Saturday, October 31, 2015

GeneaWebinars: Here's what's happening next week

DearREADERS,
Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online classes and 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!




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RootsTech 2016: Opening Day Keynotes




Bruce Feiler, Paula Williams Madison and Stephen Rockwood

SALT LAKE CITY, October 27, 2015—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced the first three keynote speakers in its all-star lineup for RootsTech 2016. The first general session (Thursday, February 4, 2016) will feature three inspiring speakers, which include New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler, award-winning journalist Paula Williams Madison, and the president and CEO of FamilySearch International, Stephen Rockwood.

Bruce Feiler is a bestselling author and columnist for The New York Times, where he writes the “This Life” column about today’s families. He is also the writer and presenter of the PBS Series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.

His latest book, The Secrets of Happy Families, reviews best practices for modern-day parents from some of the country’s most creative minds, including top designers in Silicon Valley, elite peace negotiators, and the Green Berets.

“RootsTech is the premier event for people who care about family history,” Feiler said. “I've become a passionate believer in the importance of telling your family history as a foundational tool for having a happy family. I can't think of a better audience to share my own story with.”
Paula Williams Madison

Paula Williams Madison is an award-winning journalist who is a former NBC executive. Currently, Madison serves as chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a media consultancy company based in Los Angeles with global reach. She’s been named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine and was recently honored by the East West Players and AARP with their Visionary Award.

After a successful career in news journalism, Madison retired in 2011 and embarked on a search for her grandfather Samuel Lowe, who returned to his native China after living in Jamaica. Madison produced a documentary film on the topic, Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China. In April of this year, HarperCollins published a memoir of the journey Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem.

Attendees can expect to hear about Madison’s compelling journey, including the resources that helped her. “I used FamilySearch.org to research and try to locate my family in China. This system will help people like me find their families,” said Madison. “Family to me means bloodline—past, present, and future. You have to honor the past as you live in the present so that you can guarantee a future for your family.”

Stephen Rockwood is the new president and CEO of FamilySearch International and managing director for the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to joining FamilySearch, Rockwood was a successful entrepreneur, creating unique service offerings for worldwide customers and building several businesses from the ground up.

“We look forward to another great RootsTech conference as we invite attendees to discover their families in a world-class setting. We are thrilled to welcome Bruce Feiler and Paula Williams Madison,” Rockwood said. “Their personal experiences will be highly inspiring for many as we kick off this exciting conference.

Visit RootsTech.org to reserve your seat now to hear Bruce Feiler, Paula Williams Madison, and Stephen Rockwood at the Thursday morning general session on February 4, 2016. Passes start at just $29.

RootsTech 2016 will be held on February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.




Friday, October 30, 2015

Last call for 4th Annual SHARE A MEMORY Contest, deadline tomorrow at midnight!




DearREADERS,
So Ol' Myrt is working through the entries received thus far. Previously we looked at
Carol A. Bowen Stevens' One Memory, My Best Genealogy Day, Well, One of the Best and her second entry One Memory, My Best Genealogy Day, Correct That to Read, Man’s Best.


I've also enjoyed looking at MaryFoxworthy's Big Grandma's House, including two striking photos of her beautiful grandmother. This was posted in her Photographs, Memories and Notes on a Family History Blog.

June Stearns Butka created a Google Docs slide show titled Tina May Hutchins 8 May 1874-1949. Read this to find out why Tina felt "Life is too short to hold grudges."


Janice Sellers wrote on the 54th anniversary of her parent's Miami, Florida wedding specifically for "family members who don't normally read my blog in hopes that they'll be able to identify the people in the photos I don't recognize." See Wedding Wednesday posted in her Ancestral Discoveries Blog.



Erica Madsen is doing a mini-series of blog posts about her grandpa. These include "Serious Cards" (where you can find out about who double-skunked him), "Zen Shoe Shopping Grandpa" and "Things to Look Forward To" published on Erica's site GeneaBean.org.

Linda Stufflebean has created a PowerPoint titled "Vernon Tarbox Adams "Grandfather" with parents Charles and Annie Adams." Vernon grew up in Calais, Maine. You'll get a kick out of how absolutely darling little Vernon is in his baby pictures.

One of my Photoshop tutors, Teri Chaffin, shared "My Dad" from her Yesterday to Tomorrow Blog. I didn't know your Daddy, Teri, but I also thank him for his service. Thank-you for sharing Theodor Jefferson White, Jr.'s memory with us as well as handsome grandson Carter.

Have I missed anyone's entry? Do hurry and get those entries published.




