Monday, January 18, 2021

Mondays with Myrt - 18 Jan 2021 - Honoring Dr. King

Today we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Myrt shared her experience visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D. C. with this shot she captured that night. 

It brings tears to Ol' Myrt's eyes to speak of it.

First, you visit a large patio area with wall panels with Dr. King's famous quotes. In the middle, heading west, you see the backside of this statue, known as the Stone of Hope. To me it represents King's having passed mountains of challenges, shown behind him, and had yet to conquer several more. This is a type for the struggles all people of color are facing in the United States.

My three favorite quotes from Dr. King are:
  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."
  • "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
  • "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Our mission, indeed our joy, as DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ is to welcome all for lively family history discussions.

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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.

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00:35:54 Shelley Murphy: Hello All!
00:36:09 Flo Merritt: Hello from Bellevue, WA
00:36:12 Melissa Barker: Hello Everyone! I'm off today, listening in as I clean and organize my home office!
00:36:13 Jenny Hawran: Hello from Connecticut  :)
00:36:15 Frank Jatzek: Hi Dr. Shelly
00:36:17 Myra Lindgren: hope everyone is well!
00:36:20 Patricia Jackson: Hi from Kentucky!
00:36:31 John Boeren: hello everybody
00:36:32 Mary Lou Gravatt: Hi from Sunny and cold New Jersey.
00:36:40 carencay bowen: Hello from City of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
00:36:41 Cathy Naborowski: Hi from Sunn and cold Minneapolis
00:36:48 Laila Christiansen: Hi from Oslo, Norway! 
00:37:11 Sheri Snodgrass: Hello from sunny but a chilly 26 in Central Iowa!
00:37:35 Lindell Johnson: Good Morning from Albany, Oregon
00:37:59 Frances Dielmann: Hello from Oberursel, Germany
00:38:14 Judy Sova: hello from beautiful, snow-covered Michigan
00:38:28 Frances Dielmann: Thank you for honoring Dr. King today.
00:38:38 Frank Jatzek: Hi Frances, greetings from Berlin, Germany
00:38:55 Patricia Jackson: Very appropriate words in today’s climate
00:40:44 Shelley Murphy: Thank you for honoring King, the words are good for today’s climate.
00:41:16 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.+
00:41:38 Cousin Russ: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
00:41:47 Cousin Russ: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
00:41:55 Cousin Russ: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
00:42:25 Frances Dielmann: In 2019 I was able to visit the King Center in Atlanta. It is very worthwhile.
00:42:30 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.
00:42:50 John Boeren: His son was at the opening session of RootsTech two years ago
00:43:07 Sheri Snodgrass: The King Center is a wonderful place.
00:44:15 Michael Godown: I visited Dr. King Memorial the first day it was open to the public when I lived in MD.  It was great to see folks of all races walking from the Metro to visit the area.  It was very inspiring to see what society can be.
00:44:16 Maria Tegtmeier: I just learned last night that IcapGen now has an accreditation for African American Specialty.
00:44:21 Shelley Murphy: Vicky Daviss Mitchell too. So sad…missing our friends.
00:44:33 Cousin Russ: John Boeren - about unexpected first names. -
00:45:47 Cousin Russ: We thank Dr. Shelley Murphy for sponsoring our Closed Captioning service for the year. Her blog is found here:
00:50:20 Doris Haskell: Some girls in the US are named for the month when they were born, such as April and May. Is this done in the Netherlands?
00:50:21 Judy Sova: Interesting. would love to hear about naming traditions in more countries.
00:51:38 John Boeren: @Doris: it is not custom, but it is seen. I had a friend who named her daughters April and Meike, but a son August
00:51:47 Randy Seaver: I was almost Ranslow named after my 3rd great-grandfather.  My folks chose Randall instead with no historical basis
00:51:51 Sheri Snodgrass: I love the idea that they have a law against ridiculous names
00:52:35 Mary Lou Gravatt: My Brower family had several sons within the same generation name John Henry Brower and Adam Brower.
00:52:36 Hilary Gadsby: Noel is a boys name in the UK but sometimes you see a different spelling for a girll 
00:52:37 Frank Jatzek: One Explanation for unexpected names (both first and last) can be immigrations to other countries and also when a Name sounded to foreign.
00:52:58 Shelley Murphy: I was named after the wild actress “Shelley Winters”, my middle name is after my paternal grandmother: Viola.
00:53:02 Stephanie Vanderveer: In my tree I've found that mine have had middle names, it's the father's first name with sen or se added to it. It was on documents as well, not just something people added to the trees themselves.
00:54:02 Shelley Murphy: Religions should play a role as well in naming patterns.
00:54:21 John Boeren: The most popular baby names of 2020
These are 2020's most popular baby names in the Netherlands.

