Friday, August 29, 2008

Generation Maps: wide carriage plotter printing offer

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just posted on the FGS Conference Blog, including information about a new service offered by our friends at GenerationMaps.com. Please address all inquiries to: info@generationmaps.com. This is the time to get your large wall charts professionally printed.

Generation Maps, your comprehensive genealogy chart printing service is running a special this week for all FGS conference participants. Unfortunately, we are not bringing one of our plotters to be able to do onsite printing this time. So, we are offering to bring any charts submitted this week to the conference for you to pick up. You can save the shipping costs, and have an extra something to look forward to next week in Philadelphia.

Just enter “0808FSHP30″ into the promotional code area on the website, or send an e-mail to janet@generationmaps.com. Be sure to submit your chart by Saturday, August 30th, for this special offer.

Generation Maps will also be selling their new gift cards at 20% off (good for anything at www.generationmaps.com) and archival blank charts for 50% off. We will be on hand for consultations on how to chart out your file. So, if you need some help getting it all out where you can see it, bring your computer file with you and we’ll see you there.

Generation Maps
info@generationmaps.com
1-801-836-6748

Thursday, August 28, 2008

MESA: 14-15 Nov 2008





DearREADERS,

By popular demand, for the first time this fall the folks at
www.MyAncestorsFound.com (MAF) will present a Family History Expo i
n Mesa, Arizona November 14-15, 2008 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Arizona. Ol' Myrt is please to participate in a number of activities associated with this big event:

New genealogy podcast series - a few weeks after my return from the FGS Conference (in Philadelphia next week) I'll begin a new series of podcasts specifically to interview the experts who will be appearing at Mesa. Our subject matter will centered on upcoming presentations, how participants can prepare for the event, and what sorts of research angles the Mesa speakers will tackle. Announcements about each episode will appear at the MyAncestorsFound website, and at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.

DearMYRTLE Q & A Booth - Take advantage of the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Myrt and some of the other presenters to briefly discuss your ancestral brick wall.

DearMYRTLE's classes topics include:

  • HOW to find out WHERE to look - ideas for beginning genealogists about using catalogs, directories, research outlines, GenSmarts & other how-to information to solve research dilemmas.
  • Super Sleuth 101: Basic Birth, Marriage, & Death Records - beginners often overlook these essential basics for clues about previous generations.

The Mesa Arizona Family History Expo 2008 is sure to be a hit, just as we've seen with the St. George and Logan expos sponsored by the same wonderful folks at MAF. How Holly and Kim manage to pull together so many competent speakers, add a fine array of vendors and pull thousands of people through the door, I'll never know. These MyAncestorsFound.com events were the first to offer the syllabus in CD format -- now an apparent industry standard to which the NGS (National Genealogical Society) and FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) now adhere. Dick Eastman has written about MAF events in glowing terms.

Meet us in Mesa and see what all the excitement is about.

This year's theme: Cyberexchange 101: Learn the tech to trace your roots.

To find out more about this fabulous (and yet inexpensive) educational opportunity, visit the www.MyAncestorsFound.com website.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Utah Genealogical Association events

DearREADERS,
There are two upcoming special events sponsored by the UGA Utah Genealogical Association, and Ol’ Myrt will be participating in both as follows:

2008 UGA FALL CONFERENCE
Ol’ Myrt here is pleased to announce she will be speaking at the annual Utah Genealogical Association Fall Conference to be held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah September 12-13, 2008. The conference is available for free, except for the syllabus ($10 book, $4 CD). The Friday evening banquet ($23), features the popular and well-versed Kory Meyerink, who will present “It’s True, It’s True, I Saw It in Print”.

Myrt's classroom topics include:
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists - The class focuses on feedback from other genealogists who would do things differently if they were starting over from scratch. Handouts include research log, research checklist, a plan for filing paper documents, and information leading to proper source citation.
  • The Winter of Our Discontent: 3 Months to Better Organization - We’ve heard about marathon runners? How about a marathon to finally get organized? Myrt quickens the pace of her 12-month program, and asks you to devote a mere 12 weeks to the process. You can do this! Includes sorting, filing, data input, scanning photos, documenting artifacts, & creating family history experiences for the non-genealogists in the family.
  • Women Are From Venus: Finding Female Ancestors - Practical advice for locating elusive maiden names of our ancestors includes case studies and a checklist for likely source documents.
  • Union Civil War Pension and Widows’ Files - Accessing these oft-overlooked genealogy gems focuses on three Union Civil War Pension case studies, and one widow’s file that culminated in three approved Daughters of Union Veterans membership applications.

2009 UGA SALT LAKE INSTITUTE
This week-long event will be held January 12-16, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Radisson. Although DearMYRTLE is not presenting classes, she is pleased to announce she will be the dinner speaker at the Friday evening banquet. The SL Institute features a series of genealogy courses features the following tracks:

  • Course 1 American Records and Research: Focusing on Localities with Paula Stuart Warren
  • Course 2 Research of the Gulf South ... Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas with Mark Lowe
  • Course 3 English Research with David Rencher
  • Course 4 Research in German Speaking Areas with Larry Jensen
  • Course 5 Colonial American Research with Kory Meyerink
  • Course 6 Effective Use of the Internet with Rhonda McClure
  • Course 7 Hispanic Research: Discovering Your Ancestors in Spain and Latin America with Lynn Turner
  • Course 8 Beyond the Library: Research in Archives, Courthouses and Manuscript Collections with Dr. John Philip Colletta
  • Course 9 Skill Building For Professional Level Research with Dr. Thomas Jones
  • Course 10 Problem Solving with Judith Hansen

Special evening events include:

  • Plenary Session with Dr. Thomas Jones, Ph.D
  • Creating Your Personal Genealogical Website by Joshua Taylor
  • Can You Prove You Are Better Than You Are? by Ron Hill
  • Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically, by Joshua Taylor
  • Quick, Complete and Accurate: Document Analysis for Researchers, by J. Mark Lowe
  • African American Research, by Christopher C. Child
  • The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames, by Thomas Jones
  • Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence, by John P. Colletta
  • Extreme Googling for Genealogists, by Birdie Holsclaw
  • Plug ins, Toolbars, and More: Customizing Your Internet Experience, by Joshua Taylor
  • Twenty Years of Stuff. Now What Do I Do?, by Elissa Scalise Powell
  • Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestors European Origins, by Thomas Jones
  • Remembering the War: Civil War Veterans, by J. Mark Lowe
  • Blogging for Genealogists, by Birdie Holsclaw
  • Discovering the Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors, by John P. Colletta

To register for these events and to find out more about the Utah Genealogical Association, visit www.infouga.org .

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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New look to FamilyTreeMagazine.com

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following announcement was received from our friend Diane Haddad at www.FamilyTreeMagazine.com. Please address all inquiries to FTMedit@fwpubs.com.



Introducing the New FamilyTreeMagazine.com


We got ourselves a new Web site! The brand-spanking-new FamilyTreeMagazine.com launched just a few minutes ago.








