Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chapter 5 and how genealogists think

DearREADERS,

Ol' Myrt's question is "Just how do genealogists think through a research problem?" Are we blindly accepting as 'true' the information gleaned from the first document to cross our desk about a person who has the same name as our 'proven' ancestor? What happens when a second document comes along with conflicting information? How are genealogists resolving the differences?

Over on the public Evidentia (software) community on Google+, our friend +Hilary Gadsby initiated a conversation I'd like to share with my DearREADERS. Remember Hilary, who lives in Wales, doesn't yet have her copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof (1), as the second printing is just now shipping. Hilary wishes to apply the principles in Tom Jones' book in her use of Evidentia software.

Hilary writes "Analysis and Correlation was discussed in DearMYRTLE's MGP Study group Chapter 5.



 In summing up, it appears that there are a number of things that need to be considered in the analysis. Creating a checklist of the main considerations would be helpful to many researchers particularly those new to analysing their evidence. Is there a way to provide such a list in Evidentia to help with the process?"

http://evidentiasoftware.com

Evidentia's producer +Ed Thompson responds with "Talk more about what this would look like to you..." (Note from Myrt: I really like how responsive this software developer is to his users questions and queries.)

Cousin +Russ Worthington , an avid Family Tree Maker user, chimes in with "Actually, I use another program to get at your question. Certainly if Ed could do it, then everything could be done in one place. But, at the moment, I really like Evidentia for this up front piece. The answer to your question, I use another "unique" program, like Evidentia, called GenDetective. I have blogged about that program, as I have with Evidentia.

GenDetective is a 'report writer' based on the data you have collected. It takes a GEDCOM file and analyses the data. It can and does give you a list of 'considerations' for more research. Example: a Census Record says that a person came into the US is a specific year. GenDetective will remind you that you don't have a "claim" that you found that record. I really like that I now have two tools to help with mastering genealogical proof. I don't mind having to use these TWO unique programs to help me do what my genealogy database program won't."

http://www.rumblesoftinc.com


+Hilary Gadsby  then says "I have a program called GenSmarts that helps with suggestions of where you could look further. It is a bit too US centric to have helped me as much as I had hoped. I can't remember how much it helps with analysis as I have not used it for some time. I will review the video again to make sure I have picked up the ideas properly. I may need someone who has a copy of MGP to add anything I miss. (I am waiting for my copy to arrive)." 

http://gensmarts.com

 +Lisa Gorrell reminds us "Thomas Jones has a nice list of things to consider when analyzing a source on p 58-59." [Mastering Genealogical Proof]


+Hilary Gadsby responds "Thanks +Lisa Gorrell I thought this was in the book (Mastering Genealogical Proof) as +Pat Richley-Erickson has referred to the 5 Ws -- Who What,Where,When and Why in the MGP hangout.
  1. Why was the source created?
  2. What was the purpose of the source?
  3. Who created the source?
  4. When was the source created ?
  5. Where was the source created?
Have I missed anything?"

Ol' Myrt here replies "GenSmarts looks at empty fields in your genealogy management program's individual edit screen, and compares each field with known online image collections, indexes and library/archives catalogs. If a field is not empty, there are no additional research suggestions generated.

GenSmarts is great for providing context sensitive research suggestions, but it works on the principle that 1 document's single information item answers the research question. All that being said, just seeing multiple suggestions for research to complete a blank field provides newbie researchers a way around brick walls.

GenSmarts does not provide suggestions to the greater percent of surviving record groups that are not digitized online or indexed in a book.

GenDetective seeks to encourage research beyond the default individual profile fields of name, birth, marriage, death and burial found in genealogy management programs. GenDetective encourages a broader search by providing a checklist of additional record groups such as military, land, will and probate for each individual in one's database.