00:54:59 Frances Dielmann: In Germany Scandinavian names are very popular, e.g Sven, Nils, Emma, Lena.
00:55:12 Doris Haskell: Oh yes. In New Brunswick, Canada, many girls were given Maria and boys were given Joseph for the confirmation names.
00:55:25 Jenny Hawran: I was named after my grandmother, Jeannette, whose nickname was Jenny. It was a common nickname in the US for Jeannette in the late 1800's. Unfortunately, people assume my full name is Jennifer all the time. Drives me nuts. haha
00:55:26 Pat Kuhn: my great grandfather from Germany was named Emil
00:59:12 Patricia Jackson: @Jenny, my aunt Jeanette went by Jeany. I didn’t think about Jenny for it. I see why people think you are Jennifer, too bad, Jeanette is pretty. :)
00:59:38 carencay bowen: 2018 - Britain jailed parents for naming their child after Hitler
00:59:46 Frank Jatzek: Renate Sanders: your first Name was very common back in the 80s and 90s but currently out of 10,000 girls only about 3 this name.
01:00:09 Jenny Hawran: @Patricia, I like Jeannette too. It fits me better .:)
01:00:17 Dave Robison: My wife is a school nurse K-5. There are some odd "cultural" influences in given names, some of which are virtually unpronounceable!
01:01:31 Randy Seaver: ThanktheLord Shepard is an ancestor
01:02:24 Patricia Jackson: I have a female ancestor named Freelove. would have a different connotation today.
01:02:57 Shelley Murphy: Wealthy, Thankful, Patience, etc.
01:03:03 Doris Haskell: I am a retired school bus driver, and have heard some interesting first names, but nobody shared my ancestor’s name, Eliphalet.
01:03:51 Sheri Snodgrass: Just last night found an ancestor that names his first two children were Retire and Return
01:04:02 John Boeren: my first three names are very traditional: johannes (paternal grandfather), adrianus (maternal grandfather) and henricus (father)
01:04:09 John Boeren: but they call me John :)\
01:04:22 Randy Seaver: Sometimes names were from famous people - e.g. George Washington Seaver
01:05:02 Randy Seaver: presidents, generals, preachers, movie stars
01:05:51 Frank Jatzek: My Parents tricked the officials with my Name. As I was adopted in the DDR, they had to Change my first Name, but they kept my birth first Name as my second
01:05:52 Randy Seaver: With John's model, I would be Frederick Lyle Frederick Seaver
01:05:54 Kathleen Daetsch: I have an gg grand uncle Van Ranceler I still can't figure out were that came from.
01:06:06 Diana Smith: I was supposed to be a boy, so they picked "David Lee" for the first son. My grandmother rejected the girls' name (Christina) as "too Dutchy" - not appropriate for a "Dane kid". So they changed David Lee to Diana Lee. yuck
01:06:15 Maria Tegtmeier: Patronymics is big in Russia as well
01:06:26 Patricia Jackson: @Doris, I have an Eliphalet also!
01:08:31 Dave Robison: I have few paternal line ancestors with first names "Pink" and "Green" and a few who had the middle name of the Captain my 4th great found under in the War of 1812, "Pinkney" which stuck with a few generations.
01:08:33 Kathleen Daetsch: I have a whole family of sons, four maybe, all named George they then started using their middle names.
01:09:13 Launa Droescher: try Launa, most people think it's  Laura, mother tried to name me after grandmother Leona, she said no way
01:09:14 John Boeren: we say the same in the Netherlands Re-Na-Te
01:11:09 Renate Sanders: Thanks, John. I've heard people say it that way, also. I think, since they were in Germany, that's why my pronunciation is closer to the way Frank said it - but we are very lazy with it. Only my mother pronounced the "t" correctly lol.
01:12:48 Randy Seaver: Renate - is it pronounced "tay" or "tuh" on the end?
01:12:55 John Boeren: tuh
01:13:08 John Boeren: ruh-nah-tuh
01:13:15 Renate Sanders: Randy - "tuh"
01:13:26 Randy Seaver: thanks - what I thought!
01:13:41 John Boeren: I like it, Renate that you try to stick to the original pronunciation!
01:14:14 Randy Seaver: I hope my friend Paul has interviewed his 105 year old mother ... she's a gem!
01:14:40 Judy Sova: I love that you’re doing that, Dave.  You’re a minister.  what religion@?  Just curious.  (Retired church organist here.)
01:14:48 Renate Sanders: :) Thank, John. I have to admit, though, that most people (including myself) tend to put a d sound where the t should be.
01:15:02 Frank Jatzek: 20k for a VHS
01:17:03 Randy Seaver: I have three hours of cassette tape from my aunt Geraldine who was the keeper of the Seaver family history for decades.  I have transcribed it but not digitized it.
01:17:36 Frank Jatzek: Randy: Audio or Video?
01:17:37 Randy Seaver: she talks about each family she knew, and family stories, and herm other's opinions of each of them.  Funny at times.
01:17:51 Randy Seaver: Frank, just audio from about 1990.
01:20:38 Diana Smith: We also went through pictures with my grandmother, who had developed dementia (maybe Alzheimer's, but not diagnosed). It was great. She didn't always know names, but had some interesting reactions - one picture she just giggled and said "oh, what a pretty girl" - it was her at about age 11.  ;>
