Thursday, December 31, 2020

52 THINGS: secret compartment #1

Whilst planning how to fold this knitted scarf to best fit a drawer (above) in the old steamer trunk, I looked more closely and discovered two hinges on the lower portion of the back panel of the drawer. (See below.) And that, my friends, made me curious enough to pull the drawer out.

The back of the drawer had two metal pieces that flip up as shown below.

This then permits access to a space between the back of the drawer panel and the inside of the steamer trunk itself. Just the place to stash my spare $100 bills, if I had any. 

I called Mr. Myrt and we discovered two additional secret compartments! More on those later! 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

DIY DNA Workbook for Unknown Parentage from Legacy Tree Genealogists

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at Legacy Tree Genealogists.

Legacy Tree Genealogists Launches DIY Service to Help Individuals Find Their Biological Family

[SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, November 24, 2020] - Legacy Tree Genealogists, the world's leading genealogy research firm, announced today the launch of a new service aimed at helping individuals find their biological family members. The company has created a free downloadable DIY DNA Workbook for Unknown Parentage with step-by-step instructions and worksheets to track matches and relevant information.

Additionally, users have the option to purchase a DIY DNA Consultation Package, which provides clients with a series of five 45-minute, virtual one-on-one consultations with a genetic genealogist. Their genealogist will help them evaluate their matches and provide research strategies and guidance as they work together to solve their unknown parent's identity. At only 475 USD, this DIY option provides users with a cost-effective resource to have their research questions answered in real-time by a professional genealogist while still being heavily involved in the research process.

"Advancements in consumer DNA testing have transformed genealogy," said Legacy Tree president, Jessica Taylor. "More and more people are looking to connect with their biological roots, and those answers are within reach. We've helped thousands of individuals find answers about their biological family, and we wanted to put that expertise into a format that will allow us to help even more people," said Taylor. "The knowledge of who you are and where you come from should be attainable for everyone, and with this product, we hope to help make that possible."

The DIY DNA Consultations utilize screen-sharing technology that allows the user to share their DNA results with the genealogist in a secure, virtual environment. To download the free DIY DNA Workbook or purchase the DIY DNA Consultation Package, visit

About Legacy Tree Genealogists

Legacy Tree Genealogists is the world’s leading genealogy research firm. Founded in 2004, the mission of the company is to bridge the divide between clients and their ancestors, helping them discover their roots and personal history. Legacy Tree’s team of professional genealogists search the world for answers and find the un-findable. Based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, Legacy Tree has developed a network of professional researchers and archives around the globe. Visit

Monday, December 28, 2020

Peculiar Codes in the 1939 Register

Sample from the 1939 Register

The National Registration Act 1939 was an Act of Parliament in the UK. The act established the National Register which began operating on 29 Sept 1939 (National Registration Day), a system of identity cards, and a requirement they must be produced on demand or presented to a police station within 48 hours. (Wikipedia The National Archives (UK)  holds the originals explains the "Register is available to search and view on their partner sites (charges apply) and (charges apply)."  

Deciphering a specific set of annotation codes was answered by Audrey Collins, TNA Records Specialist - Family History and are listed below with her express written permission.

Re: A strike through in the original name, and a new surname written in red ink with the following codes: NR230 2/7/47 AIA

NR230 is the code for a change of name other than by marriage. AIA is likely to be the area code where the change was recorded - a different set of area codes was adopted later, but in 1947 the original area codes were still used, so AIA would be Hackney.
Concerning the lack of a list for researchers to decipher such entries in the future, Audrey writes "We know what some of the codes mean, they are often the serial numbers of forms used to notify changes. But there is no definitive list, because there were so many changes made over the 50 years the register was in use. The information I have found comes from a a selection of memos, circulars and sample forms, and there are still plenty that I haven't found. I may add some to the 1939 Register guide, but I need to be confident I am giving correct information."

There was follow-on question concerning the publication of name changes in The Gazette, to which Audrey replies "It's always worth a look, but informal changes of name were also allowed, and the National Registration authorities were fairly relaxed about it. For example, they had no problem with a woman using the surname of the man she lived with, even if they weren't married."