Our new setup looks nicer and it's more user-friendly. The improved navigation makes it easy to find the content you want: You can browse the article archives by topic, or search the entire site from any page.

Each article offers buttons to bookmark the page, share it via e-mail or social networking sites, and generate a printer-friendly version. You can even subscribe to your favorite topics via RSS.

Our new home page will highlight more of what’s inside the site, including blog feeds and links to the most recently posted articles.

Even with all those features, what we’re most excited about is the technology behind this new site—it'll be much easier for us to put more great articles online.

If you were comfortable with the quirks of our old site (not unlike a cozy old recliner with a footrest you have to prop up using a two-by-four), these tips might help you get to know (and love, we hope) the new one:
  • To stop the screens in the top middle of the home page from changing, click on any of the four tabs (Welcome, State Guides, Best Web Sites, Expert Advice) to land on that screen.
  • Click the Welcome tab for a link to an article with detailed information on the new site.
  • You can increase the text size through your Web browser. In Internet Explorer, go to Page menu>Text Size. In Firefox, look under the View menu.
  • You can browse our how-to articles by hovering over a category name in the orange navigation bar, then clicking on one of the blue topics that appear in the white space below it. Then, to see all the articles for that topic, click the “See all” link in the upper right.
  • If you click one of the category names in the orange navigation bar, you can click “Subscribe to this topic’s RSS feed” to get an e-mail whenever we add an article to that category.
  • To see the Ethnic Toolkits from our old site, click on Heritage in the orange bar, then select from the blue list of ethnic backgrounds. You also can subscribe to an RSS feed for each of these ethnicities.
  • Find the list of 2008 101 Best Web Sites under Research Toolkit.

We invite you to take a look around the new site (even we keep finding stuff we didn’t know we had online). Got feedback? You can add it here (click Comments blow), post in our Talk to Us Forum or e-mail us.

Family Tree Maker 2009 released

DearREADERS,
While OlMyrt has been out purchasing appliances for her new home, great things have been happening in the world of genealogy. This is the first of two such reports:

Family Tree Maker 2009
This popular software’s newest version is available today as announced at the Ancestry.com blog by Russell Hannig. In fact, I’ve held up the release of this week’s DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour genealogy podcast in order to include an interview with the Ancestry.com folks about this new version. Here’s more info from the press release:
The Family Tree Maker team is pleased to announce the release of Family Tree Maker 2009. We are excited about the new features and user requested tools included in this version.

Over the past year, we have been making patches available that include additional functionality and features that our customers have asked for. In addition, the features included in the 2009 version come primarily from our Family Tree Maker 2008 users, showing us what features should be released next and testing the product to make sure it is working at top efficiency. We had more than 300 beta testers for Family Tree Maker 2009.


We appreciate this active and ongoing participation.

Take a look at what’s new since the original release of Family Tree Maker 2008. Features available for the first time in Version 2009 are marked with an asterisk (*).

Genealogy Reports

  • Register and Ahnentafel full reports
  • Register and Ahnentafel simplified reports*
  • Data Errors report*

Charts

  • Vertical Pedigree Chart
  • Hourglass Chart*
  • Horizontal Hourglass Chart*
  • Bow Tie Chart*
  • 180-Degree Fan Chart*
  • Family Tree Chart*

Publishing Functionality

  • Book layouts for main charts
  • Saved settings in charts/reports
  • Saved templates in charts
  • Preparer information included in chart footers
  • Enhancements to the RTF export
  • Ability to show siblings within charts*
  • Single-page PDF export from charts*
  • Ability to add boxes in charts to a “Marked Box” category and modify box settings for these boxes*

Improved Data Manipulation Tools

  • Change Place Name tool
  • Find and Replace tool
  • Streamlined data entry from any workspace using a full-featured edit person window*
  • Ability to set spouse order (Person menu)*
  • Ability to order media items for an individual*
  • Find Individual tool (Edit menu)*
  • Find Duplicate Individuals tool (Edit menu)*
  • Ability to update multiple facts at one time (From Manage Facts or Fact options): change fact types, move description to place or place to description, mark as private*
  • Insert foreign language characters into text fields*

Improvements within Research Tools

  • Automatic simple backup at shutdown
  • Ability to ignore hints*
  • Option to delete existing facts in individual and Web merge*
  • Inclusion of married names, AKAs, and titles in index*

Improvements to Import

  • Improved name parsing
  • OLE objects (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, RTF) from previous FTM versions*
  • Import previously ignored hints lists*

Improvements to Places

  • Track and print your ancestors’ migration paths on interactive maps*
  • Places toolbar that allows for researching place names not currently in the file and pinpointing places such as libraries, churches, and courthouses*

Improvements to Sources

  • Copy and paste source citations

* New in Family Tree Maker 2009

Here’s what’s coming:
In addition, we are currently working on new features that will be available as part of Family Tree Maker 2009—as soon as they become available:

  • Book Building
  • Better Ancestry Member Tree Integration
  • Improved Relationship Calculator
  • Source templates based on Evidence Explained by source expert, Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • And many others…

Thank you to all of the Family Tree Maker community for their loyalty through the years. We are committed to making Family Tree Maker the best desktop software for doing your family history. "

FOR FURTHER READING

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Woman Reunited with 85-Year-Old Heirloom Photo of Mother and Grandmother

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt has set a Google Alert for the term "DearMYRTLE" and that's how I discovered the following good news press release from our friends at www.DeadFred.com :

Springdale, AR (PRWEB) August 27, 2008 --

DeadFred.com user Mae Sadler performed a surname search and discovered
photograph record #18474 of her five-week-old mother, Millicent Rose Marie Minnick, and her grandmother Katherine Rose Frank-Minnick. "What a find!" exclaimed Sadler when she reported her happy online discovery, one of over 1,278 reported photo reunions to date at DeadFred Genealogy Photo Archive.

Recently discovered photo at www.DeadFred.com of Katherine Rose Frank-Minnick and 5-week-old baby Millicent Rose Marie Minnick, just one of over 1,278 reported photo reunions that have occurred at the site since its inception in March of 2001.

Featured on Cyndi's List, Boston.com, Wall Street Journal, The Genealogue, National Public Radio, DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour, Family Tree Magazine and numerous other web sites and blogs,
DeadFred.com is a free place where visitors can conduct unlimited surname and detailed searches for photos of their ancestors, join discussion groups, search school annual photos, subscribe to a free e-newsletter and even post and manage their own photo records.

Anyone who finds a photograph of a direct ancestor will receive the original photograph for free (provided the original is owned by the Archive).

Found and purchased by another DeadFred.com user at a flea market, the 85-year-old photo of baby Millicent and her mother is part of an heirloom album that chronicles the life, marriage, death, travels, friends and family of Jo Hopper. The
searchable database at DeadFred.com currently contains 82,317 identified and mystery photo records with over 15,000 different surnames represented.