01:20:48 Cousin Russ: Link to Randy Seaver's FB post about his new FOREVER box is
01:20:48 Shelley Murphy: Also, has anyone watch the show called Legacy List, on PBS?
01:20:51 Lindell Johnson: Frank, I'm curious about your background picture. Where, what is it?  Thanks.
01:21:49 Frank Jatzek: @Lindell Jonson: this is the Statearchive of Brandenburg in Potsdam, Germany
01:21:58 Frances Dielmann: Sorry I have to leave early. See you next time. Thank you!
01:23:00 Dave Robison: I want to thank Frank for his help on DNA testing in Germany!
01:23:09 Lindell Johnson: Thanks...…..I've been there Potsdam, and seen this but couldn't remember the name.  I sure hope I can get back to Europe SOON...darn covid19!!!
01:24:14 Shelley Murphy: cutie!
01:24:28 Renate Sanders: Aw... so cute.
01:24:40 Renate Sanders: Wow... how special, Russ!
01:26:18 Shelley Murphy: So special to have these.
01:27:33 Renate Sanders: Amazing
01:27:38 Shelley Murphy: They are precious!
01:28:12 Judy Sova: Randy, but they ARE wonderful.  I’d love to have these for my family.
01:29:53 Frank Jatzek: These films are awesome, i am so envious at the moment, because all I have are just a handful photos. Havin moving Pictures is awesome, and having them even in Color is such a treat
01:30:09 Michelle Grant: Good morning from Omaha. MLK, Jr day
01:31:05 Stephanie Vanderveer: I can't get my parents to let me mail anything off. I'm lucky I get to take slides to the library to digitize (when they are open)
01:33:46 Randy Seaver: FOREVER uses FedEx - they do everything for you except ID the items - you label them, I send them a list with then umbers, and they name the files.  The box comes with directions and supplies, you fill the box and take it to Fedex, they get it and digitize the items, and send the box back with your films and the flash drive.  Very easy and reliable.  Probably best to send it not around the holidays.
01:38:54 Stephanie Vanderveer: They didn't want me driving it a couple hours across the river to Indiana for a couple days to a place that was willing to do it. They don't know what is on the videos anymore. But they don't want anything to "happen" to them. And my mom is quickly losing her memory, and won't go through photo albums either. (VERY frustrating!)
01:40:05 Diana Smith: Stephanie, that's very sad. Make sure you keep track of them. Sometime you may get the chance,
01:40:50 Dave Robison: The German to English translation is quite accurate!
01:41:07 Cousin Russ: Lianne Kruger writes “I was going to miss seeing people and finding cousins with the FamilySearch FamilyTree app during RootsTech this year. But RootsTech has provided a way for us to still do this!!! I am so excited.   Check out my blog post to see how many people I am related to who are attending RootsTech and who have already registered for this!!” (RELATIVES AROUND ME)
01:42:07 Randy Seaver: I have 4607 Relatives in this app but can't see them yet.  There are over 139,000 registered for RootsTech 2021
01:43:56 Renate Sanders: I did this yesterday, but I seemed like I was just reregistering for RootsTech.
01:44:20 John Boeren: it says I have 10.... big surprise!
01:44:24 Hilary Gadsby: I only have 41 Relatives
01:44:48 Shelley Murphy: We did this at GRIP and I could not get it to work. So good she is doing this.
01:45:03 Patricia Jackson: I have 3259
01:45:09 Frank Jatzek: "So far there are 968 Other Attendees from Germany" sadly no relatives yet
01:46:19 Dave Robison: 300 is what I've got as well...
01:46:26 Hilary Gadsby: 8,258 from the UK
01:46:27 John Boeren: 294 from the Netherlands
01:46:53 John Boeren: which is great... usually there are less than 5 Dutch genealogists at RootsTech (in SLC)
01:47:05 Louis Kessler: I have 0 relatives so far. It says there are 7,369 other attendees from Canada and 16 Kessler Cousins who aren't really cousins, but just people with the Kessler surname that I know I'm not related to.
01:47:54 Frank Jatzek: @john this rootstech will be also my first one...feels kinda strange
01:47:56 Sheri Snodgrass: I did screen shots of my lists last year during RootsTech as they did disappear after the last day.
01:48:21 Dave Robison: I used the URL posted but only got to the main page to sign in. Then I had to add /connect which took me there.
01:48:23 Hilary Gadsby: Mine has just increased by 1
01:48:39 John Boeren: @Frank: great... but I can tell you that a live version in SLC is an amazing experience
01:48:40 Randy Seaver: The banner image says "Come back when the conference starts, February 25–27, to see if more have joined, and make connections." for the app
01:49:57 Stephanie Vanderveer: It says I have 300 people. I slowly add to that tree a little at a time there.
01:50:32 Cousin Russ: Lori - do you have a question ?
01:50:54 Cousin Russ: 52 THINGS: And BEARS, oh my! - Another ancestral story journal and an item for the old steamer trunk.
01:51:38 Cousin Russ: Accordion Mini-Journal - for Diane

