Saturday, June 28, 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.

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Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Mondays with Myrt - 23 June 2014 Time Stamp Version

DearREADERS,
In July 2014 we'll begin posting "time stamp" transcripts of Mondays with Myrt (Hangouts on Air.) Thanks to Cousin +Russ Worthington, who uploads this to both DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel and the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google+. You  could use the slider bar across the bottom of the YouTube video, but clicking the hyperlinked "Time Stamp" takes you directly to that portion of the roughly 90 minute Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air. This opens up access to specific topics discussed during our open format genealogy discussions. Thank-you Russ, for figuring out how to create time stamps. We certainly do "get by with a little help from our friends!"

There are 3 ways of using "time stamps" to view archived versions of Mondays with Myrt:

1. VIEW IN DearMYRTLE'S GENEALOGY COMMUNITY
Time stamps work BEST right in the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community, where you'd want to go anyway to read the comments and add a few of your own. That video view with time stamps there keeps ONE video screen, and moves you forward as you click a different time stamp.
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLE23June2014

2. VIEW ON DearMYRTLE'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Time Stamps work fine, but you cannot comment. http://bit.ly/1mm7lkK
Bookmark this site, as this is where all of DearMYRTLE videos are archived. Right now there are over 250 hours of genealogy content available there.

3. USE THE TIME STAMPS BELOW
Time stamps here open up a new video window for each click. The view is on the YouTube side where you can revert to item 1 (above). Remember you cannot comment here. You can comment
00:00 » Welcome to Mondays with Myrt00:30 » New Experience in the FilmStrip as JOINer04:40 » New view for Comments06:00 » Change Profile Picture 07:22 » Comment on Profile from Community 08:03 » Carmen and Boston University 
08:20 » Ancestry Outage experience by Dave 14:30 » Comments from the community
14:45 » Randy reports on the Mocovo purchase by FindMyPast

The Ancestry Tech Roots blog comments in http://blog.mocavo.com/2014/06/new-chapter
17:23 » Comments from the Community
20:23 » Comments about Mocovo from Community22:50 » Findmypast discount for Societies 24:08 » Comment about Mocovo experience from Community24:35 » Dave talks about Western Massachusetts Genealogy community26:00 » Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society Google+ Community https://plus.google.com/communities/109742774980945180341
 26:58 » Randy talks about Record Hints on Family Search
More on Family Search Hints
http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/06/information-from-familysearch-about.html

28:08 » Discussion with Fr Ivan in Belgrade, Serbia about the records in his country 38:45 » Comments from the community39:10 » Fr Ivan's vision for these 26,000+ Records 45:00 » Myrt recommends My Heritage for on online presence
52:55 » Back to Randy's Family Search Hints topic 58:00 » We loose Dear MYRTLE 58:16 » continued the discussion of working with hints on Ancestry 
59:05 » Randy talks about more information about Beta from Family Search hints
More on Family Search Hints
http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/06/information-from-familysearch-about.html

1:01:25 » Hilary talking about Who Do You Think You Are - Live (changes)
National Exhibition Centre Birmingham http://www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/
1:07:20 » AJ Jacobs Worlds Largest Reunion, MyHeritage blog post about AJ Jacobs TED talk is 
http://blog.myheritage.com/2014/06/biggest-family-reunion-a-ted-talk-by-aj-jacobs/

The video for the TED talk is at http://www.ted.com/talks/aj_jacobs_the_world_s_largest_family_reunion_we_re_all_invited
1:07:45 » Hangout On Air ended after Dear MYRTLE's internet connection was lost
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. JOIN us on the panel or VIEW and COMMENT via DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+. 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

3-2-1 CITE! - FamilySearch Indexing Challenge

DearREADERS,
Looks like we've got a new month coming up. Since last night's Hangout on Air about FamilySearch Indexers we have seven new indexers. Let's take it up a few notches and make a push for EVERYONE of my DearREADERS and followers to "pay it forward" and indexing some scanned images at FamilySearch Indexing. Ol' Myrt here has 5,000 Twitter followers and if they each indexed 100 entries, that would be half a million new indexed entries! (Yes! That deserves an exclamation point!)




Using the resources at FamilySearch Indexing, participants are to:

3 - review 3 possible projects
2- submit two batches
1 - write 1 paragraph about your impressions
CITE! All sources, including your 'personal knowledge" as the source for the paragraph you write.


Here's a short intro video introducing this month's challenge:




FOR FURTHER READING

DearMYRTLE's Wacky Wednesday - 25 June 2014 FamilySearch Indexing (Detailed video on how to set up an account and get started.)



FamilySearch Indexing
Sign up at www.FamilySearch.org (Click the indexing button.) These are addition helps from FamilySearch: 


#FamilySearch #FamilySearchIndexing #genealogy

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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Preserving Serbian Church Records?

