Monday, November 28, 2016

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt 28 Nov 2016



DearREADERS,
Cyber Monday - lots of DNA test kits on sale.
In this hangout we explored the new eBook store at Genealogical.com. Ol' Myrt is considering 1-2 minutes "From the Bookshelf" short subject videos to spotlight the books she is receiving for review.

IMAGE: Genealogical Publishing Company
eBook site: http://ebooks.genealogical.com

Sure you can watch the archived version of this hangout here on my blog or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND follow all comments at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/28-nov-2016-mwm.html



See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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, November 21, 2016

REGISTER: Mondays with Myrt and Citizen Archivists @NARA hangouts


DearREADERS,
Thought you'd like to know Ol' Myrt here has already set up the hangouts for next week. Here's some info for first time users: FAQSystem 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. For future DearMYRTLE hangouts, be sure check Myrt's Calender here.

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours



ALSO: See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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 - 21 Nov 2016



DearREADERS,
Gosh, 90 minutes doesn't seem like enough time to talk about our favorite topic - genealogy. We spent some time discussing social media courtesies starting with the problem of an author sharing the link to his recent blog post in 10 (!) Facebook groups. Errgh! The thought of my Facebook feed being filled up by numerous duplicate posts makes Ol' Myrt here cringe.

Thanks to Dave Robison's having attended two recent presentations by DNA expert Blaine Bettinger, we discussed the advisability of having as complete a tree as possible online and attached to our DNA to facilitate collaboration with DNA matches.

Katherine R. Willson's Genealogy on Facebook listing of over 10,000 such groups and pages: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list

We explored Genealogical Publishing Company's new ebook site located here: http://ebooks.genealogical.com
 Hilary Gadsby shared:
We also mentioned:

And these are just the topics Ol' Myrt could remember off the top of her head.

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US.

IMAGE: Licensed by author from AdobeStock_123376297.


Sure you can watch the archived version of this hangout here on my blog or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND follow all comments at:





ALSO: See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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, November 20, 2016

REGISTER NOW: Mondays with Myrt 21 Nov 2016



DearREADERS,
We are hosting one hangout this week, before Ol' Myrt takes a break for Thanksgiving. Mondays with Myrt is all about what's trending in the world of genealogy - a sort of free-for-all. With over 3,000+ genealogy blogs, and all sorts of websites and software announcements it takes a "little help from our friends" to keep up with things.

Here's the link to register before, during and after the hangout. You may register with either your Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or Twitter account. (After all, Hangouts are a Google property!) Then use the link in your personal confirmation emails to view AND comment.

http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com

PS - See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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: Genealogy Game Night - 19 Nov 2016




DearREADERS,
This is the hangout where we learned about Dave Robison's "William Bassett, who arrived on the American continent in 1621. We also consider Cousin Russ' ancestor McHenry Howard who served in the 1st Maryland Infantry CSA and whose name appears in the Society of Army and Navy of the Confederates in the State of Maryland. Lisa tried to stump us when spotlighting her ancestor Helena Gleason.

Tonight's prize winners were Wanda L, Kathryn B, Barbara J. and Linds S.


Sure you can watch the archived version of this hangout here on my blog or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND follow all comments at:
 http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/19-nov-2016-ggn.html




See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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, November 16, 2016

ARCHIVED: WACKY Wednesday - Ancestry's We're Related App


DearREADERS,
It's a brilliant marketing effort: using the We're Related App (in both iOS and droid format) to bring folks back to Ancestry. The interest we're seeing on Facebook is phenomenal, even among professional genealogists. The app encourages users to  expand their Ancestry trees and see what pops up in the next few "possible cousin" connections. Our panel and viewer comments are best summarized as:

  • This app is a "skin" over our genealogy database, meaning we're looking at our database in a different way.
  • Users specify one of their Ancestry trees, whether public or private, the app works well.
  • Many of the suggested cousin relationships suggested by the app are plausible.
  • There is probably not a good reason to have it on both a smart phone and a tablet, as the second device tends to get "wonky."
  • In our experience, Ancestry is "adding" one or two earlier generations to our "proved" trees to find the cousin connections.
  • Serious researchers a working to prove/disprove those added generations.
  • The app provides serious researchers with possible cousin connections, facilitating collaboration.
  • The "famous person" possible connections piques the curiosity of the youth around the dinner table, and all sorts of non-genealogical conversation happens that wouldn't otherwise have occurred.
  • We all wish one could tap on an ancestor's tile, to see that person in context of his immediate family and to view attached records.
  • The app has failed on at least two our our attendee devices and sadly, reinstalling the app does not reinstate all previously provided possible cousin connections.
  • There is merit in using a Google Sheet or Excel worksheet to keep track of the app's lineage suggestions so if the app fails, you may continue collaborative research efforts with your possible cousin.
  • This is a sample of the worksheet layout Cousin Russ devised:

Our resident archivist +Melissa Barker  says "It's going to take things like this app" to interest the younger generation. They aren't particularly curious about dusty old documents. They like apps with all the bells and whistles.

Sure you can watch the archived version of this hangout here on my blog or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND follow all comments at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/ww-were-related-app.html



See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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: WACKY Wednesday - Ancestry's We're Related App


DearREADERS,
It's a brilliant marketing effort: using the We're Related App (in both iOS and droid format) to bring folks back to Ancestry. The interest we're seeing on Facebook is phenomenal, even among professional genealogists. The app encourages users to  expand their Ancestry trees and see what pops up in the next few "possible cousin" connections. Our panel and viewer comments are best summarized as:

  • This app is a "skin" over our genealogy database, meaning we're looking at our database in a different way.
  • Users specify one of their Ancestry trees, whether public or private, the app works well.
  • Many of the suggested cousin relationships suggested by the app are plausible.
  • There is probably not a good reason to have it on both a smart phone and a tablet, as the second device tends to get "wonky."
  • In our experience, Ancestry is "adding" one or two earlier generations to our "proved" trees to find the cousin connections.
  • Serious researchers a working to prove/disprove those added generations.
  • The app provides serious researchers with possible cousin connections, facilitating collaboration.
  • The "famous person" possible connections piques the curiosity of the youth around the dinner table, and all sorts of non-genealogical conversation happens that wouldn't otherwise have occurred.
  • We all wish one could tap on an ancestor's tile, to see that person in context of his immediate family and to view attached records.
  • The app has failed on at least two our our attendee devices and sadly, reinstalling the app does not reinstate all previously provided possible cousin connections.
  • There is merit in using a Google Sheet or Excel worksheet to keep track of the app's lineage suggestions so if the app fails, you may continue collaborative research efforts with your possible cousin.
  • This is a sample of the worksheet layout Cousin Russ devised:

Our resident archivist +Melissa Barker  says "It's going to take things like this app" to interest the younger generation. They aren't particularly curious about dusty old documents. They like apps with all the bells and whistles.

Sure you can watch the archived version of this hangout here on my blog or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND follow all comments at:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/ww-were-related-app.html



See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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 - 14 Nov 2016



DearREADERS,
We honored +Patricia Kuhn 's father George O'Donnell who served during WWII in the US Army Air Corps Signal Corps as a radio operator. +Hilary Gadsby explored the new GRO (General Record Office) Index for England and Wales as reported in her Worldwide Genealogy Blog post titled "Discovering Missing or Elusive Ancestors and Siblings with new Indexes" where we are now able to search including the mother's maiden name. This ability to triangulate makes it much easier to find public vital records. BRAVO ladies for sharing this morning.

+Randy Seaver  reported ordering his first record through the new GRO index here: http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/11/order-england-and-wales-civil-registry.html
and he recommends "If you have England/UK ancestry, you should be receiving the LostCousins Newsletter -- see http://lostcousins.com/newsletters2/nov16news.htm
 
If your genealogy society want to grow its membership through community outreach, you might share part of this hangout and Randy's blog post featuring guest blogger Karen Yarger:
http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/11/chula-vista-family-history-day-is.html


Sure you can watch the archived version of this hangout here on my blog or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not view AND follow all comments at:

See you at RootsTech 2017. Register here.

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.