Both GenSmarts and GenDetective provide research trip support with report capabilities sorted by locality rather than by a person's name. Genealogy database (management) programs like Ancestral Quest, Family Historian, Family Tree Maker, Legacy, Reunions, Mac Family Tree, The Master Genealogist and RootsMagic can also produce useful locality-sorted reports, listing, for instance, a list of all ancestors with an event in the specific locality where you intend to research in person during your trip.

+Hilary Gadsby, I too, have been thinking of Evidentia with regards to principles Dr. Jones discusses in Mastering Genealogical Proof, because Evidentia isn't person-centric. Evidentia is document or source-centric. Evidentia permits considering multiple items to answer the question of what data should be entered in a field in our genealogy management programs by encouraging researchers to:
  • compose an analysis of individual information items (claims) in each source
  • correlate multiple claims from multiple sources
  • account for conflicting info
  • arrive at a proof summary
This resulting "proof summary" in Evidentia can be copied and pasted to the notes for a specific data field in our genealogy management program. This provides an explanation of how the researcher arrived at the data entered in say, a birth year field. If research unearthed several conflicting dates for birth, the work done in Evidentia would guide the researcher to create a logical conclusion, essential for providing proof of the preferred birth year in this simplistic example.

I also added "+Ed Thompson, the checklist +Hilary Gadsby suggests could be as simple as a pop-up comment, or it could be a form encouraging the researcher to think through and complete."

SUMMARY
As genealogists improve research skills, we consider information from multiple independent sources to arrive at identifying an ancestor and members of his family. Typical genealogy management software does permit citing multiple sources for an event such as a birth -- even going so far as to permit our labeling one with the "preferred" date. GenDetective and GenSmarts assist in thinking about and locating alternate record groups. Evidentia encourages written analysis and correlation of information gleaned from a variety of sources in the development of proof summaries that answer a specific research question, such as:
  • Who are the parents?  
  • What is the wife's maiden name?
  • Is my John T. Bracken the same as John Thomas Bracken who served in the US Civil War?
Mr. Myrt calls these three tools "additional arrows in our quiver." Cousin +Russ calls each "another tool in the genealogy toolbox."
 
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(1) Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013).

[Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof ]


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Monday, July 29, 2013

What'd ya like to talk about, genealogically speaking?

DearREADERS,
One advantage of getting together each Monday is the chance to talk about things we cannot normally discuss at a "regular" genealogy society meeting. Without a special guest speaker or society business, we can share computer screens, look at unusual source documents and talk about any genealogy topics that come to mind.Won't you join us in about 90 minutes for Mondays with Myrt? We'll have just that sort of free-form meeting and it's a great way to start off your genea-week.



Cousin +Russ Worthington and Ol' Myrt here welcome anyone and everyone to JOIN as a panelists, if even for a few minutes, to talk about what's come across YOUR desk lately. Here's how:

We are using Google+ Hangouts On Air for this event. 

Noon Eastern US (New York) 
11 am Central US (Chicago) 
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City) 
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles) 

If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html 

HERE'S HOW TO JOIN THE PANEL
The first ten people who JOIN will appear on the panel and must have voice and video capabilities. The exact link cannot be shown until the Hangout is created. Standby at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ located here: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232 

If you attempt to join, and receive the notice that the Hangout is full, then go to the VIEW option listed below. 

HERE'S HOW TO VIEW THE EVENT LIVE 
You may VIEW the Hangout live on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/feed
The Hangout will not start "appearing" until I press the record button at the top of the hour. It may take a minute for the video stream to kick in.

HERE'S WHERE ALL MAY POST COMMENTS 
If during the live broadcast of this Hangout On Air you'd like to post comments do so back at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+, perhaps on a different tab on your web browser. Ol' Myrt's community is located here: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232 

IF YOU MISS THE LIVE HANGOUT OR WANT TO WATCH LATER 
The archived version of a Google Hangout On Air appears usually within 30 minutes of the close of the recorded session. You will find it on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

MGP: Chapter 5 archived, homework help session scheduled

DearREADERS,
Thanks to our Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group panelists and participants, tonight's successful Chapter 5 session is a wrap. This post provides links to the archived session, the typed comments and info about the special homework help session scheduled for later this week.


