Monday, March 30, 2015

Online hangouts, webinars and classes 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,
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Help with Proof Summaries?

DearREADERS,
Talk about peer review! We're tackling the second type of WRITTEN CONCLUSION during Friday's Hangout on Air, as we review Chapter 7 of  Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof. We do need your homework submitted in advance, so we can work through them during this live hangout.

WHERE
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
You'll find the embedded video viewer for WRITTEN CONCLUSION Proof Summaries has already garnered 2 comments and we've still got five days to go.

WHEN
27 March 2015 Proof Statements
03 April 2015 Proof Summaries
10 April 2015 Proof Arguments
Submit Homework: Post Sample(s)
24 April 2015 Clear Writing (using homework samples)

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter, here's one DearMYRTLE recommends:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
A written conclusion's form depends on where that conclusion fits in the continuum of genealogical proof situations, ranging from obviously self-evident to extremely complex. Source: 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 through Amazon.com]
As such, we are dividing up the four week course into the following segments:

RESOURCES:

MGP Study Group 1 (US focused) videos:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYw5glhWOY-1JcW931SnMuMv

MGP Study Group 2 (UK focused) videos:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYwz4j9fDArMTF2PC5idg0RM

Important - MGP1 Study Group Copyright Guidelines
http://youtu.be/uFpET_NWFeU?list=PLR41jOFxoDYw5glhWOY-1JcW931SnMuMv

So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

 
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of upcoming 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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New monthly DNA Hangout on Air hosted by Angie Bush

DearREADERS,
Thursday 2 April 2015, my DNA consultant +Angie Bush will be hosting the second of her monthly in-person and virtual DNA Genealogy Special Interest Group meetings. Her topic this time? GedMatch Basics. I'll be there in person while +Luana Darby will handle the virtual side of the meeting. Subsequent meetings are planned for the first Thursday of every month.


In-Person Location: Draper Library, a branch of the Salt Lake County Library System. 1136 Pioneer Road, Draper, Utah. It's right at the end of the Trax line, so it's an easy commute for all.



Virtual Location:  Head on over to Angie's Google+ Community. It's called the DNA Genetic Genealogy Interest Group on Google+. Angie will be using the same format Ol' Myrt uses. Once there, you will find a post, with the embedded video viewer, ready to handle all comments about GedMatch Basics in one place.

Thanks to +Cousin Russ for working with Angie and Luana to develop that community and prepare for this new Hangout on Air Series. You'll need to request to JOIN the free community.
Here's the direct link. http://bit.ly/AngieBushDNAonGooglePlus

WHEN
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


We are working to add Angie to the GeneaWebinars calendar and blog.

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of upcoming 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.

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Video: The Written Conclusion - Proof Statements

DearREADERS,
There was a global response to our most unusual Hangout on Air invitation Friday, as we discussed "proof statements" per Thomas W. Jones' Chapter 7 of his book Mastering Genealogical Proof. (1) Participants submitted links to sample proof statements in advance so we worked through real-world research samples during this first session of THE WRITTEN CONCLUSION Study Group. We had two participants from Australia, one from Wales, one from Scotland, and many more from the US and Canada.

Find out WHY Ol' Myrt created this little sketch:

IMAGE: Ol' Myrt's original work.

Note we worked back and forth between our samples and the book in a determined effort to improve proof statements. You may click to view the archived video here, but why not view within the context of comments and links discussed (105 responses thus far!) gathered before, during and after this Hangout on Air over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ located here?
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLEonGooglePlus




So, it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

 
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of upcoming 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) 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 through Amazon.com]

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

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

NGS 2015: Librarians' Day

 

DearREADERS,
From our friends at the National Genealogical Society: ProQuest invites librarians who work with family history patrons to the free NGS 2015 pre-conference program held at the conference center on Tuesday, 12 May 2015, starting at 9:00 a.m. John Dougan, Missouri State Archivist, and Christina Miller, CA, Senior Reference Archivist at the facility, will conduct the lectures. Bryan McGraw, Director of the National Archives, St. Louis, will share information about the holdings of this facility.
  • Providing Access to Genealogical Records in a Digital World
    Digital access is essential for today’s historical institutions. This introductory workshop examines best practices and models for indexing, scanning, and placing records online. Don’t let your institution get left behind.
  • Access Models: Websites We (You Will) Love
  • Planning and Practical Advice for Providing Access
  • Imaging for Access
  • National Personnel Records Center
ProQuest will provide lunch for librarians who pre-register. NGS conference registration is not required. For more information about the speakers and program, visit the website. http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/programs/Librariansday/


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

Video: FTDNA Family Finder

DearREADERS,
Just before leaving to teach as a course co-coordinator at the 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute, my DNA consultant, +Angie Bush helped me take one more step toward deciphering my DNA results. This time we're reviewing FTDNA Family Finder. We had previously transfered the raw data from Ol' Myrt's autosomalDNA test at Ancestry.com, and uploaded it to http://www.FamilyTreeDNA.com.