01:52:21 Cousin Russ: Myrt's Journal is a series of spontaneous pre-recorded demo videos posted at located at:

01:55:20 Cousin Russ: The Chester Creek Murders (Venator Cold Case Series Book 1) by National Dylan Goodwin
01:55:21 Hilary Gadsby: I have funeral cards enjoyed trying to figure out who they all were
01:55:33 Kathleen Daetsch: I have a lot of funeral card what a great idea.
01:55:40 Shelley Murphy: I have his other books, but going to order
01:55:52 Randy Seaver: Linda Stufflebean already has a review
01:58:03 Hilary Gadsby: We are working on the tree of CeCe Moore at WikiTree this
01:58:21 Hilary Gadsby: week
01:58:47 Hilary Gadsby: I managed to add some relatives
01:58:47 Frank Jatzek: @hilary Interessting

02:02:32 Shelley Murphy: oh I love this!
02:02:49 Cousin Russ: David William Fitzpatrick
02:05:09 John Boeren: my maternal grandparents were my godparents
02:05:58 Frank Jatzek: @Linda: you are welcome
02:07:46 Louis Kessler: louis
02:09:30 Shelley Murphy: My Godparents were an Aunt (mother’s sister) and my mothers first cousin’s husband. they were not a married couple. I should ask her, why not a couple for Godparents.
02:09:40 Kathleen Daetsch: Would the mother have been at the christening of a two week old ,didn't the mother have to been churched.
02:10:44 Randy Seaver: I think my godparents were Marshall and Dorothy Chamberlain - Dorothy is my father's first cousin and the only cousin in San Diego in the 1940s.
02:11:02 Kathleen Daetsch: This is a Catholic Church?
02:12:13 Kathleen Daetsch: Years ago the mother wasn't usually at the baptism
02:12:21 Dave Robison: Could you repeat the Latin words that S S stands for?
02:12:28 John Boeren: susceperunt
02:12:42 Dave Robison: Thanks!
02:15:00 Frank Jatzek: Hmm, did you checked if his godparents where at his marriage or other events in his life?
02:15:26 Sheri Snodgrass: Great day!!
02:16:05 Renate Sanders: Thanks!

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