Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UPDATE: Family Nexus App


DearREADERS,
One of my cousins, David Taylor, sent me the following new info about his Family Nexus App. That's the one that gets Ol' Myrt's Apple Watch buzzing when I drive down I-15 past places where our ancestors are buried. I think you are going to *love* this app.



The Family Nexus iPhone App has been downloaded more than 1500 times since our launch in February! Thanks for your interest and support! Please forward this newsletter or share on social media so even more people can learn about the hottest new app in genealogy (that’s us, by the way)!

This Product Update Newsletter contains some juicy tidbits about what we have been up to and what is coming up next. Read on to learn more and to see what features will be released in the App Store by June 1st!

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to make learning about your family history an epic adventure of discovery! Our app is different because we don’t have primary sources to help you research and document the lives of your ancestors. There are many excellent companies that provide these services.

So what makes us different? We believe that family history can be more mobile and more social! Visualizing your family tree on a map helps identify data problems and provides new insights that don’t appear in text alone. Our technology is exciting new people to learn about their family history. Alerts on your phone nudge you to spend 5-10 minutes a day learning about your ancestors. What’s more there is a magic and a power about visiting the places where our ancestors lived and died. The Family Nexus mobile app can do all this and more!

 

New Features in Beta

The Family Nexus team has been working very hard to bring you some very exciting features! It has only been 3 months since our last App Store release, but every day I have been wishing we could release the new features under development!

We have made some general improvements and enhancements to our core, free product. We have also been developing the Premium Features that I know you will fall in love with. When my developers showed me the latest progress 2 weeks ago, I literally got tingles! I hope you like them too.


Premium Subscription

A note about our revenue model seems appropriate here. We wish we could provide all this functionality free of charge to all our users. However, software development is expensive and so we need a way to pay for the development. The Family Nexus will always offer its core functionality for free. Specifically, the ability to automatically map your FamilySearch Family Tree data and get alerts. We will also offer additional features exclusively to users who pay for a Premium Subscription.

Users will have the option of choosing a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month Premium Subscription. Subscribers will have access to all existing and future Premium Subscription content. Features marked with a ($) in the article will be exclusively for our Premium Subscription members.


Completed Items

I know you are dying to know what is coming. So without further ado, here is a list of new features that are currently in beta and are expected to be in the App Store by June 1st:
  • Faster download times! We have made improvements to the download manager to reduce download time and better manage system resources.
  • Improvements to Notifications! Notifications are way cool, but let’s be honest, they can be really annoying when you get 36 all at once! Now the app groups notifications together based on place or date.
  • Cleaner interface! We made several changes to the interface that make it more attractive and easier to use.
  • Improved Searching! Searching for an ancestor is now easier and will even find people with middle names you didn’t enter.
  • Invite Facebook friends! When we find something cool we want to share it! Now we have made it easier to invite your Facebook friends to download The Family Nexus app!
  • Several bug fixes, including disappearing map pins, login problems, incorrect Notification icons, preferred relationships, etc.
  • Add Feedback link in menu – we want to hear from you!
  • Premium Subscription purchase ($) – for the first time you can subscribe to access cool features that will help you make even more discoveries about your family history!
  • Filter Controls: Multiple options for filtering the event pins that appear on the map. ($)
  • Quick Map Filters: From a Person Details View go to map and view only Ancestors of that person or only Immediate Family members of that person. ($)
  • Map Layer Data (cemeteries, churches, etc.). ($)
  • More data! Subscribers can download additional generations of ancestors, including first cousins! ($)
  • Family Group Display! See your ancestors in the context of their family both as a parent and a child. ($)
  • Memories Display! Now you can browse photos, stories, and more all inside the app to discover even more about your ancestors. ($)

Kickstarter Project

We have been very grateful for the enthusiasm of our early users. Our team appreciates ALL feedback - both "good" and "bad" - that we receive. We have made note of feature requests, product enhancements, and other suggestions and added those to our development road map.

We are as eager as you are to see some of these cool ideas come to the life and we are super excited to announce that we will launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to fund the development of some awesome features! The campaign should get underway in July.

Check out the features we will develop when our project gets funded.

Social Networking Features (FREE!)