GUIDELINES FOR ENTRY
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2015/10/share-memory-entries-from-carol-yay.html

4th Annual SHARE A MEMORY Contest
FOR FURTHER READING

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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ARCHIVED: US Colored Troops with Angela Walton-Raji


DearREADERS,
Pam described this week's WACKY Wednesday hangout as "so informative and moving. Thank you,Thank you, thank you."  Thank-you to Angela for a thoughtful and informative discussion. Ol' Myrt here learned much about African American, Native American and slave owners in the southern states and US territories in the decades surrounding the US Civil War. This history was not taught in the schools of my youth. We talked about slave owning Native Americans, the Removal of the Five Civilized Tribes, and the African American experience as they walked on the road to freedom.

As promised here is the list of links provided by Angela and a bit more of her biography.

Footnote.com (Browse all Civil War titles) https://www.fold3.com/browse/249

US National Park Service: Soldiers and Sailors Index (US Civil War)
http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm

US Colored Troops Blog URL: www.usctchronicle.blogpost.com
Unique Articles from Blog about US Colored Troops: 



Ms. Walton-Raji
ABOUT ANGELA


Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records, US Colored Troops, and teaching beginners.  Her book Black Indian Genealogy Research is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique Freedmen Records found within the Dawes Records.  She also includes several chapters and documents in her book, focusing on the records that reflect Blended Families---African and Native American families in many households.

A founding member of AfriGeneas.com, Ms. Walton-Raji is also a genealogist specializing in information for beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy chats on AfriGeneas. As host of a weekly genealogy podcast, a number of instructional videos and as an expert consultant on video documentaries, Ms. Walton-Raji combines her skills as a genealogist with a warm on camera personality that brings comfort to her viewers through and her instructional videos on YouTube, while providing them with useful information.

Book available from
Amazon.
A researcher with national reputation, Ms. Walton-Raji’s talents have been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, for over a decade.  For over a decade, she was a featured speaker at a number of Smithsonian events, and she is the only genealogist in the nation, to present regular genealogy lectures at the National Museum of the American Indian, in both Washington DC and New York facilities.  She was awarded the honor of presenting a special series of genealogy lectures to coincide with the Smithsonian Exhibition IndiVisible that has been traveling throughout the nation. See: "An Ancestry of African-Native Americans:Using government documents, author Angela Walton-Raji traced her ancestors to the slaves owned by American Indians" Smithsonian Magazine , Feb 2010 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/an-ancestry-of-african-native-americans-7986049

Beyond her public appearances, she is a published author, host of 3 blogs a 12 year ongoing message board, 3 websites, and she hosts the only weekly podcast devoted to African American genealogy.  Her comfort with foreign languages and writing skills, make her well known and well respected in the genealogy community.

In the Spring of 2010, her work was featured in a in-depth interview with the Smithsonian magazine online.   She is an alumnus of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Samford Genealogy Institute and is a member of the faculty of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. She was also a presenter at Roots Tech 2015.

She is well traveled having traveled to Europe and African. Countries with which she is familiar include:  England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Ghana, and Nigeria. She is speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

Ms. Walton-Raji currently lives in Maryland, She has spoken nationally since publishing her journal and book, about American genealogy, and history. She has conducted research for persons of black, white and American Indian backgrounds and has assisted families with the documentation of their immigrant ancestors as well.

Angela's Blogs:

Angela's Websites:

Angela's Podcast:
www.africanrootspodcast.com

Angela's YouTube Channel: 

Angela's Sample videos:

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Previous presentations

2015:
Roots Tech 2015 Salt Lake City UT
AAHGS Regional Conference, Laurel MD
National Archives SE Branch Atlanta GA
Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock AR
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Burbank CA
Samford Institute Genealogical and Historical Research, Birmingham AL
Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, St. Louis MO

Prior to 2015:
Samford Institute Genealogical & Historical Research, Birmingham AL
Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, Birmingham AL
AAHGS National Conference, Nashville TN
Federation of Genealogical Societies, (FGS) Ft. Wayne IN
International Black Genealogy Summit, Salt Lake City UT
National Black Genealogy Summit, Ft. Wayne IN
Smithsonian Museum, NMAI, Washington DC
Smithsonian NMAI New York, New York
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FindMyPast: The 1939 Register, The Wartime Domesday Book

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FindMyPast about a "census substitute" for England and Wales. For further information please contact Alex Cox acox@findmypast.com.

 
 
Explore your world on the eve of war
41 million people recorded in one day on the eve of WWII

The 1939 Register will be launched online on November 2nd by Findmypast.com in association with The National Archives. Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, it is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken


On November 2nd 2015, the eagerly awaited 1939 Register will be launched online by Findmypast, a world leader in family history. Anyone can now discover their family, their home and their community on the eve of WWII. Until now, the most recent information available was the 1911 census. Owing to the 100 year rule, the 1921 census will not be released until 2022, while the 1931 census was destroyed in the war and the 1941 census was never taken. The 1939 Register therefore bridges an important 30-year gap in history.

