Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lost luggage video -- right on target

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt sends out a special hug and THANKS to Janeil Lambourne for sending me the link to this hilarious "Lost Luggage" video posted at YouTube. It is G-rated (safe for all audiences).



I certainly can commiserate with the comedian in this sketch. He has a gift for getting his point across without crying, something Ol' Myrt hasn't yet mastered.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Online handwriting tutorials

Report from BYU Genealogy Conference

DearREADERS,
Whilst Myrt has been recovering from trans-Atlantic flights and lost luggage, Brigham Young university has been hosting its annual August Family History Conference that runs through tomorrow. Find out more at familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu.

As reported in the Deseret News today by Michael De Groot “Your friends may laugh at you when you tell them you know how to read handwriting from the 1500s, but if you go through the online tutorials Vona Williams shared Wednesday at the Conference on Family History and Genealogy, your friends will have to wipe the smirks off their faces.

Williams is the manager of British reference at the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She teaches a class there on how to read "Secretary Hand," a handwriting that was common between 1485 and 1650.

To the modern eye, secretary hand looks like Egyptian or like a doctor's note to a pharmacist. But according to Williams, it only takes about six weeks to become an expert. "All it takes is practice," she said.”

Read the full story at MormonTimes.com . It includes links to websites Williams mentioned in her class.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Steamship Historical Society of America Launches Interactive Project to Identify 40,000+ Ship Images

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the The Steamship Historical Society of America. Please direct inquiries to the Society's website.

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Steamship Historical Society of America Launches Interactive Project to Identify 40,000+ Ship Images

Members, general public to help document lost and forgotten photos


PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) unveiled a new project aimed at documenting the history of over 40,000 lost and forgotten steamship navigation images dating from the 1850s through the 1980s. The project includes preservation of two collections: approximately 2,000 fragile and threatened large format glass plate images from many different regions around the U.S.; and 38,000 color slide photos depicting ships, ports, steam trains, and people taken by the late Edward O. Clark, an SSHSA benefactor and historian.

Over a decade ago, the SSHSA acquired the Clark collection of images -- which were unidentified and deteriorating -- including maritime heritage, architecture and nature shots taken from land and sea. The additional glass plate images faded and suffered deterioration from mildew and storage issues.

Thanks to a grant from The Champlin Foundations, SSHSA worked to clean, preserve and scan all of the images for display online. The resulting database, called the "Image Porthole," can be accessed via http://www.sshsa.org/. It is SSHSA's goal to have its members and the general public view the photos online, in a worldwide effort to help identify the collection.

The "Image Porthole" project is consistent with the SSHSA's mission: to record, preserve and disseminate the history of engine-powered vessels for education, information, and research purposes. "Members are able to browse the photos and type information about them directly into the database," explains Robert C. Cleasby, president of SSHSA board of directors. "Non- members can email us with any information they have. By sharing knowledge and helping to identify the images, the world is collectively writing a history book. This is an exciting project that will help our organization document an era of ship travel to share with the world."

The SSHSA is a non-profit organization founded in 1935, with approximately 2,500 members in 43 countries. Members include maritime enthusiasts, professional and amateur historians, divers, and genealogy and nautical buffs. SSHSA maintains one of the largest archives in North America devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, with over 400,000 images, artifacts and memorabilia in over 100 collections.

For more information, contact The Steamship Historical Society of America at 1029 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914; 401-274-0805; http://www.sshsa.org/

My turn

DearREADERS,
There comes a time when genea-bloggers are tempted to use their blogs for their own purposes – not just for the edification of fellow genealogy researchers. Today is Ol’ Myrt’s turn.

This blog includes a link to the most recent pictures of my three beautiful daughters (Tammy, Stacey & Carrie) along with some of my six talented, energetic, intelligent, creative grandchildren (Tracen, Aubrey, TJ, Tannon, Braden and Tyler).

While their wonderfully supportive husbands toiled away at work, my girls took their annual “sisters” trip up to Bear Lake, Utah while I was off to St. Petersburg, Russia and Helsinki, Finland. My youngest daughter, Carrie blogged about their trip and included some wonderful pics. You can see why Ol’ Myrt here is beaming with pride!

http://the-keeles.blogspot.com/2008/07/bear-lake.html

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Livermore & Seattle: More classes worth taking

DearREADERS,
ITEM

If you’ve got ancestors in the US military AND you live in the greater Livermore, California area, you must attend the American Military Research Seminar - August 9, 2008 . The Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, in association with the Livermore Family History Center, is hosting Help! My great-great-great grandfather is missing! (a free American Military Research Seminar and Workshop) Saturday, August 9, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 950 Mocho Street, Livermore, California. The schedule features three morning presentations followed by a lunch break where sack lunches are only $4.25 and you can play Genealogy Jeopardy. The afternoon workshop includes online interactive case studies. Ol’ Myrt learned about this seminar from the California Genealogical Society’s blog entry cross-promoting the seminar. Classes include:
  • “A two-part lecture entitled "American Military Research Online: What’s There and What’s Not!" [Susan Goss] Johnson will create of timeline of American military history and show all the record types that were created. She will cover what is available online and what isn’t, using both non-subscription and subscription sites.”
  • Footnote.com’s Trevor Hammond will present an insider’s look, and offer membership discounts to seminar participants.

Ol’ Myrt here would especially be interested in a comparison of known military record groups with online availability. In fact, I’d really like to talk with Susan about this in an upcoming podcast. I’ll make my request by email shortly.

ITEM
Today’s email brought a reminder of a RL (real life) certificate program that should be seriously considered by genealogists living in the greater Seattle, Washington area. The University of Washington is one of the few post-secondary institutions offering such an intensive family history curriculum. Participants discover the lectures, discussion, readings and field trips are designed to facilitate the successful completion of individual research projects.

Dear Pat-
Previously you had expressed interest in our Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program. We have an upcoming information meeting regarding the autumn 2008 program. At this meeting you will be able to hear from program representatives about the program and have any questions addressed.

Genealogy and Family History Information Meeting
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
6:00- 7:00 p.m.
UW Campus, Seattle
Balmer Hall, Room 203 (
see map).