  • Check-in Feature: Record when you visit an ancestral location
  • News Feed: See when others check-in or share on social media about a common ancestor
  • AccuPin (see below) news item: When someone adds AccuPin data for a common ancestor you'll have the option of adding that data to your own device
  • Friends: Add "Friends" for Internal Chat or News Feed
  • Internal Chat: Collaborate with friends and share your excitement about discoveries using the Internal Chat feature

GPS Data ($)

  • "AccuPin" feature: move the event pin to an actual address or geographic coordinates where an event took place (instead of just the city, town, county, etc.)
  • Geotag rich media: add geographic location information to photos and other memories

Trip Itinerary Planner ($)

  • Create and save travel itineraries
  • Add ancestral locations or other points of interest to an itinerary
  • Travel Mode: Show only places in an itinerary
  • Navigation directions
  • Google Street View:  360 degree immersive experience of ancestral villages (where available) - EVEN IF YOU CAN"T TRAVEL THERE IN REAL LIFE!

Android Version

Many fans are Android users and we want to facilitate their discovery moments as well. We will only be able to develop the Android version with your support! The plan is to complete the development of the Kickstarter features for iOS before we start development on Android.

The Android version will have "free" and "premium" features just like the Apple version. So what can you do to help? As we get closer to the Kickstarter campaign please share with all your friends so we can make this dream a reality!

 

Conclusion

Thanks for taking the time to read this development update. We love family history. We love the thrill of making connections with family members living and dead. This often happens when learning about the details of their lives: stories, photos, and places add to the rich tapestry that makes up your family heritage. The Family Nexus is on a mission to make family history more social and mobile. In the process we aim to facilitate Discovery in new and exciting ways.

We can't do this without you. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We believe our app is like none other in the industry. We ask for your continued support as we introduce new features to our Premium Subscribers and as we launch the Kickstarter campaign. Spread the word with family and friends! Also, tell us what kinds of features you would like to see. You can send an email to feedback@thefamilynexus.com.


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.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

REGISTER NOW: DearMYRTLE's May 2017 hangouts


DearREADERS,
Thank-you for your patience as we've transitioned back into "normal" life, whatever that is. Coming up Wednesday will be our much anticipated DNAGen Study Group with Blaine Bettinger. We're playing catch up by featuring Ursula C. Krause in the GermanGen 2 Study Group session. And we will be visiting with our "archivist in residence" Melissa LeMaster Barker in The Archive Lady hangout.

Kudos to all our attendees and guest instructors for being adaptable to the change in our schedule.

REGISTER using your favorite social media account - Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or Twitter. Participants who wish to appear on the filmstrip panel must log in with their Google account, have their headset mic & earphones, and log in about 15 minutes prior to the start of the hangout.

Then check your confirmation and reminder emails for your personal link to VIEW and COMMENT.

For first time users: FAQ System requirements for: Computers, Android devices, iPhone / iPad


DNAGen STUDY GROUP (60 minutes)
Read in advance and complete the homework at the end of Chapter 5 "Genealogical Applications for atDNA" in Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. Now also available in Kindle format. You must attend this hangout live as it will not be available for access later, due to copyright restrictions.

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

GENEALOGY GAME NIGHT(60 minutes)
A chance to practice using your headset mic and web cam.
9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)
Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

GermanGen STUDY GROUP 2 (60 minutes)
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - with Ursulc C. Krause, host of The German Genealogy Girl's PodcastNoon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago) 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours
View
session 1 here.

MONDAYS WITH MYRT
29 May 2017 will not be held, in observance of Memorial Day in the US.

THE ARCHIVE LADY (60 minutes)
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)
UTC-7 hours

COMING IN JUNE 2017


FHConsultants - TURNING HEARTS 1 (60 minutes)
3 Sessions, Sunday evening as follows:
9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours


Session 1 - WHO ARE WE?
4 June 2017
-- Online training materials for: Consultants, High Priests Group Leaders, individual researchers
-- Org Chart
-- Does your Stake Temple & Family History Consultant ever contact you?
-- Do you have multiple consultants in your ward?
-- Do you have youth called as indexing consultants or ??
-- Free access to partner sites.
-- Google Sheet with training tab, individual progress report tab, all ward consultants can update, becomes monthly report to High Priest Group Leader

Session 2 - IMPROVING COMMUNICATION & REACHING OUT
11 June 2017
- members (Bring links to Google Docs of handouts you wish to share), FamilySearch Indexing, FamilySearch Memories App and our "Many Doors" theme, bulletin inserts (best practices).
- private Facebook group
- mail list
- green folder
- personal goal commitment cards
-- ward fh gmail account
-- Google sheet (1 line for each member) becomes monthly activities report to HP Group Leader.
-- Example of MidasCrossing6thFH@gmail.com for consistency among multiple consultants and transferable as our callings change.
-- Reports from participants

Session3 - PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE & TEMPLE ATTENDANCE
18 June 2017
-- Sunday School Class - "Not your grandmother's genealogy."
-- Ward Family History Night (see: http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2017/03/whats-ward-family-history-night.html )
-- 1 on 1 consultations using Skype and hangouts for member tech support.

-  Is FamilySearch.org the best place for one's compiled genealogy?
-- How to segue to a genealogy management program like RootsMagic
-- Are we encouraging "Quick Click" Genealogy?
-- GPS The Genealogical Proof Standard
-- How are How are ward members' family ordinance cards filed at your temple?
-- How are temple ordinance stats aggregated in your ward?
-- Reports from participants

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, May 07, 2017

REGISTER NOW: 2 DearMYRTLE hangouts this week


DearREADERS,
After a two week absence, Cousin Russ and I return to host our flagship hangout Mondays with Myrt tomorrow and WACKY Wednesday later in the week. Cannot *wait* to see everyone again! Note registration links below:


MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)
Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours
The archived version will be available within the hour after the broadcast concludes.



WACKY WEDNESDAY (60 minutes)
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours
The archived version will be available within the hour after the broadcast concludes.

Gosh, Ol' Myrt here missed you all. I do appreciate the time spent with the family of my dear friend Barb Schulz. It will take a little time to get back up to full speed.

ALSO NOTE
DearMYRTLE will announce plans for a GenDoc Study Group as soon as she receives the new book Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones.



The publisher, National Genealogical Society, has announced this book will first be available at the annual NGS Conference this coming week. Those of us not attending may order online beginning 10 May 2017 for shipment 22 May 2017. Source: http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2017/05/mastering-genealogical-documentation-to.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, April 23, 2017

RIP dear, sweet Barbara Schulz



DearREADERS,

A truer friend one could never find. Our Barbara Schulz, pictured in turquoise above at her 2004 installation as Osceloa (Florida) Chapter DAR Regent, passed away today following complications in care from her broken leg. She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, three grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, a sister, a half-brother and nephew and a beloved foster brother.

This isn't her obituary. It's setting down a few thoughts before I gather with the family.

It was my honor to live with Barb for many years and learn what selfless love is all about. Everyone loved her. There wasn't a need she didn't try to meet. She was just plain there for people.

There wasn't a potential DAR, 1812, Colonial Dames, DUV or UDC member in Florida that she didn't help process the application. Many a Sunday she and I, and often Audrey would pour over what was provided by a candidate, then work through research challenges to bring those applications up to snuff.

Barb was instrumental in helping bridge the divide between two local DAR chapters. You couldn't refuse her anything. Her positive outlook, and her "can do" spirit has touched us all.

Mr. Myrt and I are traveling to attend to whatever the immediate family would have us do. I'll be playing the organ at the funeral, that much I know. I'll do anything else needed to somehow smooth the rough edges during this tender time. Barb's daughter and extended family all live in Virginia, so Bradenton resources are somewhat unknown to them. I know we can rely on our lineage society sisters to assist.

I'll also be wearing bright, cheerful colors, as I know she does not want us to morn.



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I've cancelled all but tonight's FHConsultants' Hangout for the rest of the month of April.

More when I'm able to get to my computer.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ANNOUNCING: GermanGen Study Group 19th and 26th April 2017



DearREADERS,
Many US researchers have Germanic roots but don't know where to turn and are concerned about the foreign language and handwriting character set. No worries! The German Genealogy Girl's Podcast host Ursula C. Krause will be our featured mentor during our GermanGen Study Group hangouts. She is a well-known speaker and genealogy consultant with clients from all over the world. Our sessions are scheduled as follows:





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

REGISTER NOW 
You'll receive confirmation and reminder emails with your personal URL to join the hangouts. There is no fee for these two sessions and you must register for each separately.

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 discusses NGS' short-sighted policy



DearREADERS,
 Are you up for a lively discussion about the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Conference Social Media Policy prohibiting audio or video recording in the conference exhibit hall? This week's Mondays with Myrt attendees certainly provided opinionated feedback. Facebook Live, Periscope, DearMYRTLE's AmbushCAM and live-streamed mini-classes, say at Lisa Louise Cooke's always popular booth, will no longer be permitted unless a fee is paid in advance. You'll find the official policy listed here: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/press/social-media-policy that reads in part:
"Except by specific prior written permission, NGS does not permit audio or video recording devices in the Exhibit Hall or in the presentations at the NGS Family History Conference."
👉 We understand no recording during presentations in conference classrooms and that "verbatim info is to be limited to a few quotes." We agree that rude classroom attendees disrupt conference sessions by taking pictures of every slide of a presentation. That simply must stop, as this is clearly a copyright violation. 

👉 Why have exhibit hall restrictions? It is impractical to expect all to check cell phones at the door before entering the exhibit hall.

 👉 Vendors responded to a post in a closed Facebook Group, Genealogy Business Alliance where Article 22 of the 2017NGS vendors contract was quoted as "No live streaming without permission and an additional fee." See: NGS' Official Exhibiting Regulations Agreement located here: http://conferencengs.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Official-Exhibiting-Regulations.pdf where it states:
"22. Use of Exhibit
a. Exhibitor shall not stream live or recorded video or audio broadcast any content from the Exhibit Hall without the knowledge and written consent of NGS. Any live streaming or other broadcast transmission of content from the Exhibit Hall will be by special arrangement only. An additional mutually-agreed-to fee to be paid by the exhibitor will be required."

ADVANCED PERMISSION AND FEES?
NGS wishes to control contact and financially benefit from every conversation that will happen at it's annual conference?

 
WHAT'S SOCIAL MEDIA if it isn't spontaneous? It's free publicity that builds excitement and encourages people to come to a conference. See DearMYRTLE's "Do conferences need bloggers?" Amy Johnson Crow, Dick Eastman and Ol' Myrt here, or instance, typically go around and take pics of vendor booths and attendees - sending out info via social media posts. My AmbushCAM interviews spotlight the well-respected vendors as well as new products and services. That's free publicity for all involved. Why should NGS require advanced, written permission when such encounters happen on the fly, say, during a lull in the exhibit hall, or between classroom sessions?

Official sponsors Ancestry, FindMyPast, FamilySearch, MyHeritage use audio and video equipment to teach mini-classes at their booths - but as official sponsors they've paid much more up front than a typical vendor.

The "permission and additional fee" impacts those such as:

👉 a much smaller, multi-booth sole proprietor who holds innovative, live-streamed, 20-30 minute mini-classes in her booth
👉 others like myself who don't rent booths, do pay full conference attendance and roam the conference looking to record attendee feedback and spotlight products and services

UNKNOWN FEE SCHEDULE
The aforementioned, innovative, live-streaming vendor telephoned an NGS rep for clarification of the Official Exhibiting Regulations but found no fees could be quoted. She also reported that NGS intends to strictly enforce the no live-streaming policy.

The live-streaming fee schedule for vendors, bloggers and vloggers has not been published on the NGS site, yet other costs associated with attending the conference, luncheons, ordering syllabus and renting vendor booths are clearly stated. (I cannot share the names and directly quote because the information was shared in the closed Genealogy Business Alliance Facebook Group. If you are a member, you will find the post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogybusinessalliance/permalink/1648833705424221/ )

FALLOUT


While the 2017 NGS Conference Social Media Policy and Official Exhibiting Regulations Agreement are short-sighted at best:

👉 The NGS Conference Social Media Policy somewhat addresses copyright infringement issues for conference presentations. (How about requiring room monitors to eject offensive attendees, calling in backup via cell if unable to resolve the issue personally?) 

👉  The NGS Conference Social Media Policy contradicts the Official Exhibiting Regulations Agreement shooting itself in the foot when it comes to capturing benefits of social media. (21st century businesses live or die by social media.)

👉   The NGS Official Exhibiting Regulations overly-restricts vendors who will choose to spend their conference dollars at larger, more progressive national and international conferences such as RootsTech and Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree.

PERSONALLY?
Had I not researched the Official Exhibiting Regulations for this post, I would have arrived at the 2017 NGS Conference only to be turned away, owing to:
"25. Exhibitors' Protection
No firm or organization not assigned exhibit space will be permitted to solicit business within the exhibit area or other areas rented by  NGS."
👉   That lets out the social media work of folks like Amy, Dick, Ol' Myrt and others, unless we have a booth, obtain written permission and pay in advance for our conversations with people. (Not very spontaneous, is it?)
👉   That lets out society conference chairs soliciting door prizes.
👉   That lets out society program chairs trolling for speakers. 

MYRT'S BOTTOM LINE
I've always paid for NGS full-conference access, yet I spend 95% of my time in the exhibit hall interviewing, live-streaming, networking, and posting regularly to Facebook. I enjoy learning what's new, talking with software vendors, pouring over potential book purchases and introducing new developers to potential partners in the genealogy vertical.

Mr. Myrt and I won't be attending NGS Conferences as long as this policy remains, as there is simply no place for Ol' Myrt. 

I've heard NGS could make an exception for some people, but that's giving in to a subjective call on NGS' part. If there is a rule, it should be equally applied - no favorites. No prejudices. We are either including or excluding people.


You'll find our discussion in the first 30 minutes of our Mondays with Myrt 17 April 2017 embedded below. If you'd like to read the viewers' responses, register and view at: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/17apr2017mwm.html


NGS may be worried about declining attendance at its annual conference. With these strongly restrictive Conference Social Media Policy and Official Exhibiting Regulations Agreement
directives, I predict attendance will only get worse.


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, April 12, 2017

Hosting Virtual Meetings - Equipment

DearREADERS,
Thank-you for joining us for Hosting Virtual Meetings - Free Tools this morning. Cousin Russ and I continue our tutorial tonight with specific details about equipment, speaker's contracts and room layout. Tune in beginning as follows:

WACKY WEDNESDAY  (60 minutes)

The live broadcast begins at:
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm 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:
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html


Sure, you may view this hangout on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but why not
view and comment during the live broadcast, or view the recording, complete with all the links we mention here: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/whyhostvirtualmeetings_pm.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.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wednesday: Hosting Virtual Meetings Tutorials


DearREADERS,
Wednesday will particularly wacky this week as both the am and pm hangouts will feature info on hosting virtual meetings. This technology is perfect for family reunions, society board meetings, monthly special interest groups even one-on-one consultations. Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here will show you how to setup and promote a YouTube hangout in ten minutes or less.

Hosting Virtual Meetings
Tutorial
Why Host Virtual Meetings? (AM)
12 April 2017

Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt will discuss free tools and how to promote personal, business and society hangouts.

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

Test Myrt to see if she can set up and promote a virtual hangout in 10 minutes or less!
WACKY WEDNESDAY  (60 minutes)
Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt will discuss equipment considerations when hosting personal, business and society hangouts.
9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours











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.


Monday, April 03, 2017

The trouble with old family bibles




DearREADERS,
Lynn Southerland writes:
"Hello, I recently received a old family bible for safe keeping. It's at least 100 years old (circa 1916) based on the dates in the bible and is fairly large - roughly 8 in x11 in in size and about 5-6 inches thick (so it's pretty heavy as well). The cover/binding is also starting to pull away from the pages and the pages themselves are already discolored with a few of the family history pages completely loose from the rest of the binding. I believe the cover is leather. I know I shouldn't take it to just anyone for restoration but do you have any tips or questions I should be asking when searching for a reputable bookbinder? Any advice you could give would be appreciated. Thank you."

The trouble with old family bibles is that rebinding means a portion of all pages must be trimmed off on the inside to accept the new binding.

It has been my practice not to encourage rebinding. I do however, encourage all to find a Hollinger box of suitable size, or purchase the supplies to make one to fit. See: http://www.hollingermetaledge.com and Adjustable Book Storage Boxes from the same company. Oft times Amazon.com offers the same items for less.

As you can see from the image seven images in this post, Ol' Myrt is in the same boat. In fact the cover has completely separated from the pages of the Weiser Family Bible in my possession. The title page is missing about 2 inches on all sides and a handkerchief and other papers have been inserted inside the front cover.


 But I think you'll agree we wouldn't trade this tattered bible page for anything in the world.


This certifies that
Charles Switzer Weiser of Dehli, Delaware Co., Ohio and
Eliza Maria Wasden of Gunnison, Sanpete Co., Utah
were by me united 
In Holy Matrimony
According to the ordinance of God and the Laws of the
Terr. of Idaho at Shoshone
on the 25th Day of July in the year of
Our Lord
One thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty three.
TS White, Justice of the Peace
WG Martin & EE Cunningham, Witnesses.












Some things are so old and fragile there is nothing more we can do than to make digital copies of the pertinent pages and store the original items in archival safe materials.

My good friend Elsie Naylor sent a circa 1690 family bible to be rebound. Removed completely were the inside covers where family name/date notations were made. The book binder said "I threw away those scribbled pencil notations." Elsie was heartbroken.

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.