Monday, June 29, 2015

MGP3: Announcing Chapter 7 (Revisited)

DearREADERS,
Attention Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group participants. Just when you thought it was safe to take a week off, Ol' Myrt here comes up with an extra assignment. I'd like to have a nice selection of the three types of written conclusions Dr. Jones recommends in his book Mastering Genealogical Proof. (1)
  • Proof Statement
  • Proof Summary
  • Proof Argument
Yes, you may submit a favorite example from a previous study group. Please submit the link to your Google Doc or blog for our 10 July MGP3 broadcast over at http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

For those of you playing catch up, here is the recording of our Chapter 7: The Written Conclusion session from this past Friday:






REVISED SCHEDULE

10 July 2015 – Chapter 7 - Revisited
(break)
31 July 2015 - Chapter 8 – Using the GPS and Chapter 9 - Conclusion

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10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
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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:


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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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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] 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Upcoming 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, Second Life, 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
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont  
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE




Friday, June 26, 2015

Evidentia 2.4 reflects EE3

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: We discussed Evidentia several times during this morning's Hangout on Air. Here's the latest news from Evidentia's developer +Ed Thompson .



With the recent release of the 3rd edition of Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained, we knew it was time to review all our templates.  We knew we needed to do this for Evidentia v3, but why not make it available to owners of v2 now?

So that's what we did.


So what is in 2.4?

  • Revised templates based on Evidence Explained 3rd ed.
  • Removed APA support (inappropriate citation format for genealogists)
  • Fixed issue with loading new templates
Note for those upgrading to 2.4.0 from previous versions:
In order to see the new templates, follow this procedure:

  1. If you have custom templates you want to save, export them.
  2. List Manager->Templates->Reset to Defaults       << this will delete all previous templates!
  3. If you exported custom templates, you can now import them
You will need to follow this procedure each time you restore a backup made before you upgraded to 2.4

Users of 2.x can find the free upgrade at http://evidentiasoftware.com/evidentia-upgrade/

FindMYPast: Library Edition with free 90-day trial

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Great news about increased access to FindMyPast.com. Librarians can contact librarysales@findmypast.com for further information, pricing, and to start a free 90-day free trial of the product.



Findmypast Community Edition Now Available to U.S. Libraries
·         Findmypast, a global leader in family history, announces the availability of a library edition within the United States
·         Provides access for libraries, archives, and other organizations to billions of records from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States
·         Free, no obligation, 90-day trial available

Salt Lake City – June 25, 2015 - Findmypast, a global leader in family history, announced today the official release of their product for libraries and organizations in the United States. The Findmypast Library Edition gives library access to billions of records from Findmypast’s wide array of collections from the United States, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, and other areas of the world. Collection highlights include:
·         Largest online collection of parish records from the United Kingdom
·         Exclusive access to the new PERiodical Source Index (now with images)
·         Most comprehensive Irish family history records in the world

Amongst the billions of records now available to library patrons is the new PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). PERSI, a popular tool used by genealogists, includes more than 2.5 million indexed entries from thousands of genealogical and local history publications. For the first time, images of articles have been included in the collection – with more being added on a regular basis.
“We are delighted to bring the best resource for British and Irish family history to America’s library market,” said Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast.
The Library Edition provides tools for patrons to work in tandem with a library’s subscription and at home. Individual user accounts allow patrons to build their own family tree, save records from the library’s subscription, and continue working on their family tree.  Library patrons will also have access to Findmypast’s Hints, which aids in the discovery of records from their own family tree.
Librarians can contact librarysales@findmypast.com for further information, pricing, and to start a free 90-day free trial of the product.
About FindmypastFindmypast 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

FindMyPast: Australian Convict Records & Additions to Irish Collection

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FindMyPast.com.



This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 240,000 fascinating Australian convict records, new additions to our collection of historic Irish newspapers, Irish Workhouse records from County Clare and Sligo as well as English parish records from the parish of Southfleet in North West Kent.

Australian Convict Records

Containing nearly 27,000 records, the Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867 list the details of convicts pardoned by the governor of New South Wales and date back to the earliest days of the colony. Pardons were generally handed out to convicts serving life sentences but in the earliest years of the colony the Governor had the power to grant both free and conditional pardons as rewards for good behaviour, for special skills or for carrying out special duties or tasks. Each record contains a transcript and an image of original documents. As well as listing the names of pardoned convicts, the records also include the name of the ship they arrived on, the term of the sentence they served, any additional notes, and details of their release.

