Sunday, January 31, 2016

A very special Mondays with Myrt - 1 Feb 2016


DearREADERS,
We will begin broadcasting live from the world-famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Those who have arrived early for RootsTech are cordially invited to join us for a very special Mondays with Myrt hangout.

1 February 2016
10am-noon local time
broadcasting from the 3rd floor glass-enclosed nerve center of the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah


If you wish to appear in the video hangout, sign the clip-board with Mr. Myrt outside the broadcast booth. We will be cycling in 3-4 people at a time, making room for all who wish to participate.

REMOTE VIEWERS may:
  • register at http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com
  • see your personal registration confirmation email
  • click your personal link to join the hangout as a viewer and post comments

We start broadcasting at:
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, this is the one Ol' Myrt uses:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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FINALLY Get Organized! 31 Jan - 6 Feb 2016


DearREADERS,
Well, this is the beginning of our second month as an OG. That's right. An Organized Genealogist. No giggling now! I'll bet if you look back you'll realize you are a lot farther along than you were last December.

DIGITAL OR PAPER-ORIENTED?
Our friend Sandy of FamilySleuth.org writes "I am moving to Legacy 8. I need to become more digital than I am. I keep only vitals or other important documents." Sounds like Sandy is moving away from the Coffee Table approach, and that's OK. For me, I've still got 99 44/100% of my descendants totally not interested in genealogy. They think I'm nuts, but that's OK. For me, the digital files for me parallel the 3-ring binders for my non-genealogist relatives. But like Sandy, I do keep those precious vital records, family bibles and such in archival quality storage.

ARCHIVAL SUPPLIES

In reply to Mary who posted via Facebook "I would like to laminate all my family genealogy papers and forth. Has anyone else done this?" there were a number of replies with a resounding NO. Mary Shapiro replied sweetly "An alternative to lamination is to put documents in paper or photo sleeves. If you use the three hole punched, you can store them in three ring binders. This way you can handle them without damaging them. Use archival acid free /photo non reactive protectors. It's usually listed on the package." 
 
Linda Brown Levin writes "I cannot say often enough how important it is that you not laminate!!! My daddy and his brothers were in a news article during WWII and daddy laminated it, thinking to preserve it. It is dying right before my very eyes and I can't get another copy. I cry every single time I look at this pitiful, pitiful news article. I use acid free photo protectors for news articles/obituary etc."

Linda Nielsen Lebeda via Facebook reports that "Gaylord has museum quality archival products including several options for newspapers. They are a bit pricey, but if your newspapers are precious it might be worth it. I haven't ordered yet, but have been looking at these. They also have boxes. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZDHF8PM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl." Ol' Myrt here discovered Amazon has many Gaylord products at a better price, so keep that in mind.

BINDER LABELS 
Cindy Nekvasil Hester via Facebook shared this view of her bookshelf with nifty ancestral photo binder labels. Her work became so detailed, she could no longer fit four generations in one binder. Remember, Ol' Myrt here only requested you to work the first four generations on your surname (if a man) or maiden name (if a woman). And I've asked you to create a binder for your mother's maiden name, and one for yourself if you are a woman.

IMAGE: From the library of Cindy Nekvasil Hester.
 1. Commence working on your mother's maiden name binder as follows:
Label oversize tabbed 3-ring dividers as follows (without the text in parenthesis): 
For you male genealogists:  

  • 1st generation (youngest, where your mother is a little girl in the family with her parents)
  • 2nd generation (where your mother's father is a little boy)
  • 3rd generation (where your mother's grandfather in a little boy)
  • 4th generation (where your mother's great-grandfather is a little boy)
You want to think of your mother as the youngest direct line ancestor with that surname/maiden name.

For you female genealogists:
Dealing with the maiden name binder, your task is slightly different since you are the youngest direct line ancestor with that surname/maiden name, so:
  • 1st generation (youngest, where you are listed as a child with your parents)
  • 2nd generation (where your mother is a little girl in the family with her parents)
  • 3rd generation  (where your mother's father is a little boy)
  • 4th generation  (where your mother's grandfather in a little boy)
  2. Let's start talking what to do with collateral lines. Yes, those pesky siblings. 

IMAGE: From the author's personal collection.
This is a picture (left to right) of my brother Mike, my little sister Sharon, our mother, our father and me. So in my PLAYER family family 3-ring binder, I have the first family group sheet that lists our parents and the three of us as children.

