Saturday, April 17, 2021

CensusGenie: Prep work for the 1950 US Census




DearREADERS,
CensusGenie alerts US researchers to the fact that they need not wait until the 1950 name index is available months after the 1 April 2022 release of the images. You will be able to search by enumeration district (ED) if you follow the work Joel Weintraub and his team did using 1950 census enumeration maps.
  • Joel digitized them (32k images) and donated the images to NARA, who could not provide a complete set of microfilm. (!!!)
  • Joel’s volunteer team inventoried the streets within each 1950 enumeration district (ED).
  • Joel collaborated with Steve Morse to produce a searchable “One-Step”1950 Census database of states, cities, street names and the ED(s) where each street name exists in a city.

PREP before 1 April 2022
  • Find the ancestor’s street address in a 1949 city directory or other document, then pray they didn’t move.
  • Search Steve Morse’s One-Step 1950 database to determine the ED(s) where that street was enumerated.
  • On day 1 of 1950 census image availability, search the applicable ED(s), not the entire city in question.



Be sure to join CensusGenie this coming Wednesday to review Joel Weintraub's video about enumeration district research and discuss the process.

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Held in Zoom Meeting format. 
Arrive 10 minutes early to test your mic and webcam if you wish to use them. 

9pm Eastern US (Daylight when applicable)
Weekly -
  • 7 Apr 2021
  • 14 Apr 2021
  • 21 Apr 2021
Monthly - May 2021 -Feb 2022
Weekly - Mar 2022
Daily - Apr 2022 until we get the hang of the indexing.

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5 May 2021
2 Jun 2021
21 Jul 2021
11 Aug 2021
8 Sept 2021
6 Oct 2021
3 Nov 2021
1 Dec 2021
5 Jan 2022
2 Feb 2022
2 Mar 2022
9 Mar 2022
16 Mar 2022
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30 Mar 2022
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

52 THINGS: Dad's articulating carved wooden photo frame




DearREADERS,
Our dad, Glen S. Player, loved working in his shop. He could invent anything. He created a drip watering system made out of the tubing you use for the fish tank filter unit. This was long before a drip watering system was something you could easily pick up at Home Depot or Lowe's.

In this journal I explain why dad chose to study medicine. And I mention three additional home improvement projects he completed with "all the right tools" he had in his shop. As a young child and even as a young mother, I remember going with dad to used tool auction shops. I remember the strong smell of metal and oil to spruce them up for sale.

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Friday, April 09, 2021

MiniMyrt - Behold Software and Myrt's WikiTree GEDCOM File



DearREADERS,
Thanks to Louis Kessler for demonstrating how BEHOLD software can look at GEDCOM files in a different and very useful way. I particularly like the hyperlinks to each ancestor on WikiTree. Find out more at: https://www.beholdgenealogy.com/

This will greatly expedite my research to verify the work done by my wonderful 40+ WikiTree volunteer researchers last month. They busted down 20 brick walls, and Dolly Yockey now has what I also believe to be a father!

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Introducing DearMYRTLE's 1950 CensusGenie


DearREADERS, 
For WACKY Wednesday this week, we met CensusGenie, and discussed how to prepare for the release of the 1950 US federal census in April 2022. Our CensusGenie Zoom meetings throughout the coming year are designed to help us avoid the scramble at the last minute.


WHEN
9pm Eastern on the following Wednesdays
14 Apr 2021
21 Apr 2021

Monthly May 2021 through Feb 2022:
5 May 2021
2 Jun 2021
21 Jul 2021
11 Aug 2021
8 Sept 2021
6 Oct 2021
3 Nov 2021
1 Dec 2021
5 Jan 2022
2 Feb 2022

Weekly in March 2022:
2 Mar 2022

9 Mar 2022
16 Mar 2022
23 Mar 2022
30 Mar 2022

Nightly in April 2022 as we sort through discoveries as we begin the huge task of indexing the census.

REGISTRATION
This is the registration link for this recurring Zoom Meeting. Save your confirmation email, since Zoom Meetings do not provide reminder emails. 
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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

52 THINGS: Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels



 DearREADERS,
This is perhaps the tiniest journal I'll ever make in this 52 THINGS series. It has to do with an oft repeated phrase. If we were going out the door to pick up something at the store, my Dad would always say "Don't take any wooden nickels."

Perhaps that meant about the same thing as "Watch your pennies!"

Imagine my surprise when an eBay notification came for my query "Conrad Weiser" that was a modern-day wooden nickel. I just had to get it not only to honor my dad's wise counsel, but for the quirky connection to my French and Indian War colonel.


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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

MwM - Why we use genealogy software and strategies for backing up to the cloud



DearREADERS,
This episode was so jam-packed, I agree with Lori's comment "Save some topics for next Mondays with Myrt."

