Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Announcing: GPS Study Group - 1 Feb 2017 Final Session


DearREADERS,
"Thrilling to say the least" writes one viewer of our 5-part GPS Study Group. Tomorrow finds us in the last session, and it will be a doozie. Our syllabus material is Chapter 5 "Writing It Up" from Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th Edition Revised by Christine Rose.

Here's the link to the combined homework submissions with Ol' Myrt's comments:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0vzrkpbaGH0dHh6YS1iVlFJM3M/view?usp=sharing

BE SURE TO LOOK FOR:

Kate's homework
  • Clearly labeled Agnes as we know her maiden name and spouse
  • Simple proof statement example
  • Annotated footnotes
Megan's homework:
  • What to do when Ancestry.com embeds a FamilySearch image
  • How to craft a First Reference Note for a county marriage document

Sheri's homework:
  • The importance of strengthening evidence of sibling relationships

Marceline's homework:
  •  "Although Benjamin Horton never appears on a document with his father..."

Kim's homework:
  • Clues found in a receipt in the probate packet, where a guardian signs for Absalom's $300 inheritance from his grandfather.
Cheryl currently has poor interent access, so we will miss her.

Each of our study group panelists will receive a $15 Amazon gift certificate, as a small token of our appreciation for their efforts during this study group.

Sure you may watch this hangout here or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel,
but why not view AND comment by registering at: http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/gps-5.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, January 30, 2017

ANNOUNCING: Irish Genealogy Study Group




DearREADERS,
Got Irish Roots? Have we got a hangout series for you! Our guest experts will be Audrey Collins, from The National Archives (UK) and Clare V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS AG®, formerly employed at the Family History Library (British Isles), and currently an instructor of Family History at BYU-Idaho. Here's the schedule:
  • 3/1: Week 1: Overview and a general discussion on Irish research over the years, bring in the Ireland surname map.
  • 3/8: Week. 2: Top websites for historical context
  • 3/15: Week. 3: Top websites for scanned and online record sets
  • 3/22: Week. 4: Military Records
  • 3/29: Week. 5: In-person resources (archives, libraries, PRO, etc.)
HOW TO REGISTER
Toward the end of each month, Ol' Myrt posts the advertisements and link to register for the coming month's hangouts. Watch for the announcement here in my blog or over at: http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com

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 - 30 Jan 2017


DearREADERS,Ol' Myrt here was totally blown away today as we explored the interactive map for England and Wales at FamilySearch. Thanks to +Monique Riley  for suggesting we take a look. The ability to readily screen share and explore sites together makes our hangouts shine. It's an honor to work with our panelists and interact with our viewers as Cousin Russ brings in their comments.

This is the link Ol' Myrt discovered with Monique's help. I searched the FamilySearch Wiki for the term 'England maps' (without the quote marks) and in the third paragraph found the following:
"Use FamilySearch's 1851 Jurisdiction Map, an interactive map revealing the various levels of jurisdictions in each county in England showing parishes, registration districts (post-1834), probate courts, and many other jurisdictions, as well as an Ordnance Survey map base map"
The interactive map is what we explored together, live and in person. I love learning how to use the map and will share this immediately with my neighbor who is researching in the very populated area of London in the late 1700s.

+Sue Adams mentioned the Vision of Britain http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk
and
GenUKI (UK and Ireland Genealogy) http://www.genuki.org.uk

Oh, yes, we did talk about other things. Watch the rewind to follow along. :) 

See also: Thoughts on Tim's email: ttp://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2017/01/thought-on-tims-email.html
Sure, you can watch the archived video here or on DearMYRTLE's You Tube Channel,
but why not view AND comment over here:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/30-jan-2017-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.


NARA: Top 10 Citizen Archivists and more

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives (US). Here's hoping more will consider becoming Citizen Archivists to aid in this massive project. Info about volunteering is found at the end of this post.



FROM: The National Archives Catalog

Thank you, Citizen Archivists!

Our Citizen Archivists have been very active contributing their knowledge to the holdings of the National Archives. In 2016, 3,038 Citizen Archivist volunteers added nearly 229,000 enhancements to the records in our Catalog, which includes tags, transcriptions and comments. All of these contributions help make the records of the National Archives more discoverable online. 

Here are the Top 10 contributors in 2016:
  1. Smithal
  2. PhillipEverettBacon
  3. Icahalan
  4. Jammon49
  5. Kb1213
  6. Dkarimkhani
  7. Maileann
  8. LibrarianTeresa
  9. PoliticalHistory
  10. Ceili
We appreciate all the time that you dedicate to helping unlock history, and making the records of our nation more discoverable to people all over the world. Keep up the great work!

Can you make it to the Top 10? Here’s how to participate:

Get started by visiting our Citizen Archivist Dashboard. You’ll find instructions on how to create an account in our Catalog, participate in our tagging and transcription missions, find individual records to transcribe, and see transcription tips.

We need you! Help transcribe a BIG record

Are you up for a challenge? This record, Edward Dmytryk v. RKO Radio Pictures, Incorporated [Civil Case 7982], is a big one: 238 pages. Can you help us transcribe it? By working together, we challenge our Citizen Archivists to help transcribe this record in our Catalog by the time we send our next National Archives Catalog Newsletter in two weeks. We know you can do it! Are you in?


More about this record:
During the Cold War, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) conducted investigations into potential communist activity. While investigating the motion picture industry, ten screenwriters, producers, and directors, deemed the “Hollywood Ten,” took a defiant stand against the HUAC by refusing to testify, and jeopardized their careers.  This case file is a result of the legal battle that ensued for one of the ten men, Edward Dmytryk. Records in this case include an introduction to the case as well as documents that reveal that the case was ultimately withdrawn when Dmytryk decided to testify in front of the HUAC.  

New to Transcription? Learn how to get started.
 

Ready to Transcribe? Log in to the Catalog and start transcribing Edward Dmytryk v. RKO Radio Pictures, Incorporated [Civil Case 7982] by selecting a page that does not have a blue tag on the thumbnail image.

(Note from Myrt: The blue tag means someone else has already transcribed the page.)

RootsTech: Coaches' Corner Sign Ups






DearREADERS,
We just received details about how RootsTech attendees can obtain one-on-one mentoring by the new Coaches' Corner in the Expo Hall. This is useful when attendees bring relevant details such as follows, IMHO:

  • A specific research question.
  • Info about the specific ancestor's name, dates and localities where he/she lived.
  • A summary of records previously searched.
  • Copies (digital or paper) of said records, to verify the document has been interpreted correctly.
One could reasonably expect a few tidbits of advice like:
  • Where to look next
  • Consider you may be looking at two people instead of one from the records you've searched.
  • How to compose a proof argument, so you can see the strengths and weaknesses of your "current thinking."
  • Historical context for immigration push/pull factors 





Sign Up for the Coaches’ Corner at
RootsTech 2017
Are you hitting roadblocks in your family history? As a RootsTech attendee, we invite you to drop by the new Coaches’ Corner at the RootsTech Expo Hall and sign up for one-on-one mentoring from an expert genealogist. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Reserve your spot HERE.

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.


Thought on Tim's email




DearREADERS,
Ancestry.com may be his business, but Tim speaks as an individual, and it is heartbreaking that he should ever have to do this. Folks who follow our hangouts know how Cousin Russ and I feel about diversity and openness. It's another thing for the CEO of a major genealogy corporation to look at the human impact of recent executive orders. In his amazingly thoughtful post, Tim Sullivan signed his email as a person "Tim" - with no reference to his title as is customary with business letters.

Of course, Tim is referring to:

DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to _all_ regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance. http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade

This is what Tim Sullivan (who happens to be the CEO of Ancestry) said in his email:


The last 48 hours in the U.S. have been both heart-breaking and outrageous. Of immediate importance is the status of our Ancestry employees and/or their families. We do not believe that any of our employees are currently affected, but if we are wrong, please let us know immediately, and we will do everything we can to help.
Our company values decency, works hard to embrace diversity, and is very familiar with the difficulties that families all over the world have endured for centuries in their attempts to stay together and to improve the lives of the next generation. We are a company that lives history, so we’re familiar with the ugliness that we’re witnessing right now. We’ve seen how families were impacted by the quotas on Chinese immigration less than a hundred years ago, by the refusal to accept Jewish refugees fleeing the horror of Nazi Germany, and by the absurd detainment of Japanese Americans during that war. Today, it is broadly understood that these policies each left a black mark on our history and ran counter to the fundamental values of openness and inclusion that are our country’s strength.
Ancestry is stronger due to the diversity of our employee’s personal and professional experience, so we have a clear business interest in not seeing America’s doors slammed shut to those that desire to come here and to contribute to our national strength, regardless of religion, race, or national origin. Ancestry is also a company whose values are on display every day, and I’m proud to be part of a company that strives to have a positive impact on people’s lives, respects every person’s story, and celebrates the diversity of everyone’s ancestry. So I want to clearly affirm that the content and intent of President Trump’s executive order on Friday, as well as the disturbing actions that were unleashed by this order, represent the total antithesis to the values of our company.
No one can ignore the stories of people stranded or detained and refused re-entry into a country they considered home and not feel real empathy. Because I am also writing to you not just as CEO, but as a person, I will be honest and say that I am personally horrified and angered by the ignorance, hate, and xenophobia that have precipitated this shocking weekend, and that I think this is something that we all are going to have to confront and denounce.
Again, please let us know if you know of any employees that are personally impacted by the current situation.
Thanks,
Tim
Well said. Thank- you Tim.


Myrt

ANNOUNCING: Mondays with Myrt at the FHL - 6 Feb 2017



DearREADERS,
RootsTech is just around the corner. For those of you arriving early, why not stop and join in the fun as once again we will broadcast Mondays with Myrt *live* from the Family History Library in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, Utah? We will set up beginning at 9am, in the 3rd floor glass-enclosed conference room. Mr. Myrt will have his clipboard, and we'll cycle in 4-6 people at a time for interviews. It's always fun to discover what folks are doing in their research, how their local societies are growing, and what they plan to do and see at #RootsTech later in the week.

REGISTER for this hangout here, if you wish to attend virtually:
http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/6-feb-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.


ANNOUNCING: DearMYRTLE hangouts, now through Feb 2017








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



GPS STUDY GROUP (60 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



WACKY Wednesday (60 minutes)

9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago)

7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours

You are cordially invited to attend a very special pre-RootsTech promo event:
Mondays with Myrt - 6 February 2016
We will be broadcasting from the world famous Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Meet us on the 3rd floor, glass-enclosed conference room. Mr. Myrt will have the sign up sheet if you'd like to cycle in and be a guest on the show. We set up at 9am local, and begin the *live* broadcast at 10am.

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


RootsTech - 8-11 Feb 2017
at the Salt Palace in  downtown SLC, Utah

Watch Live stream here: 


Wednesday - Live stream sessions

  • 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session
    Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman
  • 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook
    Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
    Speaker: Cydni Tetro

Thursday - Live stream sessions

  • 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session 
    Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy 
    Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
    Speaker: Diahan Southard
  • 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage
    Speaker: Dana Drutman
  • 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available Speaker: Lara Diamond
  • 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer

Friday - Live stream sessions

  • 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session 
    Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel
  • 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines  Speaker: Judy Russell
  • 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies 
    Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy
  • 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage Speaker: Sunny Morton
  • 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
    Speaker: Jen Baldwin

Saturday - Live stream sessions

  • 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session 
    Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work 
    Speaker: Steve Reed
  • 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
    Speaker: Crista Cowan
  • 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
    Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson


Streaming Help

The stream will automatically refresh at the beginning of each session. If it does not, you will need to refresh the page manually by clicking the Refresh button on your browser. See also live streaming help: https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule#streaming


As an official RootsTech Ambassador, DearMYRTLE 
will most often be found in the media hub interviewing keynote speakers, vendors and software developers.


Cousin Russ and DearMYRTLE will team teach in the computer lab as follows:



Smart Phones, Tablets & Computers, Oh, My! Practical 21st century tools for genealogists
A 2-hour, power-packed "open discussion" workshop, with emphasis on research, data storage and collaboration with other genealogists. Includes a survey of specific apps to get the job done and demos of multi-device, cloud technology as it impacts the non-genealogists in our families. As the discussion switches between iOS and Droid devices, participants will work through assignments in the class workbook. In addition to a lively verbal discussion, participants will be given instructions for submitting questions electronically using a new Q&A option from Google for classrooms.

Thursday 11am-1pm (Room: 254B - LAB)

Friday 11am-1pm (Room: 251B - LAB)
These sessions will not be live streamed.


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


*Private* DNAGen Study Group (60 minutes)

9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago)

7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours
You must attend this hangout live as it will not be available for access later, due to copyright restrictions.


Genealogy Game Night (60 minutes)


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


The Archive Lady (60 minutes)

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