Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hangouts, webinars and chats for the coming 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,
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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

Saturday, August 24, 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

Saturday, August 17, 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.


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

Sunday, August 11, 2013

MGP Study Group - Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion

DearREADERS,
You've got a little less than 4 hours to finish reading Chapter 7 of Tom Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof and join tonight's study group session! It's all about the Written Conclusion, GPS Element 5. This is the proof of the pudding, so to speak, where according to Dr. Jones:

"We have assembled our evidence, resolved any conflicts and established a conclusion. We may believe we have proved that conclusion. Proof exists, however, only in writing." (1)

No need to do the Chapter 7 homework until AFTER you've viewed this session to see how our panelists work through Dr. Jones' suggestions for using clear writing in the development of:
  • Proof statements
  • Proof summaries
  • Proof arguments


As you do your homework this week, we've agreed to use MGP Panelist +Cary Bright's suggestion as she writes: 
"Homework for Chapter 7, Question 6 a-g, asks for us to take a genealogical article of interest and answer the questions. Since articles on the NGS Quarterly website are members-only access, that leaves the BCG website as best choice to find something all can access. I looked over several and this had potential IF you wanted to stay with Thomas Jones works:"
Thomas W. Jones, “Merging Identities Properly: Jonathan Tucker Demonstrates the Technique”, National Genealogical Society Quarterly 88 (June 2000): p. 111-21. Posted by permission at the Board of Certification of Genealogists website http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/proofmergingidentities.pdf


HOW TO VIEW THE LIVE HANGOUT
We begin tonight at 8pm Eastern US (New York) in our Google+ Hangout on Air (HOA) format.

Participants will wait to VIEW on the YouTube side, and will post questions in the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google+.  Cousin +Russ Worthington will do his best to weave those questions and comments 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 at the top of the hour. 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/0/107941607363534146959/posts/bWRxwGLjc53

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. Panelists merely log in to our private G+ MGP Study Group Panelists community where I'll post the link.
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(1) Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) 83.

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




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

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Saturday, August 10, 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

Thursday, August 08, 2013

1921 Canada Census - Browsable at Ancestry.com

DearREADERS,
+Kathryn Lake Hogan, +Lorine McGinnis Schulze and others with Canadian ancestry will likely jump at the chance to browse the 1921 Census of Canada images at Ancestry.com. This is an interesting prospect, since Ancestry typically waits until indexing is complete before presenting a digital image collection. Ol' Myrt here heartily applauds Ancestry.com for realizing serious researchers don't mind browsing images, if it means earlier online access. For most of us, name searches aren't as important as being able to look at the neighborhood, and images of the 1921 census of Canada fits in with that strategy perfectly.



CANADA Census Records: www.ancestry.ca/census

OVERVIEW of Ancestry's digitization process:



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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

DETROIT: "GRIP On the Road" Institute

DearREADERS,
BREAKING NEWS! During today's live Mocavo Plus Fireside Chat, Elissa Scalise Powell announced GRIP ON THE ROAD extending their popular genealogy institute in Pittsburgh to the Detroit (Orchard Lake), Michigan area in August 3-8, 2014. Four tracks will feature Polish, Bridging the Gap, Intermediate Research, and Tom Jone's Mastering Genealogical Proof Standards. This will be held on a campus that's been around since 1885, and includes a research center there.



There is nothing yet on the GRIP website, so stay tuned for more info:
http://www.gripitt.org/

UPDATE: This was just confirmed in writing via the GRIP Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/GRIPitt

Here's the link to the Mocavo Fireside Chat: http://www.mocavo.com/fireside

As I write this, the chat is still running live.


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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Treasure Your Family Photos - a MyHeritage Global Initiative

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from my friend Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist and Translation Manager over at MyHeritage.com. Please address all inquiries to support@MyHeritage.com.


IMAGE: from www.MyHeritage.com/photos

We are delighted to announce the global initiative MyHeritage is launching today called - Treasure Family Photos - to encourage people to learn more about their family's history from their old photos and to preserve these precious artifacts online for future generations.

This initiative is endorsed by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and we're also thrilled to be working with Maureen Taylor, the world renowned "Photo Detective", who'll be sharing tips for understanding photos through a videoa webinar, and appearances on US national television as we speak.


 

We've launched a special website detailing ways to get involved. It's full of tips and tricks for helping people understand the clues in their old family photos and explains the importance of family photos for family history research. We give suggestions for preserving photos and creative ideas for getting the younger generations involved.


We've also announced today that we have the world's largest international collection of old family photos online. MyHeritage users from around the world have contributed and shared family photos on the site and those that were shared publicly are searchable by name, date, location and keywords via SuperSearch.
 
Lastly, we've doubled our free photo storage allocation to enable users to upload and share more photos on their private family sites at no cost. 


FOR FURTHER INFO
The "Treasure Family Photos" website can be found here: www.myheritage.com/photos

The YouTube video with Maureen Taylor is also found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMiRUC29ixo

Mocavo Plus: Fireside Chat TOMORROW with Elissa Scalise

DearREADERS,
A few weeks ago I attended a well-organized webinar on the "livestream" platform hosted by Michael Leclerc over at Mocavo.com, but the marketing person wouldn't let me say a thing about it as the website was in the process of internalizing the hosting. Now things have been squared away, I am happy to note the archived version of a chat with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective is on tap for those Mocavo Plus members who venture over.