New South Wales Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry 1825-1851 contains over 26,000 records. Convicts in Australian penal colonies were actually encouraged to marry as Governors believed that marriage and family life were good for both morality and stability. Convicts who did obtain the Governor’s permission to marry could apply for tickets of leave or pardons as well as assistance in establishing a household. In the early years of the colonies, many convicts married even if they had wives or husbands back home. Each record contains a transcript as well as an image of the original document. Registers list the convict’s name, the name of their spouse, their profession and the length of their sentence as well as the sip they arrived on and when they were given their freedom.

Containing over 188,000 records, Australia Convict ships 1786-1849 dates back the ships of First Fleet and include the details of some of the earliest convict settlers in New South Wales. The records are made up of five separate sets of musters and indents held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. Indents records were used in the early settlements to keep track of the convict population while musters lists of who was on board a ship were taken at the port of embarkation. Each record contains a transcript and a black and white image of original documents. Indents can include a variety of information about individual convicts such as their native place, details of their offence and sentence, a physical description and details of their family members. Musters usually only give a name, date and place of trial and sentence. Musters were also taken after disembarkation.

Over 7,000 records have been added to our collection of Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1948. The new additions are taken from the Central Register of Female Prisoners, held by the Public Record Office Victoria. The register kept a record of prisoners that passed through Pentridge prison in Coburg, Victoria. Pentridge was built in 1850 and was the central prison in the Melbourne region from about 1860. Each record includes a transcripts and scanned image of the original registers and many include mug shot photographs of individual’s prisoners. They list fascinating details about not only the prisoners’ offences, sentences and incarceration, but also biographical information such as their name, date of birth, country of origin and occupation. Remarks on the register may also include the name of the ship on which the prisoner arrived if they were not born in Australia.

Irish Workhouse Records

Containing of over 9,000 records, the Sligo workhouse registers 1848-1859 consist of handwritten registers taken at the Sligo Union workhouse, one of three workhouses in the County Sligo. The records pre-date civil registration and will be a valuable resource to those with Sligo ancestors given the lack of 19th century census material available in Ireland. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document. The registers list the names of new arrivals and details including their age, occupation, religion, any illnesses or infirmities, family members, local parish, their condition on arrival (usually describing clothes or cleanliness) and when they were discharged or died.
Containing over 63,000 records, the Clare Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books cover the Kilrush and Ennistymon unions, two of eight poor law unions located in County Clare. The Board of Guardians oversaw the running of the poor law unions as well as the hiring of teachers, staff and contractors. Guardians were elected by those who paid the taxes that funded poor law relief. The books recorded weekly reports on the number of inmates, new arrivals, births, deaths and discharges. They also recorded expenditures including food supplies and salaries as well as the number of inmates receiving medical treatments. Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original handwritten minutes.

Irish newspapers

Over 308,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. Substantial additions have been made to Saunder’s News-Letter, a title that dates all the way back to 18th century Ireland and now contains nearly 950,000 fully searchable articles.

North West Kent Parish Records Baptisms

Over 4,000 new records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish records, nearly 2,000 baptisms, over 500 marriages and 1,500 burials transcribed by the North West Kent family history society are now available to search. The new additions cover the parish of Southfleet and each record consists of a transcript of the original source material.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About Findmypast
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research. 
In April 2003 Findmypast was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Podcast: DearMYRTLE visits Extreme Genes Radio today!

DearREADERS,
Ep. 92 – “Dear Myrtle” on Keeping Your Stuff Alive, Even When You’re Not; Interactive Maps With Ancient Photos - See more at: http://extremegenes.com/ep-92-dear-myrtle-on-keeping-your-stuff-alive-even-when-youre-not-interactive-maps-with-ancient-photos/#sthash.zWPVDJNe.dpuf
Ep. 92 – “Dear Myrtle” on Keeping Your Stuff Alive, Even When You’re Not; Interactive Maps With Ancient Photos - See more at: http://extremegenes.com/ep-92-dear-myrtle-on-keeping-your-stuff-alive-even-when-youre-not-interactive-maps-with-ancient-photos/#sthash.zWPVDJNe.dpuf
Extreme Genes. It's a genealogy radio show and a podcast. You've heard about it, and many of your tune in each week already. Well, today, Ol' Myrt here has been interviewed by host Scott Fisher and our topic: What to do with all this stuff!

Ep. 92 – “Dear Myrtle” on Keeping Your Stuff Alive, Even When You’re Not; Interactive Maps With Ancient Photos - See more at: http://extremegenes.com/ep-92-dear-myrtle-on-keeping-your-stuff-alive-even-when-youre-not-interactive-maps-with-ancient-photos/#sthash.ajsqkwrI.dpuf
Ep. 92 – “Dear Myrtle” on Keeping Your Stuff Alive, Even When You’re Not; Interactive Maps With Ancient Photos - See more at: http://extremegenes.com/ep-92-dear-myrtle-on-keeping-your-stuff-alive-even-when-youre-not-interactive-maps-with-ancient-photos/#sthash.zWPVDJNe.dpuf
Tune in to Extreme Genes Episode 92 right here:
http://extremegenes.com/ep-92-dear-myrtle-on-keeping-your-stuff-alive-even-when-youre-not-interactive-maps-with-ancient-photos/





Scott has recently partnered with Dave Lambert, Chief Genealogists at NEHGS, so you'll enjoy their discussions as well, including something about Periscope and interactive maps with ancient photos. Also find out about a 20% discount on MyHeritage.com where 75 million people world-wide are building family trees with supporting documents using the unique search algorithm exclusively available there.



And just so you've got the heads up, we'll be talking with Extreme Genes host Scott Fisher live during WACKY Wednesday this week.

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 :)
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

BCG: 2 Changes to the Certification Process 2016

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Please address all inquiries as indicated below.

18 June 2015

At the May meeting, the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists authorized two significant changes in the certification process for new applicants. These changes will go into effect in 2016, when the new Application Guide is published. Briefly, for the first time (1) new applicants will be evaluated on their genealogically educational activities, and (2) new applications will be limited to 150 pages.

Genealogy standards 82 and 83 state that genealogists regularly engage in formal and informal development activities for four reasons: to better meet the standards, to learn more about useful materials, to enhance skills in reconstructing relationships and events, and to better present their findings to others. Years of data also show that applicants with more genealogy education are more likely to produce successful portfolios for certification.

Accordingly, as is currently the case, applicants will be required to briefly describe the genealogy-related activities that help prepare them for certification. However, as is not currently the case, this section will now be evaluated. Genealogical-education activities will meet the evaluation criteria if they show that the applicant “has engaged in a variety of development activities aimed at improving genealogical standards attainment.”

This change adds one rubric to the evaluations of portfolios. The new rubric emphasizes the need for ongoing genealogy education. Failure to meet one specific rubric does not disqualify an application. Other questions currently asked in the resume will be eliminated.

The second change will reduce the size limit for new portfolios to a maximum of 150 pages total. The current limits were established when BCG had more requirements for certification than now. The new size limit provides ample room for applicants to demonstrate their abilities.

"These changes are part of BCG’s ongoing analyzing, evaluating, and refining the certification process,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “We hope that these two changes will streamline the process, make it more manageable for applicants, and encourage applicants to engage in a variety of genealogical-development activities before assembling a portfolio.”

For questions or more information, please visit http://www.bcgcertification.org  or contact Nicki Birch, CG, at office@BCGcertification.org.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Saturday, June 20, 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, Second Life, 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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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BCG Honors Bamman and Melchiori with Emeritus Status

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists. For questions or more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG, at office@BCGcertification.org




            At the May [2015] meeting, the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists honored two former associates who had long and distinguished careers with Emeritus status. “The Board is building on the foundations and on the contributions of our former associates,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “We are pleased to grant Emeritus status to Gale Williams Bamman and Marie Varrelman Melchiori. We are grateful for their years of service, their contributions to the genealogical community, and their deep experience and expertise.”

            With 42 years of dedication to BCG's goals and standards Bamman was the longest actively-credentialed associate. Over this time, she has held the credentials CGRS, CALS, CG, and CGL, and published in major journals. She served as BCG president and labored mightily in founding, chairing, and setting the tone for the Critique Review Committee beginning in 2005. She published articles in major journals and is now devoting her time to finishing a long-term book project.

            Melchiori was first certified as CGRS in 1980. In the thirty-five years since, she consistently worked as a full-time researcher and lecturer, dutifully recertifying every five years and earning her CGL certification in 1995. Over that time she also served BCG in many roles, most notably acting as an unofficial bridge between BCG and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from the 1980s to the present, promoting BCG to NARA, and serving as “the voice of federal records” to the genealogical community. She has taught at the National Institute for Genealogical Research since 1987, and taught military research at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She served as BCG trustee 2000-2006 and as a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists 1991-1999. APG conferred on her the Graham Thomas Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit in 1999. She was also active as a volunteer with NARA and the National Genealogical Society. Her articles for the NGS Magazine included coverage of Confederate, FBI, and War of 1812 records.

            
            CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

NEW: Scotland Genealogy Study Group

DearREADERS,
Imagine! 13 sessions to enhance your genealogy research in Scotland records with Claire V. Brisson-Banks, AG, BS, MLIS, former British reference desk librarian at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She knows her stuff! We will be using Google Hangouts on Air hosted by Ol' Myrt here and +Cousin Russ . Participants will use online syllabus material, and will explore sample documents from each record group discussed.
Claire lectures on a variety of topics connected to libraries, genealogy, family history, youth and technical computer skills. Her lecturing has taken her across the United States, England and Australia. She is a Trustee for ISBGFH (International Society for British Genealogical Family History) and belongs to many library and genealogical organizations. In the academic field, she was an Adjunct Professor at Stevens-Henager College and taught various courses connected with Computer Information Science. She currently teaches at  Family History Online Courses for BYU-Idaho

Find our more about Claire V. Brisson-Banks, AG at:  http://clairebrissonbanks.com



WHERE http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
A new post for each session will be created in the week prior to the event.

WHEN
Wednesdays as follows:
17 June 2015
24 June 2015
(Break for GRIP)
8 July 2015
15 July 2015
(Break)
(Break for BYU FHConference)
5 Aug 2015
12 Aug 2015
(Break for BYU Education Week)
26 Aug 2015
2 Sep 2015
9 Sep 2015
16 Sep 2015
23 Sep 2015
30 Sep 2015
 7 Oct 2015

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

Post COMMENTS before, during and after each 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.

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.
IMAGE: www.GeneaWebinars.com
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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BCG Webinar: “Truth or Fiction? Unraveling a Family Yarn”

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Please address all inquiries to that association.

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, June 16

“Truth or Fiction? Unraveling a Family Yarn”
 
IMAGE: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

George Teeling came from Ireland to Chicago in the 1800s. Like many ancestors, he left a story that made his descendants wonder. How much of it was true?

The Board for Certification of Genealogists will present a webinar on this subject free to the public at 8:00 PM EDT 16 June 2015. Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, will outline how research in a wide variety of sources revealed the even more fascinating truth about George – and how it can provide ideas for how to deal with our own tale-bearing research subjects.

Seating is limited for this webinar. Please register early and sign in early to avoid disappointment.

The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and many local genealogical societies, she also serves as webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Recently, Teresa published Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library.

“We are pleased to offer this informative webinar,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians is part of this mission.”

There is no charge, but space is limited. Please register for Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, “Truth or Fiction: Unraveling a Family Yarn,” on 16 June 2015, 8:00 PM EDT (7:00 CDT, 6:00 MDT, 5:00 PDT) at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5110745917347890177.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

Please visit http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars to learn about BCG's previous webinars.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of theBoard for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Upcoming 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, Second Life, 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  
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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Global Family Reunion - TODAY!

DearREADERS,

Today's the day! Drop in any time to participate in the world's largest family reunion. Thanks to our very distant cousin +AJ Jacobs who has this crazy little idea that the world would be just a little bit better place if we all realize we're related. The ideas starting to work! Thanks AJ. :)

Me? I'm AJ's cousin with 23 degrees of separation through his mother and my father's lines extending back to the early Welsh Quakers settling in Pennsylvania in the 1600s - the Yearsley family.


WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. SLT (Pacific Daylight Time)
WHERE: Second Lifehttp://www.awltovhc.com/jq97kpthnl6AG88BDD688BB7BDG68B8FEC9GGD777Just Genealogy (Wollah (76,43, 72)


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Friday, June 05, 2015

RootsTech2016: Call for Presentations due 30 June 2015

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at RootsTech. Please address all inquiries as stated below.

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events that will be held February 3–6, 2016. The purpose of these presentations is to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to discover, preserve, and share their family history through technology.

If you have a desire to help define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, we invite you to download and review the RootsTech and Innovator Summit Call for Presentation guidelines by clicking HERE.

Presentation submissions are now being accepted through June 30, 2015. To submit your presentation proposal, visit the Call for Presentations page on RootsTech.org.

Presentation Categories

We are seeking presentation proposals for RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2016 events in the following categories:
RootsTech Categories:
Discover
  • Finding and Organizing: Search strategies, resources, specialized tools and technologies, data mining, information recall, record sourcing, military and time-period research, record types
  • Research and Methodology: Land records and surveys, DNA and genetic science, migration patterns, geographical research, ethnic and cultural studies, surname research, beyond basic skills and resources
Preserve
  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy: Family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions, metadata, artifact preservation, digital file formats, legalities and research ownership
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle: Cultural arts, food, influential historical events, social customs, pastimes
Share
  • Sharing: Social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowdsourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: Storytelling and oral histories, interviewing tools and technologies, preserving stories, photography, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, facial recognition tools
Innovator Summit Categories:
  • Developer: Standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, data organization, and so on
  • Business: Funding and investment, start-up success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship

Do you know a great presenter?

Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech or Innovator Summit 2016? If so, we invite you to share this email with him or her. 

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at RootsTech 2016, please contact us at info@rootstech.org.

German-American Genealogical Partnership

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from the Germanic Genealogy Society.

Announcing the new German-American Genealogical Partnership



“Bridging the Gap between North America and Europe for Genealogists”

Germanic Genealogy Society
http://www.ggsmn.org


This partnership forms a German-American genealogy structure between countries and organizations for sharing contacts and genealogical research. This partnership is open to all organizations interested in Germanic genealogical research.
 

Goals of Partnership
Our shared goal is to stimulate interest in Germanic Genealogy and to provide a forum to share research methods and information to further the researching of our ancestors. The goal of the Partnership is to assist, strengthen and support each society as they continue to grow.
 

Common Goals include:
  1. Sharing strategies for research
  2. Developing contacts between organization and individuals
  3. Creating a list of most valuable resources
  4. Create lists of references and websites
  5. Sharing contact lists of organizations, speakers, researchers, guides, historians and translators
A future plan may include Germanic national and international conferences. Additional plans and goals are under discussion with new partner societies.

Founding Societies
The founding societies of this new partnership include the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS), the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota (PRG), and the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV).


The first international online meeting for this partnership was held on 28 May 2015, which included representatives of various societies from Germany, Poland, and seven U.S. states ranging from California to New York.


Representatives from the three founding organizations officially signed a Proclamation of St. Paul on 29 May 2015 before a large audience as part of the GGS Conference. The proclamation describes the goal to create a closer German-American genealogical relationship between all interested societies.


From this original online meeting four additional societies have already joined in this partnership with several more waiting for board approval. We encourage other societies interested in Germanic Genealogy to join us in the German-American Genealogical Partnership. Further information can be found on the GGS website under the German Partnership menu item.


Founding Partner Societies:
  • Germanic Genealogy Society
  • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände
  • Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota

Additional partners include:
  • Sacramento German Genealogical Society
  • Immigrant Genealogical Society of Burbank, California
  • Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society
  • Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna und Umgebung

Global Family Reunion - Second Life Branch Party at Just Genealogy

DearREADERS,
See all you "Second Life avatar" a the Global Family Reunion. Drop in any time for dancing, fun, genealogy chats, presentations, photos and prizes!


WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. SLT (Pacific Daylight Time)
WHERE: Second Lifehttp://www.awltovhc.com/jq97kpthnl6AG88BDD688BB7BDG68B8FEC9GGD777Just Genealogy (Wollah (76,43, 72)
 
 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Thursday, June 04, 2015

@ajjacobs Global Family Reunion - Second Life Branch Party

DearREADERS,
I'M A COUSIN - 23 degrees of separation, through AJ Jacobs' mother and my father, we connect back to the early Welsh Quakers of Pennsylvania - the YEARSLEY family! As such I look forward to participating in AJ's Global Family Reunion this coming Saturday. Whilst this Ol' Myrt isn't up to traveling to the Big Apple, there are alternative locations including the Virtual Branch Party in Second Life.


IMAGE: Photo of Cousins Russ Worthington, AJ Jacobs and
Pat Richley-Erickson AKA DearMYRTLE (Clarise Beaumont in SL)
taken at 2015 RootsTech Conference.

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Press Release: Global Family Reunion Second Life Branch Party


WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. SLT (Pacific Daylight Time)
WHERE: Second Lifehttp://www.awltovhc.com/jq97kpthnl6AG88BDD688BB7BDG68B8FEC9GGD777Just Genealogy (Wollah (76,43, 72)

What is the Global Family Reunion?

Genealogy and family history have received a big boost in the last decade from inexpensive DNA testing, and the growth of online source databases and user-built family trees. A. J. Jacobs, a writer and editor, plugged himself into several websites and got excited, as many of us do, at the history and connections that opened up.

In honor of his new-found cousins, Jacobs is sponsoring the Global Family Reunion, a day-long event in New York City, with "branch parties" in other locations, including Second Life. The NYC events include education, famous speakers, and many, many cousins, near and far removed.

Additionally, the Global Family Reunion is a fundraiser for two organizations devoted to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease: the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and the Alzheimer's Association New York Chapter. Goals of the event are threefold: 1) to find cousins through the new online, crowdsourced family trees, 2) to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease research, and 3) to have fun!





Second Life Branch Party

Can't make it to New York City? Then join the Second Life Branch Party at Just Genealogya day of "virtual" fun, music, dancing, educational presentations and discussions, prizes and games... all in a carnival atmosphere. The New York City event will be live-streamed on the big screen, and people will be available to help with your family history research. 

And PRIZES! Just a few of the prizes to be given away are a 6-month subscription to Ancestry.com, as well as copies of the popular family tree software FamilyTree Maker and RootsMagic. EVERY attendee will be eligible for prizes! Join the Global Family Reunion in Second Life group and you will be automatically entered.

What is Just Genealogy?

Just Genealogy is the enduring home for genealogy in Second Lifehttp://www.awltovhc.com/jq97kpthnl6AG88BDD688BB7BDG68B8FEC9GGD777. Originally founded by Krag MarinerJust Genealogy is now owned by Clarise Beaumont and Genie WeezlesBarbara Collazo joined Second Life to "do" genealogy, and has been at Just Genealogy since her first days in Second Life.

Just Genealogy hosts the Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), whose members strive for the highest scholarly and ethical standards in genealogy research. The group offers monthly continuing education programs, and all genealogists - not just APG members - are welcome to attend their meetings. The Second Life NGSQ Study Group also holds monthly meetings at Just Genealogy. Additionally, there are educational displays and other scheduled discussions about genealogical topics.

Just Genealogy is a friendly community that understands when you talk about your second cousins five-times-removed. Genealogists of all skill levels, and from all walks of life, frequent Just Genealogy. It is a great place for people who may be physically disabled or otherwise isolated; for many, Second Life can be a lifeline where one can meet like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Join the Just Genealogy in-world group to be part of the largest Second Life group devoted entirely to genealogy.

How to Participate in the Second Life Branch Party



If you are new to Second Lifehttp://www.awltovhc.com/jq97kpthnl6AG88BDD688BB7BDG68B8FEC9GGD777, download the free software, follow the instructions to create an avatar, and enter the world. (Note: You must be 18 years of age to use Second Life.)



Search for Genie Weezles or Barbara Collazo in-world, or teleport directly to Just Genealogy.



Newcomers to Second Life are most welcome to join the party. If you are new to genealogy, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Or come and offer help: in addition to genealogy, experienced Second Life users are needed to help new users.



For more information, or to volunteer your time and talents, please contact Tami Mize or Genie Weezles (in-world).

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

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