For more information, included course topics, instructor bios, and admissions criteria, please visit:
http://extension.washington.edu/ext/certificates/gfh/gfh_gen.asp

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at 206-685-8936 or
xtnadvising@extn.washington.edu

Sincerely-
Extension Advising


As with any class offering, there are only a limited number of positions. From the UW program overview we read “This unique program not only gives you skills and tools to unearth new information about your ancestors, but also teaches you to relate that information to the political, economic, and social changes and forces that shaped the community and time in which they lived.”

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

GenClass.com Aug & Sept 2008 class schedules

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from Lisa Alzo, editor of the August 2008 GenClass Newsletter. Please visit GenClass.com for more details & to register. Teachers there are among some of the best in the industry. (Hmmm, is genealogy an industry?)

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AUGUST 2008
Classes start August 1, 2008

* Adoption Investigative Class - Detailed search advice and assistance for successfully locating and reuniting adoptees and birth families.

* Australian and New Zealand Genealogy - Learn how to research your Australian and New Zealand family, even from a distance

* Basic English Research - Learn how to start researching your English ancestors - historical background, geography, finding the "bones" of your family.

* Canadian Research - Internet Resources - Part 2 builds on Part 1 and advances your research using the most helpful records – with lots of practical search tips, tricks, and advice.

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

* Family Tree Maker 2008 - The Basics - Learn The Basics of FTM with an Expert

* Jumpstart 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.

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

* Salt Lake City: Part 2 - Access the largest genealogical library in the world. Continuing on from Part 1, this course takes you into the sections that most people never use - and what a mistake that is!

SEPTEMBER 2008
Classes start September 1, 2008


* Adoption Investigative Class - Detailed search advice and assistance for successfully locating and reuniting adoptees and birth families.

* Brick Wall Research - Brick Walls are common in genealogy. Learn tips, tricks, solutions and strategies to bust through them.

* Genealogy Research in the Great Lakes States This course will focus on generalized and locality specific resources of six area states -Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

* Jewish Genealogy: Researching on the Internet (Part 2) This class builds on the basics course, providing detailed information about search engines, general genealogy sites, Jewish genealogy sites.

* 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.

* Organizing Your Family History - Learn the techniques to ensure efficient organisation of your research.

* Scottish Genealogy - This extensive class will provide a detailed description of what you need to know to track your Scottish ancestry.

Register for a class at http://www.genclass.com/ or at http://classes.genclass.com/

Steve Morse One-Step for 1891 Canadian Census

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Guest Blogger: Joy Rich

Now that Ancestry has added the 1891 Canadian census, Steve Morse's One-Step utility for the Canadian census has been extended to include that year. It can be found in the Canada/UK Census section of the One-Step website at http://stevemorse.org/.

Advantages of using the One-Step utility for 1891 Canada rather than going to the Ancestry site directly include:

  • can search all years from the same form
  • can search on middle initial
  • can search on birth year being between two values rather than using plus-or-minus
  • can search on age
  • can search on religion
  • can select district from drop-down list instead of having to type it
  • can specify more than 50 hits per page

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Thanks to Joy for keeping me up to date while away. It's my experience that the Steve Morse One-Step pages provide a better search interface than is usually available through a specific website. While I don't have experience with the 1891 Canadian census, I am sure that Steve's One-Step will once again prove enlightening to researchers.

PAF Add-Ins for new FamilySearch

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.org. Please address all inquiries to: support@FamilySearch.org.

PAF Add-Ins for new.FamilySearch.org Now Offered
by FamilyInsight and Ancestral Quest


Certified Personal Ancestral File (PAF) add-ins are now available for FamilyInsight by Ohana Software and Ancestral Quest Version 12.1 by Incline Software. As explained in a previous communication to family history center directors and consultants, PAF users can only access, update, and sync their PAF databases at new.FamilySearch.org by using a FamilySearch genealogy management software program or related PAF add-in that is certified for these functions.

The certified PAF add-ins will enable current PAF users to not only upload a PAF file, but to also sync with new.FamilySearch.org. Syncing will allow users to continually search, match, combine, and update their PAF file with new.FamilySearch.org. The installation of a PAF add-in will create a sub-menu item in the Tools menu with the name of the user’s selected PAF add-in (for example, Ancestral Quest or FamilyInsight). Clicking on the application will then allow the user to interface with new.FamilySearch.org.

In addition to the new FamilySearch features, the add-ins provide other features that go beyond the capabilities of the standard PAF application. PAF users will save time when uploading data to new.FamilySearch.org and will have the option of working both online or offline from their PAF program.

The PAF add-ins come with a free 60-day trial. That will help PAF users to easily upload and sync their current PAF file(s) with new.FamilySearch.org when it is available in their temple district. It is the best method to get existing PAF data into new.FamilySearch.org because it checks for possible duplication of information before uploading a PAF file. GEDCOM files can also be imported into PAF through the certified add-in and then migrated to new.FamilySearch.org. After 60 days, users can elect to pay a nominal fee for the PAF add-in to continue to receive all of the functionality of the Ancestral Quest or FamilyInsight software.

PAF users interested in using a certified PAF add-in should contact the software manufacturers directly to learn more about product features, capabilities, free downloads, and installation.

For FamilyInsight, go to www.ohanasoftware.com
1-909-972-3017
For Ancestral Quest go to www.ancquest.com
1-801-280-4434 (Salt Lake City area)
1-800-825-8864

FamilySearch works with affiliate software companies to assist with the development of products and services that are compatible with FamilySearch Web Services. Patrons are encouraged to choose products that are FamilySearch certified.

FamilySearch & FindMyPast.com

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from the desk of Paul Nauta of Family Search. Please address all inquiries to: support@FamilySearch.org or info@FindMyPast.com.

For Immediate Release
21 July 2008


FamilySearch Teams with findmypast.com and others to
Broaden Access to All Censuses for England and Wales
Online Volunteer Indexers Sought to Improve Select Collections


SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch announced today that it is joining forces with findmypast.com, The Origins Network, and Intelligent Image Management—companies that specialize in providing online access to British family history resources—to make significant British historical record collections more broadly available online. The first joint initiative seeks to publish online indexes to censuses for England and Wales from 1841 to 1901. The 1841 and 1861 Census indexes are the first targeted under the agreement and are accessible now at FamilySearch.org and findmypast.com.

