Announcing: Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures

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Valerie Elkins & DearMYRTLE announce a joint venture


Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures debuts today

Colorado Springs, CO, Oct 19, 2018 — In anticipation THE Genealogy Show in Birmingham, England, US-based professional researcher and presenter Valerie Elkins joins blogger and webinar host Pat Richley-Erickson, “Myrt” of, to announce a new partnership.

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IMAGE: Valerie Elkins (left) & Pat Richley-Erickson, better known as DearMYRTLE.

“Why not make this trip to the UK, a most excellent genealogy adventure? Every genealogist hopes to travel to ancestral homelands. Throw in a genealogy conference and that’s a family historian’s dream come true,” says Valerie.

Myrt suggests sharing travel adventures may assist others also taking their first trip to the UK. “It’s about sharing the process of getting passports, deciding what to pack, figuring out where to stay, dealing with foreign currency and such. Valerie and Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures will chronicle networking with colleagues gathering from throughout the world, sharing the latest in DNA research and ideas for improving family history research skills.”

THE Genealogy show will be held at the NEC (The National Exhibit Centre) in Birmingham, England, 7-8 June 2019. Valerie will be presenting two classes. Myrt is a conference board member and will be taping AmbushCAM interviews.

Valerie and Myrt are scheduling visits to ancestral homelands before and after the conference, including stops in elsewhere in England, Scotland, Ireland and Norway. “We want to scope out the places where our ancestors once lived – get the lay of the land, that sort of thing. Thanks to modern technology, we’ve got top quality recording equipment in our hands and plan to do a lot of short-subject YouTube videos,” says Valerie.

Valerie and Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures
The internet-based partnership features a blog Valerie and Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures; a YouTube Channel; a Facebook Page; and a collection of Pinterest boards at On Twitter and Instagram, follow them using #valeriemyrt .

THE Genealogy Show
Featuring a lineup of internationally recognized genealogy speakers, DNA research specialists and an exhibit hall where attendees can tour genealogy websites and try out the latest family history software, the conference is the brainchild of Kirsty Gray, Managing Director of Family Wise Ltd, who offer family history and people tracing research services around the globe. Find out more at .


ARCHIVED: Aggregating DNA results & RootsFinder personal trees

WW Rootsfinder

Faced with questions about how to aggregate DNA test results from multiple sites into our traditional genealogy software, Ol’ Myrt invited Dallan Quass to share how this is possible with RootsFinder.



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Find out more from Dallan Quass about the online personal family tree at

19:07:10 From Patricia Greber : The DNA features are great! And always evolving
19:07:29 From Pat Richley-Erickson : Deb – let’s let him explain things first.
19:07:59 From Pat Richley-Erickson to All panelists : RootsFinder is found at
19:08:01 From Pat Richley-Erickson to All panelists : .
19:09:45 From Cousin Russ : RootsFinder is found at
19:12:10 From Deb Andrew : Love your site.
19:12:15 From Cousin Russ : RootsFinder DNA Tools

19:16:18 From Cousin Russ : DNAGedcom
19:18:08 From Louis Kessler : DNA Gedcom User Group

19:18:52 From Cousin Russ : Pedigree Thief (to get your MyHeritage DNA test results)

19:40:32 From Patricia Greber : I am a visual person so using Roots Finder has been so helpful!
19:40:43 From Bev Anderson  : Love it
19:40:45 From Jennifer Franklin : Very helpful already
19:41:02 From Betty-Lu Burton : it would help me
19:41:02 From Patricia Greber : I struggle with some of the import tools like DNAGedcom
19:41:26 From Molly McKinley : I like the idea. I get so confused looking the details with no understanding.
19:41:32 From gloriac : Looks good and certainly couldn’t hurt!

19:41:41 From Jennifer Franklin to All panelists : dnagedcom desktop client required
19:41:44 From Cousin Russ :
19:41:48 From Kathleen Daetsch : Yes It looks like it will make it easier especially having all the groups in one place

19:42:37 From Cousin Russ : Pedigree Thief

19:43:07 From Ray Clark to All panelists : This is a HUGE benefit, ask Dallan to please show the Matches circle.
19:45:27 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have matches on GEDmatch and I have matches on ancestry and I have other matches on MyHeritage. Will they all come together here?
19:45:43 From Patricia Greber : Thanks!

19:45:49 From Louis Kessler : Can Dallan tell us about the tree, and how the hints to the online companies work?
19:51:51 From Karen Melis : Is this easier than genomate pro?
19:52:44 From Kathleen Daetsch : That is what I was getting at I have three different places and this would combine them

19:55:16 From Deb Andrew : By using the DNA tools on Rootsfinder, I’ve found connections to at least two different people, who you wouldn’t consider as a relative in the family.
19:57:12 From Karen Melis : Is the tree only on my computer or online [Note from Myrt – only online, but backed up 3 different ways by RootsFinder.]
19:57:41 From Kathleen Daetsch : I was at the New York Municipal archives yesterday, had to look at a death certificate.
19:58:17 From Melissa Barker : That is awesome Kathleen, Thank You for using one of our wonderful archives!
20:04:49 From Deb Andrew : What resolution size is best for the profile picture. [96dpi for web.]

20:12:42 From Heather Henderson : thanks so much for inviting us, Myrt! hugs back to you!
20:13:32 From Kathleen Daetsch : You know the Death certificates online do not have all the information from the original.
20:13:47 From Heather Henderson : THANKS! See you soon!
20:14:04 From Deb Andrew : Thanks for coming.
20:14:24 From Heather Henderson : yes! absolutely!

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