Monday, March 31, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 31 March 2014

DearREADERS,
Heavens, Ol' Myrt fell back asleep in the middle of eating her Monday morning yogurt. But now that I'm up and about, I'm looking forward to another "Mondays with Myrt" Hangout on Air. You may watch it here, but it's much better to come over to the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google Plus, where you may VIEW and COMMENT, and perhaps even JOIN the panel during "scramble".




VIEW and COMMENT by following this link:
http://tinyurl.com/MyrtsNext
Clicking the URL above will take you to the place on Google+ where Cousin +Russ Worthington watches for comments from the "peanut gallery" to weave into our conversation during the live event.

Or you may just sit here and VIEW or watch later.



OUR TOPICS?
Unlike other genealogy society meetings, Mondays with Myrt is all about conversation. This free-form discussion will undoubtedly make several twists and turns, but here are a few things to get us started:

+Bernice Bennett sent me a copy of her brand new book Our Ancestors, Our Stories. She is one of five in a group called The Memory Keepers striving to tell the stories of black ancestors in Southern US history, usually only seen through the eyes of southern whites. "...The Memory Keepers is a correction to this bias. South Carolina's history has too often been written by white elites and about white elites, and often centers on Charleston and the lowcounty, and not on the lives of ordinary people, especially those enslaved in the upcountry areas like the Old Edgefield District." Thank you to co-authors Harris Bailey, Bernice Alexander Bennett, Ellen LeVonne Butler, Ethel Dailey, and Vincent Sheppard for guiding us through their research as they journey to discover the names and stories of their ancestors. Great case studies, but more importantly, preserving heritage.

This week we'll explore Google+ and find out WHY Ol' Myrt here thinks "Communities" are more important that "Circles". Last Monday we discussed Facebook "groups" and how to join and pin them to your left side nav bar. This Monday Ol' Myrt here will explain WHY G+ "communities" are the way to go.  For instance, Circles work for quick communication with a small specific group of people, but even so, the post will get lost in the Google+ stream. Here's a pretty good write-up on Google+, Beginner's Guide to Understanding Google Plus by Scott Buehler.

+Eric Stitt has a new blog titled Genealogy Through Google Earth. Of particular interest, in these short posts is Overlay... Window to the Past

Amy, daughter of James Tanner has been exploring a problem in her now updated post titled FamilySearch is corrupting Sourced Entries: Needs to Stop Immediately.

What do YOU want to talk about?

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

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Saturday, March 29, 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

MGP2 - Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation

DearREADERS,
Now that we've pulled information items from each document and cited the source of each, we now face the task of analysis: "What does the information item state or imply?" We must then correlate these findings with information items from in all sources to determine an answer to our research question.

Tomorrow's MGP2 (Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2) will tackle Chapter 5 of Dr. Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof.




HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. REVIEW MGP1 - Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation


2. ADD this event to your personal Google Calendar and set email and/or pop-up reminders, here's the RSVP event page: https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/events/c6snq5gj17ifhvg3rmcm4rcb9qs
Clicking TICKETS here will get you to the following:

3. USE the VIEWING and COMMENTING page:
https://plus.google.com/102461242403735457058/posts/Z4SNniNuJjG 
NOTE: You must be a member of this free genealogy community.

Here's our scheduled start time:
Sunday, 30 March 2014

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

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

HOMEWORK
Read each chapter in advance of the study group session, but don't attempt to do your written homework until the panel has discussed the chapter. 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.

WATCH LATER on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE


The MGP Study Group 2 will have one advantage:  We can view the MGP1 (Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group One) archived sessions 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
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED A SESSION

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 and 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.]

#genealogy #ancestry #DearMYRTLE #history

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, March 24, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 24 March 2014

DearREADERS,
Spring has sprung! Time for taking a fresh look at our family history research. JOIN the panel or VIEW and COMMENT over on G+. DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community located here: http://tinyurl.com/MyrtsNext

Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. It's all about sharing the latest info for finding documents providing evidence of those elusive ancestors.



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

TOPICS

Tim Birkowski's "I found my biological Grandfather - the smoking gun" on the Sherlock's Genealogical Adventures blog.

Jason Crew's series of comments in the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Forum on G+ that began with: "Am I missing something, or would listing a marriage as an assertion from an 1850 census record be incorrect?  I was doing it  out of habit based on the other census, but when I looked closely I noticed that it doesn't actually state the relationship other than they live in the same household.  
My other thought would be to include the assertion, but consider it indirect, because of the positioning, age relative to others on the census, gender, etc."


Is there a FORUM to archive new genealogy citation formats a la Elizabeth Shown Mills? Yes. Check them out at http://www.EvidenceExplained.com

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, March 22, 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

MGP2 - Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations YUP!

DearREADERS,
Chapter 4 has got you stumped? Then head on over to our LIVE Hangout on Air Sunday, 23 March 2014 as we discuss more from Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof.





HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1 - Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations

3. For VIEWing and COMMENTing before during and after this live MGP2 - Chapter 4 session go here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/102461242403735457058/posts/8uYrZTnJsgQ

NOTE: You must be a member of this free genealogy community.

If you'd prefer, you may VIEW the live event here. (You just cannot comment)
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/events/ch5aljjss0j4elme8je3c21vgbk


Here's our scheduled start time:
Sunday, 23 March 2014

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

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

HOMEWORK
Read each chapter in advance of the study group session, but don't attempt to do your written homework until the panel has discussed the chapter. 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.


WATCH LATER on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

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
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED A SESSION

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 and 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.] 

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, March 17, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 17 March 2014

DearREADERS,
Top o' the mornin' to ya and a Happy St. Patrick's Day to boot. Thanks to Diane L Giannini who posts this familiar ditty:

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

From WikiPedia we read "Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day

We're warming up for Mondays with Myrt, a live Hangout on Air over on Google+. Here's the link to VIEW and COMMENT. Ol' Myrt here will be posting the special link to JOIN the panel in about 30 minutes. After our "Green Room" mic and webcam check, we'll be off and running!



 Mondays with Myrt
17 March 2014
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

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.

Topics? Topics you say?
Well, let's see what's trending...

1. UK research sites list from +Hilary Gadsby in both Evernote and Google Drive format.

2. Follow up on a request for Pennsylvania research suggestions.

3. +Elizabeth Shown Mills shares a New York Times article by Claire Martin Preserving Family History, One Memory at a Time. It's about memory prompts from www.StoryWorth.com.

4. Myrt's SD card is getting full. Have you transferred your photos to your computer yet? Attached those tombstone pics to the appropriate ancestors in your genealogy program? Yikes, this SD card has images captured two years ago!

5.  Cousin +Russ Worthington spotlights The Legal Genealogist +Judy G. Russell's post this morning An image citation how-to.

6. The Maryland Genealogical Society recommends via Facebook Irish Genealogy - Tracing Your Family Tree and History in Ireland by Kimberly Powell in her New York Times blog post.

Let's see where the conversation takes us today!

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, March 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

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Mondays with Myrt to feature Ancestry's new search

DearREADERS,
What's trending in the world of  #genealogy ? We'll feature a live demo of the "new" Ancestry search engine with +Amy Johnson Crow. So if family history research is your thing, too, come on over and JOIN Cousin +Russ Worthington and Ol' Myrt here for another episode of Mondays with Myrt!




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 VIEW THE EVENT LIVE
VIEW the event live in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community (on Google+)
https://plus.google.com/102461242403735457058/posts/NoZyJTHicgG

You may also 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.

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.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN THE PANEL
1. The first ten people who JOIN will appear on the panel and must have voice and video capabilities.

2. FIND the event in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ located here:
https://plus.google.com/102461242403735457058/posts/NoZyJTHicgG

3. About 20 minutes before the hour, I'll post the link to JOIN in the comments to the event post above.

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

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/102461242403735457058/posts/NoZyJTHicgG

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.

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, March 08, 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

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

MGP2: Let's tackle chapter 3 tomorrow

DearREADERS,
Perhaps you are doing the same thing today-- reviewing Chapter 3 for our Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group session this coming Saturday. It certainly helps to have two (!) archived sessions from MGP1. Chapter 3 GPS Element 1: Thorough Research proved a tad tricky for last year's participants, so we spent 2 weeks on it. We've scheduled time to do that this time around if necessary.



WHAT
We're working through Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof available in book format from www.ngsgenealogy.org and in Kindle format through Amazon.com.

HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1 - Chapter 3 video here and MGP1 - Chapter 3 Revisited video here.

3. For VIEWing and COMMENTing before during and after this live MGP2 - Chapter 3 session go here:
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/102461242403735457058/posts/bR5ExTHmaqH  You must be a member of this free genealogy community.

If you'd prefer, you may VIEW the live event here. (You just cannot comment)
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/events/ch5aljjss0j4elme8je3c21vgbk


Here's our scheduled start time:
Sunday, 9 March 2014

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

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

HOMEWORK
Read each chapter in advance of the study group session, but don't attempt to do your written homework until the panel has discussed the chapter. 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.


WATCH LATER on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

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
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED A SESSION

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 and 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



Monday, March 03, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 3 March 2014

DearREADERS,
Many friends in North America are snowed in today, with reports of new storms in the forecast. Just read the National Archives (US) is closed due to severe storm warnings. So keep warm, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and join us for Mondays with Myrt.

Just a few topics to get our conversation going:

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Are you joining  Lisa Alzo in the Fearless Females fun this March which is National Women's History Month?

Gena Philibert Ortega reports via Facebook: "This year in honor of Women's History Month I'm posting a book a day to help better understand our female ancestor's lives." You can check it out on Gena's Genealogy.


