Saturday, April 11, 2009

DearMYRTLE's Virtual Appearance - APG NCA 18 April 2009

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the APG NCA (Association of Professional Genealogists - National Capitol Area). Please address all inquiries to

From Gordon L. Erickson
APG NCA Chapter Members,

Remember, our next meeting is Saturday, 18 April at the National Archives downtown (NARA I) [Washington, DC], room G-24 at 2pm. Please attend as we have some important business and an excellent program for both researchers and speakers.

First, the important business:

Our Vice-President, Pam Sayre, has resigned due to the press of her other work requirements. In spite of my pleading, begging and other unseemly behavior, she felt it was better for the chapter if she resigned. Pam just felt she could not give the position the attention it deserves.

We will hold an election at our July meeting. But of course we need nominees. We will take nominations from the floor at our April and July meetings. You may also email a nomination to me. Be sure to have the approval of the person you nominate. Self-nominations are authorized
(encouraged even).

The term will be for 2009 and 2010. The primary duties are to arrange the program for each meeting, confirm the meeting place (usually NARA I), run the meeting if I should be elsewhere, and work with me on anything we come up with to help the chapter grow and assist the professional development of our members.

Second, the program:

We have an excellent program that can increase your client satisfaction or increase your availability to give presentations. Read below and plan on attending.

Pat Richley, aka DearMYRTLE, will present a program on ‘Virtual Communications’ - cost effective internet communications with your clients and audience. She will discuss, through a live demonstration, how you can use ‘Skype’, ‘Yugma’, and ‘GoToMeeting’ programs to communicate face-to-face over the internet with either clients, audiences or even someone special (telling your spouse is optional).

These programs allow you to provide visual updates, discuss research progress, even brief interim and final reports using PowerPoint or your genealogy program to a client in ‘real time’ over the internet. Speakers can use these programs to present lectures to groups and answer their questions, again in ‘real time’ at long distance without the time and hassle of travel for you or travel expense to the sponsor. I’ll leave it to you on how you use them to communicate with someone special.

The expense of using these programs can be very cost effective, even zero. The demonstration will be conducted live using the free versions of the programs. Pat will be at her home in Utah for the demo.

Before the meeting, I recommend your read three articles:

1. Pat Richley’s article on “Remote Meetings – How GoToMeeting Can Change Where You Present” in the December 2008 APG Quarterly

2. Beau Sharbrough’s 22 March 2009 article titled “Free lectures for your genealogy society (using Skype)” at The Unofficial Footnote Blog

3. Dick Eastman’s 7 April 2009 article titled ‘Dick Eastman Speaks … Remotely’ at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

About Our Speaker:

Pat Richley is the author of DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog, the Teach Genealogy Blog, DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy (2005), and The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2001), hostess of DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour genealogy podcast, and coordinator of the Union of Genealogy Groups in Second Life. She currently supports a small, grass-roots study group in Salt Lake with strategy meetings held two weeks prior to monthly field trips to regional genealogical facilities. Find her on the Web at and via e-mail at

See you on the 18th!

Gordon L. Erickson
National Capital Area Chapter
Association of Professional Genealogists