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Thursday, March 24, 2016

WHERE are DearMYRTLE's hangouts archived?

Although YouTube continues to archive our genealogy hangouts and videos on the DearMYRTLE Channel, we don't recommend viewing exclusively via YouTube, as this post will explain. Ol' Myrt received this email from Rebecca, prompting my public reply:
I work during the day and have trouble getting to view the hangouts when I get home.

I have a Roku on my TV with YouTube access, but I can never find the hangouts anymore. Before you went to this new Business Hangouts, the hangouts were on YouTube very shortly after or even during the hangout.

Is there something I am missing or do I have to wait to see the hangout on YouTube?

IF there is a way to find it, I wish someone would tell me, what I need to do. Step by step if possible. I can occasionally find a hangout, but generally I have to go through the registration process then go online to view the hangout.   That is rather time consuming when I have to also fix dinner and do other things when I get home.   I want to keep up with the hangouts.

Hope you or Cousin Russ or someone can help.

No worries. Most of our viewers tune in to our hangouts after the fact. We are a global community, so our time zones and schedules vary.

All of our "new format" hangouts (since 1 Jan 2016) are archived at:
where the comments AND the video recording of each hangout are inseparable. This new process, using Business Hangouts, means my dear viewers won't miss any of the comments including links we mention. Folks register for the archived hangouts just as they would an upcoming hangout. Please note:
  • This week's hangouts are listed here each Sunday, with links to register, view and comment, before, during and after each hangout.
  • Previous weeks' hangouts are listed in the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Archives shown below. Merely roll the mouse over the word "archives" on the menu bar, then roll down to s specific series and find the link to click for individual hangouts.

The DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel continues as a hangout archive, but only for the video recording. This is something Cousin Russ and I simply do not recommend. Awesome breakthroughs occur as members of our genealogy community generously provide assistance to fellow viewers by posting comments. It's an exciting, pay-it-forward collaboration.
TECHIE ANSWER: Business Hangouts is the 3rd party production interface we now use to produce our genealogy hangouts. By design, concurrent viewing of a live Business Hangouts event on a YouTube Channel is not possible. Comments before, during and after a live broadcast posted via YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+  cannot be integrated with Business Hangouts comments. Business Hangouts video rendering to YouTube takes much longer and are filed in "unlisted" format, something we cannot override. Ol' Myrt usually changes the status to public within 24-36 hours after a live broadcast. The trade-off is a greater variety of attendees is possible, since one may log in using Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, or Twitter as opposed to only Google+ using the old method. (We simply couldn't get enough viewers to jump through the technical hoops to join us on the Google+ platform.) Business Hangouts permits enhanced production and design controls along with statistical analysis tools not provided within a Google+ community or a YouTube Channel.
Ol' Myrt here simply keeps her laptop connected via a HDMI cable to her big-screen TV in the family room, and I regularly review previous hangouts from During a live broadcast I'm so busy with camera controls and sharing screens I sometimes miss a comment or two. I've discovered that although I am actively involved during each live hangout, much more can be gleaned by reviewing both the archived video and the viewer comments.

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 DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you'll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.