Friday, August 31, 2012

Got Brazillian Ancestors?

DearREADERS,
News of this research series comes from my friend Claire Brisson-Banks, a reference specialist at the Family History Library and blogger at TimelessGen.com:


Brazil Beginning Research Series Lesson 1: Getting Started | FamilySearch.org
Browse hundreds of online genealogy courses to help you discover your family history.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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FindMyPast Expands US Records Collections

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FindMyPast.com. It is pleasing to see they are reaching out to the US market. As more US genealogists trace ancestors across the pond, the additional well-regarded British records collections that have been the hallmark of FindMyPast.com for years will prove invaluable as well. Please address all inquiries to support@findmypast.com.



Newly added records gives users access to unparalleled resources
that cannot be found anywhere else

LOS ANGELES, August 31, 2012Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history research, today announced the expansion of its U.S. records to include World War I Draft cards and outgoing passenger lists from the UK to United States, among others.

The unveiling of findmypast.com’s expanded record collection follows the announcement of a new partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies to preserve and digitize local U.S. records from genealogical societies around the country including newspapers and obituaries, bible records, cemetery records and birth, marriage and death records. Through this partnership, findmypast.com has shown a commitment to the genealogical community and societies both big and small.  

“Findmypast.com is giving our users access to key U.S. data sets that will help them expand their research and uncover more facts,” said D. Joshua Taylor, business development manager and genealogist for findmypast.com. “The U.S. records expansion complements our extensive international collection including records from Ireland, Scotland, Australia, England and New Zealand.”

New records that have been added or will be added during 2012 include:
  •   World War I Draft Cards
  •   Outbound UK Passenger Lists (BT27)
  •    Genealogical society materials
  •   1940 Census records 
The new records join nearly 1,000 existing unique and international record collections including:
  •   England Royal Household Records
  •   Most complete England, Wales and Scotland census collection available online
  •   British Army service records
  •   Unique Irish prison and court records
  •   Irish military and rebellion records
  •   Millions more records and specialist records that cannot be found anywhere else and many sets dating back to 1200 AD

Findmypast.com launched in the United States in July 2012. For a limited time, new subscribers can access millions of records with findmypast.com’s Pioneer Offer. For only $4.95 per month (with a year-long subscription) users will have access to a world subscription and save more than 76 percent. The offer expires Sept. 9, 2012.   

About findmypast.com
Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history with over 18 million registered members worldwide. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.  

About brightsolid
Findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts over a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2013 RootsTech deal

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The "not so secret" insider info regarding the 2013 RootsTech Conference pre-registration...

For a limited time, before RootsTech 2013 registration officially opens to the public, you can receive $100 off the full 3-day conference pass price (regular price is $219, exclusive Insider price is only $119). Exclusive Insider Early Registration is available only from August 29 to September 2, 2012.

RootsTech is a fast-growing conference with a unique emphasis on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve, and share their family’s connections and history. The 2013 conference will be held March 21-23 in Salt Lake City, UT. 
 
In it’s third year, RootsTech 2013 will offer many new, exciting resources for genealogists and family historians of all skill levels. Join the thousands of attendees and experience:
 
·      More Classes, More Speakers – great new sessions and more hands-on workshops to attend
·      40% Bigger Expo Hall – exciting new exhibitors with great products and services for you to discover 
·      New! Getting Started Track – all the basics and lots of help for beginners to jump start their family research
·      Developer Day – consolidated track specifically designed for technology developers
 
To take advantage of this limited time offer:
 
1.   Go to RootsTech.org/Insider
2.   Click the registration button
3.   Be sure to enter in promo code:  BLOG119
 
For more information about RootsTech 2013, visit rootstech.org. Full conference schedules can be viewed during the registration process.

FGS - FindMyPast.com Partnership

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Announced at the 7am Society Leadership Breakfast this morning at the FGS Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.With Josh Taylor as the near president-elect of FGS, this partnership isn't surprising, but is a most welcome support for US genealogists.

Findmypast.com Announces Partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies
Partnership makes records available to findmypast.com and
creates a vital source of revenue for local societies

LOS ANGELES, August 30, 2012Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history research, today announced a national partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to preserve, digitize and provide access to local records from genealogical societies across the country.

The collaborative initiative will help preserve genealogical records and provide a vital revenue stream for the societies. Throughout the remainder of 2012, findmypast.com will release records from the following pilot partners:
·         New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the most authoritative source for research on New York families

“As we aggressively grow our business in the U.S., we are looking to form partnerships that benefit both the genealogical community and findmypast.com,” said Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, the parent company for findmypast. “This partnership will benefit our customers by giving them access to records that can’t be found anywhere else and participating societies will receive royalties for record images viewed.”