IMAGE: Our sample (shown above) is from Dorset, Poole MB, Enumeration District WKFG show annotations in green ink. in database ID 61596

Useful Links

FindMyPast - 1939 Register
TNA (The National Archives - UK)

NOTE: The 1939 register is also available at and

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Myrt     :)
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

52 THINGS: To polish or not to polish

Now to the question of just how much cleaning up or polishing should be done, if any,  to the old steamer trunk? Perplexed, I set up a poll in DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group and the overwhelming response was to do as I pleased. I rather like what Monta suggested: "No/or just brighten them up without over polishing."

Readers' Feedback

Cathy N remembers:
"Pat, they just had a similar trunk on Antiques Roadshow. She told the gal to go ahead and polish up the brass and that it could be cleaned even more than she had originally cleaned it."

Jo S adds:
"Most of them aren't worth a whole lot. I don't think the Keno brothers will come after you if you prefer to shine 'em up. The only exception would be if it was owned by someone famous, or if it's a rare example. Otherwise they generally sell for around $100." [I need to shop where Jo does. eBay shows plain old trunks without the compartments and drawers for a minimum of$150US.]

Cheryl E writes:
"I have one that is just absolutely beautiful , and very old stemming from the early 1800, in excellent shape for it's age. I washed it off with a soft soap, dried it off and then on the wood used Old English Oil. The metal pieces I left alone.

It was passed down to me.. with the death of my grandmother, but I didn't have room for it .My mother kept it for me and used it as a linen chest with her bed linen and comforters. I brought it home.

I keep wondering, exactly who it belonged to (grandmother never said who she got it from) It may have gone west in a wagon train to Oklahoma. I would love to know it's story. I don't know who will get it when I am gone, but I hope they care for it too."

Myrt's Decision?

Based on a quick-polish on half of the ZCMI label using Brasso (above) and treating the very dry leather with saddle soap (below), Ol' Myrt will indeed take Monta's advice and clean things up just a little bit. I do not want to see any more cracks in the leather.

IMAGES: From the author's personal collection.

Other posts in this series

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Friday, December 25, 2020


Not many girls would appreciate an old steamer trunk for Christmas, but Ol' Myrt here sure does. How about this beautiful model? It was made by Indestructo and sold at what was historically the downtown department store in Salt Lake City - ZCMI (Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Inc.).

So what's the plan Myrt?

52 Things

A weekly blog post with video update detailing which family heirloom, original document or bits of ephemera I'm putting in this old trunk along with my homemade journals to share with my grandchildren the stories of their ancestry. 

It's part of my plan to share my family history in ways my grandchildren will find a tad more interesting than black and white pedigree charts or family group sheets.

Since I've already gathered a list of over 100 items to share, my biggest challenge is to decide which to share in 2021.

PS - For those of you who know me well, you've perhaps noticed the interior doors and drawers are my favorite color - light aquamarine. 

Thanks for the most thoughtful gift Mr. Myrt.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

IMAGES: From the author's personal collection.

Friday, October 16, 2020

FindMyPast Friday: new rolls of honour, baptism and burial records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FindMyPast. 

Findmypast Friday: new rolls of honour, baptism and burial records

Explore First World War Rolls of Honour covering Caribbean troops who served with the British Army, new Kent parish records and a host of newspaper updates this Findmypast Friday.

Caribbean Rolls of Honour WW1

Trace military ancestors and their incredible stories in our new Caribbean Rolls of Honour. The records list soldiers from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who served with the British Armed Forces during World War 1.


For Jamaica, which provided the largest Caribbean contingent to the British and Allied war effort, there are records for army officers from, or connected with, the island as well as NCOs and other ranks who lost their lives in the conflict. For Trinidad & Tobago, the collection is more complete and comprehensive. It is believed to contain the great majority of men who served in the War, including some who served with the French Army.


As well as soldiers of Afro-Caribbean descent, there are men from the Indian Sub-continent, presumably in most cases the descendants of indentured labourers, as well as men of Latino and Jewish heritage.


Releases for other islands in the Caribbean will be added to this collection over time.


Kent Baptisms

Over 7,000 parish baptisms covering Sutton-at-Hone, Woolwich and St Mary Cray have been added to the collection. Explore these transcripts and images of original church registers to discover new Kent family milestones.


Baptism records are essential for getting further in your family tree. They can reveal your ancestors' names, birth and baptism dates, where they lived and importantly, their parents' details.

Kent Burials

Was your ancestor laid to rest in Kent? Discover where and when they were buried with over 5,000 new burials from the parishes of Eltham and Thames & Medway.


