REGISTER for August 2017 DearMYRTLE hangouts now

MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)

  • Monday, 7 Aug 2017
  • Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

WACKY WEDNESDAY (60 minutes) (Topic to be announced based on Monday’s hangout.)

  • Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017
  • 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)



  • Saturday, 12 Aug 2017
  • A chance to practice using your headset mic and web cam. 
  • 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)

  • Monday, 14 Aug 2017
  • Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours

DNAGen STUDY GROUP (60 minutes)

  • Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017 – Chapter 7
  • You must attend this hangout live as it will not be available for access later, due to copyright restrictions.
  • Read in advance and complete the homework at the end of Chapter 7 “Incorporating DNA Testing in a Family Study” in Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. Now also available in Kindle format.
  • 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

WACKY WEDNESDAY (60 minutes)

  • Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017
  • 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)


MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)

  • Monday, 21 Aug 2017
  • Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago)
  • 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles), UTC-7 hours

THE ARCHIVE LADY (60 minutes)

  • Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017
    9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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Myrt’s Musings

Ol’ Myrt here has been missing her DearREADERS and cannot wait to hang out with you again. It’s been a busy month, with this new blog launch, a big family reunion on Orcas Island, the International Germanic Genealogy Conference and onsite research in Minnesota. What have you been doing during summer vacation? Don’t forget to share your Written Conclusion writeups as there is some serious money to be awarded, $100 to be exact.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.

GenDoc Study Group: Call for panelists

Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones will be the subject of our 2017 fall semester study group. As such we need a dedicated group of motivated panel participants willing to read a chapter and submit homework in advance of each study group session. The book is also available in Kindle format here.

Participants will review Dr. Jones’ homework examples but will post examples from their own research to illustrate points outlined in the focus chapter that speak to them.

  • UPDATE: Panelists will be announced shortly.
  • To appear as a panel participant, each must have reliable wired internet, a headset mic and earphones, and a webcam.
  • Google accounts are required for login.
  • Panelists meet in the green room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each study group session.
  • Each panel participant will be added to a private Facebook group for back-channel discussions about attendance and other items not moving the chapter discussion forward. (This keeps the hangout’s unified chat free of off-topic discussions.)
  • Homework may be posted in a blog or a public Google Doc by noon Eastern on Monday prior to the Wednesday study group session.
  • Homework must include the author’s Google account name, and appropriate citation referencing Dr. Jones’ book at the top.
  • Each week Ol’ Myrt will compile and scan the complete set and upload a .pdf for all attendees to view.
  • All links will be posted at in the appropriate chapter hangout’s unified chat.

All sessions will be held at noon Eastern, 11am Central, 10am Mountain and 9am Pacific.

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
Chapter 1 – The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Chapter 2 – Noncitation Aspects of Genealogical Documentation

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Chapter 3 – Citation Settings, Forms and Shortcuts

Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017
Chapter 4 – Assembling Components into Clear Citations

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017
Chapter 5 – Capitalization, Italics, Punctuation and Other Citation Subtleties

Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Chapter 6 – Determining a Source’s Publication Status

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017
Chapter 7 – Issues in Citing Source Titles, Descriptions or Both

Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017
Chapter 8 – Authors, Creators and Informants

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
Chapter 9 – Citing Absent, Hidden, Obvious, and Perplexing Dates for Sources, Information and Events

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017
Chapter 10 – Citing Numbered, Grouped, and Subgrouped Offline Sources and Information Items

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017
Chapter 11 – Answering the Wherin and Whereis Citation Questions for Online Sources

Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Chapter 12 – Identifying Offline Publishers and Repositories

Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017
Chapter 13 – Citing Original Online Content

Wednesday, 132 Dec 2017
Chapter 14 – Citing Images of Previously Published Material

(December break)

Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018
Chapter 15 – Citing Images of Previously Unpublished Material

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018
Chapter 16 – Multiparty Options for Citing Images

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018
Chapter 17 – Documenting on Your Own

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All too frequently researchers encounter undocumented online trees or compiled genealogies without nothing more than a slight nod to the source of information. We can do nothing more than use such ill-prepared family histories as a possible clue.

