Saturday, November 29, 2008

Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research

PRESS RELEASE
Contact Beverly Rice, CG (sm)
MosherAward@bcgcertification.org

The Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research is a $500 grant established in 2001 by Merrill Hill Mosher, cg(sm) in honor of her late husband. This Award was created to encourage the study and publication of Colonial Virginia records of the 17th and 18th centuries. The award can be granted for work in three categories: family genealogy, immigrant origins, or publications. This award can be granted to an individual, society, library or other organization.

Family Genealogy
  • Begins with a couple who lived in Virginia during the 17th or 18th century, with some descendants living in Virginia for at least three generations.
  • Traces all male and female descendants of the couple for at least three generations.
  • Places families in the historical context in which they lived.
  • Consists of an unpublished, fully documented family study prepared from original source material.

Immigrant Origins

  • Focuses on a 17th century Virginia immigrant whose origins have not been established.
  • Connects the immigrant to his European place of birth.
  • Documents the research that proves the connection to the European family.

Publication Plans
For a project that will make available Virginia records from the 17th or 18th century.

  • Includes plans to make available Virginia records that are currently obscure, difficult to access, and not previously published.
  • Details publication plans, either print or electronic.
  • Includes a sample of the final publication format

The award is presented yearly during the National Genealogical Society conference and the deadline for submissions is February 20th of each year. For more information check out the website at www.bcgcertification.org/educationfund/index.html or contact Beverly Rice, CG(sm) at MosherAward@bcgcertification.org.

This award is administered by the BCG Education Fund. The Ed Fund was created in 2000 as a 5.01 (c) (3) tax-exempt charitable trust to promote the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® by funding educational and research activities that further genealogical scholarship, either directly or through grants to other tax-exempt organizations.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Patent search at Google provides new ancestral locality

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just posted at the Teach Genealogy Blog (TGB). However, the find is so worthwhile, I felt I should cross-post it here for my DM readers who haven't yet subscribed to TGB.

DearREADERS,
On return from travels to warmer climes, Ol’ Myrt here was happy to meet again with genealogy researchers in Second Life (SL) at the Sunday evening online VOICE chat on the front porch of SL's Family History Centre. When I mention online chats, people tend to back away thinking Second Life is just a game. Not so! Worthwhile research ideas and experiences are discussed at SL genealogy meetings.

A diligent researcher, whose Second Life name is “Binbag Slonimsk”, unearthed a clue that puts her Whitney W. Malone in Nashville, Tennessee on the 14th of April 1866 – a totally new and unexpected locality for this gentlemen. She had previously lost him perhaps owing to the US Civil War or the War Between the States.

"Binbag" used the “Patent Search” at Google to find Whitney, as she reports:

“Just wanted to share with you the patent I found at Google so you can see what it looks like and what information it offers. Though, I still haven't found Whitney Meglone in the 1870 census, this gives me other names to look at to see if I might be able to narrow down where he might have been and what other records might exist- there may be other documents to support this patent and they may also contain dates and locations. This Whitney Meglone was the son of Montgomery Meglone and Maria Sharpe of Lexington, and brother to Mary Meglone who married a Hutchison. I believe Whitney's father Montgomery was a brother of my Martha Meglone who married Benjamin McIntyre and died after the birth of their daughter Martha McIntyre (my great-great grandmother, who I have a picture of from about 1911 and she is holding my infant grandfather).”

Here is the link:http://www.google.com/patents?id=I10AAAAAEBAJ&dq=Whitney+Meglone

In the patent search, Binbag discovered that her ancestor invented an “improved instrument for removing effervescing fluids from bottles" -- for instance a bottle of champagne.

Google provides the following links to information about the Patent:
Abstract Drawing Description Claims

Patent number: 57256
Issue date: Aug 1866
Inventor: WHITNEY W. MEGLONE
Assignee: HIMSELF AND LEANDEE STEDMAN

Tonight’s Second Life genealogy chat will concern the use of blogs for family and society newsletters. In this time when cost-saving efforts are recommended on every front, blogging is certainly a viable alternative to expensive printing and snail mail costs.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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MacFamilyTree 5.3.4

DearREADERS,
Not having a Mac means (besides struggling with Vista!) that I sometimes miss big announcements that would benefit those of my readers who own Macs. Thanks to Jean-Yves Baxter for his “MacFamilyTree 5.3.4” posted today on his genealogy blog at GeneaNet.org.

Ol’ Myrt here heartily recommends Jean-Yves’ blog if you’d like to keep up with Mac & genealogy info.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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FamilySearch: 1875 Norway Census, etc

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

1875 Norway Census

In the first week of December, we will start indexing the 1875 Norway Census. This will be a large segment of the census for rural areas of Norway, but not the entire census. FamilySearch’s Historical Family Reconstitution unit has joined forces with the University of Tromsø in Norway to complete this project. The university is indexing the census records for the urban areas of Norway.

Pass the word along that anyone interested in Norwegian genealogical research is encouraged to help by volunteering as a FamilySearch indexer.

Completed Projects

The following projects have been completed in the past two weeks. Patrons should be able to search them shortly online at FamilySearch Record Search:
  • Missouri – 1870 US Census
  • Tennessee – 1870 US Census
  • Morelos – 1930 Mexico Census
  • Alabama – 1920 US Federal Census
  • Arkansas Marriages II
  • Alabama – 1850 US Federal Census – General

Current Projects
Record Language, and Percent Completed Status

1916 Canadian Census
English 25%

Argentina Censo 1869 - Buenos Aires 2
Spanish 19%

Argentina Censo 1869 - Cordoba y San Luis
Spanish 15%

Arkansas Marriages [Part 1]
English 54%

Arkansas Marriages IV
English 8%

Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français)
French 14%

België - Overlijdens Registers - In het Nederlands
Dutch, Flemish 7%

Brandenburg Kirchenbücher
German 29%*
(*This percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Bremer Schifflisten
German 0.6%

