Friday, September 25, 2020

Writing Inspiration

Several have inquired about writing prompts, so this video shares some of the hard copy resources I'm using. It's all about telling my personal history and ancestral anecdotes one topic per small journal, as I proceed with this plan to share info with my less genealogy-oriented children and grandchildren. 

What are you using for inspiration?

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Writing Inspiration (2:50)
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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Small Autumnal Journal and Dad's D in English

Ol' Myrt here is crafting a variety of small journals to share personal history anecdotes and ancestral findings with her children and grandchildren. Plain old pedigree charts and family group sheets just won't cut it. Here are two videos about the flip journal I've created to talk about how my Dad, ever the perfectionist, received a D in English, while another grade looks as if it has been changed. Crazy!

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Small Autumnal Journal and  Dad's D in English - Part 1 (19:25)
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Small Autumnal Journal - Part 2 (6:31)
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WACKY Wednesday: Julian, Gregorian and Other Calendars

We concluded it behooves 21st century family historians to observe differences in the adoption of the Gregorian from the Julian calendar. It varies by county, time period, whether the record is a civil record versus an ecclesiastical record.

Check your genealogy management program to see what data entry options are available. We discovered Family Tree Maker provides the option to indicate the specific calendar used when entering a date. RootsMagic considers anything not Gregorian an irregular date. We agreed it is important to enter the date as stated in the document, i.e. making an accurate word-for-word transcription. Cousin Russ mentions he puts in two event dates for his Quaker ancestors - Old Style (from the document transcription) and New Style (Gregorian). Be sure when looking at a record set to see if the front matter indicates what calendar was used.

Carol Petranek mentioned Greece did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1924, yet the calendar itself was first established in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. 


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LINK TO YOUTUBE RECORDING: Mondays with Myrt - 21 Sept 2020

CHAT DIALOG (with links we mention) 

