Saturday, August 01, 2020

What’s “Zoom Bombing” and WHY you should care

Avoiding “Zoom Bombing” takes planning. 

DearREADERS,
Today’s news reported the sad tale of a naked man interrupting a school committee meeting. 

Though such disruptive behavior is referred to as “Zoom Bombing,” literally any virtual meeting platform can be vulnerable. This would include the service you are considering for your society and family group meetings, such as Web-X, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Adobe Connect, Stream Yard, YouTube live streaming, Facebook Live and Webinar Jam - to name a few. 

Avoid such disruptions by careful event set up and employing only tech savvy hosts supported by multiple co-hosts. The number of co-hosts should increase as does the size of your attendee list. Each co-host accepts a specific monitoring assignment. 

For optimum security, be sure the service chosen has the ability to:
— require registration (the perp can be tracked down via law enforcement.)
— require a waiting room
— set “do not readmit if removed.”
— banning
— set attendee webcams to off on arrival
— use webinar (with a dedicated panel, but can turn on mic and/or webcams for an additional panelist one at a time) 
— for high-profile public meetings, use a tightly controlled virtual platform 
— do not permit change in virtual background while live. 
— set so only 1 participant can share screen at a time. 
— set so only host can screen share 
— have multiple co-hosts (1-2 to admit people, 2 to watch chat, 2 to watch attendees profile pics, 2 to watch Q&A, and grow these number as participant list grows, etc. etc.)
— change chat to “host only”
— use Q&A instead of chat
— do not permit renaming one’s profile. 
— etc.
— etc. 

Google Meet is particularly vulnerable for very public meetings, as it has fewer controls than most virtual meeting platforms. However for what we’d consider a select, private audience like an elementary school setting, Google Meet may work well with the added benefit of a Google Classroom integration. 

There are enhanced security settings that can be employed at additional cost:
— permit only domain-specific attendees (everyone uses their company email to register)
— 2-part authentication 
— sign-in with SSO
— logins as required by DOD

There are reasons I’d currently recommend Zoom or Stream Yard. 

In all the years of hosting virtual meetings Cousin Russ and I have had two intruders (audio, chat) that were immediately banned. We’ve never had a streaker. 

I can only surmise that the school committee meeting in the news article didn’t have enough experienced staff to employ built-in Zoom safeguards. It takes a dedicated IT person to keep on top of industry standards. 

We all need a Cousin Russ. 🤗

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paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Tuesday, July 07, 2020

4 Monitors?


DearREADERS,
YUP! Ol’ Myrt here has gone ”cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” er, um, make that multiple monitors. With all this Covid-19 self isolating, Ol’ Myrt has been busy providing Zoom tech support at GRIP 2020 with Cousin Russ and some mighty fine GRIP Tech Hosts. And I’ve been living in my office the better part of the day and finishing up by hosting three of five evening sessions each week of GRIP. 

It has helped that I recently upgraded my computer setup from three to four monitors. Here’s why:

WHEN RESEARCHING
Here’s what’s typically on each monitor:

Monitor 1 - (bottom left) 
— My genealogy program.

Monitor 2 - (bottom right) 
— Transcript for transcribing documents word-for-word

Monitor 3 - (top left) 
— Web browser with tabs for multiple sites. Usually Ancestry, FindMyPast. MyHeritage and Newspapers.com.

Monitor 4 - (top right) 
— A folder with digital images for the current research subjects, to verify I have correctly named files and that all downloaded files are attached to the ancestor(s) in question.
— Snagit Editor to add the citations to the expanded bottom border of an  photo or document image that I create in my genealogy software. https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

WHEN HOSTING A VIRTUAL EVENT
Whether it’s a Zoom Meeting or a Zoom Webinar, here’s what’s typically on each monitor:

Monitor 1 - (bottom left)
— Zoom in gallery view, resized to 3/4 of the screen 
— Zoom Chat dialog box nearly 1/4 of the screen
— Zoom Screen Share Control Bar with annotation options

Monitor 2 - (bottom right) 
— What I’m screen sharing to attendees. 
— Mouse pointer settings have been changed to very large and bright green.

