Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Evidentia: Source-centric genealogy software

DearREADERS,
Hmmm... a research-based genealogy software that "guides you through the Genealogical Proof Standard"? There is now a call for BETA testers.

"The installer is working and the Copyright has been filed, so its time to start recruiting BETA testers for Evidentia!

If you think this genealogy software might be for you, and you have time and are willing to be an early ‘guinea pig’, use the contact form to send me an email. You will get an early release copy of Evidentia for feedback purposes, and a chance to influence the future of the application!
BETA testing will start by mid November, and tutorial videos will be available to assist in your experience.
Sign up now and be part of something new!!!"

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2013 SLIG: Early-bird Registration deadline today

DearREADERS,
Just a little note about registering for Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:

"The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s early-bird registration deadline is coming up fast. On October 31, 2012, tuition will go up by $50. Act now as classes are filling fast. Classes still available include:
 
  • American Research and Records: Focus on Localities
  • Researching Your English Ancestors: Beyond the Parish Register
  • Researching in Washington D.C. without Leaving Home
  • A Genealogist’s Guide to the Internet Galaxy
  • Principles of Forensic Genealogy
  • Producing a Quality Family Narrative
  • Problem Solving

Register today!
Please send questions to Christy Fillerup atsligdirector@ugagenealogy.org

I might add that the 2013 SLIG registration process is online at:
http://ugagenealogy.org/aem.php?eid=4


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Citing as you go

DearREADERS,
Miriam Robbins asked via Facebook how to cite a private Facebook message in one's genealogy management program. Bravo for staying on top of things, Miriam!

Ol' Myrt here used to feel wary of citing email, akin to a Facebook message, but have realized the folly of failing to do so. Such unsubstantiated info seems shaken at best, however... 

Early in the research process, that email or Facebook message may be all I have to go on. While I plan to find reliable, original records with primary info about an ancestor, the fact is I am usually unable to do this on a timely basis. Life happens. I get caught in Grandmother Mode, or stumble across info on the other side of my family tree. 

To ignore citing an email or Facebook message in my genealogy software means I might not remember with whom to discuss additional info culled from subsequently discovered documents, perhaps months later. 

Also, there is a difference between citing all sources during the research process and citing sources in the final proof argument.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Non-Genealogists Think We're Nuts

DearREADERS,
Bernice Bennett has invited me to appear as a guest on her BlogTalk (internet) Radio Show. Join us this coming Thursday at 9pm Eastern US time. Our topic is "Non-Genealogists Think We're Nuts!"

HOW TO LISTEN
1. Turn up your computer speakers.
2. Go to the show's page on the web:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett/2012/11/02/non-genealogists-think-were-nuts-with-dearmyrtle

3. Log in via your Facebook account, or sign up for a free BlogTalk Radio account. Logging in permits you to type questions in the chat room.


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


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy prompts rescheduling of Monday webinars

DearREADERS,
With Maryland and Virginia already declaring a "state of emergency" status owing to the approach of Hurricane Sandy, other Eastern US seaboard states are sure to follow. Since our Virginia home is in the middle of the "cone of uncertainty", Ol' Myrt here has decided to cancel both of the DearMYRTLE webinars scheduled for Monday, 29 October 2012.

Mondays with Myrt will resume it's normal 12 noon Eastern US webinar on 5 Nov 2012.

The second session of TNG The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building will be held 5 November 2012 at 9pm Eastern US time.

All pre-registered participants have been notified via email.

Mother Nature has absolute power, doesn't she? Be safe everyone.



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


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NGS Video: Becoming a Genealogist

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the National Genealogical Society. Please address all inquiries to: advertise@ngsgenealogy.org.



Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG:
“Becoming a Genealogist”
New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series

ARLINGTON, VA, 26 OCTOBER 2012: The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the October video release honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ): Frederick C. Hart Jr.’s reflections on ”Becoming a Genealogist.”
An electrical engineer by profession, Fred Hart’s inclination for problem solving trumped his prior lack of interest in history when he discovered discrepancies in published histories of his mother’s family. He took on the challenge of resolving the differences and became dedicated to the discipline of genealogy. Planning to build a second career when he retired, he began to undertake client work and in 1993 earned the certified genealogist credential.
Fred is the genealogist for the Connecticut Ancestry Society and has been a prolific contributor to Connecticut Ancestry, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The American Genealogist. He was named a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) in 2007 for the quality and quantity of his published genealogical scholarship.
The video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the NGSQ. Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG, “Becoming a Genealogist,” is now playing for all NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now playing at the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) present Robert C. Anderson, FASG; Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.
Video interviews with leading genealogists represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for honing their skills. Members receive the society’s outstanding quarterly publications, the NGSQ and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013; Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014; and St. Louis, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015.
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Colonial Roots: Books, CDs and maps

DearREADERS,
Colonial Roots specializes in genealogy books and other resources for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.



ADDING TO OUR TREASURES
Today at the Fairfax Genealogical Society's Fall Conference, Mr. Myrt purchased:

  • Early Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania 1700s to 1800 including 12 volumes of Abstracts of Chester County Land Records, Vol 1-5 (1681-1765 with deeds, mortgages, bonds, releases, leases and land patents.) Early Church Records of Chester County, Vol 103; 4 Volumes of The Wills of Chester County covering the time period 1713-1800. CD
  • Berks County - Annals by Montgomery 1909 containing the original pages and full text search of Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, PA Vol 1 & Vol II. (Morton L. Montgomery; J H Beers & Co.; 1909) CD
  • Early Quaker Records of Philadelphia Pennsylvania Vol 1 1682-1750, Anna Miller Watring. Colonial Roots; 2005. Book
  • First Families of Chester County Pennsylvania Vol 2, John Pitts Launey. Heritage Books, 2007. Book

QuickSheets (laminated sheets)
  • Genealogical Problem Analysis: A Strategic Plan Evidence! Style, Elizabeth Shown Mills. Genealogical Publishing Company; 2010.
  • The Historical Biographer's Guide to Cluster Research (The FAN Principle), Elizabeth Shown Mills. Genealogical Publishing Company; 2012.
  • The Historical Biographers Guide to Finding People  in Databases and Indexes, Elizabeth Shown Mills. Genealogical Publishing Company; 2012.
Genealogy at a Glance (laminated sheets)
  • Cherokee Genealogy Research, Myra Vanderpool Gormley. Genealogical Publishing Company; 2012.
  • English Genealogy Research, Paul Milner. Genealogical Publishing Company; 2011.
  • Family History Library Research, Carolyn L. Barkley. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012.
  • Virginia Genealogy Research, Carol McGinnis. Genealogical Publishing Company; 2012.


FREE DOCUMENTS
The Colonial Roots website explains they make certain documents available for free from time to time, so "make sure you check back every so often to see what's new!" Here's what they have at the time of publication of this blog post.

Be sure to download the Colonial Roots catalog at http://www.colonialroots.com.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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BCG: Trustees and Website Changes Announced

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Please address all inquiries to office@bcgcertification.org



BCG IN THE NEWS: Trustees and Website Changes Announced
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, announced trustee changes to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), effective 14 October 2012. Yearly elections bring new or incumbent trustees to the board for three-year terms. Going off the board this year are:


Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, of Missouri
Barbara Mathews, CG, of Massachusetts
Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG, of California
Willis H. White, CG, of Virginia

According to President Powell, "We heartily thank those who are leaving their trustee positions for their service to the board. We trust that they will continue to contribute to the many facets of genealogical research, scholarship, and activities and wish them well in all future endeavors."

The fifteen current members of BCG’s Board of Trustees are:

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, of Pennsylvania, President,
Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, of Pennsylvania, Vice-president
Dawne Slater-Putt, CG, of Indiana, Secretary
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, of Illinois, Treasurer
Stefani Evans, CG, of Nevada, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
CindyLee Butler Banks, CG, AG®, of Nebraska
Warren Bittner, CG, of Utah
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, of New York
Victor S. Dunn, CG, of Virginia
Alison Hare, CG, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, of Virginia
David McDonald, CG, of Wisconsin
Debra S. Mieszala, CG, of Illinois
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, of Tennessee
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, of New Jersey

WEBSITE NEWS
Many people wonder if board certification is for them. To address this question, BCG is placing website help in the form of a new certification seminar and several audio testimonials of which three are currently available at http://bcgcertification.org/certification/why.html. We hope you will enjoy hearing from the immediate past president, David McDonald, CG; a librarian, Beth Stahr, CG; and a professional genealogist, Michael Hait, CG, who offer their reasons for seeking certification. Testimonials rotate periodically, so please check back to hear more.