00:31:02 Frank Jatzek: Good Evening everone 00:31:24 carencay bowen: Good Evening from City of Baltimore, Maryland, USA 00:31:48 Cousin Russ: We thank Dr. Shelley Murphy for sponsoring our Closed Captioning service for the year. Her blog is found here: 00:32:14 Myra Lindgren: Good evening from Casper Wy.! 00:32:23 Betty-Lu Burton: Thank you Dr Shelly Murphy 00:32:40 Shelley Murphy: Hey there Betty-Lu! 00:33:09 Myra Lindgren: Almost always Windy - but no smog here! 00:33:59 Myra Lindgren: July? 00:34:51 Cousin Russ: THE QUAKER CALENDAR - Swarthmore 00:36:08 Betty-Lu Burton: The Quakers considered the names of the months and days of the weeks as blasphemy 00:37:17 Alice Allen: It would be April 00:37:29 Betty-Lu Burton: 4th month in 1801 would be April 00:37:51 Betty-Lu Burton: If it was before 1752 it would be July 00:38:07 Pat Jackson: didn’t the year start on March 25? 00:40:22 Myra Lindgren: Family search wiki 00:41:17 Betty-Lu Burton: That is why President George Washington has 2 different dates for his birthday. One from the Julian calendar and the other from the Gregorian calendar 00:41:56 Betty-Lu Burton: You can also go to Cyndi's list and look under calendars 00:42:45 Alice Allen: Maybe try Quaker Dating System 00:43:52 Betty-Lu Burton: That is why you need to somewhere in your notes state the actual date and then the current date 00:44:24 Cousin Russ: 00:45:47 Betty-Lu Burton: You will find a double year in the 1600's but they did name the month 00:48:32 Pat Jackson: my mom had a flight on 1/1/2000–brave woman, lol 00:50:20 Betty-Lu Burton: Also in the 1600's the civil government used one calendar and the Church used the other, thus causing the double dates 00:51:34 Myra Lindgren: Transcribe it with a notation afterwards 00:52:24 Betty-Lu Burton: That is when you need to translate to the current calendar and note that is what we did, listing the actual date and why and how you translated it 00:52:43 Carol Petranek: I run into this all the time, because the Greek Church in America did not adopt the Gregorian Calendar until 1924. I record both dates. Especially in marriages, there is one date in the church record and a different date in the church record. 00:54:26 Pat Jackson: use the modern date n the date field, with a note of the difference and why? 00:55:00 Shelley Murphy: @Carol Petranek I agree with putting both dates. 00:55:32 carencay bowen: He assumed 00:56:33 Carol Petranek: Whoops - one date in the church record and one date in the civil record 00:56:40 carencay bowen: Within Ancestry put the adjusted date and under the note area the older form and type of calendar 01:00:36 Carol Petranek: Pat, you can also add an Alternate Birth date with a notation that the alternate date is the Quaker or Julian or whatever calendar date 01:03:20 carencay bowen: I do 01:03:25 Frank Jatzek: here 01:03:27 Phillip Heavner: no 01:03:29 char Espo: yes 01:03:29 Sharon Morrissey: No 01:03:31 Betty-Lu Burton: no 01:03:32 Myra Lindgren: Nope 01:03:34 carencay bowen: its from the Jewish 01:03:36 Stephanie Vanderveer: no 01:03:39 Pat Jackson: no 01:03:45 Susan Jaycox: Polish 01:05:25 carencay bowen: ;yes they are 01:06:42 Cousin Russ: 01:07:37 carencay bowen: Click the link just above the chart 01:07:42 Betty-Lu Burton: I wonder if that is why I would occasionally see where the man only put the year down and not a day or month of birth. It seems many of them were from russia 01:07:59 Phillip Heavner: Finland was part of Sweden at one time, then came under Russian control until the early 20th century when it became independent. 01:08:41 Betty-Lu Burton: I meant to say in the WWI draft records 01:10:17 carencay bowen: USA had 3 different conversion periods 01:10:28 carencay bowen: USA is at the bottom 01:16:29 Sheri Snodgrass: Native Americans counted in new moons 01:19:05 Frank Jatzek: Maybe it changes with RM8 01:19:25 Shelley Murphy: Ancient Hawai’i I believe also used the Moon/Lunar way. 01:21:02 Cousin Russ: 01:24:10 Dave Robison: Steve Morse also has an explanation of double dates and many pages for a wide variety of calendars. 01:24:29 Carol Petranek: I attended a Steve Morse lecture at RootsTech a few years ago. He is indeed brilliant and an engaging presenter 01:24:39 Dave Robison: 01:26:11 Myra Lindgren: I understand Dr. Shelley! 01:27:38 Cousin Russ: FamilySearch Wiki: US Records Selection table - 01:28:14 Sheri Snodgrass: Ancestry has created a 1890 Collection list 01:28:14 Betty-Lu Burton: I am lucky in that many of my families lived in states with 1885 and 1895 state censuses 01:29:20 Sheri Snodgrass: Love this approach Dr Shelley!! 01:29:53 Myra Lindgren: I think of census records as being the bones of my research and every other record or text that I find fills in the rest...…….You are gradually filling in the rest of the person... 01:30:34 Betty-Lu Burton: I never thought about doing that. That is a good idea 01:32:22 Myra Lindgren: When I found out the 1890 veteran census was still around I found several families... 01:35:08 Cousin Russ: 01:36:10 carencay bowen: I feel sorry for future genealogist - there will be no city or phone directories 01:37:41 Flo Merritt: WOW, thank you. 01:38:34 Frank Jatzek: carencay: there will still be citymaps, it will be an archived Webpage of streetview 01:38:46 Shelley Murphy: Another note: consider to connect oral histories to the 1890 era as well. 01:39:44 Carol Petranek: Pat - has Bella returned? 01:39:54 Carol Petranek: Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! 01:40:12 carencay bowen: Thanks for the information

Monday, September 21, 2020

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt - 21 Sept 2020

In an effort to reach family historians on the social media platforms with which they are most comfortable, Ol' Myrt here is introducing two new additions to our Mondays with Myrt genealogy webinars, namely the saved chat and the audio transcript. Both will be available publicly in DearMYRTLE's blog and on a shared Google Doc, though the audio transcript takes a day or two longer to be processed.


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LINK TO YOUTUBE RECORDING: Mondays with Myrt - 21 Sept 2020

CHAT DIALOG (with links we mention)

00:15:22 Michelle Grant: Good morning from Omaha.

00:15:30 Randy Seaver: hello from sunny, cool and non-smoky San Diego area

00:15:40 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.

00:16:12 Bobbie Christensen: Hi from Granite Bay, CA

00:16:31 Amanda Czuba: hi from San Francisco

00:16:44 Patricia Jackson: Bardstown, KY

00:16:50 Lynn Tenney: Good morning from northern MN.

00:16:50 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Good Morning from Pollock Pines, California.

00:16:51 Frank Jatzek: Oh Margaret, I hope you are save

00:17:11 Sheri Snodgrass: Hello from Iowa

00:17:11 Michelle Minner: Good Morning from Tucson, Arizona

00:17:12 Myra Lindgren: good morning from beautiful Wyoming!

