Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oh my dear Elsie girl, rest in peace

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here received news that my dearest friend Elsie (Barks) Naylor passed away at Freedom Village in Bradenton, Florida. Her short obituary may be found in the Bradenton Herald, here.

IMAGE: Elsie Barks circa 1945 in the American Red
Cross, original in her son Bruce's possession.

I'll be flying out and staying with Barb Schultz tomorrow. The funeral will be Thursday morning. The following Tuesday I'll be flying up to Richmond where I'll be meeting Mr. Myrt for the NGS Conference.

As such, I'll need to cancel WACKY Wednesday: Blogging 101b, I'm sure you will understand.

I will hold our final MGP2 Study Group Sunday as scheduled.

Right now, I need to pack.

We are losing

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 28 April 2014

DearREADERS,
What better way to start out your week than 'hanging out' with other genealogists during Mondays with Myrt? That is, unless you are all tied up. (Pun intended!) Let's discuss preserving family heirlooms like these bolo ties Mr. Myrt inherited from his father. My father was known for wearing bow ties, but in Mr. Myrt's family, his dad struck quite the dapper pose wearing one of his bolos.


We unpacked another moving box last night and found these cool ties! They may look 1940s funky, but their ours. And I dare say they brought a tear to at least one set of eyes in our family when we finally found them. Gosh! It's been nine months since we moved in, and we are still unpacking. :)

HERE'S HOW TO TUNE IN TO MONDAYS WITH MYRT
Monday, April 21, 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



Come on over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+, where you may VIEW and COMMENT before, during and after the Hangout on Air. Here's the link:
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/communities/104382659430904043232

Don't ya just love really long URLs?

If you haven't been there before, you'll be asked to log in to Google+ and JOIN DearMYRTLE's Community. But both are free!

WHAT'S A SCRAMBLE?
We have a panel of ten, and about halfway through, we ask folks to cycle out to the VIEWing side, so others can JOIN the panel. It's all in good fun, to mix things up a bit.

CAN I WATCH LATER?
Yes, you can view all archived shows over on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel located here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

WHY CAN'T I COMMENT ON THE YOUTUBE SIDE?
Ol' Myrt here wants everyone in on the conversation, which, can sometimes last for days or even weeks, if a topic is challenging enough. What you have to say is important! +Cousin Russ does all he can to share your typed comments with the folks on the 'filmstrip" panel. We want all comments in one place.  

WHAT IS MONDAYS WITH MYRT?
It's all about what's trending in the world of family history research.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

MGP2: The Written Conclusion

DearREADERS,
Never was it more important to participate in a Hangout on Air than today's Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2. Why? We're up to Chapter 7 The Written Conclusion. Some researchers like me never get to this stage. We gather information from all known sources. We analyze the heck out of them. We ponder the "disagreeing" information. But we never get to the conclusion part. Perhaps it's because we doubt our own research capabilities.

Today's chapter discussion focuses on advice from author Thomas W. Jones' about getting past what seems like a dead end. No more fussing. Use his techniques to arrive at a conclusion.

Panelist +June Butka says "I looking forward to the discussion about written conclusion. I looked at this chapter from the point of view of a parent, when I taught my children to problem solve. I stated what I wanted; gave my reasons with the pros and cons and concluded with a proof statement. I allowed my children to disprove my reasoning with their own thought process problem solving method. Just as all our research is based on current knowledge we have available, when new items disprove it we update our conclusion. If my children could give me valid reasons why my statement was incorrect; I conceded to their reasoning. FYI, one is a lawyer and one is a Tech Sargent in the Air Force. "



HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The panelists have already been chosen, but you may follow along. This is the link to VIEW and COMMENT:
http://tinyurl.com/MyrtsNext

If you are new to Google+ you'll be asked to log in and JOIN DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community, but it's free and we'll approve your membership right away.

YES, you could elect to watch on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to participate in COMMENTS via the link above.

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
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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online classes next 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 40 hosts 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. 


AMAZING!




Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Friday, April 25, 2014

GRIP 2015: not 1 but 2 institute weeks

DearREADERS,
Institute courses, including 5 intense days of multiple classes, provide premier learning experiences in any category. As genealogists we have several choices. Today comes info about GRIP's 2015 offerings. Thank-you to +Elissa Scalise Powell for sharing this important news.




April 25, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA – The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announces their summer 2015 plans. In order to accommodate many different interests and a high demand for popular courses, two weeks of six courses each will be offered next summer, both at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first week will be June 28 to July 3, 2015 and the second week will be July 19 to 24, 2015. According to Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Deborah Lichtner Deal, co-directors of GRIP, “the demand for in-depth genealogical education is so high that week-long courses sell out shortly after registration opens, disappointing many potential students. At the same time genealogists who have taken many courses want new content.” GRIP seeks to satisfy this growing need for high quality genealogy education through its week-long courses with internationally recognized instructors.
June 28 to July 3, 2015, courses include course coordinators and topics: John P. Colletta, Ph.D. (Writing the Immigrant Story), Karen Mauer Green, CG (New York State), Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Genealogical Proof Standard), Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG (Problem Solving with Church Records), Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL (Advanced Land), Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Genetics).
July 19 to 24, 2015, courses include Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Advanced Methodology), Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL (Law), Paula Stuart-Warren, CG (Intermediate topics), D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS (Professional topics), Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Genetics).
Nestled in the Pittsburgh suburbs, La Roche’s campus includes economical air-conditioned “en suite” dorm accommodations steps from the classrooms, a buffet-style cafeteria, and free parking. The instructors are all experienced researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. Registration will begin in February 2015 but there are still seats left in summer 2014 courses in Pittsburgh and the Detroit suburb of Orchard Lake, Michigan.
Unique opportunities for this year are “Finding African-American Families” coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, CG and Dr. Deborah Abbott offered in Pittsburgh July 20 to 25 and “Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives” with D. Joshua Taylor. In Orchard Lake August 3 to 8 is “Advancing Your Polish Research: 300 Years of Records including Prussian, Russian, and Austrian Poland” coordinated by Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG, “Determining Kinship Reliably with the GPS” with Thomas W. Jones, “Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest” with D. Joshua Taylor, and “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with Paula Stuart-Warren, the latter of which is also offered in Pittsburgh.
For more information and an update on course seats, visit our website at http://www.GRIPitt.org or email info@GRIPitt.org.
CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations by the Board.


Mr. Myrt and I plan to attend one of the 2015 sessions, if we can register quickly enough once those options are open on the GRIP website.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - Blogging 101a

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt flaked out and had her distant cousin Fräulein Schmidt appear in her stead to discuss the Blogger.com platform for "getting the word out" about your ancestors, your society or organization. Here's the first of two Hangouts on Air, archived at  DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel.





GOALS
  • Demonstrate 3-step (+1) process for setting up a blog
  • Creating your first post 
  •  Image is everything, man! 
  •  Time is of the essence.

BLOG SAMPLES



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Blogging for Beginners webinar hosted by our friends at Legacy Family Tree and FamilyTreeWebinars.com. You’ll find the direct link to the archived webinar once it is available at: http://familytreewebinars.com/presenter_details.php?presenter_id=35

www.GeneaBloggers.com has a massive collection of resources that will help you learn more about the craft of blogging, including daily blog prompts and how to further modify your blog to suit your needs.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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