The records are a fantastic addition to a growing collection of US records on findmypast.com. FGS members who participate will reach new audiences as each society and their collection will be promoted by findmypast.com. 

The society collection complements the new US and international records that will be made available on findmypast.com and could include:
·         Newspapers and obituaries
·         Bible records
·         Cemetery records
·         Birth, marriage and death records
·         Land records
·         Court records

“Through its partnership with findmypast.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to offer a way for its member societies to engage with content providers and publishers,” said Pat Oxley, President of FGS. “Currently, one of the biggest challenges for societies is the pressure to provide online content, while also growing their membership and operating budgets. Through this partnership, societies will generate income and entice new audiences.”

About findmypast.com
Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history with over 18 million registered members worldwide. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.  

About brightsolid
Findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts over a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

An independent genealogy site

DearREADERS,
My friend Louis Kessler has pointed me to a viable alternative to corporate genealogy speak. He explains "Genealogists always have had questions on how to do their genealogy, how to find certain records, and whether there is any information available on the family lines they are researching. To date, there has not been one specific place they could go to ask their questions and get answers."

Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Genealogy
A new proposal for a Question and Answer site for genealogy is now underway at the StackExchange network. They are looking for genealogists interested in signing up and participating to help give the site the momentum it needs to get through the Beta phase. Once it meets the StackExchange network's required activity level, it will be added permanently onto the StackExchange network.

"This would be a Q & A site for genealogy, run independently of the interests of any genealogy company. It would be completely free for anybody to use." says Louis Kessler, one of the proponents of the proposal.

The StackExchange network current hosts "question and answer" sites on a diverse range of topics ranging from Programming to Photography to Personal Finance to Homebrewing. 

About Louis Kessler
Louis Kessler has been a genealogist and programmer for over 30 years. He maintains the GenSoftReviews site where people rate and review their genealogy software. He is also the developer of the genealogy software named Behold.


Good idea, Louis.

For more info, see Louis' blog post from 3 days ago: Would you Like a Genealogy Q & A Site?

Happy family tree climbing! 
Myrt     :)
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Monday, August 27, 2012

FHISO: WikiTree joins the collaboration effort

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: This news was received earlier this month from FHISO. It is good to see the knights are gathering round the table.



WikiTree joins the growing list of FHISO Founding Members
Croton-on-Hudson, NY and Gilbert, AZ August 15, 2012WikiTree.com and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that WikiTree has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, WikiTree has designated its founder, Chris Whitten, as an organizational member representative. Chris will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.
 
"Although the mission of the WikiTree community is to grow a worldwide family tree, only a fraction of the world's genealogical information will ever be organized and stored on WikiTree.com. The worldwide tree is something much larger and greater than any one forum or organization. That's what makes universal standards so important. Information on WikiTree needs to fluidly connect with information elsewhere. When the FHISO team invited WikiTree to join as a founding member, I jumped at the opportunity," said WikiTree founder, Chris Whitten.

"WikiTree is a dynamic, innovative platform where community members work together to connect our ancestral families. This sense of community spirit is also important to FHISOs development. Todays announcement represents the innovators of one community, WikiTree, supporting the development of another, FHISO. Our many thanks to Chris Whitten for helping FHISO connect with another important market sector,said Robert Burkhead (USA), member of the FHISO organizing team.

WikiTree is a community of member volunteers collaborating to develop a single world tree. By design, WikiTree sets out to balance the interests of privacy and collaboration so that everyone can share the same family tree. This dynamic, innovative approach to family history began in 2008 and has been growing ever since. Members of the WikiTree community agree to anHonor Codein their joint work. Chris Whitten, WikiTree founder, has made a pledge to keep the platform free. To learn more about WikiTree, visit the company website, http://www.wikitree.com/ .

FHISO is a standards-developing organization bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, democratic forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve todays interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit http://fhiso.org/ .
Please join us in welcoming WikiTree and Chris Whitten to FHISO!

2012 FGS Blogger Beads: See Thomas

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here is attempting to cliumb out of the "breathing" challenges of late, and as such have sent the 2012 FGS Blogger Beads via Mr. Myrt to the Federation of Genealogical Society's conference to be held this week in Birmingham. That's right. I won't be attending. Not to worry. The doctor is on top of things, and I'm staying with my daughter Tam until things clear up. This is the first day I've blogged in weeks.

