Friday, January 31, 2014

SPECIAL! Mondays with Myrt from #RootsTech 3 Feb 2014


DearREADERS,
#RootsTech 2014 is next week, and Ol' Myrt kicks off the week early, broadcasting LIVE from the glass-enclosed nerve center of the world famous Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's the 3rd floor conference room. If you are there in person, sign the clipboard for your opportunity to join Ol' Myrt here as we talk about a few of our favorite things - #genealogy, #history, #family, #ancestry  and "stuff like that there", as my father-dad used to say!  :)



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. FIND the event in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ located here:
http://tinyurl.com/DearMYRTLE3Feb

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

You may also VIEW the live Hangout on Air in the event page itself.
http://tinyurl.com/DearMYRTLE3Feb

The Hangout will not start appearing here until Ol' Myrt here presses 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:
http://tinyurl.com/DearMYRTLE3Feb

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 :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Mondays with Myrt 27 Jan 2014




DearREADERS,
How's the week going so far? Ours is great! We spent yesterday afternoon with our once distant nephew who is going to college nearby. Trying to explain "step" and "half" relationships is challenging. But it was easier and less-stressful to skip back a few generations and tell him about William Henry Phillips,  Co K 19th Indiana Volunteers, having fought on the third day in the battle of Gettysburg. While I don't have William's portrait, I did snap this image of his tombstone years ago:

IMAGE: Taken by the author at Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa.



MONDAYS WITH MYRT
Yuppers! It's time for our weekly Hangout on Air. We start in about 45 minutes. Thanks to the programmers at Google we now have FIVE ways to participate.

1. It's a LOT easier for Google+ members to VIEW Mondays with Myrt by going to this URL:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cf24jtsl2gdkd04u4u9nhhauqm0

2. If you want to COMMENT, you'll note the details on the EVENT page listed above link here:
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/+DearmyrtlePage/posts/QFmvC2VnbHa
WHY did we add this last layer? To keep our conversation away from the eyes of the spammers.

3. Go to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community, and on the left navigation bar, toward the top, click  where it says "Myrt's next Hangout".


4. Go to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community, and on the left navigation bar, toward the bottom, click to where it says "Events" and you'll find today's Hangout on Air listed.

NOTE: If you don't have a Google+ account,
you'll be prompted to create one
when you click on either link above.

5. If you've previously acknowledged that "YES" or "MAYBE" you'll go to this week's Mondays with Myrt (when you saw it in your Google+ stream), Looks on your personal Google Calendar. (It got there auto-magically when clicking "YES" or "MAYBE". Not complicated, just wonderful.


YES, you can WATCH LIVE or 
WATCH LATER on  
but you cannot comment there.


TOPICS WE PLAN TO DISCUSS

Cathy Crandall writes "Dear Myrt, Having looked at the reviews for Evernote on Amazon, I'm wondering if you have any concerns about the permissions?"

Susan Penn Groover writes "I have been following your progress with Evernote. I have recently been introduced to Springpad. Very similar. What I think it all boils down to is whatever works best for YOU and how much time it takes to convert it to YOU. Please do not misinterpret my comment. I use EVERNOTE. Thought it was the best thing since sliced bread when I first saw it. Just evaluating which will serve my needs best and which fits the best learning curve [how much time I am willing to spend to learn]. -  Happy Hunting!"

Mark Stickle writes "Access to records is a good thing. But one can't help but wonder whether the corporatization of genealogy might also have a downside, especially with so many resources under the control of one entity." on Ancestry.com Expands Collaboration With FamilySearch

 True Lewis writes "You gonna go CRAZZY! and NEVER want to go BACK! A fresh MAC, Oh MY!"

  
Mark Stickle  writes 
"I caught your comment on Monday about doing a screen shot on your new computer. If you need to do a screen capture on the Mac, there is an app installed in the operating system called Grab. Here is how to find it. Go to Launchpad, then the "other" folder, open it and you will see it.

Ell writes"Congrats for coming over from the dark side. As a long-time mac user, I'll be interested in hearing about your experience. Whenever my husband, who is a PC user, has an opportunity to use my Mac, he is always looking for a harder way to do things!

I, too have used Reunion software for my genealogy for many years, and love it. When PC users with other genealogy software saw some of the reports I had generated in Reunion, they were wowed. I'll also be interested in what you have to say about Evernote. I developed my own database in FileMakerPro to keep track of genealogical sources (including notes, quotes and extracts and related to-do lists)."