In the agreement, FamilySearch, in conjunction with The Origins Network, will provide digital images for the 1851, 1871, and 1881 Censuses. It will also extend the 1871 Census index. Findmypast.com will provide FamilySearch copies of its English and Welsh Census indexes from 1841 to 1901. The Federation of Family History Societies will help complete the index for the 1851 Census.

Initially, users of FamilySearch.org will be able to do a free search by record type, given name, surname, age, gender, place of birth, and relationship to head of household (relationship was not recorded in the 1841 Census). The free search capability at FamilySearch.org will include additional fields of data in the future. Users will be able to search the full indexes and view original images for free at FamilySearch’s 4,500 Family History Centers or for a nominal fee at findmypast.com.

The addition of findmypast.com’s English and Welsh Census Collections to FamilySearch’s online databases will increase the use of the valuable record sets and increase traffic to findmypast.com.

Jay L. Verkler, Managing Director for FamilySearch, said, “The new images and additional information provided by FamilySearch will significantly enhance and improve the overall English and Welsh Census collection. And its addition to FamilySearch.org will increase awareness of the rich Web resources of FamilySearch affiliates and the likelihood of success for FamilySearch.org patrons doing British research.”

Elaine Collins, Commercial Director at findmypast.com, commented, “Findmypast.com is delighted to be working with FamilySearch to launch the British Census Collection online. Censuses are the core building blocks for family historians and genealogists alike, and now, at last, here is the definitive version. This has been a very exciting project for us, and we look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch in the future to bring other important collections to an ever wider international audience.”

FamilySearch will utilize its impressive online community of volunteer indexers to add more fields of data to select censuses. When finished, the improved census indexes will be available on FamilySearch.org, findmypast.com, and Originsnetwork.com. Individuals interested in volunteering as online indexers for British historical projects can do so at FamilySearch.org.

Ian Galbraith, CEO of The Origins Network and Upal Rahman, President of Intelligent Image Management (IIM) Inc. said, "The FamilySearch England and Wales Census project is clearly a milestone initiative in the history of genealogical research. It heralds a new era of easier accessibility to a mountain (literally!) of genealogical material available hitherto only to the privileged few, if at all. We are delighted to be working with FamilySearch and proud that they have chosen for the FamilySearch Website the 1841 and 1871 UK censuses—the most accurate available—which The Origins Network and IIM jointly developed."

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources. Patrons may access resources online at FamilySearch.org or through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is a trademark of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. and is registered in the United States of America and other countries.

About findmypast.com
Findmypast.com is the leading UK family history Website (formerly 1837online.com) and has been instrumental in creating the widespread and growing interest in genealogy seen in the UK today. It has 800,000 active registered users, millions of historic document images, and 600 million records online dating back to 1538. The comprehensive collections include military records, census, migration, occupation directories, current electoral roll data, birth, marriage, and death indexes.

It manages the ancestorsonboard.com Website for The National Archives of the United Kingdom and offers a range of online tools to help people discover and share their family history more easily. Findmypast.com’s parent company is brightsolid (formerly Scotland Online).

About Intelligent Image Management, Inc (IIM)
Intelligent Image Management, Inc., helps companies of all sizes reduce the challenges and high costs of managing data processing and other labor-intensive, back-office operations. It has a proven track record of delivering accurate, reliable offshore outsourcing operations, for a growing list of leading global firms and growing enterprises. It has delivered superior results for highly demanding clients in a wide variety of industries since 1996. IIM has 1400 dedicated full-time employees and is comprised of privately owned companies in the U.S., India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. All onshore and offshore companies are 100 percent owned.

About Origins
The Origins Network (formerly Origins.net) was founded in 1997 and offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available to help you research your family history. Origins Network services include subscription access to exclusive genealogy related collections on British Origins and Irish Origins, plus expert Scottish Old Parish records research on Scots Origins. OMS Services developed and operates The Origins Network (incorporating British Origins, Irish Origins, Scots Origins) & Burke's Peerage Online genealogical database services.
Its unique, primary genealogical data for researching family history online includes marriage registers, wills, court and apprentice records, as well as downloadable images of original maps and plans used in 19th surveys. Most of this information is not available anywhere else on the Internet. Through The Origins Network, family historians and professional researchers can:

  • Research comfortably from a personal computer, saving time and travel costs
  • Access exclusive source data collections and research from UK and Ireland specialists
  • Use FREE state-of-the-art technology to locate records across the Internet
  • Stay updated with exciting new UK and Irish collections

FamilySearch & Ancestry.com team up: 1900 & 1920 US Census

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from Paul Nauta at FamilySearch.org. Please direct all inquiries to support@FamilySearch.org or support@Ancestry.com .

For Immediate Release
21 July 2008

FamilySearch and Ancestry.com Team to Publish New Images and Enhanced Indexes to the U.S. Censuses New 1900 Census Images Now Available on Ancestry.com;


Volunteer Indexers Sought to Improve the 1920 U.S. Census Index

SALT LAKE CITY—Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, the two largest online family history resources, announced today they will exchange records and resources to make more historical records available online. The first project is a joint initiative to significantly enhance the online U.S. Federal Census Collection (1790 to 1930). The original census records are among the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

FamilySearch is digitally converting master microfilm copies of the original U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1930 and, under this agreement, will give these improved images to Ancestry.com. All census images and indexes will be available on Ancestry.com for subscribers. As projects are completed, images will be available for free in NARA reading rooms and FamilySearch’s 4,500 Family History Centers.

Ancestry.com, which currently offers indexes and images to the entire publicly available U.S. Federal Census Collection, will give FamilySearch copies of its existing census indexes. Through its online indexing system and community of volunteer indexers, FamilySearch is already indexing select censuses. FamilySearch will merge the Ancestry.com indexes with the new FamilySearch indexes to create enhanced census indexes, which will be added to both sites. Indexes to the enhanced censuses will be free on Ancestry.com for a limited time as they are completed. Indexes will also be available for free on FamilySearch.org.

