Wednesday, December 30, 2015

FINALLY Get Organized! - One place to look for all checklists


DearREADERS,
If you are looking for one single place where all 2016 FINALLY Get Organized! Weekly Checklists will be listed, then have I got a deal for you. Ol' Myrt here has created a static page which grow to include the link to each week's checklist with accompanying hangout and the monthly participation form. It's located at:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html

It you visit DearMYRTLE's blog for any other reason, you'll find this nifty new 'one-stop' page under the "FINALLY Get Organized!" tab toward the upper right shown in the screen shot above.



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

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FINALLY Get Organized! Monthly Awards




DearREADERS,
More good news for my DearREADERS who are planning to participate in the 2016 FINALLY Get Organized! Weekly Checklists. There will be two types of monthly awards, as if getting organized isn't reward enough.

AWARD #1
Each month when a participant completes the weekly checklist tasks, he is entitled to post the monthly award graphic on is blog, shared Google Doc or posts in:


Remember, we're all winners, even if we complete only 75% of the tasks. We are just that much more organized than we were a month ago.

AWARD #2
One lucky winner will be chosen each month, at random, to receive a $50US Amazon gift card, sent to a valid email address, but you must enter to participate. Participants may enter once per month, though the entry can be updated before the judging at the end of the month. The idea is to post info about your challenges and successes working through the tasks in the current month's FINALLY Get Organized Weekly Checklists. The stories you provide may be included in upcoming hangouts and/or weekly checklists. Participants who wish to be considered must post their response to the DearMYRTLE's January 2016 FINALLY Get Organized Weekly Checklists HERE. The decision of the judges is final.




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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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RootsTech2016 Ambassador

REGISTER NOW: http://www.RootsTech.org


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 in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.



Monday, December 28, 2015

FINALLY Get Organized - Participant badges




DearREADERS,
Have I got some good news for my DearREADERS who are planning to participate in the 2016 FINALLY Get Organized! Weekly Checklist challenge. You may post this "I'm doing it!" graphic in your blog post and Google Docs describing the progress you are making with each weekly checklist.

Find out more here: http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html

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
RootsTech2016 Ambassador

See alsoRootsTech 2016 Registration Info

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 in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.



NIGR Renamed Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed)

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from the Board of Trustees of the National Institute on Genealogical Research. I applaud this name change and find it more accurately reflects the nature of the educational opportunities offered by this institute.


December 28, 2015
The Board of Trustees of the National Institute on Genealogical Research has announced that the institute’s name was changed to the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) on December 22, 2015. The institute, held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1960 as a three-week general course on genealogy. In 1987, it narrowed its focus to federal records.

The institute was incorporated in 1989 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Trustees are representatives of the American Society of Genealogists, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and the institute's alumni association. The National Archives, a non-voting member, provides strong support.

“Given the growth in genealogical education, it made sense to choose a name that clearly identifies the institute’s mission,” said Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG, director. “A new website, www.gen-fed.org, offers a closer look at the program, which is scheduled for July 11–15, 2016.  You can also follow the institute on Facebook and Twitter (@GenFedInstitute).”

Diane Dimkoff, coordinator of research customer support at the National Archives, stated, “We are pleased that the institute’s new name reflects the significance of federal records and look forward to continuing our traditional collaboration.”
   
Gen-Fed is for experienced genealogists, and for archivists, historians and librarians interested in using federal records for genealogical research. It is designed to instill a methodological framework and foster creative thinking about relevant records. Online registration for the 2016 session will be held in late February.

Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Director

Sunday, December 27, 2015

ANNOUNCING: FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklists



DearREADERS,
Let's get ORGANIZED! It's been a few years since Ol' Myrt here published her popular monthly organization checklists, so I'm tickled pink to announce the brand spanking new FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklists.
Right when you needed it, huh? Well, undoubtedly these weekly checklists will be the ultimate 2016 genealogy-related homework assignments. 


WHAT
Each FINALLY Get Organized! Weekly Checklist post suggests tasks designed to assist organization of existing paper and digital files, and prepare participants for upcoming research challenges. Each checklist should take no more than 1 week to complete. Some larger tasks may take longer than a week, but Ol' Myrt here will divide things up into manageable bites. The FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklists may include links to outside resources that may prove helpful. As always, you'll find encouragement with Ol' Myrt's typical relaxed writing style, designed with beginning and intermediate genealogists in mind.

Each Mondays with Myrt hangout in 2016 will spotlight the current week's checklist, so stay tuned for the panelists' reactions and additional suggestions. After all, we get by with a little help from our friends. Each FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklist post will feature a link to view the appropriate Mondays with Myrt hangout. Readers may click to view the hangout once it goes live, and each hangout is automatically archived, remaining viewable 24/7, usually within the hour after  each live recording has concluded. NOTE: Times for each  live hangout will be posted with each weekly checklist.

