Monday, April 27, 2015

FindMyPast: 5 million Yorkshire and POW records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at www.FindMyPast.com. Please address all inquires to that site.



Phase 2 of the Yorkshire Collection and new POW records available
to search this Findmypast Friday

This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 5 million parish records in the second phase of Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection and over 43,000 prisoner of war records released in partnership with the National Archives to coincide with the centenary of the Gallippoli landings. This week’s new additions also include Australian military and land survey records, Irish local government records and newspapers and the United States BillionGraves Index.   
United States Billion Graves Index
The United States Billion Graves Index contains 9 million cemetery records from right across the United States. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, with over 12 million headstone records. This index will be regularly updated throughout the year and pertains solely to U.S. headstones. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details.  The amount of information varies, but transcripts will usually include the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery and a link to an image of their headstone.
Yorkshire Records
Over 5 million Yorkshire parish records have been released in the second phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. The Yorkshire Collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers held by six Yorkshire archives and spans the years 1538 to 1989. Fully searchable transcripts of the original documents enable anyone to go online and search for their Yorkshire ancestors by name.
The Yorkshire collection covers the whole of Yorkshire including the three historic counties; North Riding, East Riding and West Riding. The first phase of this landmark project was released in September 2014 and included nearly 4 million parish records and Bishop’s transcripts. This second phase includes baptism, banns and marriage records held by the North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies. It also includes new Bishop’s Transcripts of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York).
The latest additions include:
·         Over 1,2 million new Yorkshire baptisms, 1538-1914
·         Over 1.3 million new Yorkshire bishop's transcripts of baptisms, 1578-1914
·         Over 277,000 new Yorkshire banns, 1653-1930
·         Over 709,000 new Yorkshire Marriages 1539-1930
·         Over 684,000 new Yorkshire bishop's transcripts of marriages 1534-1899
·         Over 885,000 new Yorkshire burials  1538-1966
·         Over 945,000 new Yorkshire bishop's transcripts of burials 1578-1972
Prisoner of War Records
Containing over 43,000 records with images, Prisoners Of War 1914-1920, are the first in a series of PoW records to be digitised and published by Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives. These latest additions consist of 10 series of British Foreign Office document’s relating to prisoners held by the Ottomans during World War One. They not only include the names of military personnel taken prisoner – both allied and foreign – but also the names of civilians, merchant seamen, fishermen, diplomatic employees and more. They will eventually form part of a wider Prisoners of War Collection, 1715-1945, which on completion will span 230 years and date back to the Jacobite rebellion.  
Prisoners of War 1914-1920 includes ten series of documents taken from The National Archives’ collection Foreign Office: Prisoners of War and Aliens Department: General Correspondence from 1906 (F0 383). Consisting of lists and general correspondence, the records contain the names, ranks and locations of PoWs and provide insights into life in the Ottoman camps. They contain details of requests made by inmates for items including footballs and biscuits, details of visits by foreign diplomats and reports on camp conditions. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.
The Australian Military Forces WW2 missing and prisoners of war records list the details of approximately 23,000 servicemen who were recorded as missing or as PoWs in the pacific theatre of World War Two. The records relate specifically to members of the Australian armed forces who were captured or went missing while serving in the Far East and South West Pacific islands as of 30 June 1944. Each record includes a transcript that can give the individual’s service number, rank and unit, as well as a note of whether they were missing or had become a prisoner of war. For those listed as POWs, the location of the camp in which they were imprisoned was also recorded. The prisoner of war camps listed span from Borneo to Keijo in Korea, from the Netherlands East Indies (modern-day Indonesia) to Malaya, from Thailand to various camps in Japan itself.
Australian Records
Containing over 1,000 records, the New South Wales, Returned Soldier Settlement Miscellaneous Files 1916-1939 were transcribed from records relating to ex-servicemen’s applications for financial assistance as part of a soldier settlement scheme following the First World War. Soldier settlement schemes were introduced around Australia to sell or lease land selected and acquired by the Government to servicemen returning from service overseas. Each record includes a transcript provided by volunteers from the State Records Authority of New South Wales.
The Australian Imperial Force, Nominal Roll of the First Railway Section 1917-1920 transcripts were compiled using an index compiled from a record series by the State Records NSW Volunteer program. The index lists the details of railway employees who formed the 1st Railway Section of the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force, also known as the 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, during World War One.
Irish Records
Over 500,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Additions have been made to 14 existing publications including generous updates to Dublin Evening Post (65,152), Northern Whig (34,651) and Tipperary Vindicator (13,958). Four brand new titles have also been added to the collection: The Cork Advertising Gazette, Derry Journal, Dublin Correspondent and Saunder’s News-Letter.
Containing over 7,000 records, Clare County Government Proceedings 1732 – 1882 record the members, presentments and correspondence of Clare’s Grand jury. Grand juries were the forerunner of county councils and functioned as local government authorities.  Each record is a PDF of the original material. The amount of information varies as several different types of document are included in these records. Members of the Grand Jury dating back to 1668 are listed by name and (usually) rank, and there are 42 volumes of payment orders for various works around the county (presentments). Letters and circulars to the Grand Jury are also to be found. 
Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.
Notes to Editors
Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

