We met for Mondays with Myrt LIVE at the Family History Library in snowy Salt Lake City. Folks from France, England, Wales, Ireland, Norway, Israel, Australia and the US arrived early for fun and research in the few days before #rootstech 2018 begins on Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018. Folks from Canada, Scotland, the Netherlands, and elsewhere tuned in virtually thanks to the magic of Zoom webinar technology.

Thank-you to Yvette Hoitink (Netherlands) for finding those URLs quickly to share with everyone. And thank-you to Cousin Russ, Roger Moffat and Dave Robison for technical assistance. All Ol’ Myrt here had to do was have fun talking with visitors about our favorite subject – GENEALOGY. 


00:59:43 John Laws: Good to be with you guys from Bonnie Scotland
00:59:47 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Good Morning from almost white conditions in California Sierra Nevada’s.
01:01:20 Betty-Lu Burton: that is a good plan on a cold day. stay inside and enjoy good friends
01:01:49 Betty-Lu Burton: Thank you Roger for working the camara
01:02:08 Betty-Lu Burton: Hi Jill.
01:02:48 Louis Kessler: Thanks for the invite Russ and Pat. But sorry. I’m #NotAtRootsTech this year.
01:02:56 Betty-Lu Burton: There always a good delagation from Austrialia to RootsTech
01:06:37 Betty-Lu Burton: You just need a little fun time in order to handle the stress of all that research time before the conference begins
01:11:44 Louis Kessler: The weather this year is my fault. It always snows during RootsTech on the years I don’t come. It was beautiful last year when I was there. One day, it was over 60 F.
01:19:59 Teri Chaffin: I have good sound
01:24:14 Carol Young: Thank You Roger!


01:25:24 Cousin Russ: GeneaBloggersTRIBE Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/geneabloggers
01:27:18 Shannon Thomas: GeneaBloggersTRIBE is getting lots of requests to join the Facebook group right now! Thanks!
01:28:06 Cousin Russ: GeneaBloggersTRIBE  website http://geneabloggerstribe.com
01:29:06 Yvette Hoitink: My blog traffic is still increasing. Up 40% since last year. Blows my mind. It’s been up at least 20% since I started blogging in 2005.
01:29:58 Betty-Lu Burton: Take care John Laws
01:30:35 Yvette Hoitink: YAY!
01:32:00 Drew Smith: Based on the success of national podcasting conferences, I suspect that the numbers of podcast listeners is continuing to increase.
01:36:04 Drew Smith: I used to be related to Vanna White.

01:39:56 Cousin Russ: HEREDIS (genealogy software)  https://www.heredis.com/en/free-family-tree/

DNA Painter
01:45:41 Doris Haskell: I have heard of DNA Painter, and people who are learning it are pretty happy with it. Does it help find new cousins?
01:45:57 cyndy Bray: What is DNA Painter
01:46:12 Yvette Hoitink: https://dnapainter.com/
01:46:27 Cousin Russ: Thank you Yvette
01:46:29 Kathleen Moore: I love DNA Painter. I have tested my Mom and all her living siblings. It’s fascinating to visually see what sections they’ve all inherited DNA wise.

01:49:24 Cousin Russ: Carol Petranek’s blog is Spartan Roots https://spartanroots.wordpress.com/

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Carol will be presenting a 2-part Greek genealogy study group for us in April 2018. Save the dates 11 & 18 April (Wednesdays) at noon Eastern.

01:50:03 Doris Haskell: I tell everyone I see in person about my research. And I text and email about my genealogy adventures. I feel like I’m just a step away from becoming more of a blogger. You are getting me fired up.
01:50:58 Karen Trearchis: I have Greek ancestry.
01:53:03 Cousin Russ: http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Putting-together-the-pieces-of-Hellenic-identity
01:53:18 Yvette Hoitink: Here’s Katherine Willson’s list of Genealogical Facebook Groups: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/
01:53:21 Karen Trearchis: thanks
01:53:54 Cousin Russ: Thank you Yvette

FamilySearch Wiki

01:54:44 Cousin Russ: FamilySearch.org Wiki – https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page
01:57:49 Bill West: Phew. Finally! Well, better late than never! 🙂
02:02:59 Doris Haskell: That is huge! Paper is good. And, I hope it is digitized as well.

