Saturday, May 31, 2014

Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online chats 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 on Air, 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     :)
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

3-2-1 CITE! Challenge - June 2014



ANNOUNCING
the 
3-2-1 CITE! Challenge for June 2014

"How will other people HEAR about my research?"

DearREADERS,

The idea for this month's challenge evolved from an online conversation during Mondays With Myrt, our weekly Hangout on Air. We are going to post the same sample tree on three genealogy websites and report back on what happens. This may be our toughest challenge yet. Here are more specifics:



SUGGESTIONS

A. Early in the month, start with a deceased individual in your genealogy database, say a grandparent or great-grandparent.

B. 3 ONLINE TREES: Go to any three genealogy websites or wikis that permit the addition of online trees.

C. Enter the information for that individual and a few generations back including information you've gathered about birth, marriage and death including dates and places of those events. Include siblings and spouses, including multiple spouses if any. You may use a GEDCOM file, or type the information if the website doesn't accept GEDCOM files. If you don't know how to create a GEDCOM file, it is usually located under FILE>Export or some such.

D. Set security as you wish and be sure to note this in your write up, as this may skew your results compared to other participant's write ups.

E. Keep up with activity on these trees over the next four weeks.

F. 2 PARAGRAPHS: Compare and contrast things like:

  • number of matches to indexed entries
  • number of matches to digital images
  • number of matches to other researchers' databases
G. 1 CONCLUSION: Summarize your findings by indicating which of the three online trees is most useful in the type of research you are currently pursuing.

H. CITE: Provide links to your three online trees in your citations. It will be useful to consult Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence Explained, specifically Chapter 14. QuickCheck models including citation parts are found online at https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/chapter-14-publications-periodicals-broadcasts-web-miscellanea 

I. DUE: 30 June and the winner will be announced 9 June 2014 during Mondays with Myrt (Hangout on Air.)

This is a BIG challenge. 
Most likely you will compose your write
up during the last week of June
to incorporate as much data
as possible.

WHERE TO POST
To participate in this challenge you may choose from the following places to post your 3-2-1 Cite challenge:



 1. BLOG - If you have a blog, do the writeup on your blog, but please share it with Ol' Myrt so we can spotlight it to others during an upcoming Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air.


2. FACEBOOK - Share your post in the DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group.




3. GOOGLE+ - Share your post over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community.


4. YouTube - Be sure to post the link to your video explanation in either DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group, or DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+,

IS THERE A PRIZE?
Will Amazon.com deliver a Microsoft USB headset to the winner, so people can better HEAR you during an online video chat? You bet! (Prize to be shipped to an address accepted by Amazon.com)
IMAGE: Courtesy
Amazon.com


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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Analyzing Carmen's Entry: RAGU Challenge: 3-2-1 CITE!

DearREADERS,
During April and May my DearREADERS contributed write-ups to the RAGU Challenge: 3-2-1 Cite! The RAGU part of the challenge referred to my initial post titled You are bigger than your genealogy program.The concept was to use 3 documents, compose 2 paragraphs about 1 event in an ancestor's life. For many it was the first time they "thought outside" their genealogy management programs. And for all it was considered a valuable learning experience.



NARROWING IT DOWN
Carmen Cross's entry was posted in a series of comments on Facebook.  Her initial post included everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, so she needed practice in narrowing it down.

Participation in this RAGU Challenge: 3-2-1 CITE! was to encourage writers to include all four elements, specifically to not overlook the citations. My DearREADER, Carmen interpreted that direction to include everything she knew about the ancestor. Carmen told about her precise cousin relationship relationship to the soldier, his upbringing, marriage, etc, etc, etc.

After several rewrites, Carmen narrowed it down to this post. While still wordy, Ol' Myrt here didn't want to ask her strip out his birth and parentage, or her initial paragraph about why she likes genealogy, because at that point I didn't know Carmen well enough to push just two more steps. This is my weakness as a mentor.

We don't need the ancestor's entire biography, as we are just "documenting" 1 event in the ancestor's life.

Imagine if we added the lengthy bio
to every event
in an ancestor's life. 
The resulting printout would be fraught with redundancies. 


MYRT'S VERSION OF CARMEN'S ENTRY
This is how I would have composed the write up. NOTE: I used reverse order to remind me to refer ONLY to 1 single event in the life of the ancestor.

1 event - Isaac S. Cross' death

2 paragraphs - 

To prove our Isaac S. Cross died at Andersonville Prison, it is necessary to include his enlistment in Company D, 21st Regiment Illinois Infantry to fight with the Union in the American Civil War (1).

Isaac's unit was captured on 20 September 1863 after the Battle of Chickamauga (2), fought in northwestern Georgia between the armies of William Rosecrans and Braxton Bragg 19-20 September 1863. Isaac died on 6 September 1864 of scorbutus at Andersonville Prison in Sumter County, Georgia (3).

3 documents: 


  • (1) “U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865,” images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 March 2014), Isaac Cross; National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group 110. 
  • (2) "Andersonville Prisoners of War,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 April 2014), entry for Isaac S. Cross. [Original data: Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site.]
  • (3) “Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 11 March 2014), Deaths and burials > vol 28 Prisoner burials 1864 Feb-1865 Apr, no 1-2356, 5851-7450, 7501-12848, image 205; citing NARA microfilm publication M1303, entry for I. S. Cross, no. 7982.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
Note the text in red in item 2 above reading [Original data: Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site.]

