Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Call for Panelists: GenLaw Study Group 1

"Filmstrip" JOINers will play a crucial role in the success of the GenLaw Study Group 1 since they appear as "panelists" across the bottom of the Hangout on Air screen. The panelists  will have control over their audio and video feed to the group. If you wish to be considered for a position on the panel please complete the application form here:

Now it is imperative that those who wish to JOIN as panelists let Ol' Myrt and Cousin Russ know by completing this online form:

  • The opinionated moderator - DearMYRTLE

  • The helpful cousin - Cousin +Russ Worthington

  • 15 Panelists - JOINers with headsets and webcams 

  • Participants - Those VIEWing live via YouTube

  • Late Comers - Those WATCHING LATER via YouTube (archived version)


  • Commit to attend all scheduled sessions, logging in 15-30 minutes before the scheduled start of the Hangout on Air. (VIEWers will begin to identify with you.)
  • Sit in a quiet space, away from all distractions for the duration of the HOA.
  • Complete all workbook assignments prior to the scheduled chapter discussion.
  • Submit 2 questions for the panel to discuss during each HOA in advance to the moderator.
  • Factor-in time for all other panelists to respond and govern one's self accordingly.
  • Avoid self-promotion of products or services, except when providing links to one's blog where assignments are posted. (It isn't necessary to have a blog to participate as a panelist, but do mention the URL if you have one in your application form.)
  • Reflect a kindly attitude, eager for peer review of homework assignments.
  • Have fun learning from Kay and William B. Freilich's Genealogy and the Law, your fellow panelists and those commenting in the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google+.
Once you have been selected as a panelist, anticipate an invitation to a private Google+ community for this GenLaw Study Group 1 Panelists. It is there that Ol' Myrt will post the link to JOIN the panel each week. Any "function" items will be discussed here, i.e. "I can't make this session due to family illness."

Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich, Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2014). [Book available from the publisher at and via ]

  1. Purchase Genealogy and the Law.
  2. Read the chapter and complete assignments BEFORE each session.
  3. Review MGP1 Study Group Copyright Guidelines. Although this recording was made for the Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, the principles apply.

HAVE AVAILABLE (click the links to find the item on
Sharon Debartolo Carmack, A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors (Blue Ash, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1998). [Used copies available for under $2 at]

Christine Rose, Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your guide to genealogical treasures. (San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2004).

Christine Rose, Military Bounty Land 1776-1855. (San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2011).

Christina Kassabain Schaefer, The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999).

Christina K. Schaefer, Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997).


23 Jan 2015 - Chapter 1 Understanding the Law
30 Jan2015 - Chapter 2 Understanding the Terminology
6 Feb 2015 - Chapter 3 Types of Law
Break for FGS/RootsTech 2015
20 Feb 2015 - Chapter 4 Finding the Pertinent Law

27 Feb 2015 - Chapter 5 Sources to Use
6 Mar 2015 - Chapter 6 Where to Research
13 Mar 2015 - Chapter 7 Citing Legal Sources
20 Mar 2015 - Chapter 8 Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates and any changes for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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  1. Can I still join this study group? Not as a panelist, but just a participant? Thanks!

    1. DearZOLA,
      Yes, you may certainly join this study group. One reason we do Hangouts on Air is so more than 25 or so people may attend. We have 15 panelists (10 can appear at one time), and participants who VIEW and COMMENT on each session either live or in the recorded version.

      To VIEW and COMMENT on the currently scheduled session, you'll go to a few minutes before the scheduled start time. You will then see the post for the session.

      After the video session is archived, Ol' Myrt here moves it to the "Hangouts-Previous" portion of DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community over on Google+.

      Good luck. This one is going to be a hum dinger.