Saturday, May 25, 2013

Genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts next week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Most of these webinars are held using the services of GoToWebinar.com. You don't need to have an account since the webinar organizer has that. As an attendee, you merely need to register, then click on the link in your confirmation email at the time of the event to attend. Newbies will find these links useful:


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Is THIS what keeps younger folks away from genealogy?

DearREADERS,
Prompted by a post in the UK's Guardian "The cost of historical research: why archives need to move with the times" I posed a question on Facebook about Nell Darby's comments "The variable fees charged to access original documents risk putting archival research out of general reach."

What developed  is a conversation about how it's not only young folks, but older folks on fixed incomes who face challenges when doing genealogy research. Younger folks may have more energy, and older folks have more time, particularly if they are retired. Yet, both groups face financial considerations.

"When I have to make the decision between groceries and a trip to the archives.... well, the answer is obvious," says NextGen coordinator Jen Baldwin. I know if it weren't for Mr. Myrt's good health insurance, my monthly medication bill would be staggering.
NextGen is a Facebook group created for "to foster the next generation’s interest in family history and engagement in our community through digital channels which virtually connect members throughout the world." They're also on Twitter @nextgennetwrk.


My friend Tom Sluder says "Timing is a big factor for me. I work all week and most places are not open on the weekends for research. I'd have to take a day off just to hit a courthouse or something - IF it's withing driving distance that is."

Elsewhere on Facebook, our friend Bill West reminds us worthwhile, FREE, original documents research that can be done online.
"I know some folks look askance at people who research genealogy online, and I agree there are things that can only be learned or found by a trip to a courthouse or a records archive. But for people who for one reason or another can't get to those places, online research is getting better and better as more records are digitized and put online. case in point, the new FamilySearch Massachusetts Land Records 1620-1986 collection. This has got to be great for people living on the other side of the country with Massachusetts ancestors. and even if you do have the means to go to the archives and courthouses, the time & money saved doing it at home is another plus!" [Used with Bill's permission.]
Maybe the younger set AND the older genealogists benefit by sharing:
  • off-line research facilities
  • experiences with online records access
  • organization techniques
  • use of emerging technology
These conversations can be built on a free platform, like FamilySearch Wiki, where the info is not corporate owned and is freely searchable.

I don't think there is a "genealogy generation gap" at all. 

Genealogy researchers of all ages have more in common than perhaps we realize.


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The RETURN of Who Do You Think You Are? (not reruns!)

DearREADERS,
Our friends at Ancestry.com have teamed up with TLC for the next season of Who Do You Think You Are? premiering 23 July 2013. Thank-you, thank-you!

World's Largest Online Family History Resource Sponsors TV Series with Personal Look Inside the Ancestry of Beloved Celebrities

PROVO, Utah, May 21, 2013Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announces it has teamed up with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment as an integrated sponsor of the upcoming season of the “Who Do You Think You Are?” television series, premiering July 23.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment to bring this entertaining and inspiring series back for another season,” said Rob Singer, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Ancestry.com. “Charting one’s family history helps each of us better understand who we are. Through the journeys of these celebrities, we hope millions of Americans will see just how life-changing and rewarding genealogy can be and begin researching their own family history to make discoveries that tell them who they are and where they came from.”

“Who Do You Think You Are?” explores the roots of celebrities who embark on an intense personal journey to discover their family’s past. Some of the celebrities to be featured in these all-new episodes include Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, and Zooey Deschanel. Each of the 8 hour-long episodes reveal the real person behind the celebrity as they come to understand the lives their ancestors lived that helped shape the person they are today. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry.com provides important family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.

Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the show is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media. An earlier version of the series previously aired on NBC for three seasons.

For those interested to discover who they think they are, Ancestry.com offers a 14-day free trial for all new members.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com LLC is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 11 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 47 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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MGP Study Group: Countdown 10 days and counting

DearREADERS,
The much heralded Mastering Genealogy Proof (MGP) Study Group begins in 10 days. Here's how you can participate:

1. Obtain your copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, Ph. D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA from the National Genealogical Society.

2. Read any four of the Reading List articles, locations summarized here:
http://tinyurl.com/MGPreadinglist


3.  Print out or digitally post the class session schedule located here:
http://tinyurl.com/MGPclassSchedule

4. WATCH DearMYRTLE's new "VIEWers Guide: Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group" located here: http://youtu.be/ZSFAJQjn-uo



5. Become familiar with the Google+ Hangouts on Air. Unless you have been designated to JOIN as a panelist, you'll be VIEWing the live "feed" once the event goes live on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

 6. Become familiar with DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+. This is where all may post comments during each week's class session.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

7. Rest up, as this study group is going to be a dilly! 

 
FOR FURTHER READING
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

VIEWer Guide to Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group VIDEO


DearREADERS,
Are you finally ready to go over to the Google+ side of things so you can participate in our upcoming Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group? Today, Ol' Myrt here and Cousin +Russ Worthington created a 23 minute video discussing:

  • Calendaring
  • What's the differences between a Google+ "Hangout" and a "Hangout on Air".
  • What's a JOINer?
  • What's a VIEWer?
  • Is the live "Hangout on Air" recorded for later viewing?
  • Where do I go to VIEW a class session?
  • Where do I go to post comments?
  • How to get to DearMYRTLE on YouTube.
  • How to get to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community.
  • How to VIEW the video in one browser window and COMMENT in another window.
  • Can I post comments after the live Hangout On Air has concluded?
  • Why you might temporarily turn off G+ Community notifications? (Default is "on".)
  • How to turn on CC - Closed Captioning
  • What it looks like when using a sign language interpreter during a live "Hangout on Air".



