Friday, September 30, 2016

BCG: Schedule change for 7 Oct 2016 lecture day at the FHL

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists.



There has been a change to the schedule for BCG’s upcoming day of lectures in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Family History Library, Friday, 7 October 2016 between 9 AM and 5 PM mountain U.S. time.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 AM - "Enough is Enough. Or Is It?" Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

10:15 AM - "FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta." Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

11:30 AM - "Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records." Ann Staley, CG, CGL

1:30 PM - "Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections." Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

2:45 PM - “Adoption for the Forensic Genealogist.” Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG

4:00 PM - "When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence." Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

The lectures are free and open to the public (registration is not required), sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. All of the lectures will also be broadcast online (free registration is required, see below). For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

Register for the Online Broadcasts

All of the classes will be broadcast online by BCG's webinar partner, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG to sign up individually (free).

The board is an independent certifying body and author of the book Genealogy Standards.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations, and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt - 26 Sept 2016



DearREADERS,
WOW, today we spent time brainstorming how to break away from the pedigree chart/family group sheet scenario when sharing our family history with the younger generation. Thanks to Valerie Eichler Lair's son Todd and his interactive wall of large screen monitors, coupled with Tony Proctor's recent blog posts, this powerful segment begins at: https://youtu.be/A-b714d4dew?t=1h3m16s

It's like the difference between a "linear" PowerPoint slide presentation and a "go where you want" Prezi presentation, where the viewer/explorer can click to view various items attached to an ancestor's profile in a creative environment.
Sure, you *could* view this edition of Mondays with Myrt here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not click this link to view AND comment:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/3-oct-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.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

REGISTER NOW: 3 DearMYRTLE hangouts this week


DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here are pleased to announce this week's lineup of hangout discussions. We're into collaboration and conversation, did we tell you? Very little lecturing going on in this neck of the woods. To begin with, we have our hallmark Mondays with Myrt where we discuss everything genealogical that has come across our desks in the past week. Nothing like exploring new methods and record groups together.

REGISTER HERE: Mondays with Myrt - 26 Sept 2016
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

Wednesday will be our final ESM Quick Lessons Study Group session for the year. To say we've come a long way is putting it mildly. Our syllabus comprises two concepts as follows:

QuickLesson 21: Citing DNA Evidence: Five Ground Rules   
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 21: Citing DNA Evidence: Five Ground Rules,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-21-citing-dna-evidence-five-ground-rules : accessed 30 Sept 2015).    
and
Writing Historical Biography
Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Writing Historical Biography," Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/quicktips/writing-historical-biography : accessed 30 Sept 2015).


REGISTER HERE: ESM Quick Lesson #21
Wednesday, 28 Sept 2016
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours





WACKY Wednesday will find us visiting with some of the folks at the newly announced website GenealogyDOTcoach where we read "Sometimes you just need a little help getting over your current genealogy challenge. GenealogyDOTcoach provides personalized help to anyone who is searching for their family history. Our hand-picked, professional coaches can help you pinpoint the information you need from the massive amounts of genealogy resources available online. Save time and money by putting our experience to work for you." Janet Havorka and a few of the other coaches will be on hand to share a bit about this new venture.
REGISTER HERE:WACKY Wednesday - 28 Sept - GenealogyDOTcoach
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

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.


Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt     :)
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

ARCHIVED: WACKY Wednesday - Genealogy Basics in 30 minutes




DearREADERS,
My *very* distant cousin Sweet Sadie visited with Shannon Combs Bennett, author of Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes, available now in paperback and Kindle versions from Amazon.com. Shannon is "passionate about sharing and teaching many aspects of family history." Some of Shannon's recent activities include:



-- Staff Genealogist at National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century
-- Creative Director at The In-Depth Genealogist
-- Owner at Creator Trials and Tribulations Family History
-- Studies Genealogy at University of Strathclyde
-- Studied Genealogy at Boston University Metropolitan College
-- Studies American records at National Institute for Genealogical Studies
-- Studied Biology at Indiana University

During the hangout, we demonstrated how to use the Kindle version on DearMYRTLE's PC (Windows 10).


Sure you can view this WACKY Wednesday episode here and on DearMYRTLE's YouTube channel, but why not view AND comment here:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/ww-genealogy-basics.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.


Friday, September 23, 2016

FamilySesarch Memories App now offers suggested questions




DearREADERS,
Still playing catch up. The monthly What's New on FamilySearch? post from August 2016 reports:
Memories App: Audio Recording
"When recording audio, you can now use suggested questions provided from FamilySearch to conduct interviews and learn more about your ancestors." 
This will be a lot of fun for my 13-14 aged followers that are interested in using the iOS or Droid phone app to interview relatives. This app permits automatically attaching each interview to an individual profile on FamilySearch.org.

Download the app at:
https://familysearch.org/mobile/memories

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.


Ancestral Quest: New update

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Ancestral Quest.


New AQ Release
Build 34 (7 Sep 2016)