The wildfires in Salt Lake and Utah counties have been awful, and without rain, there has been nothing to clear the smoke from the air. Even Mount Timp is obscured from view most days. Our trip to California to visit Chris, Jeremy and Vinnie was a respite, though 105+ degree temps made it hard for this Ol' Myrt to do much except stay protected indoors.

So to those of you GeneaBloggers attending FGS, please see Thomas MacEntee for your beads. 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
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FTM 2012 Bonus features

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from Mathew Deighton at Ancestry.com. Please address all inquiries to support@ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com normally announces the newest version of Family tree Maker around this time of the year. Instead we have decided to make several key updates to the existing software, and give those updates away for free. We will be working hard this year to improve the current product and you will see these bonus features throughout the year.

Remember, you will need to upgrade to Family Tree Maker 2012 before you can download the bonus features.
Since Family Tree Maker 2012 was released last fall, a number of updates have been sent out that include improvements and new features. Here’s a list of just some of these great changes:
  • Numerous enhancements to TreeSync so syncing your tree to Ancestry.com is faster and more reliable
  • A new Family View Report that displays a person’s ancestors, spouse, and children together (similar to the Family View in the People workspace)
  • A new Undocumented Facts Report that lists people’s facts that have no source documentation
  • The ability to merge info from multiple versions of the same fact
  • New source templates for the 1940 U.S. census and improved support for city directories
  • Dozens of report enhancements including performance improvements and new options in the relationship chart, family group sheet, Individual Report, Notes Report, Data Errors Report, Outline Descendant Report, Media Item Report, photo albums, Media Usage Report, Documented Facts Report, and calendar
And there are more enhancements to come in the next bonus update—so stayed tuned.

ThinkGenealogy App

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from Mark Tucker of ThinkGenealogy.com. Please address your inquiries and comments through his survey as indicated below.

The ThinkGenealogy app is a valuable reference to guide you through the research process and help you do professional quality research -- whether you are a professional genealogist or a family historian.  The app is currently available for Windows Phone with other devices under consideration.
Features:

1. A map so you won't get lost while you are doing your genealogy research.
2. Shows how important concepts are related.
3. Includes a concise explanation of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
4. Follows concepts in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
5. Glossary of genealogy terms.
6. Helpful links.
7. A video tour of how to use the app.

You can see the features in action on YouTube: 




To purchase the application, visit http://www.shazaml.com/thinkgenealogy

If you are interested in a version of the application for your device, have ideas for how to improve the app, or have other feedback, complete this 9 question survey:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYDFF53

Live Radio: New England History debuts

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from Marian Pierre-Louis. Please address all inquiries to her directly.

New Live Radio Show to feature Authors and Historians with a Passion for New England History

MILLS, M.A. (August 20, 2012) – Professional genealogist and house historian, Marian Pierre-Louis has
developed a new history and genealogy radio show called Fieldstone Common. The live 60-minute show will
feature authors, historians, curators and others whose passion is to keep New England history alive. Shows will be broadcast weekly through Blog Talk Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FieldstoneCommon) and made available afterward via podcast.

The inaugural episode aired on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:00pm EDT. The show premiere featured Paul Della Valle, author of Massachusetts Troublemakers: Rebels, Reformers and Radicals from the Bay State. [The archived version of the show is available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FieldstoneCommon .]

Future episodes will air weekly on Thursdays at 1:00pm EST.

About Marian Pierre-Louis:
Marian Pierre-Louis is a professional genealogist and house historian who shares her love of New England history through her research, blogs and social media.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Ideas for the 2012 Share a Memory Contest


DearREADERS, 
Wondering what to submit for the 2012 Share a Memory Contest? This is an example of what I could share. Unfortunately, my daughter Carrie says I cannot enter, since I am one of the judges.

INSTAGRAM
During the Instagram for Genealogists webinar, Carrie said "Instagram is a quirky way to share your life."


Ol' Myrt here wants to share stories of my ancestors, but yes, in a quirky way.

This was my first attempt at sending more than a simple picture to Instagram, an app for iPhones and Android smart phones. I used some old timey pictures on my iPhone with the DipTic app choosing this three segment layout. You can just drag the pic around, zoom in or out, until things look OK. I also chose the rounded border for both outside and inside the box:




But I wanted to add a label, so at least we'd know who I was focusing on at this point -- my father's grandmother -- Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser. I liked the style of the label, below, but didn't like the angled label. I used the LabelBox app for iPhone below:


Grace, Myrtle, Eliza and Pearl.
Eliza and her three daughters.