WATCH THE SESSION NOW
The archived Chapter 5 session, and others in this series are located on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos

COMMENTS POSTED
To continue the discussion, visit DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ and this specific MGP Study Group Chapter 5 post:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/107941607363534146959/posts/eckawk4L6jw

PANELISTS HOMEWORK 
We want to give participants more time to compare and contrast their homework with those of the MGP Study Group Panelists. This will open up our discussions, making it easier to incorporate the principles Dr. Thomas W. Jones has presented in a chapter.  
NEW this week! Each panelist will post the link to his completed homework assignment in the comments to the original MGP Study Group Chapter 5 post in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/107941607363534146959/posts/eckawk4L6jw
Ol' Myrt here realizes this sounds intuitive, but actually we are learning how best to use the technology available. I appreciate the patience of panelists and participants as we tweak and refine our study group methods.

HOMEWORK HELP SESSION
We've scheduled a special MGP Study Group "Homework Help" Session for Thursday, 1 August 2013 at 8pm. You'll find it listed on the GeneaWebinars Calendar if you'd like to insert this into your personal Google Calendar and add reminders in pop-up or email format.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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MGP Study Group: Chapter 5: GPS Element 3 Analysis and Correlation

DearREADERS,
Thomas W. Jones says "Independent items may be successfully correlated, but correlation of related items will yield an invalid result." (1) 

Just what ARE independent items, and why do we care? During tonight's G+ Hangout on Air, we will do our best to study the tests of analysis and the prerequisites to correlation in our continued study of Dr. Jones' new book Mastering Genealogical Proof.





REVISED SCHEDULE
Since we took an extra week on Chapter 3, Ol' Myrt here has removed the previously scheduled break on July 28th, so we can conclude our studies on time.

June 2, 2013 - ORIENTATION
June 9, 2013 - Break for IGHR, but practice attending HOAs and posting comments.
June 16, 2013 - Chapter 1 Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
June 23, 2013 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
June 30, 2013 - Chapter 3 GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
July 7, 2013 - Break for NIGR
July 14, 2013 – REVISED: Chapter 3 REVISITED
July 21, 2013 – REVISED: Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
July 28, 2013 – REVISED: Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation

August 4, 2013 - Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
August 11, 2013 - Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
August 18, 2013 - Break for FGS
August 25, 2013 - Chapter 8 Using the GPS
Sept 1, 2013 - Chapter 9 Conclusion
Sept 8, 2013 - GRADUATION

HOW TO VIEW THE LIVE HANGOUT We meet again tonight at 8pm Eastern US (New York) in our Google+ Hangout on Air format. Participants will wait to VIEW on the YouTube side, posting questions back in the community for Cousin +Russ Worthington to weave into our panel discussion. Unlike a webinar, the link for a G+ Hangout on Air isn't created until just before the event is to go live.
Closed-captioning is a feature of the live HOAs and recorded HOAs, through a service provided by Google. I'd say the speech recognition is about 90% accurate.

1. Go to DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/feed
2. You may need to refresh your computer's browser page. We will begin promptly as follows:



8pm Eastern US (New York)
7pm Central US (Chicago)
6pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
5pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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

All COMMENTS and links to assignments will be posted in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ located here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

Participants may use a blog or a public Google document to share a homework assignment.Be aware of copyright, and follow advice in the post titled MGP Homework and Copyright.

NOTE: The "filmstrip" of panelists receive their own invitations to JOIN the HOA. Merely be online on Google+ and you'll see the popup invitation in the lower right corner of your Google+ screen. Alternately, I'll post the link to JOIN the panel in the private MGP Study Group Panelists private community.





WATCH LATER
Usually Google+ processes Hangouts on Air within the hour of the close of a recording. View all archived DearMYRTLE Hangouts on Air on YouTube, with the newest on top of the listing. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos


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(1) Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) p 59. [Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof , we have heard the second printing has been shipped.]



