Sunday, December 28, 2014

Online genealogy webinars, hangouts and chats this week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

This centralized calendar provides information about how to attend genealogy-related online meetings, classes, hangouts, seminars and webinars, where there is a visual slide share and/or website or software demo for attendees to view.

Hosts may use a variety of platforms including Adobe Connect, AnyMeeting, Captera, Google Hangouts 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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Friday, December 26, 2014

FindMyPast: Start your family tree week

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FindMyPast.com. Please address all inquiries to that website.

FINDMYPAST’S START YOUR FAMILY TREE WEEK 2014/15 BEGINS TODAY 




London, UK. 26th December, 2014. Today marks the beginning of Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week and the release of over 7.6 million records. 

This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2015. Over the course of the week, Findmypast users can access a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes. 

Findmypast will also be launching its first ever Findmypast Tree Awards – a contest for the best family tree built or uploaded to Findmypast. Four winners across four categories will be selected by an expert panel of judges and will be awarded a selection of prizes.

Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week will include something for everyone, from beginners to expert genealogists. We have also released millions of fascinating new records to explore during this festive season. 

To find out more, visit our dedicated Start Your Family Tree Week page or visit our blog each day this week.

Record sets released today

To launch Start Your Family Tree Week, Findmypast will be releasing over 7.6 million records from around the world. These include:

Visit our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to find out more.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have yourself a merry little Christmas


Thinking of you and yours during this holiday season.



"God bless us, everyone!" 
Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens.

As Mr. Myrt and I look back on the blessings of this past year, we are thankful for the love of family and friends. Though some are far away, you are always in our thoughts and prayers. Gordon especially misses his niece, nephews and their families. That's not to mention his sister JoAnn, who tells me all the family secrets, and her husband Wally, who plays marathon war games with Gordon. 

There are special friends Russ and Patti Worthington. I keep Russ off the streets for Patti, and we all enjoy taking mini-vacations to ancestral churches, or just plain hanging out. Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Footnote Maven is heaven, for it's rare to have a friend who just "clicks" with you and encourages new ideas. Some friends like Claire Brisson-Banks have moved away, but are still close to our hearts. Jody Riddick, Barbara Schultz and Johnny keep our memories of warm Florida climes alive.

We are thankful for health and strength, and opportunities to learn and grow.

We are thankful for home and hearth. Gordon has done much to make life comfortable for this Ol' Myrt.

We are thankful for friends who understand the passing of family members and have been patient with adjustments all around. These are true friends, and I pray you have someone like that in your life as well.

Our lives are never perfect though television tries to tell us what's ideal. In fact some of my fondest Christmas memories are when things were tight as a single mother of three precious girls.

Friends who are not of our faith have blessed family traditions and are caring and thoughtful. How wonderful to have diversity of thought with mutual respect and admiration.

Let's find JOY in the little, quiet ways we find to show kindness and serve one another. 

Looking forward to 2015? Let's have fun exploring together.

Love,
Ol' Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Monday, December 22, 2014

MyHeritage.com: 120 million Danish records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at MyHeritage.com. Please address all inquiries to support@myheritage.com.



MyHeritage to digitize and add more than 120 million historical records from Denmark

Millions of records dating back to the 1600s will go online for the first time and enable anyone with Danish ancestors to discover their roots

TEL AVIV, Israel & COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 22, 2014: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced that millions of Danish historical records will be made available to search on its website. The announcement follows an agreement between MyHeritage and the Danish National Archives to index Census and Parish records from 1646 to 1930, providing access to significant sources of family history information in Denmark. The move will enable MyHeritage users to learn more about their ancestors and the lives they led, using records that were never digitally available before.

The records, spanning almost 300 years, provide a window to the lives of Danish ancestors during fascinating periods in history including the Napoleonic wars, liberalism and nationalism of the 1800s, the Schleswig Wars and industrialization. Users will be able to search for records about their ancestors using names, dates, locations, relatives and other keywords via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever Danish records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before. Once indexed, this will be one of the most comprehensive and valuable data collections for millions of Danes, and millions of people with Danish roots.

The records will illuminate the lives and times of noted Danish historical figures such as Kierkegaard and Niels Bohr. Celebrity fans will be able to look into the family history of Danish Americans such as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen for clues on their success. Many of the records will be made available on MyHeritage as early as April 2015 and the rest will be added during the year.

MyHeritage will index Danish national censuses, including approximately 9 million images and 31 million records, covering the years of 1787 through to 1930.  One of the most enlightening sources of historical content, census records provide a glimpse into a family's past listing information about each household including the names of occupants, information on residence, ages, places of birth and occupations.

In addition, MyHeritage will index 3.9 million images of Church records containing approximately 90 million names from 1646 to 1915. The Parish Register provides information regarding anyone who was born, baptized or confirmed (after 1737), married or died in a particular parish. The records include rich information about a person's family: for example, for baptisms they list the date of birth, date of baptism, name of the child, parent’s names, occupations and residence, and often names of witnesses and godparents.

MyHeritage Chief Content Officer, Russ Wilding, said: “We're very proud to partner with the Danish National Archives and add significant new content which will paint a more detailed and colorful picture of the family histories for hundreds of thousands of our users in Denmark and anyone with Danish ancestors. The move strengthens our leadership in the Nordic region – and we look forward to building on this in the coming months”.

MyHeritage is already the family history market leader in the Nordic region and is the only major company providing services in Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish. With more than 430,000 users in Denmark and an additional 600,000 registered users in Sweden, 500,000 in Norway, and 280,000 in Finland, MyHeritage has amassed the largest Nordic user base and family tree database in the market.

The records will be available on MyHeritage SuperSearch at www.myheritage.com/research.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination to discover, share and preserve your family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Trusted by millions of families, its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage empowers families with an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages. www.myheritage.com


 


FamilyHistoryExpos: Scandinavian Research Retreat at FHL 5-10 Jan 2015

DearREADERS,
How about 17 classes and on-site Family History Library research guidance? Quite an alternative to the 66% cut in reference librarian staff at the FHL. Our friend Holly Hansen of FamilyHistoryExpos.com hosts 5-day research retreats now held monthly. Folks who have attended previous retreats appreciate the staff Holly collects to teach classes and provide one-on-one research guidance.


During this interview +Cousin Russ asks about student-teacher ratios and Ol' Myrt discovers the Crystal Inn provides a free to the Family History Library, and to and from the airport if you are flying in. Holly explains the framework of the retreat. I simply cannot believe the number of high caliber staffers and variety of classes offered each month.


You'll find the 5-10 January 2015 Scandinavia Sources and Strategies Retreat includes 17 classes and plenty of guided Family History Library research time. The schedule is found below.





Scandinavian Research Retreat
Sources and Strategies Agenda


Monday, January 05, 2015
7:30 am Check-in & Pick Up Registration Packets
8:00 am Session One Includes:
1 Crystal Inn Classroom Introduction to the NEW Family History Library Catalog  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
2 Crystal Inn Classroom Patronymics and Naming Practices of Scandinavia  
( Beginner )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
10:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 10:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Two Includes:
3 Crystal Inn Classroom The Chicken Walked Here: Learning to Read Germanic & Scandinavian Gothic Script   Login First
( Beginner )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Stay and Ask Questions
 

Scandinavian Research Retreat
Sources and Strategies Agenda


Tuesday, January 06, 2015
8:00 am Session Three Includes:
4 Crystal Inn Classroom Emigration/Immigration Sources for Scandinavia  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
5 Crystal Inn Classroom Effective Use of Scandinavian Gazetteers   Login First
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
10:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 10:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Four Includes:
6 Crystal Inn Classroom Learn More... U.S. Sources that Lead to Scandinavia  
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm
 

Scandinavian Research Retreat
Sources and Strategies Agenda


Wednesday, January 07, 2015
8:00 am Session Five Includes:
7 Crystal Inn Classroom Scandinavian Church Records  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
8 Crystal Inn Classroom Scandinavian Census Records: Denmark & Norway  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
9 Crystal Inn Classroom Scandinavian Census Records: Sweden & Finland  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
11:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 11:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Six Includes:
10 Crystal Inn Classroom Scandinavian Probate Records  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm
 

Scandinavian Research Retreat
Sources and Strategies Agenda


Thursday, January 08, 2015
8:00 am Session Seven Includes:
11 Crystal Inn Classroom Using Scandinavian Military Records  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
12 Crystal Inn Classroom Printed Sources for Scandinavian Research  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
13 Crystal Inn Classroom Searching on the Internet: String Search, Catalog Search, & Wiki Search  
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
11:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 11:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Eight Includes:
14 Crystal Inn Classroom Letting MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, & FamilySearch's Family Tree offer Research Assistance for Scandinavian Ancestors  
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm
 

