Saturday, July 25, 2015

You aren't alone! Check out this week's hangouts, webinars and chats

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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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AncestryDNA And Calico: Analysis of Family History and Genetics

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received yesterday from our friends at AncestryDNA.



AncestryDNA and Calico to Research the Genetics of Human Lifespan
Collaboration Will Analyze Family History and Genetics to Facilitate Development of Cutting-Edge Therapeutics

PROVO, Utah and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
AncestryDNA and Calico will work together to analyze and investigate the role of genetics and its influences in families experiencing unusual longevity using Ancestry's proprietary databases, tools and algorithms. Calico will then focus its efforts to develop and commercialize any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis.

"On the heels of our AncestryHealth launch and our one million genotyped customers milestone for AncestryDNA, we're excited to announce this collaboration with Calico to research and develop life changing solutions," said Ken Chahine, Executive Vice President and Head of DNA and Health. "We have laid the groundwork for this effort through the combination of an unmatched family history database, one of the fastest growing genetic databases, and a strong and talented team of computer scientists and professional genealogists."

AncestryDNA can provide access to a unique combination of resources that will enable Calico to develop potentially groundbreaking therapeutic solutions. The extensive research period will identify common patterns in longevity and human heredity through pedigree data.

"Our common experience suggests that there may be hereditary factors underlying longevity, but finding the genes responsible using standard techniques has proven elusive," commented David Botstein, Calico's Chief Scientific Officer and member of the US National Academy of Sciences. "This is an extraordinary opportunity to address a fundamental unanswered question in longevity research using high quality human pedigrees."

To learn more about the AncestryDNA, visit www.ancestrydna.com. For more information on Calico, visit www.calicolabs.com.

About AncestryDNA
AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual's DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people's ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit www.ancestrydna.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the company's control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the company's ability to add tools and features, and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for Ancestry.com LLC for the period ended March 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2015, and in discussions in other of the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

About Calico Life Sciences
Calico (Calico Life Sciences LLC) is a Google-funded research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. Calico will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Visit www.calicolabs.com.



Saturday, July 18, 2015

Just in time! Genealogy education events 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  
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE




Monday, July 13, 2015

Call for Recommendations for APG Board of Directors

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from the Association of Professional Genealogists.



Call for Recommendations for APG Board of Directors

WHO WILL HELP RUN APG THE WORLDS LARGEST ORGANIZATION FOR PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS?

Who will serve on the APG board -- making decisions on continuing education, a revised code of ethics and good practice, and new professional development initiatives?

Send your recommendations (they can include yourself) to the Nominating Committee at admin@apgen.org. Please include each recommended person's contact information and their consent to be recommended. A statement of qualifications would help but is not required.

Board members must be APG members in good standing who joined before 1 August 2014. We would like board members also to have a relevant skill and be willing to use it. These include financial management, secretarial, managerial, strategic planning, technology, marketing, law, public relations, member services, education, and writing.

We also need recommendations for next year's nominating committee AND for president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, who comprise the Executive Committee EC).

About half of the APG board, plus the EC, will be up for election or re-election this year. The Nominating Committee will prepare a set of candidates by September 15. The election will be held in late October. Newly elected board members take office 1 January 2016 for a two-year term.

Board members should prepare for and attend board meetings, volunteer at the APG booth at conferences, and communicate with members. More specifically, they should:

* be familiar with bylaws, policies, and procedures;

* make an effort to attend one of the two board meetings at major annual conferences, plus two virtual board meetings;

* come prepared to board meetings, having read all minutes and communications;

* respond in a timely fashion to email votes;

* serve in at least one capacity besides that of board member;

* when in attendance at a conference, volunteer at the APG booth; and

* maintain contact and communicate with the membership in some of the following ways: talking to other members, seeking out opinions, concerns, ideas; contributing to the APGQ or the APG eNews; participating in APG List discussions; joining a chapter or Special Interest Group.

Nominations Committee
Harold Henderson, CG, Chair
Melanie Holtz, CG
Luana Darby
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

DearMYRTLE's abbreviated hangout schedule this week

DearREADERS,
Yup! I think by now, you've heard about our upcoming Pacific Northwest family reunion at Orcas Island, Washington. As such, +Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here are hosting the following Hangouts on Air this coming week:



MONDAYS WITH MYRT - 13 July 2015. Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. Let's talk about what's trending in the world of #Genealogy.

SCOTLAND GENEALOGY STUDY GROUP - Wednesday, 15 July 2015 with +Claire V Brisson-Banks.

