Videos: QuickLessons Study Group

New followers may benefit from our ESM’s Quick Lesson Study Group wherein we discussed the works of Elizabeth Shown Mills. Our syllabus material included the QuickLessons located at  Study group panel participants prepared in advance for each session, submitting homework describing how the principles discussed in that week’s specific QuickLesson have and or will have an impact in our own genealogical research. Embedded below is the YouTube version (without comments and notes). It is in “playlist format” meaning when one video has played, then next on the list will begin automatically. If you wish to view the video and all comments/links posted during the live hangout, that listing appears below the playlist video.

ESM QuickLesson 1: Analysis & Citation Study Group Session (video & comments)

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Videos: Mastering Genealogical Proof

MGPStudyGroupPromo ImageOver the years DearMYRTLE here has hosted several groups studying Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). The book is available from the publisher at , also available in Kindle format through Below find the embedded video of MGP Study Group 3 in playlist format,  from DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel. Below the viewer is the list of chapters with links to the previous two study group series.

See MGP1 – Orientation video here
Before blogging about your participation in this study group, please see MGP1 Study Group – Copyright Guidelines featuring the best advice from +Judy G. Russell , the Legal Genealogist.
See UK oriented MGP2 Study Group Guidelines

Chapter 1 – Genealogy’s Standard of Proof
See MGP1 – Chapter 1 video here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 1 video here.

Chapter 2 – Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
See MGP1 – Chapter 2 video here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 2 video here.
See also Elizabeth Shown Mills’ QuickLesson 17: The Evidence Analysis Process Model

Chapter 3 – GPS Element 1: Thorough Research
See MGP1 – Chapter 3 video here.
See MGP1 – Chapter 3 Revisited video here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 3 video here.

Chapter 4 GPS Element 2: Source Citations
See MGP1 – Chapter 4 video here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 4 here.

Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
See MGP1 – Chapter 5 here.
See MPG1 – Chapter 5 Homework Help here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 5 here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 5 continued here.

Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence
See MGP1 – Chapter 6 here.
See UK oriented MGP2 –  Chapter 6 here.

Chapter 7 GPS Element 5: The Written Conclusion
See MGP1 – Chapter 7 – The Written Conclusion here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – Chapter 7 here.

Chapter 8 – Using the GPS
Chapter 9 – Conclusion
See MGP1 – Chapter 8 & 9 inclusive here.
See UK oriented MGP2 – The Final Chapters and graduation

Dr. Jones’ book also includes the following:
Appendix A – Pritchett Article
Appendix B – McLain Article
Reading and Source List
Answers to exercises (Yup! The answers are at the end of the book.)

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Those considering certification or accreditation should consider this book a “must read and study thoroughly.”

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

For Further Reading

DearMYRTLE’s MGP Study Group 1 (US focused) videos:

DearMYRTLE’s MGP Study Group 2 (UK focused) videos:

DearMYRTLE’s – MGP1 Study Group Copyright Guidelines (important)


Where to find DearMYRTLE’s Hangouts

Hello. I started to watch your Norwegian YouTube videos and became very interested in the remarkable spreadsheets first shown. Genealogy is not new to me, but the “hangouts” and everything your website has to offer is new and very exciting. But a wee bit confusing. If you could point me in the direction of where to start as a newbie to hangouts and the documents you showed I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank-you for spotting the Norwegian Genealogy study group on DearMYRTLE’s YouTube channel. The description of the video in question explains:

Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. To view the video and all comments during the live broadcast go here:

THIS is what the Norwegian Study Group sessions look like on DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel.

This is what the study group session looks like over on DearMYRTLE’s website. We currently use a interface that permits pre-registration, email confirmation, reminders and most importantly, the accompanying chat. Cousin Russ posts the links we mention during our hangouts in the “unified chat” area to the right of the video hangout screen. It is there he include the fabulous Norwegian Google Sheet in comments that are on the side of the embedded video on my site. However, here it is for you today.

2017 DearMYRTLE hangout screen shot

We want interactive discussions rather than genealogy lectures.

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Toward the end of each month Ol’ Myrt here posts the upcoming month’s hangouts at:
makes an announcement of same in my blog Myrt’s Musings

Thank-you for inquiring. Let’s have fun learning more about how to do genealogical research.

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Myrt     🙂
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FamilySearch: 2017 Worldwide Indexing Project

Look what FamilySearch has planned for 20-22 October 2017 – the annual Worldwide Indexing Event.

Here’s the link to register –

You may use either the web or desktop indexing interface. The web version allow those who have Chromebooks to participate.

Congrats to the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society for leading the way. They’re planning a training session of 16 Oct 2017 in the computer lab at the Agwam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.

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One way to “pay it forward” is to index records so others can more readily find documents mentioning their ancestors.

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

For Further Reading (I guess you could say we’ve done a bit of indexing over the years!)


Question: Preparing for Certification

“Wondering if there is a post on your blog for someone starting the process of certification. I tried a few searches but didnt come up with a starting point. Im starting to think about doing my certification but want to take slow and steady path.” – An Inquiring Follower.

It’s high time I blogged again about this topic, so here goes. There are two genealogical credentialing bodies in the United States.

BCG LogoThe Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)

iCapGen LogoThe International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICapGen)

Both websites provide examples of what to expect during the credentialing process.

Look into the pre-certification support Jill Morelli, CG provides using Google Hangouts. ICapGen provides similar mentining opportunities. Her blog Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal contains worthwhile commentary as well.

DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel hosts several videos relevant to your preparation that I’ll spotlight in future blog posts. To begin with let’s have you review our Writing for Certification video where our guest Carmen shares her insights.

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It is imperative that you not publish anything you plan to submit with your portfolio. Be careful not to blog about your kinship determination until after your portfolio has been accepted.

It is also imperative that candidates not seek research advice, as their portfolios must be entirely their own work – research, analysis, correlation, overcoming conflicting information, written conclusions, citations, etc.

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