We had some newbies in the room today, and we needed to give them ideas for alternatives to having all their genealogy only in an online tree. So Ol' Myrt here canvassed our wonderful panelists who answered two questions:

1. What is your principle genealogy management program?

2. What strategies do you have in place to ensure you won't lose your genealogy data, images, and documents?

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0:18:29 Karen Jaszewski: Hello from Oakville, Ontario
00:18:36 Sheri Snodgrass: Hello from sunny Iowa.
00:18:45 Frank Jatzek: Hi everyone from Potsdam, Germany
00:18:52 Randy Seaver: Hello from foggy Chula Vista California
00:19:26 Mary Lou Gravatt: Hi from sunny New Jersey.
00:19:43 Maria Capaldi: Hi Everyone!
00:21:27 Maria Capaldi: RootsMagic 7 and Family Tree Maker for me.
00:21:42 Karen Jaszewski: FTM2019
00:21:46 Sheri Snodgrass: Family Tree Maker as well.
00:21:52 Judy Sova: FTM
00:22:04 Cyndy Bray: FTM 2019
00:22:16 Randy Seaver: I also have FTM and Legacy...
00:22:52 Karen Jaszewski: I have external drive and Backblaze, thanks to this group.
00:23:19 Mary Lou Gravatt: I use Legacy.
00:24:18 Launa Droescher: Legacy, Dropbox, ACRONIS, external drives
00:25:13 Sheri Snodgrass: External HD, network drive, iDrive
00:25:38 Molly McKinley: G-drive and external hard drives
00:26:01 Karen Jaszewski: I also have Ancestry as my database backup, on top of my personal drive and cloud.
00:27:02 Judy Sova: Pat, when you figure out that hard drive, let me know!
00:29:04 Hilary Gadsby: I also have things copied into Evernote including emails
00:29:45 Molly McKinley: I have 6 external drives, one for each different parts of my life...lol
00:29:59 Karen Looney: Cousin Russ - Do you have instructions on your blog about recovering monthly from your backup?  I back up to external drives, but have only "recovery."
00:30:17 Karen Looney: cont. only recovered once.
00:30:24 Hilary Gadsby: I have some things backed up on a hub in a different room but have not accessed them for a while
00:30:54 Myra Lindgren: Good morning every one!
00:30:56 Frank Jatzek: One of the nice things you can do with an external hard drive: bring it to your relatives and open up the Photos to collect stories
00:33:48 Maria Capaldi: Every Sunday I back w/ External Hard Drive.
00:34:28 Louis Kessler: Family Tree Builder and MyHeritage
00:34:35 David Hopper: The Master Genealogist
00:34:52 Myra Lindgren: Roots magic
00:35:03 Cyndy Bray: learned about Airtable at RootsTech. Relational database. Not in place of my FTM
00:37:09 Karen Jaszewski: Is Acronis limited in the amount of data you may back up?
00:37:54 Launa Droescher: get prom pricing, once a year. can buy multiple  computers, and different amount of data
00:37:57 Randy Seaver: FS is putting several videos on YouTube every week
00:40:43 Louis Kessler: I found a while back that OneDrive was gobbling up 95% of the Internet in the background. There is a setting to limit the amount but the default is unlimited. Maybe that, or something like that is causing Mr Myrt's computer to bung things up. See "OneDrive's Poison Setting" http://www.beholdgenealogy.com/blog/?p=3314
00:41:43 Randy Seaver: Google Drive does that to me sometimes and I have to shut the automatic off.
00:43:48 Maria Capaldi: lol
00:43:53 Cousin Russ: Randy Seaver's "Found another way to skin the Elizabethan handwriting cat" https://www.geneamusings.com/2021/04/amanuensis-monday-1697-will-of-john.html

00:47:47 Frank Jatzek: One Thing to note Randy: your transcription makes these records machine readable, so persons with a disablity can have the transscription translated into Audio or even brail.
00:50:44 Patricia Jackson: What software does everyone use for transcribing?
00:51:19 Randy Seaver: I just use an image window below a blogging window on my Windows PC
00:51:49 Danine Cozzens: Thanks for convincing me to read probates: I found one for a distant connection with a signature for my ggf’s first wife,  a solid bit of evidence she was not Phoebe Jackson but Phoebe Twitchell of Jackson Maine.
00:53:12 Frank Jatzek: Randy: Doing over 500 of such transscriptions by Hand is amazing
00:53:26 June Butka: I add links of blogpost for my ancestors on Ancestry as a new web link.
00:53:41 Cousin Russ: W Mott - do you have a question ?
00:53:46 Maria Capaldi: Nice!!!!!!
00:53:50 Randy Seaver: Frank, typng is the challenge - I average 1 error per line it seems