DeadFred.com users upload daily old family photos found in attics and closets, as well as orphaned photos salvaged from flea markets, estate sales, antique stores and junk shops, growing the database for posterity.

With every upload and every discovery, submitters and searchers alike are able to share invaluable photos across generations. Living relatives have an online community for preserving photos, and rightful families have a place where they can reconnect with long-lost images of their ancestors. For more reunion stories, sign up for the free
enewsletter Relatively Speaking at DeadFred.com.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Schelly: reports of conference on Jewish Genealogy

DearREADERS,
A GREAT big THANKS to Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog for her reports of the 28th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held in Chicago. I’ve previously reported the joint press release from Ancestry & Jewish Gen. Here are links to Schelley’s take on things:

I agree with genea-blogger Randy Seaver who wrote over the weekend that he loves reading blogs that further the study of family history. Schelley’s report of the IAJGS annual conference certainly fit Randy’s criteria for a great blog. Bravo! Schelly! It’s challenging enough to attend an out of town conference, let alone take the time to spread the word while traveling.

For those interested in NEXT year's IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, it will be held in Philadelphia 2-7 August 2009. Find out more at: http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsp

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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FamilySearch Update: 25 Aug 2008

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

25 August 2008

FamilySearch has updated or added three new free databases this week to its online pilot program at http://pilot.familysearch.org/. The new additions represent over 9 million new names. There are now over 477 million searchable names on the pilot site.

Current indexing projects include the 1920 U.S Census, 1869 Argentina Census, 1930 Mexico Census, 1945 Florida State Census, Louisiana Deaths, German Church Records, Italy Church Records, Spain Church Records, Venezuela Church Records, and Nicaragua Civil Registration Records.

A sincere thanks goes out to the great online community of FamilySearch volunteer indexers for their great work in these initiatives. Individuals willing to help with any of the current or upcoming indexing projects can begin immediately by registering online at
www.FamilySearchIndexing.org
. The more volunteers participating, the more records FamilySearch will be able to make freely available online—quicker.

1870 U.S. Federal Census
Thirteen new states and almost 9 million names were added to the free 1870 U.S. Census index online. Indexes are now available for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Dakota Territory, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon,Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. Digital images can be searched for all states except Kentucky, Vermont, and Virginia.

West Virginia Births Index
A searchable name index for West Virginia Births for 1853 to 1930 has been added. This project includes 220,000 names and is 76% complete. For a list of counties indexed in the collection to-date, see the project description at http://pilot.famlysearch.org/. No images currently.

West Virginia Deaths Index
The West Virginia Deaths Index 1853 to 1870 is now available online. Over 266,00 names were added, and it is 80% complete. This is an index of both statewide and county death records. A link to digital images on the West Virginia Division of Culture and History website is provided from the index.

Summary of Current Projects/Updates

  • 1870 US Census - Searchable database online Updated – 13 new states
  • WV Births Searchable database online Updated – 14 new counties
  • WV Deaths Searchable database online Updated – 14 new counties
  • 1920 U.S. Census Indexing Project New states added
  • 1869 Argentina Census Indexing Project New in cue
  • 1930 Mexico Census Indexing Project New states added
  • 1945 Florida State Census Indexing Project New in cue
  • German Church Records Indexing Project New in cue
  • Italy Church Records Indexing Project New in cue
  • Louisiana Deaths Indexing Project New counties added
  • Nicaragua Civil Registration Indexing Project New in cue
  • Spain Church Records Indexing Project New in cue
  • Venezuela Church Records Indexing Project New in cue

                            NBC Today Show: family history of Meredith Vieira

                            DearREADERS,
                            The NBC TODAY show this morning featured a family history segment where host Meredith Vieira took a trip to her ancestral homeland - the Azores. She has Portuguese and Flemish speaking roots.

                            CONGRATS to Maureen Taylor, mentioned as "the genealogist" and Ancestry.com mentioned for providing research. It was a fun segment, plutting a beautiful face on the oft mysterious world of genealogy.

                            Watch the video of the segment and feel inspired as Meredith locates and tours three old family homes, and suprisingly finds an old abandoned trunk with the return address of her father’s former place of business. Merideth also learns she has been mis-pronouncing her name all these years!

                            Happy family tree climbing!
                            Myrt :)
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                            Your friend in genealogy.
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                            Friday, August 22, 2008

                            REPORT: Write, write, write

                            DearREADERS,
                            In my previous posting Doing as I say Ol’ Myrt tendered her application to participate in the 2008 Genea-Bloggers Group Games. I have the following to report:

                            WRITE, WRITE, WRITE
                            In this category, Ol’ Myrt here has successfully:

                            Prepared several posts in draft mode (since it is possible with my blogger.com platform.) This enabled me to pre-publish some articles. However, I just realized I saved these in draft mode, and had to go in just now to release them. The blog entries I prepared in “draft mode” chronicled my participation in these 2008 Group Games:

                            Due to time constraints, I withdrew from the competition in other sections of this “Write, write, write” category.

                            Happy family tree climbing!
                            Myrt :)
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                            Your friend in genealogy.
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                            Thursday, August 21, 2008

                            NYC: Irish long distance research seminar

                            Researching Genealogical Resources in Ireland Long-Distance

                            The New York Irish History Roundtable (http://www.irishnyhistory.org) will present the only 2008 New York City area appearance of two internationally-acclaimed experts on genealogical research in Ireland—Dr. William Roulston, Research Director of Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, and Dr. Brian Trainor, the Foundation’s retired Research Director and the former Director of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. They will present an information-packed afternoon on researching genealogical resources in Ireland long-distance. The seminar is open to members of the New York Irish History Roundtable and the public.

                            Drs. Roulston and Trainor will give four lectures that focus on genealogical resources in a variety of repositories in the thirty-two counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They will introduce attendees to many lesser-known resources. The afternoon will begin with a general introductory lecture, followed by specialized talks: "Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research," "The Three Cs: Church Registers, Census Records and Civil Registration Records," "Gravestone Inscriptions," and "Not Always at the Bottom of the Pile." Time will be allotted for questions after each lecture.

                            The seminar will take place on Sunday, September 28th 2008, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the McNally Amphitheatre of Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, located at 140 W. 62nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. Take the A, B, C, D, or 1 subway line to 59th Street-Columbus Circle. The price of admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

                            Ulster Historical Foundation, established in 1956, is one of the principal genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a leading publisher of quality historical, educational, and genealogical books.

                            REPORT: Reach out & perform genealogical acts of kindness

                            DearREADERS,
                            In my previous posting Doing as I say Ol’ Myrt tendered her application to participate in the 2008 Genea-Bloggers Group Games. I have the following to report:

                            REACH OUT & PERFORM GENEALOGICAL ACTS OF KINDNESS

                            COMMENT ON A NEW (to me) GENEA-BLOG:

                            A new-to-Ol’-Myrt blog is Ollie’s Yummy in Your Tummy. Author and cook extraordinaire, Lorine Massey, writes “This blog is a collection of recipes - family, my own, and any others I can find in my collection. I've been cooking for almost 50 years - having started as a pre-teen. In Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy I'll share my favourite recipes, tips and techniques with you.”

