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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour History Hour 30 Sept 2008 genealogy podcast

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Elizabeth Powell Crowe
, author of Genealogy Online 8th edition, joins Myrt to discuss Millions of names are being indexed by volunteers who participate in this double blind data entry indexing system. Join and do your part, even if it is only 30 minutes a week, if enough volunteers do this, the work will progress faster. Be sure to check out Libbi's blog at

MightyMouse TOUR
Be sure to pause, rewind or play your .mp3 player if you'd like to follow along while Myrt is speaking.

Myrt takes her listeners on a personal step-by step tour of We used to think of Labs.FamilySearch is the "test area" for indexes and databases. Well, now is an "advanced" test area, meaning the contents are nearly ready to be released.

Myrt also spotlights this last week's Best of the Internet for Genealogists award winning sites & content:

LINKS WE MENTIONClick to find out about Myrt's favorite chocolatier.

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.

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

Heritage Books Midnight Madness use the promotion code MIDMAD08 on your order to receive 30% off before shipping on your order at Heritage Books. The sale expires at midnight Friday, 3 October 2008.

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  • Correcting Mistakes

  • RIP Art Lassagne

  • How's your family tree?

  • Blogging tips

  • BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 28 Sept 2008

  • I *Heart* Your Blog Award

  • FamilyInsight now in open beta

  • FHExpos Genealogy Podcast debuts

  • Heritage Books Midnight Madness

  • MyAncestorsFound becomes

  • Homestead Records at

  • READER'S FEEDBACK: Chrome & Opera web browsers

  • American Archives, the Manuscript and Book Collection

  • My Ancestors Found Call for Papers 2009

  • Click to view the Teach Genealogy Blog


    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    Correcting Mistakes

    NOTE: The podcast version of this blog entry appears at DearMYRTLE's podcast area.

    A compiled genealogy is never done, as additional information will most assuredly come to light.

    This blog entry is not only about "correcting mistakes" but about "strange coincidences".

    At the NGS Conference last May in Kansas City, Ol' Myrt here picked up a book & CD with nearly a thousand cutsie Victorian clip art designs. That's where I found the drawing of this eraser -- the upgrade version of the 3" x 1" pink one I used in elementary school. When I began writing book reports using a manual typewriter in middle school, they hadn't yet invented "White Out" to cover up our mistakes.

    So in those "olden days" we used what I thought of as a snazzy full-function eraser with the little whisking brush, illustrated at left. I guess the theory was to whisk away the eraser residue so as to avoid clogging up our Remington's inner workings. (Imagine, no word processors, and having to press hard on each key as we typed, so the resulting imprint on the page would be strong and easily readable!)

    SO, last spring, after unpacking my treasure trove of finds at the NGS vendors' hall, I set to work copying & pasting said Victorian artistic symbols (all royalty free, of course!) into my Outlook 2007 calendar. The idea was to begin this new series of blog entries starting this fall after a full summer of traveling abroad, etc.

    INNOCENTLY ENOUGH, this morning I got up early, and tackled the postings on the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) Mailing List -- something I had missed for the past three days due to other assignments. Most topics centered around:

    Ol' Myrt here had JUST finished reading [APG] Problems when your corrections are accepted by Judy Newman, when UP POPPED the automatic reminder from my calendar program reminding me that today's topic would be "CORRECTING MISTAKES." That is the "strange coincidence".

    HOW ON EARTH DID MYRT'S RANDOM PLACEMENT OF GRAPHICS AND FUTURE BLOG TITLES (4 months ago) just happen to coincide with the series of postings Ol' Myrt was reading at the very moment my calendar pop-up reminded me of the day's topic? I guess in the cosmic
    scheme of things it really must be time to start cleaning up our databases and correcting mistakes.

    In her APG posting, Judy wrote "...A distant cousin has an online web page for her family. We share 4th great grandparents. When I learned about her web site I wrote her with some corrections and some death dates. She added the death dates but did nothing about the corrections. She added my name to the web site as the only source other than herself and it now looks as though I could be responsible for the serious misinformation..."

    Judy's posting bring up two important points:
    • Just because it's on the web (on in a printed book) doesn't mean it is the gospel truth.
    • Your best defense is to put up your own website, with the truth as you know it. Then keep things up to date.

    All too often beginning genealogists merely cull ancestral info from the net, and place it, clearly without much thought, in their personal genealogical databases. Claims of 20,000+ names in a database don't impress anyone who understands that each family relationship must be substantiated by surviving documents from the places where your ancestors once lived.