WHERE
Right here in this blog located at http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com

Add this blog to your Feedly account, or follow via email by clicking the buttons on the side navigation bars on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.

You'll also find each post appears in:
WHEN
Each Sunday in 2016, starting January 3rd.

WHY
Because you know you need to FINALLY Get Organized!
 
HOW
Each of us will be on our honor to follow through with each week's tasks. You may report your progress by posting a link to your blog or a shared Google Doc on any of these three social media sites:
It isn't necessary to cross-post the link to your blog or shared Google document on each site. We consider each social media site a slightly different audience, so use the one you are most comfortable with and keep those comments coming.


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
Yes. That's right. Ol' Myrt here is giving you a homework assignment before the ball drops in Times Square heralding in the New Year.
  • Clean up the holiday decorations, and clear a corner of your computer desk to be ready for the FINALLY Get Organized! 2016 Weekly Checklists.
  • Rest up January 1st and 2nd. You'll need it with what Ol' Myrt has in mind!

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

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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RootsTech2016 Ambassador


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 in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.



Saturday, December 26, 2015

Things to study 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 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!




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, December 19, 2015

Your best bet for genealogy education 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 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!




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







Friday, December 18, 2015

Family


DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here is taking a hiatus to spend time with family.
See you 4 January 2016 for our next hangout.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blog Caroling: Mary Did You Know?




Mary Did You Know?
Lyrics by Mark Lowry and music by Buddy Greene

Mary did you know that your baby boy will some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I Am.

NOTE: If you'd like to hear Jordan Smith's tender yet powerful rendition, you'll find it here.



Dearest Readers,
Our beloved colleague, and editor/publisher of Shades of the Departed, the divine footnoteMAVEN, came up with the idea of blog caroling on a winter's eve, many long years ago. This year, as gift to fM, we continue, as any good genealogist would do, by celebrating the tradition. With fM's permission, of course.

This is Ol' Myrt's contribution, with a little help from Jordan Smith. If you wish to contribute to The Great Blog Caroling Song Book 2015 Edition, create your musical blog post, then post your link on the Friends of footnoteMAVEN Facebook Group located here.

Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ANNOUNCING: WACKY Wednesday - Dabbling in OneNote, tonight



DearREADERS,
Today's GenTools Study Group session tackled note taking tools. Snowed in for the day, Ol' Myrt has accepted the challenge to dabbling in OneNote to see if it will work for her. Thankfully, Marie-Claude and a few others are willing to mentor me in this quest. So tonight, we meet for WACKY Wednesday - Dabbling in OneNote as follows:

Sure, you can watch the hangout once it goes live right here, but why not VIEW and COMMENT over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community here?



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

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:
https://plus.google.com/b/102461242403735457058/+DearmyrtlePage/posts/7exXBrw57VW

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 :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Blog: http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DearMYRTLE
G+ DearMYRTLE Community
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
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RootsTech2016 Ambassador



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 in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

RootsTech Keynote: Love Taza couple





Love Taza couple to inspire RootsTech 2016 attendees


 Josh and Naomi Davis (Taza)
SALT LAKE CITY, December 8, 2015—Organizers of RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, are pleased to welcome popular lifestyle bloggers Josh and Naomi Davis (of the Love Taza website), as keynote speakers in the general session on Friday, February 5, 2016, during RootsTech 2016. 

Millions of Internet viewers know Naomi as Taza as they follow her blog Love Taza, which celebrates the joy and purpose she and her husband, Josh, share as they raise their three small children in New York City. She started the website shortly after marrying Josh in 2007 in New York City while she finished her BFA (bachelor of fine arts) degree at the Juilliard School. She shares photos and stories of her life as a newlywed with her family out West.  

Since 2007, Love Taza has become more than an online diary—it is a digital destination where millions around the world connect and find a feeling of inspiration and a guide for finding joy in everyday life. Naomi shares details of her life in New York City with her husband and children celebrating family, home, travel, food, and, most importantly, the simple joys of life. With Josh’s help, the two have transformed her website into a global business with a massive, engaged audience.

Josh and Naomi will share their business journey at RootsTech 2016, a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share, and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. RootsTech has something for everyone regardless of experience in family history or skill level in technology.

Reserve your seat for RootsTech 2016 to find inspiration from the Davises as part of a four-star lineup of keynote speakers, get involved in the special events, and learn from the experts the how-tos of family history, family stories, and more. Join us for all the events on February 3–6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, or choose your day to join the excitement. Register early for a discount, or pay at the door.

For more information and to register for RootsTech 2016, go to rootstech.org.


About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, 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.

© 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

Thinking you'd like to learn more?

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!




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