00:56:43 Maria Capaldi: hum, I missed that one somehow I will need to read it!
00:56:49 Micki Minner: I had the same problem with Devonshire, England and Devonshire, Bermuda
00:58:06 Hilary Gadsby: It should be Devon in England don't usually use the shire
00:58:22 Diana Smith: A cousin of mine uploaded "our" family tree to FamilySearch (many years ago now) and when I saw it, I was surprised to see our 1630-50 ancestors in MS (Mississippi) - figured out they should have been Massachusetts Colony.
00:59:59 Cousin Russ: Yvette Hoitink, “Was your ancestor born in Reusel-De Mierden, Noord-Brabant? Guess again!” Dutch Genealogy (https://www.dutchgenealogy.nl/ancestors-in-reusel-de-mierden-noord-brabant : posted 22 Nov 2013).
01:00:12 Maria Capaldi: Ohhhhh really wow!
01:01:53 Cousin Russ: Transcript (transcription software) 
 https://www.jacobboerema.nl/en/Freeware.htm

01:03:59 Diana Smith: I have converted most of my database to spell out everything - including County.
01:04:31 Maria Capaldi: Yes it is 100%!
01:05:10 Barbara Christensen: Do you use USA or write out United States?
01:05:18 June Butka: Hillsborough is a county and a city same with Merrimack which is in Hillsborough county. Merrimack
01:05:51 Patricia Jackson: Also county and city often different, such as Franklin Ohio not in Franklin County Ohio
01:06:00 carencay bowen: City or County of Baltimore in State of Maryland or Country of Liberia
01:06:51 Micki Minner: St. Louis also has an independent city
01:07:21 Hilary Gadsby: We have places with the same name in the same county in England
01:07:24 Liv Christensen: The emigrants from Norway sent many letters home. They wanted to inform their families that they had arrived safely in the US. They wanted to tell family that they lived a good life and they wanted…https://genealogicalresearchnorway.blog/2021/04/05/amerikabrev-letters-from-america/
01:11:58 Randy Seaver: My wife Linda's ancestors came from Voss near Bergen and went to Wisconsin via Canada
01:12:53 Nadine Guilbault: Randy-Where about in Wisconsin did they go?
01:13:00 Randy Seaver: I found a description of the voyage in a mug book about Norway emigrants found in the Norwegian museum in Madison WI
01:13:13 Frank Jatzek: Using Hull and Liverpool was also a common route for German emmigrants. sometimes I wonder how large Liverpools port must have been back than
01:13:14 Robbin Smith: on PBS here there was a show on about Norway in WW2
01:13:31 Randy Seaver: They ended up in Deerfield in Dane County, WI, in the 1855 time.
01:14:31 Randy Seaver: Tronheim is the same latitude as Iceland and Greenland and Baffin Bay and Juneau or Anchorage.
01:15:04 Nadine Guilbault: Randy-I am here in Wisconsin.  I will send you a note. I am hoping to get to Madison this year and could look up some info for you if want.
01:15:22 Randy Seaver: Frank, probably as big as Rotterdam and Hamburg
01:15:23 Patricia Jackson: We flew across Lake Michigan in private plane. At 17,000 ft there was about five minutes of not seeing land at either coast.

Great Aunt or Grand Aunt?