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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MGP Study Group - Chapter 4 Panelists' Homework

DearREADERS,
We have the following homework assignments received from our MGP Study Group Panelists regarding Chapter 4 - Source Citations.

Cary Bright
http://goo.gl/GTKSe

Jennifer Patterson Dondero
http://jpgenealogy.blogspot.com/p/dearmyrtles-mgp-study-group-homework.html

Pam Drake
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0hz48dG5jNTSkFzNmRoX2hPbzQ&usp=sharing
Click on the folder icon to find the homework.

Sheri Fenley
http://sherifenley.blogspot.com/p/mgp-homework.html
Scroll down for posting dated 23 July 2013.

Michael Hait, CG
Away at GRIP.

Kathryn Lake Hogan

Chapter 4

Barry Kline

Away at GRIP.

Pat Kuhn
http://patodonnellkuhn.blogspot.com/2013/07/study-group-chapter-4-home-work.html

Peggy Lauritzen, AG
http://alwaysanxiouslyengaged.blogspot.com/
Scroll down for Chapter 3.

Lori Meyer
http://lorimeyer12.blogspot.com

Carol Petranek
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3aVecoz6LQzMmw3bmxlbWVsMkk/edit

Darlene Steffens
http://bit.ly/1aY5iTy
Russ Worthington

http://worthy2be.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/mastering-genealogical-proof-chapter-4-homework/
Cousin Russ compares and contrasts Dr. Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills and Family Tree Maker census citation forms.


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle

DearREADERS,
It's a good day when an archives steps up and creates a good website explaining their services. It's a great day when that archives reaches out to the genealogy community to aid in family history research. Today is one of those great days! Ol' Myrt here received an email from Joshua Zimmerman, Archivist and Records Manager of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, including parishes in western Washington. Joshua writes:


"I was perusing the Wa Web Gen site and noticed that you don’t have any information about Catholic sacramental records. They have been a rich source for researchers in the past. I thought that you’d like to add a link to our site on your site. [...]
We are hoping to expand some of the resources that we offer genealogists. For instance, we have an inventory to our sacramental records (i.e. what registers we have) as well as a name index for our early sacramental records. These early registers contain sacraments of Native Americans in the area. Let me know if you’d like more information. Our records are only of parishes in Western Washington and we don’t have all the registers.  ome are still located at the parish, but we can get genealogists where they want to go if they drop us a line."



Thank-you, Joshua. We will spotlight this service during this coming week's Mondays with Myrt.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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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

This centralized calendar provides information about how to attend genealogy-related online meetings, classes, hangouts, seminars and webinars, where there is a visual slide share and/or website or software demo for attendees to view.

Hosts may use a variety of platforms including Adobe Connect, AnyMeeting, Captera, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, Live Meeting, Skype, Web-Ex, and Wiggio, to name a few.

There are currently over 35 with posting access to this calendar and blog, and over 200 hours of scheduled instruction for genealogists wishing to hone their research skills during the coming year. 



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  
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mondays with Myrt - 22 July 2013

DearREADERS,
What's new in the world of genealogy? Got a question about where to look next for that elusive ancestor? Let's talk! Come on over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ as we hold our Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air.



A newsy, "across Myrt's desk" event, exploring all types of genealogy research techniques, challenges, technology and such. Mondays with Myrt is about working together to get around those brick walls, sharing what we’ve learned in a relaxed format.

We are using Google+ Hangouts On Air for this event.

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11 am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter see:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

HERE'S HOW TO JOIN

The first ten people who JOIN will appear on the panel and must have voice and video capabilities. The exact link cannot be shown until the Hangout is created. Standby at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ located here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

If you attempt to join, and receive the notice that the Hangout is full, then go to the VIEW option listed below.