BOTH HANGOUTS START AS FOLLOWS
  • 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
  • FEE - These DearMYRTLE Hangouts on Air are presented at no cost to attendees. If you find the information useful, consider the Pay What You Want business model Ol' Myrt employs, described here: http://bit.ly/DM_PayWhatYouWant
  • VIEW the live video stream and post COMMENTS before, during and after the Hangout on Air here: http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext
  • PANELISTS - 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.
  • RECORDED VERSION - If you miss the live events, catch the archived version at your convenience here: http://bit.ly/MyrtsPrevious
DearMYRTLE's YouTube CHANNEL
Over 400 videos study group sessions are archived on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel. Most have been sorted under the "playlist" tab. Hopefully, my DearREADERS will find discussions there to meet their needs while Ol' Myrt here is away enjoying grandchildren and building strong extended family relationships.
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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We speak their names

DearREADERS,
An amazing, miraculous thing happened during the live broadcast of  Wacky Wednesday: DiscoverFreedmen Indexing Project. To be as authentic as possible, my very distant cousin Wilma demonstrated the FamilySearch Indexing software by downloading a completely new (to her) type of Freedmen Bureau records than she had previously indexed. So what was the miraculous thing?

Liza, a former slave, is mentioned with her sons Roderick and Tobe.

The miracle is the statement of their relationship.

Members of the African American genealogy community have taught me the beautiful phrase "We speak their names." +True Lewis explained what happened during our hangout was a real hallelujah moment. All genealogists thrill at the breakthrough when discovering more about an ancestor. So whether we say "Aha" or ""Finally" or "We speak their names" the meaning is the same. We're thrilled.

Our people are our people.

Together we can 'pay it forward' and get these Freedmen's Bureau records indexed!






FOR FURTHER READING
Other DearMYRTLE posts in this series include:

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




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 pay what you want.

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


MyHeritage: Global Name Translation™ Technology

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at MyHeritage.com.
Ol' Myrt here sure wishes she could inject this technology into every genealogy website search. 



MyHeritage Launches Breakthrough Global Name Translation™ Technology to Power Family History Discoveries 



New technology eliminates language barriers to enhance family history research and preservation

TEL AVIV, Israel and LEHI, Utah – July 8, 2015: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced the launch of Global Name Translation™, a new technology to help families break through language barriers in the quest to uncover their past. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, in very high accuracy, generating all the plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages. In addition, a manual search in one language will also provide results in other languages, translated back to the user's language for convenience. This is a unique innovation not offered elsewhere, useful for anyone interested in discovering their global roots.

There are many immediate benefits for users. For example, people living in the USA with Russian roots previously had to search for their ancestors in Russian to maximize their chances of finding pertinent information. The new technology will now accept searches in English, automatically increase their scope to cover Russian and Ukrainian as well, and conveniently translate all results back to English.

The new technology also enhances the acclaimed MyHeritage matching technologies to bridge across language gaps. For example, If a user from Greece with a family tree in Greek, is related to a user from Israel with a family tree entered in Hebrew, MyHeritage will be able to connect them, automatically matching between names in the ancient languages of Greek and Hebrew, and show the two users how their family trees overlap, leading to exciting family reunions like never before.

"Global Name Translation™ helps overcome the Tower of Babel syndrome", said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The world is getting smaller and more connected, yet information from other countries is still mostly hidden from those who don’t speak the language. It’s our mission to develop the best technologies for facilitating family history discoveries for everyone, everywhere. Therefore we set an ambitious goal of taking down one of the most formidable walls that hampers research and discovery - the difficulty of translating names from one language to another. We’re proud to have pioneered this solution and thrilled with the value that it will provide to users around the world.”

MyHeritage has developed this technology using original research, advanced algorithms and based on its massive multilingual and international database of 6 billion family tree profiles and historical records. The technology covers first names and last names and is able to tackle not only names encountered in the past but also new names it has never encountered before. The technology is generic but also utilizes extensive dictionaries built by MyHeritage to cover synonyms and nicknames. Therefore a search for Alessandro (Alexander in Italian) will also find "Саша" which is the Russian form of Sasha, a popular nickname of Alexander in Russia.

The first version successfully translates names in between English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Russian and Ukrainian. The next version currently in development will add Chinese and Japanese, and additional languages will follow.

To take advantage of Global Name Translation™ technology, create a new family tree for free on MyHeritage and enjoy the automatic matches or use MyHeritage's SuperSearch search engine for historical records.
About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com