In September 1939, WWII had just broken out. 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population. The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and co-ordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS. 

Comprising 1.2 million pages in 7,000 volumes and documenting the lives of 41 million people, the 1939 Register opens a window to a world on the brink of cataclysmic change. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.

Findmypast has undertaken a monumental task in digitising the 1939 Register. Stacked end-to-end, the hard copy volumes would have reached twice the height of St Paul’s Cathedral. Work on conserving, scanning, transcribing and digitising the Register has been ongoing for more than a year. Despite the challenge of translating 65,000 unique sets of handwriting, including updates that have been made by hand up until 1991, Findmypast guarantees at least 98.5% accuracy of readable records. The result is a direct route to the past that will allow users to glimpse their family, their home and their communities in 1939, as they’ve never seen them before.


Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast says: “The 1939 Register is one of the most important documents of modern British history.  It allows us to see where our relatives were living, with whom and what jobs they did at the start of World War II. To help people understand the period better and to create a picture of our world in 1939, we have added a range of contextual information to bring the records to life. Maps, photographs, newspapers, and infographics will immerse the user in the period and give a flavour of what life was like for our parents or grandparents.”     

Audrey Collins, family history records specialist at The National Archives says: “The release of the 1939 Register is one of the most important events in family history in a long time. The significance of these documents cannot be underplayed; they provide a snapshot of life on the eve of war. The online publication of the 1939 Register offers us the chance to understand where our families came from, who lived in our neighbourhood, and how it has changed over the years.” 

The 1939 Register is available online only at http://www.findmypast.com/. The Register is free to search but there is a charge to view the records with different pay per view packages starting at £6.95. Owing to data protection, there will be some closed records at the time of launch, either because the individual recorded is still living and less than 100 years old or proof of death has not been verified. At time of launch 28 million records will be searchable. The Register will be updated weekly.  Findmypast, working with The National Archives, will have an ongoing process to identify records which can be opened on proof of death provided either by matching against robust data sets or supplied by users.  Records will also be opened as people reach the age of 100 years+1 day.
                                                                                                                                               
About Findmypast
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over four billion family history records, ranging 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 conducting detailed historical research.
 
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site 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 the 1911 Census which they digitised in association with The National Archives.

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

For the latest stories, follow the Press Office on Twitter @TNApressofficer

Monday, October 26, 2015

VIDEO: Why be WACKY?



DearREADERS,
Talking with my dear friend Chris today, we delved into why Ol' Myrt prefers genealogy discussions as opposed to giving lectures. Conversations bring the subject matter down about ten notches in the PDL department.



 When Ol' Myrt gives a lecture, it's all about me imparting information. But our genealogy conversation should not be about how much Ol' Myrt knows, but should be about how we can make progress in our family history research.

When we discuss a research topic, its more likely:
  1. Your questions will be answered by someone in the panel.
  2. We are more likely to internalize the methodology.
  3. We see the advantage of using a new record set. 
There is the added benefit of learning from other attendees. For instance, today, during Mondays with Myrt, our man in Ireland, +Tony Proctor, demonstrated a peculiarity and a work-around when downloading files from the England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 at FindMyPast.com. +Hilary Gadsby also figured out a different web browser works better.

Here's a short, 5 minute video recorded with +Cousin Russ titled Why Be Wacky?







Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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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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Saturday, October 24, 2015

ANNOUNCING: US Color Troops Research with Angela Walton-Raji (Wednesday)



DearREADERS,
WACKY Wednesday is devoted to spotlighting one topic for the hour. When it comes to US Color Troops and African-Native American genealogy research Angela Walton-Raji immediately comes to mind. Ol' Myrt here has known Angela since the old AOL Genealogy Forum days, when we were both toddlers, of course! Angela will be our guest for WACKY Wednesday  the 28 Oct, 2015.

Angela Walton-Raji
Angela hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast with over 340 episodes in her archive. You've probably seen a few of her presentations over at Family Tree Webinars. She speaks publicly and is the author of three genealogy blogs and maintains three genealogy websites:

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

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

Sure, you can VIEW the hangout here, but why not VIEW and COMMENT over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+ where you'll find all the links we mention during the hangout.



FEE

This DearMYRTLE Hangout on Air is presented at no cost. If you find the information useful, consider the Pay What You Want business model Ol' Myrt employs:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2015/03/hangouts-pay-what-you-want.html

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

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

RECORDED VERSION
If you miss the live events, catch the archived version at your convenience: http://bit.ly/MyrtsPrevious

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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Register TODAY: www.RootsWeb.com


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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