Angie's website is: http://www.GenesAndTrees.com




So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

 
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of upcoming 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.

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Timestamped: Mondays with Myrt - 23 Mar 2015 (sans comments)

DearREADERS,
Periodically Ol' Myrt here posts the "timestamped" version of our Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air, but admittedly I don't like to do it. WHY? It's much better when you join our free Google+ community, to keep up with all the comments back and forth posted before, during and after each Hangouts on Air. The video itself is available freely on Google+ public stream (sans comments), on YouTube (sans comments) and on my blog (sans comments).


WHY keep all the comments in once place?

WHY would +Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here do this to you?

So the conversation can continue - PERIOD.
(It's one of those "context" things.)

FOR SKEPTICS
Here's the embedded video (sans comments) of Mondays with Myrt - 23 Mar 2015.



Here's the "timestamp" Mondays with Myrt - 23 Mar 2015 (sans comments) created by +Cousin Russ . Remember, you may click a timestamp and go directly to that portion of the Hangout on Air. We have included hyperlinks discussed during the show.

00:00 » Myrt welcomes everyone and gathers weather reports from our panelists and viewers throughout the world.
02:48 » United Nations Decade for People of African Descent - Everyone can share Myrt's collage with their local genealogy societies for newsletter and presentation slides. Myrt's original intent was to incorporate the copyright-free "International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024" logo from the UN into a collage of African Americans. Then it dawned on Ol' Myrt that she wishes to reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural heritage.


03:47 » Who Do You Think You Are?  Angie Harmon Episode

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/03/23/who-do-you-think-you-are-recap-whats-in-a-name

15:26 » Sharing with Grandkids
23:01 » Mr Myrt and Grandson's Project
27:10 » Is Google+ Dead? DearMYRTLE favors this quote "But don’t write the obituary yet. It would be a mistake to call this a retreat, or an admission of failure. This is actually Google doing what Google does best: relentlessly optimizing its products based on data and feedback."

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/google-knew-dead-google-still-social-network 

29:29 » Ancestry Insider - Heritage Quest and Ancestry
http://www.ancestryinsider.org/2015/03/ancestrycom-did-not-buy-heritagequest.html

34:00 » Ancestry Insider -Librarians Express Concern...

http://www.ancestryinsider.org/2015/03/librarians-express-concern-over.html

36:57 » Plot Mapping / Maps

Map Guide to US Federal Census 1790-1920

http://books.google.com/books/about/Map_Guide_to_the_U_S_Federal_Censuses_17.html?id=pURb5FQ5EH4C

DeedMapper:
http://www.directlinesoftware.com/deedmapper_42

41:17 » Scotlands People
http://www.ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk

46:14 » Pennsylvania Birth Records, 1906 - 1908

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60484

1:00:10 » Victory Gardens - WWI and WWII

http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe40s/crops_02.html

1:10:00 » Search for Tony's document

http://www.genuki.org.uk

1:26:00 » Sue Adams blog post

https://familyfolklore.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/hierarchies-help-source-organisation-analysis-and-citation/
 
1:29:29 » How to cite Heritage Quest Documents

https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/heritagequest-census-images#comment-1655

1:31:50 » Layered Citations
1:35:58 » Wacky Wednesday
1:36:35 » NGS Conference

http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/

1:38:18 » HANGOUTS: Pay what you want by DearMYRTLE.

http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2015/03/hangouts-pay-what-you-want.html



IF THESE ARE THE TOPICS... 
You've got to wonder about the 142 comments collected this far. Why not head over to VIEW and COMMENT over on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community?
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLEonGooglePlus

THIS is the link to the specific Mondays with Myrt:
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLE23Mar2015

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So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

 
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of upcoming 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.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MooseRoots? Moose Tracks? Silly Myrt!

DearREADERS,
It's Moose Roots. Ol' Myrt here sometimes get confused, but don't let that fool you. It was Wacky Wednesday, and my very distant cousin Fräulein Schmidt decided to look at the www.MooseRoots.com site from a scientific point of view to determine all our questions were answered by our Hangout guest Ryan Millner. 