España Lugo Registros Parroquiales [Part 1]
Spanish 8%

Flanders Death Registration
FR, Dutch, Flemish 33%

Florida 1945 Census
English 96%

France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche French 7%

Guanajuato Censo de Mexico de 1930 Spanish 86%

Guerrero - Censo de Mexico de 1930 Spanish 51%

Illinois - 1920 US Federal Census English 31%

Indiana Marriages, 1790 – Apr 1905 English 60%

Indiana Marriages, 1882 – Apr 1905 English 84%

Indiana Marriage Returns, 1882 – Apr 1905 English 48%

Indiana Marriages, Apr 1905 – Dec 1957
English 40%

Massachusetts - 1920 US Federal Census
English 44%

Massachusetts Death Records 1906-1915
English 53%

Massachusetts Marriage Records 1906-1915
English 9%

New Hampshire - Early to 1900 Births
English 18%

Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records
Spanish 8%

Nova Scotia Antig. Church Records, 1823 to 1905
English 39%

Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4
English 61%

Queretaro - Censo de Mexico de 1930
Spanish 7%

UK - Cheshire - Church Records
English 21%

UK - Cheshire - Land Tax
English 4%

Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales
Spanish 1%

30% HeritageBooks.com

DearREADERS,
Heritage Books proprietor Craig Scott sent me advance notice of his upcoming Starlight Sale (20% off) that begins in December.

However, if you are thinking of ordering a book or two for your local society, library or for holiday gift giving, you’ll want to do it now using the discount code: DEARMYRTLE.

What will that do for you? Between now and midnight 5 December 2008 when you purchase items from www.HeritageBooks.com and use the DEARMYRTLE discount code, you will receive 30% off the price of each item.

That’s cool.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Monday, November 24, 2008

NA: Lincoln's Bicentennial celebration

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives (US). Ol' Myrt remembers when Alaska became a state, and the discussion about it in elementary school. Please address all inquiries to public.program@nara.gov.

The National Archives Celebrates Lincoln's Bicentennial in January Special program and film mark 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth

Washington, D.C . . . . The National Archives will celebrate the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth in January 2009 with a special lecture and film. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, N.W., and is fully accessible.

Coming soon - The Emancipation Proclamation!
**February 12-16, 2009 - Featured Document Display: The Emancipation
Proclamation**
Thursday, February 12 through Monday, February 16, 2009 National Archives East Rotunda Gallery In celebration of Lincoln's birthday and the Presidents' Day holiday, the National Archives will display the original Emancipation
Proclamation signed by President Lincoln. The special display of the
Emancipation Proclamation is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 17, at noon
Film: Abraham Lincoln
Noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Director D. W. Griffith presents a biography of Abraham Lincoln through vignettes about his life, including his birth, early jobs, courtship of Mary Todd, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, his Presidency, and the Civil War. Walter Huston stars as Lincoln. (96 minutes, 1930)

Thursday, January 22, 2009, at noon
Lecture: Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Noon, William G. McGowan Theater Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are the two preeminent self-made men in American history. Lincoln was born poor, had less than one year of formal school, and became one of the nation's greatest Presidents.
Douglass spent the first 20 years of his life as a slave, had no formal schooling, and became the most famous black man in the Western world and one of the nation's greatest writers. John Stauffer, author of Giants:
The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, discusses how Douglass and Lincoln reinvented themselves and transformed America.

Related Exhibition
Public Vaults permanent exhibition
The Public Vaults exhibition of the National Archives Experience features a Lincoln telegram, an image of Lincoln and his general after Antietam, a facsimile of all five pages of the Emancipation Proclamation, a letter congratulating Lincoln on his re-election, and an interactive exhibit about the Lincoln assassination and the Booth conspiracy.

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at: http://www.archives.gov/calendar.

To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.

NA: 50th Anniversary of Alaskan Statehood

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives (US). Ol' Myrt remembers when Alaska became a state, and the discussion about it in elementary school. Please address all inquiries to public.program@nara.gov.

National Archives Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Alaskan Statehood NASA "Rocket Scientist" presents program on the science of the Northern Lights

Washington, DC. . . On Thursday, January 29 at noon [2009], the National Archives will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood with a program on the northern lights. The lecture, presented by NASA astrophysicist, Dr. John Sigwarth, will take place in the William G.
McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

When viewed from Alaska and other northern locations, the aurora borealis, or "northern lights" is a shimmering, ethereal phenomenon that dances in a spectacular burst of colorful light and rapid movement.
But what causes it? To find out, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a fleet of satellites and established a network of 20 ground observatories in Canada and Alaska called THEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms).
Discovering what causes auroras to change will provide scientists with important details on how the planet's magnetosphere works and the important Sun-Earth connection. Dr. John Sigwarth, will present an illustrated lecture on the THEMIS project, and how the data collected is being used to resolve one of the oldest mysteries of space physics.

Dr. John Sigwarth is an Astrophysicist in the Electrodynamics Branch of the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, he was a research scientist at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sigwarth helped design and build the robot NASA satellite called Polar. Polar flew in a looping orbit around the Earth and photographed the northern lights -- marking the first time they were captured in space images with such clarity.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000.

Houston Public Library joins FamilySearch Digitization

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearch. This is a new agreement of benefit to all with Gulf Coast ancestry. Please address inquiries to support@FamilySearch.org .

Gulf Coast State Histories Slated for Online Access
Houston Public Library Joins FamilySearch in Digitization Effort


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Thousands of publications that capture the diverse histories of Gulf Coast states will be accessible for free online. FamilySearch and the Houston Public Library announced a joint project today to digitally preserve and publish the library’s vast collection of county and local histories, registers of individuals, directories of Texas Rangers, church histories, and biographical dictionaries. The digital records will be available for free online at FamilySearch.org and HoustonLibrary.org.