01:16:13 Cousin Russ: Diane Haddad’s How to Refer to Aunts and Uncles: Grand, Not Great https://www.familytreemagazine.com/names/aunts-and-uncles-grand-not-great
01:17:26 Maria Capaldi: Me too, Diana.
01:17:31 Louis Kessler: They've always been great to me.
01:17:34 Mary Lou Gravatt: Great Aunt is how I have always known my grandparents sibilings.
01:18:03 Maria Capaldi: lol
01:18:06 Diana Smith: So just don't "assume" based on what they are called.
01:18:15 Judy Sova: The use of grand-aunt is strange, but it makes more sense to use grand with your grandparents’ generation and great with your great-grandparents’ generation.
01:18:16 Randy Seaver: I never met a grand or great-aunt or uncle - I would use great-aunt for a sister of my grnadparents and a great-aunt for a sister of my greatgrandparents.
01:18:47 June Butka: There is also called "Aunt" even is not related. It is a courteous honor. I'm called Auntie June by the in-laws family, yet I'm not related to them at all. 
01:19:01 Sheri Snodgrass: I first found it with this video - which does a great job of explaining the counting of cousins.  My nieces and nephews had that ah-ha after watching this 4 minute video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM79Epw_cp8&list=UU2C_jShtL725hvbm1arSV9w&index=43
01:19:10 Liv Christensen: Granduncle/aunt   is from French. Frank can tell us if it is also used in Germany.
01:19:37 Maria Capaldi: On the other hand when I was growing up they were Aunt or Uncle. No Great was used.
01:20:18 Molly McKinley: Then you have all those friends of our grandparents who we called aunt, that were not kin at all.
01:20:25 Diana Smith: We had Gary's "grandma and grandpa Russell" participate in our wedding - they were NOT blood kin, just emotional - my "adopted grandparents" were unable to attend or they would have been included.
01:20:38 Robbin Smith: I agree Maria - great aunt when referring to them, Aunt soandso when talking to them
01:20:59 Maria Capaldi: Thanks Sherri
01:21:07 Barbara Christensen: I grew up in Texas, where family friends were often called aunt or uncle, as were some of my parents’ cousins. Very confusing when I tried to later figure out the genealogy of how we were related.
01:21:24 Myra Lindgren: So my aunt Winnifred was a grand aunt- she was my grandmothers sister...
01:21:44 Janet Iles: I always heard great aunt, but in Spanish I am tia abuela (grandmother aunt)
01:22:14 Diana Smith: By the way, my great-aunts and uncles were still called "Aunt Mary" or whatever - the great was "implied"
01:22:33 Maria Capaldi: I do it was a respect rather then calling them Mr. or Mrs.
01:23:49 June Butka: It didn't matter the generation they were Aunt or Uncle. when I grow up.
01:25:06 June Butka: Outside the family were would explained my grandfathers sister or my father's sister.
01:25:43 Patricia Jackson: Mr. for men but Miss and first name for women.
01:26:13 Frank Jatzek: Here we use Granduncle and Grandaunt as a max, after then we start to use the Degrees because we are lazy and don't want to put too many "Ur" in front to go a Generation up
01:26:13 Sheri Snodgrass: I found records where the Sr and Jr were for two men in the same town, but not from the same family - and it was noted that way in a newspaper article.
01:26:20 June Butka: I our family it is listed my numbers; 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
01:26:28 Launa Droescher: I always add Jr if so stated on birth cert as do I with 3rd
01:27:43 Frank Jatzek: Russ: never seen it but that's why we use a lot of middle names
01:28:00 Randy Seaver: My 2nd great-grandfather was known as Isaac Seaver III for most of his life, but did not have a father or grandfather named Isaac Seaver.  My III was the 3rd person named Isaac Seaver in his town.  Isaac II became his step-father!
01:28:12 June Butka: The census records did the same Senior for the older and Junior for younger.
01:28:51 Diana Smith: My family solved that by not repeating names after about 1800 ;>
01:29:57 June Butka: I made that mistake when I started doing genealogy. Thinking that senior and junior were related until I did more research and found out they were not. 
01:30:19 Karen Jaszewski: I use my middle name because there is someone out there with my name…
01:30:26 Molly McKinley: It also made sure you got the right mail.
01:30:48 Nadine Guilbault: I have repeating Johns and Mary's in multiple chain lineages. I have to put a 1,2,3 just to keep them separate. With a note in the citations.
01:31:06 Cousin Russ: Roberta Estes’s Ancestry’s “Your DNA Sample Has Been Destroyed” Email https://dna-explained.com/2021/04/01/ancestrys-your-dna-sample-has-been-destroyed-email/
01:31:21 June Butka: I did not received a notice.
01:31:34 Patricia Jackson: Not so far
01:33:30 Cyndy Bray: You need permission from the DNA tester.
01:35:06 Diana Smith: 3+ years ago we got a message that they were "unable to process" our samples - unfortunately, Gary had died in the meantime.
01:35:38 Lori Martin: I know I’m making a comment long after you discussed this topic, but I just found some Chancery court records from the 1820s-1840s on the Library of Virginia website https://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/ and that transcription aid you discussed is going to come in very handy for me! Great timing - Thanks!
01:37:27 Maria Capaldi: I understand exactly Myrt.
01:38:07 June Butka: I already started giving items to family members who wanted it with the written story.  It's my 5th year doing so.
01:38:43 Randy Seaver: I need seasick pills
01:39:01 Diana Smith: June Butka - me too.  There aren't many of us
01:39:04 Frank Jatzek: What is a Genealogist: part Detective, part Librarian and part Storyteller
01:39:17 Diana Smith: Frank - exactly!
01:39:28 Maria Capaldi: It looked beautiful I saw your post! Nicely done!
01:39:30 Sheri Snodgrass: @Frank - love that!
01:39:30 Myra Lindgren: Everything is going to my youngest son. The oldest said everything is going to the dump....
01:40:09 Randy Seaver: we need to have a draft choice system for the good stuff
01:40:11 Diana Smith: Michael Nier - unfortunately.
01:40:42 Hilary Gadsby: I am going to have to divide things as only have great nieces and nephews
01:40:48 Maria Capaldi: As always great discussion, thank you!
01:41:33 Cousin Russ:

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01:41:43 Karen Jaszewski: Thank you!
01:41:46 Maria Capaldi: Where at Myrt?
01:42:40 Randy Seaver: So he migrated from one British entity to another
01:43:09 Randy Seaver: Well, it wasn't a colony in 1620
01:43:10 Myra Lindgren: I’ve heard that...
01:43:43 Diana Smith: But immigration doesn't say COUNTRY - it is just leaving one place to go to another permanently.
01:46:26 Lori Martin: Save some topics for next Monday! Haha jk ;-)
01:46:40 Flo Merritt: Thank you...