The Certification Seminar is a one-hour presentation that explains in detail what is expected of applicants when they assemble a portfolio and what applicants can expect of the certification process. Presented by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, and David McDonald, CG, it was taped in August 2012 by FamilySearch and is also a part of its Learning Center video library. BCG would like to thank FamilySearch for making this video possible. Societies and individuals are invited to view the seminar at http://bcgcertification.org/seminar/index.html.

Founded in 1964, the mission of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is to foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard. The publication The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual sets forth the currently accepted standards for all areas of genealogical research.

Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CG and CGL are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency and evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates. The Board’s name is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blogger: Providing full access to posts

DearREADERS,
During Monday evening's webinar, Reene Lee inquired why visitors to her blog had to "log in" before they could read her posts. Here's the solution to permitting anybody to read your posts, Reene:

1. Log in at Blogger.com (since that is your blogging service).

2. Click 'Settings' then 'Basic'.

3. Scroll down to 'Permissions' and look where it says 'Blog Readers'. Mine is set for 'Anybody', but to make changes to yours click the 'Edit' button as shown below:






Right now, Reene, your settings are "Only these readers' and it needs to be changed to 'Anybody'. Be sure to click the 'Save changes' button to invoke the new setting.






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


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Monday, October 22, 2012

TNG Webinar TONIGHT 9pm Eastern

DearREADERS,
Tired of the political debates? Come on over to join us for the first of two webianrs featuring Darrin Lythgoe, creater of The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building. We start at 9pm Eastern US time.

--------------------------------------------------------
TNG PART 1 DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinar
October 22nd 9pm Eastern (7pm Mountain)

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  • What is TNG?
  • Space for the site
  • Sample TNG site creation
  • Templates & Style Sheets make things easier
  • Preliminary navigation
  • GEDCOM import, manual data entry, user accounts and permissions
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Surname Look ups and Search
  • Dynamic Language Switching
  • Tech support - wiki, forum, mailing lists

REGISTER now. This webinar has two sessions, but you only need to register once.
 Monday, Oct 22, 2012 and Oct 29, 2012 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT


https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/782725280

9pm Eastern US
8pm Central US
7pm Mountain US
6pm Pacific US

If you need a time zone converter, there is a great one located here:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet


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


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Today's Mondays with Myrt starts in 20 minutes

DearREADERS,
TODAY during "Mondays with Myrt" we are going to talk with Bill West author of the West in New England blog about his 1812 pensioner ancestor. His series of blog posts drew the attention of another researcher who demonstrates how collaboration is facilitated (social networking) and additional insights are shared, making it easier to identify Nathaniel Barker. He was more than a name and a few dates on Bill's pedigree chart.


Registration link:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/789754392

If you have registered for an earlier "Mondays with Myrt" webinar session, you don't need to register again. Just check your email for this week's reminder.



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


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

RADIO: Non-Genealogists Think We're Nuts

DearREADERS,
Bernice Bennett has invited Ol' Myrt here to be a guest on her weekly internet radio show Research at the National Archives and Beyond. November 1st marks the one year anniversary for Bernice, a tremendous accomplishment. It takes many hours weekly to produce 60-90 minute show. Bravo!

OUR TOPIC: 

Non-Genealogists think we're nuts!

DATE: 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

TIME:  

9pm Eastern
8pm Central
7pm Mountain
6pm Pacific US time

Bernice says "Research at the National Archives and Beyond is an educational BLOGTALKRADIO SHOW  that provides those who are interested in tracing their roots an opportunity to learn from others who have conducted research at the National Archives and other sources throughout the country.  The guest speakers talk about the records they use to tell stories about their ancestors."

