Friday, February 27, 2015

Why we play genealogy games on Saturday night

DearREADERS,
Initially +Cousin Russ and I set up "Genealogy Game Night" to give folks a chance to try out a real Google Hangout on Air, without the stress of having to be well versed in the use of the technology. What has emerged is a different way of looking at an ancestor - by asking panelists to guess a facet of his profile. We're not talking dates and place, we are talking occupation, interest, political or religious leanings, etc.

+Michael Hait recently stated his least favorite genealogy cliche is "putting meat on the bones."

What we are talking about when playing Cousin Russ' game WHO'S IN MY LINE are those characteristics of a person's life that sets him apart from others. Your ancestor didn't have to be famous. We just want to learn something about his/her life, not just the birth and death dates.

By looking at our ancestors this way, we also learn about the history of an area during each  ancestor's lifetime.

AND, it's just plain fun to use the other side of our brains when discussing our genealogical discoveries.


WHERE: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
WHEN: Most Saturday evenings at:
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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



WHEN ARE FUTURE SESSIONS TO BE HELD?
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.com


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

NGS2015: Live Streaming classes unearthed

DearREADERS,
Just made the hotel reservation for St. Charles, Missouri in prep for attending the National Genealogical Society's annual Family History Conference 13-16 May 2015. Now I'm planning my NGS classes and AmbushCAM schedule each day. Whilst exploring the site, I noticed NGS is offering live streaming, though for a fee.
 
Find out more: www.NGSGenealogy.org

  • Track One: The Immigration and Naturalization Process ($65 member, $80 non-member)
  • Track two: Methodology Techniques ($65 member, $80 non-member)
  •  Bundled Package: Track One and Track Two ($115 member, $145 non-member)
It took a little work, but I figured out how to determine what's live streamed.
  1. Go to the online version of the conference program: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/agenda/
  2. Select ALL for your filter, not 25, the default.
  3. As the program directions indicate, (LS) next to a session title indicates the session is being live streamed. 
Since using the search box for "(LS)" without quote marks didn't work, I was able to cobble the following lists:

Tuesday Live Streams, Thursday, 14 May 2015, Central US (Chicago) Time Zone. If you need a time zone converter, Ol' Myrt here recommends: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html. Judging by the titles, this is possibly Track One: The immigration and naturalization Process ($65 member, $80 non-member).
Friday Live Streams, Friday, 15 May 2015, Central US (Chicago) Time Zone. If you need a time zone converter, Ol' Myrt here recommends: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html 
Judging by the titles, this is possibly Track two: Methodology Techniques ($65 member, $80 non-member).




Gosh, this is a great line up. Maybe Mr. Myrt and I should just stay home and watch the live stream? Nope, I'll see if I can catch these later and I'll be sure not to attend these in person.

And I do have blogger beads to distribute. 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

DearREADERS,
Janet Havorka posted An Open Letter to the Genealogy Community here: http://thechartchick.blogspot.com/2015/02/an-open-letter-to-genealogy-community.html

Here's my reply:

Thanks for this post, Janet Hovorka, I'm glad you spoke out.

Elitism only serves to puff up the "in crowd"  and does nothing to embrace newcomers.

What I heard about the conference is that RootsTech completely ignored FGS. The anger was so loudly expressed I was speechless.

That anger (a lot more than frustration) had to do with FGS meeting rooms being too far away from RootsTech, and FGS not being mentioned in the opening sessions. Gosh, the FGS president was part of the first day opening session at RootsTech.

The anger spilled over into objections that FGS and RootsTech were on different time schedules and that the booklet had FGS classes in a separate section of the schedule. Certainly FGS signed off on the conference brochure.

Why the anger?  FGS was billed as a separate conference in the same building. I was required to pay for FGS attendance though I was a RootsTech Ambassador with complimentary access. So the separateness was there by design.

I ❤ the vibe of FGS/ROOTSTECH. Meeting new people, young and old from all over the world was invigorating.

Talking with the two German men from Argus Search proved enlightening for both sides.

This year the mommy bloggers and genealogy bloggers finally "clicked" because our media hub was large enough to invite conversation. Interviewing keynote and innovator Summit folks together with these "lifestyle" bloggers helped me see the world through their bright, intelligent eyes.

The mommy bloggers in turn learned about growing a larger social media following from experienced genealogy bloggers. It was a win-win, particularly as several are beginning to research the facts in their parents' compiled genealogies. That alone is simply amazing.

Eventually the world passes by the naysayers.

While I personally am not into storytelling, I realize those vendors are needed in this genealogy space. At my age, I need to tell the story of my ancestors and avoid concentrating solely on difficult research.

There are always going to be complainers, but let us not be deterred from the JOY of genealogy.

It's a big world out there and there is room enough for everyone at RootsTech.

Happy family tree climbing.
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Online 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 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  
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www.RootsTech.org




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GenLaw Study Group - 19 Feb 2015

 
DearREADERS,
Chapter 4 is coming up on the docket a day earlier, owing to Ol' Myrt's travel schedule. So we're meeting THURSDAY instead of our usual Friday. Remember we read the chapters and complete homework assignments before coming to each study group session.

The GenLaw Study Group 1  meets in 8 sessions to discuss Genealogy and the Law by Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich.(1)

WHERE: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

We start at:
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

If you need a time zone converter, here's one DearMYRTLE recommends:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

SURE you COULD watch the video here, but why not head over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ where you may VIEW and COMMENT before, during and after the session. http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext





WHEN ARE FUTURE SESSIONS TO BE HELD?

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.com
(1) Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich, Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2014). [Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/genealogy_and_the_law ]


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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www.RootsTech.org




WACKY Wednesday: Newspapers


DearREADERS,
Tonight in my time zone, we'll tackle the awesome topic of newspapers for genealogy research. We will have sample entries and searches from several online sites, and discuss the advisability of moving beyond obituaries and marriage announcements.

WHERE: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

WHEN:

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
9pm Eastern (New York)
8pm Central (Chicago)
7pm Mountain (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

If you need a time zone converter, this is the one Ol' Myrt uses:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

SURE you CAN watch the video here, but why not head over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ so you can not only VIEW but also COMMENT before, during and after this Hangout on Air.  http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

WHEN ARE FUTURE SESSION TO BE HELD?

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.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

www.RootsTech.org




Beginning Genealogy Study Group - 18 Feb 2015




DearREADERS,
This morning we talked about emigration, immigration, naturalization and genealogy management software, use principally to organize our research conclusions of families, parents, grandparents, etc. For links to software sites, we went to CyndisList.com, clicked on the letter S, and scrolled down to Software and Computers. There we found links to programs we might consider.






WHEN ARE FUTURE SESSIONS TO BE HELD?

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.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
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DNA: More About My Transfer to FTDNA

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here is joined once again by per DNA consultant, Angie Bush, MS as we decide what to do now that we've uploaded our Ancestry DNA raw data to "transfer" this info to Family Tree DNA ftdna.com.








WHEN ARE FUTURE SESSIONS TO BE HELD?

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.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



Timestamp: Mondays with Myrt - 16 Feb 2015

DearREADERS,
THANK-you +Cousin Russ for creating this timestamped version of this Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air indicating where within the recording we begin discussing each topic. We have included hyperlinks discussed during the show.




00:00 » Myrt welcomes the Panel and the Community for a *#RootsTech* 2015 review
01:18 » Hilary compares RootsTech to Who Do You Think You Are LIVE !
05:09 » Randy's review of RootsTech 2015

FGS/RootsTech Blog compendium -
http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/02/rootstech-2015-and-fgs-2015-conference.html

07:39 » Myrt's opinion on the Innovator's Summit
09:02 » Claire talks about Live Stream

General comments about the Live Streaming

21:00 » AmbushCAM discussion and Recording sessions
25:50 » Pictures on Randy's Blog
30:55 » Myrt talked about some of the Innovators
37:43 » Myrt talks with Jill
42:13 » Elyse joins the panel
43:55 » Randy and Myrt talked about GenMarketplace
47:34 » Google+ and Facebook compared
53:08 » Myrt talks to Rosemary from the UK
1:02:35 » Rosemary view of GenMarketplace
1:05:55 » John view of Facebook and Google+
1:07:14 » Myrt helps resolve John's email issue with Blogger
1:10:50 » Twitter discussion and #Hashtags
1:13:35 » I am a Cousin and the Global Family Reunion
1:19:02 » Story Worth from the Innovators Summit
1:23:10 » Lucid Press discussion
1:26:54 » Civil War Medicine / Presentism vs "Generational chauvinism"
1:38:19 » Google Newspapers
1:40:38 » Schedule for the week

SURE you may watch this here, but...






But watch it here, where all may VIEW and COMMENT. The conversation continues!
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLE16Feb2015
 

WHEN ARE FUTURE SESSIONS TO BE HELD?

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.

IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.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





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

LDS: Free accounts to AmericanAncestors.org

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearch.org. 



FamilySearch Provides LDS Members Free Accounts to AmericanAncestors.org

SALT LAKE CITY and BOSTON (February 17, 2015)—FamilySearch, the family history brand of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, today announced that Church members can now receive free personal subscriptions to AmericanAncestors.org, the premier research website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Personal access to this service is provided at no cost for Latter-day Saints as part of an agreement between FamilySearch and AmericanAncestors.org, and includes all the tools, features, and resources of the site. To sign up for a free subscription, Latter-day Saint patrons need to visit familysearch.org/partneraccess

Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is America’s oldest and most respected resource for family history research and the largest genealogical society in America today. Although the institution’s name says “New England,” the organization is national in scope and provides expertise and research materials through AmericanAncestors.org in nearly all aspects of family history, from seventeenth-century colonial New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, through twenty-first century immigration research.