PRESERVATION
Olive Tree's Lorine McGinnis Schulze shared to the Google+ Preserving Family Heirlooms and Memories Community: Saving Those Memories!. It's about using her Toshiba DVD recorder with built-in tuner to transfer her hold VHS tapes to DVD. She says it's super fast and easy, and cheaper than using a service.

ADDING CITATIONS TO IMAGES
Carmel Galvin originally shared via a public post to Google+ this method of adding  citations to newspaper clippings over on the Library Currants blog. (Hint: Jing from Tech Smith is part of the equation.) Here's the link: http://librarycurrants.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/adding-citations-to-images.html.

STANDARDS
Today brought an announcement about Genealogy Standards from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Ol' Myrt here added the links to comparison charts:
HOW TO TUNE IN TO MONDAYS WITH MYRT

Monday, 3 March 2014
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central (Chicago)
10am Mountain (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific (Los Angeles)

You may VIEW and COMMENT via the new-fangled EVENT page we've been experimenting with for about two months:
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/102461242403735457058/posts/2mex6svF9is 

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


YES, you may VIEW LIVE or WATCH LATER in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community located here:   https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/communities/104382659430904043232
You may also find all archived hangouts over on  DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel 

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



BCG: Comparing old and new standards

DearREADERS,
You may have heard about the new "little book" called Genealogy Standards. You'll want a copy for your own periodic review. The following press release was received this morning from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and includes a notation about comparison charts of the old and new standards. I had to click around a bit on the BCG site to find them, so here are the direct links for the benefit of my DearREADERS:

"BCG first codified genealogical standards in The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual in 2000. It updated, reorganized, expanded, and clarified those standards in Genealogy Standards in 2014. These two charts offer a comparison of the new and old standards for users wishing to familiarize themselves with the changes."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 3 March 2014
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has announced adoption of its new standards manual for use in its evaluation process.
Effective today, new applications for certification will be evaluated against the new Genealogy Standards, a major revision of genealogical standards released by BCG in February. Individuals who have already submitted a preliminary application are exempt from this change unless they elect otherwise or apply for an extension. The newly revised standards will also be used to evaluate the work of existing BCG associates whose renewal applications are due after February 2015.
Eighty-three standards in the new manual establish criteria for all phases of genealogical work, including documentation, research planning, data collection, reasoning from evidence, writing, lecturing and continuing education. The standards reflect the same principles as those originally published in The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual fourteen years ago but are reorganized, updated, expanded and clarified. 

As the standards are at heart unchanged, genealogists whose work meets the old standards should meet the new standards as well. The revision, however, means the new standards offer superior guidance as to the qualities necessary for credible genealogical work.

BCG’s announcement is accompanied by release of a new application guide. The new guide makes no changes to the type of work applicants for certification must submit but has been updated to reflect the new standard manual’s renumbering of most standards. The rubrics, an evaluation tool used by BCG’s judges, have been similarly revised.

To help researchers familiarize themselves with the recent changes, BCG has also released two charts that compare the new and old standards. They can be downloaded from the “Skillbuilding” page of BCG’s website at http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/index.html.

BCG, an independent credentialing body, was founded in 1964 to promote standards of competence and ethics among genealogists and to publicly recognize individuals who meet those standards. It certifies genealogists in two categories, a core research category, Certified GenealogistSM, and a teaching category, Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. The standards it has articulated are widely recognized as benchmarks for all genealogists who wish to produce accurate research, not just for those seeking certification.

The new manual is billed as a fiftieth-anniversary edition to celebrate the board’s fifty years of dedication to genealogical excellence. Genealogy Standards, fiftieth-anniversary edition (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2014), may be ordered by visiting http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/index.html. The BCG Application Guide, 2014 edition, and the revised rubrics can be downloaded from the BCG website for free.
Whether you plan to take clients or to pursue genealogy research as a hobby, adhering to Genealogy Standards ensures your work is "up to snuff".

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Saturday, March 01, 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 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. 





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MGP2 - Chapter 2 Concepts Fundamental to the GPS

DearREADERS,
We're back this week with an in depth study of Chapter 2, Mastering Genealogical Proof where author Thomas W. Jones explains on page 6:

"All five parts of the GPS rest on our research questions, the sources we use to investigate those questions, the information those sources provide, and our use of that information as genealogical evidence."


 
HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. Between now and Sunday's session, review MGP1: Chapter 2 located here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wpmLKpTTZM&feature=share

3. For VIEWing and COMMENTing before during and after this live MGP2 - Chapter 1 session go here:
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/+DearmyrtlePage/posts/JotPqgAc8Fi

Here's our scheduled start time:
Sunday, 2 March 2014

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

HOMEWORK
Read each chapter in advance of the study group session, but don't attempt to do your written homework until the panel has discussed the chapter. 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
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED A SESSION

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 and 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 :)
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