HERE'S HOW TO VIEW THE EVENT LIVE
You may VIEW the Hangout live on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/feed

The Hangout will not start appearing here until I press the record button at the top of the hour. It may take a minute for the video stream to kick in.

HERE'S WHERE ALL MAY POST COMMENTS
If during the live broadcast of this Hangout On Air you'd like to post comments do so back at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+, perhaps on a different tab on your web browser. Ol' Myrt's community is located here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

IF YOU MISS THE LIVE HANGOUT OR WANT TO WATCH LATER
The archived version of a Google Hangout On Air appears usually within 30 minutes of the close of the recorded session. You will find it on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos


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

Blog: http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

MGP Study Group: Chapter 4 FOR SURE this time!

DearREADERS,
Are you primed and ready for "Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations" from Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones? This session is what makes chapter 3 easier to understand for many of us. Dr. Jones explains "Genealogical source citations fulfill several critical purposes, but their most important use is to support genealogical proof statements, summaries and arguments." [1]



REVISED SCHEDULE
Since we took an extra week on Chapter 3, Ol' Myrt here has removed  the break on July 28th, so we can conclude our studies on time.

June 2, 2013 - ORIENTATION
June 9, 2013 - Break for IGHR, but practice attending HOAs and posting comments.
June 16, 2013 - Chapter 1 Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
June 23, 2013 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
June 30, 2013 - Chapter 3 GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
July 7, 2013 - Break for NIGR
July 14, 2013 – REVISED: Chapter 3 REVISITED
July 21, 2013 – REVISED: Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
July 28, 2013 – REVISED: Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation

August 4, 2013 - Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
August 11, 2013 - Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
August 18, 2013 - Break for FGS
August 25, 2013 - Chapter 8 Using the GPS
Sept 1, 2013 - Chapter 9 Conclusion
Sept 8, 2013 - GRADUATION

HOW TO VIEW THE LIVE HANGOUT

We meet again tonight at 8pm Eastern US (New York) in our Google+ Hangout on Air format. Participants will wait to VIEW on the YouTube side, posting questions back in the community for Cousin +Russ Worthington to weave into our panel discussion. Unlike a webinar, the link for a G+ Hangout on Air isn't created until just before the event is to go live.

Closed-captioning is a feature of the live HOAs and recorded HOAs, through a service provided by Google. I'd say the speech recognition is about 90% accurate.

1. Go to DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/feed

2. You may need to refresh your computer's browser page. We will begin promptly as follows:

8pm Eastern US (New York)
7pm Central US (Chicago)
6pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
5pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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

All COMMENTS and links to assignments will be posted in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ located here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

Participants may use a blog or a public Google document to share a homework assignment.Be aware of copyright, and follow advice in the post titled MGP Homework and Copyright.

NOTE: The "filmstrip" of panelists receive their own invitations to JOIN the HOA. Merely be online on Google+ and you'll see the popup invitation in the lower right corner of your Google+ screen. Alternately, I'll post the link to JOIN the panel in the private MGP Study Group Panelists private community.

--------------------------

[1] Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) p 33. [Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof , we have heard the second printing has been shipped.]



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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
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Saturday, July 20, 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

This centralized calendar provides information about how to attend genealogy-related online meetings, classes, hangouts, seminars and webinars, where there is a visual slide share and/or website or software demo for attendees to view.

Hosts may use a variety of platforms including Adobe Connect, AnyMeeting, Captera, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, Live Meeting, Skype, Web-Ex, and Wiggio, to name a few.

There are currently over 35 with posting access to this calendar and blog, and over 200 hours of scheduled instruction for genealogists wishing to hone their research skills during the coming year. 



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  
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Copyright and PERSI

DearREADERS,
We learn from the Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette that the Allen County Public Library has partnered with BrightSolid[1]  to continue the PERSI (Periodical Source Index) with an added option - online links to images of pages from those publications.

Ol' Myrt's initial reaction, just reading the headlines?

What a headache to obtain permission from the copyright holders in each publication.