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Saturday, April 03, 2021

WW - Finding Digital Images on FamilySearch




DearREADERS,
This WACKY Wednesday episode is about finding digital images at FamilySearch - a particularly vexing topic when: -- unindexed, browsable only -- is it a digital book linked in the catalog -- is it a digital book found under SEARCH > Books
-- there is no DGS number
And to top it all off, the film number above the actual "beginning of film" number don't match.

Cousin Russ ran into a little issue, and wanted to explore this with the assistance of our attendees.


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00:22:05 Cousin Russ: https://www.familysearch.org/records/images/
00:22:19 Pat Jackson: Hi from Kentucky!
00:22:30 Michelle Grant: Hello from Omaha, Ne
00:22:33 Myra Lindgren: Good evening everyone!
00:23:37 Pam Wade: Hello from South Carolina
00:23:54 Myra Lindgren: Beautiful evening in Wyoming ...
00:26:09 Maria Capaldi: I have not.
00:26:17 Myra Lindgren: Varies-as many as 5-10
00:26:22 Melinda Culpon: depends on what you are looking at
00:44:11 Cousin Russ: https://www.familysearch.org/records/images/image-details?page=1&place=10962290&rmsId=TH-1942-38919-2056-22&imageIndex=1198&singleView=true
00:50:37 Maria Capaldi: Please set to All Panelist and Attendees, thank you :-)
00:55:53 Maria Capaldi: lol
01:01:15 Maria Capaldi: They really need to work on this.
01:04:02 Melinda Culpon: but you can search the entire document from the bottom of that digital book viewer
01:11:40 Melinda Culpon: look at the bottom magnifying glass
01:12:20 Melinda Culpon: that is find for the browser
01:12:37 Melinda Culpon: yep
01:13:33 Melinda Culpon: this is helpful because of sharing different books from other libraries
01:13:49 Melinda Culpon: it will resolve
01:15:42 Melinda Culpon: microfilmed book vs digital book, vs books - LOL
01:17:20 Maria Capaldi: The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing...... lol
01:17:42 Melinda Culpon: won't in the future they will be using the DGS numbers?
01:20:20 Linda Stufflebean: Dave - I am looking forward to my first NERGC participation tomorrow.
01:22:51 Karen Looney: Thanks!

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Mini-Myrt WikiTree GEDCOM to RootsMagic 7



DearREADERS,
What would you do if you had forty (40) top-notch genealogists working from your known ancestor, busting through brick walls right and left? WikiTree offered just such an opportunity for me. I was the spotlight person for the week in March 2021, and the great reveal was recorded in this YouTube video titled "WikiTree LiveCast (17 March 2021) WikiTree Challenge feat[uring] Pat Richley-Erickson & Rob Warthen."

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

52 THINGS: The Magic Slate



DearREADERS,
My maternal grandmother Myrtle Eliza (Weiser) Player Severinson had Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in the final years of her life. Eventually she could not speak, so she used a "Magic Slate" to scribble a brief note and save paper.

My grandchildren are accustomed to 21st century communication tools like computers, smart phones and tablets. They play online video games with their friends. None have ever seen a "Magic Slate" so I found one. As a young child of the 1950s, I looked forward to receiving a new one every year from Santa Claus.

This journal telling the story has larger dimensions than my typical work for 52 THINGS. Don't you think my hi-tech grandchildren will get a kick out of seeing how a "Magic Slate" works?

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OTHER 52 THINGS in this series are found here: https://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/52-things.html

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Mondays with Myrt - Panelists' research focus, DNA, FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople, ArchiveDigital, Genealogy Software Showcase, Goldie May



DearREADERS,
I can hardly keep up with the variety of topics discussed this week on Mondays with Myrt (29 March 2021.) Here are the links we mention:



Starting at 36:00 min - FindMyPast, we work through the search and navigation options with Hilary Gadsby's guidance. We demoed how to exclude items from the search. We also mention the British Newspapers.


Starting at about 45:00 min - http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/




Starting at about 51:00 min, Ed Thompson's Genealogy Software Showcase YouTube Channel, in particular his interview with the developer of Goldie May titled "The Surprise Research Tool of the Year? Goldie May could be the one".

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SELECTED TEXT
Note: The first 20 minutes on this time stamp were in the private green room.