Monitor 3 - (top left)
— Zoom Participant List
— Trello - our agenda for the meeting is on a card there. 
— Facebook - my back channel communication with Cousin Russ in case I get bumped from Zoom. 🤗
— I may also text Russ via cell. 
— A 3x3 inch browser with the 3rd party app Streamer.Center activated for CC in our Zoom Webinars. 

Monitor 4 - (top right) 
This is my testing area. 
— To verify my genealogy program is not open to living people before I drag it to my shared screen monitor.
— To preview new to me websites, shared by a new person in our Zoom event, to ensure it isn’t bogus.
— To look up things on another browser tab, say to Amazon for a book we just mentioned during the live chat.
— Word to take notes about what else to say so I won’t lose the thought.
— Lately, I’ve used Word to deconstruct a citation sample.

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

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Thursday, June 25, 2020

DearMYRTLE's Basic Equipment List for Virtual Meetings



DearREADERS,
My previous post explains how Cousin Russ and I go about Managing an Online Study Group. This post explains the finer points of equipment we recommend for optimal video and sound quality. Over the years, we've tested all sorts of equipment, in a variety of configurations on both the Windows and Mac platforms. This post references Zoom, our current virtual meeting service of choice, but applies to most other service providers as well. NOTE: All links are non-affiliate links.

1. Wired Internet
2. A USB headset with mic (Microsoft Lifechat LX3000)
3. A full-HD quality webcam. (Logitech C920)



WIRED INTERNET
Although most virtual meeting platforms permit attending via mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, we recommend using a computer with wired internet access, particularly if you are the presenter. If your bandwidth is compromised by too many devices connected to the internet, you'll notice your voice is skipping or lagging. Best practices include:
  • Reboot your computer and do not open unnecessary memory-resident programs.
  • Close programs that access the internet in the background, such as BackBlaze, Dropbox, and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Ensure no one in the same network is live streaming something like an Amazon video or attending another virtual meeting.
  • Turn off 'smart TVs' that as they ping the internet in the background.
A USB HEADSET
Cousin Russ and I experimented with our recommended headset/mic, the USB  Microsoft LifeChat LX3000, a laptop's built-in mic, and an inline mic and ear buds all in the same webinar. The results were subtle during the live event, but the headset/mic wins hands down for best sound quality in the recording.

An alternative high quality, stand alone mic is the Blue Yeti Microphone used with a microphone arm like this. Do not place the Blue Yeti on your desk, as any typing will be picked up by the pic. Add good wireless earphones or external speakers so you can hear.

A FULL-HD QUALITY WEBCAM
That means 1080p. We currently use a Logitech C920, though there are newer models and much higher prices. This model sports a highly articulating base to clip on the top of monitors, and includes a female hookup for typical tripod mounts. Though my laptop has a built-in webcam, I use the external webcam for best quality video. It's all about looking good!

MULTIPLE MONITORS
Genealogists are turning to two monitors to facilitate online research and having two also works well when attending virtual presentations. Since all elements of Zoom can be resized and rearranged, monitor 1 might be a full-screen view of the instructor's slide deck. Monitor 2 would have the gallery view of participants and the chat dialog box displayed as shown below.


However, Zoom requires a setting change in the Zoom Client (App) shown below to permit dual monitors, shown below right. Click "Settings", locate "Use dual monitors" option and click the box to the left to turn this on.

GREEN SCREEN
To provide a smart looking backdrop you don't need a fancy green screen that pulls down from the ceiling. A good friend stapled green fabric to a simple 2x4 wood frame. Another draped a large green tablecloth over the bookcase behind her chair in the home office. The Zoom Client (app) provides some basic background pics. You may add your own favorite pics for a  backdrop by clicking the plus sign shown below by the red arrow and red box. If you do not yet ave a green screen, you can deselect the option "I have a green screen" shown by the yellow arrow below.



SUMMARY
As we have been staying home to be safe during the pandemic, we've noticed many genealogy societies, families, universities and workplaces are holding virtual meetings. Folks are beginning to see the benefits of the short commute to their virtual offices.

