A power-packed discussion of the research process, archived historical newspaper go-to websites, Google Earth and Google Maps “street view”, Progeny’s new DNA option in Charting Companion, RootsWeb message boards and mailing lists, the Ancestry Wiki (now on RootsWeb), Fold3 has British in addition to US Military records. We also locate Family History Ron on Facebook and YouTube.



09:47:30 From DearMYRTLE :  PARTNERSHIP: FindMyPast & LivingDNA
09:50:30 From Pat Kuhn :

10:02:49 From June Butka : I’m loving you Research Process videos.
10:04:00 From June Butka : I use Google sheets. I plan to do it in FTM2017 onward along with the Google Sheets.
10:04:56 From Leah Smith to All panelists : I watched the first 2. What a great teaching tool!
10:06:57 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Good morning from South Louisiana.
10:07:31 From Jacqueline Wilson : I am already a member!
10:08:02 From Bill West : Good morning from hazy, hot and humid Massachusetts.
10:09:32 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Nice to see all the panelists 🙂
10:09:48 From Molly McKinley : I have enjoyed many of Russ’s FTM videos.
10:10:07 From June Butka : Year round humidity. That is why the winter chills usand much as the somummer zaps us.
10:10:17 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have not used Google Sheets except with the study groups. Instead, I have been using Excel – I may need to change so I can use my Samsung Tablet at the the Newberry Library.
10:10:57 From June Butka : I like Google Sheet Jacqueline, so I can access when out traveling .
10:11:50 From Rebecca Williams : I do like the new views, ~ seeing all the panelists.
10:14:35 From Bill West : My family gave me an air conditioner as an early birthday present so I don’t have to dealwith the heat and humidity anymore. I can sitting here in the cool and watch it hum out. 🙂
10:15:13 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I have Newspapers. com with Ancestry and upgraded to received more newspapers. A great resource and has helped fill in gaps in families.
10:15:31 From June Butka : I’ve used all of those you mentioned for news. Reminder that Probate are under Ads in some newspapers.
10:15:53 From Lisa Gorrell : you can subscribe and receive email updates on new stuff. from TheAncestorHunt
10:16:10 From Cousin Russ : GenealogyBank (findMyPast) – Library of Congress Chronicling America Ken Mark’s TheAncestorHunt
10:16:17 From Randy Seaver : Seavers in the News –
10:16:33 From June Butka : I still can’t find the 1823 fire in Gilman Pond Plantation, Maine, in any paper.

Randy Seaver’s List of go-to newspaper sites
10:18:26 From Cousin Russ :  has Library of Congress Chronicling America in easier to search format.
10:18:34 From Cousin Russ :
10:18:41 From Cousin Russ : (findMyPast)
Ken Mark’s

10:20:14 From Sue Draper : select all, then you can do more
10:22:49 From Michelle Minner : I already knew how to do this process…but I never thought of it for newspaper and citation! WOO HOO! GREAT idea!
10:22:58 From June Butka : I wanted to learn how to do the citation with the photo. Thank you.
10:23:24 From Hilary Gadsby : Thanks for reminding us of this great tip.
10:23:52 From Susan Ennis : The mid-19th century newspaper articles helped me to break down three brick walls with females!
10:23:58 From Deb Andrew : I found my dh’s great grandmother’s death place in a totally different state, instead of Chicago, IL, she was in Louisiana, on a visit.
10:24:15 From Sue Draper : A stray notice looking for relatives for a probate case led to much information about my immigrant ancestor’s extended family.
10:24:17 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I have several newspaper copies from film that I need to do that with
10:24:25 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Through an obituary I found out that my husband’s cousin married my great-aunt’s granddaughter.
10:25:04 From Marcia Philbrick : I found that my ancestor, Richard Foster, died from rabies in 1831.
10:25:11 From June Butka : Family Search Pioneer hints provided me with hints of why certain surnames were coming up in my DNA Hints. I was able to fill out my tree with verifiable sources.
10:25:19 From Danine Cozzens : Check ALL the newspapers. In 1878 Visalia, California, a g-g-g-aunt’s wedding rated a civil citation in one paper and was the wedding of the year in its opponent, where the groom was a prominent advertiser.

10:25:36 From Cousin Russ : Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles 
10:25:37 From Lisa Gorrell : I’m lucky I guess that I don’t have many DNA circles.
10:25:42 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles
10:29:25 From Leah Smith : A DNA match has a daughter born to a woman more than 100 yrs after this woman’s death. Tree owner occasionally corrects and then later the error reappears. Possibly she keeps picking up the same inappropriate record from a hint.
10:30:52 From Michelle Minner : I have learned the hard way, exactly what is being talked about! I used to be a hunter/gatherer…I use ancestry and Family Search and My Heritage…records! and I am making more progress than ever before!
10:32:35 From JoAnn Lawrencw : Maybe we should start a hunter/gatherer support group. Boy I need to learn more to stop being a hunter.gatherer.
10:33:03 From Bill West : I am greatful toAncestry and FamilySearch for the records they posted that helped me discover so much. It’s the trees on both sites that frustrate me.
10:33:07 From Michelle Minner : Yep, I have tried to contact someone that had NO sources or citations…and they added a few husbands to my grandmother that were inaccurate (with no marriage records)…and I sent a nice email and asked for their sources….and was told that I was wrong…and leave their tree and person alone!
10:33:23 From June Butka : I attempted with a link to the sources. If they respond with a source to support their information, I will review mine again.
10:33:27 From JoAnn Lawrencw to All panelists : Thanks to this group, I’ve learn a great more information. Thank you Thanky you.
10:34:35 From Marcia Philbrick : Thanks for pointing out the issue with the circle biography! I clicked on the ‘more about .. ‘ link and it shows images. I’m assuming that at least one person has attached the image. Out of 6 images, only 3 fit the ancestors
10:35:14 From Sue Draper : Those are in the vault, too. Maybe recent acquisitions, so they are not reels or images.
10:35:38 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : My problem is that I have people who are stating with dna and using there relationship with thier matches to build thier tree. With basicly no document research.
10:35:59 From Marcia Philbrick : I have my icons for Woodson County, Kansas — Marriage Records (under vital records) — I have a camera and a film icon for two different record sets.
10:36:32 From Sue Draper : You can request availability.
10:36:56 From Hilary Gadsby : We all need to be aware that we can make mistakes and need to look at what we do. Ithought I had found an error at the weekend but when I checked again later I realised I had missed something. Fortunately I had not changed anything but just left a comment which I could delete.
10:36:57 From June Butka : Icon that were there 2 days ago are not there now in Maine Land Deeds
10:39:05 From Marcia Philbrick : camera with a key
10:40:58 From Sue Draper : could be priorities too, land is below vital
10:41:21 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I am having a problem with Hampshire West End registers
10:41:52 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : It is sending my around in cicles.
10:42:27 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have both page and camera
10:43:39 From Randy Seaver : You could join one of the FS Communities which act like a message board.
10:47:31 From June Butka : Love Family History Ron.
10:47:50 From Randy Seaver : FamilySearch Communities
10:48:17 From Sue Draper : I watch it when I’m not at a folk dance Thursday.
10:48:22 From June Butka : The link to the Land deed records from Maine, I saved does still work. The Icon is not there on the Family Search site.
10:49:45 From Michelle Minner : Myrt….I have a member of my family search Facebook group (jane’s gang) who has done a LOT of chinese research…and written a book that is in the SLC Family History Center Library. If you need a referral, I can hook you up with her!
10:50:05 From Hilary Gadsby : I have joined the England and British Isles Communities
10:51:42 From Deb Andrew : It’s under help

10:52:20 From Randy Seaver : Message Boards are at
10:53:59 From Jacqueline Wilson : Pat: happy allergy season – not!
10:54:52 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb List
10:59:42 From Michelle Minner : not only do you have to LIKE it, you also have to click all, most, to see the notifications on your own page
10:59:50 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb
10:59:56 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb Wiki

11:00:35 From Randy Seaver : I’ve added Family History Ron to my YouTube Subscriptions which I check twice a week