How to handle brothers

Carefully, but I digress. Once my brother married, the family sheet in the Player Family binder is updated to reflect the marriage date and name of his bride. Mike also gained his own 1st-generation sibling tab and accompanying digital folder in my computer hard drive, as he is within that 1st generation of the Player Family. If he and his wife never have children, all marriage documents and photos are filed there.

Once Mike and his wife start having children, I break him out into his own Mike Player & descendants 3-ring binder. After all, I want his children to have a Coffee Table Book to read about themselves while I grab the Player Family binder aka Coffee Table Book so they can learn about our illustrious ancestors.


So from my generation to our children, descendants are listed in descendant family binders by generation. Mike's married children each have a tab in his binder that includes the family group sheets where each is a parent, and all accompanying marriage documents, birth certificates of children and photos are found, until they too begin having children.

How to handle sisters
Once women are married, they are known legally in the US and in my paper-oriented and digitally oriented filing systems by their married name. In the case of my sister, as soon as she married, the family sheet in the Player Family binder is updated to reflect the marriage date and name of groom. Then anything about my sister Sharon after the marriage, including her wedding portrait and marriage certificate will appear in a new surname binder bearing her husband's surname. Basically:

  • File everything on a daughter prior to marriage in her maiden name family binder and accompanying digital file folder.
  • File everything on that same woman after marriage in her spouse's surname family binder and accompanying digital file.
  • If a woman is widowed or divorced, and subsequently marries, file those post-marriage related items in the subsequent spouse's surname and marriage binder
  • But REMEMBER to update the original family sheets in each previous surname binder, so the new relationship is listed by date(s) and spouse(s) name(s).
  3. It's much easier to keep track of a brother or sister who marry and subsequently have children using your genealogy management program. 
I'm glad you've already chosen one. Be sure to get the siblings of your ancestors typed in, and create additional binders for the married women.

Is it necessary to have a gazillion 3-ring binders? No. You can combine multiple surnames in one binder. Then when one surname becomes to large, break it out into it's own. If the surname you are "breaking out" occurs in the middle of a bunch, then make three binders. This isn't likely to happen since we're only working the first four generations. I've got over 128 surname binders, and I'm downsizing. Here's the lineup of a few of Ol' Myrt's surname binders:


A (including Adkins, Ashbridge, etc.)
B (includes Bassett, Blount, Booth, etc.)
C
Cromwell
Crowley-Cummings
Daines Descendants (my sister's first married name)


Want to Hangout?
We will be discussing this week's checklist during our Mondays with Myrt hangout. Here's the link to register using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/next-hangout.html Now everyone can view and comment. With my new hangout interface, you only need a Google account if you want to appear as a filmstrip panelist.

Here's the link to the calendar of other upcoming DearMYRTLE genealogy hangouts: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/calendar.html

Look for that in upcoming DearMYRTLE's Finally Get Organized! Checklists.




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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 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.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Have you finished up the January checklists?


DearREADERS,
Have you officially earned the right to display the "Jan 2016 weekly checklists completed" graphic above? It's simple. Complete each task assigned in the checklists for January including:
AND complete the form over here to report your activities. Tell Ol' Myrt what was the hardest thing for you to accomplish? The easiest? Did the checklist take you off on a tangent like Cousin Russ experienced?

AWARD #1
If you completed at least 75% of the checklists tasks, you are entitled to post the January 2016 award graphic shown above on your blog, shared Google Doc and 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 here to participate. You 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 in January must post their response to the DearMYRTLE's January 2016 FINALLY Get Organized Weekly Checklists HERE. The decision of the judges is final.

The winner will be announced during Mondays with Myrt 1 February 2016, and in this blog.

Happy family tree climbing!


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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 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.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Need historical context? Try MooseRoots


DearREADERS,
I've been thinking about Seattle, the city in Washington state where my father was enumerated in the 1940 US federal census as a college student in the household of his parents Shirley and Myrtle Player. I lived in the greater Seattle area in 1951-1962 and then again in the 1970s, so my view of the cultural and economic conditions is decidedly different from typical life in 1940. Its more challenging to imagine Seattle as it was in 1926 when my grandfather Shirley moved his family up from Salt Lake City.