Findmypast is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Kent family records online. You can also delve into marriages and bannswills and probate indexes and poor law union records from the Garden of England.



This week, we’ve released four brand new papers and added more pages to 10 publications.


The latest titles to join our expanding archive include:


·         Civil & Military Gazette (Pakistan) covering 1884 and 1891-1893

·         Indian Statesman covering 1876

·         Weekly Dispatch (London) covering 1820-1829, 1831-1850 and 1852-1868

·         Kilrush Herald and Kilkee Gazette covering 1879-1880, 1889-1899, 1901-1919 and 1921-1922

And we've added even more issues to:

·         Huddersfield Daily Chronicle from 1883

·         Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper from 1894 and 1901-1912

·         Dundee Courier from 1989

·         Cambridgeshire Times from 1872

·         Carmarthen Journal from 1841

·         Derby Daily Telegraph from 1990

·         Daily Mirror from 1994 and 1998-1999

·         Sligo Chronicle from 1880-1891

·         Marylebone Mercury from 1933, 1935 and 1938

·         Tralee Chronicle from 1881


BCG Revises Genealogy Standard 57 to Allow Private Sharing of DNA Match Details

NOTE: The following was received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Please address all inquiries to .

Board for Certification of Genealogists®, 
PO Box 14291, Washington, DC 20044

BCG Revises Genealogy Standard 57 to Allow Private Sharing of DNA Match Details

On 5 October 2020, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists revised Standard 57 (respect for privacy rights) and the Genealogist’s Code of Ethics to allow private sharing of DNA match details. The changes also eliminate the need for test takers to provide written consent for use of their DNA data, although they must be informed about the pros and cons. These changes are effective immediately and will be incorporated into a future update of Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition. Though applicable to all genealogists, the changes respond to concerns about the use of genetic evidence in initial and renewal applications for credentialing. The trustees also approved answers to a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Standard 57, two other DNA-related standards, and other issues involving the use of DNA test results in genealogical work. For the newly revised Genealogist’s Code of Ethics, access

Following is the revised Standard 57 in its entirety:
Standard 57 (Revised). Respect for privacy rights. When publishing DNA test results, genealogists respect the privacy of living people. Genealogists refrain from publishing information derived from DNA test results that may cause harm. Genealogists publish personally identifying information about living test takers only with their informed consent. Assembled research results acknowledge living test-takers’ consents for publishing their data shown therein. [See the Genealogy Standards glossary for definition of DNA test results.]

A series of DNA Frequently Asked Questions are accessible on the BCG website at

An upcoming BCG-sponsored webinar, “Using DNA Results to Confirm a Pedigree” presented by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, demonstrates the use of DNA test results to confirm traditional research. Register free before 20 October at BCG’s partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars website ( or view the webinar free for one week following the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

The words Certified Genealogist and its acronym, CG, are a registered certification mark, and the designations Certified Genealogical Lecturer and its acronym, CGL, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

WACKY Wednesday - Database Sorting: Did they serve in the military?

Cousin Russ demonstrates a listing of US War dates with estimated ages of participants. He utilized Google to compiled a list of record sets in which to search for ancestors. Determining which ancestors is a matter of using a "filter" option in Family Tree Maker. He could specify a person living during the time of the war, and then gradually take each ancestor through the possible related databases.

You'll find Cousin Russ's post Color-coding and Civil War Soldiers blog post here.
We recommend using the Google Search to find where a specific record set may reside, depending on current contractual arrangements as these change over time.

DearMYRTLE used the RootsMagic-generated the "Who Was There List" as an alternative.

Surely your main-stream genealogy database program can be queried to find people who lived during the time period of a given war. TRY IT!
SPECIAL SEGMENT: Dr. Shelley Murphy discusses her full-time research with the University of Virginia's Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. She has identified over 500 individuals to date. See the video we explored here:

Or view the video here:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

MyHeritage: Norway Church Records (1815–1938)

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at MyHeritage.

New historical record collection: Norway Church Records (1815–1938)

The records in this collection were digitized in collaboration with the National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket), and consist of 42.2 million indexed records and high quality scans of the original documents. The records include births & baptisms, marriages, and deaths & burials. This release is the first time the collection’s images are fully indexed and searchable — making it easier than ever to research your Norwegian ancestors. The addition doubles the number of Norwegian historical records on MyHeritage and brings the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 12.6 billion.


The records in this collection cover a critical period in Norway’s history, beginning just one year after its secession from Denmark. This important collection helps overcome the significant gaps in Norwegian censuses taken from 1801 to 1865. Five censuses were collected in Norway during those years, but they did not record names of individuals, making the church records the definitive source for genealogical data during that period. 

Due to Norwegian privacy laws, the birth & baptism records released in this collection extend until 1919 (inclusive), the marriage records extend until 1937 (inclusive), and the death & burial records extend until 1938 (inclusive). 

In the Norway Church birth and baptism records, a child was often recorded with only his or her given name(s) without an expressly recorded surname, as it was assumed the child would take either a patronymic surname from their father or take a hereditary surname. To overcome the challenge of the missing surname, MyHeritage inferred two possible surname variations for each individual, so users can search for either the patronymic or hereditary surname to find the correct record. MyHeritage indexed the surname variations to make them discoverable, but the actual records were not modified, and the surnames were not inserted into them, to preserve their authenticity.

The Norway Church Records (1815–1938) collection is an indispensable resource for anyone who is looking to learn more about their Norwegian roots during this time period. With the release of this collection, MyHeritage now offers 80 million historical records from Norway, 57 million historical records from neighboring Sweden, and 107 million records from Denmark, positioning MyHeritage as the leader in Scandinavian family history research.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Mondays with Myrt - 12 Oct 2020

Divorce, a contested will and info about canning jams and pickles were our main topics during Mondays with Myrt. We also reviewed how to look things up in the FamilySearch Wiki, specifically for a quick-study of court records in various US states. It's about learning the name of a court, and what type of cases it handles. Taking Mag's example of South Carolina research, we then went to the "SEARCH>CATALOG" option at FamilySearch to see what was available for her research.

Sadly, it has come to our attention that a new entity has apparently been using the names of top-tier professional African American genealogist to garner attention for it's new venture. Nicka Smith writes “There exist several documented incidents wherein BOAAG has falsely claimed formal association between itself and several noted genealogical professionals and speakers without their knowledge or consent.” Statement of non-support My dear readers will note I have added my name to the statement.

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00:07:58 Patricia Jackson: Hi from Kentucky
00:08:01 Betty-Lu Burton: I remembered this week
00:08:06 Sheri Snodgrass: Hello everyone from sunny Iowa
00:08:13 Laila Christiansen: Hi all from Oslo Norway! 
00:08:23 Molly McKinley: Hi from Florida
00:08:24 Linda Stufflebean: I'm in still hot Tucson. 100 highs again this week.
00:08:30 Cynthia Hall: Caddo Mills, Texas
00:08:30 Betty-Lu Burton: Hi from Arkansas
00:08:33 Melissa Barker: Hello Everyone! The Archive Lady is here. I'm off for Columbus Day!
00:08:33 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Hello from Pollock Pines, California.
00:08:44 Maria Capaldi: Hello Everyone!
00:08:44 Mags Gaulden: Hey from Thanksgiving Day in Canada!
00:08:45 Frank Jatzek: Hi Melissa
00:08:45 Lindell Johnson: I listening/seeing you from Albany, OR
00:08:49 Penny Walters: Hello from the south west of the UK, Bristol City 
00:08:53 Mags Gaulden: Ottawa
00:08:54 Randy Seaver: I'm from Chula Vista CA south of San Diego.  Expecting warm weather and Santa Ana winds this week.
00:08:55 Else Bratlien: Hi from Santa Rosa California
00:08:59 char Espo: New Mexico
00:09:11 Doris Lanier: Hi from Garrett Indiana
00:09:11 Kathleen Daetsch: from nyc
00:09:18 Sue Tolbert: Hi from Oklahoma!
00:09:20 Melanie Hinds: From Illinois - Chicago area
00:09:46 Cousin Russ: Tina - do you have a question ?
00:10:05 Cyndy Bray: oops forgot to change to everyone. Hi from Central California
00:10:07 Monique Riley: in Idaho
00:10:22 Maria Capaldi: Sounds good
00:10:44 Hilary Gadsby: I am in the Conwy valley in North Wales
00:10:44 Myra Lindgren: good morning from Wyoming
00:10:47 Penny Walters: hi from Bristol, UK
00:10:49 Randy Seaver: and Alona's koalas
00:10:52 Kathy Richardson: Salt Lake City, UT
00:11:01 Molly McKinley: It's still in the high 80's here in Florida
00:11:06 Kathleen Daetsch: We're in the 50's today
00:11:16 Cousin Russ: John Boeren Divorce in the Netherlands.
00:11:28 Robbin Smith: goin to be in 90s in Miami
00:11:36 Myra Lindgren: less smoke here thank you to the wind...
00:12:08 Pat Kuhn: in the 50’s and raining here in Central Pennsylvania
00:12:36 Cousin Russ: Married, Divorced, Married