                            It’s funny, but many of my fondest family history moments are at the dinner table – for the holidays, up at Orcas Island in the summer or back in the 1950s at my real Grandma Myrtle’s house for a real fried chicken Sunday dinner.

                            I’ve written blog entries about how Grandma Myrtle taught me to make raspberry jam and apricot preserves, but I never considered how valuable an entire blog is on the subject of family recipes! Bravo Lorine!

                            JOIN ANOTHER GENEA-BLOGGER’S BLOG NETWORK ON FACEBOOK BLOG NETWORKS – I’ll admit I saved up requests to join blog networks just to satisfy this requirement. Several of these blogs I’d known about, but hadn’t yet joined their Facebook network:

                            ASSIST ANOTHER RESEARCHER WITH A RESEARCH REQUEST OR LOOK UP – My work with the DearMYRTLE’s Study Group was chronicled in the Update 19 Aug 2008, where I worked with six participants. We used the internet, and we mapped out plans for additional research.

                            JOIN A GENEALOGICAL, HISTORICAL, HERITAGE OR LINEAGE SOCIETY – There was a false start to this competition. Ol’ Myrt has committed to joining the NSDAR to honor her ancestors Jacob and Paul Froman, but my application hasn’t been completed within the time frame for the Group Games.

                            Hopefully my participation in this category will earn some Group Games gold!

                            Happy family tree climbing!
                            Myrt :)
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                            SLC: 8th Annual British Institute 6-10 Oct 2008

                            NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG and our friends at the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History. Please address all inquiries to admin@isbgfh.org.

                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                            20 August 2008
                            Contact: Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Office Manager
                            International Society for British Genealogy & Family History
                            P.O. Box 350459, Westminster, CO 80035-0459Phone 303-422-9371,
                            Fax 303-456-8825, e-mail admin@isbgfh.org

                            U P D A T E ! ! ! ! ! !

                            The 8th Annual British Institute ----- Offering Irish Research, British Record Research, Scottish Basic Research, and Using Family Search in British Isles Research. All courses are taught by experts in their field of genealogy research.

                            The International Society for British Genealogy & Family History (ISBGFH) is sponsoring the eighth annual British Institute in Salt Lake City, October 6-10, 2008. The Institute will be held at the Crystal Inn, 230 West 500 South. Four courses will be taught by leading authorities: David Rencher,CG,AG,FUGA David McDonald,CG Barbara Baker,AG and Diane LoosleAG.

                            The week-long courses titles are: Rencher - Finding the Place of Origin for Your Irish Immigrant; McDonald - Ecclesiastical Records in British Research; Baker - Scottish Research Basics; Loosle - Using Family Search to Find Your British Ancestors.

                            The five-day tuition for the courses taught by Rencher, McDonald, and Baker is $335 (members), $320 (alumni of the Institute) and $360 (non-members).

                            The tuition includes individual consultations with instructors and on-site assistance in the Family History Library. All tuitions include the banquet to be held on Monday evening, October 6.

                            The Family Search course will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at the Family History Library at no charge to Institute registrants.

                            For registration and course description details, visit the website at www.isbgfh.org; or write to ISBGFH, P.O. Box 350459, Westminster, CO 80035-0459.

                            GeneTree Adds Y-Chromosome DNA Testing Option

                            NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at GeneTree.com while Ol' Myrt was on the Baltic cruise, but it is too important to overlook. Please address all inquiries to dusty@genetree.com.

                            GeneTree Adds Y-Chromosome DNA Testing Option to Trace Paternal Line Ancestors, Research Surnames and Connect with Present Day Relatives

                            Addition of New Test Means GeneTree Participants Can Now Conveniently Tap Into the World’s Largest and Most Diverse Databases of Linked DNA and Family History Information Using Both Y-Chromosome (Paternal Line) DNA and Mitochondrial (Maternal Line) DNA Profiles.

                            SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2008)—GeneTree, a DNA-enabled family history-sharing networking Web site designed to help people understand where their personal histories belong within the greater human genetic story, today added a Y-chromosome DNA testing option allowing participants to search for paternal line ancestors in the world’s largest and most diverse genetic genealogy databases. Providing a Y-DNA testing service along with its existing mitochondrial DNA testing means GeneTree participants can now conveniently research both paternal and maternal lineages using DNA profiles.

                            “This is a powerful addition for people exploring their genealogy through genetics,” said Matt Cupal, GeneTree COO. “Researching a paternal line with Y-DNA enables a person to go deep into their ancestry beyond traditional research roadblocks, such as missing documentation. Also, it can help them understand how a living person with the same last name is related to them.” Y-DNA is an unrivaled tool for tracing paternal ancestry. Only males have the Y-chromosome, which is passed down from father to son, and males with a common paternal ancestor have almost identical Y-DNA.

                            Women may trace their paternal line by arranging Y-DNA testing for their father, a brother or other male relative in their direct paternal line. Because people generally inherit their surnames from their father, Y-DNA testing is an excellent tool for surname research.

                            Launched in October 2007, GeneTree applies social networking and rich media technologies to genetic genealogy providing individuals with innovative tools to map, assemble, record and share their family histories. Participants collaborate to build family networks online and add new connections with previously unknown living relatives.

                            GeneTree is working in partnership with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation in building the world’s most comprehensive genetic genealogy databases with the intention of expanding the concept of family and deepening the ability of individuals to comprehend their place within the human family.

                            The Genetree.com online pressroom is located at www.genetree.com/help/pressroom.html, and provides high-resolution images, FAQs, backgrounder and product brochure. Pricing and Availability Beginning immediately, GeneTree is offering two Y-chromosome DNA test options: a basic 33-marker test and an enhanced 46-marker test. Prices begin at $149 with discounts for those who have already had a mitochondrial DNA test through GeneTree. Additional information is available at www.genetree.com.

                            About GeneTree Gene
                            Tree (www.genetree.com) is a DNA-enabled family history-sharing Web site designed to help people understand where their personal histories belong within the greater human genetic story. GeneTree creates opportunities for unlocking human genetic heritage, discovering ancestors, connecting and collaborating with living relatives, and sharing rich media to help discover, document and preserve family histories. GeneTree was developed by the Sorenson family of companies and draws on the expertise of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that developed the world's foremost collection of genetic-genealogy information; Sorenson Media, which created of the world's leading digital video compression software; and Sorenson Genomics, which pioneered Internet-based consumer DNA testing. --

                            Dusty Rhoades
                            Product Marketing Director
                            dusty@genetree.com
                            GeneTree.com

                            ACROSS MY DESK: 20 Aug 2008

                            DearREADERS,
                            Whilst (there is that British word again!) awaiting release of this week’s DearMYRTLE podcast, I’ve been browsing some genealogy-related news on the net.

                            CONFEDERATE WIDOW IN ARKANSAS DIES
                            On the DUV (Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865) Mailing List, members pointed to the online newspaper notice. The article also recalls a 2004 interview with Maudie White Hopkins who talked about her first husband, a Confederate veteran, William M. Cantrel. She married the Confederate army veteran 67 years her senior in 1934. He died in 1937. Hopkins died Sunday at age 93. See: http://tinyurl.com/58tm9

                            ALLTOP: Genealogy is in the top 40
                            Alltop was officially launched in March 11, 2008, according to “Announcing (Formally) Alltop” posted at How To Change The World, and is basically a news/blog aggregator, meaning it has set up categories and then pulls RSS feeds to populate the pages. A number of genealogy bloggers are represented at http://genealogy.alltop.com by title of blog and recent blog entries.

                            "Alltop is deceptively simple. The site gathers up the best suggestions from the most active social web users and compiles links into a simple, clean discovery space. For many, Alltop will replace their RSS readers." Chris Shipley, the chairman of Guidewire Group and executive producer of DEMO. […]The headlines and first paragraph of the five most recent stories from forty to eighty sources for each topic are displayed. Alltop stories are refreshed approximately every ten minutes.”

                            So, genealogy is one of the top 40 topics on the web in Alltop’s estimation. Ol’ Myrt notices the “first paragraph” option has been replaced with the shorter title of each blogger’s most recent entries. The ten minute refresh is a great idea.

                            DearMYRTLE – GRANDMAMMA OF GENEALOGY BLOGS?
                            “If Eastman is the granddaddy, MYRTLE is definitely the grandmamma.” From “Top Genealogy Blogs” article published 18 Aug 2008 in World Vital Records Family History Bulletin, Vol 2, Issue 47. [Thanks for the kind words and congrats to fellow honorees.]

                            Happy family tree climbing!
                            Myrt :)
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                            Wednesday, August 20, 2008

                            Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants

                            NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from oru friend Debbie Parker Wayner. Please address all inquiries to her at debbie@debbiewayne.com.

                            Lineage Society Founded for Descendants of Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants

                            HOUSTON, TEXAS - Organizers announced today the formation of a lineage society for Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants (ESSMLG).

                            This is the first national lineage society that recognizes and preserves the contributions of the Spanish / Latino culture in the early settlement of the United States. Even before Jamestowne was founded and the Pilgrims landed, Texas and the southwestern U.S. were being explored. By the 1600s there was a rich Spanish culture in place. The early settlers of the southwestern U.S. included such diverse groups as Spaniards, Canary Islanders, French, Irish, English, Scots, Jewish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Native Americans from both sides of the present day U.S.-Mexico border. Much of the early history of this area is barely taught in schools where the curriculum emphasizes the early English settlement of the eastern U.S.

                            The mission of ESSMLG is to research, preserve, and promote the lost history, heritage, and culture of the early settlers on Spanish and Mexican grants in land now part of the United States of America. It is the first national lineage society formed:

                            - to recognize the important contributions of those early settlers from whom our Spanish-speaking culture evolved,

                            - with a board-certified genealogist confirming all member applications meet accepted genealogical standards,

                            - with a DNA component for ground-breaking scholarly research and to link family groups,

                            - and with an all-digital research library.

                            The official launch of ESSMLG will be at the 29th Annual Texas State Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas on 28-31 August 2008 (see http://www.hispanicgs.org/nacogdoches/index.html for more information).

                            Membership

                            Membership in ESSMLG is open to all who have established their lineage to a person who received or was associated with a Spanish or Mexican land grant in an area that is now part of the United States of America, prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. Descendant and Junior Descendant (under age 18) membership categories are available. Supporting members are limited, non-voting individuals, businesses, or companies who wish to invest in the success and future of the ESSMLG.

                            Lineages Verified By Board-Certified Genealogist

                            ESSMLG is the first lineage society formed with a board-certified genealogist verifying the lineages of member applications before approval.

                            Database And Digital Library

                            The society administers a database of fully-substantiated lineages of early settlers to assist people in locating their ancestors and documenting their family history. The database includes traditional genealogical records as well as DNA profiles of selected members to confirm and support family links.

                            In addition to preserving family historical documents in our all-digital research library, the society supports the preservation of historical records from Mexico and in American counties where land grants were made by the Spanish and Mexican governments. This digital library will be available online to members in the future.

                            All documents used as proof in lineage society applications are digitized and available through our digital library. The society actively seeks documents related to the early settlers from both sides of the present day U.S.-Mexico border and supports the preservation of historical records from Mexico and in American counties where land grants were made by the Spanish and Mexican governments.

                            DNA Project

                            The goal of the DNA project is to investigate the roots of the original settlers on lands granted by the Spanish and Mexican governments in Texas and other parts of the U.S. The DNA signatures will be compared to others to confirm ethnic origins suggested by traditional genealogical research.

                            As the DNA database grows it will be used to help determine a person's probable ancestry by finding matches within the database when a documented genealogy is difficult to confirm with a paper trail. This DNA project is not limited to any particular surname, all descendants of ESSMLG are invited to participate.

                            ESSMLG offers a group rate for DNA testing at Family Tree DNA. We accept results from other testing companies and add them to our database for members who may have tested at other laboratories. The society provides DNA scholarships for key lineage links. The DNA Director approves scholarships based on current project needs.

                            About ESSMLG

                            Early Settlers of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants is a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Texas. The organizing board consists of members of well-known Hispanic families who are descendants of early settlers of Spanish and Mexican land grants in the southwest Texas area.

                            Carolyn Ybarra is the President of the Board of Directors. Ybarra holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. She is a professional genealogist and principal of Family Research Services, who conducts historical research on movement across the United States by land and sea.

                            Dr. Ybarra is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and teaches memoir writing and family history. She has attended the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She is active in several nonprofits supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, and has lectured on genetically-inherited conditions. Her Ybarra and Garza ancestors settled in the Rio Grande Valley by the mid-19th century.

                            Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist, is the Executive Director and Registrar for the society. King is a professional researcher, publisher, and lecturer specializing in forensic genealogy services and kinship determination in heirship matters. She has edited and published 86 genealogical products on CD-ROM. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and was founding president of the Lone Star Chapter APG. She has completed Samford's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research Advanced Methodology and Analysis Course.

                            Debbie Parker Wayne is the DNA Director and Webmaster for the society. Wayne is a professional genealogist who spent over 25 years in the computer industry and has been doing genealogical research for more than eighteen years. She has been interested in DNA research since the beginning of the Human Genome Project and has closely studied the use of DNA in genealogical research. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and an officer in the Lone Star Chapter APG. She has completed several courses at Samford's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, including the Advanced Methodology and Analysis course and the Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents course.

                            http://spanishgrants.com/ is the Web address for the ESSMLG Web site.

                            http://spanishgrants.com/contacts.htm contains contact information for the society and directors.

