Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Second Life genealogy events

So, you've just about decided to take Ol' Myrt's advice and join Second Life to attend genealogy discussions in real time and mingle with family historians from all over the real world. Here are some of the upcoming events from two of the UGG Union of Genealogy Groups in Second Life members. Note in the screen shot below that Clarise Beaumont is speaking, as indicated by the light green pulsating icon above her head, which I have circled in red for clarification.

Click to join Second Life and attend genealogy chats.

JUST GENEALOGY - meets Tuesdays at 7pm SL time.

  • 6 May 2008
    Topic: Using the FHL Catalog to find digital sources

  • 13 May 2008 (second Tuesday ALWAYS EE)
    Topic: Evidence Explained open discussion
    References: Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Chapter 2 – Fundamentals of Evidence Citation, with emphasis on use of “QuickCheck Models”.

  • 20 May 2008
    Topic: Brick Walls (Always the 3rd Tuesday each month!)

  • 27 May 2008
    Topic: Podcasting isn’t all that far-fetched

FAMILY HISTORY CENTER - meets Sundays at 5:15pm SL time.

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Get a SECOND LIFE, genealogists

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: A podcast version of this column is available here, or through

As if there isn't enough research time in a day, Ol' Myrt here recommends that genealogists get a Second Life by joining the service to attend genealogy discussions in real time and mingle with family historians from all over the real world. Last night's JUST GENEALOGY meeting serves as an example, but first a few explanations are in order.

JUST GENEALOGY is a castle including a fire pit with stadium seating for events. Outlying areas include Heritage Books marketplace stalls, a gazebo and dance floor, a small 3-room cottage, the tent & accoutrements of a visiting knight, and there is even a working swing in a blossoming apple tree in the northside garden. But more than a building or a cutsie environment, JUST GENEALOGY in Second Life is a place to learn how to do family history research effectively.

Pictured above are Second Life's Just Genealogy Hosts Krag Mariner (l) and Clarise Beaumont (r).


Avatar - The virtual reality personage you create for yourself after signing up for a free account with Second Life.

RL - Real life
SL - Second Life

In-world - when signed on to SL, you are said to be "in-world".

Voice Chat - Turn on your computer speakers to listen to the genealogy discussion in-world. If you have a microphone (best with a headset) you may contribute to the conversation verbally. Those without mics may pose questions by typing to the SL screen.

JUST GENEALOGY is located in Wollah, but there is no need to follow a map to get your avatar
as one can teleport (sort of like "beam me up Scotty") by searching first for "Just Genealogy" within Second Life, and then clicking the "teleport" button located in Just Genealogy's info screen.

JUST GENEALOGY's owner is known in-world as Krag Mariner, who is the RL owner of Heritage Books, Craig Scott, CG, the well-known genealogical educator and publisher who is most interested in "making people who love genealogy into genealogists". When visiting JUST GENEALOGY you'll also meet Clarise Beaumont who develops the schedule of events and coordinates with other genealogy groups in Second Life. Krag and Clarise host a weekly genealogy chat each Tuesday at 7pm SL time (which is the same as US Pacific Time, daylight savings when applicable.)

But the JUST GENEALOGY castle isn't empty the rest of the week, for there are all sorts of Tartans brightening up the walls and providing clickable links to worthwhile genealogy places on the web -- blogs, podcasts, database sites, maps, how-to info, mailing lists, message boards, etc. A recent chat about deciphering old handwriting brought forth discussion of four useful websites, and those links have been posted in the cottage as part of the growing collection of resources to help visitors progress in their research. A modern-day clickable Power Point screen describes upcoming topics for JUST GENEALOGY Tuesday night discussions.

Visitors explore JUST GENEALOGY's resources and meet with other family historians who've also dropped by between scheduled events. The nearby headquarters of UGG - Union of Genealogy
Groups in Second Life
pictured at the right provides note cards with teleport links to other genealogy entities in-world. The photo at the right shows Clarise at the UGG Billboard featuring groups at Caladon, the LDS Family History Center, West of Ireland, Heritage Books Store, Wonderful Denmark (with interest also in Norway and Sweden), Genealogie Francais and The Genealogy Resource Center on Info Island.