DearREADERS,
As promised during this morning's *Mondays with Myrt - 23 June 2014* I've put Father Ivan Delic in touch with the folks at MyHeritage.com with an email introduction. Hopefully a partnership will ensue, preserving the Serbian records within Fr. Ivan's purview. Ol' Myrt here had previously heard of Fr. Ivan from Cousin Russ Worthington .

Today during the HOA, Fr. Ivan described deteriorating records preserved through what can only be termed miraculous means. We learned Fr. Ivan lives a short distance from the Belgrade cemetery where airmen from multiple nationalities are buried. There is a circa 1951-2004 database developed by Fr. Ivan in Access format, indexing some 26,000 records.


When asked about his wishes for the records Fr. Ivan suggests: local archives access; Ancestry or FamilySearch involvement; access for Americans of Serbian descent, etc.

My suggestion to consider MyHeritage.com is because of the multi-language format of the website, and the fact that Serbian emigrants may prefer their native language. I assured Fr. Ivan that MyHeritage has moved well into the US market.

The link to the Mondays with Myrt - 23 June 2014 (HOA) is: http://youtu.be/b-CnbmDNW84 where the Fr. Ivan segment begins at approximately 27:39 into the recording. (The recording ends abruptly due to internet issues in Ol' Myrt's neighborhood.)


Now we know all these negotiations take time. Let's hope that in some small way today's Mondays with Myrt conversation will have been the impetus for breakthrough records preservation in Serbia. As +Randy Seaver said, Fr. Ivan has "boots on the ground" experience, so vital to understanding how and where records are kept. 

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

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Saturday, June 21, 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

Monday, June 16, 2014

VBlogging, Facebook and Google+, Oh My!

DearREADERS,
This Ol' gal has been experimenting the last six weeks with "social media" by NOT blogging, but continuing to use Facebook and Google+ to share info with my followers. The fact there is more traffic on the following three social media outlets informed my decision to test:

  1. DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group located here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE/
  2. DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ located here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/communities/104382659430904043232
    This is the primary location for info about the three genealogy events I host each week with the able assistance of  +Cousin Russ. These are currently Mondays with Myrt (90 minute free form discussion), Wacky Wednesday (60 minute single how-to topic) and Genealogy Game Night. Be sure to check the GeneaWebinars.com Calendar for scheduling details.
  3. My Pat Richley-Erickson personal page on Facebook located here:
    https://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
    A surprising number of people care about my grandson's Type 1 Diabetes, photos I upload about my grandchildren and the research trips Mr. Myrt and I take.
NOTE: I turned off comments on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel because I want all conversation archived with the embedded video over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+. It seems YouTube gives Ol' Myrt more trouble with spammers. Potential followers may go to the Community, be accepted as a member before they can post, so we've not had a single spammer there.

RESULTS
  • I believe publishing a blog post makes no difference in live attendance at my Hangouts on Air. 
  • Most of my followers are getting information from DearMYRTLE's Facebook group and Google+ community. 
  • Some days more "genealogy talk" from followers happens in reaction to a notice I directly post on Google+. Then a week will go by where Facebook is really hopping with activity. 
  • In my experience, more substantive comments are posted on Google+.
  • Membership growth is consistent and similar comparing DearMYRTLE's Facebook and Google+ community.
  • VBlogging (video blogging) is a lot of fun. 
  • Recording a demo is easier than typing a blog post.
  • I agree with James Tanner (aaack!) that LinkedIn isn't where its happening for collaboration among genealogists, their family members and clients. See his post titled The Move from Facebook to LinkedIn.

FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION
I just noticed @DearMYRTLE has over 5,000 Twitter followers. Yikes! I don't tweet very much, except for #genchat, #RootsTech and during TV genealogy show broadcasts. Who ARE these people?

WHAT ARE MYRT'S PLANS?
This Ol' gal is going to take advantage of "social media" to:
  • Record more frequent "short subject" VBlog posts (3-8 minutes in length) as we are seeing in my new series Starting Over.
  • Experiment to address the Twitter audience with the information I'm curating and the vblog (video blog) posts I'm producing.
  • Work with +Cousin Russ to produce helpful VBlog training posts about how tfree Google+ resources can be useful to individuals, societies, family associations. 
  • Assist professional genealogists wishing to offer dynamic multi-media components when communicating with clients.
  • From time to time I will create a blog post just to keep up with this older technology.
You know the age-old paper format family history isn't as much fun as digital,
particularly when family members of all ages can collaborate.

WHY do any of this? Well, Ol' Myrt here just loves to get folks talking about how to:
  • improve research skills
  • understand the genealogical proof standard
  • compile reasonably accurate personal and family histories. 
Technological advances each day make it easier to accomplish these goals. 