                            About Other Entities

                            Board for Certification of Genealogists® is a registered service mark, and the following are service marks for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (http://www.BCGcertification.org/): Certified Genealogist, CG, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CGL. These service marks are used under license by associates who meet prescribed genealogical competency standards.

                            The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org/), established in 1979, represents over 1,800 genealogists and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and twenty-six other countries.

                            The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)
                            (http://www.samford.edu/schools/ighr/) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. The institute is academically and professionally oriented and is cosponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

                            Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com/) and other cooperative ventures, including the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project and AfricanDNA.com, now comprise the largest non-medical DNA testing program in the world. Family Tree DNA was founded in 2000 by Mr. Bennett Greenspan, an entrepreneur and life-long genealogy enthusiast, turning a hobby into a full-time vocation. His effort and innovation created the burgeoning field now known as genetic genealogy. With over 200,000 records, Family Tree DNA has the largest database of its kind in the world.

                            Ancestry.com & JewishGen

                            NOTE from DearMYRTLE. Playing catch up here... The following was received yesterday from our friends at Ancestry.com. This is a breakthrough agreement to benefit all researchers with Jewish heritage. Please address all inquiries to support@Ancestry.com .

                            ANCESTRY.COM AND JEWISHGEN ALIGN TO PROVIDE MORE ONLINE ACCESS TO MILLIONS OF JEWISH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

                            Partnership Enables Broader Research of Jewish Ancestry Through Powerful Search Tools in One Centralized Location

                            CHICAGO – Aug. 19, 2008
                            The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com, and JewishGen, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and promoting Jewish genealogy and an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, today announced a partnership designed to provide easier online access to millions of important Jewish historical documents. JewishGen's collection of databases will be integrated and be made available for free on Ancestry.com, making these historical Jewish records and information more accessible than ever before. As part of the agreement, the JewishGen site will also be hosted in Ancestry.com's data center.

                            For the first time ever, those interested in researching Jewish ancestry will be able to search JewishGen's databases on Ancestry.com, taking advantage of Ancestry.com's powerful search technologies, including tree hinting and the ability to search all JewishGen databases through one simple interface. The agreement will also give researchers the ability to make connections within family trees and to perform broader searches – searching JewishGen's databases in combination with the other 7 billion names and 26,000 databases available on Ancestry.com. In addition, visitors will be able to network with millions of Ancestry.com members to connect with others interested in Jewish genealogy and discover distant relatives.

                            "We are thrilled to be collaborating with JewishGen, an elite and well-respected resource in the Jewish genealogy community," said Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of The Generations Network. "Both organizations are committed to the preservation of important historical records. We look forward to working with JewishGen and to making these wonderful collections even more accessible for free on Ancestry.

                            "Under the new agreement, some of the important JewishGen content that will be available on Ancestry.com includes databases from many different countries, the Holocaust Database, Yizkor Books (memorial books from Holocaust survivors), The Given Names Database and JewishGen ShtetlSeeker, among others. The JewishGen collections will be available on Ancestry.com by the end of the year."

                            This important partnership between JewishGen and Ancestry.com demonstrates a commitment both to preserving Jewish heritage and providing the public with unprecedented access to these records," said Warren Blatt, Managing Director of JewishGen. "The impact on the genealogy community will be significant; not only will genealogists now have the use of powerful search tools to make research easier, they will be able to find everything for their Jewish heritage research needs at one location."

                            David G. Marwell, Director, Museum of Jewish Heritage, said, "The continuity of Jewish heritage is central to the Museum's mission. We are pleased that this partnership will make it easier for users to discover their Jewish roots and connect or re-connect to their family's history."

                            To learn more about this important agreement, or if you would like a sneak peek of the Jewish collections that will be available on Ancestry.com, visit www.ancestry.com/JewishHeritage.

                            About JewishGen
                            JewishGen, www.jewishgen.org, became an affiliate of the Museum on January 1, 2003. An Internet pioneer, JewishGen was founded in 1987 and has grown from a bulletin board with only 150 users to a major grass roots effort bringing together hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide in a virtual community centered on discovering Jewish ancestral roots and history.
                            Researchers use JewishGen to share genealogical information, techniques, and case studies. With a growing database of more than 11 million records, the website is a forum for the exchange of information about Jewish life and family history, and has enabled thousands of families to connect and re-connect in a way never before possible.

                            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 www.myfamily.com, www.rootsweb.com, 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 www.ancestry.com.

                            Here is the JewishGen and Ancestry Fact Sheet:

                            We are pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the premier resource for Jewish genealogy, and Ancestry.com, the largest online resource for family history information, have entered into a cooperative agreement.

                            Basics of the agreement:
                            • JewishGen will make some of its databases available on the Ancestry website.
                            • Ancestry will provide hardware and network support for the JewishGen website.

                            Benefits of the agreement:

                            • JewishGen will be able to provide more robust and functional resources to genealogists throughout the world.
                            • Specific and immediate improvements will be seen in the speed of the website, along with greater accessibility when searching databases.
                            • More people will be exposed to Jewish genealogy and have access to a greater range of resources to assist in researching family history.
                            • JewishGen's comprehensive records and information, contributed by volunteers from around the world, will continue to remain freely available on JewishGen.org.

                            Details of the agreement:

                            • JewishGen remains an independent non-profit organization, affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
                            • There will be no change to the JewishGen management team, structure or affiliation with the museum.
                            • This new agreement, combined with generosity of our donors throughout the world, will allow us to continue offering all of JewishGen's extensive resources for no charge.
                            • Privacy of personal information for JewishGen users is of key importance to us.
                            • Information about JewishGen registrants will not be shared.
                            • Personal informtion stored on JewishGen, such as data entered into the JGFF and Family Tree of the Jewish People, will not be shared.
                            • JewishGen will continue to independently administer the JewishGen website, mailing lists and affiliates.

                            FamilySearch adds 2 million items (FL, WV, WWII, Mexico, Peru)

                            NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received late last night from our friend Paul Nauta of FamilySearch. Please address all inquiries to support@FamilySearch.org .

                            FamilySearch added over 2 million new images or indexed records this week to its pilot Record Search databases. Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who help bring these projects to the Web for public access. Patrons can search these databases for free online at FamilySearch.org or directly at http://pilot.familysearch.org/ .

                            WWII Draft Reg. Cards
                            1,651,453 images
                            Updated - 1 new state (Ohio)

                            1930 Mexico Census Index
                            314,548 indexed records
                            104,849 digital images
                            Updated - 1 new state (Coahulia)

                            West Virginia Vital Records (Marriages)
                            306,782 index records
                            Updated - 14 new counties

                            Lima, Peru Civil Registration
                            134,664 digital image
                            Updated - User guidance added

                            1885 FL State Census
                            8,468 digital images
                            New collection

                            1935 FL State Census
                            36,019 digital images
                            New collection

                            1945 FL State Census
                            51,686 digital images
                            New collection

                            Tuesday, August 19, 2008

                            Indexes are not transcripts

                            DearREADERS,
                            Ancestry Insider’s blog had featured comments about the FamilySearch/Ancestry census indexes where he termed them “transcriptions”. This prompted Ol’ Myrt’s response as follows:

                            My dear friendly Ancestry Insider.