So I re-did the label, as shown below. Looks better in my estimation.

Eliza, her house in Twin Falls, Idaho and her three daughters.


But since only one of my daughters is on Instagram at this time, I'll do much better "getting the word out" of I use this third graphic to spruce up a blog post about this ancestor. 

MORE INFO

FB - EVENT: 2012 "Share a Memory" Contest - a great place to put the link to your contest entry, though you can certainly send it through Instagram or Twitter. Look here for the official rules.

Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt     :)
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Your friend in genealogy.

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Webinar: Instagram for Genealogists is archived!


DearREADERS,
WOW! We sure had a blast Monday night "Instagramming"! My daughter Carrie Keele presented a webinar, and I helped! This post includes the name of the Carrie's favorite iPhone apps to use with Instagram, comments from attendees and the links to the archived version of the webinar.
Carrie's Favorite iPhone Apps:

  • Instagram
  • Camera+
  • InstaPlus
  • 100Cameras
  • DipTic
  • Frame Free
  • InstaFrame - free 
  • LensFlare 
  • PopBooth
  • iMovie
  • Hipstamatic
  • PS Express
  • Live FX lite
  • VersaGram
  • TextGram
  • Red Stamp
  • Tweegram
  • Label Box
  • Pinstagram
  • Pic Jointer

Neither Carrie nor Ol' Myrt here  have an Android, so we cannot advise you on similar apps.  During the webinar, Patrice Green said PhotoGrid for Android is a good one. 

Kathy C says: "Thanks for putting that [webinar] together for us! I have always wanted to play with  Instagram and had not yet done it.The webinar took away any learning curve that I might have had! I  have plans to surprise my kids with a collage sent to them on Instagram soon. Won't they be surprised!   LOL! I hope you continue to do that again. I hope to see you in Birmingham."
Connie Cosgrove says: "Thanks so much for  the webinar on Instagram! Carrie did an excellent and easy to follow presentation.  Your comments (and Russ') were quite  informative.  I look forward to viewing your Family Tree Maker presentations as well.

There is another iPhone app for picture editing that combines many of the other apps' features. It's called Aviary.  It is free, however there are 3 add-on filters that cost $.99.  Aviary was recommended by a podcast called "iFive for the Phone", which gives tips on battery usage, new apps, etc.

Question about the memories contest: is the only way to submit material via Facebook? I don't belong to Faceboo
k".
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: You can submit your 2012 "Share a Memory" Contest contest entry to us via Instagram or Twitter, using the following to draw it to our attention!

@DearMYRTLE @NYMGenealogy #shareamemory

Here's the link to the archived copy of Instagram for Genealogists. Below that you'll find the listing of apps Carrie has loaded on her iPhone. 


Alternately, right-click the link below and select 'Save As...' or just click to save the file to your computer.



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

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Video: Canning Stuff 2

DearREADERS,
Girls just had to take a break, to enjoy the muffins fresh out of the oven! But now we get back to the overview of old-fashioned and new fangled home "water bath" canning equipment.

It was great to hear in the mean time that Heather has just started "canning on Sundays" with her college age daughter, to remind her of how they did things when her daughter was younger. Looking forward to hearing about some of their recipes! (Hint, hint!)


Without the "advantage" of a local supermarket, our ancestors ate simple meals using the foods they were able to "winter over" in a garden (carrots, potatoes), preserve in a "root cellar" potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, cabbage, etc.


They also dried things like apricots and peaches.


Preserving fruits in jams and jellies was another way to preserve the bounty of the harvest to enjoy on a long dark day in the dead of winter. Here's Part two of our canning video. Thanks to my daughter, Carrie Keele, of Not Your Mother's Genealogy for the videography.




Here are some of the implements described in these two videos:

 
Granite Ware 0707-1 21-1/2-Quart Steel/Porcelain Water-Bath Canner with Rack



Order from: http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/ball-canning-utensil-set-4-pc/shop/383374

Set includes:


  • Jar Funnel: Place in mouth of jar to fill without spilling
  • Jar Lifter: Safely lift jars out of hot water with the blue gripping end
  • Lid Lifter: Lift lids out of hot water with the magnetic end
  • Bubble Remover & Headspace Tool: Slide into the side of filled jar to release air bubbles and measure headspace

  • Order from: http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/blue-book-guide-to-preserving/shop/229696
    This is the latest edition of the Ball Blue Book: Guide for Preserving.



    Here's the link to a special "Canning Store" at Amazon.com. Some of the items may be cheaper here than at the Ball Canning Company website options listed above.





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

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