Enhancements to General Features
  • WorldConnect Tree Links on Pedigree View: Ancestry.com has had trouble delivering proper information on the number of Trees in the RootsWeb (WorldConnect) project for several weeks. This build will recognize when Ancestry.com is having trouble, and provide you with a link to search for trees on RootsWeb. This search has been improved to give you better results, by searching not only on name, but also on birth year.
  • Scrapbook Links: When a scrapbook link was broken (most usually because you moved a photo to a new folder), AQ would allow you to search for the new location. One of the screens that is shown now includes the name of the file you are looking for, rather than have you rely on memory.
  • Check/Repair: A couple of improvements were made to Check/Fix to find a couple of unusual data issues.
Bug Fixes to General Features
  • GEDCOM Import: When importing a GEDCOM file which included images for sources, in some cases the images were not properly attached to the correct source. Fixed.
  • Translations: Some status screens were not showing the translation, rather always showed in English. Fixed.
Enhancements to FamilySearch Features
  • Reserving Ordinances: If you were using the "Create Batch" screen of AQ's Ordinance Reservation and Tracking System (an LDS specific feature), such that you were opening and closing this screen often, AQ now reloads the screen much more quickly.
Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features
  • Error Code Changes: Over the last few months, FamilySearch has changed some of the codes they send to AQ, causing AQ to give less helpful messages. This build handles these altered codes:
    • Several users have received lots of 403 errors, when FamilySearch changed the IDs of records of living people. In these cases, AQ will now report the IDs as no longer valid, and make it easier to re-link the records.
    • When AQ updated marriage data on FamilySearch, a changed code caused AQ to report that the update was unsuccessful, when in fact, the change had been made. AQ no longer improperly reports a problem in this case.
    • When users would run the feature to Check for Changes on FSFT, if certain new error codes were encountered, it stopped the process. Now the process will continue, and simply skip the record with the new codes.
  • Syncing Sources: An improvement was made to the way sources are attached to various events for individuals when syncing sources with FSFT.
  • Other: A few other minor bugs were fixed in syncing.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ARCHIVED: ESM QuickLesson #20 Research Reports



DearREADERS,
For this study group session, panelists reviewed Elizabeth Shown Mills' “QuickLesson 20: Research Reports for Research Success," Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-20-research-reports-research-success  :  accessed 30 Sept 2015).

SURE, you could view this QuickLesson Study Group Session here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND comment here:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/esm-quicklesson-20.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.


APG: Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at the Association of Professional Genealogists.


FORT WAYNE, Indiana, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 September 2016− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2016 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Holtz was an APG board member in 2010 and from 2013–2014 and served on APG’s Professional Development Committee for six years. She is a member of the APG North Carolina Chapter. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and probate cases.

Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. O’Duill, who lives in Ireland, served on the APG Board from 1995–2000 and 2007–2012. She is a genealogist, writer, and lecturer on Irish genealogy topics and is a co-author of Irish Civil Registration—Where Do I Start?

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership for her contributions to APG and to the field of genealogy.

Benjamin B. Spratling III was presented an award plaque in appreciation and with gratitude for outstanding service as legal counsel to the APG.

Other awards included:

APGQ Excellence Award: Yvette Hoitink, CG, for her September 2015 article “Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Business.”

Certificate of Appreciation to Kimberly T. Powell for her service and dedication to the Professional Development Committee and an award plaque for her service as APG President from 2014–2015.

Certificate of Appreciation to Diane Rapaport for her years of service on the Publications Advisory Committee.

Fogarty presented an award plaque to Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF, of the Allen County Public Library for hosting the Association of Professional Genealogists 2016 Professional Management Conference. APG also presented a $1,000 donation to the library.

Northland Chapter Received APG Golden Chapter Award

APG’s Northland Chapter received the Golden Chapter Award for excellence in professional development and networking opportunities for its members.

A Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention went to APG’s Puget Sound Chapter for excellence in outreach, collaboration, and preservation upon the successful completion of “Scrapbook of Picture Cards,” a joint project with the Seattle Public Library.

The Great Plains Chapter also received Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention for excellence in programs, outreach, and administration of a small chapter.

“We are blessed with a multitude of outstanding members who contribute their time, talents, and expertise to further the goals of APG and make the field of genealogy better for all,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty.  “We are especially proud of this year’s honorees and thank each of them for their service and dedication.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ARCHIVED: Genealogy Game Night - 17 Sept 2016



DearREADERS,
Whenever we get a chance to play Cousin Russ' Who's In My Line? game, it's time to spotlight an ancestor and try to stump the panel. In this episode we find out about a six-toed Orts ancestor from a farm that has now been in the family for 100 years. We also learned about Marceline's ancestress, and we learned about a singing waiter on a railroad dining car.

Sure, you can view this episode of Genealogy Game Night here and on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND comment over 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: Mondays with Myrt 19 Sept 2016




DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ reports on the New York State Family History Conference held Saturday in Syracuse. He and Dave Robison compare and contrast this with NERGC, the New England Regional Genealogy Conference.


Evidentia Software - www.Evidentiasoftware.com


American Civil War Ancestor booth. Cousin Russ has commissioned them to pull a pension file for someone he is researching.

FindAGrave - www.FindAGrave.com
FindAGrave Genealogy Discussion


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/19-sept-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.


Monday, September 19, 2016

ARCHIVED: ESM's Quick Lesson - Citing digital census images




DearREADERS,
For this hangout we studied Elizabeth Shown Mills' post “Citing digital census images on LAC - not Ancestry," on her Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation and Source Usage website (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/citing-digital-census-images-lac-not-ancestry : accessed 30 Sept 2015).

Homework submitted in advance by panel participants reflects their thinking on the subject. In Hilary's case, she isn't researching Library of Canada records, but has accomplished the task of integrating Elizabeth's guiding principles into her English records research.

Hilary Gadsby -- http://genemeet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/esms-quicklessons-dearmyrtle-genealogy.html

Melinda Culpon -- https://docs.google.com/document/d/18WUyBq7Q1ux3vwdQWTcwPO-by3hx6YxbAKZY0G5N9ik/edit?usp=sharing

Sheri Fenley: --  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m9IcJetRog8n-FJFWNvJUQw1CdPBuq97S_u1GkZwQZg/edit?usp=sharing

Lisa Gorrell: --- Here is my homework for this week: http://bit.ly/2c6Gcd2


Sure, you can watch the video of this ESM's QuickLessons Study Group here and on YouTube,
but why not view AND comment by registering here:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/esm-14-sept-2016.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.