Sunday, February 28, 2016

Feb 2016 FINALLY GET ORGANIZED! Winner is...




DearREADERS,
Lots of GREAT feedback from DearMYRTLE's weekly checklist participants in February 2016. Here's a sampling:

Meredith writes "Due to my mother having researched the Family Tree 30-40 years ago, I just copied that information into Family tree Maker. It is only recently that I have realised that there are many errors and more information to be found. Filing and sorting all the papers collected by my mother and myself has become a priority. Combining both paper and technology to reduce storage requirements is another angle I need to learn. It is unfortunate that many of the supplies you suggest are not available world-wide."  
DearMEREDITH, try to locate sources for the archival products we mention by using Google + your home country. Certainly us crazy folk in the US aren't the only ones privy to such acid-free folders and file boxes, etc.


June writes "Using your checklists and my blogging #365daysofjune helps keep me focused on my first four generations. Day 42 was my most empowered day genealogically speaking. [day#365daysofjuneday42 First Four Generations of the Stearns-Pease Family Update]. Microsoft Word is my place to added information,  analyse the information, verifying it with the Genealogical Proof Standards guidelines, before I add it to my Family Tree program. I have attempted several other suggestions of organization over the past years with the Do-Overs, Go-Overs, and webinars; I still return to my Microsoft Word to GPS [Genealogical Proof Standard] to Family Tree Program as my most successful and comfortable approach."
DearJUNE, Hopefully others will benefit from only looking at the first four generations as well. It's like a test case of what's possible later on in a larger scale.
Stephanie explains her most difficult challenge is "Relooking over my genealogy I can say my challenges is following the GPS.  Probably just a lack of knowing when to do it, i.e. when Ive completed the person."
DearSTEPHANIE, Knowing when you've completed research depends on who well you've scoured both online and offline record sets that survived from the time period. I'd suggest also studying how to write up a conclusion. Perhaps The Written Conclusion Study Group series will help you in this regard.

Lark reports "At least with regard to my surname folder, I can now easily find the photos and docs I'm looking for! And I love how I'm finding "new" information in documents I've had for years - just by transcribing them. What a fun surprise that's been!"
DearLARK, I hear you on the "finding new info in documents I've had for years - just by transcribing them." Glad the transcription idea is working for you, too!


-->Melissa's greatest challenge is "Making time to get newly found documents transcribed and into my genealogy program."
DearMELISSA, It's a challenge, but so worth staying on top of this work. As Lark can tell you, transcribing really brings the information items to our attention.

Tina describes her current genealogy organization successes as follows: "
-->Labeled binders with the surnames, books organized by category."
DearTINA, labeling the binders is half the battle. Now you've got a place to file away the next batch of photocopies and digital images.

Amy  says "
-->I have transcribed a will for my great grandfather and realized how oddly the land was to be disposed of - not to his wife but to be divided between five children. I thought that was odd and further research established that John's wife at the time of his death was not the mother of the named children....I had never noticed that before."
DearAMY, Finding a ssubsequent wife is tricky. Here I thought the response would be about a widow's rights of inheritance, which were lacking in earlier time periods.

Sandra reports "
-->I really really like the table top concept for filing. As each book begins to come together I feel a great sense of accomplishment."
DearSANDRA, Ol' Myrt here is glad you are feeling like you are getting a handle on things, and we're only just starting the third month of the FINALLY GET ORGANIZED weekly Checklists.  :)
Rachel says "
-->Currently my documents are scattered all over the place and while some are partially organized a lot of work still needs to be done. As well as managing to stay on task and not go chasing those bright shiny objects. This month I was able to get one family binder that is organized and has everything about that surname, that I currently have as well as my current thinking about the documents and why I chose them. I have also started to write proof statements that my clearly lay out my conclusions."
DearRACHEL, Those BSOs will get us every time. Had a bout with them myself last Friday night.