00:19:53 Sheri Snodgrass: Hello for warm and sunny Iowa!
00:20:26 Patricia Jackson: Hi from Kentucky!
00:20:26 Jenny Hawran: Hello from sunny Connecticut! Drying out after a ton of rain yesterday.
00:21:10 Melinda Culpon: Howdy from sunny springtime Texas.
00:21:34 Lianne Kruger: Hello from very windy Alberta, Canada.
00:21:47 Cyndy Bray: Good morning from sunny California
00:21:48 Betty-Lu Burton: Right now I am still working on my Northern Italian family. I will next either move to the Canadian or Norwegian line
00:22:04 Shelley Murphy: Good afternoon hailing from Central Virginia! Happy to be here.
00:22:11 Judy Sova: Good morning from Michigan where it's sunny and beautiful.
00:22:33 Myra Lindgren: Good morning from sunny/windy Wyoming!
00:22:42 Maria Capaldi: Hi Everyone
00:22:57 Lianne Kruger: wow  - 20!!!
00:23:00 Donna Durland: Hi from the Hudson Valley, New York
00:23:17 Mary Lou Gravatt: Hi from windy New Jersey.
00:24:01 Randy Seaver: good morning from sunny Chula Vista - high of 80 yesterday, we even went to church in thesun - yay for vitamin D
00:24:38 Shelley Murphy: Hello @Judy, where in Michigan are you from?
00:25:25 Betty-Lu Burton: I have found that Family Search has the same basic BMD database as Ancestry, only it is harder to search. On Ancestry they have it searchable by record type, town and year where Family Search is only searchable by years.
00:26:08 Donna Cunningham: Researching in Washington County, OH & Northeastern counties of WV & all of Maryland.  They were most German.  I do have some Scots hailing from the Kintyre Peninsula.
00:26:23 Robbin Smith: @Donna where in Hudson valley?
00:26:57 Donna Durland: @Robin, Wurtsboro in Sullivan County
00:27:22 Robbin Smith: cool, we had summer home in Greene county
00:27:43 Randy Seaver: Forgot my surname studies - Seaver, Carringer, Auble, Vaux plus descendants of my 4th great-grandparents (for DNA matching since many matches have tiny or no trees)
00:27:54 Hilary Gadsby: I have a 2nd cousin once removed who I discovered is my closest match on Gedmatch and has recently joined WikiTree so hoping to connect her up to the family I added. There is a new DNA app on WikiTree that I want to try out
00:28:47 Hilary Gadsby: It is windy here in Wales at the moment
00:29:09 Frank Jatzek: Hello everyone from sunny 68°F Potsdam, Germany
00:29:19 Melinda Culpon: bluebonnets - yes they are out
00:29:21 Hilary Gadsby: It is also sunny today better than yesterday morning
00:30:35 Myra Lindgren: 60 degrees yesterday in Casper....
00:31:12 Doris Haskell: Hello from cloudy, windy Rock Springs,, where it’s a balmy 50 degrees.
00:31:56 Judy Sova: I live in Wixom, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.  Was raised in Hazel Park, one of Detroit's northern border cities.
00:32:27 Frank Jatzek: Congratulation Hilary
00:32:45 Shelley Murphy: That is good to hear Hilary!
00:34:30 Michelle Grant: Hello everyone from Omaha, NE
00:34:35 Myra Lindgren: Blogging is never ending......
00:35:23 Lianne Kruger: Gail at Genealogy a la Carte does a Crème da la Crème each week of top blogs she has found.
00:35:35 Lianne Kruger: Randy just mentioned Gail
00:36:44 Linda Stufflebean: Thanks to Randy and Pat for the mention. :)
00:37:17 Frank Jatzek: Sheila: actually kinda: I found About it on an Australian Website (never looked for it as Poland back in the day my Ancestors where Living there where German) https://polaron.com.au/services/eu-services/eu-citizenship/polish-citizenship/polish-citizenship-grant/
00:39:07 Sheila Benedict: Thank you Frank. I have to call the Polish embassy in Los Angeles later today for a client of mine and really want to be educated about it before I talk to them. I will go to the URL you gave above. Again, thanks
00:39:26 Linda Stufflebean: I start adding to the Friday list after my current Friday Finds posts and add links every day.
00:40:35 Randy Seaver: I do the same as Linda - I have the Best Of post open most of the day and can add an item whenever I want.  I post mine on Sunday after noon PT
00:42:10 Sheila Benedict: I will be happy to explain that part of the case if you want me too.
00:42:29 Sheila Benedict: Russia for them
00:42:47 Cousin Russ: The lost sailor? A DNA mystery. - https://genealogicalresearchnorway.blog/2021/03/29/the-lost-sailor-a-dna-mystery/
00:42:51 Frank Jatzek: Oh so the "far east" part of Poland ;)
00:43:03 Sheila Benedict: Apparently Frank
00:46:46 Amanda Czuba: I love Maureen Taylor!!
00:47:30 Doris Haskell: Thank goodness for Zoom! On Saturday, we attended the baptisms of two of our adopted grandsons in Moorcroft, Wyoming. We were joined, thanks to Zoom, by our grandson, McKay who will be returning from a mission in West Virginia to his home in Eagle Mountain, UT in 4 days. We were also joined by his parents and 5 siblings who are in Eagle Mountain. We were also joined by our son in Escondido, California. And our oldest son and his wife joined us from Big Piney, Wyoming. And here’s the kicker.... we were joined by a couple of missionaries who are serving in Ukraine. One of them is from Eagle Mountain, Utah, the neighbor of our son’s family. The grandsons were adopted from Ukraine and now live in Moorcroft. This missionary, serving in Ukraine, helped with teaching our adopted grandsons, overcoming the language barrier.
00:47:37 Diana Smith: The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor https://maureentaylor.com/
00:48:13 Sheila Benedict: Maureen is great!
00:48:30 Frank Jatzek: Doris: wow
00:49:41 Judy Sova: @Shelley Murphy, don't know if you saw my reply above.  May I ask your connection to Michigan.