In fact, I rarely look at an online tree unless it is with the hope of finding original document sources of information I’ve not previously encountered.

Ol’ Myrt here heartily agrees with the publisher’s description of Dr. Jones’ book:

“Without adequate documentation, a well-researched family history or tree looks like fiction. Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately—including sources for which no model citation exists.”

Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.

Inaugural International Germanic Genealogy Conference (2017)

German genealogy experts you say? Traveling from Germany you say? Gathering in Minneapolis you say? Well, this Ol’ Myrt is so there. In fact, Mr. Myrt and I leave within the hour.


Connections: International. Cultural. Personal.
The International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP), formerly the German-American Genealogical Partnership, is proud to announce its inaugural conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN. The Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS) is the local host.

When: July 28-30, 2017
Where: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Registration is closed for the 2017 IGGC Conference.
If you have registered and need to make a change, please email:

As an added bonus, from the website we find that Fritz Juengling PH.D.,AG has prepared a document to describe how to use the new online version of Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs. Meyersgaz description

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Myrt’s Musings

I’m quite certain the IGGC instructors will share new research strategies with this Ol’ Myrt. In addition to my 1848ers from Saxony, I’m now working on my brother-in-law’s Bohemian WAGNER family who came directly to New Ulm, Minnesota in 1881. And you can bet I’ll be applying my new-found knowledge as we travel to New Ulm on our way home.

I look forward to attending a class session nearly every hour. There are no ambassadors or official bloggers to my knowledge, but I hope to see many of the usual suspects in attendance. It’s a concept – attend a conference and actually go to classes to learn. As we speak, our favorite German Genealogy Girl, Ursula Krause, has left for the Berlin airport, soon to be on her way. I look forward to meeting her and hosting a brunch in her honor when she travels to Salt Lake following the conference. Here are the two GermanGen Study Group sessions with Ursula from mDearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.


Pioneer Heritage

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IMAGE: Encouraging “Our Heritage – Our Responsibility” signage welcomes visitors to the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah, image from the author’s private collection (2016.)

Ol’ Myrt here is thinking of her early LDS Church members today, 24 July 2017, as Utah commemorates 170 years since the first company arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. The first lineage society I joined was the Daughters of Utah Pioneers to honor these stalwart pioneers.

  • William Warner PLAYER  and Zillah SAUNDERS
  • Charles Warner PLAYER and Betsy OADES
  • Thomas WASDEN and Mary COUCOM
  • William Brockerman WRIGHT and Emma Smith YEARSLEY
  • Abraham Reister WRIGHT and Mary Ann BROCKERMAN
  • David Dutton YEARSLEY and Mary Ann HOOPES

The following article was originally published in the Crossroads magazine, published by the Utah Genealogical Society.

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IMAGE: The DUP’s Pioneer Memorial Museum, main entrance, 300 North Main, Salt Lake City, Utah, from the author’s private collection (2016).

The International Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP)
submitted by Pat Richley-Erickson, member since 1993

Honoring one’s ancestors who arrived in the Utah Territory prior to 10 May 1869 isn’t limited to LDS Church members. Women finding documented evidence of progenitors living there before the striking of “the Golden Spike”(1) trace, may join the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers. And pioneers these early settlers were, for the barren, high desert plains amid the Oquirrh and Wasatch mountains and the red rock canyons were anything but hospitable.

“ISDUP was organized solely for historical, educational, and public purposes and is completely non-political and non-sectarian. We are dedicated to honoring the names and achievements of the men, women, and children who founded Utah.” (2)


Figure 2- Mary (Coucom) Wasden’s Shawl, donated by Jessie Grace Brown to the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah, image from the author’s private collection (2016.)

This shawl was brought from England by my paternal 2nd great-grandmother and Utah Pioneer Mary Lucinda COUCOM born 25 April 1816 in Thrybergh, Yorkshire, England. She married Thomas WASDEN 6 Dec 1841, Rotherham, Yorkshire, England. The couple’s first 9 children were born in England, with the last three demonstrating the family’s migration. Daughter Mary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; son Thomas was born on the plains near Florence, Nebraska; and the youngest, my great-grandmother Eliza, was born in Gunnison, Utah.  How their mother Mary kept the shawl clean I’ll never know, as it is certainly a colorful treasure.