LDS access to four major genealogy websites

DearREADERS,
This morning's Facebook messages brought a question about the realistic viability, from a researcher's standpoint, of a "LDS access" account with say Ancestry.com. My correspondent indicated when querying Ancestry support, she was told "It's better to stick with your regular Ancestry.com account." Good marketing, and true in all but a few small cases. Let's review how this scenario would work, and let my DearREADER figure out what's best for her upcoming research plans.

WHAT ARE "LDS ACCESS" ACCOUNTS?
In exchange for specific considerations, FamilySearch negotiated with major genealogy websites to provide free access for members of the LDS Church. Current partner websites include:
  • AmericanAncestors.org
  • Ancestry.com
  • FindMyPast.com
  • MyHeritage.com
HOW DOES IT WORK?
First, a member of the LDS Church must log in with his membership number at: www.FamilySearch.org.

Then, the member must go to https://familysearch.org/partneraccess and click the appropriate button to sign up for or change to no-fee "LDS Access" with each desired partner website. After this new registration process is complete, researchers may go to the website directly, without having to log in to FamilySearch first.



See DearMYRTLE's previous blog posts on this topic:
IS THIS 100% ACCESS?
I've spoken with top officials at two of the four partner websites to determine if my new "LDS Access" account is actually provided full access to every database in the site's collection, but alas it is not. Previous contract negotiations prevent these genealogy sites from providing free access to certain databases within their collections.

WHAT'S BEEN OL' MYRT'S EXPERENCE?
Admittedly, I do personal genealogical research only about 10 hours a week. However, since last fall, I have not encountered a database outside my "LDS Acess" viewing rights. If I do find a necessary database closed to my view, my plan is to re-up as a paying customer. I do not begrudge genealogy websites from garnering paying customers. It takes time, expertise and money to digitize records, provide indexing, and maintain a robust search engine on a genealogy website.

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

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Hangouts: Pay what you want. 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.
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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.

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
Hangouts: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont  
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

MGP3: Announcing our panelists

DearREADERS,
The following individuals have agreed to serve as regular panelists during our upcoming Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 3 (MGP3): Dave MccDonald, CG, Sharron Newhouse, Sandy Williams, Molly McKinley, John Brugliera, Fiona Tellesson, and Betty-Lu Burton. Thank-you for this commitment to improving genealogical research methods. All find these peer-group discussion an invigorating way to learn. Cousin Russ will bring in comments from the community during our live Hangout on Air discussions, and as always, I'll serve as the opinionated moderator. As such, we're going to become quite good friends working through Dr. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof together.



MANUAL 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] 

HOMEWORK
Homework for each chapter will be completed and published 2 days prior to each scheduled session. Care should be taken not to infringe on Dr. Jones' copyright. See item 4 below to review the video recorded with The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell. Basically, do not restate the question, and perhaps focus on one section of the homework that most speaks to you as regards your personal research practices. Post home homework in a blog or Google Doc, sharing the link within the DearMYRTLE community located at: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext for each session in question. Posts for each session are published about 1 week prior to each session.


PUBLIC COMMUNITY
Each chapter session will have it's own post with embedded hangout viewer within DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community where homework is posted at least a day prior to the Hangout on Air. http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

PRIVATE COMMUNITY
The panelists have just been invited to a private panelists-only community on Google+ where technical questions about attendance may be posted. This is also where the panelists will find the link to JOIN the filmstrip panel for each session. A private orientation will be held on Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific US Time Zones.


PREREQUISITES
1. Purchase Mastering Genealogical Proof.

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

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

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

5. Equipment - Wired speed internet, a headset microphone and webcam.

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

 Panelist Orientation will take place on Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific US Time Zones.
 