Genealogists don't normally cite indexes except during the research process, when that's all they've uncovered thus far. A final report, summary or proof argument would most certainly not include an index unless that is all that has survived. I suspect Carmen included the the indexed entry because it is the only thing she has collected thus far that states:

  • capture at Chickamauga
  • specific date of death
  • cause of death
IMPORTANT: Subsequent research would be to determine the source of the National Park Service data and to locate the original document providing the information.


THANK YOU, CARMEN
So for this challenge, +Carmen Cross wins the supply of RAGU Spaghetti Sauce. (Just send me your mailing address, and Ol' Myrt here will have her remote offices at Amazon ship ASAP.)

Image: Courtesy
of Ragu.com 
Our conversations via Facebook and during Mondays with Myrt (Hangout on Air) have brought home the concept that I'd like to take the Writing and Publishing for Genealogists track coordinated by NGSQ co-editor Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Previous participants reported it's all about getting our text down to the essentials.

This rewriting to simplest terms is sure hard for people like Ol' Myrt here who does soooo like to "embellish." things a wee bit.

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

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Genealogy hangouts, webinars and chats 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 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     :)
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, May 17, 2014

Myrt's AmbushCAM at #NGS2014gen

DearREADERS,
Whew! That was a busy conference! The National Genealogical Society's annual conference was held in Richmond, Virginia last week. Each day Ol' Myrt's goal was to interview six people. And it was all done with Cousin +Russ Worthington's help on a wired computer. +Andrew Hatchett was on standby in case Russ had computer problems. +Michael Daniels and +Heather Kraafter were non-genealogist techies providing backup-backup support. So you know there was lots of support for this project.

WHAT'S Myrt's AmbushCAM?



2-5 minute live interviews, recorded on my DearMYRTLE's YouTube channel, available immediately on the web. More about the equipment later in this post.

Myrt's #NGS2014 AmbushCAM interviews, with links so you may view them:

 
HERE'S THE EQUIPMENT WE USED

Following the encouragement of our friend +Ronnie Bincer, who has done such interviews twice at SXSW, Cousin Russ and I decided to venture forth with our own concoction of equipment:
  • tripod
  • tripod smart phone holder (we also have one for an iPad)
  • Y splitter (from iPhone to ear bud and hand held microphone)
  • a really good microphone
  • Verizon jetpack, though in the Richmond Convention center, an AT&T hotspot worked better
 Here's a pic, courtesy of Fran Jensen, used with her permission of course:

Mike Hall and Myrt viewing a miniature 1812 soldier at the FGS.org booth
May 2014, Richmond, Washington. Photo courtesy of Fran Jensen.
This is something you can do at your cousin's upcoming wedding, this summer's family reunion or next fall's family gathering. Russ and I are most happy to share everything we know about this technology to make your recordings a success.

To tell you the truth, I couldn't have done this without Cousin +Russ' help. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, sir!

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



Is there room for blogging in a YouTube world?

DearREADERS, The evolution of technology may require slight adjustments as we strive to “get the word out” about an ancestor. Our great-grandmother’s wisdom reminds us “don't throw out the baby with the bath water.” In fact the earliest known recording of this phrase dates back to Doktor Murners Narrenbeschwerung (1512). See WikiPedia.


This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Information from its description page
Commons is a freely licensed media file repository.


Our great-grandmother's advice applies when it comes to "old school" technology like hard-copy genealogy books, hand written letters, bible entries, email (the 21st century snail mail). genealogy mailing lists, message boards, internet radio podcasts, blogs and the like.

WHAT PROMPTED THIS THINKING, MYRT? Randy Seaver created a compendium of posts about #NGS2014gen (The National Genealogical Society’s annual conference), this year held in Richmond, Virginia. In one version of this continually updated post, he questioned the lack of entries when he knew a number of bloggers were in attendance -- in essence "where are all the bloggers?" 

Gone to class, I'd say.
Thankfully Randy noted Ol’ Myrt’s VIDEO-blogging, listing them one by one as Cousin Russ posted them from YouTube to DearMYRTLE’s Facebook and Google+ groups.
MORE THAN ONE DOOR While Ol’ Myrt here now finds it easier to produce video instead of typed blog posts, we should remember that genealogists are a varied lot. Some will take better to the written word. Others will prefer short video clips, like those produced by Cousin Russ. Still others may revel in hour long webinars and 90 minute study groups in Hangout on Air format.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT To borrow a term from Mr. Myrt’s military background, “rules of engagement” to me means regardless of the tech, follow best practices for accurate reporting. So, YES, there is room for blogging in a YouTube world.
This means giving credit where credit is due, citing sources with links to documents in question and quite simply getting past the myth.

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



Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online chats 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 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     :)
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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 12 May 2014



















DearREADERS,

Gosh, Ol' Myrt has barely touched a
computer in the last six days, owing to #NGS2014gen, the National
Genealogical Society's annual conference. Richmond, VA was a wonderful
host city as we gathered to learn about new resources and methodologies
for compiling our family histories.


JOIN the panel, or VIEW and COMMENT in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+, but let's get this party started! Yay!









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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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online chats 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 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     :)
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, May 03, 2014

MGP2: The final chapters and graduation

DearREADERS,
We are concluding our studies following Dr. Thomas W. Jones' advice in Mastering Genealogical Proof.  Ol' Myrt here will be signing on from Bradenton, FL where I'll have just attended my friend's funeral. How precious our time is together. I'm proud of our panelists, and am pleased so many have been tuning in and working through the chapter assignments on their own.



WHEN
Sunday, May 4, 2014
10am Eastern (New York)
9am Central (Chicago)
8am Mountain (Salt Lake City, Denver)
7am Pacific (Los Angeles)



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. 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/communities/104382659430904043232

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

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



Genealogy hangouts, webinars and online chats 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 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     :)
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