Scandinavian Research Retreat
Sources and Strategies Agenda


Friday, January 09, 2015
8:00 am Session Nine Includes:
15 Crystal Inn Classroom Solving Brick Wall Problems in Denmark When No Parish Registers Exist  
( All Levels )
Kim Melchior, AG
16 Crystal Inn Classroom Solving Brick Wall Problems in Sweden, Finland & Norway  
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
10:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 10:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Ten Includes:
17 Crystal Inn Classroom Sharing the Results of Your Scandinavian Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
6:30 pm Retreat Officially Ends! Thank You to Everyone!
 

Scandinavian Research Retreat
Sources and Strategies Agenda


Saturday, January 10, 2015
8:00 am Take advantage of your time in SLC. Saturday, plan to research on your own using your new research skills.



FIND OUT MORE
THANK-you, Holly for providing research support, so sorely needed to help folks get up to speed finding appropriate extant record groups to determine family relationships. I'll bet your retreats fill up quickly even among those of us who live in Salt Lake City.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

PS 22: Let There Be Peace on Earth





DearMYRTLE's contribution to footnoteMaven's Tradition of Blog Caroling 2014 includes the thought: "...and become as little children..."





Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

Online genealogy webinars, hangouts and chats this week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods. If you need a time zone converter see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

This centralized calendar provides information about how to attend genealogy-related online meetings, classes, hangouts, seminars and webinars, where there is a visual slide share and/or website or software demo for attendees to view.

Hosts may use a variety of platforms including Adobe Connect, AnyMeeting, Captera, Google Hangouts 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



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Building Community: Call to Action - what's missing?

DearREADERS,


This is only how Ol' Myrt sees the calls to action. What's missing regarding the global genealogy community's honoring the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2024? 

We don’t need to be of African descent to accomplish these suggested action items. Ol’ Myrt’s DNA doesn’t indicate African descent, but I choose to influence my circle of friends to join me in developing understanding, and taking action. 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD COMMUNITY?

George Geder says just saying "hi" works for him.

Robin Foster suggests "Acts of service, like indexing Freedman's Bureau records."

Shelley Murphy agrees "There is a difference between having an open heart and taking a public stance -- wanting to take action."

Carol Petranek has made space at her local Family History Center for conversation to happen.




So Ol' Myrt here is willing to take a stance, take action, and provide a space for discussion here in my blog.
  • Let us step across the aisle to aid another researcher.
  • Let us raise awareness of people of African descent.
  • Let us encourage full participation as presenters and attendees at local, regional and national genealogical and historical society meetings and conferences.
  • Let us look beyond unintential bias to embrace diversity.

What have you,
your local society,
local newspaper,
regional and national organizations
decided to do to honor this
important United Nations' initiative?


 Ol' Myrt here wouldn't be so presumptuous as to suggest this list is complete. While I've tried to look at promoting the UN initiative, I can only see so far. It takes more of us to work through a good list of suggestions. And it is more than an occasional blog post about the UN's decade of commitment to honor people of African descent. It takes action. So, to open this discussion, here is my offering:

CALL TO ACTION: DearMYRTLE requests that every genealogy society board and conference program chair recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 as follows:
  1. Create a poster mounted on foam core for durability using the official UN logos. Display the poster on an easel at each meeting. See: http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/logos.shtml
  2. Provide a handout with worthwhile websites and other resources with genealogical, historical and cultural information for people of African descent.
  3. Appoint a newsletter staffer or society board member to keep up with events and topics discussed at the UN website http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/index.shtml
  4. Have staffer report new information monthly in a short subject class or blog post. (That’s 120 reports over 10 years!)
  5. Ensure announcements at each meeting include:

    “This society recognizes the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 by providing this poster and flyer. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.”