“Houston Public Library has one of the top 10 genealogy libraries in the nation and a very strong Gulf Coast and international collection,” said Susan D. Kaufman, manager, Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. “Visitors come from all over the country to visit the library. Researchers will benefit from the convenience of online access to the collection targeted under the joint venture with FamilySearch,” added Kaufman.

In 2007, FamilySearch announced its plans to create the largest and most comprehensive collection of free city and county histories online. Over 23,000 digital publications have been made available online since then. The addition of Houston Public Library and its collection furthers that goal.

Under the agreement, FamilySearch will digitally preserve thousands of Houston Public Library’s historic publications collection and provide free access to the images online. The targeted publications range in date from 1795 to 1923.

The new digital collections published online will have “every word” search capability, which allows users to search by name, location, date, or other fields across the collection. The search results are then linked to high quality digital images of the original publication. Users will also be able to just browse or read the publications as digital books online if they prefer.

The digitization efforts have already begun, and publications are now viewable online. Texas records are the first publications targeted by the initiative, followed by other Gulf Coast states. The project will take up to five years to complete.

Digital publications will be noted and hyperlinked in the Family History Library Catalog at FamilySearch.org as they are digitized. The growing collection can be accessed currently at FamilySearch.org (go to Search Records, and then Historical Books).

“We are honored to be part of such an important and beneficial initiative with a world leader like FamilySearch,” said Kaufman. “The digitization and online publication of Houston Public Library’s historic collections will help increase the inquisitiveness of library patrons and create a heightened sense of awareness of the library’s resources—which then brings customers back more often with more research questions. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Kaufman added.

FamilySearch is providing the computers, scanners, and camera operators required to complete the project. FamilySearch previously announced projects with Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, and FamilySearch’s own Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

The Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is also a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. That means local patrons have access to millions of microfilms from FamilySearch’s vast genealogical collection in Salt Lake City, Utah. Patrons can order research material from FamilySearch through the library and use the library’s film readers and copiers to further their genealogical efforts.

ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH INTERNATIONAL
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at familysearch.org or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Planning a seminar?

From: kfotens@olypen.com
DearMYRTLE,

I have just recently become a Family History Center Director in Port Angeles, Washington and we have been approved by our Stake to have a Jamboree next year. HELP. I listen to your podcasts, read your blog and have followed you through your family ups and downs.

I greatly value your ideas and hope you could help me out with this very LARGE undertaking. I would like to get some outside speakers to do some classes but have no money in the budget to pay. Ugh. Do you know of anyone in Washington who would come and volunteer their time and talent for this. Do you have any suggestions or help in how I organize this? As you can see I need all the help I can get.

Pat as a member of the church can you guide me to someone in the Church who would be willing to come to our Jamboree and talk. Would the Family History Library in Salt Lake do that? Thanks for any thoughts or ideas. Keep up the great work that you do.

Dear Kathy,
First, I think it is wonderful that you wish to expand your service as a FHC Director by holding a jamboree next year. Go for it!

DATE
Confirm that your date does not interfere with other genealogy & historical society events in your area, the islands, Seattle. Consider the Washington State Genealogical Society. Not only will you lose attendees, but you will cut down the speaker list since folks are committed to a previously scheduled event. It is also not realistic to have another organization advertise your special event if it is held on the same day as that organization’s annual fund-raiser event.

Most genealogy societies have their calendar set in stone at least a year in advance, if not two.
The LDS community has always been known (unfortunately) for:
  1. Planning too late (This isn’t a 60-day sprint to the finish, more like a 12-18 month planning process.)
  2. Not coordinating with the genealogy community’s calendar. (If you want family history work to be done in your area, look beyond the members, and reach out in this non-threatening way to the non-LDS in your region.)

TOPICS
Consider the microfilm your FHCenter patrons are ordering to understand their research challenges. Try to take them a step farther along the path to finding surviving documents that prove family relationships.

At least two of the classrooms should have live high-speed internet access. I recommend that one is the Chapel, using the existing projection equipment.

Plan for a variety of beginning and intermediate topics that might include:

  • The research process (migration patterns, evaluating evidence)
  • New FamilySearch
  • FamilySearch Certified Software (This is a new topic, and a new page at FamilySearch.org will soon list them with hyperlinks. It’s about interfacing with new FamilySearch. PAF simply cannot do this.)
  • FamilySearchIndexing (make this a demo in the cultural hall, rather than a class.)
  • Public vital records (birth, marriage, death)
  • Secondary sources (newspapers, city directories, tombstone inscription books, etc.)
  • Church records (christening, marriage, burial, vestry minutes, Quaker-admissions, etc.)
  • Courthouse records (marriage registers, wills, probate files, tax lists, land records)
  • US Federal records (census, military, BLM, customs passenger lists, post Sept-1906 naturalization.)
  • Locality-specific topics (what’s at NARA Seattle including Washington Donation Land Claims, Canadian Border Crossings, Acadians to Louisiana, Germans to America as examples.)
  • Ethnic-specific topics (Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, Irish Famine Immigrants, Jewish research, Volga Germans, Quakers in Colonial Pennsylvania as examples.)

Since your event will of necessity be held sometime in the fall of 2009, plan to include a class (repeated at least once) on the new Family History Catalog expected to be released in February 2009 as a joint effort of FamilySearch.org and WorldVitalRecords.org. This will revolutionize how researchers locate images of original documents from throughout the world and the internet and via microfilm.

EQUIPMENT
Each of your 4 classrooms should be equipped with a computer projector and a smooth wall or large projection screen, as each presenter should have a laptop with a PowerPoint or demo of software as part of his/her presentation. Failing that, one classroom might have an overhead transparency projector with screen shots of pertinent websites (such as Pilot.FamilySearch.org, etc.)

SPEAKERS
I recommend you contact Bonnie Jean MacDonald from the Association of Professional Genealogists local Seattle chapter. She and members of her group are experienced genealogy instructors with a variety of presentations that might meet your content requirements. There are two gals I can think of in Bonnie’s Seattle Chapter of APG who are specialists on record collections on the Olympic Peninsula.