Allen Weinstein, the Archivist of the United States, welcomed this agreement as a significant benefit for researchers. He remarked that, “Census records are among the most important documents the American people have to trace their genealogy and know their family history. Having two of our partners working together to enhance the indexes and images of these essential documents will enable an unprecedented level of access and understanding.”

The first census exchanged is the 1900 U.S. Census. FamilySearch completed a 1900 index in addition to Ancestry.com’s original. In the new index, FamilySearch added several new fields of searchable data, such as birth month and birth year, so individuals can search for ancestors more easily. The two indexes will be merged into an enhanced index, available on both sites. The new 1900 census images are now available on Ancestry.com. The enhanced 1900 index will be available for free for a limited time at Ancestry.com and ongoing at FamilySearch.org.

Ancestry.com will also provide FamilySearch its original 1920 U.S. Census index. Using the Ancestry.com index as a first transcription, FamilySearch will create a new second index with added fields and arbitrate any discrepancies between the two indexes. The 1920 project is currently in progress. Individuals interested in helping create the improved index can volunteer at FamilySearch.org. Once completed, the enhanced 1920 index will be available on both sites and will link back to images on Ancestry.com.

The 1850 through 1870 (partial) and 1880 and 1900 U.S. Censuses can be searched currently at FamilySearch.org; all publicly available U.S. Censuses are already available on Ancestry.com.

Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com, said, “This collaboration represents a significant step forward in making family history research more accessible. The enhanced U.S. Federal Census Collection that will become available through this agreement is a gold mine for family history researchers, and we look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch in identifying other opportunities to help people discover their roots.”

“The U.S. Censuses are arguably the most important collection of U.S. genealogical records. FamilySearch is excited to see the complete, improved indexes of these collections freely available online over the next two years. And we look forward to working with Ancestry.com to enhance access to additional, significant collections in the future,” said Jay Verkler, Managing Director for FamilySearch.

-end-

About Ancestry.com
With 26,000 searchable databases and titles and nearly 3 million active users, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including http://www.myfamily.com/, http://www.rootsweb.com/, http://www.genealogy.com/ and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive nearly 8.5 million unique visitors worldwide. (© comScore Media Metrix, March 2008). To easily begin researching your family history, visit http://www.ancestry.com/.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources. Patrons may access resources online at FamilySearch.org or through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is a trademark of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. and is registered in the United States of America and other countries.

1890 British and Irish passenger lists at WVR

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at World Vital Records. Please address all inquiries to support@worldvitalrecords.com .

PROVO, UT, July 30, 2008 — As a result of a recent partnership with British Origins, abstracts of the 1890 British and Irish passenger lists are now online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are very optimistic about our relationship with FamilyLink.com. Since we started our company we have wanted to get our name and products over to the North American market,” said Ian Galbraith, CEO, British Origins. “It was a no-brainer to partner with a U.S. firm and Paul Allen was a guy we wanted to do business with.”

“British Origin’s partnership with FamilyLink.com brings much needed records to a U.S., as well as a worldwide audience,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “British Origins has been great to work with. We look forward to posting more of their records, such as the York Medieval Probate Index and the York Peculiars Probate Index in the next few months.”

These passenger lists contain nearly 200,000 passenger names of people that left British and Irish ports with U.S. and Canadian destinations, as well as one voyage that continued to the West Indies. These records have added value because, in many instances, multiple individuals from the same family were included on these lists.

Each record contains the name of the passenger, nationality, occupation, age, and marital status, as well as the name of the ship, the departure port, and the destination port.

The nationalities of the passengers included in these records are, approximately, 57,000 from Ireland, 100,000 from England, 14,000 from Scotland, and 24,000 from other locations.

Between 1890 and 1920 a large number of ships left from British and Irish ports with North America as the destination. Many of the passengers aboard these ships were emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland. However, many emigrants from other European countries traveled through the UK because the cost to sail from a UK port was cheaper than sailing from a continental port. Since the shipping companies required at least six weeks British residency, many individuals changed their names to avoid detection, rather than waiting for their residency to become valid.

The Passenger Lists were compiled by Peter Coldham, directly from the original lists located at The National Archives, London, and augmented by Canadian and U.S. data.

About British Origins
British Origins offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available, and including the rich resources of the Society of Genealogists. Most material on British Origins has not been accessible anywhere else online. Collections currently include marriage registers, census records, burial records, wills, passenger lists, militia, court and apprentice records containing over 70 million names covering five centuries.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and MyFamily applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases-including birth, death, military, census, and parish records-WorldVitalRecords.com helps fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Back in the saddle again

DearREADERS,
Ol’ Myrt is happy to report that she AND her “new” luggage have arrived safely home from the marvelous 2008 Legacy Family Tree Baltic Sea Cruise. After five hours sleep, I am bursting at the seams to blog about my experiences with some 200 other genealogy researchers (including a few others who joined our class sessions having heard about the Legacy group while on the cruise.) And for those who were curious, YES, I did find Megan Smolenyak was on the same cruise, which was a tender family retreat honoring her deceased mother.

WHILE I WAS GONE, FamilySearch.org changed it’s main page, so go visit it. More is sure to come later on this topic. See www.familysearch.org.

JUST SO I CAN REMEMBER what came to mind for blog topics when I awoke this morning, Ol’ Myrt here will include a few notes so I can expand the list into individual blog entries AFTER the 14,736 emails download. Our Facebook friend, Megan was correct when describing this as a “tsunami of emails...”