The Journal Gazette quotes ACPL Director Jeff Krull who says  "Because of copyright laws, providing the article would require getting permission from every publisher, difficult at best. But Clegg said Brightsolid has been able to do it in the United Kingdom and believes it can use its model to do so here."

I think obtaining permission is going to be a lot harder than thought. Individual authors may also hold copyright to those articles. For instance, I've permitted some genealogy societies to publish a copyrighted copy of a DearMYRTLE column from AOL or in my blog in their society newsletter or journals. Just how will Brightsolid manage to accomplish contacting not only 6,000 journal editors/publishers but individual authors like Ol' Myrt here? We shall see.

It is one thing for an ACPL genealogy department employees or volunteers making a copy of an article to send to individuals here and there, but to place the article on the web is a different story altogether.

Don't get me wrong - idea is a great one. It would make my research of previously compiled genealogies a whole lot easier.

But we shall see what we shall see.



[1] Dan Stockman, “PERSI scopes out genealogy journals,” The Journal Gazette, posted 14 July 2013 (http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20130714/LOCAL/307149942/1002/LOCAL: accessed 15 July 2013).
 
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Got the PAF Blues? RM has the answer

DearREADERS,
Devoted Personal Ancestral File (PAF) users have been set adrift by the announcement[1] from FamilySearch that PAF will no longer be supported. This is really nothing new, since the genealogy management software hasn't been updated in 11 years. 

Now RootsMagic offers a free RootsMagic for PAF Users: A Quick Start Guide, downloadable in ebook and .pdf versions. PAF users are assured that their family history information is directly imported by RootsMagic seamlessly, without worries of anything like GEDCOM's faulty data loss or scrambling. RootsMagic is a FamilySearch Certified software program that integrates with FamilySearch.org. On page 10 we find a comparison of PAF and RootsMagic options.

Screen shot: from page 10, RootsMagic for PAF Users.


 BRILLIANT idea, RootsMagic. This 16 page publication is a MARVELOUS way to address the worries and fears of devoted PAF users.

RootsMagic for PAF Users
(c) 2013 RootsMagic, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
PO Box 465, Springville, Utah 84663
Available for immediate download at: 

The software itself is available at:




[1] David Pugmire, “Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is Discontinued,” The FamilySearch Blog, posted 21 June 2013 (https://familysearch.org/blog/en/personal-ancestral-file-is-discontinued/: accessed 21 June 2013).

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Mondays with Myrt: in about 45 minutes

DearREADERS,
JOIN us on the panel, or VIEW via the YouTube channel, but BE THERE in about 45 minutes for another jam-packed episode of Mondays with Myrt, A Hangout on Air on the Google+ platform.


A newsy, "across Myrt's desk" event, exploring all types of genealogy research techniques, challenges, technology and such. Mondays with Myrt is about working together to get around those brick walls, sharing what we’ve learned in a relaxed format.

We are using Google+ Hangouts On Air for this event.

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11 am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter see:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

HERE'S HOW TO JOIN
The first ten people who JOIN will appear on the panel and must have voice and video capabilities. The exact link cannot be shown until the Hangout is created. Standby at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ located here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

If you attempt to join, and receive the notice that the Hangout is full, then go to the VIEW option listed below.

HERE'S HOW TO VIEW THE EVENT LIVE
You may VIEW the Hangout live on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/feed

The Hangout will not start appearing here until I press the record button at the top of the hour. It may take a minute for the video stream to kick in.

HERE'S WHERE ALL MAY POST COMMENTS
If during the live broadcast of this Hangout On Air you'd like to post comments do so back at DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+, perhaps on a different tab on your web browser. Ol' Myrt's community is located here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232

IF YOU MISS THE LIVE HANGOUT OR WANT TO WATCH LATER
The archived version of a Google Hangout On Air appears usually within 30 minutes of the close of the recorded session. You will find it on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos

Thank-you. Isn't technology fun?


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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