1. Go to http://www.mocavo.com
2. Log in to your Plus account.
2. Click "Community" on the top nav bar.
4. Select "Fireside Chats" from the drop down menu.

SCREEN SHOT: Mocavo Plus Fireside Chat area. http://www.mocavo.com
Notice that below the video is the "Have a Question?" field. Queries are invited so Mocavo's host can answer them during the next Fireside Chat.

The lettering above the current archived fireside chat reads:
"The next chat will be on August 7, 2013 at 1pm with guest Elissa Scalise Powell." 

Ol' Myrt's "inside sources" tell me that's 1pm EASTERN, folks. Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL will be speaking on certification, and as a Certified Genealogist, a Certified Genealogical Lecturer and current President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elissa is in a position to know. I recall a few years ago she was a co-coordinator of a course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy where the BCG certification was discussed along with representatives from ICapGen who explained their accreditation process. Michael will undoubtedly ask Elissa about genealogy education opportunities, as she is co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.


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

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

MGP Study Group - Chapter 6 GPS: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence

DearREADERS,
"If we cannot resolve the conflict, we have no conclusion to prove" say Dr. Jones (1) as he goes on in Chapter 6 to explain three ways evidence items may disagree in our genealogical research. Join us tonight for the MGP Study Group session where we'll discuss how to explain the conflicts, and determine if we can draw a conclusion.



We will then explore Dr. Jones' suggestions of five ways to assemble evidence to establish a conclusion. Sounds tough? Not really. This dissection of possibilities provides clear cut advice, necessary for us to prepare for the next step, the written conclusion, to be discussed in the next chapter.

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.

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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     :)
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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Saturday, August 03, 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

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Comparing French records to diversity in US colonial and state governments

DearREADERS,
The Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group focuses on concepts expressed by author Thomas W. Jones. (1) During our almost weekly G+ Hangouts on Air, archived on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, panelists relate personal research challenges where applicable.

I've been following Anne Morddel's series of responses in The French Genealogy Blog. Ol' Myrt here has a problem with Anne's post today titled "Mastering Genealogical Proof" and French Genealogy - Part 5. France is an older country with more or less defined boundaries that began public vital record keeping under the influence of Napoleon.

Settlement in colonial American began essentially with 13 colonies, each governed by distinct forms of provincial government owing to the religious and/or government background of the inhabitants. See: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America for one treatment of these variances. Add to this the varied governments in French and Spanish colonies in America, and you've got a patchwork of government styles. Some colonies had elitist residents who supported strong central government. Other colonies, with residents bearing a history of government oppression, supported strong local governments.

Compound the issue of the expanding westward growth pattern. Bare subsistence-level frontier life afforded few resources for recording such niceties as births, marriages and deaths.

For these reasons it is unfair to classify all US vital record keeping as problematic because of "having arrived late and of people having taken advantage of officials' somewhat minimalist approach to creating early vital records." See: "Mastering Genealogical Proof" and French Genealogy - Part 5, particularly paragraph 5.

The US government didn't require vital record keeping until sometime in the 1920s, and left it to each state to implement the forms and procedures. There is no national registry -- each state determines accessibility.

For colonies such as those in New England, with a history dating back to the 1600s, the records are well-maintained. Only those few US few states can be fairly compared to the record keeping practices in France as described by Anne.

But then generalizations aren't particularly useful when crafting meaningful comparisons.

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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     :)
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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Genealogy data sharing REVISITED

DearREADERS,
James Tanner described a perplexing problem in his post Sharing Data Files or What Happened to GEDCOM? in the Genealogy's Star blog. As a co-founder of BetterGEDCOM, I feel to speak to the issue. Our initial work garnered attention of some good thinkers internationally and has morphed into FHISO.

The legal entity FHISO ( Family History Information Standards Organisation) headed by +Drew Smith is now forming the technical standing committee and has most major genealogy software and web developers on board. Noticeably absent from the list is FamilySearch. FHISO's goal is to create standards that all genealogy developers can incorporate into their products for seamless file sharing, including containers for attached media files.

GEDCOM X is a file transfer product proposed by FamilySearch that has been largely ignored by FamilySearch management. Not having updated the current GEDCOM 5.x in nearly 15 years, there appears no urgency to produce GEDCOM X anytime soon. If FamilySearch wanted GEDCOM X done, we would have had it two years ago, and with FamilySearch's standing in the community, end users like me could enjoy large scale adoption of the product by other genealogy developers.

Instead, FamilySearch puts its weight behind the concept of crowd sourcing, with all data in the cloud on the FamilySearch website. It is unrealistic for any genealogy product to expect universal acceptance by end users like me. Sadly, without  a reliable file transfer mechanism, it remains impossible to get Aunt Madge's well-documented genealogy data about 23,000+ individuals seamlessly up in the FamilySearch website, or any other website or software program for that matter.
Most genealogy software and website developers have responsibilities to improve their products to maintain a revenue stream. FamilySearch has no such restraints. Dropping the GEDCOM X ball is regrettable. It is also regrettable FamilySearch has failed to hear the cries of genealogists the world over, who just want to share their data with a cousin. Why should a website be part of the equation?

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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