We begin 2 June 2013 at 8pm Eastern (New York) Time.

Following the www.GeneaWebinars.com calendar for all the latest info.

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

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Help digitize MD State Archives Wills and Archives

DearREADERS,
Now's your chance to pay it forward! There is a new joint venture between FamilySearch and the Maryland Archives. Beginning in June, FamilySearch will digitize the Wills and Probate Records located at the Archives building in Annapolis. Records from Caroline, Carroll and Baltimore counties will be imaged. Some of these county records span from the mid-1800's to mid 1900's. 

Screen Shot: Maryland State Archives website.

Screen Shot: FamilySearch Maryland Archives Volunteer website.
 
Gary and Carol Petranek, Co-Directors of the Washington DC Family History Center, are coordinating the volunteer effort for this important project. They are now actively seeking volunteers to help prepare the records for imaging. Training for volunteers will be the first or second week in June, depending on the facility arrangements at the Archives.

A website and email address have been set up for this project:
email address    fsmdvol@gmail.com and 
website   http://fsmav.blogspot.com 

You will see that volunteers are each weekday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm who can work a four-hour shift on a day of their choice at the Archives building at 350 Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.

If you would like to join this effort,  please email your name, phone number and how you learned about this project to: fsmdvol@gmail.com.

CALL TO ACTION
Nearby resident genealogists are invited to participate. Invite your friends to be part of this historic preservation project. Take a break from your personal research to pay it forward just as other genealogists have done in the areas where your ancestors once lived. Thank-you!


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts next week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Most of these webinars are held using the services of GoToWebinar.com. You don't need to have an account since the webinar organizer has that. As an attendee, you merely need to register, then click on the link in your confirmation email at the time of the event to attend. Newbies will find these links useful:


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


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts next week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Most of these webinars are held using the services of GoToWebinar.com. You don't need to have an account since the webinar organizer has that. As an attendee, you merely need to register, then click on the link in your confirmation email at the time of the event to attend. Newbies will find these links useful:


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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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

NGS: Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: With the National Genealogy Society's annual conference underway, we receive the following notice. Please address all inquiries to support@ngsgenealogy.org.

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring
Excellence in Newsletter Editorship
and
Service to NGS



Arlington, VA, 8 May 2013: The National Genealogical Society honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 8 May 2013. The Opening Session keynote speaker was historian Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Research Branch, US Citizenship and Immigration Services who spoke on the topic “People, Policy, and Records: The Importance of Historical Background” after which NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.

Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year’s categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter:

Winner: The Andreas Killian Descendants Historical Association Newsletter, edited by Charles D. Killian of Ellenwood, Georgia.

Honorable Mention: The Seeley Genealogical Society Newsletter, edited by Paul Taylor of Alexandria, Virginia.

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with less than 500 members:

Winner: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, edited by Patricia Mansfield Phelan of Freeport, New York.

Honorable Mention: The Quarterly Newsletter of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, edited by Eric Craig of South Bend, Indiana.

Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with more than 500 members:

Winner: PastFinder, the monthly newsletter of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group, edited by Janet Brigham of Mountain View, California.


The President's Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society. The National Genealogical Society President selects the recipient and this year Jan Meisels Allen has been selected.

Jan has been a key leader of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), a joint committee of NGS, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. Over the last few years she has tracked legislation that may impact genealogists’ access to the Social Security Death Index in the US Congress and access to vital records in many states. She is relentless in writing statements as appropriate to House and Senate committee chairs as well as governors and state representatives advocating open records access. She is a dynamo on RPAC as the voting member representing the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). She doggedly finds bills being proposed that affect records access and brings them to the attention of RPAC, and thus the genealogical community. She has served in many roles, including vice president, IAJGS; president, Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County; and board member, Friends of the Agoura Hills Library. Jan receives the President's Citation for her vigilance in support of records preservation and in defense of public access to public records.


NGS also recognized several individuals for their dedicated efforts in support of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada:

The Award of Honor was presented in recognition of dedication and sustained service in support of the conference. Recipients of the award were Michael Brenner, Chair, Local Host Societies; and local host societies Centennial Las Vegas Genealogy Society, Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society, Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, Nevada African American Genealogy Society, and Nevada State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Certificates of Appreciation were given to recognize the committee chairs who spent countless hours preparing for the conference. NGS is aware that there could be no conference if it were not for the volunteers’ efforts and commitment. So honored were Lynne Bogner and R. Wayne Stoker, Co-Chairs of Volunteers; Patricia Dell’aira and Rebecca Eisenman, Co-Chairs of Hospitality; Betteann Meyers, Publicity Chair; Carole Montello, Registration Chair; Leo Myers, Exhibits Chair; and Bill White, Local Events and Tours Chair.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, VA-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.  Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Mondays with Myrt: Come sit a spell, let's talk!

DearREADERS,
We start in about 90 minutes. Head on over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+. It's free! We'll be JOINing and COMMENTing there during today's "MONDAYS WITH MYRT" Hangout on Air. Here's the link to the community: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232



See you there!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts next week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Most of these webinars are held using the services of GoToWebinar.com. You don't need to have an account since the webinar organizer has that. As an attendee, you merely need to register, then click on the link in your confirmation email at the time of the event to attend. Newbies will find these links useful:


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


Blog: http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
G+: +Pat Richley-Erickson
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont  
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