  • STARTING POINTS IN FAMILY HISTORY - Why researchers shouldn’t look to a printed genealogy book as the gospel truth. Inspired by a ship-board addition to the Legacy classes who is “one or two generations removed from mention of his surname in early land records near the Tower of London.” Finding those land records will not prove his relationship to the land holder. Start with yourself and work backwards…
  • FAKE GENEALOGIES & NAMES PRIOR TO 1500 - Inspired by the above referenced researcher and a thread on the LDS Ward Consultants mailing list.
  • READABILITY OF BLOG ENTRIES - From Randy Seaver’s Juicy Studio suggestion that Myrt wrote at the 11th grade level in articles posted in June 2008! Shucks, darlin’. Ol' Myrt here hadn't thUnk Ah usEing such a way to e-val-U-ate my blog! --giggle--
  • FACEBOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS - Inspired by a brief conversation on board the Norwegian Jewell with Megan Smolenyak about the proliferation of interest in Facebook of late, largely associated with Megan’s widely successful Unclaimed Persons group found only at Facebook.
  • BLOGS ARE FUN & EASY - To read or to create. Comments from cruise class participants and how they plan to use blogs to “get the word out.”
  • LEGACY’S SOURCE WRITER & “Evidence Explained” - From notes Ol’ Myrt took during Geoff Rasmussen’s on-board presentation this week.
  • MINI COMPUTERS FOR TRAVELERS - My cruise roommate Aileen and her friend Patricia are pleased with their nifty 3 pound tiny computers. Ol’ Myrt even liked the keyboard, though I frequently confused the “Shift” with the “Enter” key.
  • USE OF "WHILST" & SHARING SENTIMENTS - Thoughts about similar and differing points of view after seeing an electronic highway billboard somewhere between Dover and London’s Heathrow airport which read “No cell phones whilst driving.”
  • PAF ADD-INS FOR NEW FAMILYSEARCH: from Family Insight and Ancestral Quest - From an announcement from FamilySearch to Family History Consultants.
  • FAMILY TREE MAKER 2008 SPOT LIGHT - Pointing to Randy Seaver’s in-depth study, complete with screen shots. (Great blogging, Randy!)
  • SHARING VIDEOS ON GENI - From a recent announcement that popped up in my email. (While composing this blog, my email is STILL downloading! sigh)
  • 1891 CANADIAN CENSUS - Including links to Steve Morse’s 1-step access, thanks to friend Joy Rich for keeping on top of things “whilst” I was gone.
  • OLD FASHIONED APRONS - Inspired by an email forwarded by a non-genealogist, who is very nostalgic none-the-less.
  • GENCLASS: What’s coming up in August 2008.
  • RootsMagic INSIDER'S LATEST REVEALS
  • BLOGLINES - A great way to keep up while traveling.
  • FAMILY SEARCH & ANCESTRY.COM: Census Images & Index agreement. (I am not sure how I feel about this one yet!)
  • MOVING LOW USE RECORD GROUPS - The plan posted by UK’s Federation of Family History Societies
  • AVOIDING RED EYE - This is not a traveler’s airline tip, but rather one about digital photography.
  • FAMILY SEARCH teams with FindMyPast.com - Direct from Paul Nauta’s desk.
  • LIBRARY THING REVISITED - With input from a new user.
  • KEEPING LOCAL SOCIETIES HEALTHY - Inspired by a thread at the APG Mailing List. In Myrt’s opinion, it is time to think outside the box and embrace technology.
  • GRAMMA MYRTLE’S PICKLE RECIPE - I’ve scanned the recipe card, and your cucumbers are ripening. How about combining the two?
  • NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPTS - After selling off the library facility, now they’re giving away the books and manuscript collection. Why Dick Hillenbrand thinks this is good. (I agree!)
  • TRAVELERS’ ALERT: USING PUBLIC WI-FI - From our friends at CNet.com
  • WHOLLY GENES’ new hosting service
  • WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY CRUISE OF THE BALTIC - Some personal notes about travel, culture, reality and ancestral methods of travel.
  • SECOND LIFE August 2008 - Why I love voice chatting with other online genealogists. It isn't a game to me.
  • THE PASSING OF DEAR FRIENDS
    Ol' Myrt here has been impacted of late by the deaths of dear friends and fellow genealogy researchers.
  • UPDATE ON DearMYRTLE'S SALT LAKE STUDY GROUP
    Plans are set in motion for the August Share and a field trip to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers historian's office.

Gee whillikers! From the looks of that list I certainly have enough to talk about. (And I haven’t given more a cursory glance to the genea-blogs yet!)

‘Nuff said for now... I am off to swim a few laps to work out the kinks from yesterday’s monumental plane trips – Heathrow to JFK, JFK back to the terminal (due to an incapacitated passenger), JFK to Salt Lake City.

PS: I’ve also got to trace my “OLD” luggage, which played hopscotch throughout Europe and the Middle East whilst I was learning about the history and culture of Copenhagen, Rostock (Germany), St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Stockholm and London.

Looks like I am getting used to the use of the term "whilst".

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
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http://podcasts.DearMYRTLE.com

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

This and previous blog entries are fully searchable by going to
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.

Indexed Records to Remain Free on FamilySearch.org

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friend Paul Nauta at FamilySearch. Please address all inquiries to support@FamilySearch.org.

Indexed Records to Remain Free on FamilySearch.org
28 July 2008


The recent announcements of joint census projects with FamilySearch and affiliate companies, such as findmypast.org and Ancestry.com, have caused some confusion. FamilySearch patrons and indexing volunteers are wondering if the indexes created from their efforts will continue to be free to the public. The answer is a resounding YES!

All data indexed by FamilySearch volunteers will continue to be made available for free to the public through FamilySearch.org—now and in the future. Access to related digital images may not always be free to everyone. Working jointly with other organizations ensures wider availability to improved indexes and provides a tremendous benefit to millions of people around the world who are seeking to connect with their ancestors. FamilySearch is committed to working with records custodians around the world to provide faster access to more records for more people.

Where possible, FamilySearch will seek to provide free public access to digital images of original records. Due to affiliate obligations, free access to some images may be available only to FamilySearch members (volunteers and indexers who meet basic contribution requirements each quarter, patrons at Family History Centers, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who’s contributions support FamilySearch’s operations). FamilySearch members will also enjoy convenient access in their homes or wherever they have Internet access. (FamilySearch is currently developing its ability to verify that users are FamilySearch members for future home access. This expanded access should be enabled in 2009.)

