ARCHIVED: GenDoc Study Group (sessions 1 & 2)


Cousin Russ and I are pleased to announce the first two sessions of DearMYRTLE’s GenDoc Study Group are archived and ready for your review.

Thomas W. Jones. Mastering Genealogical Documentation, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017.) Softbound available from the publisher’s website Kindle format at Amazon here:

“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.” Source: The publisher – NGS.

Panel 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.

Chapter 1 – The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation Sure you may view the video below, but why not view and see all comments with links we mention at

This is the link to Chapter 1 compiled homework with DearMYRTLE’s notations:

Chapter 2 Noncitation Aspects of Genealogical Documentation Sure you may view the video below, but why not view and see all comments with links we mention at

This is the link to Chapter 2 compiled homework with DearMYRTLE’s notations:

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Regarding homework: Do as our panelists, who are tasked with taking one part of each chapter that “speaks” to them and submitting that as homework rather than infringing on copyright by working through Dr. Jones’ homework for each chapter. The answers are at the end of the book.

Ol’ Myrt here recommends doing the homework even if you are not a panelist. Hangout viewer Tami Crandall writes “I’ve watched classes before where I was too busy to do the reading and homework […]. I didn’t get as much out of the hangout by just watching.” [Emphasis added.]

We reap what we sow.

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


ARCHIVED: Norwegian Gen 1 hangout


Norwegian Genealogy 1 hangout with Liv Birgit Christensen, hosted by DearMYRTLE is now archived. Ol’ Myrt here particularly appreciated the census index correlated to previous census years. Every site we visited was open, requiring no membership fees to view the content. We also spent time discussing the Google Translate Chrome browser extention, and the Google Translate iOS app that assists travelers needing to understand menus and bus schedules.

Sure, you may watch the embedded video here, but why not view the video and all comments and links posted during the live broadcast here:

For Further Information


Special Guest from BLM on today’s Mondays with Myrt


Today during Mondays with Myrt genealogy hangout, Ol’ Myrt and Cousin Russ will be visiting live with Daniel Fleming from the Bureau of Land Management (US) to demo a new map interface for locating the scanned image of an ancestor’s land patent.

Bureau of Land Management header

“Welcome to the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site. We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. We also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.” Source:

For Further Reading

MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)
Register here: 
18 Sept 2017
Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeless).

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If you have an ancestor in a “public land state” who suddenly appears on taxes without a corresponding entry in the state or county’s grantee-grantor records, it is likely he obtained his land from the federal goverment. In addition to the land patents and survey maps at the BLM-GLO website, we will discuss how to obtain the paperwork behind these transactions. These land entry files are available in textual format only at the National Archives (US) in Washington, DC.

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


GenDoc Study Group – Chapter 1 Discussion


Cousin Russ and I are gearing up for Wednesday morning’s GenDoc Study Group where we will go over the homework submitted by our panelists for “Chapter 1 The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation”. Our syllabus material is found in Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical Documentation. (1)

GenDoc Study Group – Chapter 1 homework (compiled)

GenDoc STUDY GROUP (60 minutes) Wednesday, 13 Sept 2017 ,  Chapter 1 – “The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation” from Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical DocumentationThe live broadcast begins as follows:
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles.

Sure you can watch the YouTube video embedded below, but why not go to to register.
You’ll then receive email confirmation and reminders with your personal link to view the video hangout.
You may comment before and during the live event, and watch the archived version anytime.

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You will note in the homework compilation linked above, Ol’ Myrt here has stripped out the individual syllabus references, added a uniform header and footer, and page numbers to facilitate our live discussion.

Those submitting homework have been advised “Due to copyright restrictions, participants may *not* post the questions from the book. Merely write about one part of the chapter that “speaks to you” and provide an example from your own research. When quoting Dr. Jones, merely incorporate a sentence or two in your homework, Thank-you.”

(1) Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017.) Softbound available from the publisher’s website Kindle format at Amazon here:

Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.


Fold3: Viet Nam War

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


On September 17, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s highly anticipated 10-part documentary The Vietnam War will begin airing. In the meantime, brush up on your knowledge of the conflict on Fold3 with the more than 21 million records in our Vietnam War collection.

There are currently 17 titles in our Vietnam Collection, and each provides a unique perspective on the decades-long conflict. If you’re not sure where to start, below we’ve spotlighted 5 titles that will be sure to interest you:

Photos: Fold3 has 4 Vietnam photo collections—Vietnam Marine Corps (B/W)Vietnam War Marine CorpsVietnam War Army, and Vietnam War Navy. Many of the thousands of photos in these titles are in color, and they capture nearly every subject imaginable, from service members, to aircraft, to local Vietnamese, to military offensives, and beyond.

Vietnam Service Awards: This title includes candidates for Meritorious Unit Commendations, Navy Unit Commendations, Presidential Unit Citations, Presidential Unit Commendations, Valorous Unit Awards, and Vietnam Unit Awards. Not only do the records in this title contain explanations and the history of each recommendation, but they also describe the missions, list the soldiers, and outline the process of approving or disapproving the award.

Medal of Honor Recipients: Citations for Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients are included in this title. The citations tell you when and where the Medal of Honor action occurred and typically give a fairly extensive description of the action and why it was considered deserving of a Medal of Honor. The Vietnam War medal citations begin on page 799 of the first volume (1863-1978). There are also a few Vietnam-era citations in the second volume (1979-2013), beginning on page 28.

The Pentagon Papers: This formerly top-secret report was originally leaked to the New York Times in 1971 and revealed damaging insights into U.S. policy in Vietnam, creating a whirlwind of controversy. In 2011, the full 7,000-page report was declassified and released to the public.

Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The interactive memorial on Fold3 was made of 6,301 photographs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC that were stitched together by computer into a single, high-quality image. The Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial allows you to either search for a name or look at a high-resolution image of the wall—as if you were really in Washington DC. Every name on Fold3’s Vietnam Wall is connected to an Honor Wall page for the veteran that you can view or edit.

Search or browse these Vietnam War titles and more on Fold3!