Monday, February 24, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 24 Feb 2014 starts in about an hour

DearREADERS,
OK, back from Florida and looking forward to Mondays with Myrt. It seems we never have enough time to actually talk about our research challenges. We go to meetings, conferences, institutes and we learn from others. We attend webinars and hangouts - and yet, there is little time to discuss just where we are in our research, and where we want to go. Today Ol' Myrt here is excited to hear what YOU want to talk about.


Just a few topics to get our conversation going:

MORE ABOUT PERSI (Periodical Source Index)
 Today Harold Henderson posted What I knew about PERSI wasn't so.

Why use a Google+ Community?
We didn't get much of a chance to talk about this during our last session.



+Chris Paton provides a nice summary Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014 - report. With the venue being demolished, what DO you think about holding the conference elsewhere in the UK?



PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS 
+Christa Cowan writes "Often times we approach our research with preconceived notions—stories we were told as children about great-grandma coming from France as a child, or of grandpa being part Native American, along with others. But sometimes these "facts" can get in the way of the truth and cause brick walls. - Join Ancestry.com's expert Crista Cowan for help to overcome preconceived notionshttp://ancstry.me/1bYVB9U

IS FIRST IN MORE RELIABLE?
Adding unnecessary weight to an information item just because it was the first one you gathered? Just because it came from a family member? 

DROPBOX: Terms of Use Change by +Judy Russell

FINDING THE ANCESTOR'S LOCATION Jenna Mills originally shared to Kentucky Genealogy+ (Discussion): "I believe I'm having a researchers block. I want to find out the geographic boundaries in the 1900 census for Clark County, ED 13 Mag Dist 5. I've been to the Family Search Wiki and to Steve Morse's site. Where else can I look? Thanks."



MONDAYS WITH MYRT
You may VIEW and COMMENT via the new-fangled EVENT page we've been experimenting with for about two months: http://tinyurl.com/DearMYRTLE27Feb


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



YES, you can WATCH LIVE or WATCH LATER on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel 
but you cannot comment there unless you log in to your Google+ account.

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



Saturday, February 22, 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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

MGP2: Chapter 1 meets Sunday 23 Feb 2014

DearREADERS,
Ooops! We skipped the "Orientation" session last Sunday whilst Mr. Myrt explored the inner workings of the ER at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Though we still haven't resolved his health challenges, one thing's for sure -- this Ol' Myrt is ready to talk about Mastering Genealogical Proof, Chapter 1 specifically.



HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1: Orientation located here:
http://youtu.be/HwXZk-HMuNQ

2. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1: Chapter 1 located here:
http://youtu.be/pP3ijzg0Qcg

3. For VIEWing and COMMENTing before during and after this live MGP2 - Chapter 1 session go here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/events/c3clok738hkcksvfdpma0og82h4

Here's our scheduled start time:

10am Eastern (New York)
9am Central (Chicago)
8am Mountain (Salt Lake City, Denver)
7am Pacific (Los Angeles)

HOMEWORK

Don't attempt to do your homework until the panel has discussed the chapter in question. We are on the honor system here. No need to check in with Ol' Myrt. In fact, Dr. Jones has provided answers at the end of the book.

FUTURE SESSIONS
Instructions for VIEWing and COMMENTing  during future sessions will be announced each week in DearMYRTLE's blog, and are also available in the www.GeneaWebinars.com Calendar.

The MGP Study Group 2 will have one advantage: we can view the archived sessions of the initial MGP Study Group in addition to attending our own sessions. Those archived versions appear on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos

Feb 16, 2014 - ORIENTATION 

Feb 23, 2014 - Chapter 1 Genealogy’s Standard of Proof

Mar 2, 2014 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
Mar 9, 2014  - Chapter 3 GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
Mar 16, 2014 – Chapter 3 Revisited
Mar 23, 2014 –   Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
Mar 30, 2014 -  Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
Apr 6, 2014 - Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
April 13, 2014 - Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
April 20, 2014 – Skip this week due to Easter
April 27, 2014 - Chapter 8 Using the GPS and Chapter 9 Conclusion & Graduation
 
REFERENCE

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 , also available in Kindle format, described here.] 

NOTE This DearMYRTLE's MGP Study Group is not sponsored by the author or publisher of Mastering Genealogical Proof. The 10-session series is designed for genealogy researchers to study Dr. Jones' ideas in a positive, collaborative, peer-group setting. These methodology ideals can be translated into any locality or ethnic group research a genealogists is likely to encounter.
 


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



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online events this week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may reagister 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

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, February 14, 2014

No Mondays with Myrt on 17 Feb 2014

DearREADERS,
Mr. Myrt has spirited me away for a warm, Florida vacation. We will return next week for Mondays with Myrt. What a joy to leave behind the snow and freezing rain. Did I tell you it will be delightfully warm, not yet humid?