    The drawback about putting things up on the web means that if you DO happen to post an innocent mistake in lineage assumptions, even when you DO post corrections, there is no way to contact the thousands of people who may have copied & pasted the erroneous info BEFORE you made your change. (Great run-on sentence, eh?)

    But without making postings on surname message boards, or creating your own genealogy website, you are doomed to remain OUT of the conversation about your ancestor's history. You've got to communicate with other genealogists. Some of them may know more about your ancestor than you do at this point in time.

    Since the study of one's roots is a growing, ever-changing process -- we'll probably always be peeling back the layers on the blinders that prevent us from viewing the lives of our ancestors in true historical context. Finding additional, even obscure record groups mentioning our progenitors will certainly be part of the equation. Clues about familial relationships are often derived from indirect sources, requiring logical deductive reasoning. But as new documents come to light, we must revisit our declarations of just "who is who", to be sure we're not grafting a line of someone else's ancestors into our own family tree.

    SINCE WE CANNOT USE "WHITE OUT" to cover up our mistakes, just what DO we use? Your genealogy management software will help you with some practical aspects of removing people, looking for disconnected people (separate trees), merging duplicates, checking spelling, etc.

    SO, MY DEAR, DearREADERs, please don't give up. None of us is perfect. We're going to make mistakes no matter how hard we try. But the thing that will make the difference is adhering to this policy: as soon as we discover our mistakes, let's correct them. No dragging ourselves across hot coals or harboring feelings of inadequacy because of those mistakes.

    Ol' Myrt here firmly believes we're making our best judgments as we compile our family history based on the information at hand. As we grow our research skills, take additional "how-to" courses on and off the web, converse with other researchers, and continue to scour each ancestor's hometown records, we will undoubtedly unearth new information that must fit in with the documents we've already collected.

    Whether the newly discovered document proves existing ancestral theories, or produces wrinkles in the over-all picture -- WE CAN HANDLE IT.

    When a document provides more questions than answers, don't be afraid to discuss your challenge in your genealogy database notes for that individual. Just type it in there like you are describing it to your best friend. Sometime in the future, when you revisit the challenge, other information may have come into your possession that will clarify matters.

    This is all part of the process. Just keep going, gang! We can do it.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    RIP Art Lassagne

    Yesterday the world lost a wonderful man, but the world’s loss is heaven’s gain. Art Lassagne passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, but his impact on genealogists will long endure.

    Art is known for his popular Ani-Map software that is a county boundary historical atlas. The software displays around 2,300 maps and shows in animation format the changing county boundaries for each of the 48 adjacent United States for every year since colonial times. The earliest map shows Virginia boundaries in 1617. Ani-Map also allows plotting of a place and then observation of the reverse progression of boundaries, back through time. By noting previous county jurisdictions, researchers may find other courthouses that may have documents mentioning their ancestors. Recent Ani-Map updates include plucking and plotting with Ani-Map and Google Maps.

    A mutual friend, Holly Hansen, wrote her thoughts about Art:
    Here you’ll find more about his personal history.

    I, for one, am going to miss Art’s generous smile, and twinkling eyes. He understood the fun and yes, even the exhaustion of being a presenter and an exhibitor at national and regional genealogy conferences, and was always there offering a helping hand, and words of encouragement. Art had the distinction of being a smart man, with an approachable human side.

    Rest in peace, dear friend.

    PS - You'll find Ani-Map at

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    How's your family tree?

    Pic by Ol' Myrt from the 2008 fall colors hike up Provo Canyon.

    The audio version of this blog entry is located at:

    This past weekend Ol' Myrt here took a hike with a friend up Provo Canyon to take pics of the fall leaves. Gosh, the reds and golds contrasted sharply with the varying shades of green in the few evergreens and low growing sage brush indigenous to our area. Some of the trees were still holding on to their green leaves, perhaps to begin changing within the next week or so. A few trees sported nearly bare branches, and the shades of dark brown provide a striking contrast to the pallet of russets and yellows in neighboring tree limbs. As we ate our noon meal, a gentle breeze would shower tiny yellow leaves on the freshly mown grass around our picnic table. A perfect day.

    But as always, Ol' Myrt here seems to liken everything to family history.

    So I am wondering -- how is your family tree coming along?

    With only three months left to the year, have you accomplished most of your organizational and research goals for 2008?