For assistance from FamilySearch, contact Paul Nauta, to see what he can suggest. They may be able to assist using GoToMeeting, as I have recently done as well. See below.

The new thing is to appear “virtually” using the interface of www.gotomeeting.com . This means the speaker stays home, and connects via high speed internet access with a computer in the meeting hall. The speaker calls the meeting place and also sends an email invitation to the technician who is setting up the GoToMeeting Interface. It takes about 2 minutes to set it up, so that what is seen on the meeting room screen is whatever is on the desktop of the speaker’s computer. We could talk about this more at a later date. Ol' Myrt here would love to appear virtually if our dates don’t interfere with my existing contracts to speak.

Speaker-side GoToMeeting requirements:

  • High Speed Internet
  • Computer
  • PowerPoint SlidesTelephone
  • A GoToMeeting account

Meeting Room requirements:

  • High Speed Internet
  • Computer
  • Computer projector
  • Large projection screen
  • Telephone with speakerphone
  • Microphone pointed at the telephone
  • Email Invitation from Speaker with GoToMeeting Log-in info

HANDOUTS
This will probably be your biggest expense. It's nearly impossible to judge how many copies to make. Even when you take advance registrations, there will always be walk-ins. Most national conferences are going for the syllabus materials on CD in .pdf format. Here is an estimate of the number of pages required for a small family history event:

1 keynote address
8 classes (morning)
+4 classes (afternoon)
___________________
13 TOTAL classes
x 4 pages per class
_____________________
52 pages
+1 title page
+1 map of building page
+1 schedule page
________________
55 page syllabus

The cost at 6 cents a page = $3.30 per syllabus.

It is cheaper to have the syllabus on CDs that cost you less than $1 each, and limit your handout to 2 pages (printed front/back) with a map of the building on one side, and the schedule of classes on the reverse.

Since a FHCenter cannot now have its own website, I recommend asking the local genealogy society to post the .pdf pages of your syllabus on their website, for those who arrive after you’ve run out of CDs. Alternately, you can ask the county coordinator at WAGenWeb.com to create a page to post info about your event and include links to your syllabus materials.

ORGANIZING
As to organization, I have only put on three family history seminars., but here are some of our best ideas from Bradenton, Florida:

  1. Get the Scouts to set up the chairs and tables as a service project.
  2. Have the YW make $4.50 box lunches to raise money for Girl’s Camp.
  3. Make a display area available in ½ of the cultural hall.
  4. Since your area is remote and will likely draw a smaller crowd than a national conference, expect to hold only 3-4 classes per hour.
  5. Use the chapel, the Primary Room, the Relief Society Room and one other larger room for classes.
  6. You’ll need to get your IT guy in the stake on board with your plans for internet access, running electrical and such.
  7. Since this is held in an LDS building, there can be no book sales. Do allow vendors, societies and lineage organizations to have booths and distribute flyers.

INVITING OTHERS
My suggestion is that you reach the non-LDS genealogy community by:

  1. Asking for one speaker from each society.
  2. Distributing flyers during the three months prior to the event at the local FHCenters on the peninsula, get mentions in the regional society newsletters, NARA Seattle, Seattle Public Library.
  3. Placing 1/2 page ads in the regional society newsletters during the six months prior to the event.

A FEW MORE THOUGHTS

  • Realize that most attendees will likely NOT have ancestors from the Washington Peninsula, and if they do, it will more than likely be the easier to locate post-1900 generations. You’ll want to focus on pre-1900 research challenges that are more difficult to conquer that a trip to the local courthouse.
  • Don’t forget the Islands. I used to go to Vashon Island to escape for a few days and rejuvenate my spirit while caring for my elderly parents. There is a very active FHC at the chapel on Vashon.
  • We don’t need classes on WHY do genealogy – but on HOW to do genealogy. I feel a larger Jamboree is not the time to have one of the (usually non-genealogist) High Priests discuss the importance of temple ordinances. That is a sacred topic, and can be discussed in a smaller LDS-only group, such as a follow-up stake fireside later in the month. Even so, at this meeting, the process for clearing names for temple work using new FamilySearch should be the focus, with an inspirational beginning and ending. Members already know why they should do family history and temple work, they need to know HOW to do it and your Jamboree can help tremendously.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

MyHeritage partners with FamilyTreeDNA

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at MyHeritage. Myrt has planned a podcast interview in early December. Please address all inquiries to Daniel Horowitz Daniel@MyHeritage.com.

MYHERITAGE AND FAMILY TREE DNA PARTNER TO HELP PEOPLE TRACE FAMILY HISTORY USING DNA

Tel Aviv, Israel and Houston, Texas – November 20, 2008 – MyHeritage, one of the world’s most popular family Web sites, today announced a partnership with FamilyTreeDNA, the company that pioneered DNA testing for genealogic research. In addition to MyHeritage’s innovative Smart Matching and Research technologies, members can now also use information contained in their DNA to find present-day relatives who share a common ancestor from many hundreds of years ago. FamilyTreeDNA users can take advantage of MyHeritage’s site to not only further research family history, but also stay connected with current family members around the world.

“With close to 220,000 records, FamilyTreeDNA is the largest database of genealogic DNA information in the world. This provides the perfect complement to MyHeritage’s current research tools, giving our members another way to learn about where they come from,” said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We help people around the world discover, connect and communicate with their extended family network and easily research their family history. Now, by working with FamilyTreeDNA, we can offer a solution when the paper trail runs out.”