Basically, MooseRoots.com is a search engine - a different way to look genealogy websites, but with an important twist. We found out about MooseRoot's supporting content that typically reaches out to the novice genealogist and yet, I believe also intrigues more experienced researchers.





Find out about how MooseRoots.com helps you expand your genealogy research after finding a record for a possible ancestor.
  • Name information.
  • Town info - overview about the town in the census, ethnicity, family size, urban/rural, literacy, gender, and a link to more records for future research. 
  • Inflation calculator.
Fellow GeneaBlogger Randy Seaver also explored www.MooseRoots.com and reports his findings here:  
MYRT'S THOUGHTS
MooseRoots.com had one of the busiest booths at RootsTech 2015. This site is totally free, and is supported by advertizing. Although I wasn't able to break free from AmbushCAM recordings, I was very curious about MooseRoots.com.

Thanks to Randy Seaver's introduction via email, I asked Ryan for a private hangout conversation. Initially I was cautious and skeptical, because I don't want to send my DearREADERs to a site of questionable use. I was so favorably impressed with Ryan as a MooseRoots Product Manager that I asked him to join the panel for this Wacky Wednesday.

During this Hangout, Ol' Myrt's very distant cousin Fräulein Schmidt poses pertinent questions about the parent country FindTheBest.com and the evolution of MooseRoots.com as a separate brand.  ENJOY this engaging conversation where Fräulein Schmidt talks about a mix-up in "branding" in the registration process. And see that Ryan is very open to feedback from from end users. The panel even advised Ryan about periodic newsletters content: new databases, new search engine algorithm modifications, feedback feedback, examples of what was found in a particular database. 
This company appears very responsive to end-user suggestions. Later in the hangout, Ryan reported the director of engineering was making the email changes we suggested at mid-point.  Talk about LIVE interaction with a web producer! Wow!
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So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

 

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of future 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.

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How do DearMYRTLE Hangouts on Air work?

DearREADERS,
You've been hearing Ol' Myrt here hosts multiple "Hangouts on Air" each week and you are moving beyond the "curious" stage. Now you are itching to attend at least one "session". OK. Let's take the example of Mondays with Myrt.




WHAT
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.

WHERE
New live DearMYRTLE Hangouts on Air http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

Archived DearMYRTLE Hangouts on Air http://bit.ly/MyrtsPrevious

WHY
Because you've just got to see what's been going on in Myrt's neck of the woods.

WHEN
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11 am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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

HOW
We are using Google+ Hangouts On Air for these events.

VIEW AND POST COMMENTS
Before and during the live Hangout On Air, you may comment about the topic at hand. Just go to: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext  In the screen shot below at:
  • Yellow A points to the category "Myrt's Next Hangout." 
  • Yellow B indicates 23 more lines of text in my original post, so click to view them. 
  • Yellow C points to the video viewer. It's gray because the Hangout hasn't yet started. If you click that right-arrow button, you'll see how many days, hours and minutes before the scheduled start of the Hangout, according to the time zone of your current viewing device.
  • Yellow D notice already three comments have been posted, and the Hangout isn't going to be held for a week.
NOTE: In this example, Ol' Myrt here has asked for sample proof statements in advance of this study group session, so that each example can be studied for accuracy.



JOIN THE PANEL
Just go to: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
IF the particular study group or hangout permits random visitors, like Genealogy Game Night does, then Ol' Myrt or +Cousin Russ will post a specific link to JOIN the panel as shown in this screen shot below. The first ten people who JOIN will appear on the panel and should have voice and video capabilities. We open the "green room"about 15 minutes before each session, for video and mic checks.




IF YOU MISS THE LIVE HANGOUT OR WANT TO WATCH LATER
The auto-archived version of a Google Hangout On Air appears usually within 30 minutes of the close of the recorded session. You will find it on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/videos 

But why? It's a lot more fun to find the video in the archive on Google+ where each hangout's video, comments, and all links mentioned during the broadcast are together in once place!



So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

WHEN ARE THE NEXT SESSIONS HELD?
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other virtual 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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The Written Conclusion Study Group - Intro and Call for Proof Statements

DearREADERS,
We need your HELP with this specific study group session on "PROOF STATEMENTS." Please submit the link to your blog or Google doc that is an example of what author Thomas W. Jones calls "a data item or sentence in the boarder context."  So, Ol' Myrt here imagines this would include a document, where you disucss a specific information item with a sentence describing the event in the ancestor's life.

