DearMYRTLE’s upcoming AmericaGen STUDY GROUP will feature panelists working to accomplish tasks normally completed by Ol’ Myrt here. What does this mean? We will be studying Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) As such we need a dedicated group of motivated panel participants willing to read a chapter and submit homework in advance of each of our MONTHLY study group sessions. In addition panelists will rotate working in small groups collating homework into a shared .PDF file, inserting comments and moderating the chapter discussion much as DearMYRTLE has done in the past. Don’t worry. Ol’ Myrt will work closely with you until you get the hang of it. Details follow the volunteer form link below.


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)


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Chapter 1 Understanding Genealogical Research
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Chapter 2 Language, Terminology & Important Issues
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Chapter 3 Surveying, Analyzing and Planning
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Chapter 4 Evidence
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 SKIP AmericanGEN Study Group
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Chapter 5 Libraries and the National Archives NARA
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Chapter 6 Reference Works
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Chapter 7 Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Chapter 8 Successful Correspondence
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Chapter 9 Computer Technology and Family History
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Chapter 10 Family History on the Internet
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Chapter 11 Family History: Going Beyond Genealogy
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Chapter 12 Compiled Sources & Newspapers
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Chapter 13 Vital Records
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Chapter 14 Census Returns
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Chapter 15 Using Census Records in Your Research
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Chapter 16 Understanding Probate Records & Legal Terminology
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Chapter 17 What About Wills?
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Chapter 18 The Intestate, Miscellaneous Probate Records and Guardianships
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Chapter 19 Local Land Records
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Chapter 20 Abstracting Probate and Land Records
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Chapter 21 Abstracting Probate and Land Records
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Chapter 22 Court Records and Family History
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Chapter 23 Property Rights of Women as a Consideration
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Chapter 24 Church Records and Family History
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Chapter 25 Immigrant Origins: American Finding Aids
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Chapter 26 Military Records: Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Chapter 27 Military Records: After the Revolution
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Chapter 28 Cemetery and Burial Records