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Friday, November 30, 2007

Reporting findings & NON-findings

Ol' Myrt was given a research assignment by her good friend Barb. It is a matter of locating the will of one Isaac Moore who married Nancy Wyatt to prove relationship to their son Hamilton/Hamp Moore. She previously had a copy of the will, and figures she lost it when making an additional copy at Office Depot a few years back. Now she needs this will as part of her application for a lineage society membership. To save my DearREADERS time and eyesight, suffice it to say that Barb submitted birth years & places for each of the members of her 2nd great-grandfather Isaac & Nancy (Wyatt) Moore’s family. She surmised Isaac’s death to be after the 1850 census, since he is not found in the 1860 census.

I followed Barb’s instructions, and looked at items, step-by-step and then reported my findings that very afternoon via email, as follows:

Dear Barb,
I've spent the afternoon at the FHL looking for your Isaac Moore's will. I thought I had him, but found instead info on a younger Isaac Moore who happened to die intestate in 1855 in Coweta County. As I worked through all the letters of administration, and annual returns, I kept seeing the name "Sarah Ann Moore" without any mention of your known Isaac Moore’s spouse or children. So, I looked Isaac & Sarah up in the 1850 census, and found them listed in 19th Division, Coweta County, Georgia Census at image 60, page 313 left side. He is 38, she 36, and children in the household include Nancy 8, Will 13, Newman 10, Griffin 6, Frank 4 and Wm 2. So this doesn't look at all like your Isaac Moore with wife Nancy,

Here's what else I've done today:

birth date 1750 in Delaware. listed in the AGBI American Genealogical-Biographical Index, Volume 120 page 21. Revolutionary War. (I did not look in the book form of AGBI, but found the reference at That AGBI books are not part of the FHL collection.
Call the folks at, the compiler of the AGBI, to have them photocopy the entry AND the referenced sources.

DID NOT FIND ISAAC MOORE or NANCY MOORE in the following records:

  • Fayette County, Alabama Marriage & Probate Records compiled by Betty C. Wiltshire 976.187 V2w FHL US/Can Book.
  • Fayette County, Alabama index to wills & estate records compiled by Herbert M. Newell & Jeanie P. Newell 976.187 P22n FHL US/Can Book.
  • Fayette County, Georgia Wills 1828-1953 (Georgia Court of Ordinary) from Fayette County, Georgia. FHL film 209388.
  • Henry County, Wills & Bonds 1826-1952 (Georgia Court of Ordinary) from courthouse in McDonough. FHL film 175298. Did find the original will, already in your possession, of Isaac more whose wife was Frankey on page 68, stating that the estate would "be equally divided with my seven children, Jacob Moore, John Moore, Joshua Moore, Isaac Moore, William Moore, James Moore, Eli Moore."
  • Clayton County, Wills 1858-1919 (Georgia Court of Ordinary) from the courthouse at Jonesboro, GA (Isn't that the place with the splotchy painted library!?? :) ) FHL US/Can Film 229449.
  • Spalding County, Probate & Guardianship records (Georgia Court of Ordinary) FHL US/Can Film 455626. Did find Henry Moor will on page 123 & 124.

I am slowly working through the list of possible locations you mentioned in your email for his will, and have yet to look at films for:

  • Carroll, Meriwether, Fulton and Butts counties in Georgia
  • Randolph and Chambers counties in Alabama

You will note I looked in Fayette County, Alabama by mistake, before I realized it should be Fayette County, Georgia.

This is my initial report.
(cell phone number)

So DearREADERS, you will note that this brief communication between experienced researchers does not include full citations for each item searched. However, this is an initial, not a final report and the items listed could easily be revisited based on the identifying information provided. And it will save my friend Barb from having to look at those items – clearly an unnecessary duplication of effort.

This is the sort of citation that should appear in our research notes for each ancestor, so that we don’t make the mistake of ordering the same microfilm again and again, only to discover AGAIN that we could not find our ancestor among the pages.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

NARA book club 2008 schedule

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from the NARA Public Affairs Office. All inquiries should be addressed to:

November 29, 2007


Washington, DC*The National Archives will hold six book group discussions in 2008. All programs are free and open to the public, and will be held at noon in the National Archives Building Research Center, Room G-24. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for book group participants.

Please note: the public should use the National Archives Building's 700 Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The National Archives is fully accessible. To request a special accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event.

February 19, 2008
Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg

From the moment he landed in Paris on May 21, 1927, Lindbergh found himself thrust into the limelight of the media. Berg casts a new light on Lindbergh's childhood; his astonishing flight; the kidnapping of his son; his fascination with Hitler's Germany; and his unsung work in his later years. Author A. Scott Berg is the first and only writer to have been given unrestricted access to the massive Lindbergh archives - more than two thousand boxes of personal papers, including reams of unpublished letters and diaries.

March 18, 2008
These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory, by Thomas A. Desjardin and Robert Pigeon (Editor).

Ever since the battle of Gettysburg ended and Lincoln delivered his famous two-minute speech remembering those who had given their lives, this three-day conflict in 1863 has become an American legend. Gettysburg is remembered as the biggest, bloodiest, and most important battle ever fought in the Civil War. How much truth is behind the legend? Desjardin, a prominent Civil War historian and a perceptive cultural observer, demonstrates how flawed our knowledge of this enormous event has become, and why.

April 15, 2008
All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s, by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Everyone has heard of the Peace Corps, and that's no accident. When the agency was started in the early days of the Kennedy Administration, one of the top priorities was making it known virtually overnight, and some of the most talented advertising professionals in America donated their expertise to publicizing it. Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, a professor of American foreign relations at San Diego State University, details the first decade of the Peace Corps, focusing on the struggles to create the agency, the political skill that made it flourish, and the influence of the Vietnam War.

September 16, 2008
Revolution Remembered: Eyewitness Accounts of the War for Independence, by John C. Dann (Editor), John C. Dann (Editor)
A fascinating selection of information based on the testimony of embattled farmers who tell us in their own words what they saw with their own eyes. The Revolution Remembered uses 79 first-hand accounts from veterans of the war to provide the reader with the feel of what it must have been like to fight and live through America's bloody battle for independence. The military pension records at the National Archives provided an important source for this book.

October 21, 2008
Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea, by Jeffrey T. Richelson

Richelson traces the evolution of U.S. nuclear intelligence efforts--both successes and failures--from the early days of World War II to the twenty-first century. The author focuses on the early nuclear programs of 15 nations and the U.S. effort to determine if they were trying to acquire nuclear weapons, how far they had gotten, and their attempts to improve those capabilities. Richelson draws on recently declassified documents and interviews with scientists and spies involved in nuclear espionage. His analysis of the nation's nuclear espionage includes spy-satellite photographs from the National Archives.

November 18, 2008
The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World's Greatest Works of Art, by Hector Feliciano

During the occupation of Paris, the Nazis confiscated nearly 100,000 artworks from more than 200 collectors, transporting most of the spoils to Germany. After the war, many works that were found were returned to their owners. But a large number had disappeared, been destroyed, or spirited out of Europe into the underground art market. Drawing on recently declassified government archives and information provided by the heirs of the collections, Feliciano traces the fate of the artworks, including many that ended up in major art museums throughout Europe and the United States.

NARA January programs useful to genealogists

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from the Public Affairs Office of the NARA. Address inquires to:

November 29, 2007

Washington, DC. . .

In January, the National Archives will feature two programs highlighting records from its holdings. Both programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the National ArchivesBuilding and at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Please note: For programs at the National Archives Building, the public must use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

The National Archives at College Park, MD is located at 8601 Adelphi Road. For directions to both locations, see:

Tuesday, January 8, at 11 a.m., National Archives Building ResearchCenterGenealogy in 2020 Join us for a look at the future of genealogy research. Beau Sharbrough, vice president of content for, will relate acautionary tale about jumping to conclusions based on limited information. He will also discuss the differences among primary records-especially those that have been digitized. (This lecture will berepeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture RoomB, on Thursday, January 10, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, January 15, at 11 a.m., National Archives Building ResearchCenterTime and Punishment: 200 Years of Penal Reform in the District of Columbia Archives technician Alison Gavin will discuss primary and secondary resources relating to the horrific conditions of the DC jail and workhouse over the past 200 years and explore how history has influenced the present state of the District's prison system. (This lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in LectureRoom B, on Thursday, January 17, at 11 a.m.)

From the Records Book Group There is no book group discussion in January. The group will meet again on Tuesday, February 19, at 11 a.m. to discuss Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg.

Both Archives facilities are fully accessible. To request anaccommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program,please email or call (202) 357-5000 at least twoweeks prior to the event. To verify the date and times of theprograms, the public should call (202) 357-5333, or view the Calendar of
Events on the web at:

NBI National Burial Index (England & Wales) 1837-2005

This morning’s email brought more news of the’s National Burial Index. Ol' Myrt here believes that ancestral research is actually getting easier. Search the database for free, and observe the “hit list” including name, burial year and county.

The National Burial Index (NBI) for England and Wales is an ongoing project devised and orchestrated by the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS). With the encouragement of the FFHS, its member societies set about transcribing burial indexes, with the aim of creating a national record which significantly pre-dates civil registration (which began in 1837).

The NBI is an index to help family historians find burial records. It complements the International Genealogical Index (IGI), which is a finding aid largely focused on baptisms and marriages. Findmypast have made over 10 million records from the National Burial Index available…”

To find out more and search this database see:

When your global search of this database indicates an ancestor, you’ll need to sign in as a member to view the details, and pay one “unit”. The cost of units is as follows:

£6.95 - 60 units valid for 90 days
£24.95 - 280 units valid for 1 year

Don’t worry about the exchange rate as this is factored in when you use a credit card. Ol' Myrt uses just one card for online purchases, being careful to transfer money to this debit/VISA credit card account -- no more and no less than my planned purchases for the month. In all my years of online purchases from trusted websites with secure servers such as, I've never had a speck of trouble.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 digitizes (London) Times 1785-1820

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at All inquiries should be addressed to


- The Times (London) Includes Details About King George, Napoleon, As Well As Trials, Advertisements and Everyday Life

Lindon, UT – November 28, 2007 – today announced the release of original images from The Times (London from 1785 – 1820). These documents include details about prominent figures of that time such as King George and Napoleon Bonaparte.

“Each page in this collection is full of intriguing details about European life during late 18th and early 19th centuries,” says Russell Wilding, CEO of “We are excited to see what people will discover and share from this fascinating collection.”

In addition to details regarding prominent people, the newspapers provide interesting insight into everyday life in England at that time, including; reports on crimes and trials, advertisements from local businesses, weather reports and announcements about local interests like the release of the newly published “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. is a social networking site that allows users to do more than just find historical documents. enables people to interact with history by providing tools that help users showcase their discoveries and share their insights with others.

“These records can be found in other places, but what so different is the social networking component we offer,” explains Wilding. “Social networking isn’t just for young people on MySpace or Facebook anymore. People of all ages with different interests like history are now interacting with each other on the internet. has made it easy for anyone to come online and join in The History Revolution.”

Visit to access free samples of these original documents and to see what Footnote members have contributed.

About Footnote, Inc.
Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., is a subscription website that features searchable original documents that provide users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

British phone books 1880-1984

The BBC News just reported that “British phone books dating as far back as 1880 are to be published online for the first time. More than 280 million names, numbers and addresses in 1,780 British phone books will be online following a 26-month project by The editions were published between 1880 and 1984, and include famous figures such as former prime ministers, writers and composers. The first phone book was published in 1880 for 248 London subscribers. One for the whole country was published 19 years later, covering 81,000 entries in a single volume of just 1350 pages."

For more about this project see:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Jake Gehring Elected APG President

27 NOVEMBER 2007

Jake Gehring Elected APG President

Jake Gehring of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been elected president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the world's leading professional organization of family history and related professionals.

He has been an APG board member since 2004 and vice-president since 2006. He will succeed Sharon Tate Moody, CG, of Sun City, Florida.

Gehring is a popular technology writer and lecturer and is employed with the Family & Church History Department of the LDS Church. Jake graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in genealogy/family history and is former editor of Genealogical Computing.

Gehring, reflecting on his upcoming tenure, said "APG has grown over the last twenty-five years into an active and dynamic organization. I believe 2008 will be an outstanding year for us in terms of solidifying value for our membership. We are seeing significant growth in the number and activity of local chapters, improvement in our journal and mailing list as education vehicles, and continued development of the APG website, all of which translate into more assistance for each of us in our daily genealogical work."

APG members also elected three members of the board's executive committee and nine of its 19 regional directors to two-year terms as well as two members to one-year terms on the nominating committee.

Laura G. Prescott of Brookline, New Hampshire, a professional researcher, writer, and speaker, was elected vice president of the nearly 2,000-member organization. Gordon Gray of Colorado Springs, Colorado, owner of GrayLine Group, a genealogical/family history research business, was elected treasurer. Current APG Secretary John Vincent Wylie of Grand Prairie, Texas, was re-elected. His articles have been published in numerous genealogical publications including NGSQ and Genealogical Computing.

Nine regional director positions will be filled by: Suzanne Russo Adams, AG, of Utah and Karen Wallace Steely, of Washington, Region 1 (Western U.S.); Timothy Pinnick, of Illinois, and Barbara Brixey Wylie, of Texas, Region 2 (Midwest); Carolyn Earle Billingsley, Ph.D, of Arkansas, and Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D, FASG, CG, CGL, of Virginia, from Region 3 (Southeast); Pamela Eagleson, CG, of Maine and Maureen A. Taylor, of Massachusetts, Region 4 (Northeast); and Cornelia Schrader Muggenthaler of Italy was returned to office in International Region B.

Janet Irwin, MLS, of Oregon, and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, of Minnesota, were elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee.

The Association of Professional Genealogists established 1979, represents professional genealogists and people in related professions who do professional-quality work for hire or for themselves.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG,
Executive Director,
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone 303-422-9371
fax 303-456-8825

Prepared by: Marian Pierre-Louis, Information Officer,

SLC - Genealogy Mecca

Well, Ol' Myrt here has arrived safely in Salt Lake City – GENEALOGY MECCA.

About three hours ago, I hooked up my computer.

NOW TO GO THROUGH THE BACKLOG of old email and catch up on RSS feeds. An interesting thread on the Genealogical Speakers Guild mailing list concerns whether local societies should purchase computer projectors to enhance meetings. I still think it is best for the presenter to bring his own laptop & projector, because there are always incompatibility issues that force time delays – something best avoided in jam-packed society meetings.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORTIVE EMAILS. I must confess, Ol' Myrt here hasn’t been much up to writing, because everything written turns out syrupy and melancholy, due to the challenges of losing both parents within 9 months of each other. However, I am determined to make progress. I look around at people who are older, and realize their parents have passed, and yet life goes on for them. I guess Ol' Myrt will figure this out somehow.

GRANDCHILDREN are my saving grace. How delightful to spend time with these gentle, but very active little personages.

ONE GREAT THING is that Ol' Myrt here will be going to the Family History Library on a regular (almost daily) basis, so at the very least, upcoming columns can be commentaries about documents and research challenges.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

Wholly Genes Cruise 26 Oct- 2 Nov 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friend Bob Velke at All inquiries should be addressed to: Conference Chair


The largest family history conference on the seas.

Wholly Genes, Inc., of Columbia, Maryland, is proud to announce the 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise, October 26-November 2, 2008.

This extremely popular annual event has a reputation for its unrivaled speaker list, exceeding even that of most land-based family history conferences. Like the three years before it, this is expected to be a sold-out event.In 2008, eleven of the most prominent professional genealogists and technical experts from the U.S., England, and Ireland will share their experience and advice with several hundred family researchers while sailing to the tropical islands of the Caribbean.

This year's event will include at least 16 hours of expert presentations on genealogy methodology and tools (without a focus on any particular software) and will use a schedule of non-conflicting lecture times so attendees can make the most of this unprecedented educational opportunity. Attendees will also have the rare chance to schedule private one-on-one consultations, to share a casual meal, or to attend other social events with the speakers, many of whom are giants in the genealogy community:
  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, longtime editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
  • Barbara Vines Little, CG, former president of the National Genealogical Society and Virginia Genealogical Society.
  • John Grenham, Ireland's foremost genealogist.
  • John Titford, LHG FSG, prominent British genealogist and popular author.- Craig Scott, MA, CG, certified genealogist and military record expert.
  • Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, professional genealogist and popular author.- Cyndi Howells of, an expert at online resources.
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA, popular genealogical author, teacher, and lecturer.
Although not providing lectures, the following additional speakers will host breakfasts and private consultations:

  • Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project for NEHGS.
  • Sandra Hewlett, CG, professional researcher and councilor for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
  • Dick Eastman, technology expert and editor of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
In addition to attending the main lectures, users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) project manager will find a variety of presentations about how to make the most of that software and its companion programs.

Attendees will meet Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes, Inc., and be able to schedule private consultations with him and many other prominent researchers in the TMG community, including John Cardinal, Lee Hoffman, Jim Byram, and members of the TMG support team.

Planned cocktail parties and other events will give attendees the chance to mingle with other group members, swap research interests, and make new friends. An attendee from North Carolina remembers the last such event as a "wonderful way to vacation, meet new friends with similar interests, and learn a lot in the bargain!"

The 2008 conference will be held on the majestic Caribbean Princess as it sails from New York City to the exotic ports of St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Traveling companions who aren't interested in the lectures might want to relax with a book on a private balcony or take advantage of the many shipboard features, including pools, saunas, exercise equipment, jogging track, golf simulator, putting green, racket games, Internet cafe, and a large casino. The lecture schedule leaves family and friends to spend evenings together for a quiet dinner or to enjoy live shipboard entertainment, night-clubs, and even an outdoor movie theater under the stars.

Four tropical ports and optional guided shore excursions will round out a truly memorable vacation.

"A cruise ship makes a relaxing environment in which to learn from the experts and improve our research skills," said Velke. He added, "However, not many educational opportunities also include the ability to spend quality time with family and friends on tropical islands. We are very pleased that so many people have enjoyed this format in past years and we are looking forward to another great event."

Prices for the week-long 2008 Genealogy Conference and Cruise start at about $843 per person (inside cabin, double occupancy) and include the cruise, food, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference events. A roommate-finding service is also available. Complete details can be found at

About the company:
Wholly Genes Software is a privately held corporation founded in 1993 with the goal of providing professional-caliber software tools to family historians. Its flagship product, The Master Genealogist, is among the highest rated family history project managers and is in use in more than 30 countries around the world.

Barbara Grempler,
Conference Chair
Wholly Genes, Inc.
9110 Red Branch Road, STE O
Columbia, Maryland 21044
410-715-2260 x160

Czech and Slovak - Seattle 11-12 April 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: A big thanks to Rosie Bodien who has told Ol' Myrt about this event. Address all inquiries to:


An Educational Experience Awaits all with an Interest in Czech and Slovak Genealogy

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, of St. Paul, Minnesota has selected the Doubletree Guest Suites Seattle Airport Southcenter, 16500 Southcenter Pkwy, as site of their 2008 Genealogical and Cultural Symposium. The dates are Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12, 2008. Registration for the event is open to the public.

Friday’s events include a deluxe motor coach tour of the Seattle area, including ethnic stops at the Little Prague European Bakery and Kusak’s Cut Glass Works. Other stops include the Pike’s Market Pier area and the Museum of History and Industry. On Friday evening a dinner at the Doubletree will be highlighted by local and nationally known genealogist and author, Cyndi Howells, of Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Her talk is entitled, “The Internet Made Me an Expert on Everything”.

Saturday’s program at the Doubletree offers 10 presentations over 5 one-hour time slots given by expert speakers in the fields of genealogy, history, language and folk art. Professor James Felak, from the University of Washington will speak on Slovak history and the relations between Czechs and Slovaks during the 20th century. Shon Edwards, East European Specialist for the Genealogical Society of Utah will speak on Beginning Genealogy Research and progress of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Czech Republic Vital Record Digitization Project, as well as an update on microfilms of Slovak vital records. Leo Baca of Dallas, Texas, a well-known Czech genealogist will speak about Czech Immigration Passenger Arrivals and Genetics in Genealogy.

Other speakers include Chuck Kusak on the History of the Kusak Cut Glass Works, founded in Seattle by his immigrant Moravian grandfather Anton Kusak, Daniela Sipkova Mahoney of Portland, on Czech and Slovak Easter Traditions, and Jaroslava Soldanova from the University of Washington’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures on the Czech language.

The Symposium will be capped off late Saturday afternoon and evening with a tour to Tillicum Village on Blake Island State Park for their famous Indian salmon bake, native dance performance, and folk art demonstrations.

For additional information on the 2008 Genealogy Symposium contact Paul Makousky or visit

The CGSI is a non-profit educational corporation which collects and disseminates genealogical, historical and related information about persons with ancestry from the Czech and Slovak lands. They provide a 40-48 page quarterly called Nase rodina (Our family), hold quarterly membership meetings and hold a National Conference at least every other year. The society will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2008.

Paul M. Makousky, Symposium Co-Chair
CzechoSlovak Genealogical Society Int’l (CGSI)
Phone: (651) 739-7543
Website URL:

NGS - Kansas City 14-17 May 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the NGS National Genealogical Society. All inquiries should be addressed to: Jeanne Lund

Arlington, VA. 26 November 2007

National Genealogical Society announces its 2008 Annual Conference and Family History Fair in Kansas City, Missouri.
May 14-17, 2008 will mark the 30th Annual Conference in the States and Family History Fair of the National Genealogical Society. The 2008 conference will be held in conjunction with local hosts – Missouri State Genealogical Association, Mid-Continent Public Library, Northland Genealogy Society, APG Heartland Chapter, and Johnson County, Kansas, Genealogical Society.

The 2008 conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The conference will feature 4 days of educational sessions for the beginner to the more experienced family history researcher. In addition the Family History Fair will feature over 150 exhibitors of genealogical goods and services, including genealogical software companies, book sellers, genealogical and historical societies, gifts, maps, and more. The exhibit hall is attached to the main conference center and is open to conference attendees and the general public at no charge. There is a major shopping complex attached to the hotel by a glass enclosed walkway. Hallmark Cards headquarters is also attached to the complex.

Midwest research, homesteading records, military records, National Archives records, writing lectures, Research in the States, methodology, computer topics, a BCG Skillbuilding track, adoption research, African American research, land records, German research are among the many topics covered in the over 150 sessions. A DNA track and several computer labs as well as other workshops are among the many special presentations.

Numerous social events will be held throughout the conference including a Show Me Missouri Wines reception; Reception at Mid-Continent Public Library; Reception at the National World War I Museum; ISFHWE dinner and NGS Banquet. There will also be several luncheons by participating genealogical organizations each day of the conference. (Charges for social events vary; see the brochure for details.)

The full program will be available online from 1 December 2007 at
Online registration will open 1 December 2007.

To request a conference brochure go to: Register by 31 March 2008 for reduced early-bird fees.

The National Genealogical Society was founded in 1903, and is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. The NGS serves its members by providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities.

Further information on the NGS Conference in the States & Family History Fair can be found at the NGS website at:

Contact Jeanne Lund
(703) 525-0050, ext. 112.
(703) 525-0052 (Fax)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

FamilySearch and My Ancestors Found Team Up to Sponsor the 4th Annual Family History EXPO in St. George, Utah

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just posted by our friends at Inquiries should be addressed to Needless to say Ol' Myrt is very happy to be participating in this event as the syllabus compiler and as the Q & A booth sponsor.

For Immediate Release
7 November 2007

FamilySearch and My Ancestors Found Team Up to Sponsor the 4th Annual Family History EXPO in St. George, Utah.

MORGAN, UTAH - FamilySearch and My Ancestors Found (MAF) announce the 4th annual Family History EXPO in St. George, Utah, February 8-9, 2008. The EXPO (formerly known as the Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree) has become one of the largest and best attended family history events in the country.

Paul Nauta, Manager of Public Affairs, FamilySearch (TM) says, “I look forward to seeing you again in February 2008 in St. George. It appears your family history expositions continue to grow and succeed. We're happy to be involved and look forward to participating as a sponsor in 2008.”

“Working with FamilySearch is a natural, since our organizations share similar goals. FamilySearch works to preserve access to the world’s important record collections and serves to teach researchers how to evaluate the surviving source documents that mention ancestors,” says Holly Hansen, MAF President.

“The proliferation of indexes and scanned images on the web means genealogists must learn to sift through the information overload. Based on the 100+ course materials compiled for the syllabus, attendees of the Family History EXPO can expect to come away with increased knowledge, enthusiasm, and products designed to catapult them forward in their search for answers to family history questions.” Holly continues “The large exhibit hall will feature thousands of family history items demonstrated by experts from as far away as Hawaii, Connecticut, California, Illinois, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, and England. Additional sponsors include the Godfrey Memorial Library,,, and”

About FamilySearch
The Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), doing business as FamilySearch, is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources; these resources may be accessed through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries. FamilySearch is a trademark licensed to GSU and is registered in the United States of America and other countries.

About My Ancestors Found
Tapis and Associates, doing business as My Ancestors Found (MAF), sponsors events to educate and inspire individuals to discover their heritage through sponsoring family history events, producing educational and instructional materials of value to family historians. Event and product details can be accessed through

Kimberly Savage,
Vice President, Tapis & Associates

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008 to feature DearMYRTLE

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just posted by our friends at Legacy Family Tree. Inquiries should be addressed to Needless to say Ol' Myrt is very happy to be participating in this event.

The 2008 Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe will feature one of genealogy's favorites - DearMYRTLE! The 5th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held July 16-28, 2008, will leave Dover, England and will sail to Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; and back to Dover.

Genealogy Classes at Sea
DearMYRTLE will join the Legacy Family Tree experts to present our best offerings of classes we have ever had. In addition to classes on using Legacy, Myrt has a lineup of classes on genealogy technology to enrich genealogists of all expertise. Here are the scheduled classes:
  • Foundation for Success: Timelines. Learn how to research more effectively by building and analyzing your ancestor’s timeline. This class will teach how to easily create a timeline, analyze it for missing clues, automatically embed historical events, and use other tools and software to gain other perspectives of the family’s information.
  • Finding the right records to search. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). Genealogy researchers are most likely familiar with the court system and vital records offices in their own localities, but rules vary from place to place. Diversity among record collections is further complicated by the passage of time, the requirements of the governing body and definitions of words at the time the record was created.
  • Getting it right the first time: guide to proper data entry methods. Learn the golden rules of data entry including consistency techniques for entering names, dates, and locations.
  • Legacy: Just for Beginners. Learn the very basics of using Legacy for your genealogy. Learn how Legacy can help guide your research. Questions/answers.
  • Citing Sources: Leave a big audit trail. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). DearMYRTLE explores critical thinking processes when citing sources of information that may or may not provide evidence to prove lineage assumptions.
  • Sources made simple, standard, and powerful using Legacy 7's new SourceWriter. Learn how to easily enter your sources using industry standards. No expertise required.
  • Blogs & Podcasts. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). Visit with DearMYRTLE to discover how genealogists may to use these new communication tools for obtaining how-to info, preserving family history, or documenting society events.
  • Reporting w/Legacy: Sharing Info Electronically. Learn how to create, share, and even publish your information via email, CD/DVD, and the Internet.
  • Picturing your Legacy: a guide to using and organizing photos. Learn the “before-digitizing-your-pictures” rules, the ins/outs to using pictures in Legacy, and organizing your digital photo collections.
  • Powerful searching and tagging techniques. Learn how to quickly and easily find and retrieve anything in your family file.
  • Finding digital items in the Family History Library Catalog (DearMYRTLE, instructor). You’ve read about plans to scan & index nearly 3 million rolls of microfilm from the Family History Library, including records from over 80 countries throughout the world. DearMYRTLE explains how to access digital & microfilm records using the online FHLCatalog.
  • Potpourri - Q/A with the Legacy developers. This is your chance to “interrogate” the Legacy development team.

About DearMYRTLE
DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley, a retired computer software instructor from Manatee Technical Institute, grandmother of six. Since 1995 Myrt has been writing a daily genealogy column first for AOL’s Genealogy Forum and now on the net at Her blog is Myrt’s first experience with web2 publishing. She is the author of DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy (2006) and The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2000), and hostess of DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour genealogy podcasts, interviewing genealogy researchers, webmasters, database managers and software designers.

The Cruise
Discover the lands of kings and tsars all the way up to the Vikings. An area rich in folklore and fairy tales, you'll be transported back to the time of the original oceangoing explorers. Naturally, there are ancient cities, castles, museums and cobblestone streets at every turn. But, to the trained eye, that patisserie on the corner is to die for. And the boutiques down the street are waiting to be discovered.

Enjoy exclusive Freestyle Cruising; it's about dining your way. Norwegian Jewel has 12 restaurants on board. So take your pick, you could dine in a different restaurant every night of your cruise. Just let your palate be your guide.

The Ship
Norwegian Jewel sparkles with her exclusive Garden and Courtyard Villas - the biggest, most luxurious suites ever to hit the high seas. And that's just the beginning. Norwegian Jewel is like a giant, floating luxury resort with swimming pools, hot tubs, a health spa, casino, plus tons of other things to you can choose from to customize your vacation. And since we herald your indecisiveness, check out our 12 different restaurants, 24-hour room service or one of the 11 bars and lounges. You make the rules, ensuring you cruise the Baltic like a king.

To reserve a cabin on the Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008, call Christy of Travelworks International at 1-888-505-6997 or email her at Or book securely at

More Information
For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the cities we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit

Monday, November 05, 2007

Off to Salt Lake

With all the packing and sorting, it hard to believe that NEXT Sunday is the planned departure day. Then four days later, Ol' Myrt will set up her computer and be off to the races so to speak.

I won’t be using a covered wagon or handcart for the journey to the valley as did my early Mormon pioneer ancestors on Dad's side. Fortunately, I am not likely to run into the tar and feathering opposition, as provided to those pioneers by some on my mother’s side of the family tree.

Instead, my brothers will help load the moving truck, my daughter Tammy will drive it, and I’ll follow along at a leisurely pace in the GMC Envoy. Son-in-laws will pick up the slack, and unload the items for short term storage, until I find a good place to live in downtown SLC, within walking distance of the Family History Library.

We will probably meet with snow in the pass at Snoqualmie. If it gets too rough we’ll go down via Portland instead.

My last official act in the greater Seattle area will be giving two presentations at the free all-day Family History Expo co-sponsored by the Bellevue and Redmond Washington Stake Family History Centers.

Family History Expo VII
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
10115 172nd Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(Across from Redmond High School)


  • Citing Sources: Leave a big audit trail – Using examples from a research project in progress, Ol' Myrt explains how to document each step, until the final source citation, for the original document mentioning your ancestor.
  • Finding Digital Items in the Family History Library Catalog – With all the hype about FamilySearchIndexing & partnerships between FamilySearch and other archives, churches, and libraries, its easy to get lost trying to find both indexes and scanned images. Myrt will show you how.

For more information, and registration, see:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

National Archives Announces Discovery of "Hitler Albums" Documenting Looted Art

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just released by the NARA Public Affairs office. Please address all inquiries to .

November 1, 2007

National Archives Announces Discovery of "Hitler Albums" Documenting Looted Art

Washington, DC . . . Today at a National Archives press conference, Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services and Robert M. Edsel, author of Rescuing Da Vinci and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, announced the discovery of two original leather bound photograph albums documenting art that was looted by the Nazis during World War II, both of which Mr. Edsel will donate to the National Archives under separate terms.

These albums were created by the staff of the Third Reich's Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR). This special unit was organized in the summer of 1940 under Reich Leader Alfred Rosenberg, initially to collect political material in occupied countries for exploitation in the "struggle against Jewry and Freemasonry." The ERR established its base of operations in Paris in July 1940 and on November 5, Hermann Goering assigned the ERR the responsibility for the confiscation of "ownerless" Jewish art collections. On November 18 of that year, Adolf Hitler ordered that all confiscated works of art be brought to Germany and placed at his personal disposal. During the next several years, the ERR would be engaged in an extensive and elaborate art looting operation in France that was part of Hitler's much larger premeditated scheme to steal art treasures from conquered nations.

The Archivist hailed this discovery as "one of the most significant finds related to Hitler's premeditated theft of art and other cultural treasures to be found since the Nuremberg trials. It is exciting to know that original documents shedding light on this important aspect of World War II are still being located, especially so because of the hundreds of thousands of cultural items stolen from victims of Hitler and the Nazis that are still missing. Documents such as these may play a role in helping to solve some of those mysteries and, more importantly, helping victims recover their treasures. The National Archives is grateful to Mr. Edsel and the Monuments Men Foundation for today's donation of Album 8, which will allow scholars and historians immediate use of these materials." (Mr. Edsel intends to donate the original Album 6 at a future time, and until then, to make this volume or images of it available to researchers upon request.)

These two photographic albums were in the possession of heirs to an American soldier stationed in the Berchtesgaden area of Germany in the closing days of World War II. Mr. Edsel, understanding the importance of these albums, worked closely with these heirs to acquire them, thereby assuring their preservation and, by way of these gifts to the Nation, availability to the public.

Mr. Edsel stated that the "Hitler Albums" are not only evidence of the premeditated effort of Hitler and the Nazis to rob Europe and Russia of its greatest cultural treasures, they also demonstrate just how obsessed and personally involved Adolf Hitler was with building the world's greatest museum*the Führer Museum, in his hometown of Linz. "With the increasing pace and visibility of restitution claims, and important discoveries such as the 'Hitler Albums,' that story is finally becoming more widely known," said Mr. Edsel.

Soon after the German occupation of France in 1940, the German military, and subsequently the ERR, focused their art confiscations on the world renowned Jewish- owned art collections from families such as the Rothschilds, and the Veil-Picards, Alphonse Kann, and Jewish dealers such as the Seligmanns and Georges Wildenstein. According to the German ERR documents from 1944, the art seizures in France totaled 21,903 objects from 203 collections. There were 5,009 items confiscated from the Rothschild family collections, 2,687 items from the David-Weill collection, and 1,202 from Alphonse Kann's collection. The first shipment of confiscated art objects sent to Germany from Paris required 30 rail cars and consisted primarily of Rothschild paintings intended for Hitler's Linz Museum. Among the first fifty-three paintings shipped to Hitler was Vermeer's Astronomer from the Édouard de Rothschild collection, today in the Musée de Louvre in Paris.

As the ERR staff looted and catalogued the French collections, they created photograph albums specifically intended for the Reichschancellery and Adolf Hitler in an effort to keep them apprised of their work in France, and more importantly, to provide a catalogue of items from which Hitler and his curators could choose art treasures for the Führer's Art Museum in Linz, Austria. A group of these photograph albums were presented to Adolf Hitler on the occasion of his birthday on April 20, 1943, by Alfred Rosenberg to "send a ray of beauty and joy into [his] revered life." ERR staff stated that nearly 100 such volumes were created during the years of their art looting operation.

"More importantly to our world today is the story we don't know, the role of the men and women of 13 nations, known as 'Monuments Men,' [the staff of the various Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives units]. These courageous individuals rescued and returned more than 5 million cultural items to the countries from which they had been stolen, including many of the paintings featured in these 'Hitler Albums,' in what became the greatest treasure hunt in history," Edsel stated.

"The Monuments Men set the standard for the protection of artistic and cultural treasures during armed conflict. It is my hope, and the goal of the Monuments Men Foundation, that their rich legacy will finally be used in a manner befitting their contribution to our world. Their legacy belongs not just to Americans, but to people of good will in all countries who believe these treasures should be protected from armed conflict and preserved for the benefit of civilization," Edsel stated.

During the latter part of April and first part of May 1945 elements of the United States Army recovered some of the ERR photographic albums. These albums were turned over to the Monuments Men and were subsequently stored at the Munich Central Collecting Point where they were used in identifying art work to be restituted.

Today the National Archives has custody of the 39 original ERR photograph albums that were discovered at Neuschwanstein, where the Germans, in April 1945, had placed them for safekeeping. In late 1945, this set of 39 albums was used as evidence at the Nuremberg trials to document the massive Nazi art looting operations.

Until now it was believed that the missing ERR albums had been destroyed during the latter days of World War II. But thanks to Mr. Edsel's efforts two more albums have been recovered and will undoubtedly serve as useful sources for documenting not only Nazi art looting but also establishing the provenance of art works and, perhaps, in facilitating the restitution of long-alienated works of art.