With a family history of ancestors born in Utah, it was logical for me to continue research at the DUP’s History Department, housed in the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum located at 300 N Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. While I had previously compiled church, military, probate and public vital records, what I gleaned at the DUP was anecdotal information from pioneer diaries and biographies in transcript and photocopy format. By touring the museum, I could picture my ancestors using primitive implements such as wood stoves, washtubs and rope strung beds.

Internet access to DUP’s Pioneer Index – History Cards is available at:
Finding a likely match to your paper trail research means there is a manuscript file on the ancestor(s) in the Historical Department. The website includes a mail-in request form, also used by walk-in researchers to obtain copies of specific manuscript files. There is a similar searchable database and request form for accessing the DUP photo collection. Note: Of the 15 photos I requested 7 were of pioneers with the balance being their descendants.


IMAGE: DUP Pioneer Index – Search Results WASDEN ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)

The DUP is organized into companies and camps, using terms Mormon pioneers used when crossing the plains from Nauvoo, Illinois to Utah. Currently DUP members attend camps in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming and Canada. Find the group nearest you to submit your lineage application created and printed from the DUP website.

When I joined in 1993, the DUP had no website. I was living in Utah so I asked my neighbors about joining. My application was reviewed by two witnesses then forwarded to the local William Preston (Cache South) Camp Captain and Camp Registrar before being forwarded to the County President and County Registrar. Together with their signatures, my application and membership fee were forwarded to Salt Lake for review by the DUP National Registrar. Once approved, my application was signed by the National President and the National Secretary who entered my name as a Utah pioneer descendant.

What surprised me is that unlike the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), my application was amended to include a few other pioneers in my lineage who are honored by the DUP. In the DAR, additional ancestors may be honored by submitting “supplemental” lineage applications, once the member’s initial DAR application has been approved. So while I initially joined the DUP to honor those on my PLAYER line, the DUP added pioneer WRIGHT ancestors as seen in handwritten entries in my application (below).


IMAGE: The author’s redacted Application for Membership, National Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1993, page 3. NOTE the previous name of the International Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.


The educational aspect of DUP comes into play through a network of museums, roadside historical markers and monthly meetings held at a camp member’s home or local library. Meetings begin with a traditional song such as “Come, Come Ye Saints” popular around the campfire as our pioneer fore-fathers and mothers traversed the plains. A pioneer spotlight is given, and members may share an heirloom related to the focus topic for the month. Cookies and punch are typically served as members mingle with prospective members sharing stories of our ancestors.

Later, living elsewhere, I became a “member at large” owing to no local DUP camp. I continued to receive the monthly 50-page DUP lesson. In May 2013 that included information gleaned from pioneer histories about the pioneer kitchen, a poem “Salt Risin’ Bread” in Grandma’s day, a picture and description of Emily Jane Smith Woodruff’s wooden cupboard, a “Mormon Couch” with pink quilt, William Bernard Dougall’s kitchen table and chairs, information about Lucretia Davis Gay’s ladder-back chairs and rocker among other entries. Biographic spotlights included Charles and Ann (Malin) Sharp, Hannah Corilla Free Wells, Mary Ann Cannell Hadley, Henry Pearson, Samuel Bringhurst, Sr, Erastus Willard and Lucinda (Gates) Bingham, Phoebe Eleanor Richards Maiben, Thomas John James, William Calder, Isaiah Moses and Fanny (McLean) Coombs, and Judith Woodbury Temple Haven. So in addition to photos and descriptions of pie safes, butter churns, and wash boards, the DUP honors specific individuals for their strength and fortitude through these monthly lesson plans sent to all members.


DUP Directory

IMAGE: International Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Museum Directory, 2014.

The definition of a DUP museum is when company/companies or camp/camps owns/own a museum building, log cabin and/or artifact collection which may be displayed and exhibited in a library, city or county building, or another museum.” (3)


IMAGE: George D. Pyper’s Eastlake secretary desk, donated by Oscar Kirkham to the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum, image from the author’s private collection (2016.)