Used in tandem with the latest FamilySearch tools, AmericanAncestors.org can open new doors of discovery and enhance members’ ability to identify more ancestors and make more family connections.

“Our founders recognized 170 years ago that family history would become important to all Americans,” said Brenton Simons, President and CEO of New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. “For that reason, AmericanAncestors.org is a hub and treasure trove for family historians. We really do have something for everyone.”

Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO, said the collaboration will provide indispensable assistance to Latter-day Saint families by providing a breadth of information unavailable elsewhere.

“By partnering with AmericanAncestors.org, we’re making a remarkable scope of new data available to our members,” said Brimhall. “We expect there will be many new family discoveries as our members become familiar with these rich, vast New England records.  We are honored to be associated with America’s oldest genealogical society.”
 
Latter-day Saints can sign up for a free subscription at familysearch.org/partneraccess



Monday, February 16, 2015

StoryWorth sweeps RootsTech Innovator Showdown

DearREADERS,
RootsTech 2015 is a wrap, but there are still photos and announcements coming to my inbox. Ol' Myrt here spoke with Nick and Krista Baum from StoryWorth several times and thoroughly enjoy their program, though it is largely driven by email, it was the judges AND the people's choice.





Here's the official press release from FamilySearch:



STORYWORTH SWEEPS ROOTSTECH INNOVATOR SHOWDOWN
Site Wins First Prize and People’s Choice Award


SALT LAKE CITY (February 13, 2015) – StoryWorth, a San Francisco start up company that offers an email-based storytelling service, today swept the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, winning both first prize and the People’s Choice award, and claiming a purse of $15,000. RootsTech is a global conference hosted by FamilySearch.

The Innovator Showdown is the first-annual event where entrepreneurs from around the globe presented their web or mobile app on stage in front of a live audience, vying for a total of $25,000 in sponsor-contributed prize money. Each of four finalists presented their ideas in five minutes and responded to questions from a panel of renowned judges. Judges and audience members voted on their favorite product in a Shark Tank-like setting. Darin Adams, former KSL Studio 5 host, served as emcee.

StoryWorth vied for the winning title alongside LucidPress, an intuitive design and layout provider of sleek digital scrapbooking; GenMarketplace, a web app that links those with family history roadblocks to those who can solve them; and ArgusSearch, handwriting recognition technology useful in searching un-indexed digital images of records.

Panel judges included AJ Jacobs, founder of The Global Family Reunion and a New York Times bestselling author; Amy Rees Anderson, managing partner of REES Capital; Curt Witcher, senior manager of The Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library; Dan Mano, vice president of business development, MyHeritage; and Jay Verkler, advisor and corporate consultant, The Verkler Group.

StoryWorth brings memories to life and facilitates the preservation of memories and personal histories through simple question prompts, emailed directly to users each week. Questions such as “What is some of the best advice your mom ever gave you?” or “Did you ever pull any pranks?” or “How did you meet your wife?” are emailed to users weekly. Users respond via email, and StoryWorth automatically lays out the stories and privately saves them on the site. In time, with minimal effort and using only technology that’s already familiar, users create their personal histories, one story at a time.

“One of the most important things we can do for both the future and the past is to record our memories,” said Nick Baum, founder of StoryWorth. “When we write our stories, and share them with our families, it brings families closer together in the present.”

StoryWorth is highly customizable. There are over 600 engaging questions to choose from, and users can write their own questions. Storytellers can choose to either keep their stories private or invite other family members to receive them by email. There’s a phone option for storytellers who prefer to answer the questions by phone. Stories can be downloaded anytime, as well as printed and bound as books.

“Family history, at its heart, is about stories and connection. It’s about learning to love your ancestors by getting to know them,” said Don Anderson, FamilySearch senior vice president, FamilySearch Partners. “StoryWorth hits all the right notes, helping users ask questions they would otherwise never think to ask, and get answers they’d never expect.”

Innovator Showdown sponsors were MyHeritage, Grow Utah, Hero Partners, Sprint, IPOP Foundation, Utah Technology Council, and STG.

About StoryWorth

StoryWorth.com is the easiest way to record your family stories. Each week, StoryWorth emails their customers a question about their life. All they have to do is reply with a story, either by email or by phone. Their stories are saved privately on storyworth.com, and immediately emailed to any family members they've invited. StoryWorth is secure, private, and easy to use. Through over 600 unexpected and engaging questions, StoryWorth is bringing families closer together across the country. Sign up for a free 30 day trial at storyworth.com.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.



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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Online 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 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



www.RootsTech.org