Thursday, October 26, 2006



-- IGI, PAFInsight & Legacy
-- Rare genetic deletion
-- Misfiling at the Library of Congress
-- Noisy library
-- Adopted children in obituaries
-- Preserving digital files
-- Ships passing in the night

IGI, PAFInsight & Legacy
From: Kristine Farley
I just wanted to share what I have recently found out. I'm sure other FH
experts are way ahead of me. I love Legacy Family Tree, but found out about
PAFInsight, so I transferred my files over to PAF only to use insights IGI
function. Yesterday I found out through some gracious FH buffs that Legacy
has the same function. So now I'm going to use Legacy without transferring
files back & forth. Hurray!!!

From: DC Small
I have a very rare genetic deletion syndrome called 5p- or Cri du Chat
[French meaning 'Cry of the cat]. The deletion causes the infant's voice to
sound like a kitty's cry, hence the name 'cry of the cat. For 53 years, I
didn't know what caused my voice to be weak sounding. But almost 2 yrs ago,
a friend asked me for research sources for this subject. I got tested early
last year/2005, and received a report called 'Cytogenetics Report'. My son
was tested this summer, and got his 'Cytogenetics Report'. [He had the voice
as a child; he grew out of it; he's now 28.] My question is how do I include
these reports as sources into PAF, and Family Tree? 'Cytogenetics Report' is
the title. Who would be the author: the medical group who did the actual
work, or the doctor who ordered the test?

NOTE FROM MYRT: Although a lab might do the workup, it is the physician who
evaluates the test, and in conjunction with your other medical indications,
it is he not the lab that gives the final diagnosis. Some tests might be
"borderline" but the physician might go forward with the diagnosis based on
tests and various other factors.

1880 US Federal Census Image Availability

From: Andy E. Wold (UtahGenWeb State Coordinator)
Actually, the 1880 US Census images are still viewable via
-- to signed in registered members of the LDS Church. The key is to first
sign in to, then do the search of the 1880 US Census.

The LDS Church made an announcement regarding this in 2003:
The 1880 U.S. Census Index is now linked with digital images of the original
census documents; made possible through an agreement between,
Inc. and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 1880 U.S.
Census index and images can be accessed at both and

Agreement Benefits to Users:
The 1880 U.S. Census index can be searched for free at both
The digital images of the original census documents are available at and can now also be accessed from
Patrons of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and any of
the 4000+ family history centers worldwide can view the images at no charge.
Church members who sign on or register as members through
can also view the images at no charge. Other users through
can view the images for $9.95, which will give them access for 30 days.
(updated: July 31, 2003)
----- has removed the ability to save these images, and has limited
the viewing options. Initially, the census page will come up in 50% zoom.
If you try changing the zoom to another percentage, the website will state
that an subscription is needed to perform that function -- but
you can work around it. Simply close the pop-up window that the census
image appeared in, and re-select the link to the census image from the search results screen. This will then re-open the image
with the last zoom percentage value that you had selected previously.

At that point you cannot save or print the image. I work around this by
using Mozilla as my browser with the "Screen Grab!" extension, which will
make a single screen shot out of a multi-screen page (as long as the image
fits within the width of the window.)

Re: Library Manners & Filed Wrong

From: Name withheld
Yes, misfiling can be a big problem but it is not always the patron who
misfiles things. I went to the Library of Congress to look up a Newspaper
article on my New Orleans relative and I left a request at the desk to have
a reprint made of the article. About 3 weeks later I got a letter from the
Library of Congress stating that they could not find any article about my
relative. The rules there are "only the employees can refile anything" so
any misfiling was done by the employees of the Library of Congress. Since I
had read it there was no doubt that an article did exist. It had been
misfiled so they could not find it. A year later they still had not found
it so the search was discontinued. I finally got a copy of the article from
a person in New Orleans who found the article and copied it for me. Please
don't publish my name, [even though] I'm 90 and will [probably] never again
get to the Library of Congress!

Re: Library Manners & Filed Wrong

From: John C
In reference to the noisy people in the library, we solved it by allowing me
to have a noisy Thursday group. All of the patrons are able to talk to
anyone during my shift. When a person finds a long lost person we all get
excited. My shift is the most filled on a yearly basis and people who want
quiet have the five alternate shifts but many come back to the noisy shift
after awhile. As a Family History Consultant I have started many people on
the Genealogy trail and they generally become noisy shift patrons. If the
patrons are bothered they should speak with the Director and make their
opinions known. I also fill in for other workers and my patrons always come
in on those shifts when others have had few patrons. Peace.

Re: Step-children in obituary
READERS' FEEDBACK: Step-children in obituary

From: Jan Turner
What about adopted children? I have an unusual situation in which my husband
allowed his first son to be adopted by his sister and her husband before we
were ever married. At the time, he was in the Navy and had divorced his
Japanese wife, but insisted on obtaining custody of the child whom he took
to his sister to care for and ultimately felt it was best to allow them to
adopt him.

Thus far, I have listed him in my genealogy program as a son of the first
wife, but also as an adopted son for my sister-in-law and her husband using
his original name Turner, and as a hyphenated name Turner-Sullivan for his
adoptive parents' name. This is really a bit awkward and would love some
other possibilities.

NOTE FROM MYRT: In the obit, just list them as "children." I recently helped
me father write his obituary. We listed all his children in their birth
order (regardless of their mother's name) and then listed his step-sons.
Those who know won't need any more of a label than "children" and those who
don't know the difference will be fine as well. Genealogical purists would
balk at the thought. However, we don't want to separate the living folks
with unnecessary labels. As long as your compiled genealogy reflects the
true relationships you are ok. OBITS ARE NOT PRIMARY source documents
proving family relationships.

From: Floyd martin
Just got through listening to a archived [podcast] .mp3 file of yours
mentioning on conserving our records. I have just started a process. I
didn't know until my wife read an article from AARP magazine about the short
life of CDs.

I have done some research on the subject and found it to be true about short
life times of CDs and DVD. There are special Disks available--Gold Archival
CDs and DVD-Rs. They are more expensive but at considered to be archival for
a longer life. There are at least two brands available MAM-A and Delkin. The
DVD-R disks will not burn on the standard burners for most computers now.
The new computers will only burn DVD+Rs for the most part.

You may wish to do a little research on this yourself and mention it. I
have been doing genealogy for about 4 years and about 8 years on computers
and I did not know of this problem. They claimed a few years ago that a CD
should last 40 or 50 years but apparently this is not true from what I have
been able to find out.

Another option that I have exploring and have already ordered is an external
hard drive that can be used like another D, E or F drive for your computer
to be used to backup of files.

I plan on backing up everything on my external hard drive and make some
archive disks. I think this information might shock a few folks besides
myself. I shudder to think about losing my restored pictures and data.

Below are a couple of sites you may wish to check out.

-- What's the most archival CD blank media for storing image files?
-- Digital image storage

NOTE FROM MYRT: I am currently reproducing Dad's old VHS tapes on DVDs. He
had previously transferred all his 8mm home movies to those tapes. I think
it is each generation's responsibility to transfer the info to the latest
technology to preserve these precious images for the next generation.


From: Linda S.
Hello. I have been meaning to send a short note about Salt Lake City. Do you
remember the day [last winter] that the Family History Library closed early
due to snow? I left the library that day early and went back to the Plaza
Hotel and logged on to my computer, only to find a message from DearMYRTLE
telling us the library is closing early and you were there. DARN!!!!!!!!!!!
I was right there in the library at the same time as you were and didn't
know it. It sure would have been fun to meet you in person.

Just ran across your delightful email. It is a joy to meet you, my loyal
readers from time to time. Though once, I went to the ladies' restroom after
presenting at the Nashville NGS Conference in the States, perhaps in 1998.
Just as I sat on the 'throne' someone called through the walls of the stall
"Are you the real DearMYRTLE? I need help with my Rhode Island ancestors."

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

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