Now that virtual meetings have gone main stream, providing the best equipment is a must! 
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If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.
paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Saturday, June 20, 2020

DearMYRTLE's Schedule - June thru July 2020

DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ have a wonky, but exciting webinar, institute and meeting schedule now through the end of July. Here are the particulars.


Mondays with Myrt with CC (most Mondays throughout the year)
Noon Eastern
New 2020 registrations may be processed here:

Adding Live CC to Your Zoom Events
30 June 2020 at Noon Eastern
New 2020 registrations may be processed here:

WACKY Wednesday with CC (most Wednesdays throughout the year)
9pm Eastern
New 2020 registrations may be processed here:

Mini-Myrt (Quick 20 minutes, no CC)
14-18 July, then 28-31 July
Noon Eastern
New 2020 registrations may be processed here:

The Archive Lady with CC
Wednesday (though date varies throughout the year)
9pm Eastern
New 2020 registrations may be processed here:

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

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Saturday, May 23, 2020

ANNOUNCING: Adding Live CC to Your Zoom Events (webinar)


DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ and I are pleased to share news of an upcoming free training webinar for Zoom Hosts wishing to add live CC to their upcoming Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars.

We added an automatic service a week ago, and we have noticed how closed captioning facilitates greater interaction during our live virtual events. Members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community no longer need to wait to view our recordings on YouTube with it's free CC option.

During this Host training webinar, we will discuss:
  • Free options within Zoom for CC and language translation.
  • How Zoom's API script can activate automatic live CC and language translation with a third party service.
  • Orienting presenters and panelists.
  • Orienting Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants.
  • The advisability of activating CC and language translation in an open or closed registration for Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars.
DATE
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

TIME
Noon Eastern
If you need a time zone converter, this is the one I recommend:
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html


Registrants will receive an automatic confirmation email with their personal link to join the webinar. Zoom also sends out reminders 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour before the event is scheduled to go live.

Seating is limited. You may register, but attendance is on a FCFS basis.

FOR FURTHER INFO
If your society is considering how to begin hosting virtual events, DearMYRTLE's You, Too, Can Zoom video will describe the Zoom service, without the CC option.




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

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Monday, May 18, 2020

Myrt's got CC



DearREADERS,
It is a red letter day over at DearMYRTLE. We announced something marvelous during today's Mondays with Myrt Zoom Webinar. We are adding live closed captioning to our webinars. 

As our regulars know, DearMYRTLE webinars are all about conversation

  • We have a cadre of opinionated panelists from throughout the world. 
  • Cousin Russ spotlights attendees’ comments. 
  • We focus on diversity and inclusion, excited to learn new things together.
  • We don’t have lectures per se, but we enjoy informative conversation.
It takes a village of genealogists to decipher the GPS and improve our citations. Virtual meetings have been a Godsend for Ol’ Myrt here since this wheelchair is my nearly constant companion. But there is one segment of the greater genealogy community that cannot actively participate. We are going to fix that starting this week - as we are adding *live* closed captioning to our webinars. 

Yup! “Myrt’s got CC!”

By Wednesday, each panelist will be set up to participate, so that our Zoom API can tell our 3rd party service to automatically transcribe his voice to text during our live meetings. All attendees may view the CC - closed captions, as well as the transcript. 

Finally, our Deaf associates can share in the learning, share in the teaching, and revel in the camaraderie like never before. How cool is that?

Here's what it will look like:

IMAGE: Our Zoom Webinar participants  may click the CC button
and the text will show up as shown in the screen shot above.
 

Watch the first few minutes of today's Mondays with Myrt for the explanation of how this new CC option will work.

You will note that the CC worked today for only what Cousin Russ and DearMYRTLE said, because we have not yet activated this option with our other panelists. By this week's WACKY Wednesday, all panelists will be part of the CC.



Click here to view the embedded video on YouTube, where you may turn on YouTube's CC.

I'm thrilled that we can offer CC for our attendees from this point on. YAY!