Amazed by the strength of Tierra Cotton-Kellow? Then you’ll love her spunky Pre-RootsTech Recap video.

02:05:52 Yvette Hoitink: In many places in Germany, the bishops were the landlords, so the Roman Catholic registration doubled as the civil registration.
02:06:31 Yvette Hoitink: They wanted to record everyone so they knew whom to tax, call up for military duty, etc.
02:12:53 Doris Haskell: I want to spend some of my time at RootsTech getting to know these wonderful women.

DearMYRTLE will serve as a RootsTech Ambassador and will be taping informal AmbushCAM interviews. (Schedule at the end of this blog post.)

#ROOTSTECH 2018 will be held in the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah from 28 Feb through 3 Mar 2018. There’s still time to register here: http://www.RootsTech.org

For those #notatrootstech here is the live streaming schedule: https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule

02:19:15 Cousin Russ: CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AFTER THELIVE BROADCAST HERE: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DearmyrtlePage/posts/aBLUpwYeV7y
02:23:33 Doris Haskell: I’d be interested to also hear if anyone is working on find long lost family members, or biological family members in adoption cases.
02:38:16 Betty-Lu Burton: The National Archives’ is in the house  http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

02:45:43 Cousin Russ: MyHeritageDNA https://www.myheritage.com/dna
02:54:59 Doris Haskell: This is all so interesting. Please keep going. I understand, you will need a break. Thanks for a wonderful hangout.
02:59:43 Betty-Lu Burton: I have an ancestor who for a while we thought he was the only one with that first name and lately I have found several with the same first name
03:08:11 Karen Trearchis: Our DNA SIG group has just started this year and we had 42 members/visitors on Saturday!
03:16:04 Carol Young: What a WONDERFUL Panel with a WEALTH of GREAT & USEFUL information! Thank You ALL!
03:16:36 Karen Trearchis: Thanks, loved hearing from everyone.


WEDNESDAY – 28 Feb  2018

  • 9:30am-12:30pm Access & Preservation Day sponsored by ProQuest & FamilySearch
  • 9:30am-1:30pm RootsTech Labs & Sessions 
  • 3pm Ballroom A – Finding the Answers. The Basics of WWII Research with Jennifer Holik, World War II Research and Writing Center
  • 4pm Hallway – AmbushCAM interview with Jennifer Holik.
  • 4:30pm General Session with Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. panelists discuss the past, present, and future of the industry at the 2018 Innovation Showcase. *This session will be streamed on rootstech.org
  • 6-8pm Exhibit Hall – Innovation Showcase I’ll spend most of my time in the Media Hub.

THURSDAY – 1 Mar 2018

  • 8:30am Main Stage General Session with Keynote Brandon Stanton who studied at the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before starting Humans of New York—a photography and storytelling blog—in the Summer of 2010. *This session will be streamed on rootstech.org.
  • 10am Exhibit Hall – Media Hub DearMYRTLE’s AmbushCAM video interviews. These will be uploaded directly to DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel .

FRIDAY – 2 Mar 2018

  • 8:30am Main Stage General Session with Keynote Scott Hamilton, the living example that good guys CAN finish first! He is an Olympic champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, husband/father, and eternal optimist!
  • 10am Exhibit Hall – Media Hub DearMYRTLE’s AmbushCAM video interviews. These will be uploaded directly to DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel .
  • 11:30am Family History Fanatics Booth (interview) GBTRIBE
  • 12:15pm GeneaBloggersTRIBE photo op
  • 8pm MyHeritage After Party 

SATURDAY – 2 Mar 2018

  • 7am MyHeritage Breakfast
  • 8:30am Main Stage General Session with Keynote Henry Louis Gates, Jr (PBS Finding Your Roots) and Natalia Lafourcade (successful Mexican pop rock singer) *This session will be streamed on rootstech.org.
  • 10am Exhibit Hall – Media Hub DearMYRTLE’s AmbushCAM video interviews. These will be uploaded directly to DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel.
  • 1pm Main Stage Family Discovery Day (LDS) with Keynotes President and Sister Dallin H. Oaks.

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Here’s the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar – http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/calendar.html

Here’s the link to the GeneaWebinars Blog & Calendar of other genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts – http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/calendar.html