Image: Anna Maria Island beach looking south, by
Barbara Page. This work licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


In the mean time, you are invited to listen to previous Mondays with Myrt over on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel. Located here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

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



Monday, February 10, 2014

MGP2 - Study Group ORIENTATION: Sunday 16 February 2014

DearREADERS,MGP2 (Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2) will hold its orientation meeting this coming Sunday, 16 February 2014 as follows:


 
10am Eastern (New York)
9am Central (Chicago)
8am Mountain (Salt Lake City, Denver)
7am Pacific (Los Angeles)

Instructions for VIEWing and COMMENTing will show up in the www.GeneaWebinars.com Calendar shortly.

BASICALLY...
All will "major" in the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof for the duration of this series. We're going to eat, sleep and breathe this project until we get it down pat. There are some revolutionary thoughts in this book that will be a paradigm shift for even some experienced researchers. 

This DearMYRTLE's MGP Study Group is not sponsored by the author or publisher of Mastering Genealogical Proof. The 10-session series is designed for genealogy researchers to study Dr. Jones' ideas in a positive, collaborative, peer-group setting. These methodology ideals can be translated into any locality or ethnic group research a genealogists is likely to encounter.

The MGP Study Group 2 will have one advantage: we can view the archived sessions of the initial MGP Study Group in addition to attending our own sessions. Those archived versions appear on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos

Feb 16, 2014 - ORIENTATION
Feb 23, 2014 - Chapter 1 Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
Mar 2, 2014 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
Mar 9, 2014  - Chapter 3 GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
Mar 16, 2014 – Chapter 3 Revisited
Mar 23, 2014 –   Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
Mar 30, 2014 -  Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
Apr 6, 2014 - Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
April 13, 2014 - Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
April 20, 2014 – Skip this week due to Easter
April 27, 2014 - Chapter 8 Using the GPS and Chapter 9 Conclusion & Graduation
OUR PANELISTS
  1. Cynthia Hall
  2. Carmen Cross
  3. Doris Haskell
  4. Hilary Gadsby
  5. Jennifer Shoer
  6. Julie Goucher
  7. June Butka
  8. Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana
  9. Laurie Desmarias
  10. Sue Adams
  11. Russ Worthington (Cousin Russ)
  12. Opinionated Ol' Myrt here
REFERENCE

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 , also available in Kindle format, described here.]
 


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



Mondays with Myrt 10 Feb 2014 Let's GO!

DearREADERS,It's Monday morning "re-hash" time during today's Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air. (Can't say Monday Morning "quarterbacking" because the football season is over.)

We start at Noon Eastern US (New York) time - in about 30 minutes!

Some of our topics include:

RootsTech 2014 - what's new and exciting, and a report on our Google+ Hangouts on Air computer lab session. Thanks to Cousin +Russ Worthington+Barry Kline and +Jenny Lanctot, my marvelous co-presenters.

FindMyPast's PERSI (Periodical Source Index), specifically what +Jen Baldwin talked with me about.

Why use a Google+ Community? Thoughts from Ol' Myrt here.



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.
If you want to COMMENT, you'll note the details on the EVENT page listed above link here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/102461242403735457058/posts/2TqEyzH45RR



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



YES, you can WATCH LIVE or WATCH LATER on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel 
but you cannot comment there.


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



Saturday, February 08, 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

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Our RootsTech 2014 Computer Lab Update

DearREADERS,
Cousin +Russ Worthington , +Barry Kline , +Jenny Lanctot and Ol' Myrt here look forward to teaching two computer lab classes at #RootsTech 2014 this week:

  • Google Hangouts 101a: The Panelists' View (Thursday 2:30) LAB1491T, Room 251BC
  • Google Hangouts 101a: The Panelists' View (Friday 1:00) Computer LAB1491F, Room 251BC

Google Hangouts On Air have changed dramatically since handouts for the labs were submitted, as required, by 1 Nov 2013. As such, the following handouts are provided here for our student's convenience:



UPDATED 5 February 2014

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.     Open a web browser.

2.     Log in to your Google+ account.

3.     Go to EVENTS and find:


Significant HOA changes have taken place:
  • A Hangout on Air can be scheduled in advance with a unique URL.
  • Private Hangouts on Air are scheduled on the host's YouTube Channel.
  • Comments can be posted either publicly, on the YouTube Channel, or in a Google+ Community.

6 ways of participating in a Google+ Hangout on Air.

1.     HOST - the person setting up the Hangout on Air.

2.     CO-HOST – optional, but highly recommended.

3.     JOINers or Panelists – limited to ten in the “filmstrip” area of the HOA, each with headsets and webcams.

4.     VIEWers – literally thousand can view via a public “Event” on Google+.

5.     VIEWers - literally thousands can view live via the host’s YouTube Channel.

6.     WATCH LATER – the auto-recorded HOAs archived in the host’s YouTube Channel.
www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/feed 





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



Saturday, February 01, 2014

RootsTech LIVE-stream schedule added to GeneaWebinars Calendar







DearREADERS,
Ever on the lookout for online learning experiences to share, Ol' Myrt here has incorporated the #RootsTech 2014 live streamed conference sessions to the Google calender at GeneaWebinars. So there is no need to be confused about time zones, Google Calendar does all the calculating for you. Yay!

Now, just in case you don't have your computer tuned in constantly to RootsTech.org, you can receive pop-up and email reminders of selected sessions you've added to your personal calendar!




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



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