                            To call the FamilySearch/Ancestry census indexes "transcriptions" is perhaps not as accurate as calling them "abstracts". My understanding is that:

                            Transcriptions are word-for-word write-ups from an original document.

                            Abstracts are a few words from an original document.

                            My thinking also differs from you when considering that the basis for some of the Ancestry census abstracts are the old AIS census indexes which were fraught with errors because individuals typed into a computer after looking at the microfilm on a reader. Much can be lost as one turns one’s head.

                            I knew one such paid AIS employee -- the mother of 2 kids in diapers, with a husband working as a 1st year physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Given all the constraints of that woman’s lifestyle, I can only imagine it would be humanly impossible to be as accurate as a double, blind data entry abstract such as offered by FamilySearch Indexing.

                            Affordability of the workload is paramount in any business endeavor, and AIS certainly performed well given the technological constraints of the time period.

                            YES, I give you the point that individuals have been able to make corrective updates to Ancestry's census abstracts but realistically, that is probably a small percentage of names compared to the millions enumerated each census year.

                            If there was a method for extracting only THOSE census corrections, and combine it with the mighty darn good abstracts provided by FamilySearch Indexing (FSI) might really be a good match.

                            In fact, as an arbitrator with FSI, I am not looking forward to working through any such combination of Ancestry indexes & FSI first run abstracts.

                            In my view, Ancestry got the better end of the bargain, unless you consider that the scanned census images will again be freely available through the 4,500+ LDS Family History Centers throughout the world.

                            THANKS for all you do to keep the genealogy community THINKING!

                            Just sign me one of your fans!


                            Happy family tree climbing!
                            Myrt :)
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                            TNG v7.0.1

                            NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Lots of email announcements of late. This one is from our friend Darrin Lythgoes of TNG The Next Generation of Site Building. Please address all inquiries to him at darrin@lythgoes.net

                            TNG v7.0.1 Now Available

                            This is to let you know that TNG v7.0.1 is now available on the v7 downloads page. The changes are summarized on that page and also here below. Please remember to follow instructions! By far, the number one cause of upgrade trouble is still failure to follow instructions. If you have a problem, please re-read the instructions to see if you missed anything before you contact me.

                            The question of parental data & media on a child's individual page was addressed by adding an option in the General Settings (under Miscellaneous). If you don't change that option, it will behave the same as before, except that the standard events of Marriage & Divorce, which previously were not being displayed for parents, will now be displayed as well. Other options are 1) only display standard events, and 2) Display nothing.

                            A few new messages were added to the text files. These have been added in English for all languages until proper translations are contributed.

                            Thanks for your patience on all the issues that were addressed here. I still maintain that the v7 testers did a fantastic job with the initial release. There are so many people using the product in so many different ways, however, that it's virtually impossible to cover everything.

                            Darrin


                            7.0.1 changes:
                            • Some style issues have been resolved in a few of the prebuilt templates.
                            • The home page was showing multiple BODY tags (fixed).
                            • The error_reporting declaration in subroot.php was moved to the top of the file.
                            • The default photo for a family was not being shown on the family group page (fixed).
                            • The default photos for sources and repositories were not being displayed on those pages either (fixed).
                            • Reports using family events were failing because of an ambiguous field name (fixed).
                            • The surname prefix was being left off of some names in the PDF charts (fixed).
                            • Labels for new media types were not being shown on the Statistics and What's New pages (fixed).
                            • The mail sent by the Contact Us form was revealing the true email address of the site owner if the user elected to send a copy to their address (fixed).
                            • Some redirection links did not work in CMS environments (fixed).
                            • An new Root Path value would not allow the General Settings page to be saved (fixed).
                            • The sorting of search results (by clicking on the column headings) did not work on some servers (fixed).
                            • Citations attached to notes were not being displayed (fixed).
                            • The headstone status was not being displayed in some places where it should have been (fixed).
                            • The Dates & Anniversaries page did not work for any date other than the default (fixed).
                            • Place names were not being grouped or sorted correctly on the Places page (fixed).
                            • The Merge tab did not work from the Admin/Edit Place page (fixed).
                            • Deleting a tree would cause all users not linked to any tree to become deactivated (fixed; only users attached to the deleted tree should become deactivate).
                            • Links to albums on the getperson page were not showing if none of the albums had thumbnails (fixed).
                            • Image previews weren't working if the file name contained special characters (fixed).
                            • The media Image Map did not work in some situations (fixed).
                            • Special characters did not work in some of the modal dialog popup boxes (fixed).
                            • Links and other HTML content attached to media did not work (would be displayed as text) during a slide show (fixed).
                            • The Title was being omitted from the name display in favor of the new Prefix field (fixed; now both are visible).
                            • If you required a login on your site, anonymous visitors who attempted to send you mail via the Contact Us form were being greeted with a Login screen after sending the message (fixed; and no, the email was not being sent).
                            • The media Image Map did not work in some situations (fixed).
                            • Some people could not add more than one image to an album (fixed).
                            • The gedcom import was skipping lines that directly followed events with no date or place (fixed).
                            • The New Media page was failing if a tree was selected on the page (fixed).
                            • Entries on the Most Wanted page were not displaying their true sort order with some versions of MySQL (fixed).
                            • The Google Map was not being displayed on some admin pages if the Default Zoom (Map Settings) had no value (fixed).
                            • The customconfig.php file was not being loaded from the Admin area (fixed).
                            • Passwords could not be reset from the public Login page (fixed).
                            • Multiple notes for the same event were not being separated by a blank line on the Ahnentafel report (fixed).
                            • "Short" source titles will now be displayed on the public Sources page if no "long" title exists.
                            • The Google Map did not render properly if the map was set to be initially revealed but was still hidden inside a larger collapsed area (fixed).
                            • The "Delete Selected" button did not work on the Admin/Users/Review page (fixed).
                            • Form fields in the PDF options box were not long enough for some browsers (fixed).
                            • When searching for photos for the Most Wanted page, you could not select photos beyond the first page of results (fixed).
                            • The max length of media descriptions (before they get truncated on the media list pages) was increased from 250 to 350 characters.
                            • Descriptions for external media or direct-link media will no longer be truncated at all.
                              When adding links to an album, no indication was being given that the link had been made (fixed; a small icon now replaces the word "Add").
                            • When creating new people from spouses area of the Add/Edit Family page, the generated ID was sometimes incorrect (fixed).
                            • The width of the left-side menu in the Admin area has been increased to 150 pixels.
                              Converting from one media type to another from the Admin/Media page didn't work (fixed).
                            • The icons at the bottom of the Admin/Utilities page have been removed, and the instructional message at the top has been corrected.
                            • Some queries were corrected to be compatible with MySQL 5.
                            • The "Find" icon next to the place field on the Edit Event popup did not work (fixed).
                              Albums could not be linked to places (fixed).
                            • On a new installation, it was possible to import without a tree selected (fixed).
                            • Text "balloons" on the Google Map on the individual cemetery pages were not showing the right information (fixed).
                            • When searching for photos for the Most Wanted page, you could not go beyond the first page of results (fixed).
                            • Thumbnails on the Most Wanted page were sometimes overlapping the row beneath them (fixed).
                            • Some people saw a "page not found" message while logging in because of an erroneous redirection to an "https" URL (fixed).
                            • The Dates & Anniversaries page was not accounting for the server time offset (fixed).
                              Media were not showing for places if the individual page was flagged to start with "Personal Information" instead of "All" (fixed).
                            • Choosing the "Accept all new custom events" option during an import was overriding settings on existing custom event types (fixed).
                            • Names for living individuals were being shown on the home page of Template 7, even if they were not supposed to be shown elsewhere (fixed).
                            • Admin users without Add, Edit or Delete rights could still perform those actions on custom media types (fixed).
                            • Media could not be linked to indivduals (due to a Javascript error) if the GD image library was not installed (fixed).
                            • Instructions on the Merge People screen told you to check a box to delete the event on the right when it should have said on the left (fixed).
                            • Names were not being displayed for family links on the Admin/Media page (fixed).
                            • The display of parental data on a child's individual page is now configurable.
                            • Some notes were generating blank lines or omitting carriage returns in the gedcom export (fixed).
                            • The Resequencing utility was halting if it encountered a branch designation for a person who no longer existed (fixed).
                            • Some sources were incorrectly shown to be linked to living individuals because the tree ID was not being factored into an imported query (fixed).
                            • Some messages were hard coded and not translatable (fixed).
                            • The Prefix was being shown twice whenever a name was shown as "Last Name, First Name" (fixed).
                            • Large thumbnails were displayed the wrong size on the pedigree chart in IE6 (fixed).
                            • Saving the "What's New" message under Admin/Reports provided no feedback and would not save special characters properly (fixed).
                            • Sources could not be searched on a partial "short title" match unless the title began with the search criteria (fixed).
                            • Server and site time now displayed on the General Settings page to aid with the "Server time offset".