REGISTRATION
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Friday, May 08, 2020

Managing an Online Study Group


 DearREADERS,
Over the past 8 years, DearMYRTLE has hosted various types of online study groups. We might have a guest instructor or we’d take one chapter a week from a book like Mastering Genealogical Proof or Genealogy and the Law. Once, with a particularly difficult chapter, a second week was given that extended the entire course by one week. Although we've happily used a variety of virtual meeting platforms, currently Cousin Russ and I recommend the Zoom Webinar format rather than Zoom Meetings if the audience is public as we wish to provide tighter control. Although this description of  how we set up and manage our online DearMYRTLE genealogy study groups is long and detailed, most items are quick and easy. These events prove both fun to produce and educational for all participants. Our process can be boiled down to these basic points.
  • The Host (DearMYRTLE) creates and promotes the virtual event and opens it 15 minutes before the live event.
  • The Co-Host (Cousin Russ) assists the Host by keeping the meeting running smoothly and bringing in comments where an attendee cannot use a mic or webcam.
  • The Instructor/Moderator pushes content. Sometimes this is also the Host.
  • Panelists have been chosen in advance and provide weekly homework to enhance the discussion of a chapter in a book. 
  • Attendees may interact via typed text or where available via mic and/or webcam

Here's a partial list of various DearMYRTLE study groups archived on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel.

ROLES

  • Host - usually also the instructor/moderator
  • Co-Host
  • Instructor/moderator
  • Guest instructor - rather than handouts, guest instructors add items to the shared Google Sheet. See for example from the GreekGen Study Group Shared Google Sheet
  • Panelists - active participation in the conversation
  • Attendees - typed chat participation, optional Q/A.

 TECHNOLOGY

  • A virtual meeting platform, currently Zoom
    — Zoom Webinars provide for a dedicated set of panelists, while attendees may pose questions and type in the chat. Confirmation email after registration and 3 reminder emails automatically sent to all registrants 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour before the scheduled event.
    — Zoom Meetings allow everyone to enter at the same level - with the ability to turn on their own mics and web cams. Confirmation email after  registration is the only notice the attendee will receive with his personal URL for joining the scheduled event. This option works fine in an institute format, but not where the general public may attend.
  • Webcams
  • USB Headset with earphones and mic
  • Wired internet connection
  • Creating Google Docs: For DearMYRTLE Study Group Homework (video)

CHOOSING PANELISTS

The Host uses a Google Form for prospective panelists to sign up. Ten are selected. Most usually attend, but as few as six provide a good discussion when others are away due to illness or family responsibilities.

 

COPYRIGHT
Since our study group sessions are to be recorded, we cannot not use the author’s examples. All panelists view a short copyright and fair use video featuring The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell titled
Study Group Copyright Guidelines.




 

BACK CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS

  • Each study group series has a secret Google Group or Facebook Group created by the host who invites the co-host and panelists to participate.
  • Homework assignments are posted there.
  • Panelists may report illness or a conflicting appointment.
  • Questions about the chapter or homework are discussed there.
  • The link to the final compiled homework is posted in advance of the class session so panelists may review everyone’s contribution and understand the flow of the discussion by how the instructor/moderator arranged the submissions.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

  • The instructor/moderator and panelists read the chapter in advance of each session.
  • Panelists submit a chapter’s homework two days before the session.
  • Each week’s homework assignment is to take a single concept from the chapter and provide a multi-page report about how that concept related to a specific project in one's personal research. Images of the ancestor(s) and related document(s) are to be included.
  • The instructor/moderator compiles homework submissions in logical order into a single document, makes notations, scans and uploads the final pages to Google Docs. 
  • — The link is shared with the panelists a day before with viewing participants in the secret back channel.
    — The link is shared with attendees by the Co-Host several times during the session to accommodate late arriving attendees.
  • Amazingly, though specific chapter sub-topics are not assigned, little overlap in homework has occurred.

THE GREEN ROOM
The host, co-host, panelists and instructor/moderator meet 30 minutes before the first class session to:

  • perform sound and web cam checks
  • clarify the anticipated flow of the discussion
Thereafter, a green room of 15 minutes is adequate before the class session goes live. 