00:14:15 Maria Capaldi: I'd say
00:17:38 Frank Jatzek: Btw. I like the Dutch words for marriage Certificate: "Huwelijks Akte" 
00:18:29 Randy Seaver: One of my favorite sayings is "Real life is much more complex than fiction"
00:19:12 Frank Jatzek: Randy: Real Life still writes the best Stories
00:19:35 Judy Sova: wow.  wish we had that.
00:20:10 Randy Seaver: And we're stuck with records that reflect only official moments in time, except for family lore and newspaper articles
00:20:38 Betty-Lu Burton: I have seen a few marriage records with a divorce or an annulment note, but usually when the divorce happened near the time of marriage or in the same place of the marriage
00:22:17 marian koalski: Marriage packets in some PA counties do have documents like a divorce decree from an earlier marriage.
00:23:53 Sheri Snodgrass: Husband's gr grandfather filed for divorce in 1862 in IL as he was abandoned - she left to a 'far away state'.
00:24:17 Kathleen Daetsch: I don't think NY checks either, I was a widow and when I remarried I didn't need to present my late husband's death cert. 
00:24:51 Randy Seaver: some states now have divorce record indexes online, but I'm not sure that we can access divorce case files except by going to the local courthouse
00:24:57 Michelle Minner: I have been married 4 times....and each time, the states (Georgia, Florida, PA) all took my word that my divorces were final
00:25:33 Melissa Barker: My great grandfather divorced my great grandmother in 1940 and ALSO went to the courts and had her committed to an insane asylum just so he could marry another woman. He married that woman 2 weeks after the divorce and my great grandmother spent 15 years in the asylum. I have the divorce and commitment records and my grandmother told me this story. 
00:25:41 Frank Jatzek: I have to look into the documents of my mothers Father since his former Family thought he where killed in the war. Instead he felt in love with my mothers mom and the rest is history...I never checked if there are divorce documents
00:26:21 Maria Capaldi: Hi Mag!
00:26:48 Maria Capaldi: HI Melissa :-)
00:27:12 marian koalski: Melissa Barker, what a frightening story! I’ve heard of those things happening but not from a family member’s account.
00:27:35 Maria Capaldi: I agree Marian
00:28:15 Cynthia Hall: Texas has divorce indexes
00:29:11 Robbin Smith: My sister's divorce is shown on ancestry for Virginia

00:30:07 Betty-Lu Burton: My great-grandfather's divorce records from his second wife is in his their son's dependent pension file
00:30:56 Kathleen Daetsch: This is why we have so many bigamy fraud cases in this country. I think there should be a way of checking if someone is married
00:31:51 Sheri Snodgrass: Love those criminals - more documentation!
00:33:03 Pam Wade: Hi Mags. I live in South Carolina and most of my family is from here and N.C. What are your family names from S.C., N.C. & Georgia?
00:35:36 Kathleen Daetsch: I believe  New York courts are county and State
00:35:40 Molly McKinley: My Gaffney's are from 96th District
00:37:29 Molly McKinley: My Hames line was from Union County, SC
00:38:18 Frank Jatzek: Always remember the Information you are looking for might only be in the Indexes or the actual Pages and vice versa (most of the time because stuff got lost)
00:40:03 Randy Seaver: some counties moved older records to county archives - San Diego has pre-1920 records at San Diego Historical Society
00:40:31 Betty-Lu Burton: I have seen newspaper notices that said as of this date I am no longer responsible for my wife's debts
00:40:51 Judy Sova: Here they're called Judgment of Divorce.  Could be under "judgments."
00:42:14 Mags Gaulden: @Pam Wade - Do I not know you? LOL Gaulden, McElmoyle, Hunt, Templeton, I have a complete list on my WikiTree Profile, under Surnames.
00:42:29 Maria Capaldi: OMG! they are aweful
00:43:12 Pam Wade: Ok I will look. 
00:43:22 Liv Christensen: A publication by the state called Norsk Lysningsblad published information about divorce. The last time they published about a specific person seems to be in the 1970's.
00:44:26 Molly McKinley: My grandmother's first marriage was ended in Arkansas in the very early 1900's with no proof.  My cousin thinks they just decided to call it quits and go on with life.
00:45:51 Maria Capaldi: lol
00:46:25 marian koalski: Molly, that apparently happened among my relatives when they didn’t have money or time for lawyers and courts.
00:46:32 Flo Merritt: Thank you Hilary :-)
00:46:58 Bobbie Christensen: In  colonial times, and sometimes into the mid-1800’s, you had to get a bill passed in the state legislature in order to get a divorce. Check the annual printed records of the actions of the state legislature for records of the bills passed, under divorce or the individual last name.
00:51:35 Cynthia Hall: If the legislature to approve divorces in this day and age, that is all they would be doing?
00:51:47 Cousin Russ: link to my "mason jar++";
00:53:25 Maria Capaldi: How about that! Cool
00:53:48 Cynthia Hall: I miss my set of German stoneware!

There is a second type with just one clamp
00:55:37 Betty-Lu Burton: I believe food with high sugar or salt content do not need to be sealed as well as those with lower sugar and salt
00:55:42 Pam Wade: When making jelly and jam I fill the jars up, put the lids on and flip the jars upside down for five minutes. Then when you turn them over, them are sealed and can be stored in your cabinets or pantry.
00:56:17 Betty-Lu Burton: Pam I use to do that with my jams 
00:56:23 Pam Wade: Jellies and jams can last for years.
00:56:38 Maria Capaldi: it reminds me of Williamsburg, VA
00:56:46 marian koalski: One of my women relatives got a patent for a fruit jar in about the 1880s.
00:56:52 Sheri Snodgrass: Not pickles but sauerkraut
00:56:59 Pam Wade: My Mama made sour pickles.
00:57:02 Molly McKinley: We made salt pickles with a big crock like that...they were
00:57:06 Betty-Lu Burton: My grandmother did watermelon pickles
00:57:08 Frank Jatzek: we did in normal canning glasses like the ones I showed above
00:57:10 Kathleen Daetsch: ripening tomatoes in a paper bag with an apple will make them ripen faster
00:58:10 Melinda Culpon: gasket
00:58:19 Monique Riley: Yes, don't store apples with other things. Apples need to be stored them separately from other produce because they're big ethylene gas emitters. We can't get canning lids and really needed some for our produce. Even looked in Utah. No luck!
00:58:31 Pam Wade: I have hundreds of mason jars from the times I canned. One year I canned 100 jars of tomatoes. I did it for my husband, who loved them.
00:58:46 Hilary Gadsby: We called these Kilner jars when I was growing up
00:58:47 Melinda Culpon: gasket is what the ring is called
00:59:41 Maria Capaldi: Yes Kathleen my Dad did the same thing and put in our basement b/c of it being cool. The other thing he did would put our poinsettia's after the holiday down too(not in a bag) they would come back sometimes...
01:00:05 John Boeren: I visited an old house years ago, they told us that they found jars with food in the cellar when renovating the place... hundreds of years old... some of the food was still edible... wouldn't try that! this is the house:
01:00:30 Hilary Gadsby: We sealed Jams and jelly with waxed disks and covered jar with paper or fabric circle and elastic band
01:00:50 Kathleen Daetsch: I have a very old crock.
01:00:52 Danine Cozzens: Hilary,
01:01:05 Danine Cozzens: My paternal grandmother put brown paper soaked in whiskey on top of her jam (1950s). Maternal gm used paraffin.

01:02:14 Hilary Gadsby: I made courgette chutney this year
01:02:28 Molly McKinley: We left them for a long time.  They just were way too salty.
01:04:16 Mags Gaulden: How long can wine and other stuff survive from Archealogy finds - seawrecks!!?
01:04:52 Maria Tegtmeier: I have often used USU's website
01:05:15 Maria Tegtmeier: for canning
01:05:17 Molly McKinley: I have some of those books from early 1900's when my grandparents moved to Florida.
01:06:02 John Boeren: the jars with a rubber ring and lid, we call weckpot... many images on google :)
01:06:08 Cynthia Hall: My son makes his own mozzarella cheese.
01:06:12 Mags Gaulden: Fig Preserves!
01:06:20 Pam Wade: In S.C. we have the Clemson Cooperative Extension service
01:06:43 Mags Gaulden: Blue Cheese from Clemson!
01:07:39 Pat Kuhn: I have some Weck jars
01:08:13 Frank Jatzek: Mags: very Long. I have seen a report where they found old mead from Egyptian time and it was consumable. they even could save and revitalize some of the yeast
01:08:47 Kathy Richardson: My parents, both born in Utah, called the process, “bottling” and called the glass containers, “bottles” not “jars”
01:08:54 Cousin Russ: “There exist several documented incidents wherein BOAAG has falsely claimed formal association between itself and several noted genealogical professionals and speakers without their knowledge or consent.” Statement of non-support
01:09:43 Maria Capaldi: I read this!!  Unbelievable!! 

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.

01:13:35 Maria Capaldi: I agree!
01:13:43 Cousin Russ: We thank Dr. Shelley Murphy for sponsoring our Closed Captioning service for the year. Her blog is found here:
01:14:14 John Boeren: we have a long history of fostering children in our families
01:14:47 Michelle Grant: Thanks for the links and for this webinar. 
01:16:45 Cousin Russ: .
01:17:27 Frank Jatzek: Randy: that's a lot of text to transcribe. I bet this was an amazing find and source
01:17:39 Maria Capaldi: I can attest to that Myrt is very helpful, sympathetic and genuine! 
01:19:31 Frank Jatzek: the Signature by Thomas looks very nice
01:27:49 Frank Jatzek: that goes for the polish digitalized church and civil records as well. The old Index has lower Quality then the new index!
01:29:18 Randy Seaver: Ancestry has indexes for state wills and probates, but they miss a lot of names.  And their list of "books" ior case numbers are out of numerical order.  It's a pain.  
01:30:01 Cousin Russ: Miss Peggy Lauritzen makes progress! That's all that I did. I didn't enter information. I didn't tag anyone. I simply uploaded the scans for their family to find someday. Here is an example of one of them. I am not related to this man - but, someone is.
01:30:08 Randy Seaver: Frank, I did each of those posts in less than an hour.  I have over 300 probate record posts - one a week piles up fast! 
01:30:16 Maria Capaldi: Love Miss Peggy!!!!
01:31:12 Maria Capaldi: So thoughtful!
01:32:18 Randy Seaver: In the 1600s and 1700s, almost every New England ancestor of mine (maybe 70-80% of them) had a probate record because they owned land, often several parcels. 
01:32:29 Kathleen Daetsch: I was supposed to go last month
01:33:17 Cousin Russ: Just Genealogy Halloween Dance in Second Life. Skeleton counting contest, maze, carnival. You’ll need to take the tour!
01:33:19 Frank Jatzek: I am
01:33:34 Maria Capaldi: Me, trying to figure it out
01:35:53 Maria Capaldi: Thank you very much everyone!
01:35:58 Cousin Russ: Robbin Smith Finding your roots airs on Tuesday Night on US PBS Stations.
01:36:03 Cynthia Hall: Mid Atlantic Genealogical Society (MAGS) is having a virtual conference this weekend.
01:37:36 Hilary Gadsby: Who Do You Think You Are is back this evening in the UK

01:37:58 Flo Merritt: Thank you for another great session
01:38:01 Cynthia Hall: Sorry.  MAGS is the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.
01:38:02 Mags Gaulden: I like MAGS
01:38:29 John Boeren: Thanks for joining today, Mags! :)
01:39:41 Mags Gaulden: Always a pleasure John.
01:40:07 Pat Kuhn: it is the same for a death certificate in New York City
01:40:44 Hilary Gadsby:
01:41:35 Frank Jatzek: Reminds me a bit of Berlin Civil Register Offices. you have to know in what street an Event happened because even one number more or less can end you up in a different civil Office district
01:42:16 Sheri Snodgrass: Like the British version of WDYTYA better than the US version
01:43:29 Maria Capaldi: We don't get it :-(
01:43:41 Maria Capaldi: Cool, ill check there.