Go to Second Life and download the appropriate software. There are both free and premium accounts. A free account is all you'll probably ever need, unless you decide to become a shopkeeper or build your own home.

You'll be guided through some training sessions to improve the SL learning curve. Your avatar can walk, talk, pick things up, change clothing (we do have costume parties from time to time) in addition to sitting, flying and teleporting. You'll go through the steps for modifying hair styles and adding clothing to your preference. It is all great fun, but leads to the opportunity to TALK and interact with others who share your love for climbing family trees.

As usual, last night JUST GENEALOGY hosted visitors from all over the world, who spoke a variety of languages, though we all chose to speak in English in our voice chat. Though the group is small, usually no more than 20 or so visitors, they make up for their numbers with active participation in the topic at hand. We've seen about 80 different visitors, who come and go each week depending on the topic to be discussed. This week's topic was the use of "Eyewitness Reports" to document the life and times of an ancestor.

  • One participant read a letter from his WWI ancestor.

  • A French-Canadian participant described the "eyewitness" report he uncovered in a 1587 document he digitized while on his annual research trip to France.

  • Others discussed the availability of manuscript collections at the PRO Public Record Office (England); indexed in NUCMC by the Library of Congress,, university publications and manuscripts (also known as vertical files) at libraries and archives

  • David Coon's letter home to his wife Mary describing camp conditions on 11 March 1864, for the New York 36th Regiment of the Union Army from Rosemary Youngs'
    The Civil War Love Letter Quilt
    . Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, (c) 2007 by the author. P 157. "I received your very welcome letter last night, and was very glad to hear from home. I am not very well, have had a very severe cold for a week or more and have had to get some medicine at the hospital. I am getting better, but my cough is very bad in the night. There has been three taken out of our company to the hospital and another had the measles that didn't go. Our captain has the mumps. We have not yet got our clothing and are beginning to need them pretty bad, especially shirts. The campground is very muddy. I supposed you must be having snow about these days. We had a little here last night which as nearly gone off today. As to our fare, I have drawn a blanket, and if we had plenty of straw I might sleep quite comfortably, but as it is, it is not quite as comfortable as camping in the sugar bush."

  • A description of the Battle of Harlem Heights from Bruce E. Burgoyne's Enemy Views: The American Revolutionary War as Recorded by Hessian Participants. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2006, p 78. "Monday 16 September [1776] - Our situation during the past night was not pleasant. It was so terribly cold all night that despite our many large fires there was no protection from the cold. We lay in bushes and the area seemed to have more rocks than dirt. The rural homes in this region suffered some, even much, damage. All their livestock was seized; also all other useful items were not left lying about. And never before have so many geese, chickens, ducks, sheep, cattle and pigs been slaughtered, as were killed during the night from yesterday evening to this morning. Very early this morning strong enemy troops moved into position ahead of the English outposts and immediately attacked the Light Infantry."

  • A non-tithe paying John ap Thomas who was visited on the 20th day of the 4th month 1674 by Harry Parry the parson of Llanthervol and his men from Charles H. Browning's Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania originally published Philadelphia 1912, facsimile reprint 2007 by Heritage Books, p 113.

  • British Parliament's appropriation of 1,600 tents to house the indigent Palatines who had taken refuge in downtown London 1708 reported in Walter Knittle's The Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores originally published Philadelphia in 1937, facsimile reprint by 2006 by Heritage Books, pp 66-67. Knittle uses footnotes to cite his sources of information about this funding project and the description of life for the typical German immigrant's stay of about 2 years before being shipped off to either Ireland or upstate New York.

The BEST part about last night's JUST GENEALOGY chat are the PEOPLE who chose to attend. One gentleman was from Argentina, whose ancestors moved from Ireland 1830-1860. Though he spoke Spanish fluently, he chose to brush up on his English. He reports there is an Irish-Argentinean genealogy group in his area, and that they use Family Tree Maker to compile their genealogy info.

A gal from SL's West of Ireland group had just returned from a trip to attend her grandfather's funeral. During our open chat discussion toward the end of the meeting, she described a brick wall with her Ohio Quakers. Krag/Craig explained two possible migration routes to Ohio and recommend she review Hinshaw's Index to Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy from Genealogical Publishing Company & the individual volumes as follows:

Can you imagine visiting with such an active group? And JUST GENEALOGY is just one of several established and developing genealogy groups in Second Life. Come on, join in the fun and the learning -- get a SECOND LIFE.