HOW TO LISTEN: 

Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett/2012/11/02/non-genealogists-think-were-nuts-with-dearmyrtle
Turn up your speakers at the appointed hour. 

CALL IN: Call in to speak with the host  (646) 200-0491 during the show.


CHAT: If you'd like to participate in the typed "chat" room, be sure to log in to BlogTalk Radio. I log in with my Facebook account.


ARCHIVE: The recorded shows are in Bernice's archive:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/research-at-the-national-archives-and-beyond/


Alternately, you may click using this embedded graphic, if that shows up on your device.


Listen to internet radio with BerniceBennett on Blog Talk Radio



Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Webinars: Why charge for archived versions?

DearREADERS,
Imagine the producer of a genealogy webinar has deep, deep pockets. Imagine genealogy corporations where webinars are a key component of tech support.

Although Mr. Myrt is very generous, I certainly don't fit either category. DearMYRTLE may have a .com address, but I am a person, not a corporation. I'm like a number of other "sole proprietor" genealogy presenters out there.

WHY WEBINARS?
In a tight economy, travel costs and speaker fees are difficult hurdles for local genealogy societies wishing to invite well-regarded genealogy presenters for monthly meetings and annual conferences. Genealogy webinars go a long way toward sharing how to improve genealogy research skills.

But someone's got to pay the piper.

MY COSTS
Here's about what it costs me to produce DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinars:

$1188 annually - GoToWebinar room for 100 attendees ($99 monthly, some years I get a break)
$360 annually - webinar archive space
0 - Converter software program
0 - Handbrake software program
$199 - Camtasia (usually annual upgrade from the initial $299 cost)
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$1,747 annually (not counting Ol' Myrt's time, computer equipment, 2 headsets annually, ISP fees, etc.)

WHY MYRT'S LIVE WEBINARS ARE FREE
Since Ol' Myrt here doesn't want to be 'a slave to the computer', I've kept all of my live webinars free. That way I don't have to deal with tech support issues or refunds as people forget to show up, cannot get in the room, have connection issues, etc.

PRESENTERS
Taneya Koonce gave us four great webinar sessions on the use of WordPress last summer, and she should be compensated for her time. My cousin Russ Worthington freely shares information in his blog about the use of Family Tree Maker, and his expertise in guiding me through learning that software program in our joint webiars should be compensated.

As a responsible member of the genealogy community, I must demonstrate respect for the expertise of genealogy webinar presenters.

In the future I'd like to sponsor more presenters in my webinars, and offer them a fair return, based on the sale of archived versions of their webinars.

RESOLVED
From this point forth, my webinars will be handled as follows:

1. GeneaWebinars Calendar lists all my webinars

2. Mondays with Myrt - always free archived versions at:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/mondays-with-myrt-archive.html
No fees here, because I consider this weekly show as a form of "blogging" if blogging is defined as getting the word out about genealogy news.

3. DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinars will be presented live and free, but the archived version will go behind the pay wall located here: https://dearmyrtle.dpdcart.com

You'll find the "Webinar Archive" link on a tab at www.DearMYRTLE.com.

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


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Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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Episode 1: Mondays with Myrt Archived NOW

DearREADERS,
Getting my act together and archiving the regular Mondays With Myrt webinars. There is a new webinar archive at DearMYRTLE.com.

CLICK to listen to the archived version of 
Episode 1 - 8 Oct 2012 Mondays with Myrt 
We discuss the winners of the 2012 Share a Memory Contest; studied how reading blog posts is facilitated by Google Reader organized into folders for genealogy, quilting, techie and such as shown in the screen shot of one of my Google Reader accounts:


We checked in at GeneaPress (one of the places I look for genealogy news). Russ explained how he uses Facebook to find and keep up with the children of a cousin who passed away a few years ago. Chris Wright from Australia mentions how folks at her local Family History society are reluctant to use Facebook. 






We visited with Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator blog and a brand new book titled How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records.  She mentioned Adobe Light Room as her photo editing software.