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISCUSS?
Mondays with Myrt wouldn't be the same without input from my DearREADERS. Come on over and enjoy the fun!

NEXT WEEK
We will once again be broadcasting Mondays with Myrt LIVE from the glass-enclosed nerve center at the world-famous Family History Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. All in preparation for next week's RootsTech Genealogy Conference.

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

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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

G+ Hangouts, webinars and online events this 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,
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, January 21, 2014

Ancestry.com Expands Collaboration With FamilySearch

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Ancestry.com concerning an enhanced strategic partnership with FamilySearch.org.  

Ancestry.com Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch
Additional 1 Billion Global Records From 67 Countries to be Available on Ancestry.com

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com announced today an extension of their collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than 1 billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com. These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement the two largest providers of family history resources announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish an expected 1 billion global historical records never before published online from the FamilySearch vault over the next five years.

These additional records, which are already digitized collections, represent a significant expansion to Ancestry.com, which hosts the largest collection of global records available online. The records also add to the aggressive international digitization efforts already in place by Ancestry.com.

As stated previously by the company, Ancestry.com has a long-term content strategy, which is committed to investing $100 million to digitize and index new content over the next five years. The company is focused on providing access to a global collection of records and expand family history interest in its current markets and worldwide.

The additional collections include more than 1 billion digitized and indexed records and over 200 million images containing birth, marriage, death, census and church records from Europe, Latin America, South Africa, South America, Asia and more. These collections will provide Ancestry.com customers with rich details that will help them discover new information about their ancestors from around the world.

"We are excited to be expanding our exclusive, groundbreaking agreement with FamilySearch. In addition to the previously announced plan to together digitize 1 billion records never before published online, we're thrilled to be able to provide our members with access to this additional 1 billion records from 67 countries," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. "These new global records will mean even more discoveries for our members."

A focus on adding global content isn't new to Ancestry.com, who has offices around the world and 12 billion global records already on the website. The site currently hosts record collections dating back to the 1300's that include records around the census, immigration and naturalizations and military, just to name a few. In fact, hundreds of millions of records from Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Eastern Europe have been added in recent years to the billions of records from the company's primary operating markets and record digitization projects are underway for collections from many more countries.

These 1 billion additional records are expected to be available on Ancestry.com starting in January and fully published over the next few months. To search records from around the world currently available on Ancestry.com visit www.ancestry.com.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 12 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 55 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 and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Mac: Reunion and "On Windows, I used to..."


DearREADERS,
In addition to Evernote challenges, Ol' Myrt here has made the jump to a Mac, after the suffering the "blue screen of death" on my Windows laptop. So far I simply adore the "instant on" feature.

Thanks to SassyJane Genealogy who was kind enough to suggest:


And give Reunion [genealogy software] a try -

great program. And Apple has some nice tutorials, like: On 

Windows, I used to...

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

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Evernote: Still wavering?


DearREADERS,
I'm not a bad sort, really I'm not. But I've been busy, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around this EVERNOTE THING. I've installed it on my Windows laptop and desktop, my new MacBook Pro, my iPad and my iPhone. My THREE WORDS are:


  • creative
  • open-minded
  • sharing
And I'll admit I'm still wavering. - So today after lunch, I sat back to experiment with the new MacBook Pro's sound system and I chose these short subject videos. I was captivated by the variety of ways folks out there are using Evernote. Students, restaurant owners, magazine publisher, book buyers, foodies -- they're all getting into Evernote and "cannot imagine life without Evernote."

OK, so here's the link to the video collection I reviewed today. 

"WHY I USE EVERNOTE" VIDEO COLLECTION



If you are still not convinced, keep hanging in there. Each week or so, we'll explore a new part of Evernote. I might even get brave enough to share a few screen shots with you.

PREVIOUS POSTS IN THIS SERIES 




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

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Mondays with Myrt - 20 Jan 2013


DearREADERS,
It's easier than ever to VIEW a live Hangout on Air since each has a specific URL.  In fact you can now comment in the same place if you like. Isn't Google+ awesome?!! Here's the link for today's event. We start in about 90 minutes.


http://bit.ly/1kQjX9v
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.



Our topics?


