REGISTER for Jan 2018 DearMYRTLE Events

This is the lineup for January 2018 DearMYRTLE study groups and online events. Please note we are using a brand new interface called ZOOM. It’s way cool, and very easy to pick up. Most registration links I’ve created permit you to sign up for a month’s worth of meetings. If you need a time zone converter, this is the one DearMYRTLE recommends



  • Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018, Chapter 14 – Citing Images of Previously Published Material
  • Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018  Chapter 15 – Citing Images of Previously Unpublished Material
  • Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 Chapter 16 – Multiparty Options for Citing Images
  • Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018 Chapter 17 – Documenting on Your Own
    Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central (Chicago), 10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver), 9am Pacific (Los Angeles)

SYLLABUS Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones, 2017 (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society). [Available from the publisher at and in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.] REGISTRATION URL


WACKY Wednesday – Second Life Avatars & Genealogy 3 Jan 2018
9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. We talk about everything that’s come across our genea-desks in the past week. Powerful breakthroughs happen during our live hangouts.

  • 8 Jan 2018
  • 15 Jan 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 22 Jan 2018
  • 29 Jan 2018

Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central (Chicago), 10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver), 9am Pacific (Los Angeles)

Genealogy Game Night LogoGENEALOGY GAME NIGHT
13 Jan 2018

We’re playing “WHO’S IN MY LINE?” designed to spotlight our ancestors. He or she doesn’t have to be famous. Try to get the panel to guess his/her occupation, location, place in history or ??? There will be prizes! THIS is the time to test out your mic and headset and learn to share your screen. We open the “green room” 15 minutes early if you’d like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we “scramble” to mix up the conversation a bit with new panelists.

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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Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer s, 1989 (New York: Oxford University Press).

  • 17 Jan 2018 East Anglia to Massachusetts: The Exodus of the English Puritans 1629-41
  • 31 Jan 2018 The South of England to Virginia: Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants 1642-75
  • 7 Feb 2018 North Midlands to the Delaware: The Friends’ Migration 1675-1725
  • 7 Mar 2018 Borderlands to the Back Country: The Flight from North Britain 1717-1775

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

AmericaGen STUDY GROUP – Chapter 1
31 Jan 2018

Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback
Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central (Chicago), 10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver), 9am Pacific (Los Angeles)

24 Jan 2018
We are delighted to feature our resident archivist Melissa Barker, who serves as the Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor.

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Here is a helpful video explaining how to join a Zoom webinar using your computer, tablet or smart phone. We’re going to have fun with this new toy!



Blog Caroling 2017: God Bless Us Everyone

fM 2017 Blog Caroling

Our dearest geneafriend footnoteMaven has extended her annual challenge:

“I challenge each of you to blog or post to Facebook your favorite Christmas Carol – Blog Caroling.  We’ll all sing along!
(Blog Caroling is posting the lyrics, YouTube video, etc. of your favorite Christmas carol on your blog.)”

Come together one and all
In the giving Spirit
Gifts abound here great and small
Joyously we feel it.
Blessings sent us from above
Guide us on our way
We raise our voice
As we rejoice
Bow our head and pray
A miracle has just begun.
God bless us everyone
To the voices no one hears,
We have come to find you.
With your laughter and your tears
Goodness, hope, and virtue
Father, Mother, Daughter, Son
Each a treasure be.
One candle’s light
Dispels the night,
Now our eyes can see
Burning brighter than the sun.
God bless us everyone!
The miracle has just begun!
God bless us everyone!
Come together one and all
In the

Christmas golden star ornaments at blue night

Though we worship the Almighty in a variety of ways, know that my heart and prayers are with you and your family at this special time of year.

Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.


REGISTER NOW: December 2017 DearMYRTLE Hangouts

800DearMYRTLE hangouts

It’s hard to believe we are celebrating 800 DearMYRTLE hangouts during Mondays with Myrt on 4 Dec 2017. I couldn’t possibly have done this without great panel participants and of course, my real-life Cousin Russ. Thank-you to all who have made these hangouts so fun – even though we are learning sticky wicket things like citation samples and advanced genealogical research methodologies. Here’s the December lineup:

Dec 2017 DearMYRTLE hangouts

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With the end-of-year holidays fast approaching, take time to relax and hangout out with Cousin Russ and Ol’ Myrt here. Cannot wait to see you!

Remember 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 or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.

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Cooking the books or MyHeritage’s new record transcription fixes

The blog at features a post today by Jess titled NEW Feature: Do-it-Yourself Historical Record Fixes where we read

‘We are very excited to launch our new Suggest Alternatives feature that allows MyHeritage users to correct mistranscribed or misspelled names in historical records on SuperSearch™.’

OK, that sounds better. The headline “Do-It-Yourself Historical Record Fixes” sounded like something an unscrupulous genealogist would do to “cook the books” making it appear something happened and prove his lineage assertions. In the 1940 census example, Jess demonstrates how the surname FISK was incorrectly indexed as FISH. Interpreting old handwriting on fading pages have long [plagued genealogists.

The newly launched feature at MyHeritage gives us the option to provide alternate interpretation on multiple record sets at Jess explains

‘You can suggest alternative names in collections like censusbirth, marriage and death recordspassenger listsmilitary records, and more. All structured records that have name fields can now be fixed.’

MyHeritage indicates your alternate handwriting interpretation will appear on the transcription page in addition to the original transcribed name following an auto-update process that runs weekly.

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This is a feature permits on some but not all databases and the update can take much longer than one week to my understanding. How I wish more genealogy websites would permit alternate index entries. Thanks to MyHeritage for instituting this policy. Find out more at: