Las Vegas for my eldest daughter Tammy's wedding (her 1st!)

-- placed step-mom with hospice care in the home
-- continued work on the family history DVD, which will now be a New Year's present for siblings and cousins.
-- worked on the syllabus for MyAncestorsFound.com's St. George Utah Family History Jamboree which is coming up Feb. 9-10, 2007.

However eventually all my battery packs wore out.

I'll take a day or so to regroup and then send out some important notices that have come across my desk.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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Friday, December 08, 2006

How to Copy/Paste text

DearREADERS,
As promised here is a link to a short column describing several ways to copy/paste text from one place (such as an Ancestry message board) to another place (such as notes in your ancestor's file of your genealogy program.

From last fall's article we read "Because of this delightfully useful COPY/PASTE facility, YOU CAN EVEN copy notes from one individual to another individual's notes in your genealogy program. This is particularly useful when it comes to a census extraction, which should be cross-posted to notes for each member of the family enumerated in the original census record. You won't have to type the info for the spouse and each child. WHAT A TIME SAVER!"

For detailed directions see:

COPY & PASTE: Getting the info in noteshttp://www.dearmyrtle.com/06/0911.htm

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Change in Ancestry.com message boards

DearREADERS,
The change in the Ancestry.com message boards has proved problematic for readers of DearMYRTLE's message board -- simply because the URLs for other websites are no longer clickable.

Rather than worrying about the problem of copying/pasting URLS, I suggest that concerned readers switch over to my blog: http://DearMYRTLE.blogspot.com/

However, since many of us rely on Ancestry.com message boards for surnames and locality research coordination, I'll write an article tomorrow describing several methods for copying/pasting URLs into your web browser.

One of my genealogy class participants, Rich, mentioned that some websites have "turned off" our ability to copy/paste. Thankfully Ancestry.com has not done this.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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Snail Mail Address:
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Newspaper Research

DearREADERS,
Our good friend Geoff Rasmussen wrote to explain how he solved the following research dilemma:

"If you have an old obituary that has been cut out of the newspaper, and the date and title of the newspaper no longer accompany it, you may have felt a sense of frustration. The line that reads '...he died last Thursday...' is exciting because you have an idea of when he died, but without the context of having the complete page of the newspaper, 'last Thursday' could be somewhat meaningless. Today's technology solves these dateless obituary problems."

To find out how Geoff solved such a problem in his personal family history research, read the full article in the LEGACY NEWS:
http://legacynews.typepad.com/legacy_news/2006/12/a_new_approach_.html

THANKS for sharing, Geoff. I am sure this approach will work for many of us!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

DearMYRTLE, , your friend in genealogy

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

GenClass website offerings

DearREADERS,
I heard from a good friend, Barbara Benge about her new classes in Native American Research. For years she has taught at Ancestry.com, which has oddly enough decided to drop the popular classes.


HERE'S THE SCOOP:
GenClass - Online Genealogy Classes

HOW THE CLASSES WORKS:
Each class has its own web site.

After signing up and paying with a credit card, you will receive a password to access your class web site.

When the class starts you will find the first two lessons to download in the 'Digital Library' of your class web site.

The teacher will cover two lessons a week. You can work at your own pace, treating your class as an independent study course. Each week an additional two lessons will be made available for downloading.

There is NO SET TIME you need to be online, except for the chats. It is not even necessary to participate in the class chats as you can post questions to the teacher at any time regarding the lessons in the Bulletin Board section. The teacher will then respond as soon as possible.

CLASS CHATS:
If you would like to participate in the class chats, they are optional.


CLASS TOPICS INCLUDE:
-- Adoption Investigative Class: Detailed search advice and assistance for successfully locating and reuniting adoptees and birth families.

-- Family Tree Maker 16 - The Basics:

-- Jump Start your Genealogy!: Just where do you start if you are interested in your family tree? - detailed instructions.

-- Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class: Detailed search advice and assistance on the methods to use for successfully tracing "lost" relatives and friends.

-- Native American Genealogy: Learn how to start your research for your Native American Ancestors.

-- Northeastern United States Genealogy: Research in the NE states is fundamental to the trees of many Americans.

-- Eastern European Genealogy Research: Part 1 (Basic): Getting started with ancestors from Eastern Europe, - history, geography, languages.

-- Jewish Genealogy - Basic Introduction (Part 1): A step-by-step overview of what you need to know to track your family.

-- Organizing Your Family History: Learn the techniques to ensure efficient organization of your research.

-- Write Your Family History Step-by-Step: How to write your own family history, - a detailed and step-by-step guide.

NOTE FROM MYRT: Please note that GenClass.com instructors have worked for years through the Ancestry/MyFamily.com website, and so in addition to experience with their genealogy topics, they are adept at online class instruction. BRAVO! What a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from some of the most experienced instructors in the world of genealogy!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy.


Snail Mail Address:
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Bellevue, WA 98004
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Saturday, December 02, 2006

What about paper vs. online newsletters

DearREADERS,
On a certain surname mailing list at RootsWeb.com, there is a gentleman who wishes to begin publishing a new "such and such" family history newsletter in paper format charging folks $30-40 per year for 10 issues.

Ol' Myrt's suggestion is that the newsletter will reach more people if it is not limited to paper copies mailed to subscribers. Placing such a newsletter on the internet widens the audience who may even stumble across it through a Google search, 24/7 even years after the publication date. Paper copies succumb to the ravages of time. I suggested that if the file is created in Word or MS Publisher, etc., it can be converted to .pdf format, so the pages will print out the same for everyone, regardless of printer. Also there will be no attendant snail mail fees.

When the creator of the proposed newsletter replied to my suggestion, it was to say that:

-- He is worried folks would just forward the digital version of the newsletter to others without paying the subscription fee.

-- He is worried about people who do not have computers.

-- He didn't intend to live off the proceeds of his newsletter.

-- He wanted the newsletter to include copies of source documents.

WAY TO GO!! Providing copies of source documents proving family relationships is very valuable to his readers. But I am not concerned about people paying for something and sharing it willy-nilly with non-paying friends. Most are honest enough.

AFTER SLEEPING ON THE SUBJECT, Ol' Myrt realizes that the gentleman in question perhaps:

-- confuses a web site with the typical genealogy mailing lists where graphics are not allowed.

-- uncomfortable with the process of inserting a scanned copy of a source document and placing the "picture" in Word or MSPublisher (or any such word processing or newsletter creating program.)

Perhaps this wonderful researcher is great at research, but is more familiar with the old-fashioned "paste up" process of taping a copy of an ancestor's document on a page before printing the newsletter at the local photocopy shop.

So what do you think, DearREADERS?

1. Would you personally prefer a hard copy or a digital version of a newsletter to save or print out on your own computer?

2. Do you think that more people will benefit from the newsletter in hard copy or via the internet?

ANY ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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Snail Mail Address:
227 Bellevue Way NE PMB 544
Bellevue, WA 98004
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com