Friday, April 29, 2016

Are "Look Ups" a copyright violation?

DearREADERS,
At the risk of channeling Yoda: Lambasted for questioning the advisability of free "look ups" at paid genealogy sites, she was. Certain "genealogists" had asked for lookups among those who had paid for subscriptions to FindMyPast and Ancestry.com. In each post, the researcher admitted being "too cheap" to join the service in question.Yes, Ol' Myrt here is surprised to see numerous family historians thought me stuffy for politely suggesting alternatives. Looking things up at a local Family History Center or public library come immediately to mind here.

It's my belief that legitimate look ups concern textural items, not available elsewhere. This may be when your friend in going to a local library to look at the obituary index card file. He might do a look up for you as a courtesy.
 

Advertising free look ups on "behind the pay wall" websites for digital images of documents with the expressed purpose of circumventing the price of admission, is unbecoming a true genealogist.

Somebody's got to pay the piper.

WHAT'S JUDY GOT TO SAY ABOUT IT?
In her post Just Say No, our esteemed Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell writes:
It’s like asking your neighbor who has high speed cable internet service if you can run your wire to his modem so you can use his service. Or if he’d mind sharing the password to his router so you can use his wireless system.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
If you want to do research, you want websites to succeed in growing memberships. Then they will have revenue to do more preservation and digitization.

You don't want to be coming through the back-door through the use of the sleezy "free look-up" folks out there.

Either you are a responsible researcher, playing nicely in the genea-sandbox - or you are not.

IMAGE: Licensed by Adobe Stock.


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Basking Ridge, NJ: Cousin Russ demos MyHeritage Library Edition

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received by our friends at the Bernard Township Library. If you are in the area, you won't want to miss Cousin Russ' presentation.

MyHeritage Library Edition: 
A Guided Tour
 Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Bernards Township Library
32 S Maple Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

   
MyHeritage Library Edition™ will be available for FREE after May 1, 2016 at MAIN Libraries and for use at home by patrons with an active library card.
At the FHIG meeting on April 26, Russ Worthington will provide an early introduction to the features of this resource and share valuable hints for making the most of this tool
to expand a genealogy research project.
Some highlights of MyHeritage Library Edition™ include:
  • Record content: access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past 5 centuries.
  • Language diversity: Available in 40 languages–the industry’s most multilingual family history search engine.
  • Powerful technology: Automatic handling of translations, synonyms and spelling variations of millions of names in multiple languages AND unique Record Detective™ technology that recommends additional records for each record discovered.
  • Remote Access: Library members can use the MyHeritage Library Edition™ either at their local library or in the comfort of their own home using their active library card for access.
About Russ Worthington 
Russ is well known to FHIG [Family History Interest Group] audiences, and in the wider genealogy world. Worthington started ‘collecting his ancestors’ over 16 years ago and has since traveled from Maryland to Maine visiting cemeteries and archives, finding cousins and headstones, and taking photographs in search of family history information.  He has become an enthusiastic user of Google Hangouts for family history discussions and tutorials, blogs regularly on genealogy topics and on the use of the computer genealogy program Family Tree Maker, and relishes opportunities to attend and present at genealogy conferences nationwide.


7-year old groupie!

DearREADERS,
This just in from LibertyE who writes: "I home school our four boys and every afternoon they do a four sentence journal on whatever they want. This is what my 7 year old submitted today."



TRANSCRIPTION:

I like mert.
Mert is cool.
I like genealeg.
Geneleg is cool.


Made my day! Thanks, Liberty!  :)

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, April 24, 2016

REGISTER NOW: Upcoming DearMYRTLE Hangouts

 

 
DearREADERS,
So, this post will contain two week's worth of hangouts. Register, then use the link in your confirmation email to view AND comment before, during and after our DearMYRTLE hangouts. Be sure to arrive early for the live event to get a seat. Cousin Russ will do his best to weave your comments and queries into the conversation.


Mondays with Myrt - 25 April 2016at Noon Eastern (US New York)
Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Let's talk about what's trending in the world of genealogy.

We then skip until the 16th of May, while Ol' Myrt here is away for research and
to attend NGS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

 
Mondays with Myrt - 16 May 2016
at Noon Eastern (US New York)


ESM's QuickLesson 7
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group
Discussing the Works of Elizabeth Shown Mills

Syllabus:
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 7: Family Lore and Indian Princesses,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-7-family-lore-and-indian-princesses : accessed 30 Sept 2015).

 ESM's Quick Lesson 8
Friday, 20 May 2016


Note this unusual Friday meeting day.
A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group

Discussing the Works of Elizabeth Shown Mills


Syllabus:
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 8: What Constitutes Proof?” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-8-what-constitutes-proof : accessed 30 Sept 2015).  

HOMEWORK: Due by Noon on Monday before the Wednesday session and Thursday before the Friday session. Study the following QuickLesson, then post a blog by or public Google Doc with specific example(s) about how this concept applies in your personal genealogical research. Include your name and the QuickLesson citation (shown below) at the top of your homework. Then share your homework link in the "unified chat" for this specific study group session. This way Ol' Myrt and other participants can review your homework in the two days before this session.

Consider copyright issues as detailed in this short-subject video with The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG. found here: https://youtu.be/uFpET_NWFeU

See also: Creating Google Docs: For DearMYRTLE Study Group Homework. 

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:


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.


#NGS2016gen - There's an APP for that

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was announced by the National Genealogical Society. For more information, see: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/mobile-app

ARLINGTON, VA, 11 APRIL 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the
release of its mobile app for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4‒7
May 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry,
Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. To download the free NGS mobile app, go to
http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/mobile-app/.


Navigate the event like a pro with the NGS 2016 mobile app, powered by core-apps.com.
With the NGS 2016 mobile app, you can:
    Mobile App
  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information
  • Sync the app across all of your devices with Multi-Device Sync
  • Receive important real-time communications from NGS
  • Build a personalized schedule with times and locations of sessions
  • Locate and bookmark exhibitors on the convention center maps
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Rate and comment on the sessions you attend
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues through Friends
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on social media with #NGS2016GEN
  • And much, much more!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

#NGS2016gen Discover African American Ancestors

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was provided by our friends at the National Genealogical Society. For more info, see: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home



Discover Your African American Ancestors
at the NGS Family History Conference
in Ft. Lauderdale, 4-7 May 2016

Diversity is the hallmark of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2016 Family History Conference, which will take place at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 4-7 May. For those with African American ancestry who are interested in researching their family history, the conference offers lectures on a wide-range of topics with titles such as “Duty, Honor, Service: Freemen of Color at the Battle of New Orleans, War 1812” and “Why Tampico? The Exodus of Pensacola’s Creoles of Color.”

The conference also features lectures on how census slave schedules, Freedmen’s Bureau records, African American cemeteries, and Black college newspapers can advance your genealogical research. Other presentations include:
  • “Behind Closed Doors: An Introduction to Plaçage” 
  • “Colored Confederate Pension Applications” 
  • “Recovering Identities of Slaves of Roseland Plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Case Study” 
  • “Finding Freedmen Marriage Records.”
In all, the conference will have 180 lectures on a variety of subjects such as Jewish, European, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean genealogy, research into women ancestors, and much more. Luncheons will feature guest speakers who will cover fascinating topics such as "Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear” and “Leaving a Lasting Footprint: Collaborate, Advocate, and Promote.”

For more conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference. An early bird discount is available through 31 March 2016. Though individuals may register at the door, registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

#NGS2016gen Opening Session - Connie L. Lester, PhD




DearREADERS,
Want to find out how the "common folk who settled Florida established the infrastructure to survive" in those pre-airconditioning days? Then you won't want to miss "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives" (W101, 8am Opening Session) with Connie L. Lester, PhD at the 2016 NGS Family History Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 4 May 2016.

"Dr. Connie L. Lester is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Central Florida.  She is also the editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly and the director of RICHES (the Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories) of Central Florida.

She is the author of Up From the Mudsills of Hell: The Farmers’ Alliance, Populism, and Progressive Agriculture in Tennessee, 1870-1915 (2006) and 14 articles and chapters on her research. She is currently editing the Civil War diaries of Lucy Virginia French and a volume on an economic history of Mississippi, tentatively titled Making Do: History, Poverty, and the Mississippi Economy in the 20th Century." Source: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/speaker-profile-connie-l-lester-phd

REGISTRATION - See you there!
http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org

#NGS2016gen Tired of the snow? Florida awaits!




DearREADERS,
Come visit beautiful Ft. Lauderdale ,Florida for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference - Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time. We're meeting at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center 4-7 May 2016. The convention center is gorgeous as you can tell by the promo material:



AcuWeather.com predicts the weather will be marvelous. And since this is early May, there won't be the usual humidity everyone always jokes about.


Source: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/fort-lauderdale-fl/33301/may-weather/328168

NGS 2016 REGISTRATION - See you there!
http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org

Monday, April 18, 2016

#NGS2016gen - Press and Interview Booth

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following exhibit hall map is provided by the National Genealogical Society for the 2016 Family History Conference, to be held 4-7 May 2016 at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, 1350 Eisenhower Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

See the green box denoting the Press and Interview Booth is directly across from the concessions and seating area in the back of the exhibit hall. That's where Ol' Myrt here plans to spend 90% of her time.


The original map is located at:
http://fp37.a2zinc.net/clients/NGS/NGS2016/public/eventmap.aspx?shMode=E&shExhList=1

REGISTRATION -  http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org
See you there!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

NGS 2016 Official Bloggers and Social Media Press

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just announced by the National Genealogical Society. Find out more at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org

 

 NGS 2016 Family History Conference
4-7th May 2016
Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time
Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

NGS Welcomes 2016 Family History Conference Official Bloggers and Social Media Press

NGS has told us the media hub will be in the exhibit hall this year. YAY! Look for Ol' Myrt there. I'm bringing my AmbushCAM and plan to do 3-4 interviews per day. Just remind me to plug the microphone in before I press the record button.


REGISTER: DearMYRTLE Hangouts this week


DearREADERS,
In the week before Ol' Myrt here leaves for genealogy conferences back east, we're hosting four, count 'em, FOUR genealogy hangouts. WOW! Here's the line-up:

For future DearMYRTLE hangouts, be sure check Myrt's Calender here.
This is DearMYRTLE's favorite time zone converter:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Mondays with Myrt - 18 April 2016 at Noon Eastern (US New York)
Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Let's talk about what's trending in the world of genealogy. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat, and do post comments and queries.

ESM QuickLesson 6, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at Noon Eastern (US New York)
A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group
Discussing the Works of Elizabeth Shown Mills

HOMEWORK: Due by Noon on Monday before this session. Study the following QuickLesson, then post a blog by or public Google Doc with specific example(s) about how this concept applies in your personal genealogical research. Include your name and the QuickLesson citation (shown below) at the top of your homework. Then share your homework link in the "unified chat" for this specific study group session. This way Ol' Myrt and other participants can review your homework in the two days before this session.

SYLLABUS MATERIALS:

Consider copyright issues as detailed in this short-subject video with The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG. found here: https://youtu.be/uFpET_NWFeU


Find out which of DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousins hosts this hangout.


Genealogy Game Night - 23 Apr 2016
at 9pm Eastern (US New York)
We're playing "WHO'S IN MY LINE?" designed to spotlight our ancestors. He or she doesn't have to be famous. Try to get the panel to guess his/her occupation, location, place in history or ???


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.


Monday, April 11, 2016

GenEd - Upping Your Game

 

DearREADERS,
It's incumbent upon each researcher to become educated in the latest methodology, including analysis, correlation, resolving conflicts and composing written conclusion techniques. There is no single education pathway, except perhaps for filing paperwork, particularly as we consider our varied ethnic backgrounds, compounded by different locations and time periods.

Although we've discussed these topics for years, Ol' Myrt's *very* distant cousin Fräulein Schmidt decided it was high time we looked at other online genealogy education resources. WACKY Wednesday last week was titled "GenEd - Upping Your Game." Sure you can view the embedded video here, but you'll want to look here for the comments and links we mention.




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, April 10, 2016

REGISTER NOW: DearMYRTLE Hangouts 11-13 April 2016

 

DearREADERS,
Our Mondays with Myrt hangout is a 90-minute genealogy free-for-all. Got the 'analysis blues' ? If so, tune in to our Study Group featuring ESM's QuickLesson 5. Have you got German roots? This week's WACKY Wednesday features Jim Beidler to discuss his new book. The DearMYRTLE Hangouts website is modified each Sunday with links for hangouts scheduled during the week. For future DearMYRTLE hangouts, be sure check Myrt's Calender here.

This is DearMYRTLE's favorite time zone converter:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html



Mondays with Myrt - 11 April 2016
at Noon Eastern (US New York)
Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Let's talk about what's trending in the world of genealogy. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat, and do post comments and queries.

ESM QuickLesson 5Wednesday, 6 April 2016
at Noon Eastern (US New York)

A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group
Discussing the Works of Elizabeth Shown Mills
HOMEWORK: Due by Noon on Monday before this session. Study the following QuickLesson, then post a blog by or public Google Doc with specific example(s) about how this concept applies in your personal genealogical research. Include your name and the QuickLesson citation (shown below) at the top of your homework. Then share your homework link in the "unified chat" for this specific study group session. This way Ol' Myrt and other participants can review your homework in the two days before this session.

Syllabus:
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 5: Analyzing Records,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-5-analyzing-records : accessed 30 Sept 2015).   

Consider copyright issues as detailed in this short-subject video with The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG. found here: https://youtu.be/uFpET_NWFeU





Find out which of DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousins will host this hangout.
This is our chance to find out more about a topic discussed
during Mondays with Myrt.

REGISTER: http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com
  • Register for each hangout separately.
  • With certain web browsers, you may need to refresh, to see the correct dates for this week's hangouts.
  • First time hangout viewers: FAQ
  • System requirements for: Computers, Android devices, iPhone / iPad 
  •  If you need a time zone converter, this is the one Ol' Myrt uses:
    http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
  • Missed a live hangout and you wish to view & comment? You must register. That keeps the spammers and hooligans out.

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, April 03, 2016

DearMYRTLE Hangouts 4-6 April 2016




DearREADERS,
Got a great lineup of DearMYRTLE Hangouts this coming week, so register now. Thanks to this marvelous hangout technology, we can talk with genealogists throughout the world. DearMYRTLE Hangouts website is modified each Sunday with links for hangouts scheduled during the week. For future DearMYRTLE hangouts, be sure check Myrt's Calender here.

This is DearMYRTLE's favorite time zone converter:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html


Mondays with Myrt - 4 April 2016
at Noon Eastern (US New York)
Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Let's talk about what's trending in the world of genealogy. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat, and do post comments and queries.

ESM's QuickLesson 4
Wednesday, 6 April 2016

at Noon Eastern (US New York)

A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group
Discussing the Works of Elizabeth Shown Mills

HOMEWORK: Due by Noon on Monday before this session. Study the following QuickLesson, then post a blog by or public Google Doc with specific example(s) about how this concept applies in your personal genealogical research. Include your name and the QuickLesson citation (shown below) at the top of your homework. Then share your homework link in the "unified chat" for this specific study group session. This way Ol' Myrt and other participants can review your homework in the two days before this session.

Syllabus:
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 4: NARA Citations & Finding Aids,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-4-nara-citations-finding-aids : accessed 30 Sept 2015).

Consider copyright issues as detailed in this short-subject video with The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG. found here: https://youtu.be/uFpET_NWFeU



WACKY Wednesday 6 April 2016
at 9pm Eastern (US New York)
Find out which of DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousins hosts this hangout.
This is our chance to find out more about a topic discussed
during Mondays with Myrt.


REGISTER: http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com

  • Register for each hangout separately.
  • With certain web browsers, you may need to refresh, to see the correct dates for this week's hangouts.
  • First time hangout viewers: FAQ
  • System requirements for: Computers, Android devices, iPhone / iPad 
  •  If you need a time zone converter, this is the one Ol' Myrt uses:
    http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
  • Missed a live hangout and you wish to view & comment? You must register. That keeps the spammers and hooligans out.

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.