00:18:23 Cyndy Bray: hi from Newman California

00:19:04 Hilary Gadsby: Hi everyone

00:22:24 Randy Seaver: LOL Barbara I understand

00:23:33 Melinda Culpon: Had significant impact on the culture of the late 20th century - CONTEXT

00:23:35 Cyndy Bray: RIP RBG She did so much for us.

00:23:54 Randy Seaver: commenters, please change your audience to "All panelists and attendees"

00:24:08 Lianne Kruger: What is the twitter account that will be used to tweet?

00:24:13 Randy Seaver: unless you only want to talk to panelists

00:24:22 Lianne Kruger: Hi from Alberta Canada

00:24:24 Lianne Kruger: Thanks!!

00:24:29 Lianne Kruger: I will retweet

00:24:37 Robbin Smith: @rmsfamhist

00:26:04 Cousin Russ: Skillbuilding: Perils of Source Snobbery by Thomas W. Jones

00:26:42 Michelle Grant: Thanks for link

00:27:54 Marian Koalski: I have sometimes been lucky to find the 1 out of 30 trees that has the correct name or date I was seeking, but wading through the other 29 that all point to  each other as their source.

00:28:13 Marian Koalski: … the wading is a drag.

00:28:33 Michelle Grant: I agree with you. Looking at a tree with many sources vs 1 or 2.

00:29:50 Michelle Minner: I LOVE it!  "Date Fudge"  LOL

00:30:04 Sheri Snodgrass: Birthplace of a parent wrong on the child's death record - always check who the informant was.

00:30:54 Hilary Gadsby: My grandparents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary a year early

00:31:14 Lianne Kruger: ha ha nice pun

00:32:08 Marian Koalski: What about a draft card that gives the man’s own birth place incorrectly, because the family moved while he was tiny.

00:32:31 Judy Sova: My father's birth date was wrong on his birth record.  Bu the time the doctor went to town to register it, he'd apparently forgot which day Dad was born!

00:33:48 Margaret Harris: Many errors can be corrected when you seek to have contact with living relatives, who may have historical documents.

00:34:25 Randy Seaver: We just had Dr. Jones at the SDGS seminar on Saturday.  4 great presentations.  Fun chatting throughout with Jan Murphy and others.

00:34:52 Cousin Russ: Cecily Kelly - Do you have a question ?

00:36:35 Michelle Minner: Birth Certificate error:  states I was born in Omaha, Nebraska...when in actuality I was born outside of city limits on the AFB at Offutt AFB in Sarpy County, Nebraska.  Omaha skirts two different counties.

00:37:32 Stephanie Vanderveer: I've come across a couple New Jersey deaths and burial certificates from the mid to late 1800s that list the death year as one earlier than it actually was when I found the obituary in the newspaper.

00:38:34 Melinda Culpon: I enjoyed the the finding the unfindable

00:39:22 Melinda Culpon: NGSQ - Study - because they show the methods for the unfindable

00:40:13 Cousin Russ: Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones

00:40:30 Lori Martin: Lol, I was just about to hit send asking who this Dr. Jones is. :-)

00:41:34 Randy Seaver: We all can learn a lot by reading the NGSQ and NEHGR peer-reviewed periodicals.  

00:41:52 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:

00:42:50 Melinda Culpon: or go on facebook

00:43:19 Cousin Russ: Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones

00:43:20 Randy Seaver: NGS members can see/download digital copies of NGSQ issues.  I used to study one once a month.  

00:44:06 Maria Capaldi: Hello All!

00:44:26 Melinda Culpon: GREAT DearMyrt Study Group!!! ESM Quicklessons

00:44:36 Cousin Russ: Evidence Explained (Book, Quick LEssons & Forum)

00:44:53 Maria Capaldi: It was wonderful!!

00:45:03 Frank Jatzek: Evidence Explained even helped me once with citing German documents...awesome source for citation help

00:45:38 Amanda Czuba: I definitely need this training :) 

00:51:41 Marian Koalski: Maria,  were there  in-class research assignments? Homework?

00:52:16 Randy Seaver: Everyone needs to understand that the learning curve in geneogy takes a long time to reach the peak understanding

00:52:33 Melinda Culpon: He gave 8 strategies for finding the unfindable

00:52:48 Randy Seaver: ah, a new science, "geneogy"

00:53:34 Monique Riley: Dr. Jones has said he feels that he is just at the beginning of the learning curve of genealogy!

00:54:43 Lori Martin: I could use those 8 strategies in finding a primary source for one person for my husband’s SAR application.

00:54:53 Frank Jatzek: Randy: is there ever a Peak? For me I learn ne Thing every time I talk to other Genealogists. Most of the time because we have different approaches to problems

00:55:14 Marian Koalski: I agree, Frank!