Since its founding in 2000, FamilyTreeDNA has tested over 450,000 people, helping customers trace family history when no conventional records are available. The advanced DNA screening technology, among other things, can reveal Native American, African or Jewish descent on paternal or maternal lines, as well as uncover ancestral information for those who were adopted. Through a range of tests, users can obtain information on recent and historical origins, including a migration map on both paternal and maternal lines. MyHeritage's 27 million users will have access to the following three tests:
  • Y-DNA25 – a Y-chromosome test for males (US$129)
  • mtDNA – a mitochondrial DNA test for males and females (US$129)
  • Y-DNA25 + mtDNA – a combined Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA test for males (US$219)

Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO of FamilyTreeDNA, said, “MyHeritage is an invaluable resource when researching family history online, which is a perfect complement for our DNA research. Our DNA research can show two people that they are related, and MyHeritage's Smart Matching technology can compare their family trees to show the connection. We are also excited to give our members, through MyHeritage, a way to stay connected with relatives all over the world.”

MyHeritage is a leading online destination for families. On the site, people can find relatives, research family history, and stay connected to family members across the globe. In addition, MyHeritage offers automatic photo tagging technology that makes it easier to label, organize and search for digital photos, giving families another fun way to stay in touch.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage was founded by a team of people who combine a passion for family history with the development of innovative technology. It is now one of the world’s leading online networks for families, and the second largest family history website. MyHeritage is available in 34 languages and home to more than 27 million family members and 280 million profiles. The company recently acquired Kindo, a family social network, and is based in Bnei Atarot, near Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit http://www.myheritage.com/.

Find a video about MyHeritage's new photo tagging features here.

About Family Tree DNA
Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com/) was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes: until then, testing had only been available for academic and scientific research. Since that time, the pioneering company has developed a breadth and depth of programs and services and created standards that have earned it international respect and made it the world's most popular DNA-testing service not only for genealogists but for anyone interested in delving beyond the surface into family roots. Today, Family Tree DNA's approaches 220,000 individual test records, making it the premier source for researching recent and distant family ties. Family Tree DNA has recently been featured in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and on NBC-TV's "Today Show" and CBS-TV's "60 Minutes."

For more information contact:

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy and Translation Manager
Office: +972-3-9702614
Email: Daniel@MyHeritage.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Myrt's Salt Lake Institute registration

DearREADERS,
We must always be thinking, learning, growing. Ol’ Myrt here may talk, blog, podcast, teach, cajole and brow beat her readers, listeners and study group members -- but she, too, must consider taking advantage of educational opportunities. Accordingly, though I will be serving as the dinner speaker during the 2009 Salt Lake Institute, I’ve also registered to take a number of classes in addition to coursework to assist with my British ancestral quest.

  • English Research with David Rencher (full course)
  • Plenary Session with Dr. Thomas Jones, Ph.D (evening session)
  • Quick, Complete and Accurate: Document Analysis for Researchers, by J. Mark Lowe (evening session)
  • The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames, by Thomas Jones (evening session)
  • Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence, by John P. Colletta (evening session)
  • Twenty Years of Stuff. Now What Do I Do?, by Elissa Scalise Powell (evening session)
  • Remembering the War: Civil War Veterans, by J. Mark Lowe (evening session)
  • Discovering the Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors, by John P. Colletta (evening session)

What classes will you take? Check it out at www.infouga.org.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Fun with holiday elves

DearREADERS,
Just received this note from Lisa Louise Cooke, Producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, which reads as follows: “I had some fun last night and posted a video on my blog that features several of us genealogy gals. Here's the link. Enjoy!”

The ever-creative Lisa has outdone herself. I think you will get a kick out of it -- I know Ol’ Myrt here sure did!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Nov discount - Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2009

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just posted by our friends at the Utah Genealogical Association. The annual Salt Lake Institute is considered one of the top-tier educational opportunities for family historians in the US. Please address all inquiries to Geoffrey Morris info@infouga.org.

November Discount for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2009!

If you meant to register for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2009 before the early bird deadline but just didn’t make it… Good News! A window of opportunity is still available. From now until November 28, 2008, you can register with a $25 discount. This is a great opportunity to save on your registration fee.

Whether your interests are in a locality strategy, like the Gulf South States, England or Germany, or on improving your skills, like using the Internet or researching Beyond Libraries, the 2009 Institute has a course for you. Maybe you’ll want to take advantage of a rarely offered course on Hispanic Research for Spain and Latin America. Or for more individual help, you might try Focusing on U.S. records or Problem Solving.

Whatever your choice, the 2009 Institute will be a great experience! Some courses are already full, and others are filling quickly! See the U.G.A. website at www.infouga.org for the latest registration information and information about each course.

Hope to see you at the 2009 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy!

Geoffrey Morris
Director 2009

ACROSS MY DESK: 18 Nov 2008

DearREADERS,
Ol’ Myrt here just returned from the 2008 Mesa Arizona Family History Expo, where I met with many as you stopped by my booth and helped me tie the baby quilt for Expo organizer Kimberly Savage. (Dick Eastman was the one hold out. He said his sister is the true quilter in the family!) The folks in Mesa were wonderful hosts, welcoming all speakers and vendors with enthusiasm and a great hand of friendship. The 74 degree weather wasn’t hard to take, either.

The Expo will return in January 2010. If you couldn’t attend, listen to my 36 Family History Expo podcasts interviews of presenters and vendors at: http://fhexpos.libsyn.com, or through iTunes if you add the feed code: http://fhexpos.libsyn.com/rss .

Also in this blog entry:

* Genealogical.com 50% off through 12/29
* USGenWeb Archives Newsletter
* Search USGenWeb Archives
* Heritage Books November new titles

GENEALOGICAL.COM 50% OFF THROUGH 12/29
From Genealogy Pointers (11-18-08) "As we announced last week, our annual 50% Off Sale is now in full swing. We have halved the prices of dozens of reference books from today through Monday, December 29, 2008. Last week, we listed the first 27 titles in the sale; here are the remainder. (If you missed last week's issue of "Genealogy Pointers," you can read it today in our Newsletter Archives at our website, www.genealogical.com.) The books in this sale run the gamut of our collection: passenger lists, military records, Native Americana, every kind of vital record, probate and land records, how-to books, lineage society indexes, and more. Geographical coverage includes many of the states east of the Mississippi, Canada, the British Isles, Germany, and more. Between now and December 29, 2008 (the Monday after Christmas), don't miss out on this rare opportunity to pick up some terrific books at unusually low prices: books for the genealogist on your Christmas list; books for your genealogical society or public library; or books for your own reference shelf."