Myrt's statement about the online grumbling over the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identification and repatriation of the remains of People of Color.
"Tender feelings surround the discussion of servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Particularly difficult are cases where identities have been obscured.
Recent advances in DNA technology have greatly accelerated the successful identification of unknown remains.
This research takes time and requires specific technical expertise. I personally know four professional genetic genealogists hired by the Army Casualty Office to actively work these cases.
Mulling over varied responses to the attached article, I’ve confirmed 2 researchers have identified 16 servicemen whose remains have been properly reunited with family. Other breakthroughs have occurred, but I don’t know specific details.
Having known these four researchers over many years, I’ve observed a profound sense of dedication to excellence and a tender respect for the families. The work is challenging. When successful repatriation of remains are announced, these researchers quietly use words like “honored” and “humbled” to describe their participation."  
The article in question was "Bring the Buffalo Soldiers Home" by Jenny Ashcraft, posted 22 MArch 2021at Fold3 HQ, The Official Fold3 Blog. (https://blog.fold3.com/bring-the-buffalo-soldiers-home/ : viewed 29 Mar 2021).

00:51:22 Frank Jatzek: The best answer for DNA Genealogy: Do it everywhere! if you want to find someone or be found you have to widen your area of coverage as much as possible.

00:51:51 Shelley Murphy: @Judy, did not see it, but I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, also do Benzie and Manistee research, family were early homesteaders.
00:54:08 Shelley Murphy: I love my military research!
00:55:05 Frank Jatzek: Thanks God I didn't needed to do DNA to bring the one lost Soldier in my Family home thanks to the Volksbund (Volksbund.de), because my Mother is the last one with DNA from that line and she feares DNA-research
00:57:28 Maria Capaldi: nice...lol
00:58:52 Myra Lindgren: A cousin of my husband was asked- and did- to test for DNA on his mother’s side. His cousin Harold was in his 20s and was a pilot who was shot down in the pacific in WW2.  Harold has not been found yet.......
00:59:10 Sheila Benedict: I use Find my Past all the time. It is a great database for my Irish and English research.
00:59:52 Robbin Smith: it is also helpful for Roman Catholic records in US
01:00:26 Lianne Kruger: FindMyPast is a great site.
01:01:11 Frank Jatzek: Sheila: do you use the freebmd GRO Index too? I found one of my relatives only there
01:01:30 Sheila Benedict: Yes. They have a representation here in the USA. Her first name is Jen but I don't remember her last name. I spoke with her as I worked at a historic Spanish Mission as the archivist there for 18 years and when I was in Dublin I met with Brian Donovan and told him they still have their records privatized.
01:02:38 Maria Capaldi: That is nice
01:04:18 Myra Lindgren: Swedish archives can be seen in the Swedish archives online.
01:04:51 Melinda Culpon: 1837 was a prominent year for around the world because that is the recording for the German records - does anyone that knows what was occurring in history that prompted this?
01:04:57 Judy Sova: @Shelley, first post just told you I live in Wixom, 40 miles NW of Detroit.  I know lots of people in Grand Rapids.  It's a great area.   I'm doing research up in Cheboygan area where my husband's family is from.  They're French Canadian.  Wish I could read French!
01:05:46 Sheila Benedict: I need someone who can translate some Swedish records located on Archivdigital. (spelling?)
01:06:26 Frank Jatzek: Melinda: that is not that correct. We startet Prussiawide in 1874. We did earlier on the Rhein area due to Napoleon but Prussiawide in 1874
01:07:20 Cousin Russ: https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
01:07:26 Melinda Culpon: @Frank - Thanks for clarification - Thought I had heard 1837 for German too
01:07:38 Myra Lindgren: I do like archive digital as they are listed by area. I have only learned by looking at AD with someone who has used it and it’s precursor for decades. I also use google translate.
01:09:03 Myra Lindgren: The archives are in black and white....I go to the stake here in town.
01:10:46 Frank Jatzek: I know of some records that got published only because we can do colorised Scans now. Bach in black/White it wouldn't be visible at all
01:10:59 Myra Lindgren: In the Swedish archive the soldier records and estate papers are not listed as conveniently as archive digital.