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, June 14, 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

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Boosting" Facebook posts: NOT!

DearREADERS,
Yikes! Today I noticed something new on Facebook that has far reaching impact on genealogy society publicity chairs and family reunion organizers. Here's the problem:

Facebook is rolling out the new "Boost Post" button, and big bucks are required to boost each post. We are not talking the old "$7 to promote" option we've had around for years. We are talking $5-$100 to reach people who originally "liked" a Facebook page.

So why even have a Facebook page for your genealogy society or family association if the people who liked it cannot automatically see each post?

CASE STUDY
This morning, Geoff Rasmussen published a post on GeneaWebinars.com blog about an upcoming webinar on German Internet Research. The post automatically cross-posts to the GeneaWebinars Facebook page here.

IMAGE: Screen capture circa 12pm, 13 June 2014 by author.
  1. Ol' Myrt here noticed this Facebook entry reached 18 people (point A above.)
  2. I panicked, thinking a lot of people had left the page, but the number remained at 384 (point B above.) My thought is that when 384 people "like a page" they will receive notification of each post in their News Feed, but Facebook tells me otherwise. (Note: It IS possible for users to turn off notifications manually.)
  3. Clicking the "Boost Button" reveals "Boost Your Post" (point D below) where we note the boosted audience will be "People who like your Page and their friends" (left side point E below) and I must pay $30 for the "Est. People Reached of 2,900-7,600."  I clicked to find more options and discovered I could set my own amount, and that PayPal is accepted in addition to the usual credit cards.


YIKES! IF you look at the right side of this screen shot, (point E above) you'll see a summary of activity on this page during the last week:
  • 2 page likes
  • 23 - post reach
  • 1 - unread notification
  • 1 - unread message
These are mighty grim statistics for a page with 384 people who have "liked" the page and by default expect to receive notifications (posts) in their main news feed. 

POINT OF INFO
There is no such "Boost Post" option on my DearMYRTLE Facebook Group. Maybe this is a roll out issue, or maybe "Boost Post" is a "Page" option, not a Group option?

SUMMARY
The bottom line: Genealogy societies and family history organizations are sadly out of luck if they are relying on Facebook Page to "get the word out" about an upcoming event. What about an emergency change of venue due to burst pipes? How is that message going to get out? Certainly not by Facebook. It's back to the old telephone chain I guess. (sigh)

Here's a short video Cousin Russ and I created on this very topic:



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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Ancestry.com to discontinue several services

DearREADERS,
It seems Ancestry.com is finally facing the music where some less-successful services are concerned. The resources slated to be discontinued are:


  • MyFamily.com
  • MyCanvas
  • Genealogy.com
  • Mundia 
  • Y-DNA tests
  • mtDNA tests


SOURCE
You'll want to check the Ancestry.com Blog for details about the Sept 5, 2014 deadline, and the exception to that rule.
http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/04/ancestry-com-focuses-on-core-offerings

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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Friday, June 06, 2014

DeceasedOnline: old Spa Fields (near London) 1778-1849

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from Richard Gray of DeceasedOnline.com.

We've just added another fascinating old London burial site to our database, please see the bullet points below: 
  • Records for another of London’s most historic nonconformist burial grounds are now available on Deceased Online
  • The Spa Fields records range from 1778 to 1849 and feature all the registers from The National Archives (TNA) RG4 collection.
  • Although a tiny area, the old Spa Fields site includes nearly 114,000 records.Located in Clerkenwell, the site no longer exists as a burial ground but is a park managed by the London Borough of Islington.
  • As with all cemetery and burial site records on www.deceasedonline.com, users are able to search, within the ‘advance search facility, by name and by cemetery or burial site within a given area or location.
  • Deceased Online features over 8 million London burial and cremation records including the largest cemetery in the UK and the historic sites at Kensal Green,Brompton and now Spa Fields and Bunhill Fields.
Read our free weekly blog
With records dating back to the 1770’s, Spa Fields is one of London’s most historic and
notorious burial grounds where burials were removed and burned to make way for more new
arrivals.  Read all about it in Emma Jolly's latest blog: http://deceasedonlineblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/londons-spa-fields.html.

I've attached a picture of a plaque that commemorates Spa Fields burial ground and gives a brief insight into it's rather macabre history.  


IMAGE: Courtesy of author.

We have lots more records from Scotland, England's Midlands and North West areas and South Wales due on Deceased Online over the next few months.  

Have a good weekend.


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Genealogists' Declaration of Rights

DearREADERS,
Have you signed yet? Ol' Myrt signed while attending the National Genealogical Society's annual conference in Richmond, Virginia. Here's the official press release with information about the declaration and how you may participate.