                            DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 19 Aug 2008



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                            DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 19 Aug 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:
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                            GUESTS THIS WEEK Genetree - You Belong Here (Image Link)

                            Dusty Rhodes
                            from GeneTree.com, the free website that helps you coordinate communication with family and other researchers with common paternal DNA (Y-DNA). Dusty calls this the way to keep family together using the power of DNA. The only cost is for the actual DNA testing, in the form of a mouthwash. From GeneTree.com we discover the company utilizes exceptional tools and resources from organizations at the forefront of their respective industries. These include:


                            • Sorenson Media, developer of the world's leading digital video compression and encoding software and of innovative tools that enable the development and publishing of user-generated video that help reinvent participants’ Internet experience. The company’s technology has been installed on more than a billion computers worldwide, with users ranging from individuals to major corporations and top Hollywood studios.
                            • The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) is a non-profit organization building the world’s foremost collection of DNA samples correlated with genealogical information, gathered from individuals in more than 170 nations. (Pedigree-based)

                            • DNA testing is performed by ISO-accredited Sorenson Genomics, the world’s first genetic testing laboratory certified for genetic genealogy purposes by the American Association of Blood Banks.

                            • GeneTree is one of Family Tree Magazine's 101 best Websites - 2008

                            • GeneTree Blog

                            • (This segment begins 8:30 minutes into the podcast.)


                            Elizabeth Powel Crowe, author of Genealogy Online 8th edition. It’s back to school time, Click to search selected pages of Elizabeth's book.and maybe you’re thinking you need to know more about genealogy techniques and methods. One way to learn about genealogy is to take an online course. This week Libbi suggests correspondence and online classes to refine our research techniques:


                            • Introduction to Genealogy from National Genealogical Society (U.S.)-Click on Learning Center, then on Online Courses. Most genealogists take this course first. It is very American-centric, but the techniques can be applied to any country’s vital statistics. There are more advance courses for specific regions and resources (e.g. wills). Introduction to Genealogy is an online course for those who have done little, if any, research on their families. It is open to anyone who wishes to enroll. Members of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) receive a tuition discount.

                            • Family History Personal Enrichment Classes Learn from Brigham Young University about research in the United States, France and Germany. These are non-credit courses, so there are no exams!

                            • Certificate in Genealogical Studies The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has joined forces with the Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto to provide web-based courses for both family historians and professional genealogists.
                              Canadian-based.

                            • GenClass Online classes in a variety of genealogical topics are conducted online by qualified, experienced instructors. Each four-week class includes a detailed course curriculum and online class meetings for $29.95.

                            • A more comprehensive listing, along with seminars, workshops and classes, can be found in Libbi's book.

                            • Be sure to subscribe to Elizabeth's blog, the Crowe's Nest.

                            • (This segment begins 31 minutes into the podcast.)
                            Whitney Ransom from WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com to discuss the possible February 2009 release of the new Family History Library Catalog. (How Ol' Myrt wishes she could be in on the beta testing of this resource!)


                            LINKS WE MENTION
                            The September DearMYRTLE's Salt Lake Study Group Field Trip is to the Family History Library to attend the free Utah Genealogical Association Fall Conference 12-13 Sept 2008. Find out more at: www.infouga.org. Since Ol' Myrt will be speaking and must arrive early, the DearMYRTLE Study Group members are invited to take Salt Lake City's hi-speed rail, TRAX, and attend on their own. Myrt's topics include:

                            • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists - The class focuses on feedback from other genealogists who would do things differently if they were starting over from scratch. Handouts include research log, research checklist, a plan for filing paper documents, and information leading to proper source citation.

                            • The Winter of Our Discontent: 3 Months to Better Organization - We’ve heard about marathon runners? How about a marathon to finally get organized? Myrt quickens the pace of her 12-month program, and asks you to devote a mere 12 weeks to the process. You can do this! Includes sorting, filing, data input, scanning photos, documenting artifacts, & creating family history experiences for the non-genealogists in the family.

                            • Women Are From Venus: Finding Female Ancestors - Practical advice for locating elusive maiden names of our ancestors includes case studies and a checklist for likely source documents.

                            • Union Civil War Pension and Widows’ Files - Accessing these oft-overlooked genealogy gems focuses on three Union Civil War Pension case studies, and one widow’s file that culminated in three approved Daughters of Union Veterans membership applications.
                            Bountiful (Utah) Family History Roundtable


                            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.

                            Preview IssueBrite 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 know my number". Ol' Myrt taught her young children to memorize the family telephone number, and now her daughters are teaching Myrt's grandchildren using the same song. It's from the Safety Kids CD.

                            Discovering Family History is the magazine Myrt mentions with practical, easy-to-follow articles for beginning genealogists. Way to Go, Editor Ed! Click to
                            download a free sample copy. This is a great resources for genealogy instructors.



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                            Myrt :)
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