    Is your family tree looking a little dull and lifeless? Maybe you need a few more documents that might prove those shaky lineage assumptions? Why not finish that scanning project to digitize ancestral photos and pertinent "proof" documents, attaching each to all ancestors mentioned herein.

    Do some of the barren limbs need to be trimmed? Use your genealogy management software to spotlight possible duplicates and identify typos, etc. Be sure to standardize spelling of states. (Half of my entries have abbreviated state names, and other entries sport the newer practice of spelling everything out, now that hard drive space is no longer at a premium.) Be sure to insert counties based on the county boundaries at the time your ancestor lived there, not according to the 2008 AAA Atlas.

    Though Mother nature puts her trees through a dormant season, you don't have to stop working on your family tree. In fact, now that the kids are back in school, this is a perfect time to visit a distant courthouse to view records that haven't yet been microfilmed.

    Don't put off grafting until spring. This is a great time to add newly discovered adoptive or
    blood relations to your known ancestors, and type in the info about newly discovered siblings and their families, so your genealogy management software will have more details to share with others.

    The generous use of fertilizer is good for real life gardens, but not for compiled family histories. Make sure you back up each fact of birth, marriage, burial, military service, etc. with copies of surviving documents. No more jumping to conclusions, no more "family stories' unless they are well labeled as such.

    Sharing is the hallmark both good gardeners AND good genealogists. There was a lot of sharing of Calilily roots and cuttings from the lavender and sage growing prolifically in our parent's garden when we closed up the house after our parents passed away. Someone even transplanted the ancient Japanese split leaf red maple that had gracefully hovered on the west side of the waterfall out back. (Ol' Myrt here hopes it survives the shock of being moved.) Sharing our family tree, old photos and interesting source documents is a lot easier these days:

    • Use RootsMagic to create a Sharable CD (where the recipient doesn't have to have a copy of the program to view your pedigree charts and family sheets and attached multi-media files.)

    • Send an email a week, with one ancestral photo attached -- an ancestor spotlight of sorts.

    • Make postings on RootsWeb surname message boards, telling other researchers about your recent finds. You never know who'll respond to your query. You may have great-grampa's photo, but they may have inherited the family bible.

    • Print out high-quality copies of ancestral photos, and frame them nicely and give to your siblings or children for a present during the upcoming holidays.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Blogging tips

    From: Kathy
    I really like your blog. I am planning to start a blog so that I can post some of my research, photos, and info about Chicago, Irish and Lithuanian research (for starters.) I'd also like my blog to produce some income. Do you have any tips for me as I get started blogging? Do you think it is likely that another genealogy blog would produce a worthwhile amount of income? Thanks for your time. See you in January in Salt Lake City.

    Ol' Myrt's best suggestion is to use It is owned by Google, so the text is fully searchable within about 5-7 minutes of posting.

    It will take you five minutes to set up your blog. You can change the layout and design later if you like.

    Calendar topics weekly for the next two months, and keep it that way. Then you'll know you won't be stuck for something to write about.

    Producing income isn't a priority of my blog, so I cannot advise you on the matter.

    I also heartily recommend for info about the mechanical side of running a blog.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 28 Sept 2008

    The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 28 Sept 2008

    It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. This date marks 36 years since the passing of my real Grandma Myrtle, and 1 year since my father's death. So it is good to keep busy thinking positively and THAT is easy to do with such great genealogy info on the web.

    As always, the Best of the Internet Award winners are entitled to the use of this award graphic, with a link back to this blog entry.
    [Ahem, drum roll please…]

    The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 28 Sept 2008 awards go to:

    Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees Blog a blurb last July that caught Ol' Myrt's attention. See: "War Orphans from Poland (via Siberia and Africa) in Canada" with links to a new book and a newspaper article on this topic.

    INSTRUCTION: The National Archives (UK) website offers a quick reference chart for understanding calendar years including such terms as the Julian Calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, Regnal Years, Roman numerals until the 16th century, with additional info about money (pounds, shillings and pence) and measurements (40 perches = 1 rood.)

    DATABASE SITE: Earlham College's American Friend (Quaker) Obituary Index (1894-1960) is an example of what one individual can accomplish to benefit the genealogy community as a whole. Our thanks should go to Thomas D. Hamm, who spent three years scouring American Friend issued from 1894-1960, when the publication was replaced by Quaker Life.