 
Study Group Sessions will be held Fridays as follows:
1 May 2015 – Chapter 1 - Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
8 May 2015 – Chapter 2 – Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
(break for NGS)
22 May 2015 – Chapter 3 – GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
29 May 2015 – Chapter 4 – GPS Element 2: Source Citations
5 June 2015 – Chapter 5 - GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
(Break)
19 June 2015 – Chapter 6 – GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
26 June 2015 – Chapter 7 – GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
(break)
10 July 2015 – Chapter 8 – Using the GPS
(break)
31 July 2015 - Chapter 9 - Conclusion


Hangouts: Pay what you want. 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.
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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Jerusalem 6- 10 July 2015

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at IAJGS. Please address all inquires to chairman@iajgs2015.org.



The 35th IAJGS International Conference is just around the corner! 

FOR A SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT (AND A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES IN OUR DRAWING), REGISTER NOW. “Early Bird Special” ends on May 6th! Visit www.iajgs2015.org to register.
TREAT YOURSELF TO THE WONDERFUL PRE-CONFERENCE SHABBATON on the Friday-Saturday, July 3-4 weekend preceding the Conference. Enjoy an adventure in exploring the sights and sounds of Jerusalem via three unique tour opportunities.

“EXPLORATION SUNDAY” on July 5 offers you the superior options of either visiting extraordinary research archives or taking fascinating tours of Jerusalem and Israel.

Monday’s full day of programming sets the pace for a peerless schedule of sessions, including one that offers how-to’s for those attending their first IAJGS Conference.

SIG luncheons and other SIG meetings will be held each day, bolstered by valuable sessions on Jewish communities throughout the world that dot the daily schedules. BOF meetings will be announced soon, with over 25 BOF groups planning time together this year!

Guide to the Perplexed: Nearly every day features a valuable “Breakfast with Experts” for the rare opportunity to sit round the table with a genealogical wizard and personally ask questions. The answers you’ll hear can spark new directions for your research. Experts will also be volunteering for one-on-one “break down brick wall” meetings for those in need.

Our honored Keynote speaker Rabbi Israel Meir Lau will share his moving plea to continue to tell the story of the Shoah, striving to document our family’s past as an inspiration for the next generations to come.

The Convention’s impressive roster of skilled, informative and fascinating lecturers from across the globe will present a treasure of new ideas, new sources to research, and new tools for advanced and novice genealogists alike. View the full program at www.iajgs2015.org

Our closing banquet will be enhanced by the presence of Dick Eastman, genealogy’s renowned blogger.

Come join us in the matchless city of Jerusalem for the momentous, exciting 35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Enjoy new and renewed friendships, and a rich appreciation of the land, its resources and its people. For full Convention details: www.iajgs2015.org.

35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Jerusalem 6- 10 July 2015
www.iajgs2015.org

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Written Conclusion - Clear Writing Hangout on Air

DearREADERS,
Friday, 24 April 2015 we gather for the final session of The Written Conclusion Study Group. We're taking the last of our proof arguments, and dissecting them from a "clear writing" point of view. Our syllabus material is Chapter 7 of Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof. (1) Homework is submitted before class.


SURE, you could watch the video here, but why not head on over to DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ where all the conversation happens in comments, including links mentioned during the Hangout on Air? Go to: 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


PREVIOUS SESSIONS

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 


Hangouts: Pay what you want. 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.
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(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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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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HistoryLines video interview and 30% discount coupon





NOTE from DearMYRTLE: In addition to DearMYRTLE's AmbushCAM interview (above) with Jeff Haddon at NERGC this past weekend, we find the following from our friends at HistoryLines.com.


HistoryLines Announces Official Launch

Site provides instant life sketches and personal timelines for ancestors, saving genealogist time
OSWEGO, Ill.—(PR Web)—Jan. 13, 2015—HistoryLines, a leading provider of historical solutions for genealogists and educators, today announced the official launch of historylines.com, a new website for users interested in genealogy and family history. The site allows anyone to better understand the lives of their forebears by describing the historical events and cultural influences that surrounded their lives. Users see their relatives in historical context with a personalized timeline and map, and can read a detailed, editable life sketch based on when and where their ancestor lived in history.

“After several months of large-scale beta testing, we’re very excited to be able to offer the HistoryLines experience to the world,” says Jeff Haddon, HistoryLines co-founder. “HistoryLines addresses two major pain points in the genealogy research process: the scarcity of personal details that tell an ancestor’s life story, and the time it takes to compose a life sketch from research results.” According to Haddon, HistoryLines hopes to dramatically simplify that process for genealogists and family historians.

“Anyone interested in giving HistoryLines a try can create their first two stories for free to explore all the features,” says Haddon. HistoryLines offers subscriptions at $9.99 per month or $59.00 per year. To encourage new users to try out the site, the company is offering 30% off new subscriptions forever with the promo code EARLYBIRD30. As long as the promotional subscriptions don’t lapse, the discount will continue indefinitely. The introductory offer is good through April 30, 2015.