The general public will have several options to access any fee-based images offered under FamilySearch affiliate agreements:
  1. Home access will be free for FamilySearch members
  2. Access is free through a local Family History Center or the Family History Library
  3. Access is often free through the record custodian or archive reading room
    or [emphasis added]
  4. for a nominal fee, the public can access the images on specified record custodian or commercial Web sites.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Away for a holiday

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here is packed and ready to go on the 2008 Legacy Family Tree Cruise of the Baltic. As such, I'll most likely not be blogging until 1 August.

Have a safe and happy few weeks and...

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.TeachGenealogy.com
http://podcasts.DearMYRTLE.com

Thursday, July 10, 2008

READER'S FEEDBACK: Comparing websites

RE: Comparisons WVR & Ancestry.com

From: Kathi
I have been a fan of your podcast; I believe it was the first one I discovered. I was a little disappointed in your response to Linda. However, my question is about more than the above references services. I would like to see someone compare the services of the major subscription services for newcomers, or folks like me who have been out of the researching loop for many years and getting back into it.

Several genea-bloggers have lamented the high cost of gasoline impacting travel, and speculate that subscription services may find more folks willing to pay to search from home.

We are all looking for the best value for our hard earned dollars.

  • How do we determine which services have what records?
  • Is there overlap?
  • Are the subscription services making available the same type of records, duplicating efforts?
It is sometimes difficult to unsubscribe from a service-they don’t make that as easy as joining, in some cases. I have done as you suggest, subscribing to newsletters for the services, but it is still daunting to sort it all out. It would be wonderful if long-term researchers, professional or not, would elaborate on what they use and why.

My personal situation is not unique, I’m sure. I live in an area that is isolated, rural and not wealthy. My local library has no subscription services-they can’t afford it. I am about 30-35 miles away from the nearest FHC or out-of-town (next parish/county) library, which is wealthy enough to offer subscription services to its patrons, free for in-library use.

As a matter of convenience, I do have a personal subscription to Ancestry.com.

As mentioned by another columnist, I joined that out-of-town library system to have remote access to Heritage Quest and additional databases from our State Library that our poor local library does not offer. I know that census records are available at both Ancestry and Heritage Quest. One benefit of the duplication is that one may have a better, clearer copy of a census film than the other.

Resources are changing and progressing at a pace that I’m sure confounds more experienced users. Mergers and acquisitions happen everyday. The out-of-town library is looking into additional subscriptions, and I may wait for more information on their offerings before making my decision. I’ve heard you mention the Godfrey Memorial Library collection (I think it was on your podcast; I’m over 50 and my memory fails me!). I read that WVR is adding some of the collection. NARA has an agreement with Footnote and FamilySearch. Will they be offering the same content or unique things?

Won’t you and some of the other geneabloggers talk about/compare the major databases used in research (Ancestry, WVR, Genealogy Bank, Footnote, Godfrey, Heritage Quest; and free ones FamilySearch, GENWEB, RootsWeb, too). I know it would be a help to many people, not only me.

DearKATHY,
What you are asking would require about 60-90 hours of research time. Since each website adds millions of documents monthly, the unpaid work would become immediately out-of-date.

Hence the free GLOBAL search option on individual websites is still one’s best bet.

I agree that images may be clearer here or there throughout the net. Another benefit of supposedly duplicate indexes is that they were compiled by different indexers, and one may find an ancestor in one index and not in another.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,

Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

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© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.This and previous blog entries are fully searchable by going to http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.

FindMyPast launches online parish records collection

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FindMyPast.com. Please address all inquiries to support@findmypast.com.

FINDMYPAST.COM LAUNCHES ONLINE PARISH RECORDS COLLECTION

Online access to millions of nationwide parish baptism, marriage and burial records pre-dating the civil registration of birth, marriage and deaths

UK family history website findmypast.com today announced it is adding the parish records from over 1,000 parishes across Britain to its existing collection of online family history records, offering online access to baptism, marriage and burial records dating as far back as 1538.

From today over 15 million parish burial records and memorial inscriptions will be available to view at http://www.findmypast.com/, with a total of 7 million baptism, marriage and probate records being made available online later this year. The parish records collection brings together in one easy-to-search central place the disparate records from local parishes, which have been collated by local family history societies since 1911, coordinated by the Federation of Family History Societies.

The registers are particularly valuable sources of information for people seeking to research their family tree back further than the civil records of birth, marriage and death, which began in 1837, and the nineteenth century censuses.

Complementing the records from the National Burial Index and the complete registration of death indexes (1837 - 2006), which are also available to view at http://www.findmypast.com/, the parish burial registers are a valuable source of information for family historians and genealogists looking to discover details about their ancestors, such as key dates, relatives of the deceased and the place of abode.

Thanks to the cross-database search facility at findmypast.com, you will be able to search for your ancestor by surname across all the parish records on the site without needing to know where in the country they came from, helping people to delve even deeper into their ancestors' pasts.

Elaine Collins, Commercial Director at findmypast.com said: "The parish registers are a key resource for people looking to trace their family tree as far back as the early sixteenth century and will help open up new avenues of research for family historians across the country from the comfort of their own home.

"With another series of Who Do You Think You Are? due to air this year, family history is more popular than ever and the extension of historical records being made available to view online will help even more people find out more about their ancestors and family tree."

About findmypast.com
Leading UK family history website findmypast.com (formerly 1837online.com) was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003.

Following the transcription, scanning and indexing of over two million images, the company launched the first website to allow the public easy and fast access to the complete indexes, which until then had only been available on microfiche film in specialist archives and libraries. The launch was instrumental in creating the widespread and growing interest in genealogy seen in the UK today.

Findmypast has subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 500 million records dating as far back as 1538. This allows family historians and novice genealogists to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military records, census, migration, occupation directories, and current electoral roll data, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records.

In November 2006 findmypast launched the ancestorsonboard.com microsite in association with The National Archives to publish outbound passenger lists for long-distance voyages departing all British ports between 1890 and 1960.

As well as providing access to historical records, findmypast is also developing a range of online tools to help people discover and share their family history more easily, beginning with the launch of Family Tree Explorer in July 2007.