  6. Insert a page on your society's website affirming same, and including links and suggestions from the poster and flyer.
  7. Submit articles quarterly to your local newspapers on a variety of topics, listing the International Decade for People of African Descent runs 2015-2024. It might be a recommendation of a website, spotlighting a society member’s research achievement.
  8. Observe annually 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by hosting a multi-cultural event.
  9. Sponsor at least 2 African Descent classes at your annual conference. Larger multi-track conferences such as RootsTech, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies and Who Do You Think You Are LIVE! can provide a full-day’s track.
  10. Grow your society, reaching out in your community to people of African descent by providing a SIG (Special Interest Group) with calendared meeting dates. It’s a great idea to use a free Google Calendar, and embed it in your society’s website. Provide access to all SIG leaders to modify their scheduled events with topics and contact information.
  11. Host genealogy presenters of African descent who can speak to general topics such as the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard), migration, organization, technology and other topics of interest to a wide variety of family historians.
CALL TO ACTION: DearMYRTLE requests that every genealogy presenter, blogger, video blogger, podcaster and webinar/hangout/tweeter of African descent recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 as follows:
  1. Create an initial post using an official logo, explaining the United Nationals International Decade for People of African Descent, including your related blog post plans. See: http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/logos.shtml
  2. Create a page or category for your followers to readily find all posts you'll create over the next 10 years. Two blog posts a month equals 240 over the next ten years!
  3. Submit articles quarterly to your local newspapers on a variety of topics, listing the International Decade for People of African Descent runs 2015-2024. It might be a recommendation of a website, spotlighting a society member’s research achievement.
  4. Work proactively with your local genealogical or historical society to promote understanding about people of African descent. You could be the newsletter staffer who spotlights African descent research in each issue.
  5. Broaden the base of your blog posts, hangouts, webinars, podcasts and tweets to include topics other than African descent, spreading the word of reliable resources for other ethnic, religious and cultural group studies. Just as you wish for others to respect people of African descent, so to must we all broaden our scope of understanding.
  6. Create and submit proposals for presentations honoring people of African descent mentioning in the description that elements of the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) and principles from Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones are employed. This helps program chairs focus on your work if you haven't presented for their organizations before.
  7. Create and submit proposals for presentations honoring principles of the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) using examples for the locality of the venue.
  8. Ensure your documents and citations, per Evidence Explained, include samples at least mentioning a cross-section of audience demographics. Since this changes from presentation to presentation, I've reserved specific PowerPoint slides to remind Ol' Myrt here to do this.
  9. Become aware of the “call for papers” and “presentation proposals” for local, regional and nationally-ranked genealogy conferences, sharing info with others about rules for submitting. 
  10. Join organizations such as the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild to network with like-minded people with a variety of research focus points.
  11. Participate in panel discussions with a diverse group of presenters to discuss methods for community outreach that will grow the sponsoring genealogical society.
CALL TO ACTION: DearMYRTLE requests that every genealogist recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 as follows:
  1. Submit articles quarterly to your genealogy society newsletter about the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. (That’s 40 articles!)
  2. Submit case studies as you solve lineage questions in a family of African descent.
  3. Work proactively with your local genealogical or historical society to promote understanding about people of African descent. You could be the newsletter staffer who spotlights African descent research in each issue.
  4. Participate in an African descent service project such as FamilySearch Indexing, recovery and maintenance of a local graveyard, BillionGraves, Family History Center classes, etc.


CALL TO ACTION: DearMYRTLE requests that every “webinar” organizer (using your technology platform of choice) recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 as follows:
  1. Advertise call for presentations through a variety of outlets including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and major genealogy bloggers, clearly stating submission requirements, deadline, and focus topics.
  2. Annually host a People of African Descent series to include research strategies, record group surveys, migration patterns and other topics.
  3. Be mindful that people of African descent may also have expertise in general genealogy categories of interest to your followers.
  4. Before, during or after each webinar, display a slide bearing a United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent logo. See: http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/logos.shtml
  5. Before each webinar state: “This organization recognizes the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.”
  6. NOTE: The use of the term "webinar" is generic here, but is intended to include any type of audio and video meeting using a variety of platforms to impart genealogy "how to" information.

    +Cousin Russ, I hope you are taking notes!


A FEW MORE WORDS
Whew! This post took seven days to compose and is based on conversations I've had with a few people of African descent. What do others have to suggest?

Sadly, I've sat in on board meetings where specific strategies for cross-cultural outreach were never entertained. We simply couldn't see beyond our European-centric unintentional bias. Yet, with only a few glaring exceptions, I think every member of those boards would consider themselves thoughtfully avoiding any form of bigotry.
big·ot·ry
ˈbiɡətrē/
noun
noun: bigotry; plural noun: bigotries


intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.
Source: Dictionary.com
What can make the difference? The difference is taking action. That's what I hope to accomplish with this post.

FOR FURTHER READING



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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