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 29 April 2008 genealogy podcast

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Be sure to listen to the podcast version of this blog entry.

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 29 April 2008 genealogy podcast is available for listening via computer or transferred to any .mp3 player if you choose to download the file. An alternative would be to download the file automatically via iTunes. You don’t need an iPod to listen. For a complete list of current DearMYRTLE podcasts visit:


Gaylon Findlay, developer of Ancestral Quest genealogy management software available for Windows compatible computers. Gaylon Findlay
is the president of Incline Software. He is the primary developer of Ancestral Quest, and by extension, of the current version of Personal Ancestral File. He has been involved in developing genealogy software since 1994. Prior to that, Gaylon worked as a computer consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area for 13 years. He currently lives in South Jordan, Utah with his wife, Gale, and their 5 children.

Elizabeth Powel Crowe, author of Genealogy Online 8th edition, hot of the presses! You'll find her blog at This week Elizabeth spotlights documenting inherited health issues.

MightyMouse TOUR
From DearMYRTLE's The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 27 April 2008 awards


Chocolate Shoppe

(Myrt's nephew's in-laws have created a wonderful chocolate bark of
either white or dark chocolate with
almonds and/or cranberries.)

I Have A Song For You Set

Milseán (meel-shawn),

in Gaelic (Ireland's
ancestral language) means
"Sweet Things".

Visit the retail shoppe at the renovated
Aldergrove Fire Hall, at 2900 272nd Street, in Aldergrove, BC or order online.

Brite Music has gerat
kids' music, songs & activity books. The music is also available in .mp3
format for your iPod.

During the podcast you'll hear "I love
my Grandpa-pa". Ol' Myrt here particularly likes "I know my number, my
telephone number" from the Safety Kids CD.


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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Seattle: Jewish Gen Soc 12 May 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Please address all inquiries to

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, Ezra Bessaroth and Sephardic Bikur Holim


"Sephardic Genealogy Resources and The Historical Importance of Ancient
Sephardic Surnames

with J
effrey S. Malka

Monday, May 12, 2008 7 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

New Location for this Lecture:
Ezra Bessaroth
5217 S. Brandon St
Seattle, WA 98118

Note: Entrance is on Wilson S., just south of S. Brandon St

About our Speaker

Jeffrey S. Malka is the author of the prize-winning book Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering your Sephardic Ancestors and their World (Avotaynu, 2002) and the creator of JewishGen's Sephardic SIG website based on his own popular Sephardic Genealogy Resources website. Descended from a long line of Sephardic rabbis going back to 14th century cabbalists and authors (as well as Catalan blacksmiths and money lenders), he is one of the pioneers of Sephardic genealogy in the United States and a well-known lecturer on the subject. Dr. Malka has been an invited lecturer at the Library of Congress, several IAJGS annual conferences, the

Washington Jewish Historical Society, and numerous Jewish Genealogy Societies in the U.S., Canada, and Spain.

Visit our Web site at:

Free admission for JGSWS members, $5.00 for non-members.

News from Myrt's neck of the woods

During the long drive back from my nephew's wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ol' Myrt here had a lot of time to think and plan. And I've got all sorts of ideas about going forward with new blog entries, podcast interviews and the like.

Living in “genealogy mecca”
Being here in Salt Lake City, Utah with direct access to the Family History Library and its 3 million+ rolls of microfilm has been a whole new ball game for me. I’ve benefited by seeing more of the nationally-ranked lecturers, writers & researchers as they come to town for their annual or bi-annual research trips. My public speaking schedule was quite heavy this winter and spring. I also can partake of attendance at such estimable groups as the Utah Genealogical Association and the Utah Valley PAF Users Group. All of these activities are good for my professional development.

The growth of my personal genealogy research has been tremendously aided by frequent trips to the Family History Library as it is only a few minutes ride on the Trax high-speed rail from where I live in the valley. In particular, I’ve made progress on my Benjamin SAUNDERS line from Bisham, Berkshire, England, where he married Hannah HUDSON both “of this parish.” Well, they must have been new move-ins because their christenings are not found in the parish, nor is mention of their parents in their marriage entry.

The genesis of DearMYRTLE’s Salt Lake Study Group
The plight of the beginning to intermediate family history researcher is the focus of DearMYRTLE’s work. How I miss my focus group back in Florida – my friends kept me on track and well-grounded.

So in trying to replicate the sort of grass-roots sharing and learning that took place with my beloved (now disbanded) Manasota PAF Users Group, Ol' Myrt here has begun to do more personal outreach with monthly genealogy get-togethers here in Salt Lake City. My plan is to expand in the fall by meeting at a local library. I’ve discovered that I miss the interaction with regular folks who are doing family history research.

Our schedule so far is to have 2 planning meetings over a 2 month period, then a Saturday field trip to the Family History Library two weeks after the second meeting. I think that is a great format to help people prepare for doing actual research as opposed to rehashing what one’s parents or grandparents have accumulated.

My formal "teaching" is limited to 30-45 minutes where I introduce 2-3 items of interest. Last week it was USGenWeb & WorldGenWeb and AniMap 3.0. The balance of each 90 minute pow-wow is devoted to each attendee’s personal genealogical research challenges. The entire group listens to one person's research challenge. Then Ol' Myrt here guides the discussion to provide two to three avenues of possible research. I try hard to make it a point to speak with everyone, though I know as we grow this won't be possible. However, we're already seeing where some researchers share common research challenges like the use of patronymics with their Danish ancestory.

We use two laptops, a computer projector, the internet, & email for the copy/paste from various websites or the Family History Library Catalog of the suggested research microfilm (s). The focus is on attendee participation, rather than just O' Myrt teaching.
And it is a lot of fun!

UGG Union of Genealogy Groups (in Second Life)
Ol' Myrt here has expanded activities over in Second Life a 3-D virtual reality where one creates an avatar (I have two: Clarise Beaumont & DearMYRTLE Writer) and all are free to attend real-time genealogy events, chats and discussion groups. The UGG is the coordinating body. So far the following genealogy groups have emerged in Second Life:

  • LDS Family History Center (Sun nite chats in English)
  • Just Genealogy (Tues nite chats in English)
  • Genealogy Research Center on Info Island (monthly presentation, quarterly display in English)
  • West of Ireland (periodic genealogy discussions in English)
  • Wonderful Denmark (Danish, Swedish & Norwegian research in English & native tongues.)
  • French Genealogy Group (France research 15-17th centuries, Franco-American, Canadian and contemporary French research in English & French.)

So that is a little of what’s happening in my neck of the woods.

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 27 April 2008


It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. New this week is the revised AWARD LOGO shown at the top of this blog. Best of the Internet award winners are entitled to the use of this award graphic, with a link back to this blog entry.

[Ahem, drum roll please…]

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 27 April 2008 awards go to:

BLOG: Dick Eastman's The Dark Side: Genealogy Rip-Offs Listed published 18 April 2008 spotlights some of the most notorious offenders that catch newbie genealogy researchers off guard. Thanks Dick for a great blog entry!

INSTRUCTION: Everyone's favorite genealogy researcher & lecturer, Arlene Eakle, has come up with Virginia Tax and Rent Rolls: A Checklist of Evidence posted 20 March 2008. In addition to the checklist, which should be copied and worked through for each of your Virginia ancestors, Ol' Myrt here discovered "Taxes could be paid in any medium or currency: skins, tobacco, hemp, flour, Johannes Coins, Guineas, Moidors, Doubloons, Pistols." You learn something every day.

DATABASE SITE: The NGS National Genealogical Society's AMA Deceased Physician Research Database "is a collection of cards originally created by the American Medical Association. They provide information for physicians who died between 1906 and 1964. If a card is found it may include date and place of birth, information about education, information about licensing and place(s) of practice and place, date and cause of death. The cards include no information about parents, spouses or children. Whenever possible we include information from published medical directories, and the 1880 Federal Census record. The fee is $15.00 and there is a $5.00 surcharge for non-members. In addition to the large database on cards that NGS was given by the American Medical Association, we have a collection of published materials relating to physicians. Because of the fragility of the AMA cards, we do not permit access by anyone other than NGS staff members. Interested persons may request searches via the Internet or by post."

SCANNED IMAGE SITE:'s Brady Civil War Photos which are the NARA (National Archives & Records Administration T252. "Mathew B. Brady coordinated a team of photographers to help him document the Civil War, resulting in over 5,600 portraits, landscapes, and battle scenes. "Mathew B Brady and many of the decade's best photographers created the photographs in this collection. There are detailed portraits of notable men of the era, as well as photos of soldiers, living and dead, battlefields, scarred landscapes, and cities burned and bombed by invading troops. They portray the horrors of war and images of life in camp. They represent photojournalism in its infancy and present us with real-life interpretations of our nation at war with itself." Title is 100% complete and is freely accessible regardless of membership.

PODCAST: Again Ol' Myrt focuses on The National Archives Podcast Series for a realistic look at record-keeping in the Sex, Lies & Civil Registration podcast. "When you have been researching family history for even a short time, you will realise that the information shown on certificates is not always completely accurate! Sometimes this is the result of an honest mistake, or mis-interpretation of the question; sometimes people are being ‘economical with the truth’; and sometimes they just tell outright lies. Why? The answer is usually to do with money or sex, and sometimes both." Also available via free subscription at

VIDEO: You'll get a kick out of this creative video from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library with a whimsical look at how one "log" could learn how to search one's roots at this library with over 7,000 books, maps, etc.

COMMENTARY: A new friend in Second Life, James V. Gill created a wonderful
tribute to Paul B Hendrickson, who was a veteran of the 33rd Division in World War I. "When he passed away in 1990, his daughter Betty (Hendrickson) Gill found neatly packed away in the family home 125 letters he wrote home during his time in service. The letters were to his mother and to the neighbor girl who after the war became his wife." This website serves as a great example of how to document the life of an ancestors. Bravo James for the transcriptions and
scanned images that tell the story of this gentleman.

INNOVATION: eBay is not new, nor is the presentation of genealogy items for sale (which today number 2144). But consider how much you can save by purchasing ANY items from this "international garage sale" website. Those items you regularly need (or want) for your home or office can usually be purchased for a lot less than retail, and the impact on your the impact on your budget will be significant. That means you might free up some financial resources for that next research trip!

MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Carnival of Genealogy #46 topic: inherited traits posted 18 April 2008. "Where'd you get those baby blues? That luscious red hair? love for adventure? A talent for music?" - Edited by Creative Gene's Jasia. Read about Steve Danko's Mad Scientist eyebrows, Becca's musical gene, Amanda Erickson's stubborn heart disease and lunatic leaning by another contributor.

If you'd like to submit a blog entry, the next Carnival of Genealogy, the topic is: "A Place Called Home. It's time for a geography lesson. Pick out a city/town/village where one of your ancestors once lived and tell us all about it. When was it founded? What is it known for? Has is prospered or declined over the years? Have you ever visited it or lived there? To a certain extent, we are all influenced by the environment we live in. How was your ancestor influenced by the area where they lived? Take us on a trip to the place your ancestor called home. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008."

ETHNIC STUDIES: Please note the development of the Norwegian Baptisms, Burials and Marriages 1700-1900 collection in Records Search at This is not the first of non-US/Canada databases and scanned images to become part of the FamilySearch collection. This is a free access website, though you will need a valid email address to login.

Please note that this week's award winners may have published the spotlighted content earlier, it is just that this week Ol' Myrt here stumbled across them and wishes to honor excellent work.

If you have suggestions for winning genealogy content be sure to drop me a line. After all, we get by with a little help from our friends.

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

1880 US Federal Census Index on CD

SOFTWARE SATURDAY: 1880 US Federal Census Index on CD

Some years ago at a national conference in Portland, Oregon, I purchased the 1880 census with index on CDs. At some point I’ve lost one of the CDs. Would you know if I can buy a replacement? And who would I contact for that replacement?

The LDS Church created the 1880 US Federal Census Index on CDs, which has some regional search capabilities not as readily accessible with the online version of the 1880 US Federal Census Index at Folks sometimes prefer to view the census offline, particularly if they subscribe to a dial-up internet service. Since the cost of the set is $10 USD, you'll probably just replace the entire set. You could call the LDS Church Distribution Center to see if they can make other arrangements for you.

Distribution Services
1999 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

Salt Lake City area: 1-801-240-3800
U.S. and Canada: 1-800-537-5971
TTY (hearing impaired): 1-801-240-6149

Hours (Mountain Time): Monday thru Friday: 8:00 AM–5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

In addition, the following census indexes are still available on CD:

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Professional genealogy groups

In response to the previous blog entry, Ol' Myrt here provided the following comments:

Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:33 AM
To: 'APG Listserv'
Subject: Sole organization

Thank-you for the info about the roundtable discussion. I do appreciate Kathy's work and value my membership in APG [The Association of Professional Genealogists]. The comments on the APG-list are usually thought-provoking and provide insight from members with varied professional background and research experience levels.

Knowing that all heck can break loose when one posts a dissenting point of view, I make the following comments:

I find it amazing that the APG characterizes itself as the "sole organization representing genealogy as a profession."

Though BCG and ICapGen members may not choose to argue the point, I see all three organizations as viable resources when one wishes to hire a professional genealogist. Certainly other organizations meet or exceed the "professional" criteria listed in the APG notice copied below my comments.

Interestingly, both BCG and ICapGen require testing & demonstration of professional-level research skills before membership is granted. In fact, APG membership does not require testing or demonstration of skill - we merely need to pay annual dues. The inference could be drawn that BCG and ICapGen are more "professional" in their approach to genealogical studies.

All three organizations support "the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local and social history."

I am not sure if BCG and ICapGen have "members represent all fifty states and several countries" as APG claims of its membership.

But I am sure that all three organizaitons promote "excellence in genealogical research, teaching, and writing."

I believe that APG might do well to note its place in the genealogical community by realizing it is not the sole organization representing genealogy as a profession.

Mutual respect among professional genealogy organizations might just be the name of the game.

At this point, some 20 minutes after my posting was sent, my comments have not been distributed through the APG list. It is probably due to a challenge with list-serve mechanics.

There are indeed other "professional" genealogy organizations, I've limited my comments to the three I know the most about.

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Open records access: APG roundtable discussion

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received by our friends at the APG. Please address all inquiries to


WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 21 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will conduct a roundtable on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 during the National Genealogical Society Conference at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The topic of the roundtable, which will be moderated by David Rencher, CG, is Into the Future with the Records Preservation and Access Committee. The roundtable will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Chouteau A&B rooms.

Beverly Rice, CG, Roundtable Coordinator, encourages members to attend saying, “This is an opportunity for all conference attendees to become aware of our genealogy communities’ combined efforts to maintain access and preserve the world’s records. The topic of records preservation and access is of such importance to the genealogical community that APG has opened this roundtable to all interested individuals.”

The roundtable is normally open only to APG members; however, because of the importance of the topic all genealogists and interested parties are invited. In addition, the roundtable is an ideal time for APG members to network, share ideas and learn how other professionals market themselves.

The Association of Professional Genealogists, founded in 1979, is the sole organization representing genealogy as a profession. It supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local and social history. Its members represent all fifty states and several countries. The association promotes excellence in genealogical research, teaching, and writing.

Contact: 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, e-mail

NARA: National History Day Exhibit

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives. Please address all inquiries to:

April 24, 2008

National Archives Celebrates National History Day with Special Exhibit
Display June 18

Winning projects address 2008 theme: Conflict & Compromise in History

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives celebrates National History Day (NHD) by displaying winning student exhibits from this year's National History Day national competition on Wednesday, June 18th.

Young history scholars will present their work reflecting this year's theme "Conflict & Compromise in History" between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in The Boeing Learning Center of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall, and is fully accessible.

Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

Each year, more than half a million middle and high school students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD program. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research using libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and more. The student exhibit boards on display at the National Archives are required to have at least one record from the National Archives, its regional archives, or its Presidential libraries. Student designers will be present to explain and discuss their projects.

For more information on National History Day visit .

NARA: WWI June 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives. Please address all inquiries to

April 24, 2008

Noontime Programs at the National Archives in June 2008

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives will present two World War I-related noontime programs in June. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall, and is fully accessible. Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918
Wednesday, June 4, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

In his latest book, To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argone, 1918, author Edward G. Lengel fills a void in World War I historiography by providing a detailed account of this important battle. The Meuse-Argonne offensive, the last battle of the Great War and the bloodiest the United States had ever seen, led to the armistice between the victorious Allied forces and the defeated German army. No single battle in American military history has ever approached the Meuse-Argonne in size and human cost, and Lengel maintains that it was the country's most critical military contribution to the Allied cause in the First World War. A book signing will follow the program.

Borrowed Soldiers: Americans Under British Command, 1918
Wednesday, June 11, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

In his book Borrowed Soldiers: Americans Under British Command, 1918, archivist and educator Mitchell A. Yockelson delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force. The combined British Expeditionary Force and American II Corps successfully pierced the Hindenburg Line during the Hundred Days Campaign of World War I. Yockelson follows the two divisions that comprised the American II Corps from the training camps of South Carolina to the bloody battlefields of Europe and shows how the combined British and American forces contributed to the Allied victory. A book
signing and reception will follow the program.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NARA: Public Service Recognition Week

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives. Please direct all inquires to Public Affairs


April 23, 2008


Washington, DC. . . The National Archives will participate in "Public Service Recognition Week" from May 5-7, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. The National Archives booth will be located in the Civilian Agency Tent near 7th Street.

Visitors are invited to discover what is new at the National Archives in Washington, DC:

  • Put your brain in gear, puzzling your way through an Archival Adventure from the National Archives Boeing Learning Center.

  • Put your face into a political cartoon from our new National Archives exhibition "Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford J. Berryman."

  • Put your heart into it -- and add your name to the Founding Fathers' in signing the Declaration of Independence.

The Council of Excellence in Government organizes this annual celebration on the National Mall in Washington, DC, where more than 100 government offices and agencies, non-profit organizations and private companies will sponsor interactive and educational exhibits that showcase the innovation and quality work performed by public employees. For more information visit: .

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives is a public trust upon which our democracy depends, ensuring access to essential evidence that protects the rights of American citizens, documents the actions of the government, and reveals the evolving national experience.

For more information visit: .

Hit the ground running: report from Myrt's

Following a whirlwind extended weekend attending my nephew's wedding in gorgeous Aldergrove, British Columbia, Ol' Myrt here returned to Salt Lake at 5pm yesterday, and hit the ground running. After setting up the computer projector, I jumped in the shower to freshen up from the 2-day drive. By 6:30pm six genealogy researchers arrived for our monthly pow-wow.

The pow-wow this month focused on "You are the CLEAN-UP and GET IT RIGHT generation" using a form created by Cathy Clark. Her worksheet can accommodate six surnames and is a checklist of items to complete before the new FamilySearch is released in our area. This was a great starting point, since all of last night's attendees have done genealogy in the past (one as recently as 1978 when research techniques didn't include computerized databases or online scanned images of documents.) Note that the form was created for LDS researchers, but could apply equally as well with non-LDS research.

Another participant had taken my suggestions from last month's get-together to search microfilm of parish registers of christenings, marriages & burials in Stratford-on-Avon. SUCCESS! She located six additional children's christening records, and took the family back two generations. This breakthrough encouraged other members of the group.

We also discussed being careful to determine the correct county at the time the ancestor lived there. This will make it easier to locate documents mentioning ancestors since they might be housed in a county courthouse other than what we would expect. We discussed the following resources as examples:

  • Ani-Map 3.0 clearly demonstrated the progression of county development for the states of Illinois and Virginia (where pow-wow participants had ancestors). This was an eye-opening experience for the ladies. One cannot
    just take an ancestor's known town and state and look up the county in the current Rand McNally Atlas, for the county more than likely has changed boundaries over time, with the rise in population over the decades.

  • has volunteer-created pages for each state and county with information about the development of the county, date, and parent county in addition to links for research ideas, databases, etc.

  • was also spotlighted, since two ladies in the pow-wow group have Danish ancestry.

At 8pm it was time to sign on to Second Life to chat around the firepit at Heritage Book's Just Genealogy. Our topic was "Overcoming Handwriting Challenges" with links to the following online tutorials:

We also talked about locating published family history books online through 2 main sources that (thankfully) provide free access:

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

Oregon: 19 July 2008 conference

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Genealogical Council of Oregon. Please address all inquiries to Connie Lenzen,

Genealogical Council of Oregon
Oregon Statewide Biennial Genealogy Conference

The Genealogical Council of Oregon (GCO) will hold its Oregon Statewide Biennial Genealogy Online & Onsite Conference on Saturday, July 19th, 2008, at Eugene, Oregon.

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Yet, it can be one of the most difficult to accomplish. It seems as if that one elusive document that we know will provide conclusive proof of kinship is hidden somewhere.

In the pre-Internet days, the pace of doing genealogy was slow. Genealogists wrote a letter and waited weeks for a reply. They took notes by hand because there were no copy machines.

With the advent of the Internet, the pace picked up, but there was still the question of where was that elusive record.

Attend this conference and learn how to go online and onsite to find the documents that your ancestors generated. Learn what to do with the documents when you have found them Cyndi Howells, noted for her web site, her 30+years of experience in genealogical work and as author of numerous books on the subject, is the keynote speaker and will make three presentations during this one day conference.

Topics by other speakers include:

  • Researching Military Records
  • Finding Death Data on the Net
  • Consider the Source: Cite Your Sources
  • Going There, Walking their Ground…Doing On-site Research
  • What if You Can’t Afford to Do Onsite Research
  • Accessing Library Collections without Leaving Home and Using Online Resources to Find the Death Date and Obit of Mercer Girl Annie, A Case Study.

Sit down for a one-on-one consultation with an archivist from the Pacific-Alaska branch of the National Archives.

Talk to a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists - Oregon Chapter about your brick wall problems.

Hear about FamilySearchIndexing and how you or your society may participate.

Registrations that are postmarked by June 25 are $45 (GCO members) and $50 (non-members of GCO), luncheon buffet $15, GCO membership $10, Extra syllabus (one included with registration $10. Registrations made after June 25 are $5 more. Send Registration Check made out to GCO to: GCO Conference, 1349 Parkway Dr NW, Salem, OR 97304.

A copy of the registration form with full details about all sessions and fees is available at or contact the
Conference Chair: Connie Lenzen,

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 15 April 2008 genealogy podcast

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 15 April 2008 genealogy podcast is available for listening via computer or transferred to any .mp3 player if you choose to download the file. An alternative would be to download the file automatically via iTunes. You don’t need an iPod to listen. For a complete list of current DearMYRTLE podcasts visit:


Laurie Hyer, from is a crafty lady who has combined her decoupage talents with her love of family history. Find out about her "story blocks" and candle holders with an ancestral flair. Give her a call or visit her website to order. If you use the word "myrt" (without quote marks) you will receive free shipping to US addresses.

Elizabeth Powell Crowe, blogger at and author of Genealogy Online 8th edition. Discussions include Second Life genealogy events & social networking, including Family Builder at


REMEMBER, while I am away to attend my nephew's wedding in British Columbia, there will be no blog entries and we will skip next week's podcast.

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

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 8 April 2008 genealogy podcast

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour 8 April 2008 genealogy podcast is available for listening via computer or transferred to any .mp3 player if you choose to download the file. An alternative would be to download the file automatically via iTunes. You don’t need an iPod to listen. For a complete list of current DearMYRTLE podcasts visit: .


Jay Speyer, author of Cat Got Your Thumb? provides ideas to get us off the pot when it comes to writing our personal histories the anecdotal stories about our ancestors. Contact Jay through his website

Elizabeth Powel Crowe, author of the brand-spanking new Genealogy Online 8th edition, hot of the presses!
Elizabeth walks Ol' Myrt here through the steps of setting up a "genealogy tab" on my personal iGoogle page. You'll find her blog at

MightyMouse TOUR

From DearMYRTLE's The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists - 6 April 2008


  • Second Life (Once you've joined, and it free, search for Clarise Beaumont or DearMYRTLE Writer.)


Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.