Our friends at MooseRoots.com have a
nifty way for me to see
how things have changed over the decades.
 

I think they are pivoting on information culled from King County, Washington US census population enumerations. Note below the zoomed in view of the 1940 census showing my grandparents, dad and his siblings living at 420 Wheeler Street.

IMAGE: 420 Wheeler, ED 40-115, Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Population Schedule, Shirley Player household, Sheet 5B, lines 60-64 Ancestry.com : viewed 22 April 2012.
My paternal grandfather was to die just two short years later on 15 March 1942, so his work as a proprietor of an automotive service station in the earlier decades is a focus of my research. I estimate the photo below was taken about two years before my grandfather's long battle with cancer. I recognize the home in the photo as 420 Wheeler - how's that for good circa 1941 estimate?

IMAGE: Shirley and Myrtle (Weiser) Player,
420 Wheeler, Seattle, WA circa 1941.
An interactive chart from MooseRoots.com works like this:
  • Roll your mouse over the graph, to the left and right, noticing the time periods represented. 
We can see from the MooseRoots interactive chart below that while whites comprised nearly 100% of the population in decades prior to my grandfather's arrival in King County, the percentage of Asians steadily grew over time. Much later, I was aware of the strong Asian influence in architecture and asymmetrical landscape design when I lived in the greater Seattle area in the 1970s.



According to the MooseRoots's Education Attainment in King County Over Time Chart below, in 1940 "around 3 out of 10 of people living in King County had earned a high school degree. Over time, this figure grew by 209%, so that by 2010, roughly 9 out of 10 people had earned a high school degree." Clearly my view in the 1970s reflected the understanding that most adults were at least high school graduates.

IMAGE: Uncle Jack (left) and my dad Glen, Player's Service Station,
Seattle, Washington circa 1928, from my personal collection.


From 1926 to 1942 my grandfather was proprietor of the Player Service Station. He would have noticed a gradually dwindling pool of folks ready to learn the automotive mechanics trade, but may have seen a greater number of high school graduates willing to work as gas station and parking lot attendants while working their way through classes at nearby University of Washington. This may explain why my grandfather was so interested in keeping the one mechanic who had worked with him so long. Were reliable skilled mechanics hard to come by?

Visit our friends at MooseRoots.com, search for an ancestor, then scroll down below the transcribed entry in the 1940 census, to view these sorts of demographic charts for your ancestors' locality.

If you are coming to RootsTech 2016 next week in Salt Lake City, Utah, stop by the MooseRoots booth in the exhibit hall. Tell 'em Ol' Myrt sent ya! 



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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 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.


MyHeritage RootsTech AfterParty, Fri 5 Feb 2016


DearREADERS,
Just received a note from Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogy Officer at MyHeritage.com. He writes:


We're delighted to invite you and a guest to the exclusive MyHeritage RootsTech After-Party on Friday, February 5 at 8pm, at the Marriott City Creek Grand Ballroom, in Salt Lake City, Utah, directly across from the Salt Palace where RootsTech is being held.

Come catch up with some of the MyHeritage team along with their friends, partners, and fellow geneabloggers. Enjoy appetizers, refreshments, fun games, and raffle prizes. (And let's not forget about the special gift each guest will take home!)


You could also be the lucky winner of one of many cash gift cards, Kindle Fire tablets, or one of the grand prizes — an iPad Mini 4 or $250 gift card!



This event is reserved for those 18 and older.

So DearREADERS, in order  for Ol' Myrt to select 5 additional people, you must correctly answer the following:

Who's hosting the MyHeritage RootsTech after party?
A. MyHeritage
B. Utah Jazz
C. Elvis

I'll be choosing 5 winners who comment correctly, and then I'll email you privately with the link to register.





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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Where are Myrt's hangouts archived?


DearREADERS,
We moved to the new hangout interface this past month, and it is a smashing success. We've noticed folks commenting by logging in via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. No longer is our viewership limited to Google+ users. The G+ login is only required if one wishes to appear as a filmstrip panel participant.

As anticipated, there are some lingering questions as we become accustomed to this new hangout "game board."