THE STUDY GROUP SESSION

  • The Host or Instructor/Moderator shares the full-screen branding graphic before the event begins.
    — The graphic is on a second screen, readily shared at the beginning and end of the event.
    — In another setting, the graphic could be added to a PowerPoint slide deck in the first and last position.
    — The combined homework in Google Doc is opened full screen, but minimized until a 1-minute welcome is completed.
  • Attendees view the panelists and the instructor/moderator’s shared screen of the combined homework during class discussions.
  • Each panelist shares his thoughts while his homework with the instructor/moderator notes is displayed on the shared screen.
  • The instructor/moderator invites conversation among other panelists.
  • The co-host brings in comments typed by attendees.
  • If in Zoom Meeting format, the attendee could turn on his webcam alerting the instructor/moderator that he wishes to speak next.

ON THE FLY ADDITIONS

  • Since the screen, not just a window, is shared, the instructor can seamlessly open up a website mentioned to clarify a way point citation or demonstrate a search.
  • When additional books or software are mentioned, the instructor/moderator provides a view to the product on the web for colorful brand recognition.
  • Using a blank word processing program the instructor/moderator may, for example, 
    — copy/paste a submitted citation
    — follow suggestions by panelists and attendees to add, remove or rearrange citation elements, color coding certain points for emphasis.
    — Note this works best with at least 20 point Arial at 200% magnification in MS Word. Anything smaller was difficult to read. Anything larger and its impossible to view a typical full citation.

UNANTICIPATED BENEFITS

  • Sometimes applying an idea from the chapter provides before and after scenarios for a panelist to describe.
  • Panelists are surprisingly candid about admitting where their blind spots are and how the chapter provides a breakthrough in research.
  • Amazingly little overlap in homework topics occurred.

HOST

  • The host sets up the meeting or webinar registration, in our most recent years using Zoom.
    — The host creates a 16:9 promo graphic and distributes it with the link through various social media channels, currently the DearMYRTLE Facebook Group and Twitter.
    — If it’s a Zoom Webinar, the Host creates the list of panelists with their email addresses so Zoom can send “panelist invitations. This permits the panelists to join the green room before the attendees arrive. Attendees arrive when the Host hits the broadcast button.
  • The Host starts the virtual meeting, first in green room mode. 
    — If a Zoom Webinar the panelists plan to arrive 15 minutes earlier using their individual panelist invitation URLs. The Host changes the status of one from panelist to Co-Host.
    — If a Zoom Meeting, all attendees are in a waiting room. From the list, the Host admits the intended Co-Host, changing his status from attendee to Co-Host and other panelists are admitted before the attendees.
  • The Host adjusts setting for simulcasting to YouTube or Facebook as desired.
  • If the virtual study group session is to be recorded, the Host adjusts settings to record locally or in the Zoom cloud and hits the record button.
  • Activates polls.
  • Sets parameters for Zoom breakout rooms, either assigned or random, and activates them.
  • The Host may visit any breakout room.
  • Activates the white board, though attendees must be advised who may use it.
  • Reverts back to the branding graphic as the instructor/moderator briefly concludes the meeting.
  • Presses the stop record button.
  • Presses to end meeting for all.

WHY HAVE A CO-HOST?
To put it plainly, everyone needs a “Cousin Russ”. 
🤗 A Zoom Co-Host has the same authority as a Host within the event itself. He cannot schedule events on the Host’s account.

He serves as the technology expert in any type of virtual meeting or webinar by

  • Informing the group of software updates, currently Zoom, Chrome and Windows 10, on the morning of the event.
  • Providing a count-down clock so the meeting starts and ends on time.
  • Reminding the host to turn on branding before the event starts.
  • Admitting attendees to a Zoom Meeting one by one or in groups.
  • Assisting anyone with sound or video issues in voice during the green room or via typed chat later.
  • Monitoring and muting attendee sound interference.
  • Monitoring and muting attendee video.
  • Monitoring chat.
  • Banning if necessary.
  • Hosting for the 10 minutes allowed before shutdown if the Host gets bumped out of the virtual meeting.