Yes
01:11:03 Hilary Gadsby: Don't forget Welsh newspapers are free to search at the National Library of Wales
01:11:13 Lianne Kruger: british newspaper archives
01:11:35 Myra Lindgren: Archive digital is in color- I don’t use family search as much for Swedish.
01:11:40 Lianne Kruger: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
01:11:40 Cousin Russ: Ed Thompson’s Surprise Research Tool of the Year: Goldie May Could Be the One. Do you agree? https://youtu.be/RCyhb4I4rAU
01:12:00 Randy Seaver: sorry Myra - I assumed!!
01:12:18 Lianne Kruger: FindMyPast link to British newspapers
https://search.findmypast.com/search/british-newspapers
01:12:40 Maria Capaldi: Yes, I wasn't there Live, it was good. I am just starting to use it!
01:13:40 Hilary Gadsby: I have seen some of his videos
01:13:43 Frank Jatzek: Eds Videos are very interessting since his Point of view is both from a Softwaredeveloper and a Genealogist.
01:13:50 Sheila Benedict: Yes, I have gone to their newspaper link. Just started using it.
01:14:33 Myra Lindgren: No problemo Russ!
01:14:57 Sheila Benedict: Almost 10 AM here in California which means I need to get to my 10:30 appointment. If I ever get that appointment changed, I will be able to spend the whole time here.


01:14:58 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE’s WACKY Wednesday: Goldie May (research assistant) https://youtu.be/JbzdKlPjlyk
01:15:01 Hilary Gadsby: The developer of Goldie May did some other presentations for Rootstech Connect including creating shortcuts on Google chrome
01:15:09 Cousin Russ: NERGC https://nergc.org/
01:15:21 Maria Capaldi: Looking forward to it!!! nergc
01:15:44 Maria Capaldi: Great dashboard that they have for it!
01:15:45 Frank Jatzek: Hilary: can you link the Videos?
01:16:24 Judy Sova: Would love to hear you, Myrt, and see the exhibit hall, but it's a little too pricey for me.
01:17:24 Linda Stufflebean: I am looking forward to NERGC since it is virtual. First time attending for me.
01:18:08 Maria Capaldi: Same here @Linda
01:18:22 Tina Torsey: I’m going.
01:18:45 Donna Durland: I will be there
01:18:54 Frank Jatzek: Thank you Hilary
01:19:11 Jenny Hawran: I'm going. Always a good conference in person and I know how hard they have worked to make it all virtual
01:22:36 Frank Jatzek: Yolanda: GoldieMay? https://www.goldiemay.com
01:24:19 Cousin Russ: FamilySearch Wiki - Orphan Trains https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/New_York_Orphans_and_Orphanages
01:27:26 Myra Lindgren: Some never spoke about their experiences.....
01:27:43 Kathleen Daetsch: I have some cousins I've connected that are descended from orphan train riders.
01:28:13 Kathleen Daetsch: I connected it
01:29:19 Kathleen Daetsch: I found out where they fit along with some hints they got from family stories.


01:29:24 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE’s 52 THINGS: Grandma Myrtle’s 34k Medical Words Book (1913) https://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2021/03/52-things-grandma-myrtles-34k-medical.html
01:29:27 Frank Jatzek: Is this Archive Paper?
01:30:04 Cousin Russ: Gaylord Archival https://www.gaylord.com/


The play list of The Archive Lady webinars at DearMYRTLE.

01:34:49 Maria Capaldi: Thank you, I have to go...have a great one!





01:35:25 Cousin Russ: Genealogical Publishing 25% off everything https://genealogical.com/
01:35:56 Amanda Czuba: ooh!
01:36:14 Patricia Jackson: Just registered for NERGC
01:43:19 Frank Jatzek: I would love to sit some hours together with the Archive Lady in RL. I bet it would be hillarious because I once worked in a County Archive here in Germany and I love her Blog
01:44:28 Cousin Russ: Nancy Vest'ss “Brought Up Short When Transcribing Martha (Reay) Doyle's and Thomas Richardson's Marriage Record http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/brought-up-short-when-transcribing.html
01:44:59 Linda Stufflebean: My Ancestors and Me is Nancy Vest's blog.
01:45:40 Randy Seaver: sorry, wrong again!
01:47:41 Frank Jatzek: That's why you search for as much records as possible. I can share a Story next week about misspelled Last Names
01:49:15 Karen Looney: The documents are not always correct.  My late husband's birth certificate had the wron date, wrong first name for father and wrong number of live births.
01:49:23 Randy Seaver: @Sheri I was right ... I always have to search for her last name on her blog.

Myrt's Journal is a series of spontaneous pre-recorded demo videos posted at located at: https://www.youtube.com/c/MyrtsJournal
01:50:41 Doris Haskell: Thank you! Have a great week. Happy Easter!
01:50:44 Myra Lindgren: Have a good week everyone!
01:50:52 Amanda Czuba: thank you for sharing your treasures!