Monday, July 11, 2016

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt - 11 July 2016

Pat O'Donnell Kuhn was researching her family this morning, and needed access to the 1911 Scotland census, but couldn't find it at or We went exploring during the live Mondays with Myrt hangout and found the images at  Scotland was the first "national" government to place digital images online. You'll find:

Pay per view (purchase credits)
  • statutory registers (birth, marriage and death)
  • OPR (births and baptisms, banns and marriages, deaths and burials)
  • census (1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1881 LDS)
  • valuation rolls (1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930)
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Molly McKinley writes "Good morning all. I had a fun find this weekend. I was clearing out old business papers and found a paper with an immigration file for a cousin. I knew I had it, how it got mixed up in business papers is a"

Dave Robison brings up "The value of reading historical fiction to learn how and ancestor's community and culture may have lived. Realized this in Margaret Fortier's presentation on Italian Research." Randy Seaver says "I learn a lot about places from the Edward Rutherfurd historical fiction books." We then answer Danine Cozzens question "What are the best ways to distinguish well-researched historical fiction from romantic nonsense?" 

Valerie Eichler Lair reports on her DNA breakthrough and the paper trail that is matching nicely: "Mom's biological mom's name was Lillian DELL. Putting that out so I don't have to keep typing "mom's biological mom..." Lillian's parents were Heinrich "Henry" and Sophie (Reimche) Dell. :) Lillian had 5 siblings."  

Dave Robison reports on Early New England Families, 1641-1700: Vol. 1 compiled by Alicia Crane Williams.

Randy Seaver spotlighted the Zap the Grandma Gap series of book and workbooks. From we read "Super Grandma wants to help you connect to your family members by connecting them to the super grandmas and super grandpas of your past. (Every family has scoundrels and super heroes—if you haven’t found any yet, keep looking.) Family history connects family members in a way that is personal and unique to your family. It gives youth the power to identify with personal heroes, learn life lessons without having to personally go through them, and gain a wise, broad perspective on life. Teaching your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and even your brothers and sisters about their family history can create strong bonds in your family."

Hilary Gadsby reported on a 1939 Register. Her post will appear on the Worldwide Genealogy blog on 2th July here:

Tony Proctor discusses how he and Ol' Myrt are moving forward with the "wooden crate of peaches" WWII story. If you are looking for assistance when composing your research conclusions, you might check out Chapter 7 of Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof. DearMYRTLE's  The Written Conclusion Study Group (2015) includes sessions about proof statements, proof summaries, proof arguments and clear writing.

During 72 hours from July 15 to 17, help FamilySearch index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet and helping families worldwide find their ancestors. They are hoping for 72,000 volunteers to participate during this 72 hour time period.

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