00:55:39 Maria Capaldi: Marian K - No Saturday San Diego Genealogical Society. No homework just wonderful Lectures.

00:55:50 Cousin Russ: Evidence Explained [the book] by Elizabeth Shown Mills

00:56:16 Randy Seaver: Frank, I think it's a series of peaks - you get to one, and think "I've done it" and then someone on MwM introduces something else and you think "oo, oo, a new shiny object" and you learn more.  

00:57:34 Randy Seaver: If you want homework, go through the lessons on the two Jones books.  They are excellent!

00:58:35 Maria Capaldi: That is what I am going to do, Thanks Cousin Russ!

00:58:51 Marian Koalski: I agree.  In old age, I’m figuring out that much deeper. Learning takes place while doing an assignment than I get from a lecture. Gotta do the homework.

00:58:57 Danine Cozzens: Great suggestion, Cousin Russ!

00:59:12 Randy Seaver: Gary Gauthier from Alberta

00:59:48 Hilary Gadsby: Sometimes the records no longer exist to confirm what we have been told but by creating a tree DNA may help provide the proof we need.

01:00:00 Randy Seaver: The lessons are in the two Jones books - 

01:00:10 Sheri Snodgrass: Thanks!

01:00:21 Randy Seaver: Mastering Genealogy Proof and Mastering Genealogy Documentation

01:01:24 Cousin Russ: Yolanda - do you have a question ?

01:01:39 Randy Seaver: We have to be careful with small DNA matches though.  It's different if we share 800 cM (1st cousin?) or 20 cM (could be 3rd to 6th cousins). 

01:02:13 Randy Seaver: DNA with small matches provide evidence, not proof IMHO

01:02:31 Maria Capaldi: Isn't that funny!

01:03:04 Sheri Snodgrass: Love seeing all the sticky markers in that books - looks like several of mine

01:03:55 Robbin Smith: DNA requires genealogy.

01:04:55 Maria Capaldi: I took a class with Cari Taplin Mastering Genealogical Proof, I learned so much!!

01:06:15 Cousin Russ: Blaine Bettinger’s The Genetic Genealogist ­­

01:06:26 Cousin Russ:

01:06:49 Michelle Minner: I am SO glad I knew Blaine Bettinger's chart before Ancestry got rid of the tiny matches.  the tiniest matches wasted a lot of my time trying to prove or not.

01:07:44 Lynn Tenney: Ancestry now shows the longest segment which helps.

01:08:31 Michelle Minner: sounds silly, but what helped me understand Blaine's ancestry cM chart?  I studied baseball statistics for years!  LOL.

01:11:13 Sheri Snodgrass: I have both parents and 5 sibs that tested and it's really interesting how different we inherited DNA.

01:11:19 Maria Capaldi: Always great discussions here!

01:11:57 Randy Seaver: ah, presentism and Englishism raises its head!

01:12:02 Maria Capaldi: yes

01:12:46 Randy Seaver: Like the Ky Ken in a census was Kenya rather than Kentucky when the indexer was Chinese or African

01:13:19 Sheri Snodgrass: I'm from Iowa - that's true in a couple of county offices

01:13:49 Melinda Culpon: for establishing congressional districts

01:15:51 Melinda Culpon: gerrymandering - Frustrating me currently -

01:15:52 Randy Seaver: SDSU is San Diego State but also South Dakota State

01:16:43 Cynthia Hall: Pennsylvania

01:16:48 Maria Capaldi: Good point

01:16:49 Randy Seaver: why we use 8 September instead of 9/8/

01:17:12 Margaret Harris: Difficulty currently with Census: Fires?  and other current challenges?

01:17:55 Maria Capaldi: Now I did not know that, thank you

01:18:11 Randy Seaver: And Maryland NY too!

01:18:17 Cynthia Hall: I’m glad I started out not using abbreviations long ago.  At least that is one thing I won’t have to clean up!!

01:18:32 Stephanie Vanderveer: When I do my brother in laws research I have to make sure I write Marion County Kentucky because there is a town called Marion in Kentucky as well. 

01:19:14 Randy Seaver: Great confusion sometimes between towns, townships and counties in some states.

01:19:34 Michelle Minner: Quaker

01:19:36 Cynthia Hall: When I don’t have a city name, I use ‘County’ after the name of the county.

01:19:46 Patricia Jackson: yep

01:20:06 Randy Seaver: Old Style dates vs New style dates from calendar change in 1752 in USA/UK

01:20:30 Cynthia Hall: Is there another acronym using USA?