USGENWEB ARCHIVES NEWSLETTER
From 17th November 2008 The USGenWeb Archives Newsletter, Week Ending November 16th, 2008. Our friend, Maggie Stewart the editor explains "The contents of the newsletters are ONLY what the state USGenWeb File Managers submit for the state for posting." Among a variety of postings concerning new content at www.USGenWeb.com Archives located at www.usgwarchives.net is these little gems about tiny cemeteries in Nevada. If you have additional information about cemeteries in Nevada, Gerry Perry is manager of the Nevada Tombstone Project at the USGenWeb Archives.
  • Bunkerville - "Thanks to the contribution by Andrea Wetzstein of Laughlin, Nevada, we now have the tombstone pictures posted for historical Bunkerville Cemetery, Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada. Bunkerville is one of the earliest settlements in Southern Nevada, having been settled by Edward Bunker in 1877. This community is about 85 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. There is a lot of area history in this cemetery, and we are very greatful for Andrea's contribution. You can view the cemetery photos at http://www.usgwarchives.net/nv/clark/photos/tombstones/bunkerville/bunkera.html
  • Elko - During a recent visit to Elko, Nevada (near the Northeastern section of Nevada) I [Gerry Perry] happened upon a small cemetery across the street from the Elko City Cemetery. That small cemetery is the Elko County Cemetery and I managed to capture about 1/3 of the stones in that cemetery while in Elko. You can see the pictures and survey by going to http://usgwtombstones.org/nevada/nevada.html . Select Elko, then scroll down to the Elko County Cemetery. I will be going to Elko in 2009 and will continue to photo that cemetery until its done. In the meantime, if anyone wants to contribute photos, I'll be very happy to post them."

SEARCH USGENWEB ARCHIVES
Also useful to those of you who are new to USGenWeb:

“The Archives is integrated to a new dedicated server at http://www.usgwarchives.net and there will be a mirror at http://www.usgwarchives.org . The fantastic new search engine is now online at: http://usgwarchives.net/search/searcharchives.html

The Archives is finally settled in to their new home, http://usgwarchives.net We have just implemented a dailyuploads mailing list and added a new feature - state specific mailing lists, xxdailyuploads. If you are only researching one or two states, you might want to sub to those state lists. If you want to see the big picture, the dailyuploads list is the one for you. To subscribe, go to http://usgwarchives.net/mailman/listinfo

HERITAGE BOOKS NOVEMBER NEW TITLES
Ol’ Myrt here loves to review the new releases each month, to see what Craig Scott and his gang are up to. See: www.heritagebooks.com/recent_publications.htm where items for the past three months are listed including these titles for November 2008:

  • Dearborn County, Indiana, Cemetery Records, Volume B: Aurora and Center Township - Milton A. Masing.
  • Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family - James Edward Greenleaf.
  • 1916 Ireland’s Easter Rising, Shots that Cracked an Empire: A Compendium of People, Places and Events - Frederick G. Fierch.
  • History of the Town of Sutton, Massachusetts, From 1704 to 1876: including Grafton until 1735; Milbury until 1813; and parts of Northbridge, Upton and Auburn - William A. Benedict, A. M. and Rev. Hiram A. Tracy.
  • Furlough: The Civil War Diaries of Sarah Belle Bright and Charles Alexander Elder of Trenton, Tennessee 1861-1867 - Andrew Hays.
  • The History of Rogers’ Rangers: Rogers' Rangers, The First Green Berets - Burt Garfield Loescher.
  • Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies - David H. Streets.
  • A Quaker Goes to War: The Diary of William Harvey Walter, Company F, 188th Pennsylvania Volunteers - Carol-Lynn Sappe.
  • Real Patriots and Heroic Soldiers: Gen. Joel Leftwich and the Virginia Brigade in the War of 1812 - Stuart L. Butler.
  • Mississippi to Africa: A Journey of Discovery - Melvin J. Collier.
  • The History and Haunting Stories of Fredericksburg, Virginia - Helen Marler.
  • Lifeline: The War of 1812 Along the Upper St. Lawrence River - Mike Phifer.
  • Frederick County [Maryland] Militia in the War of 1812 - Sallie A. Mallick and F. Edward Wright.
  • Worcester Will Books, Liber MH. 1822-1833 - Ruth T. Dryden.
  • orcester County, Maryland Marriage Licenses, 1795-1865 - Mary Beth and Vanessa W. Long .
  • Early Settlers of Montgomery County, Ohio: Genealogical Abstracts from Common Pleas Court Records Civil and Probate - Shirley Keller Mikesell.
  • Early Settlers of Dorchester County and Their Lands - Calvin W. Mowbray and Mary I. Mowbray.
  • The First Germans in America: With a Biographical Directory of New York Germans - Don H. Tolzmann.
  • Patrick County, Virginia Unrecorded Documents 1791-1920 - Barbara C. Baughan and Betty A. Pilson.
  • Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723 - Charlotte D. Meldrum.
  • History of Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia. From the origin of the Indians, embracing their Settlement, Wars and Depredations, to the first White Settlement of the Valley; also including the Wars between the Settlers and their mode and manner of living. Besides a variety of valuable information, consisting of the past and present History of the County, including a complete sketch of the late Wars, Strikes, early Residents, Organizations, etc., accompanied by personal sketches and interesting facts of the present day. - F. Vernon Aler. (originally published 1888.)
  • Colonial Era History of Dover, New Hampshire - John Scales.
  • Land Records of Sussex County, Delaware, 1763-1769 - Mary Marshall Brewer.
  • Early Settlers of Montgomery County, Ohio: Genealogical Abstracts from Marriage and Divorce Records 1803 - 1827, Early Deeds Recorded Late, Election Abstracts, Obituary of an Early Settler - Shirley Keller Mikesell.
  • Revolutionary Patriots of Harford County, Maryland, 1775-1783 - Henry C. Peden, Jr.
  • Westchester Patriarchs: A Genealogical Dictionary of Westchester County, New York Families Prior to 1755 - Norman Davis.
  • A History of Norwegian Immigration to the United States - George T. Flom, Ph.D. (Originally published 1909.) (Ol’ Myrt is ordering this one!)
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Records: Baptisms, 1749-1838, Knox County, Indiana - Barbara Schull Wolfe.
  • Newspaper Extracts from “The Hoosier State” Newspapers, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana, January 1, 1890 - December 30, 1891 - Carolyn Schwab.
  • District of Columbia Foreign Deaths, 1888-1923 - Wesley E. Pippenger.
  • Scottish Monuments and Tombstones, Volume 1 - Charles Rogers, LL.D.
  • Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Volume III, 1751-1760 - A. Van Doren Honeyman.
  • Dover, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1887-1937 - Richard P. Roberts.
  • The Legend of Dudleytown [Connecticut] Solving Legends through Genealogical and Historical Research - Gary P. Dudley.
  • The History of Wyandot County, Ohio, Volume 1: A general history of the county - Leggett, Conaway and Company. (Originally published 1884.)
  • Biographies of Alaska-Yukon Pioneers 1850-1950, Volume 1 - Ed Ferrell.
  • Oakdale/Union Hill Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina. A History and Study of a Twentieth Century African American Cemetery, Second Edition - Reginald W. Brown.
  • The Family History of a Lot of Pounds and Their Travels - Walter C. Pounds, Jr.
  • Early Settlers of Indiana's Gore, 1803-1820 - Shirley Keller Mikesell.
  • Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, 1861-1862 - Allen C. Fuller.
  • The Scotch-Irish in Northern Ireland and the American Colonies - Maude Glasgow, M.D.
  • Reluctant Break with Britain: From Stamp Act to Bunker Hill - Gregory T. Edgar.
  • Deaths, Births, Marriages from Newspapers Published in Hamilton, Madison County, New York, 1818-1886 - Mrs. E. P. Smith, Joyce C. Scott and Mary K. Meyer.
  • The Union Hole: Unionist Activity and Local Conflict in Western Virginia - David Scott Turk.
  • A History of Rowan County, North Carolina - Reverend Jethro Rumple. (Originally published 1881.)
  • Early Settlers of Alabama with Notes and Genealogies - James Edmonds Saunders.
  • The Retaking of America - Richard B. Marrin.
  • Orphan Train Riders: Entrance Records from the American Female Guardian Society’s Home for the Friendless in New York, Volume 2 - Tom Riley.
  • Through the Eyes of the Bay Colony: The Story of the Involvement of Massachusetts-Bay in the Battle of Ticonderoga, 1758 - Brenton C. Kemmer.
  • A Gazetteer of the State of New Jersey, Comprehending a General View of its Physical and Moral Condition, Together with a Topographical and Statistical Account of its Counties, Towns, Villages, Canals, Rail Roads, Etc. - Thomas F. Gordon.
  • British Army Officers: Who Served in the American Revolution, 1775-1783 - Steven M. Baule with Stephen Gilbert.
  • The Pig Iron Aristocracy, The Triumph of American Protectionism - Quentin R. Skrabec, Ph.D.
  • Virginia Heraldica. Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor, with Genealogical Notes of the Families - William Armstrong Crozier.
  • The Register of New Netherland, 1626-1674 - Edmund B. O’Callaghan.
  • A History Of Bradford, Vermont - Of Its First Settlement In 1765, And The Principal Improvements Made, And Events Which Have Occurred Down To 1874-A Period Of One Hundred And Nine Years With Various Genealogical Records, And Biographical Sketches Of Families And Individuals, Some Deceased, And Others Still Living - Rev. Silas McKeen, D.D. (Originally published 1875.)
  • The Celoron Expedition to the Ohio Country, 1749: The Reports of Pierre-Joseph Celoron and Father Bonnecamps - Andrew Gallup.
  • Family Secrets: 18th and 19th Century Birth Records Found in the Windham County, Connecticut, County Court Records and Files at the Connecticut State Library Archives, Hartford - Marcella Pasay.
  • Writings from the Valley Forge Encampment of the Continental Army: December 19, 1777-June 19, 1778, Volume 1 - Joseph Lee Boyle.
  • Kershaw County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court, 1791-1799 - Brent H. Holcomb. (Anything by Brent Holcomb on South Carolina is considered valuable to your SC research.)

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Nat'l. Library of Wales Saturday closing

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just posted by our friends at the Federation of Family History Societies in the UK. This will affect travel plans for those wishing to do onsite research. Plan accordingly. Please also note below Maggie's signature an offer for those of us planning to attend the annual Who Do You Think You Are - LIVE in Feb-Mar 2009.

The National Library to Close due to Budget Cuts

As a result of increasing financial pressures, the Board of The National Library of Wales http://www.llgc.org.uk/ has decided to close the building to the public on Saturdays from 1 April 2009.

This unfortunate but necessary decision is part of a package of measures which the Library has been forced to put together in order to save £250,000 in the next financial year.

The Library Board was forced to take this unfortunate decision due to the steady decrease in the value of its budgets over recent years and the further cuts anticipated over the next few years.The implications of this for the public will be not only losing the service of the reading rooms but also access to the exhibitions, restaurant, shop which form a popular tourist and conference destination for people from all over Wales and beyond.

Andrew Green, Librarian of The National Library of Wales said:“This was a very difficult decision to make, but necessary to maintain the other services the Library offers.”