In conjunction with the official launch, HistoryLines is introducing some new features that beta testers haven’t seen yet, including the ability to export and share their ancestors’ life sketches on social media and in PDF format. In addition, users are now able to pursue further research by accessing the source citations for all of the historical data that is presented.

Additional features include the ability to edit the existing life sketch and to add personal events to the timeline and story. Users can build a family tree on the site, or import their family tree via GEDCOM file upload, or from FamilySearch.org, thanks to HistoryLines’ partnership with FamilySearch.

Much of the technology and processes behind the HistoryLines site functionality is protected by a pending a U.S. patent. “As useful as the product is now, it’s only the beginning. We have a rich roadmap of exciting features and capabilities ahead of us. Our mission is to make genealogists’ lives easier,” says Haddon.

About HistoryLines
Formed in 2014, HistoryLines is dedicated to solving persistent obstacles to genealogical research and ancestral understanding. Its initial product offering, HistoryLines.com, is a subscription-based service that places ancestors in historical context and automatically creates an editable life sketch for each of them.


SLIG Scholarship Application deadline 15 May 2015

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Please address all inquiries to sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org

IMAGE: Courtesy of http://www.infouga.org
  
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship - Applications Now Being Accepted

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that essay entries for the Jimmy B. Parker Essay Scholarship are now being accepted.

The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to the individual whose essay and application reflect a commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement. Past winners are Debra Hoffman of New Windsor, Maryland, Susan LeBlanc of Gladstone, Oregon, and Patti Gillespie of Decatur, Texas.

Since 2012, the Utah Genealogical Association has offered this scholarship in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, a Utah family historian and teacher of more than 50 years. He said, "Few things have greater impact on us in this life than knowing about our heritage--who we are, where we have come from, our culture, our ancestors." The winning essay with be posted on the Utah Genealogical Association's blog.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org:

  • A one page essay detailing how attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will prepare you to give back to the genealogical community.
  • A short biography or resume detailing your previous volunteer and research experience.
  • The name of the course you hope to attend, and why.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefited from your volunteer service.
Essays and applications are due May 15, 2015, and the winner will be announced June 15. The winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy registration opens June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM MST. http://www.infouga.org



2015 NERGC AmbushCAM video interviews



DearREADERS,
Cousin +Russ Worthington and Ol' Myrt here had the privilege of attending the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium's 2015 conference this past week in Providence, Rhode Island. Our task was to do a series of AmbushCAM interviews in the vendor hall, network with genealogy bloggers, and learn new techniques for climbing our family trees.
IMAGE: Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt prepare for our initial
AmbushCAMs. Note Russ' laptop and USB monitor setup.

We also provided some NERGC 2015 give-aways thanks to your generous support of our work through "Pay what you want."


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.

Blog: http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

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
Hangouts: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
G+: +Pat Richley-Erickson
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont  
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quickest digitizing set-up ever

DearREADERS,
Every once in a while a DearReader will moan "I need a new scanner, my old one's so slow!" Scanners are by nature very slow, IMHO. Any digital camera can snap copies of a stack of old photos much faster. So why not skip buying a replacement scanner, in favor of a special "copy stand" camera mount with lights and your existing digital camera? You've probably seen these at archives and libraries near you. Be sure to scroll down toward the bottom of the page for info about 2 ESSENTIAL ITEMS.

Ol' Myrt here purchased an Albinar High Load 28" Copy Macro Stand with 15.75"x19" Base, Quick Release Mount and Lights from our friends at Amazon.com. I was very careful to order when it was available for free shipping to Amazon Prime members. I wasn't sure about the light spectrum, and didn't order photo flood light bulbs. I already owned the 18megapixel Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens.


IMAGE: Taken by author.
As you can see from the photo above, I am quite happy to use some CFL lights from our extensive collection. Mr. Myrt and I did just combine two households, and clearly have a 30 year's supply of the bright white CFLs. I did not try LCD bulbs since they are more expensive.

To compensate for possible deficiencies in the 3,000-4,100 Kelvin light spectrum range, I ran a series of experiments using a variety of colored filters on my digital SLR camera macro lens to see if any tweaking was necessary. You'll notice my office walls and bookshelves are white and my desktop is light wood. I prefer to snap pics on a bright day, as my west-facing window has an un-shuttered crescent-shaped window above the main window.  I keep a UV filter on my camera lenses at all times, so I chose not to remove them for my experiments. I made it a point to test on a variety of new and old photos and computer prints, namely:
  • Photos - colored, black and white, sepia tone and those old Polaroid color prints
  • Black paper scrapbook pages with circa 1930-1950 black and white prints
  • Color and black and white laser printed images of original historical documents
  • Original newspaper clippings, funeral cards, etc.
IMAGE: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Vivitar's 58mm Pro Macro Photography Kit proves indispensable, and includes four invaluable close-up macro filters in the following magnifications. I do have a macro lens that proves useful some times. Tip: If combining magnifications, put the strongest on your camera lens first. Item pictured at right is a 52mm set.
  • +1
  • +2
  • +4
  • +10 
In all my years of taking pics of old pictures using initially a non-digital SLR camera box, I've used the +10 magnification filter only once.
Back in 1989, I discovered a small, postage stamp-sized image of my father as a baby in the side yard. The edges seemed distorted, but I was thrilled to see Dad's smile and noted my grandmother Myrtle's Red Cross placard in the window of their home in the background. Dad was born in mid September 1918, just as the flu epidemic was rearing it's ugly head. Grandmother was a nurse, and was certainly aware of the potential dangers for a newborn, but I digress.

Thankfully the automatic settings on my Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18megapixel CMOS Digital SLR Camera work just fine without the hassle of changing out the colored lenses. After all, I'm digitizing these for computer viewing and an occasional color laser print, not for printing out wall-sized posters. It's amazing how readily the camera's "eye" can see deeper into the paper of a fading family portrait.

ALTERNATIVES?
  • Theoretically, you could use your cell phone's camera, but there are issues aligning the lens precisely parallel to the old photo without running the risk of your phone casting a shadow across the image. Since the lens itself is so small, there is little ability to pull in ambient lighting without a copy stand. The cell phone's cameras typically insist on a flash, which only serves to cast a white out splotch on the old photo's digitized image.

    I've use my cell phone in a pinch, with good success when outdoors on a bright sunny morning. Afternoon daylight is less desirable. I've even used the seat of a dining room chair as the impromptu, away-from-home copy table, with the back of the chair to stabilize my arms as I snapped the pic.
  • My digital SLR camera is clearly over kill for non-moving objects, particularly where the resulting view online on in a best quality color laser print will be the same size as the original image. 18mp would be fine if I needed to print a wall-sized image.
  • Mr. Myrt and I have successfully used the less expensive point and shoot digital cameras for years. We have used the Nikon CoolPix back when it was about an 8 or 10mp setup. Adequate lighting was an issue.
2 ESSENTIAL ITEMS

#1. A digital camera with an articulating viewer as show in this more recent model, Cannon Rebel T6i.  It works like a video camera's viewer, in that it can rotate to virtually any position. This assures that you won't be craning your neck to see if the old photo is in the right position on the copy stand.

IMAGE: Courtesy of http://shop.usa.canon.com

#2. An Eyefi Mobi SD card. Following a short installation process, this special SD card can send the images automatically from your camera to your computer via your wireless home network.



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

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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.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

NERGC AmbushCAM this week!

DearREADERS,
Except for Mondays with Myrt, we won't hold regularly-scheduled DearMYRTLE Hangouts on Air this week, but we won't leave you in a lurch. Expect some AmbushCAM reports direct from NERGC, the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference to be held Wed-Sat, 15-18 April at the Providence (RI) Convention Center.



NERGC
Online registration has closed. 
On-site registration will be available:
Wednesday, April 15 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 16 from 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17 from 7:15 a.m. - 6:16 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 from 7:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Download the Program Brochure here.
Download the list of Exhibit Hall Presentations here.
Find out more here: http://www.nergc.org

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.

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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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NERGC 2015 give-aways

DearREADERS,
Mr. Myrt and I are thrilled to be attending the 2015 New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC ) during this coming week. The conference is held at different locations every other year. This year we gather in Providence, Rhode Island. We are flying out a day early to Boston, where +Cousin Russ will pick us up. Here are details about the NERGC Conference:


Find out more at: http://www.nergc.org

DID MYRT SAY GIVE-AWAYS?

Ol' Myrt is giving away some nifty things to registered conference attendees. These are designed to assist connecting to our genealogy hangouts over on Google+.
  • Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 (It's our favorite headset microphone.)
  • Logitech c920 true HDvideo webcam (Maybe Ol' Myrt's wrinkles wouldn't show up quite as well, if I used an inferior webcam?)
  • Samsung Galaxy 7" Tablet (Particularly useful for turning in to our hangouts when you are mobile. I think cell phone viewing is just too small to see our live demos.)
We trust you can come up with the Google+ account and Internet access.


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.

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