    SCANNED IMAGE SITE: National Library of New Zealand offers several collections, though Ol' Myrt would like to spotlight Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre Oral History Project "On the Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre Oral History Project website, residents from the Wellington suburbs of Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay talk about the dramatic physical and social changes they've witnessed in these areas since the 1920s."

    How I wish more local genealogy or historical societies would take the lead, and interview the area's more experienced residents.

    PODCAST: Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 51 hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke, podcaster extraordinaire. Lisa started a little later than some, but has emerged as one of the strongest podcasters on the Net. This episode features favorite sayings submitted by some of Lisa's fellow genea-podcasters, including Ol' Myrt here. Episode 50 also features throughts from other genea-podcasters on the topic "If you could interview any one of your ancestors, who would it be?" Thanks Lisa for your innovative and informative podcast.

    VIDEO: A BIG thank-you to Denise Olson for her posting "Create Your Own YouTube Channel" posted 23 Sept 2008 at Family Matters - Tech Support for the Family Historian. Denise solves the problem when viewing a YouTube video -- so you won't have to put blinders on to avoid the most popular video on the right nav bar. Ahem, um, er, let's just say, all too often what's most popular isn't in the genealogy genre. Be sure to visit Denise's Moultrie Creek Channel.

    INNOVATION: "Send documents as PDF rather than fax" posted by Adam Pash 20 Sept 2007 (!) on
    Lifehacker: Tips and downloads for getting things done. "If you're setting up the ultimate home office but you don't want to shell out the cash for a clunky, outdated fax machine, you probably don't need to. When I started working from home, I used free fax-from-your-computer options like
    , but there are limitations to free faxes and in general they're somewhat of a pain. [...]"

    MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Again, I look to several postings from the public mailing list for the APG Association of Professional Genealogists, this time, though on the subject of keeping local societies healthy. Betty Malesky, CG, Newsletter Editor and Past President of the Green Valley Genealogical Society in Green Valley, AZ wrote: "Local societies must get off the mark and find out what their members want. We can't sit back any more and wait for members to walk through the door. Our local society is stronger than ever because we have aggressively marketed our presence in the community and continually poll members to find out what we're doing right and how we can do better." To read the list of 8 initiatives set in place by her society read the rest of Betty's posting here.

    Kirsten Bowman replied "It seems to me there are two major functions that local societies can perform effectively. First, of course, would be promoting an interest in genealogy in the community and providing training. Second is advertising local holdings on the Internet and offering transcriptions or lookups (for sale). My own society has a nice collection of local history, but most residents here don't have roots in the area. [...]" Read more of Kirsten's posting here.

    ETHNIC STUDIES: Document a dark period in US history, see Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, created, 1988 - 1989, documenting the period 1942 - 1946 - Record Group 210 Records of the War Relocation Authority at the National Archives website. From the National Archives online database description we read:

    "This series contains personal descriptive data about Japanese Americans evacuated from the states of Washington, Oregon, and California to ten relocation centers operated by the War Relocation Authority during World War II in the states of California (Tule Lake and Manzanar
    Centers), Idaho (Minidoka Center, Utah (Central Utah Center), Colorado (Granada Center), Arizona (Colorado River and Gila River Centers), Wyoming (Heart Mountain Center), and Arkansas (Rohwer and Jerome Centers). Each record represents an individual and includes the name; relocation project and assembly center to which assigned; previous address; birthplace of parents; occupation of father; education; foreign residence; indication of military service, public assistance, pensions, and physical defects; sex and marital status; race of evacuee and spouse; year of birth; age; birthplace; indication of the holding of an alien registration number and/or Social Security number, and whether the evacuee attended Japanese language school; highest grade completed; language
    proficiency; occupations; and religion."

    Plus One: Researchers will note that the Library of Congress (US) blog posted 13 June 2008 an entry titled "National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Recognizes Carnegie Library of
    Pittsburgh For Outstanding Service"
    . There we read
    "The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has made tremendous strides in reaching potential patrons and introducing those individuals to the talking-book program," said NLS Director Frank Kurt Cylke.
    "Its dynamic newsletter, informative publications, outstanding and innovative services and substantial outreach efforts make Carnegie LBPH the NLS Network Library of the Year."

    Please note that this week's award winners may have published the spotlighted content earlier, it is just that this week Ol' Myrt here stumbled across them and wishes to honor excellent work.

    If you have suggestions for winning genealogy content, be sure to drop me a line. After all, we get by with a little help from our friends.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
    Your friend in genealogy.