Over 1.7 million people in the UK have researched their family trees and findmypast.com has over 800,000 active registered users, revealing the mass appeal of genealogy and findmypast.com's position as the leading family history website based in the UK.

In April 2007 findmypast's then parent company Title Research Group received the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2007 in recognition of their achievement.

Findmypast.com was acquired in December 2007 by brightsolid, the company which won The National Archives' tender to publish online the 1911 census.

Comparisons: WVR& Ancestry

From: AMES
DearMYRTLE,

Regarding WVR versus Ancestry - I'd like to know how the databases compare between WorldVitalRecords.com and Ancestry.com.

Do I get more or something equivalent to Ancestry with WVR?

While updating your WVR, perhaps you could place a comparison chart that would encourage people to use your website over Ancestry or in addition to Ancestry.

There are so many possible sources that cost and I don't have the funds to invest in that many.

Thank you.

DearLINDA,
Ol' Myrt here delights in spotlighting the databases at Ancestry, WVR and other essential websites for genealogists in my blogs and podcasts. However, I am an independent and do not work for either of the websites.

I'll forward your suggestions to the folks at World Vital Records.

Let me add that fortunately it costs nothing to go a "global" search at the sites you mention. It costs money to view details, and most databases require paid membership. Fortunately, some new databases are free for a few days.

For that reason I recommend subscribing to the newsletter or blog from each website to keep on top of the types of record groups available.

As the cost of a gallon of gas keeps rising, it may just be that membership to online scanned image websites will be all the more enticing. I personally prefer online viewing to ordering microfilm and waiting for its arrival at my local LDS Family History Center. I am excited to see that the Family History Library is scanning and indexing at whirlwind speed. See the test area at: http://pilot.familysearch.org/ .

And speaking of your local LDS Family History Center (FHC), it is possible that free access to worthwhile genealogy websites including Genealogy Bank and WVR is available there. Eleven FHCs worldwide have free access to Ancestry.com. Many public libraries pay for access to Ancestry.com and/or HeritageQuestOnline.

There is nothing, though that compares with walking the land where an ancestor once lived, visiting the gravesites, and doing on-site research at the local courthouse or archive. This is a picture of my ancestor of my 6th great-grandfather Conrad WEISER's home in Womelsdorf, PA, taken by a good friend and posted at http://www.weiserfamily.org/. I remember visiting there in the late 1980s when the place was a site of "reinacting". We actually got a small piece of bread baked in the deep brick oven that was accessed by a small door in the upper right side of the 2-room home's walk-in fireplace. We also drank a weak herb tea, cooled in a pottery jug in the spring house about 20 steps to the left of the spot where the photographer is standing to take this shot.



Ol' Myrt here is confident that with the invention of new internet tools, genealogists will have a great time putting them to good use to spread the word about our ancestors.

As for me, I'm thankful for sites like Ancestry and WVR, making it possible to view more in the way of scanned original source documents.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
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http://blog.teachgenealogy.com/
http://podcasts.dearmyrtle.com/

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved. This and previous blog entries are fully searchable by going to http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 8 June 2008 genealogy podcast

Click to listen to the podcast without iTunes.

DearLISTENERS & READERS,
DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 8 June 2008 genealogy podcast is available for listening via computer or transferred to any .mp3 player if you choose to download the file. An alternative would be to download the file automatically via iTunes. You don’t need an iPod to listen. For a complete list of current DearMYRTLE podcasts visit:
http://podcasts.dearmyrtle.com.

GUESTS THIS WEEK

Our favorite Photo Detective Maureen Taylor joins this podcast to talk about her latest article "It's
a Charmed Life: Reunion News
" published in the July 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine . Wasn't Midge Frazel lucky to have found an ancestor's photo on the DeadFred "lost photos" website? If you'd like to learn more about photo-genealogy, be sure to check out Maureen's how-to books Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs (2005), and Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Preserve, Present & Restore Your Previous Family Images (2001.) Maureen has been featured in CNN and Wall Street Journal interviews and is also the author of numerous photo-genealogy and "junior genealogist" articles published in Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens. (This segment begins 47 minutes into the podcast.)

Click to search selected pages of Elizabeth's book.Elizabeth Powel Crowe, author of Genealogy Online 8th edition. Her Crowe's Nest blog is at www.epcrowe.com. Elizabeth explains that writing effective genealogical queries can mean the difference between making a cousin connection or not. Since others may have gone down this research path before, it is a good idea to share information back and forth. That person may have inherited the family bible, and you may have the only surviving tin-type of your mutual 2nd great-grandmother. (This segment begins 47 minutes into the podcast.)

MightyMouse TOUR This segment begins 57 seconds into the podcast and includes a synopsis of the more detailed entries in
DearMYRTLE's Best of the Internet for Genealogists 6 July 2008 as follows:

  • BLOG: Carnival of Genealogy
  • INSTRUCTION: Finding Church Records at the LDS (Slovak )
  • DATABASE SITE: Emigrant Tracking: Finnish & Scandinavian Resources and the
    Identified Emigrant Register
  • SCANNED IMAGE SITE: Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
  • PODCAST: Family Roots Radio Genealogy Hour's Effective Library Research
  • VIDEO: "RootsMagic Insider" embedded YouTube video created by Common Craft titled "RSS in Plain English"
  • COMMENTARY: Ol' Myrt commiserated with Craig Manson who wrote SCGS Jamboree: Why Live Blogging Didn't Work for Me. It seems that hotels are attempting to make their room rates appear the same as 3 years ago by no longer including free internet access. At the 2008 NGS Conference in Kansas City, I was also forced to pay $9.95 per day for internet access in my room only to discover it was an unsecure connection. I couldn't use this access in the conference classrooms or exhibit hall where conference coordinators were charged even more by the hotel for internet access. Some were able to connect in the lobby of the hotel at no cost. But since Ol' Myrt tends to read her email and blog in pajamas & fluffy slippers, the lobby wasn't an option at 3am. $9.95 per day is an outrageous amount to spend for a 5 day conference, plus a day or two tacked on to each side for arrival and departure. What a racket. I think this will force people get a USB or PCMCIA laptop card and ante up aboutClick to find out more about the 2008 FGS Conference $60 a
    month for a mobile internet connection service.
  • INNOVATION:
    "
    Latest iPhone details from AT&T" by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Genea-Librarian Mailing list posting "Criteria for keeping materials"
    & responses.
  • OK, the "Pink Yarn Theory of Throwing Things Out" reflects the fact that after you finally throw out that 1/2 skein of pink yarn, kept for ten years since the last child or grandchild used some to make a Valentine -- you are SURE to need that exact pink yarn within the next two weeks. This theory is akin to every genealogist's code "When in doubt, keep it."
  • ETHNIC STUDIES: Quantrill's Guerrillas
  • PLUS ONE: Bloglines