SCREEN SIZE
Darlene writes "I can't find where you can increase the viewing screen to full monitor. The new tool has an increase button but it grows the viewing area to only about 2/3 of your monitor. But maybe I am missing something?" You aren't missing anything. By design the new interface provides for three columns of information from left to right:
  • The video itself (2/3 of your monitor, as you've noted)
  • The list of panel participants & viewers
  • Comments with links
It's possible to use your web browser's zoom function to see more of the video portion of the hangout, if that works for you. The drawback there is you'd have to scroll to the right to post a comment of click on a link shared by another viewer or filmstrip panel participant.

ARCHIVED VIDEOS
Darlene continues "Another thing that bothers me more is the lack of a playlist to return to an outdated video. With the old hangout format we could return many times to view previous videos. This is a handy feature for the many training hangouts you have done."
 
Viewers will find the new 2016 videos, as well as the older format videos on the new DearMYRTLE Hangouts site under "Archives" as shown below:


Starting with the 2016 videos, all comments are right there with the archived video. One merely scrolls back to review them. This is a great improvement over following a YouTube "Playlist" where you'd have to fish through DearMYRTLE's Google+ Community to find the show notes with all the links and comments.

All DearMYRTLE videos, before and after 1 Jan 2016, are also archived as "playlists" over on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/playlists


REMINDERS
Thankfully our new hangout interface provides confirmation and reminder emails, something our viewers have long asked for and are accustomed to receiving when participating in other genealogy events on the web.

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Cousin Russ and I look forward to exploring additional tools provided by the new "Business Hangouts" interface. Right off the bat, we're happy to report the new interface provide metrics not previously provided by Google.

We are most excited that Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn followers may now join the conversation. 

Collaboration and conversation
is 
what it's all about!



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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 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.


FINALLY Get Organized! 24th-31st Jan 2016 (sorta)


DearREADERS,
Sorta? Well, you know, next week's checklist will be published on Sunday, 31st January 2016 but will concern the first week in February, that poor, forlorn month with so few days.  But I digress.

THE JAN 24th-31st CHECKLIST BEGINS HERE
This week takes a different tack - it's pay back time. 

Now to branch out a bit, we’re going to do some online indexing and have a little fun.

 1. Volunteer at FamilySearch Indexing.  You’ve probably heard about this massive project. Nearly 6 million records were indexed in 2015. There are currently 592 projects with varying degrees of difficulty. Multiple languages are offered, as wFamilySearch continues collecting records from countries throughout the world. If you are fluent in Spanish, go for indexing one of those record sets.


This is a way for you to pay your dues, genealogically speaking.
It is amazing what we can accomplish together. 


Do not worry. There are two people indexing each page, and an arbitrator that resolves any differences noted by the FamilySearch computers. Each month Cousin Russ and one of DearMYRTLE's very distant cousins records an indexing session. In the embedded video below, names were indexed as they appeared in a variety of obituaries. We all know how valuable obituaries are for providing clues about other family members.



Here is a smattering of other FamilySearch Indexing videos in DearMYRTLE's archives:
It only takes a few minutes to sign up as a volunteer and download the software here.

2. Learn to browse the image collections at FamilySearch.org .
There's a method to Ol' Myrt's madness. Since the majority of the records at FamilySearch are not yet indexed, researchers must spend most of their time browsing, not searching by name. So do not type in an ancestor's name. Scroll over and down to click the "Browse all published collections" text.


The FamilySearch Historial Record Collections list is arranged in alphabetical order by location and type of record. Researchers may narrow down the list by place (point A below), date (point B below) and collection type of record group (point C below.)

In the screen shot below:
  • Alabama Births and Christenings 1881-1930 has no images but has 6,841 indexed entries. There is no tiny camera icon to the left of the collection title.
  • Alabama Estate Files 1830-1976 has images and is indexed. See the tiny camera icon to the left of the collection title is present.
  • Alabama Probate Records 1809-1985 has images but is not indexed. See the text Browse images.


  3. Create surname binders for yourself (if female) and your mother's maiden name, but leave them at that for the moment. No need to worry about color coding, we are making coffee table books for the non-genealogists in the family.

 4. Update your genealogy program to include your siblings with birth and marriage information. Make sure photos and documents are transcribed and cited before attaching to the appropriate individuals as well. 

NOTE: We have not yet considered adoption, maiden names, filing of post-marriage documents, etc. Look for that in upcoming DearMYRTLE's Finally Get Organized! Checklists.


Happy family tree climbing!


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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 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.