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    Saturday, September 27, 2008

    I *Heart* Your Blog Award

    Thanks to the mysterious "Ancestry Insider" for granting Ol' Myrt here the I *heart* Your Blog Award.

    The rules for the award are:

    1. Can put the logo on his/her blog

    2. Must link to the person who gave the award

    3. Must award 7 other blogs and link to them

    4. Must leave a comment on each of the nominated blogs

    I agree with Ancestry Insider that it is impossible to list ALL of the blogs I read each day, but I'll make a stab at it. You will note that some are not in the genealogy genre.


    Bootcamp for Bloggers (formerly Facebook(r) Bootcamp for Bloggers) by Thomas MacEntee was designed to help genea-bloggers learn to use Facebook more effectively. But Tom has so much to share, I am glad he didn't limit himself, hence the name change. This month's offerings indicate
    the diversity of his topics: Skype, Adding Audio Files to Blogger, Burning Your Feeds, How to Set up a Creative Commons License, Backing Up Your Blog.

    Carnival of Genealogy - hosted at a variety of genea-blog sites, but coordinated through this interface. This is one way genea-bloggers are able to write on a specific topic, and have their blog listed with others. The result is a blog entry referencing some 15-20 different points of view on the same topic. WOW!

    The Chart Chick features the writing of Janet Hovorka from Generation Maps. She writes about all sorts of topics from keeping up with the latest versions of software and digital storage to how to display a giant wall chart at the next family reunion. Ol' Myrt loves the mix of technical insights with practical, doable family history projects.

    Genea-Musings features Randy Seaver's insights as a Grampa, FTM user, member of a local genealogy society, and general researcher at large. He has his mouse pointer on the pulse of online genealogy community and often beats me to the punch in spreading the word about new database collections available here and there on the Net.

    Renee's Genealogy Blog keeps me up to date with all things genealogy including the roll out, and the activities of the local Utah Valley PAF Users Group. Renee also uses her blog to keep folks posted on her progress as a very active volunteer. Bravo!

    Shades of the Departed by Linda, our favorite footnoteMAVEN focuses on looking at the surviving images of our ancestors. fM has long interested in preserving old photos, digitizing them, and labeling them digitally as well. She is also a dear friend who sent me a pic of the rhododendrons blooming in the Pacific Northwest, where we both have roots.

    ThinkGenealogy by Mark Tucker features a new way of looking at the genealogy research process. Mark worked closely with Elizabeth Shown Mills to determine that his research map followed her analysis, citation and professional genealogy standards as closely as possible.

    Tracing the Tribe is a masterful work by Schelly Talalay Dardashti, who manages to keep us informed about news and upcoming events throughout the world from her desktop in Israel. Many blog topics reflect her Jewish ancestry. This multi-talented lady also teaches online at


    The Lifehacker blog provides insight about technical topics, sometimes as diverse as how to use the new Google toolbar released for FireFox, installing the Wikipedia Screen Saver, and how to turn an Ikea door into a computer desk. (Yes, Ol' Myrt here didn't make that one up!)

    ZDNet Blog is a must-read for those with an interest in technology, outside the genre of genealogy. Before the convenience of the blog feed, Ol' Myrt consulted this site when attempting to find out about better choices for anti-spam, anti-virus software, etc.

    There are ten blogs mentioned here, though I subscribe to over 250. But the grandchildren call, and I must close this blog.

    THANKS to all the genea-bloggers for being part of the conversation -- inspiring family historians to reach higher standards of research, analysis and preservation.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    FamilyInsight now in open beta

    Long-time users of PAF Insight, the add-on program designed to tweak genealogy databases created in PAF (Personal Ancestral File), are pleased to note the release of FamilyInsight to "open beta" which means this is 99.44% perfected.

    • Use the NEW MODE to search for your family in the FamilySearch family tree (You must already
      have access to
    • Easily combine records in the FamilySearch family tree
    • Separate improperly combined records found in FamilySearch family tree
    • Synchronize your PAF records with matching records in the FamilySearch family tree
      • Send your information to the FamilySearch family tree
      • Receive information from the FamilySearch family tree
    • Dispute information found in the FamilySearch family tree
    • Use the IMPROVED Edit Places mode to check your place-names against the standardize place-names list in FamilySearch
    • Works on both Windows and Macintosh Computers
    • FamilyInsight is a free update if you have a current license or update license of PAF Insight

    NOTE: With few exception, access to is currently limited to LDS Church members who reside outside the Wasatch Front area in the US. Sometime within the next year, the will be available to all interested genealogists.