  • Google Community - why you may want to create one for your family.
  • Evernote - the continuing saga
  • Google Calendar - Creating one.
  • Myrt's report on SLIG - Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. How do genealogists request documents? See also: Thomas W. Jones, "Focused Versus Diffuse Research," OnBoard 17 (September 2011):17-18
  • James Tanners What we bring to our genealogical table
  • Cousin Russ - 3 word concept
  • Mac genealogy software 
  • Myrt's taken the jump - MacBook Pro - Where's the delete key? I know it's there, but it is acting like a backspace key, and I do a lot of deleting and backspacing. First world problems.
  • EvidenceExplained.com: Citing a live webinar.
  • RootsTech 2014 www.RootsTech.com.

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

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

G+ Hangouts, webinars and online events this 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,
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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Where to look: the short list


NOTE from DearMYRTLE: 
The answers to this reader's question will serve as an example for other researchers. These answers work for total beginners, as well as experienced genealogists who are now moving to research in a new locality or time period.

DearMYRTLE,
Might you have historical information on the original Northup family of Bellevue and how the street named after them was NorthRUP for so many years?
DearDAVID and GENIE,
Wish I could help you out. My parents only moved there in the 1960s. Perhaps you might contact the Eastside Genealogical Society. I found this link by using Google.com with "Bellevue Washington genealogy society" as my search string.
Eastside holds meetings are held at the Bellevue Regional Library. Though Ol' Myrt has spoken at this society in the past, I couldn't remember the specific name. Google found it for me in a matter of seconds. Google also suggested:

 
East Side Heritage Center

I also recommend looking for local and county history books through WorldCat, arguably the largest collection of online library catalogs in the world. You may identify a book that is available in a local or regional library, or borrow one through "inter-library loan".



Whenever Ol' Myrt here needs to get oriented to a new location in my family history research, I check out these resources:
Of course, I haven't begun to list subscription websites providing indexed links to scanned images of documents.  

Ol'  Myrt's theory here is you won't be able to correlate the information you find in a specific document IF you don't FIRST study the big picture including the history, culture and surviving record groups for that ancestor's locality and time period.

Basically, the list above is just to get you oriented to the new area of research.

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

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RootsTech 2014: It's also for beginners

DearREADERS,
Does the name "RootsTech" sound a bit rich for your newbie genealogy blood? Think again! RootsTech 2014 features an entire track of "Getting Started" classes just for you. View Getting Started schedule here. All Getting Started classes have an ID number that starts with GS. Ol' Myrt here thinks you'll definitely like: 
  • Top 10 Things I learned About My Family From My Couch: Beginning Internet Genealogy with Tammy Hepps
  • Oran History Basics with Brandi Burns
  • Basic Online Resources for the Beginning Genealogist with Lisa Alzo
  •  Scanning Tips and Tricks with Robert Raymond
  • Got Photos? Digitizing and Creating Keepsakes Using Family Photos with Diane Miller 
So come on down to RootsTech 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference is 6-8 February. I'll be in the computer lab, and in the media hub in the expo hall.



Speaking of the  Expo Hall
Plan to spend time each day exploring vendor displays offering info about the latest genealogy software, websites, and books. You can even pick up a tee shirt and attend vendor spotlight classes. It's a noisy jumble, but ohhh so fun!


Isn't it time you came to your first genealogy conference?


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

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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

WWI unit war diaries online - you can help tag






DearREADERS,
Important news from our friends at TNA - The National Archives (UK), along with an crowdsourcing invitation to help the effort by "tagging":



First World War unit war diaries launched online
"This year signals the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. To mark this globally important anniversary, we are running First World War 100, an extensive programme of activities and events, spanning five years from 2014 to 2019.

This week sees the launch of two of our most exciting initiatives: the online release of the first batch of digitised unit war diaries, and Operation War Diary, an innovative crowdsourcing project aimed at tagging the data from the diaries. Read our blog to see how you can help us.

For full details of these and the rest of our programme visit our First World War 100 portal to see all of our First World War records, including advice on how to carry out your research.

We look forward to helping you get the most from our First World War collection so that we can all better understand the conflict and the people involved."

Unit war diaries available to search and download now
"From today you can search and download a selection of the unit war diaries (record series WO 95), one of our most popular record series. Written by officers in the front line, these diaries give unprecedented access to daily movements and action in the trenches and beyond. The project to conserve and digitise these records means that for the first time, these diaries can be accessed without the need to visit our reading rooms in Kew."



Join our army of volunteers for Operation War Diary
"We are delighted to announce Operation War Diary, an exciting new crowdsourcing project in partnership with the Imperial War Museums and Zooniverse. With over 1.5 million pages of unit war diaries due to be released over the coming months, we need your help to transcribe the pages and unearth the hidden stories."



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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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