Here's a little intro video, to orient you to this study group series. We are reading and doing homework before coming to each study group session. This Friday it's proof statements.



WHERE ARE STUDY GROUP SESSIONS HELD?
VIEW the Hangout on Air and post comments before, during and after the Hangout on Air here:
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext


WHEN
27 March 2015, Friday, Proof Statements
03 April 2015 Proof Summaries
10 April 2015 Proof Arguments
24 April 2015 Clear Writing (using homework samples)

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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

If you need help, re-read Chapter 7 Mastering Genealogical Proof and view the chapter 7 videos from the three MGP Study Groups. Just click to view "chapter 7" once you get to each video collection.


SYLLABUS
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 through Amazon.com]



So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

WHEN ARE THE NEXT SESSIONS?
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of 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


NGS 2015: Interactive Exhibit Hall Map

 

DearREADERS,
Well, it looks like the National Genealogical Society is jumping ahead of RootsTech through the use of innovative conference technology. Click HERE to see the new interactive map of the #NGS2015 Exhibit Hall, shown in the screen shot below. In the live version, labels with names for individual booths pop up when rolling your mouse over the map. This technology is powered by the folks at a2zinc.net. See their blog post Improve the User Experience on your Event Website posted 24 Feb 2015 by Juli Cummins.


HOW THIS MAP HELPS ATTENDEES
Notice if one clicks the "star" to the left of a vendor's name on the list, it turns gold and the corresponding booth is outlined in red on the map. (See red arrow above.) This provides for effective planning of one's personal tour of "must see" booths in what is sure to be a crowded, energetic exhibit hall. The blue arrow shows where to print a specific traffic plan, and the green arrow is for resizing. Notice at the purple circle there are 80 vendors scheduled for this event.

HOW THIS MAP HELPS VENDORS
One of the biggest problems facing vendors is HOW to get attendees to visit their booth. Once there, it's an easy sell. Long-time conference attendees are familiar with the "numbered booth" scenario, but with thousands of attendees trying to get to their favorite booths its always a stampede. Vendors are assured with the novelty of the interactive map, attendees can plan their vendor hall trek well in advance of the conference.

ONE LOST OPPORTUNITY
There's one problem with the vendor list. If you click on a vendor's title in the list, up pops a big white box covering most of the window. One can only imagine that a vendor could pay for an advertising spot there, including text and graphics, with a links to the businesses home page and each featured product. Maybe this is in the works? If not, A2Zinc should turn off that disappointing popup.

SEE YOU THERE
Join Ol' Myrt here and thousands of others at the National Genealogical Society's annual Family History Conference 13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. For more information and online registration see: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org

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

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German Studies: Understanding German Records and Methodology - Pre-NGS 2015 Event




DearREADERS,
If you've got Germanic roots, you'll want to attend the NGS 2015 pre-conference event titled German Studies: Understanding German Records and Methodology offered by the St. Louis Genealogical Society. This all-day program 12 May 2015, starting at 8:30 a.m., will offer helpful hints and suggestions to enrich your research. All speakers have an extensive German background and their biographies are available in the NGS 2015 conference brochure.
  • Finding a Town of Origin, Baerbel Johnson, AG
  • German Historical Maps and Territories, Warren Bittner, CG
  • Finding the Correct German Archives, Carol Whitton, CG
  • Strategies for Solving German Research Problems, Baerbel Johnson, AG
  • German History Makes a Difference, Warren Bittner, CG
The registration fee of $110 includes a special German syllabus, all sessions, plus lunch.

NGS 2015 conference registration is not required to participate in this event. Further details are available at http://stlgs.org/NGS-German-Day.

NGS German Day, St. Louis Genealogical Society
http://stlgs.org/NGS-German-Day


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

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Monday, March 23, 2015

NGS 2015: Early Bird Registration Expires 30 Mar 2015

 

DearREADERS,
During Mondays with Myrt today, we mentioned that the 30 Mar 2015 EXPIRATION of early-bird registration for NGS 2015. The annual conference this year will be held the 13-16 May in St. Charles, Missouri. Here are the price breakdowns:

FULL (all four days) REGISTRATION
  • NGS Member (Full Registration) Early Bird $195. Ordered online or postmarked after 30 Mar 2015, $230.
  • Non-Member (Full Registration) Early Bird $230. Ordered online or postmarked after 30 Mar 2015, $265.
SINGLE DAY REGISTRATION (fee per day)
  • Early Bird $105. Ordered online or postmarked after 30 Mar 2015, $265. 