IMAGE: Courtesy of
Jan M. Allen


Richmond, VA, 12 May 2014: Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), a sponsoring member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), announced the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights before a crowd of more than 2,500 genealogists attending the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 7 May 2014.

The Declaration of Rights is a statement advocating open access to federal, state, and local public records. The Declaration affirms America’s long history of open public records, which has been threatened the last few years over concerns about identity theft and privacy. The Records Preservation and Access Committee has worked with state and federal legislators as well as local public officials for more than twenty years in support of legislation and regulations that achieve a balance between access and privacy. The Declaration of Rights has been approved by the board of directors of the three sponsoring organizations: The National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

During the NGS 2014 Family History Conference this week, genealogists from almost all fifty states have signed the Declaration of Rights. Over the next few months, the Declaration will travel to the 34th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 July–1 August 2014 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27–30 August 2014. The Declaration will also be available for signature athttp://bit.ly/gen-declaration by genealogists not attending one of the conferences.

Genealogists advocate the right of access to records held by government agencies including but not limited to vital records (births, marriages, deaths, divorces); land conveyances and mortgages; tax assessments; guardianships; probates of estates; criminal proceedings; suits of law and equity; immigration; military service and pensions; and acts of governmental entities. Genealogists further advocate that they need to be allowed access to original records when photocopies, microfilm, digital images, or other formats are insufficient to establish clear text, context, or completeness of the record. The rights of genealogists specified in the Declaration object to numerous barriers created to deny them access to records.

Thousands of professional genealogists do research every day on behalf of clients, government agencies, and attorneys. Of particular note are the many forensic genealogists who assist the Department of Defense in locating heirs for the repatriation of remains from previous wars; assist county coroners in the identification of unclaimed persons; work with attorneys in locating missing and unknown heirs involving estates, trusts, real estate quiet title actions, oil and gas and mineral rights, and other similar legal transactions; trace and track heritable medical conditions where finding distant cousins can facilitate early treatment and possibly prevent a premature death; research stolen art and artifacts for repatriation; and identify American Indians, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians to determine eligibility for tribal benefits.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is a joint committee of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) as sponsoring members. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), and the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) also serve as participating members. RPAC meets monthly to inform and advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to vital records and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices at the federal, state, and occasionally the local level.



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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WWII: Stories of the Lost

DearREADERS,
As we consider the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Stories of the Lost brings home the very personal story of Jennifer Holik's family members who did not return from their WWII service, giving that last full measure of devotion. 
May 8, 2014 – Chicago, Illinois.  Jennifer Holik announces the release of her latest book, Stories of the Lost, the first in a new series on World War II records and stories.

Imagine sending your son off to war. Will he return unharmed, unchanged, and whole? How long will he be gone? Will the war last forever? Will he return? Standing in front of you at the railroad station is a young man in uniform. He looks so handsome, so strong, and full of life. You hug him tightly before he boards the train. You wave goodbye and he’s gone.

Years later your son returns from the war. He arrives not walking off the train, but carried off in a flag draped casket. Dead almost four years now and buried in a foreign land, you did not know where he was buried for almost two years after he was killed. Your son is unable to tell his story of war. Who will tell his story?

This book is a collection of stories about my relatives, Michael Kokoska, Frank Winkler, Robert Brouk, and James Privonzik, who left by train to fight for our freedom and never returned. Three of the men were brought home after the war ended. One however, still sleeps in that foreign soil. It is also the recognition of the men who cared for them after death. The stories of the lost found through the military record.

Stories of the Lost is available through the author’s website: http://jenniferholik.com  where you can also find a new World War II Toolbox! Also visit Jennifer’s Generations Blog for more information on military records and her Military Memories writing prompts available all month.

About Jennifer HolikJennifer is a genealogical, historical, and military researcher. Jennifer lectures throughout the Chicagoland area on World War II records and stories, women during World War II, kids genealogy, and Italian genealogy. As a researcher and writer she can help you research and piece together the stories of your ancestors, particularly if they served during World War II. Jennifer volunteers as the Genealogy Department Manager at Casa Italia in Stone Park, Illinois.  There she hosts monthly genealogy and writing programs and works in the Italian American Veterans Museum.


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

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National Library of Ireland: Genealogy Advisory Service

DearREADERS,
Here's a tidbit from Fiona Fitzsimons for researchers visiting Dublin:
"The summer GAS (genealogy advisory service) resumes in the National Library of Ireland next Tuesday 2nd June. The genealogists include some of Ireland's finest, and the free service is available to all visitors to the Library. We're there June, through to the end of September, 9.30 to 4.45 pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am to 12.45 Saturdays."

To this Ol' Myrt adds:

IMAGE: Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

The National Library of Ireland (Irish: Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann) is Ireland's national library located in Dublin.



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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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     :)
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