Carter, Kate B., Heart Throbs of the West, Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1939.

Carter, Kate B., Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1958.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Memorial Museum: A Collection of Pioneer Memorabilia and Excerpts from Pioneer Journals, Salt Lake City, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1983.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Health Care, Salt Lake City: The Daughters, 1992.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Salt Lake City, Publishers Press 1998.

Lesson Committee, An Enduring Legacy Vol 1-12, Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1978-1990, out of print. Available in digital format at the Family History Library, see

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City: 1990-.

Lesson Committee, Pioneer Pathways, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City: 1998-.


  • Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • FamilySearch Wiki, Utah, United States Genealogy,,_United_States_Genealogy : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)
  • FamilySearch Wiki, Tracing LDS Ancestors, ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)
  • Willard Marriott Library, Utah Digital Newspapers, University of Utah ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) Although these publications currently include publications dated 1947-1969, references are made to pioneer ancestors.
  • Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History, 300 S Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sons of Utah Pioneers,
  • US District Courts [Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and Beaver), Utah Territorial Case Files, ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)
  • “Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005,” Database, FamilySearch, ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) From the newspaper collection at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • “Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868,” database with images, FamilySearch. ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) Excerpted from Esshom, Frank. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Comprising Photographs, Genealogies, Biographies. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Pioneers Books, 1913.
  • “Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949,” Management and Archives, Salt Lake City, Database with images. FamilySearch. ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016)
  • Utah State Library, 250 North, 1950 West, Suite A, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • “Utah, Territorial Militia Records, 1849-1877.” Database with images. FamilySearch. ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.) Citing series 2210, Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City.


Individuals and historians may view resources freely at the DUP website and research in person at the DUP Pioneer Memorial Library and the DUP Historical Department.

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These ancestors demonstrated faith and fortitude under the most trying circumstances having been chased from Ohio to Missouri, then expelled under Gov. Boggs’ Missouri Executive Order 44, also known as the Extermination Order issued October 27, 1838. My ancestors and their compatriots built a delightful place out of the Mississippi swamp land at Nauvoo, Illinois only to be forced out once again after Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob at Carthage.

Perhaps their example will serve as a guide to me and my descendants that things of value may not come easily, but they are worth the effort.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.

(1) See also: Golden Spike National Historic Site (Promontory, Utah) ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)

(2)  International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, “Welcome to the official site of ISDUP” ( : accessed 15 Sept 2016.)

(3) International Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Museum Directory, 2014, p1.






Written Conclusion – Clear Writing

writer checkingThis week we’re taking either your Proof Summary or the Proof Argument and sprucing it up in a segment called Clear Writing. This is something we tend to overlook. Since we don’t have a built-in ‘editor-butler’ to do the sprucing up, we’ll have to do it ourselves.

Don’t Panic! Review The Written Conclusion Study Group instead”  was posted at my old blog. This is the last week to study Chapter 7 from Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical Proof  (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). [Book available from the publisher here and in Kindle format, described here.] Dr. Jones refers to the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) summarized at the Board for Certification of Genealogists website here: 

Dr. Jones lists 12 bulleted items starting on page 90 of his book. The hardest one for me is “Letting the evidence speak for itself, we keep ourselves in the background.” Oh, there are other good pointers about consistent verb tenses and transitioning between paragraphs. Here’s what our filmstrip panelists had to say about their clear writing exercise.



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Luckily Dr. Jones states his ideas for improving our writing quite a bit more kindly that our 8th grade grammar teachers. And since we’re reading, there are no rulers tapping on desks of nearby students. Again, I digress, something I’m sure Dr. Jones would prefer I chose not to do.

My clear writing should not include details about the trip to the courthouse and the great restaurant around the corner on Main Street. There should be no ‘Next I looked’ or ‘Then I thought’ statements. My father would insist on no hyperbole exagerations or embelishments.

This is a professional report about hard won information, so naturally I want to compose my work in a professional manner.

Have you cleaned up your your Proof Summary or Proof Argument ? Get ‘er done!

Remember to register each week’s write-up here:

Each entry makes the participant eligible to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card to be awarded during our next Mondays with Myrt #genealogy hangout, 7 August 2017. WOW! 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.