Other sites discussed include: www.thehistorytrekker.com and www.heirloomregistry.com .

Find out about the GeneaLIGHTENING Round...

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


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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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What does FHISO mean to me?

DearREADERS,
I'm just an average genealogy researcher who happens to have been around a long time, and I have a blog. My reason for supporting the Family History Information Standards Organization (FHISO) is simple:

I want to share my genealogy data and scanned images seamlessly with my cousin, who doesn't happen to use the same genealogy program.

Long time readers may remember I was a co-founder of the BetterGEDCOM project which formalized into FHISO just as I was stepping down for a more generalized approach in my support.



Ol' Myrt here values across-the-board acceptance of one data standard, encompassing genealogy software, genealogy websites and whatever new technologies come down the pike.

That way, when I share data back and forth with Russ, we aren't experiencing

  • dropping an ancestor or two 
  • scrambling source notes or citations
  • forgetting about the scanned images attached to each ancestor
Here's the link to press releases about genealogy entities that have currently joined this international effort:

If you don't see your favorite genealogy website, app or desktop software in this group, WRITE to their tech support people and tell them YOU support One Community, One Standard and want them to as well.


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


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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont  
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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

56M is a lot of AU and NZ Records! Thank-you, FindMyPast

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Whilst we just mentioned earlier FindMyPast is moving strongly into the US records arena, new of 56 million new Australian records has come to light. Please address all inquiries to support@FindMyPast.com.au



Grow your family tree with millions of new records to search
 Over 56 million new Australian & New Zealand records
 24 million passenger list records available to Australia/New Zealand subscription holders
 New World Collection brings the total records to over 1.5 billion
 PayAsYouGo credits for added flexibility

Findmypast.com.au is has just launched 56 million new records covering Australia and New Zealand. Members can now also access ship passenger list records as part of their Australia/New Zealand subscription. This brings the total to over 135 million records for people searching their Australian and New Zealand family history.

Many of the records just released are invaluable resources to those researching their family history. One of these is electoral rolls which are an alternative to census records, providing important information about ancestors. Many other significant records have also been released such as police and government gazettes, directories and even some unique records such as numerous runs of Radio Call.

Vicki Dawson, General Manager of findmypast.com.au commented: “This is just the start of many new and exciting developments in the future for findmypast.com.au. We are committed to delivering a great service and continually adding new records to the site. It’s all about enhancing the experience for our members and making the family history search even more rewarding.”

This follows the recent launch of the new World Collection which gives members access to over 1.5 billion records from Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the United States. The British Collection includes England, Wales and Scotland census records from 1841 to 1911, the most comprehensive online index of birth, marriage and death records in England and Wales as well as many more invaluable records.

The Irish Collection contains the Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924, Griffiths Land Valuation 1847-1864 and many more great records. The United States Collection includes all US censuses 1790-1930, World War I Draft Cards and the 1940 states will be added as they become indexed.

The collection of records on findmypast.com.au is continually growing. Coming soon are millions of new records for Australia and New Zealand, and many more international records. The British Newspaper Collection will be available in the near future giving members’ access to over five million British newspapers and growing each day.

Findmypast.com.au offers a Pay As You Go credit option for new members wanting to trial the website. This unique way to view records offers more flexibility for members. There are also new subscription options available.

Stay tuned on our website, blog and social media to stay up to date with the latest information.
Google+ - findmypast australasia

Heritage Books: Fall Madness Sale

DearREADERS,
This was posted on Facebook, and I thought my DearREADERS might be in the market for a few things.


HeritageBooks.com
You can still get 25% off your entire order!




Find HB on the web at www.HeritageBooks.com.

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


Blog: http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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FindMyPast: October Family History Month

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Our friends at FindMyPast.com are furthering their interest in US genealogy research. Please address all inquiries to support@FindMyPast.com.