THE REGISTRATION BROCHURE
Still thinking about it? Be sure to read the 16-page registration brochure that includes a map of nearby hotels, schedule of classes, speaker bios, class descriptions, etc.

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So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:


Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of 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


NGS 2015: Calling all GeneaBloggers

DearREADERS,
Are you coming to the National Genealogical Society's annual Family History Conference 13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri? If you are member of GeneaBloggers, have we got beads for you -- blogger beads.

You must be an active member of GeneaBloggers attending the conference, and you must register with us here.  Please do not use this form if your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers. (See http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ to check listing.) The information you provide will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you receive the extra-special Blogger Beads which this year are sponsored by DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ Worthington.


NGS 2015 Blogger Beads,
Purple & Gold Satin Swirls.
(They were out of green,
due to St. Patrick's Day.)
WHAT ARE BLOGGER BEADS?
Thomas MacEntee first dreamed up "Blogger Beads" as a wacky, colorful way for GeneaBloggers to spot each other in the crowd. Click here to read Thomas' short history of blogger beads.
REGISTRATION
You must register with us here.

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So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ do week in and week out on your behalf, please:


Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of 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


Beginning Genealogy Study Group - 25 Mar 2015

DearREADERS,
An empowering 20-week genealogy class, using online syllabus materials, with sample documents from each record group discussed. THIS week we discuss living relatives, and the sticky wicket of tracking down information on adoptions.



GOAL
Participants will review beginning research strategies including identifying what is known, deciding what to learn, selecting records to search, obtaining and searching the records, evaluating and using the information. Considerable effort will be made to provide screen shares of each record type. Although the focus is general United States research, these research principles and use of the FamilySearch Wiki can be applied to over ancestral studies in over 120 additional countries throughout the world, with additional regional (state, county, town, parish) wiki entries.

SYLLABUS

    FamilySearch Wiki, Principles of Family History Research, FamilySearch (http://www.FamilySearch.org : Accessed 2 Jan 2015).
    FamilySearch Wiki, United States, FamilySearch (http://www.FamilySearch.org: Accessed 2 Jan 2015).
    FamilySearch Wiki, United States Records Selection Table, FamilySearch (hhttp://www.FamilySearch.org Accessed 2 Jan 2015).

WHEN
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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

07 Jan 2015
14 Jan 2015
21 Jan 2015
28 Jan 2015
4 Feb 2015
(Break for 2015 FGS/RootsTech combined conferences)
18 Feb 2016
25 Feb 2015
04 Mar 2015
11Mar 2015
18 Mar 2015

25 Mar 2015
1 Apr 2015 (April Fools' Day, really!) :)
08 Apr 2015
(Break for 2015 NERGC)
22 Apr 2015
29 Apr 2015
06 May 2015
(Break for 2015 NGS Conference)
20 May 2015
27 May 2015
03 June 2015
10 June 2015


WHERE
Post COMMENTS before, during and after each Study Group Hangout on Air here:
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

We are using Google+ Hangouts on Air for this study group, just as we use for Mondays with Myrt. We open the "green room" 15 minutes early if you'd like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we "scramble" to mix up the conversation a bit.

HOW
For this Beginning Genealogy Study Group, it isn't necessary to JOIN "the filmstrip panel" to participate. Some people are shy about appearing there, especially when just starting out. However, do post your comments or questions as mentioned above.

So turn up those computer speakers, and head on over to VIEW the live sessions, post COMMENTS before, during and after each session here: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

ARCHIVED SESSIONS
If you miss a session, no worries! All Beginning Genealogy Study Group sessions will be archived in DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, as well as in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ in the left, under "Hangouts - previous." http://bit.ly/MyrtsPrevious

So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:


Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of 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


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mondays with Myrt - 23 Mar 2015

DearREADERS,
It's the start of a brand new week and there's much to discuss. How about heading on over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ to VIEW and COMMENT before, during and after this Hangout on Air? Practical, down to earth advice for family historians.

WHERE
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

WHEN
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)


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

Post COMMENTS before, during and after the Hangout on Air here:
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

We open the "green room" 15 minutes early if you'd like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we "scramble" to mix up the conversation a bit with new panelists.


So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

For more information about "Pay what you want" see: http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2015/03/hangouts-pay-what-you-want.html

WHEN ARE THE NEXT SESSIONS SCHEDULED?
Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of 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