01:20:35 Marian Koalski: Amen, Stephanie. The same things happen in. Ohio, and the  town and county are 200 mile apart.

01:20:47 Amanda Czuba: never knew quaker's had their own date styles !! 

01:21:39 Stephanie Vanderveer: Some of the older records just have "born in Marion" quite a difference between the central and south west parts of the state

01:21:52 Randy Seaver: Some early MA records use "Quaker" dates also.

01:22:11 Robbin Smith: Calendar changes in France due to Napoleon calendar 

01:22:47 Randy Seaver: Russia changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1918!

01:23:19 Michelle Minner: I am researching my boyfriend's Jewish family tree from Russia...jewish dates are complicated...AND the borders are constantly changing in Russian areas.

01:23:33 Randy Seaver: it's why September (based on #7) and October (#8) in Latin are not the 7th and 8th months now. 

01:23:42 Randy Seaver: November and December too.

01:23:55 Frank Jatzek: Michelle: wow that seems to be very problematic to research

01:24:00 Amanda Czuba: interesting =D

01:24:08 Maria Capaldi: lol

01:25:07 Michelle Minner: GOOD ADVICE...always read the database information!

01:27:54 Frank Jatzek: Randy: did you ever thought about converting your one very large file into multiple smaller ones to use them with online Tools?

01:28:07 Maria Capaldi: What exactly is it?

01:28:16 Cousin Russ: WACKY Wednesday - RootsFinder (an online genealogy management program.

01:28:20 Maria Capaldi: Sounds dumb, I know

01:28:51 Randy Seaver: Frank, no because I have so much crossover between ancestors and one-name studies and common ancestors of my mother and father and daughters and sons-in-law.

01:29:39 Frank Jatzek: Randy: I see

01:30:31 Randy Seaver: Dallan is a really smart and creative guy.  

01:30:44 Maria Capaldi: yeah that doesn't seem right!

01:31:26 Randy Seaver: Genealogia is Italian origin!

01:31:30 Lianne Kruger: Does it mean you have to have a source for each item you put on??

01:31:44 Randy Seaver:

01:31:48 Lianne Kruger: Very good!! lol  Thanks

01:32:39 Melinda Culpon: I got registered - it gives a free 6 day subscription

01:33:39 Melinda Culpon: It is NOT ready to be marketed

01:33:42 Maria Capaldi: I would Say, yes.

01:33:47 Cousin Russ:

01:33:48 Lianne Kruger: Short sweet to the point description

01:34:47 Frank Jatzek:

01:35:22 Hilary Gadsby: UK companies register with companies house

01:35:45 Melinda Culpon: Has LDS support

01:35:52 Margaret Harris: Why did Dallan leave WeRelate?

01:36:11 Randy Seaver: Margaret, I don't know...

01:36:20 Robbin Smith:

01:36:33 Danine Cozzens:

01:36:45 Lianne Kruger: If we don't like the layout of a program and can't get where we want quickly we won't use it. 

01:37:24 Maria Capaldi: Well that is good to know.

01:37:30 Margaret Harris: Okay, thank you.  Great explanation from you.

01:37:42 Lianne Kruger: Yes I have. First time for me

01:37:48 Cousin Russ:

01:37:52 Randy Seaver: Have you registered for RootsTech 2021?  

01:38:27 Randy Seaver: Interesting interview of Steve Rockwood by Scott Fisher in latest Extreme Genes show

01:38:29 Cousin Russ: WACKY Wednesday - Are your virtual presentations STUCK IN A RUT?

01:38:46 Lianne Kruger: Great question Randy - Yes to that (and speaking)

01:39:27 Randy Seaver: Extreme Ges show #43 is at

01:40:07 Randy Seaver: Scott always has a transcript of his shows.  Easier to read than listen for me

01:41:12 Randy Seaver: Just followed Robbin on Twitter, my ID is @rjseaver

01:44:00 Frank Jatzek: That oral stories book looked awesome. I will so steal that Idea some day

01:44:20 Amanda Czuba: quite delightful ! 

01:44:39 Cynthia Hall: Reminds me of the ‘lap books’ I made with my preschoolers!

01:46:06 Maria Capaldi: Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Is having "Virtual Day of Genealogy Learning with Tom Jones" Saturday October 3rd 2020 Non-Members- $45.00 Member-$35.00

01:46:54 Lianne Kruger: Me, too. Lindsay is great!

01:46:58 Flo Merritt: Thank you, great information!

01:47:13 Frank Jatzek: No Problem

01:47:15 Lianne Kruger: Thanks!

01:47:16 Amanda Czuba: thank you :) !!