Happy Family History Month from findmypast.com! To celebrate our favorite month of the year, findmypast.com has compiled the following advanced search tips to help your readers uncover their storied pasts and keep growing their family trees. 
Expert tips from renowned genealogist D. Joshua Taylor include:
·         Re-Examine your findings - Sometimes the answer to a question is waiting in records you have already discovered. Take time to analyze your findings and give everything another look.
·         Locate the Original Record - In some cases you might be looking at a transcription or abstract made from an original record. While every effort is made to ensure transcriptions are accurate, it is essential to examine a copy of the original record.
·         Search collateral lines - Focusing your search on an ancestor’s siblings often yields additional records that benefit your research.
·         Participate in a DNA Study - The science of DNA analysis can have great benefits for genealogists. Many individuals participate in DNA surname studies which combine genealogical research and DNA results to prove relationships between individuals and potential origins of particular surnames or groups.
·         Search for printed resources - There are thousands of records not yet available online that include important information for family history research. Printed resources include printed genealogies, local histories, record transcriptions and abstracts, and other materials. Search for these materials in libraries and other repositories through WorldCat to locate sources close to your own home.
Findmypast.com has also created a dedicated landing page findmypast.com/content/family-history-month with a downloadable family tree and downloadable family history questionnaire. Throughout the month Findmypast.com will be sharing daily tips on Facebook for genealogists and family historians. Facebook fans also have access to Facebook badges denoting their ancestry.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Online Photo Editing Webinar available for download

DearREADERS,

Ya gotta love it when a family member gets excited about preserving old photos! Last Monday night's exciting "PicMonkey" webinar is finally up in the archive. Bravo to Carrie for inspiring participants to using the cloning tool during the webinar, showing us the results on screen. 

DearMYRTLE's Online Photo Editing Webinar featuries Ol'Myrt's daughter Carrie Keele of NotYourMothersGenealogy.com. Explore how to easily edit pictures using free online resources. Achieve professional results without spending hours learning complex programs. Participants will be able to perform at least ten photo editing functions by the time they leave class. $9.95 download.


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Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt     :)
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Friday, October 05, 2012

2012 SHARE a MEMORIES Contest results

DearREADERS,
CONGRATS to the winners of the 2012 Share a Memory Contest for their originality and creative use of technology. Each entry shared personal stories that are now preserved for future generations. The decisions of the judges are final. NOTE: We were good at not accepting any chocolate bribes whatsoever.

FIRST PLACE: 




SENTIMENTAL SUNDAY: MEMORIES OF NEW ENGLAND
by Vickie Everhart, posted 30 Sept 2012 on the Be Not Forgot Blog
TYPE OF SHARE: Picasa Slide show created from MyCanvas printed book
JUDGES COMMENTS: LOVE the bulletted list explaining each image in the slide show. Great info with links to FindAGrave and online photo albums with more info about the folks in the presentation.


SECOND PLACE:


by Dixie Petty, via her Facebook page.
""Back in the Day" photo: "In the early 1940s before WW II started, Albert Petty, Sr. (Buddy), bought a combination service station and family home in Nelliburg. The front was a small store with a service station. The rest of the building was a two bedroom home. "
TYPE OF SHARE: Photo and lengthy commentary from a series of Facebook postings where Dixie shares a vintage photo and the stories that come to mind when viewing it.
JUDGES' COMMENTS: We particularly like the old cars and filing station photo. Makes the 21st century cars look uninspired by comparison.



THIRD PLACE (tie):



by Shelley Bishop, posted 26 Sept 2012 in A Sense of Family Blog
TYPE OF SHARE: Blog with vintage photos, memories of weekends at Buckeye Lake.
JUDGES' COMMENTS: Logical progression of text and photos for us to follow along and get the whole story even though we weren't there.



MY CHILDHOOD ROOM - Pink, Pink, My Share a Memory Post by M. Diane Rogers, posted 26 Sept 2012 in the Canada Genealogy, or "Jane's Your Aunt" BlogTYPE OF SHARE: Blog with personal recollections, photos of pics on the wall, and the floor plan of her room.JUDGES' COMMENTS: Not sure what the "smoking table" is doing in your bedroom, but oh, how we'd like to see something like this for our Rev War ancestors' homes.

PRIZES:
The winners have been notified by email, and will receive their prizes shortly.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)

DearMYRTLE,
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