Monday, March 23, 2020

Announcing: Mini-Myrt Meetings

UPDATED: Now that many churches are offering virtual services, we will hold Mini-Myrt Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here are excited to announce Mini-Myrt Meetings to be held Tues-Sat starting at noon Eastern (daylight when applicable.) People have been clamoring for more time together, but I think study groups would be too intense. If we must practice in-person social distancing, virtual meetings are the way to go.

We have “Mondays with Myrt” webinars at Noon Eastern. These Mini-Myrt Meetings will be 20-minutes Zoom meetings, and less formal with likely more conversation.

🤗 PROVIDE an upbeat diversion during the pandemic isolation period.
🤗DEMONSTRATE how easy it is to use Zoom meetings.
🤗ENCOURAGE others to use free Zoom technology to keep in contact with their FAN club.

2. Register once. This is what the Zoom Meeting completed registration screen looks like:

A. Meeting Registration is approved.

B. Dates & Times are Mountain Time. Your time zone will show up appropriately because of the date/time set on your computer.

C. You may click "Add to Calendar" and choose from Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar (.ics) or Yahoo Calendar.

D. Join using a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device including Chromebooks, and below find your personal link to the meeting. You will also receive a confirmation email with that personal link to join. Do not lose that email.

E. You do not have to attend every Mini-Myrt, and you may cancel at any time.

Zoom Meetings are easy to attend. Click on your personal URL, and you'll will be in a waiting room until the host (me!) opens the meeting. As we have been practicing Zoom Meetings in our Zoom Webinar after parties, this will be  super  easy. Those of you who have attended SLIG Virtual Courses, Zoom Meetings were the format used there. (One exception - Virtual Nordic was in webinar format, because SLIG wanted to record and possibly distribute the lectures at another time.)

Zoom Webinars - You arrive as an "attendee" and will see designated panelists and whatever screen sharing is permitted by the host. Panelists must turn on their mics and webcams for you to hear and see them. You may communicate with others using the typed chat option  unless the host/co-host turn on your mic, or changes your status to panelist. 

Zoom Meetings - Everyone arrives with equal status, though the host/co-host have additional authorities. You have control of your mic and webcam. You do not need a mic or webcam to participate, as the chat dialog box is available to all.

Note: DearMYRTLE has set up her Zoom webinars and Zoom meetings to prevent file sharing and 1on1 chats, to avoid hackers sending a virus or distributing unsolicited business offers. There are additional Zoom options, but Ol' Myrt here is keeping it simple.

Set up your own Zoom account here
Yes, Zoom meetings have free and paid ($14.99 month) options. This video conferencing is fast becoming possible for keeping in touch with your FAN club. See Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : 23 Mar 2020).

If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.

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