SUMMARY
Though this description of DearMYRTLE study groups is long and detailed, it can be boiled down to this:

  • The Host (DearMYRTLE) creates and promotes the virtual event and opens it 15 minutes before the live event.
  • The Co-Host (Cousin Russ) assists the Host by keeping the meeting run smoothly and bringing in comments where an attendee cannot use a mic or webcam.
  • The Instructor/Moderator pushes content. Sometimes this is also the Host.
  • A Panelist has been chosen in advance and provides homework to enhance the discussion of a chapter in a book.
  • Attendees may interact via typed text or where available via mic and webcam. 
If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance. paypal.me/DearMYRTLE 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Quick and Dirty: Registration for DearMYRTLE 2020 Webinars and Meetings

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: This is the "Quick and Dirty" registration page for DearMYRTLE's 2020 webinars and Meetings. If you'd like the "Detailed" version, it is found here:
https://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2020/04/detailed-version-registration-for.html


DearREADERS,

If you are experienced with DearMYRTLE's Webinars and Meetings, you just need the basic facts as listed below.

MONDAYS WITH MYRT NEW! 2020 Registration link (Closed Captioning)


WACKY Wednesday NEW! 2020 Registration Link (Closed Captioning)
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c1I5_Qc6QMSFV1axgWcSyw MINI-MYRT MEETINGS NEW! 2020 Mini-Myrt  Meeting Registration (No Closed Captioning)
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcu-tqTwpG9Z8dYf49XNhRWo7CHapxkzl

THE ARCHIVE LADY NEW! 2020 Registration Link (Closed Captioning)


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


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE
Second Life: Clarise Beaumont
http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


Detailed Version: Registration for DearMYRTLE's 2020 Webinars and Meetings

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: This is the "Detailed" version about how to register for our new 2020 Zoom Webinars and Meetings. If you'd like to skip to the "Quick and Dirty" registration info, you'll find it here:  https://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2020/04/quick-and-dirty-registration-for.html


DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ and I are happy to present a spiffy new set of DearMYRTLE Webinars and DearMYRTLE Meetings for 2020. This post includes detailed instructions.
  • Best practices when attending any online event.
  • Links to helpful Zoom and DearMYRTLE recordings
  • Registration links for DearMYRTLE's 2020 Webinars and Meetings.
During the past few years, we've relied on recurring virtual events, but wish to update these with the latest Zoom enhancements. As with any computer software and operating system, it is advisable to use the most recently reliable version. Upgrades provide new bug fixes, the latest security measures and new features.

BEST PRACTICES
  1. Sign up for a free Zoom Account and download the app for your device  here.
    https://zoom.us/pricing
  2. Under Settings, add your profile picture. See How to use Zoom's Desktop App.
  3. When you register for a webinar or meeting, add it to your calendar.
  4. Be sure your  headset/mic are plugged in, then reboot your computer 15 minutes before attending any online event.
  5. Turn off memory-resident programs like Dropbox, MS Outlook, and Backblaze as these take up extra bandwidth.
  6. Ask other members of the household to refrain from accessing the internet. Turn off smart TVs, and other unused devices that may compromise bandwidth. This includes online games, streaming video and music.
  7. Keep your operating system, web browser and Zoom app up-to-date.
For more information see: 

NEW! 2020 REGISTRATION LINKS



MONDAYS WITH MYRT where we meet in webinar format for 90 minutes most Mondays throughout the year, providing practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. We talk about anything and everything that's come across our genea-desks in the past week. Powerful breakthroughs happen during our interactive live webinars. Free-flow open discussion style.



How
We have a dedicated set of panelists, and you will appear without a webcam or mic as an attendee and can participate in the typed chat. Cousin Russ brings your comments to the panelists' attention and may elect to turn on your mic if needed.

NEW! 2020 Mondays with Myrt Registration link https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-XHFjdHrTwGW4aejM7pCww

When
Most Mondays each month.
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter, this is the one DearMYRTLE recommends: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Reminder Emails
Currently Zoom Webinar technology provides registrants one confirmation email and 3 reminder emails. Reminders arrive 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour prior to a scheduled webinar. These will include your personal link and the password to enter the webinar.