FamilyHistoryRon Facebook

See also Family History Ron Facebook Page here
11:03:54 From Randy Seaver : I prefer to speed watch on YouTube especially for presentation videos

11:04:16 From Deb Andrew : I am
11:04:20 From June Butka : Yes
11:04:22 From Sue Draper : I am, using Excel
11:04:23 From Karen Trearchis : I do
11:04:27 From Danine Cozzens : Moi!
11:05:24 From Deb Andrew : I was a beta tester for the DNA Matrix when Pierre brought that in to Charting Companion.
11:05:54 From Deb Andrew : It does work nicely with FTM, Roots Magic and Legacy, I tested those three.
11:06:37 From June Butka : My Uncle was in the RAF, he was on loan from the USAF
11:06:42 From Cousin Russ :
11:06:56 From Karen Trearchis : What is the link for charting companion?

11:07:30 From Cousin Russ : PROGENY’S Charting Companion
11:07:48 From Cousin Russ : Its also a Plugin for FTM2017 Karen
11:08:21 From Karen Trearchis : Thanks Russ.
11:09:29 From Randy Seaver :

11:09:49 From Cousin Russ : FOLD 3 TRAINING CENTER
11:12:37 From Molly McKinley : I have one for my brother on Fold 3
11:13:40 From Molly McKinley : We have one for my ggrandfather placed with his family.

11:14:23 From DearMYRTLE : U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 for Charles De Smith
11:14:37 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists :
11:14:44 From Randy Seaver : I did a memorial for my father on We Remember – see
11:14:46 From Michelle Minner : I found the application for Headstone or marker for my great-grandfather (served in Civil War)…and the application for Headstone for my brother who died at 9 months old at Offutt AFB…LOADS of information on those documents!
11:14:50 From Cousin Russ :
11:16:54 From Randy Seaver : One of my Fold3 memorials is at
11:17:00 From June Butka : I mad one for my Dad, Nelson W. Stearns
11:17:12 From Michelle Minner : Red Filters
11:18:29 From June Butka :
11:19:07 From Cousin Russ : Fold3 training video at
11:19:42 From Pamela Wells : My father’s memorial at Fold 3
11:19:48 From Cousin Russ : Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship
11:20:12 From Lisa Gorrell : Judy Russell blog about Laura Prescott

Google Earth

11:25:04 From Michelle Minner : I used google earth to find my grandparents home…and it is still kept up, occupied and wonderful…my mother cried seeing her old home in a picture I took off Google Earth.

737 2nd Street NW PuyallupWA

IMAGE: From Google Earth to “street view” 737 2nd St NW, Puyallup, Washington, owned by DearMYRTLE’s grandmother in the 1950s.

11:27:29 From Pat Kuhn : I use Google Earth to find where everyone has lived and I pin them
11:28:21 From Pamela Wells : Pat, I do, too!
11:30:41 From Michelle Minner : I took a girlfriend to Devonshire (near Plymouth) from sitting here in the living room in Tucson, Arizona!

IS LETTER WRITING DEAD? Not by a long shot!
11:31:44 From Denise Coughlin : I plan on following Tim’s example and write a letter a day in August!!
11:31:57 From Randy Seaver : I’m going to use Google Earth and Maps for my WDYTYA presentation at the CVGS Family History Day – tell my subject where he can visit his ancestors birthplaces.

11:33:14 From Randy Seaver : Thats’ beautiful, Pat. Thank you for the example and idea. [NOTE from DearMYRTLE: My grandkids should receive their personal letters via snail mail delivery tomorrow!]
11:34:43 From Karen Trearchis : I know you have a great time, Pat!

11:35:17 From Cousin Russ : Tom MacEntee’s announcement:
11:35:21 From Pamela Wells : Thank you for all you do! I’ve learned so much for all you do. I posted my father’s memorial above.
11:35:22 From Randy Seaver : Technology for genealogy rocks!!!
11:36:09 From Jacqueline Wilson : Bye everyone!
11:36:53 From Pat Stano-Carpenter : I don’t get a chance to attend “Mondays” often, but when I do I always learn something. Thanks

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