-->
Marcia is so busy scanning that her report was short and to the point "Notebooks all scanned!
-->Lots of paper / still needing scanned." 
DearMARCIA, Do you think the digitizing will go faster if you use a digital camera of some sort?
THE WINNING PARTICIPANT
IN DearMYRTLE's FEBRUARY 2016
FINALLY GET ORGANIZED! Checklist

will be announced during
Mondays with Myrt - 8 March 2016
This means you've still got Monday 29th Feb to submit your comments here:
Feb 2016 Participation Form (Ol' Myrt wants to hear about your experiences!) 


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FINALLY Get Organized! 28th Feb-5th Mar Checklist

 

DearREADERS,
Don't know about you, but it has been a whirlwind week at Ol' Myrt's house. After visiting with a neighborhood friend this week, I've decided to take a different tack with this week's checklist. Why? Well, let me tell you our neighbor's story.

The gentleman in question is retiring from a professional career and much to the chagrin of his dear wife, he has brought home 12 banker's boxes full of his favorite reports and projects. Why he staked them up neatly in his garage made me worry, but I digress.


This gentleman and Mr. Myrt get along well, since the man is a hobbyist blacksmith who appreciates woodworking, and Mr. Myrt is a woodworker who appreciates blacksmithing. Because the man grew up on a farm, his garage and black smith shop are filled with all sorts of old tools, some hand forged by his grandfather. Our neighbor learned to repair farm equipment with these tools, as he watched his grandfather and his father. Each tool represents family memories of struggling to overcome the hardships after the Depression and on the home front during WWII. There are undoubtedly stories of triumph when a good crop was brought in before the coming storm.

SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

In addition to the 12 banker's boxes, the gentleman has recently inherited half again as many boxes of his aunt's genealogy work.  You know the sort of thing - family group sheets, pedigree charts, letters, diplomas, old greeting cards, telegraphs, photos, documents and such. Just the sort of treasure trove a genealogist would love to get his hands on.


Just image 4-5 foot stacks of plastic containers lining all four walls, overflowing into a middle aisle in his upstairs 14x20 foot home office retreat. These comprise the gentleman's personal collection of family photos, slides and computer equipment reflecting his nearly 70 years of life as a husband, father and grandfather. Now I began to grasp the enormity of this neighbor's challenge.



You think you've got troubles? This man is literally drowning in family history ephemera, and he asked us for help getting organized.

Me thinks anything short of hiring a full-time archivist won't do the trick.


THE GOAL
Our neighbor said he wants to get "all this stuff in some sort of order to share" with his children and grandchildren. 

DearMYRTLE's photo and document
digitization set up.
He recognizes that old 3-ring binders and file folders stuffed to the brim with family group sheets and pedigree charts will just be thrown out after he's gone, since none of his children have enough room in their homes for "all this stuff." He recognizes the grandchildren are adept with tablets and smart phone technology and that's perhaps the way to peak their curiosity. 

Clearly the use of a flatbed scanner is simply out because the process would take too long. Even if we encourage our neighbor to use his digital camera and a camera stand like the one Mr. Myrt and I use to speed up the process, it's entirely possible the task will outlive the man's life span.

THE SOLUTION

Ol' Myrt's suggestion is simply to tell 1 family history story per week for the next year.

As we talked further, I realized we were going to have to up his game and ask that he tell 3 family history stories per week. 

No worries about chronological order. No worries beyond the short five minutes it takes to record a single family history anecdote. That way, by the end of this coming year, our neighbor will have happily delved into all his "stuff" and shared 156 family history stories that otherwise would have been buried deep in his piles of banker's boxes, notebooks and plastic storage bins.

FINALLY Get Organized! 28th Feb-5th Mar Checklist

So as we approach this week's organization checklist, let's take a break and actually start sharing.

Let's step away from the overwhelming task of comparing our digital and paper files. Let's quit fussing about where to file things about a woman before or after marriage, or what to do with your ancestor's in-laws info that fell into your lap late last year. Let's go so far as to shelve our worries about what to do with our Family Tree Maker Files during this transition period. Let's SHARE our family history in small, manageable bites at a time, so as to not choke our family members at the very thought of another "genealogy lecture."

  1. Let's take this week to tell 1 family history story per day, just for the fun of it! Rejoice in the freedom to share your memories with others. It could be:
  • A childhood memory
  • Something you remember about your Dad
  • A memory of your mother who always said _______________.
  • A school field trip.
  • Summer trip to visit ______________.
  • Why you love to eat ______________, when initially you didn't like it one bit.
  • Something your grandmother told you about her parents.
  • Your grandfather's opinion about _____________.
  • Something one of your children did when he was two or three.
  • The story of how you broke your arm, or skinned your knee, but it was totally worth it.
  • What grandpa said life was like when he was a child.
  • The house where your grandparents first lived.
  • The silly family story about ______________.
  • How saving for _____________ was the hardest thing you ever did.
  • What surprised you to learn about your grandmother's mother.
  • Great Uncle ______ who went to war.

 2. Mix it up a little. Anyone can write an email, but is that what will really make the "younger set" get excited about the family stories you've collected? Consider:
  • Setting 3-5 photos and documents on the kitchen table each day, then ask a grandchild or some other youngster in your neighborhood to record your with your smart phone. Upload the file to your free YouTube or FamilySearch account, and share the link to the video with your family and closest friends. For more info see:
    http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLE_Scanning



  • If you are lucky enough to have inherited an old quilt, pair of glasses, a rocking chair or desk from your parents or grandparents, why not share the story of that treasure? Believe me, it's going to become a treasure when  your great-grandchildren can hear your voice as you tell about someone one or two generations older than you are.
So go on! Let's SHARE. You can bet Ol' Myrt will be doing this as well.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Oct 2016 Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friend Donna Moughty who also writes "You can check out the blogs covering the 2014 Research Trips as well as the 2013 Dublin Research Trip."




Sarasota, FL — Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research, will again be taking a group of researchers to Ireland from October 16–23, 2016. The repositories scheduled on this trip include the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office and Registry of Deeds; other repositories will be scheduled as needed. Dublin based professionals will also be available to assist participants at various locations.

The trip includes 7 nights accommodations (including breakfast) at Buswell’s Hotel, two hours of pre-trip consultation, orientation and assistance at the research facilities, two dinners and admission to the Back To Our Past Conference.

If there is enough interest, a research trip to Belfast will also be offered from October 9 - 15, 2016.

A limited number of spaces are available and a $100 discount will be applied to those who register prior to 31 March 2016. For further information visit www.moughty.com.

Contact:
Donna M. Moughty
moughty@mac.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WACKY Wednesday - EvidentiaSoftware.com is now archived

DearREADERS,
DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousin Edna Hopper hosted tonight's WACKY Wednesday 24 February 2016 with Cousin Russ as we took a look at Evidentia, the software that "makes it easy to collect information, analyze evidence, highlight missed connections and feel confident with your conclusions. Evidentia does not replace your current genealogy software, but instead is meant to supplement and complement your research." Source: http://evidentiasoftware.com/

Our guest is Ed Thompson, the developer of Evidentia. 



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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Please index all names in my Ancestry.com tree

DearREADERS,
Living without an every name index is like
A day without sunshine, but I digress.

Yesterday's Mondays with Myrt hangout featured a discussion introduced by Randy Seaver's "Does the Ancestry Member Tree  Index "Prune" Trees?" posted on his Genea-Musings blog. Since then the Ancestry.com message board query initially identifying the problem has been partially disabled, meaning no additional responses are permitted. I cannot help but think it will be harder than ever to politely encourage Ancestry to index every person in our Ancestry.com trees, Ol' Myrt here suggests a work-around at the close of this post.

Here's the direct link to our video discussion.

https://youtu.be/tcbTV4mbRTw?t=34m45s

Here's the embedded video, with the "Ancestry Member Tree index pruning" discussion occurring at 34m45s into the hangout:



Randy Seaver worked through his reader's question, and found the original query, still available at the time of my initial reading, but now locked, permitting no additional responses. I have added my emphasis in three color enhancements of item 2 below:

" From [Ancestry's] Jim Mosher

1. The index for our Public Member Trees has not been updated since mid-November.

2. The current indexing rules do prune people from the index. These rules eliminate unusually large people (those with thousands of events or hundreds of immediate family members); those without any sources; and those with only a name. This makes the indexing more efficient (and it is still a big job to process the multiple billions of people in the trees system). THIS IS A CHANGE from what we used to do, so the statement of "only ever indexing those with records attached" is incorrect, but it DOES reflect the current system.

3. The Member Service agent was also correct in that she cannot connect you to our development staff to "talk to a tech." There are escalation channels within Member Services, and they can (and do) bring up issues with our Product and Development teams, but they will not put you on the phone with the development staff.

HOWEVER, we are investigating to see if something has failed with part of the tree index, and we are in-process of re-indexing the public member trees.


SOURCE: Ancestry.com and Ancestry Site Comments Message Board has an interesting thread titled "Public Tree Search Results" started by Vera on 3 February, with 29 comments to date, viewed 23 Feb 2016.

ITEM
Cousin Russ Worthington wondered if people yelling about undocumented trees is what caused this decision in restructuring the criteria for indexing an Ancestry Tree.

ITEM
From Lisa Gorrell: "Does this mean that my stripped-down tree that I posted for DNA purposes will never be found by anyone else also searching for my families?" In retrospect, Ol' Myrt here wonders if DNA matches work under a different tree-indexing criteria.

ITEM
What is a stripped down version of our trees attached to our DNA results? Lisa Gorrell says "Yes, my tree has no citations. I have not spent the time to attach the 'leaves.' "

ITEM
Russ Worthington suggests giving feedback to Ancestry.com by clicking help in the upper right side of the Ancestry menu bar. Be specific.




ITEM At 50:29 Bill West asks "Is this being done on all trees or just certain categories, like the free public trees?" Russ Worthington postulates that if a Ancestry Tree is not an Ancestry Member ($ubscriber) Tree, then an algorithm could be created to exclude it from the index.


ITEM
DearMYRTLE wonders "What about deciding not to broker Ancestry mail communication between subscribers and non-subscribers?" Is this the why behind the current indexing algorithm policy?

ITEM
Randy Seaver says "I think all trees should be searched."

ITEM
Randy Seaver reads Danine Cozzens chat comment "This sounds like Ancestry programmers are making things simpler for efficiency without understanding how genealogists use their fine product."

ITEM
M. Koalski : "I don't think it was a FEW people complaining [about undocumented trees] but I think Ancestry could satisfy everyone by just listing the most-documented cases at the top of the list [of possible matches with other Ancestry Member Trees.]"

Randy Seaver says he "suggested this very thing last year to Tim Sullivan [Ancestry CEO.]"

ITEM
Patrick Shaul says "I also do a stripped down version for DNA, but I let Ancestry shake the leaves and apply the sources to make the information acceptable to others." 

ITEM
Betty-Lu Burton says "Maybe with Ancestry starting to play nicely with the software companies then it will become easier to add citations. It gets rather tedious adding the same citations in 2 or 3 places." Ol' Myrt here agrees. After all, we are using computers, so let's take advantage of computing technology. Thank-you to Ancestry for partnering with RootsMagic to permit syncing by the end of this year. 

ITEM
I'm wondering if there shouldn't be an expectation of "truth in advertising" where several different television ads show a person typing names in a tree at Ancestry.com is shown? The voice-over says things like "I just typed in a name and I found my grandmother." Maybe Ol' Myrt here is mixing up the shaking leaves, and tree indexing, but on the other hand:




CURIOUS OL' MYRT
After the hangout, Ol' Myrt began to wonder why Ancestry.com wouldn't want member and non-member trees with shaky leaves and matches to other trees for every individual on our trees? Each individual is a "doorway" for someone to make a connection with my tree.

Making the index of trees an every name index would only invite new interest in joining or continuing membership with Ancestry.com. Rather than losing the every name index, I'd choose to use the "ignore" option on un-sourced ancestors in trees. That way I could later revisit my sticky wicket ancestors and attempt communication with the owner of the other Ancestry tree.


Living without an every name index is like:
  • Attempting to search through US Civil War Pension files where only the soldier and spouse are listed. In my case, I had to order nine different files for a man by the name of Phillips. Do you know how many also had a wife named Louise? It was when the children were listed that I made the correct connection. Sometimes even badly formed trees may provide a clue that subsequent research may prove true.
  • Dealing with a county history published at the turn of the previous century. Certainly we know there are errors in a compiled history, but the clues often have some basis in fact.
  • A day without sunshine, but I digress.


A WORK-AROUND

1. Respond to the "Public Tree Search Results" post located here: http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?o=0&m=14608.1.2.1.1.1.1.1&p=topics.ancestry.ancsite In Ol' Myrt's case, I am inserting the following text:
Thank-you for sponsoring Ancestry Member Trees as an effective way for members to locate documents that possible match our ancestor profiles. Please do not prune those trees. Anytime an index is incomplete, there's a chance my ancestors will never be found. Please, Ancestry.com, index everyone in my trees.

My research requires I make every possible cousin connection and find every available document in your extensive library of images.
UPDATE: Before hitting the "publish" button on this post, I attempted to post my two paragraphs from above. Apparently this Ancestry topic has been closed to additional responses. I immediately checked with Randy Seaver, who confirms he is also unable to add a reply. This isn't playing fair, Ancestry. How are we to express ourselves and come to a mutual understanding?

2. Until Ancestry.com responds with a favorable change in the tree indexing policy, we may have to consider creating a .PDF file to attach to every "empty" person in our tree. The text would say something like this:
I've added this comment to work around the Ancestry.com Feb 2016 policy stating certain ancestral names would be excluded from their index specifically "those without any sources" and "those with only a name." Source: http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?o=0&m=14608.1.2.1.1.1.1.1&p=topics.ancestry.ancsite

This is indeed my brick wall, and I wish to communicate with others who may have information on this ancestor I've been unable to find despite my best efforts. Perhaps you've run across him in your research? Maybe this is a sibling to your direct line ancestors? 

But then, maybe that's Ancestry's game plan all along. They can then quote a higher number of "records added to member trees." Never mind it's a generic source attempting to fool Ancestry's current tree-indexing algorithm.

If I'm sounding cynical, it's because I am frustrated by the closing of the message query to additional responses that may prove useful to solving this problem in a way that meets the needs of both sides.

Let's keep responses to this post on topic, INDEXING EVERY NAME ON AN ANCESTRY TREE. Perhaps, Danine Cozzens said it best:

"This sounds like Ancestry programmers are making things simpler for efficiency without understanding how genealogists use their fine product."

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#ancestry #acom

Sunday, February 21, 2016

FINALLY Get Organized! 21st-27th Feb Checklist





DearREADERS,
We've been working very hard so far this month in our FINALLY Get Organized! Checklists, so this week Ol' Myrt here is going to make this a little easier for you. We're going to take on the concept of siblings.

Some folks say they only compile information on their direct line parents, grand-parents and great-grandparents. Indeed we've only been working on the male lines, with a smattering on the female side of the family.

The very best genealogy break-throughs Ol' Myrt here has had have come from someone who descends from the brother or sister of my direct-line ancestors.

CASE IN POINT
It was the youngest sister of Lowell Simpson Froman, a dear woman named Lillian Louise Froman, who provided me a copy of this photo of her father, William Gist Froman, his wife Louisa Mae Higgins and eldest son Lowell. Now just look at that photo. At first glance doesn't she look to young to be a wife. Yet, I have this couple's younger child Lillian's word that this is indeed a portrait of a husband, wife and eldest child. Lillian knew her mother married quite young, and that the soldier was much older. It was well known in the family. I was able to corroborate the age difference with original documents.


It was also Lillian who explained the old soldier's middle initial "G" was for Gist, after the soldier's mother's maiden name, Cecil Cernan Gist. This was my first photograph of my grandfather Lowell, whom I met only once, when I was about five years of age. Somehow I didn't think to ask him what his father's middle name was. How silly of me!

Lillian also gave me a copy of this photo taken a few years later. In the upper left is a slightly older Lowell Froman. Ada Marie, Alonzo Leland and Helen Froman in the middle row. Little Lillian Louise Froman is in the front row, center.


Lillian also provided me this view of a Froman Christmas tree apparently with electric lights. I recognize that bowl cut on little Herbert Mitchell Froman. Wish we still had the Tiffany lamp.




  1. Add the names and compiled dates of birth, marriage and death for the SIBLINGS of your 4 generations on your surname (if male) or maiden name (if female) in your genealogy management program This will make it easier to also attach group images you've already scanned to the other people in the photo. The same goes for obituaries where siblings are listed with their spouses.

For paper-centric genealogists, you'll now need to reprint the 4 family group sheets where:
  • You and your siblings now show up with your parents.
  • Your father and his siblings now show up with their parents.
  • Your grandfather and his siblings now show up with their parents.
  • Your great-grandfather and his siblings now show up with their parents, if known.


 2. If it takes more than one document to prove a point of fact about an ancestor's life, then attach the relevant documents, and under "notes" for the event or fact place a "written conclusion" about those multiple sources for one fact in your genealogy software. What's a written conclusion? It could be a simply proof statement, proof summary or more complex proof argument explaining why you believe your conclusion about this one fact accurately reflects your current thinking" about that facet of your ancestors life.

EXTRA CREDIT - Watch DearMYRTLE's The Written Conclusion Study Group (2015) based on Chapter 7 of Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). [Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof , also available in Kindle format, described here.]




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Check out all previous DearMYRTLE's Finally Get Organized! Checklists.


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REGISTER: Mondays with Myrt and WACKY Wednesday

DearREADERS,
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MONDAYS WITH MYRT - 22 February 2016
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UTC-7 hours

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


 
 WACKY WEDNESDAY - 24 Feb 2016
Tune in to find out which of DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousins joins us to discuss one topic in depth. Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Come on over:
http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com
WHEN
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pmam Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm 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

FEE
This DearMYRTLE Hangout 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

HOW
Now everyone can log in to VIEW and COMMENT on DearMYRTLE Hangouts. YUP! Log in with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email or G+ account. You'll only need a G+ if you wish to JOIN the panel as an "official" participant.

VIEW and post COMMENTS before, during and after each hangout. The comments are right there with the video now that we're hosting them at:
http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com

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

ARCHIVED VERSION
If you miss the live events, catch the archived version at your convenience. It's usually available within the hour after the *live* recording has concluded. http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com

Happy family tree climbing!
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.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Register NOW for this week's DearMYRTLE hangouts

DearREADERS,
We are looking forward to three awesome genealogy hangouts this week. Register for each one separately, as you would any genealogy hangout or webinar. Then check your confirmation and reminder emails for the link to view and comment. Cousin Russ will be on hand to bring your comments to the screen wherever possible.


Mondays with Myrt - 8 Feb 2016 at Noon Eastern (US)
Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts.

 WACKY Wednesday 17 Feb 2016 at 9pm Eastern (US)
Find out which of DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousins hosts this hangout.

 Genealogy Game Night 20 Feb 2016 at 9pm Eastern (US)
We're playing Who's In My Line?
Shine the spotlight on your ancestor and see if you can stump the panel.

What's new in 2016? You may log in with any of the following social media accounts:

  • Facebook
  • Google+ (If you wish to appear on the panel, you'll use your Google account.)
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter


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.