LINKS WE MENTION
  • Second Life (Once you've joined, and it's free, search for Clarise Beaumont or DearMYRTLE Writer.)
  • 2008 FGS Conference in Philadelphia "Footprints in History" 3-6 Sept 2008. The deadline for early registration has been extended to 1 July 2008.Order lucious chocolates from Myrt's favorite Milsean Shoppe. See also the
    FGS Conference Blog.
  • Milseán Chocolate Shoppe (Myrt's nephew's in-laws have created a wonderful chocolate bark of either white or dark chocolate with almonds and/or cranberries.) Milseán (meel-shawn), in Gaelic (Ireland's ancestral language) means "Sweet Things". Visit the retail shoppe at the renovated Aldergrove Fire Hall, at 2900 272nd Street, in Aldergrove, BC or order online.
  • I Have A Song For You Set from BriteMusic.com. Brite Music has great kids' music, songs & activity books. The music is also available in .mp3 format for your iPod. During the podcast you'll hear "I love my Grandpa-pa". Ol' Myrt here particularly likes "I know my number, my telephone number" from the Safety Kids CD.

LINKS TO SOME OF DearMYRTLE’s RECENT BLOGS ENTRIES

LINKS TO RECENT TEACH GENEALOGY BLOG ENTRIES

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.TeachGenealogy.com
http://podcasts.DearMYRTLE.com

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.



Tuesday, July 08, 2008

YOU ARE THERE: Midwest Genealogical Center

Second Life's Freyaschild Lovenkraft provides thoughts of her recent trip to the Midwest Genealogical Center in Independence, Missouri.NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was written by a new research friend, Elizabeth
Shelton, from Second Life (See
Get a SECOND LIFE Genealogists!) where she goes by the name of Freyaschild Lovenkraft. During recent genealogy
meetings in SL, Freyaschild has shared her emerging interest in family history research by describing records groups she's found useful and asking for additional input. Such discussions among researchers prove useful, as it seems SL genealogists are no different from those you'd meet in the microfilm stacks at the Family History Library -- we all appreciate the willingness of others to share ideas. We learn as much from our brick wall discussions as we do when hearing of another's breakthroughs.

YOU ARE THERE: Midwest Genealogical Center
By Elizabeth Shelton, guest blogger

Visiting Missouri this summer I caught wind of the opening of the new Midwest Genealogical Center, part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system in Independence, Missouri. I wasn't able to make the grand opening, but judging from several reports it was a huge event. I was able, however, to make it over to the Center a few days later to see this fine facility for myself.

Like a kid in a candy store, I could have stayed there all day poking through the library's books, databases, microfiche/film and its very impressive collection of periodicals. The staff is extremely helpful, and I was able to obtain a visitors card (since I am from out of town) which allowed me an hour of computer time, which I used to help a friend of mine get started on his family tree.


The variety of services this facility provides is likewise impressive, including one on one time with professional genealogists to help you get past those tough spots, and classes in genealogy several times a week.


If you're going to be visiting Independence soon it's a must see. http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/genlh/mgc.htm


One hint, get there early if you want to use the microfiche viewer, they only had three at the time of my visit.


The library also gives tours that newbies like myself find very helpful. This is one Texas genealogist that is very jealous of Independence, Missouri right now.


Monday, July 07, 2008

READERS’ FEEDBACK: Regarding Revolutionary War Ancestors

From: nferko@hotmail.com
DearMYRTLE,
I am soooo! happy you haven't sent in your application either. Poor Marge (our local DAR Person) has been after me for a few years as I have quite a few. I just haven't got the info together. Now I don't feel like such a failure! Love your news letter and blog, etc.

DearNANCY,
We ought to challenge each other to actually complete one app and get it approved! That would knock the socks off of the likes of poor Marge!

DearMYRTLE,
Okay! I'll take the bait!

DearNANCY,
We’re in luck, just when we decided to commit to this DAR application process, up steps a new friend to help us along the way. Read on…

From: Debbie Duay debduay@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 6:18 AM
Subject: Your Blog on Your DAR Application

DearMYRTLE,
I began reading your blog recently, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw your posting regarding your
DAR application. If you would like some help completing your application, I would be happy to assist you.

The Internet has drastically changed the speed at which the line of descent from a Revolutionary War patriot ancestor can be identified and documented. I have helped dozens of people join the DAR and SAR in the last few years, including researching and documenting my husband's 38 proven Revolutionary War patriot ancestors. Most of the people I work with have no idea about their ancestry beyond their grandparents or great-grandparents. Of course, they get very excited when learn that they descend from a Revolutionary War patriot. If all the necessary vital records are ordered in a timely fashion, it is now possible to become a new member in a matter of months of starting the research.

Based on my experiences, I have developed a free online tutorial on identifying and documenting descent
from a Revolutionary War patriot for eligibility in the DAR or SAR.

Researching Your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor
http://www.learnwebskills.com/patriot

Again - please let me know if you would like some help completing your application. DAR is a wonderful
organization, and I really enjoy helping people become a part of it.

Keep up the great work with your blog!
Debbie Duay
Regent, Lighthouse Point Chapter NSDAR
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fllpcdar

So Nancy, we’re not alone in our quest. We’ve got help right when we need it! And no more excuses.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.TeachGenealogy.com
http://podcasts.DearMYRTLE.com

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.