    An upcoming interview on the Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast series will feature FamilyInsight creator John Vilburn.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    FHExpos Genealogy Podcast debuts

    Click to hear the new podcast series.

    Ol' Myrt here is pleased to announce the debut of the
    Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast series, where she serves as hostess. It's been a busy week, fine tuning the details and arranging the website.

    Earlier this month Ol' Myrt wrote about changing their name to Family H
    istory Expo, as they've shifted focus to the most successful part of their work. See: MyAncestorsFound becomes So the name is new, but the people are the the familiar, friendly folks that even Dick Eastman raves about.

    Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast - Episode 1 features Holly Hansen who describes the name change and provides an overview of the upcoming Mesa Arizona Family History Expo to be held 14-15 November 2008 at the Mesa Convention Center. This year's theme "CyberExchange 101: Learn the tech to search your roots" will be introduced by keynote speaker Don R. Anderson, Senior Vice President at FamilySearch. Holly explains there are ten classes per session, over a two-day period. FamilySearch is sponsoring 2 classrooms each hour, and is sponsoring 1 classroom per hour.

    Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast - Episode 2 features Sue Clark who will be teaching a class titled Ellis Island and the Immigrant Experience. During the podcast Sue provides insights about how our immigrant ancestors saw and experienced Ellis Island. Her class presentation will include with photos and a step-by-step tour through the admittance process. Online and print sources for records (passenger lists and ship photos) will be featured, including those from Castle Garden, the processing station in operation before Ellis Island.

    Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast - Episode 3 features Barry Ewell. During the podcast Barry provides a few advanced tips from his three upcoming presentations including:

    • How to Effectively Conduct Genealogy Research on the Internet - Are you frustrated with searching the internet and not being able to find information about your family? During this presentation expect to learn how to conduct Google search that help you find more of your family from across the internet in obscure websites to frequently visited databases and collections that hold the knowledge and clues to finding your family.
    • Digital Photography for the Genealogist - Turn the digital camera into one of your most valued genealogical research tools. Effectively acquire records and preserve documents. Cut your reproduction costs by a minimum of 50%, achieve 3 times more with your available time. Also learn how to preserve, catalog, and file images for easy access.
    • If Sherlock Holmes were a Genealogist - Learn the secrets used by Sherlock Holmes and become a first rate genealogist - investigator, researcher, problem-solver, and mystery buster.
      We will explore the main steps used by Sherlock to solve mysteries which include: 1. Observation 2. Analysis 3. Search 4. Imagination.

    Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast - Episode 4 features Gordon Booth who discusses records availability and a few tidbits from his upcoming presentation titled Getting Acquainted with English Family History . This beginners' class will focus on the elements of English culture, history and industry--as they affect family history research. Important information sources will be covered as well as their general availability. The dates of historic events will be discussed, explaining how they affect the types of records that were kept. Key dates will be highlighted along with explanations of how they point to likely (and available) sources of family history details.

    iTunes will pick up the podcast shortly. There is no rushing them I guess! In the mean time, you'll find the new
    Family History Expos Genealogy Podcast by going to and
    click on the "podcast' tab. Remember you don't need an iPod to listen. Just turn up those computer speakers, and click the play button on radio on the right side of the screen to listen to each episode.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
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    Friday, September 26, 2008

    Heritage Books Midnight Madness

    NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Blogger, the engine that runs my blog, is scheduled to be down for a short period of maintenance at 4pm Pacific US time today.)

    Genealogists all over the internet are talking about the book sale at Like January white sales at Macey’s, Ol’ Myrt here counts on the Midnight Madness Sale each fall at HB as the opportunity to stock up on the titles I’ve been thinking about. Here’s the official announcement:

    Midnight Madness Sale
    Save 30% at Heritage Books
    September 26 – October 3, 2008

    Start your holiday shopping early, add to your collection, and buy a few titles for your local library or historical society! Visit Heritage Books to make your selections beginning this Friday. Place your order by phone, mail or online, September 26 – October 3, 2008 and receive 30% savings on all in-print, in-stock titles listed at Heritage Books.

    4 Ways to Order:

    Online: Use promotional code MIDMAD08 to receive 30% off your total, before shipping.