Dafydd Wigley, President of The National Library of Wales said:“The Library has been put in an impossible situation and the people of Wales are the ones that are going to suffer, losing the services of one of its most important institutions on the only day of the week on which many can visit.”

The National Library of Wales is sponsored by CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales) on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Maggie Loughran
Joint Administrator,
Federation of Family History Societies *
admin@ffhs.org.uk
http://www.ffhs.org.uk/

‘WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?’ - LIVE
OLYMPIA, LONDON: 27 FEB -1 MAR 2009
SPECIAL TICKET OFFER INFORMATION Save £20!! 2 tickets for the price of 1 !!! You can buy 2 tickets for £20, saving £20 on the full ticket price. Simply call 0844 412 4629or visit
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Book for a group of 10+ and buy two tickets for £16 just quote FFHSGROUPS.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

#1 UK genealogy software in 1500 Target stores

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friend David Lifferth, former President of WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com, who has been doing some marketing consulting for the distributor of Family Historian. Please address all inquiries to the US Distributor of Family Historian 3 as follows:

Enteractive Distribution Co.
Howard Luxenberg
860-236-8600
fax: 860-232-7575
hluxenberg@sprynet.com


The #1 Rated genealogy software in the UK is now available at 1500 Target stores
West Hartford, Connecticut, November 12, 2008 ­ Family Historian 3, the highest rated family tree software in the U.K. is now available in the United States and Canada. This top rated software is initially being distributed in the nearly 1,500 Target stores nation-wide.


"Enteractive is thrilled to be bringing what is simply the best genealogy software product in the world to the U.S. and Canadian consumer," Howard Luxenberg, president of Enteractive, stated.
Due to its easy to use features and product quality, Family Historian 3 has won major awards and recognition from the top reviewers including Windows XP Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Which? Computing, Univadis and others.

Family Historian 3 was named “Winner” and "Editor's Choice" by Windows XP Magazine in its August 2007 review of Family Historian, Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, and Legacy genealogy software. The editors said that Family Historian 3 was "Packed with features, but the charts alone put this package in a class of its own." In this comparison of the top products, Family Historian was declared the "All-round winner."

Personal Computer World gave Family Historian 3 an overall rating of 5 Stars (out of a possible 5) and said "The range of features and sheer ease of use makes Family Historian an excellent tool for any genealogist" in its May 2006 review.

Family Tree Magazine (http://www.familytreemagazine.com/ said "The best genealogy package just got better" in its review in July 2006.

Which? Computing (http://www.which.co.uk/ rated Family Historian as the "Best Buy" and gave it the highest overall rating in its July 2008 comparison of the top 10 genealogy applications.

Univadis (http://www.univadis.co.uk/ ) rated Family Historian 3 a "Strongly recommended" product and said "The programme is brilliant and dead easy to use and is ideal for beginners and experts alike."

Australian Family Tree Connections said "With the release of version 3 Family Historian has become one of the best, if not the very best, in its class."

In an indication of the powerful features and ease of use of Family Historian 3, the producers and researchers of the very popular BBC TV genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" use Family Historian 3 as their family tree application of choice.

Product Features
According to Luxenberg, "This is a quality product that manages to combine ease of use with a remarkably rich set of features." The following are just a few of the important product features of Family Historian 3:
· 100% compatible with GEDCOM 5.5, the standard for shared genealogical data
· Lets you easily create beautiful family trees, CDs/DVDs & websites
· Family trees can include data, photographs, even video files
· Diagrams are interactive, so you can work visually
· Unique "All relatives" diagram shows all descendants and all ancestors (and their spouses)
· Bonus features: Six month subscription to WorldVitalRecords.com and CD Book "Getting Started in Genealogy Online"

Enteractive Distribution also announces a new web site to provide useful information to consumers and genealogists. This new web site http://familyhistorian3.ning.com/ provides modern consumer features such as a product blog, updated news about the product, discussion forum, store locator, FAQ, product support groups, and easy to use customer support features.

Family Historian 3 runs on Windows Vista, XP Home and XP Professional, 2000, ME and 98.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What's Myrt doing in Mesa?

DearREADERS,
Amid all the excitement of the previous blog posting, Ol’ Myrt forgot to let you know what she will be doing at the 2008 Mesa Family History Expo.

DearMYRTLE’s Q&A Booth (near the main registration desk)When not speaking, Myrt and other presenters will visit with attendees for short one-on-one consultations. Expect to come away with at least one new research idea.

Super Sleuth 101: Basic Birth, Marriage, & Death Records for Beginners (1:30pm Friday) (Beginners) Participants of this class learn the basics about birth, marriage, and death records and why they are critical in the early stages of family history research.

HOW to find out WHERE to look (8am Saturday) (Beginner-Experienced) An overview of Research Outlines, FHLCatalog, US & World GenWeb.

There is still time to register for this event. Just visit our friends at www.FHExpos.com .

PS - I also want to ask Dick Eastman about Skype without a computer. I imagine it involves a specialized telephone that merely requires internet access.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Off to Mesa & podcasts released

DearREADERS & LISTENERS,
Ol’ Myrt here is packing the car for the trip to Arizona to participate in the 2008 Mesa Family History Expo.

It has been my distinct pleasure to interview some 36 of the presenters, exhibitors and sponsors of the Expo, in a new podcast series previously announced in this blog as located at: www.FHExpos.com.

LISTEN MANUALLY
Go to http://fhexpos.libsyn.com and click to listen to each podcast “manually”.

LISTEN AUTOMATICALLY VIA iTUNES
If you’d like to add the podcast series to your iTunes for automatic updates, that is an alternative. The RSS code for iTunes is: http://fhexpos.libsyn.com/rss

LINEUP OF PODCASTS

I expect to return to my own DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour genealogy podcasts in December 2008.

Thank-you for your kind emails of support during my recent move to my *new* house! I’ve unpacked about 80% of the boxes, and can begin to think more clearly.

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

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http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.