Fee
This DearMYRTLE Webinar is presented at no cost. If you find the information useful, consider the Pay What You Want business model Ol' Myrt employs. We use the donated funds to pay for our Zoom webinar membership. https://paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Recorded Webinars
Archived webinars will show up on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel. Most links we mention will appear in the description box under the video. See the list of videos with the most recent on top as well categorized in "playlists" of videos in categories. https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/


WACKY Wednesday where we take one topic from Mondays with Myrt and explore it in detail during this 60-minute Zoom webinar, usually hosted by one of DearMYRTLE's *very distant* cousins.

How
We have a dedicated set of panelists, and you will appear as an attendee without a webcam or mic and can participate in the typed chat. Cousin Russ brings your comments to the panelists' attention and may elect to turn on your mic if needed.
NEW! 2020 WACKY Wednesday Registration Link https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c1I5_Qc6QMSFV1axgWcSyw When Most Wednesdays each month. 9pm Eastern US (New York) 8pm Central US (Chicago) 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City) 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles) If you need a time zone converter, this is the one DearMYRTLE recommends: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Reminder Emails
Currently Zoom Webinar technology provides registrants one confirmation email and 3 reminder emails. Reminders arrive 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour prior to a scheduled webinar. These will include your personal link and the password to enter the webinar.

Fee
This DearMYRTLE Webinar is presented at no cost. If you find the information useful, consider the Pay What You Want business model Ol' Myrt employs. We use the donated funds to pay for our Zoom webinar membership. https://paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Recorded Webinars
Archived webinars will show up on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel. Most links we mention will appear in the description box under the video. See the list of videos with the most recent on top as well categorized in "playlists" of videos in categories. https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/

MINI-MYRT MEETINGS are held for a quick 20 minutes most Tuesdays through Saturdays using Zoom Meeting (less formal, more conversation). YAY! Our goals?
  • 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.
HOW
The host and co-host arrive first, while attendees remain in the waiting room. This is a perfect time to test your headset/mic and webcam. It is not necessary to have a webcam to participate, but it is a lot more fun. The host will admit you to the Zoom Meeting, and both your mic and webcam will be automatically turned off. Look to the lower left side of the Zoom control bar to turn on your mic and/or webcam. Courtesy dictates the dress code is business casual and you should ensure there will be no unnecessary noise or unwanted visitors in the background. Otherwise you will be removed from the meeting. Come join the fun!

NEW! 2020 Mini-Myrt  Meeting Registration
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcu-tqTwpG9Z8dYf49XNhRWo7CHapxkzl

When
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Reminder Emails
Currently Zoom Meeting technology does *not* provide reminder emails. You must therefore *save* your confirmation email with your personal URL and password for admittance to Mini-Myrt.


Fee
This Mini-Myrt Meeting is presented at no cost.

Recording
We do not plan to record these Mini-Myrt Meetings.




THE ARCHIVE LADY 
Melissa LeMaster Barker, a Certified Archives Manager in Houston County, Tennessee, guides us through what to expect with visiting an archive as well as how to preserve the original documents and family heirlooms we father in our research.

How
We have a dedicated set of panelists, and you will appear as an attendee without a webcam or mic and can participate in the typed chat. Cousin Russ brings your comments to the panelists' attention and may elect to turn on your mic if needed.

NEW! 2020 The Archive Lady Registration Link
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QYGmJREkQ1-zLHqokL9Lzw

When
4th Wednesday most months
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter, this is the one DearMYRTLE recommends: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Reminder Emails
Currently Zoom Webinar technology provides confirmation and 3 reminder emails to registrants. Reminders arrive 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour prior to a scheduled webinar.

Fee
This DearMYRTLE Webinar is presented at no cost. If you find the information useful, consider the Pay What You Want business model Ol' Myrt. We use the donated funds to pay for our Zoom webinar membership. https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/

Recording
Archived webinars will show up on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel. Most links we mention will appear in the description box under the video. See the list of videos most recent on top as well as the "playlists" of videos in categories.

https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE/


If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE Webinars and Meetings, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance. https://paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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