    Mail: 100 Railroad Avenue, Suite 104, Westminster, MD 21157. Orders must be postmarked by October 3, 2008.

    Fax: 800-558-6574 before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2008.

    Phone: 800-876-6103 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

    A slight clarification is in order. The titles on sale are the those HB publishes. (They do happen to carry a few essential titles from other publishing houses.) So if you are looking for books in the following categories, consider that Heritage Books has over 3,000 titles in print in the following categories, to name a few:

    Click to find out more.
    1692 Witch Hunt: The Layman's Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Trials - George Malcolm Yool. An account of the witch hunts from their humble beginnings in 1691 to their dramatic conclusion, this new work contains a wealth of information gleaned from various contemporary records, and the personal archives of descendants on both sides of the conflict. Includes extensive transcriptions in modern English from the court files and other sources which help the reader feel the true impact of the events, along with excerpts from the first-hand observations of contemporary writers. Also provides a short history of many participants, and concludes with the confessions and written public apologies of some of the main characters in the tragedy, including Judge Samuel Sewall, and Ann Putnam, Jr., one of the afflicted children. (1992), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 166 pp. $18.00 Y0565 ISBN: 1556135653.

    1890 Genealogical Census Reconstruction: Missouri, Volume 2 - Sherida K. Eddlemon. In 1921, the 1890 Population Census was destroyed by fire. This volume continues the series using alternate sources devoted to reconstruction of individuals that may have been listed in the destroyed 1890 census. Data is collected between the time periods of 1881 to 1891. The volume is arranged alphabetically and lists where available: name, date and place of birth, date and place of death, cemetery, date of marriage, parents, county, land, and military information, plus much more valuable information. A great book for the researcher! 2004, 5½x8½, paper, 256 pp. $24.50 E2463 ISBN: 0788424637.

    Early Records of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church, Chester County, South Carolina, 1799-1859, with Appendices of the visitation list of Rev. John Simpson, 1774-1776 and the
    Cemetery roster, 1762-1979
    - Brent H. Holcomb and Elmer O. Parker. Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church was organized about 1770. Rev. John Simpson (1740-1808) was ordained and installed as pastor in 1774; he served the church until 1790 when he removed to Pendleton District, South Carolina. Rev. Simpson visited every family and member of his church during his pastorate and the
    visitation list is a record of those visits. The records of sessions (1799-1859) list baptisms, marriages, deaths, and removals. Both the visitation list and the records of sessions are facsimiles of the originals. The cemetery roster is arranged by rows and gives, when known, the name of the deceased, birth and death dates, spouse or parents, age at death, military service, and position in
    church (1980), 2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 204 pp. $23.00 H0507 ISBN: 1556135076.

    Presbyterian Records of Baltimore City, Maryland, 1765-1840 - Henry C. Peden, Jr.. This volume contains: birth, marriage, and burial records for the First Presbyterian Church; membership records for the Second Presbyterian Church, 1803-1840, and the Fifth Presbyterian Church, 1838-1840; Westminster Presbyterian Church Cemetery Records; Gendy Graveyard Tombstone inscriptions; and communicants and baptisms of the First United Presbyterian Church (Montebello), 1826-1840. An outline of the history of the Presbyterian Church in Baltimore is given in the introduction. (1995), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 338 pp. $24.00 P0400 ISBN: 1585494003.

    Spotsylvania County [Virginia] Road Orders, 1722-1734. Published With Permission from the
    Virginia Transportation Research Council (A Cooperative Organization Sponsored Jointly by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the University of Virginia) - Virginia Genealogical Society. The establishment and maintenance of public roads were among the most important functions of the county court during the colonial period in Virginia. Each road was opened and maintained by an overseer (or surveyor) of the highways, who was appointed each year by the Gentlemen Justices. The overseer was usually assigned all the able-bodied men (the “Labouring Male Tithables”) living on or near the road. These laborers then furnished their own tools, wagons, and teams and were required to work on the roads for six days each year. County court records relating to roads and transportation are collectively know as “road orders.” The Virginia Transportation Research Council’s published volumes of road orders and related materials contain not only information on early roads, but also the names of inhabitants who lived and worked along the roadways, plantations, farms, landmarks, landforms, and bodies of water. Much of this information is found nowhere else in early records, making these publications invaluable not only to historical and cultural resources research, but also to other disciplines, including social history, preservation planning, environmental science, and genealogy. (1985, 2004), 2008, 8½x11, paper, index, 134 pp. $26.50 V3671 ISBN: 0788436716.

    Miscellaneous Cherokee and Choctaw Records, 1800-1900 - Bob Curry. Contains a wealth of
    transcribed payment rolls for the Cherokee and Choctaw Indian Nations: the Eastern Cherokee Annuity Roll, the 1856 Choctaw Annuity Roll, a list of Choctaw students educated in the States, and Choctaw Civil War soldiers. These rolls have never-before been formally published. The transcribed bible records from Rhoda Pitchlynns lost bible are also included. The Pitchlynns were a prominent Choctaw family in Indian Territory. The original Indian Rolls are housed at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C. The Eastern Cherokee Annuity Roll of 1871 lists full name, Miller roll number, sex and age, immigration date, and amount per capita. Choctaw Nation school records (1800s-1900s) list full name, year of graduation, and name of school. The Choctaw Roll (1856) lists certificate number, name of claimant and amount paid. Rhoda Pitchlynns bible records list full name, plus dates of birth and death. A full name index adds to the research value of this book. (2001), 2008, 8½x11, paper, index, 58 pp. $14.00 C1912 ISBN: 0788419129.

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    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    MyAncestorsFound becomes

    NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Seems many of the .com genealogy sites have changed their name to better reflect the services they provide.

    My Ancestors Found has a brand new name!

    Family History
    In recent years, My Ancestors Found has emerged as a successful conference organizer and sponsor of events designed to increase knowledge about family history research. These have become known as Family History Expos.

    Focusing efforts to educate individual researchers, a name change is appropriate. Through Family History Expos, professionals provide personal research assistance to class participants and exhibit hall visitors. Family History provides easy and fun ways to help you learn the tech to trace your roots.

    You can reach My Ancestors Found at their new home Be sure to check out these exciting new features:
    • Family History Expos Genealogy Podcasts: Listen to DearMYRTLE interview upcoming Expo speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.
    • Family History Expos Genealogy Blog: Learn about upcoming Expos and discuss the possibility of new locations to be considered for an Expo. Your feedback is welcome.
    • Family History Expos TV: Coming soon. Watch online videos spotlighting segments of Family History Expos ~ past, present, & future.
    • Expo News: Read about new family history products and services, upcoming events, and research advice and tips from family history professionals.
    • Family History Expos Online-store: Find fun stuff for genealogists, GenTeacher, Rootstamps, Capture the Memories, and more.

    We at Family History look forward to welcoming you to an upcoming Expo in your area. Even though our name has changed, you will see a lot of familiar faces!

    Questions should be directed to:

    Holly T. Hansen, President
    Family History

    PO Box 187
    Morgan, UT 84050
    (801) 829-3295

    Homestead Records at

    NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Please address all inquiries to .


    Original Records Documenting the Lives of Early Settlers Offer a Unique View Into 19th Century America

    Lindon, UT -- September 18, 2008 – In an event held today at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with several partners announced a project to make available hundreds of thousands of original Homestead Records on the Internet for the first time. This project involved the efforts of organizations including The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Parks Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and FamilySearch.

    “It’s exciting to see various organizations with different strengths and capabilities come together to make this information widely available,” says Russ Wilding, CEO of “This record collection is just one example how individuals on can connect their own family history to the big picture of American History.”

    The Homestead Act of 1862 was a landmark event at a time when the American Nation was being torn apart by the Civil War. These records, most of which have never been microfilmed, contain more than simply the names of those who petitioned the U.S. Government for land. They tell the rich story of a fast-growing country and those men and women eager to live the American dream by becoming land owners. has already digitized and indexed the Homestead Records from Broken Bow, Nebraska featuring almost 40,000 records. To view samples of these records and see what Footnote users have discovered, click here. Working together with its’ partners, will continue to release more records on the site. has focused on making real history accessible to everyone and providing tools that enable people to connect with history and with each other. recently released Footnote Pages, which allows users to create interactive pages for an individual, group, place or event. These pages bring history to life by allowing users to create:
    · Interactive timelines and maps
    · Photo galleries
    · Stories
    · Links to other related Footnote Pages and Footnote Members

    “We encourage everyone with an interest in these Homestead Records to come and enrich this content with your contributions,” says Wilding. “When people come together and share their insights, a new and exciting side of history is revealed.”

    Learn more by visiting

    About is a history website where real history might just surprise you. features millions of searchable original documents, providing users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit