Sunday, July 31, 2016

REGISTER NOW: 3 DearMYRTLE hangouts this week



DearREADERS,
Looks like we're back in the swing of things and ready to hangout three times this coming week. Ol' Myrt here has been making memories with extended family up on Orcas Island, and grandchildren-type memories locally. Cousin Russ and I are chomping at the bit to see what your genea-summer has been like.
Mondays with Myrtat Noon Eastern (US New York)
It's all about what's trending in the world of genealogy. Come prepared to share your favorite tidbit of news!
Register here: for the Monday, 1 Aug 2016 hangout!



ESM QuickLessons
Discussing the works of Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Wednesdays, 10am Eastern US (New York)
Register here: for the 3 Aug 2016 - QuickLesson 16  hangout

SYLLABUS
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 16: Speculation, Hypothesis, Interpretation & Proof,”
Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-16-speculation-hypothesis-interpretation-proof : accessed 30 Sept 2015).

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.

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.   

WACKY Wednesdays
9pm Eastern US (New York)
Wonder which of DearMYRTLE's *very* distant cousins will host this hangout? Our topic?  Well, just imagine spending an hour focusing on a single genealogical topic! It will be based on what come sup during Mondays with Myrt.

Register here: for the Wacky Wednesday - 3 Aug 2016 hangout.

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, July 13, 2016

ARCHIVED: DNA with Blaine Bettinger (discussion)




DearREADERS,
Thanks to our friend Blaine Bettinger for the informative discussion about DNA test results and the impact this can have in our genealogical paper-trail. We managed to discuss autosomal, yDNA and mtDNA testing; mirrored trees, triangulation, and a bit about ethical issues when sharing DNA results.
  • Endogamy includes hundreds of  years of intermarriage so it's all about the length of DNA segments.
  • "Fish in multiple ponds" means test and/or upload your DNA to as many DNA sites as possible, to increase the likelihood of finding a match with someone who has tested with that other company.
  • Recombination means that although my brother and I inherit 25% of our DNA from our grandparents, we may inherit different segments.
Blaine's blog is The Genetic Genealogist http://www.thegeneticgenealogist.com

There you can find out more about the upcoming book Genetic Genealogy in Practice he co-authored with Debbie Parker Wayne. It is "directed to genealogists of all levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced. For the very first time, GGP offers hands-on exercises in areas of Y-DNA, mtDNA, X-DNA, atDNA, the Genealogical Proof Standard, ethics, and more." It's a workbook with 75 exercises.

Blaine recommends the wiki at ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogists) located here: http://isogg.org/

In addition to spreadsheets, Blaine uses Genome Mate Pro to manage DNA comparisons. Find out more here: https://genomemate.org 

For information about X-DNA Charts, Blaine has several great suggestions here:

http://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2013/03/22/looking-for-my-x-dna-charts/


Sure, you could watch this WACKY Wednesday - DNA with Blaine Bettinger hangout session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/dna---blaine-bettinger.html





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.


ARCHIVED: ESM QuickLesson 15 - Plagiarism (discussion)




DearREADERS,
Thanks to our panelists, we tackled the concept of ethical behavior as we study the work of Elizabeth Shown Mills in her “QuickLesson 15: Plagiarism - Five "Copywrongs" of Historical Writing,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-15-plagiarism—five-copywrongs-historical-writing : accessed 13 July 2016).

Debi McGee Hoag writes "I even create my citation before downloading a document from FamilySearch/Ancestry." Cousin Russ concurs.

Donna B says "That's an excellent discipline to start doing, Debi. I should apply that!"

Sheri  Fenley's homework discusses the plethora of unethical requests people are making on Facebook genealogy groups. Yikes! Folks are asking people to do multiple lookups in paid genealogy websites, most even admitting they are too cheap to join the service.

Hilary Gadsby comments regarding big, membership-based genealogy websites with the "free weekends" there is no point in asking someone to break the terms of their contract by doing a lookup.

Lisa Gorrell explains that LDS Family History Centers and some libraries have access to big membership sites. Her homework also provides her checklist for research:


Regarding the use of Wikipedia Commons images, Melinda Culpon writes "Even if it is creative commons you have to read the terms because there are different license for creative commons."

The Digital Millennial Protection Act info is found here: https://www.dmca.com
 




FOR FURTHER READING

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, July 11, 2016

Hangout TONIGHT! Blaine Bettinger on DNA



DearREADERS,
We're pleased to welcome noted DNA genealogy expert Blaine Bettinger tonight for WACKY Wednesday, 13 July 2016 at 9pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York).
Register here: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/dna---blaine-bettinger.html


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


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.


ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt - 11 July 2016




DearREADERS,
Pat O'Donnell Kuhn was researching her family this morning, and needed access to the 1911 Scotland census, but couldn't find it at Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org. We went exploring during the live Mondays with Myrt hangout and found the images at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk  Scotland was the first "national" government to place digital images online. You'll find:

Pay per view (purchase credits)
  • statutory registers (birth, marriage and death)
  • OPR (births and baptisms, banns and marriages, deaths and burials)
  • census (1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1881 LDS)
  • valuation rolls (1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930)
Free Search Records


Molly McKinley writes "Good morning all. I had a fun find this weekend. I was clearing out old business papers and found a paper with an immigration file for a cousin. I knew I had it, how it got mixed up in business papers is a mystery...lol."

Dave Robison brings up "The value of reading historical fiction to learn how and ancestor's community and culture may have lived. Realized this in Margaret Fortier's presentation on Italian Research." Randy Seaver says "I learn a lot about places from the Edward Rutherfurd historical fiction books." We then answer Danine Cozzens question "What are the best ways to distinguish well-researched historical fiction from romantic nonsense?" 



Valerie Eichler Lair reports on her DNA breakthrough and the paper trail that is matching nicely: "Mom's biological mom's name was Lillian DELL. Putting that out so I don't have to keep typing "mom's biological mom..." Lillian's parents were Heinrich "Henry" and Sophie (Reimche) Dell. :) Lillian had 5 siblings."  

Dave Robison reports on Early New England Families, 1641-1700: Vol. 1 compiled by Alicia Crane Williams.


Randy Seaver spotlighted the Zap the Grandma Gap series of book and workbooks. From zapthegrandmagap.com we read "Super Grandma wants to help you connect to your family members by connecting them to the super grandmas and super grandpas of your past. (Every family has scoundrels and super heroes—if you haven’t found any yet, keep looking.) Family history connects family members in a way that is personal and unique to your family. It gives youth the power to identify with personal heroes, learn life lessons without having to personally go through them, and gain a wise, broad perspective on life. Teaching your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and even your brothers and sisters about their family history can create strong bonds in your family."

Hilary Gadsby reported on a 1939 Register. Her post will appear on the Worldwide Genealogy blog on 2th July here:  http://worldwidegenealogy.blogspot.co.uk/

Tony Proctor discusses how he and Ol' Myrt are moving forward with the "wooden crate of peaches" WWII story. If you are looking for assistance when composing your research conclusions, you might check out Chapter 7 of Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof. DearMYRTLE's  The Written Conclusion Study Group (2015) includes sessions about proof statements, proof summaries, proof arguments and clear writing.



WORLDWIDE INDEXING EVENT 2016
During 72 hours from July 15 to 17, help FamilySearch index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet and helping families worldwide find their ancestors. They are hoping for 72,000 volunteers to participate during this 72 hour time period.


Sure you *could* watch the video of the Mondays with Myrt hangout session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/11-july-2016-mwm.html




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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

ARCHIVED: Genealogy Game Night - 9 July 2016




DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ sure did stump the hangout panel with "Why did I choose to share him tonight?" We managed to figure out Benjamin Chew was a Quaker, freed his slaves, was a judge, and lived in the 1700s. We did not realize how open-minded this 5th generation Quaker was in "swearing an oath" as Chief Judge in Pennsylvania, and helped found another church.

Looking at the political and racial strife currently rocking the US, Cousin Russ shared his ancestor as an example to us all that we must be open minded even now, in this day and age.

Find out what Melissa Barker's ancestral father and two sons did on the same day.

Find out what unusual occupation Ol' Myrt's ancestor had in the 1900s.


Sure you *could* watch the video of the Genealogy Game Night - 9 July 2016 hangout session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/9-july-2016-ggn.html


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, July 06, 2016

WACKY Wednesday: DNA with Blaine Bettinger, 13 July 2016




DearREADERS,
Confused about DNA? Mirrored trees? Triangulation? Join us this for a hangout featuring Blaine Bettinger, author of The Genetic Genealogist Blog. Busy as ever with lectures, institute classes and such, Blaine has two books coming out within the next few weeks:

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debie Parker Wayne, published by our friends at the National Genealogical Society. It's due out sometime in the summer 2016.


Coming Fall 2016 - The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger, to be published by our friends at Family Tree Magazine.

REGISTRATION
Blaine will be joining us next week as follows:

WACKY Wednesday
13 July 2016

9pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York)
Register here: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/dna---blaine-bettinger.html

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


Use a Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, or Twitter account to register, then find your personal link to access the hangout in the confirmation email. Reminder emails will go out 4 days, 1 day and 1 hour before the hangout goes live.

Questions may be posted before, during and after the hangout. You'll only need to use Google if you wish to appear on the filmstrip panel. Cousin Russ will be on hand to spotlight viewer comments and questions.

For first time users: FAQ
System requirements for: Computers, Android devices, iPhone / iPad  
We've discovered that our hangouts work best in full-screen mode. Panel participants prefer the Firefox web browser.

Ol' Myrt here has known Blaine for perhaps 20 years, and is excited to feature his work in this upcoming DNA hangout. Register today: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/dna---blaine-bettinger.html

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.


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ARCHIVED: Organize Your Genealogy with Drew Smith

DearREADERS,
Susan Schuler says "I am looking forward to reading the book. I just received my copy yesterday. I am interested in learning any tips or tricks to not being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of everything. And also with working full time I am looking for a hints about time management. Thank you."

Tonight's archived WACKY Wednesday - Organize Your Genealogy hangout with Drew Smith is indeed reassuring. Drew reminds us to free our minds and workspace from unnecessary distractions to focus on the planning, research and document analysis at hand. We discuss concepts from his newest book Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher. Chapter headings include:

1. Organizing Yourself
2. Organizing Your Space
3. Organizing Your Goals
4. Organizing Your Notes and Ideas
5. Organizing Your Files
6. Organizing Your Research Process
7. Organizing Your Communication
8. Organizing Your Online Research
9. Organizing Your Research Trips
10. Organizing Your Learning
11. Organizing Your Volunteering

The much appreciated forms included in the appendix by the publisher, Family Tree Books are available in downloadable, fillable format here: http://ftu.familytreemagazine.com/organize-your-genealogy

You'll find the book Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle format. https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Genealogy-Strategies-Researcher/dp/1440345031

If your organization would like to host Drew Smith as an in-person or virtual speaker, here is his contact info:
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
  • Sherry Hall reports "Ordering the book now! Thanx so much for the information. Another great hangout."
  • Fiona B says "Kindle version purchased. But I've also suggested to the local library that they need to buy a copy too." and "Should we just start Hoarders Anonymous?"
  • Acting on Drew's suggestion during the hangout, DB writes "Fantastic! Just forwarded a family email to Evernote. Didn't know I could do that."
  • Cheryl Scott says "Like many, too much paper. Deciding what to keep and what to toss - after recording and/or scanning, of course - is a big problem. Clippings from newspapers, family notes & letters, photos that are not close family members - keep or toss??? Even close family photos are a problem because there are so many of them." 

Several first-time genealogy hangout attendees report:
  • Gail Ryan - "I enjoyed this - my FIRST Google Hangout!! Thank you!!"
  •  Fiona B - "Thank you... that' was my first hangout. Loved it."
  •  Lynn Dosch - "Thanks all, This was wonderful and a very easy format to navigate. First timer here was able to follow all the technology. No stress."
Sure you *could* watch the video of the WACKY Wednesday - Organize Your Genealogy with Drew Smit hangout session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:





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.


ARCHIVED: MyHeritage PedigreeMap demo




DearREADERS,

Unlike traditional "genealogy-to-map" integration software that provide a static result, MyHeritage PedigreeMap(tm) is highly interactive. Those lightening-fast computers at MyHeritage.com compare one's online tree to known locations on Google Maps providing a zoomable and filterable set of map points along with indications of whose profile items are reflected on the map. But PedigreeMap(tm) isn't just about an ancestor's event location on a pretty map.

We can actually edit individual data from the entry on the MyHeritage PedigreeMap(tm). We discovered a variety of filters with which to view and correct the localities for events and photos tagged with a specific location for either our entire database, an individual person, the immediate or extended family.

One may also the view by adjusting the filter by type of event, etc. Ol' Myrt here particularly likes the sliding time period filter circled in the screen shot below:


View this demo to find the answer to Ol' Myrt's question "Is it possible to keep the historical name for a place for some ancestor profiles, or is it necessary to change all to a uniform. modern-day place name?"  

During the live hangout attendees reported their enthusiasm exploring their MyHeritage database with this new PedigreeMap(tm) tool. Others are planning to upload their GEDCOM files or download the free Family Tree Builder software to sync with MyHeritage directly.

Dave Robison says "I've just found 2 of my Alabama ancestors who were enumerated in "Beat 2 Wilcox County, Alabama." They [Google Maps, the map behind PedigreeMap(tm)] shows this as from Thailand. This map makes it a simple process to make the corrections. I wouldn't have known where "Thailand" came from. The map shows you instantly [the alternative locations.] I just moved my 3rd ggrandmother from Thailand to Alabama! Short trip!"

Sherry Hall says "This is going to be so helpful - I have several instances where various sources spell the same place differently."


Danine Cozzens is thrilled by this new tool, stating "I have been doing this by hand, place by place, in Google maps for areas where I have no idea how close villages are to each other."

Sure you *could* watch the video of the MyHeritage PedigreeMap(tm) hangout session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/ww---myheritage-pedigree-map.html




There's nothing like exploring a new feature with the developer, in this case Uri Gonen, Senior Vice President at MyHeritage along with Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage's Chief Genealogist. Here's the link to the official announcement about this new app:
Uri explained they are developing a way to integrate possible original record matches and MyHeritage family trees matches in a future iteration of PedigreeMap(tm). BRAVO!

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.


ARCHIVED: ESM QuickLesson 14




DearREADERS,
Although we attempted to make the distinction between "official" typed documents and "transcripts"  this session boiled down to understanding this phrase from Elizabeth Shown Mills' Quick Lesson 14:


"The most expert typist is not always competent to transcribe handwritten documents exactly. From this fact stems one of the gravest problems of the editing and publishing of historical documents, for it is a truism that most textual corruptions are traceable directly to the transcriber." [Emphasis added. Note ESM cites the author of this warning when she says: "Clarence Edwin Carter, the transcriber and editor of the Territorial Papers series, was considered a master at his craft. He actually wrote the National Archives’s official guide to the subject: Historical Editing, a work as valuable today as it was when published in 1952."]
SYLLABUS

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 14: Petitions—What Can We Do with a List of Names?” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-14-petitions%E2%80%94what-can-we-do-list-names : accessed 30 Sept 2015).
and
"Printed Primary Sources" & Naive Trust
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “ 'Printed Primary Sources' and Naive Trust," Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/quicktips/printed-primary-sources-naive-trust : accessed 30 Sept 2015).


Sure you *could* watch the video of this ESM QuickLesson Study Group session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to log in to view and comment at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/esm-quicklesson-14.html





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.