Thinking of you

This is an actual picture of Mr. Myrt *smiling” with the spirit of Christmas. It’s about family, friends, love, and all the good things in this world. 🎄❤️🎄

The variety of our family and faith traditions is simply wonderful. We love it as you dear friends share your good wishes and prayers with each other on and off throughout the year. It’s uplifting to observe your thoughtful kindness. This is what’s good in this world.

We have some among us who are living with big challenges, and we are humbled by the privilege to support each other through difficult trials. 🎄❤️🎄

Others note there is one less chair around the table this December. As we’ve mourned with them, we recall our own grief, remembering loved ones who have gone on ahead.

Young children look forward to family time and the teenagers are hoping their first love won’t be embarrassed by the usual silliness at the family dinner table. Our fur animals are just glad to see the college kids home for the holidays.

This Ol’ Myrt has seen a lot of Christmases come and go. What brings me the most joy are those family gatherings where we reminisce. Fond memories include great-grandma Blanche’s homemade blackberry pies and the time great-grampa Glen rode his gas-powered mini-bike in the front door, down the hallway and out the laundry room door — over the brand new pale green (almost white) carpeting. (If we had done that, we would not have lived to tell the tale!) 🤣

Here’s hoping you have a marvelous time with family and friends. Let us set aside our worries and make time to relax, and have joy in our hearts.

And in the words of Charles Dickens’s Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one!”

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 17 Dec 2018


 We meet for the last time in 2018 and discuss MyHeritageDNA, the connection issues between Ancestry’s 2-step verification process and had not considered the API with RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker genealogy desktop software, Ghosts of Christmas Past (from FindMyPast) and our friend Anna Mathews reports on Helmut Film Scanner app we mentioned briefly last week. THANK-YOU, Anna. 🙂 



09:59:32 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Just need to check something will be back with you soon
10:01:33 From Bill West to All panelists : Good morning from cloudy gloomy Massachusetts
10:01:43 From grahamwalter : Hi everyone from London
10:02:09 From Shelley Murphy to All panelists : hello all listening via my phone
10:03:42 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Hello hello ….what could be better than Mondays With Myrt to start any week !!!
10:05:09 From Frances Stein : Hello, all! Wishing everyone greetings of the season and hopes for a healthy, happy 2019!
10:05:29 From grahamwalter : Hey Bella
10:05:48 From Jenny Hawran to All panelists : Aww! Sweet Bella.
10:05:54 From Bill West : Hi bella!
10:06:44 From Shelley Murphy : hello Bella!
10:06:45 From Genea-Santa to All panelists : Poplatiels are back of the knee
10:06:58 From Marian Koalski : soflateel
10:07:21 From Genea-Santa : poplatiel
10:07:31 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Good Morning from sunny California (Sierra Mountain area)
10:07:34 From Susan Ennis to All panelists : season’s greetings from Western PA

10:08:13 From Cousin Russ : MyHeritage’s new DNA Upload Policy
10:08:14 From Danine Cozzens : Good morning from California (San Francisco Peninsula area)!
10:08:19 From grahamwalter : yep
10:08:21 From Doris Haskell : Good morning from sunny Rock Springs, Wyoming. It’s 12 degrees above 0.
10:08:29 From Marcia Philbrick : yes – on My Heritage
10:08:32 From cyndy Bray : mine is uploaded
10:08:34 From grahamwalter : Hiya
10:08:38 From Pamela Wells : I do!
10:08:40 From Sue Burns to All panelists : I have
10:08:40 From Joanne Parkes : At MyHeritage, at FamilyTreeDNA, and at GEDMATCH
10:08:41 From Cheri Hudson Passey to All panelists : I have mine there.
10:08:42 From grahamwalter : can do
10:08:42 From Cathy Naborowski : I have
10:08:48 From Joanne Parkes : From Ancestry
10:08:56 From Janet Iles : uploaded it recently
10:09:03 From Pamela Wells : Ditto
10:09:21 From Danine Cozzens : I uploaded mine too
10:09:23 From Valerie Lisk : I have mine and my family’s.
10:09:27 From Cousin Russ : Frances – do you have a question ?
10:09:45 From Frances Stein : Took test with Ancestry. Uploaded raw data to GedMatch and MyHeritage.
10:10:08 From Joanne Parkes : Have found individuals with DNA matches who have more information about my direct ancestors and shared it — information that I’d never seen before.
10:10:54 From Pamela Wells : Joan, I have had the same experience.
10:11:44 From Sue Burns to All panelists : I uploaded both Ancestry and Living DNA to My Heritage.
10:12:01 From Kathy Greenwald to All panelists : I uploaded my Mother’s Ancestry (showed accurate descendancy–total Scandinavian/English/Swiss) info into MyHeritage. Large African and Nigerian percentages showed up–totally inaccurate.
10:13:44 From DearMYRTLE: Family Tree Maker
10:14:04 From Cousin Russ : RootsMagic
10:14:11 From DearMYRTLE  :
10:15:15 From Doris Haskell : That raises a question. I have more than one tree on Legacy. Does anyone have more than one tree on RootsMagic?
10:15:23 From DearMYRTLE . RootsMagic 2018 Holiday OIffer –
10:15:49 From Frances Stein : It might have been less stressful for RM users if Bruce and his team announced the issues on that little screen that appears when you open RM. Just sayin’
10:16:43 From Genea-Santa : I asked my cousin Laura, whose mother is my 2nd closest match, to send me her raw data and I uploaded it to MyHeritage so I could see which segments we match on – we can identify the Richmond segments this way.
10:16:57 From Frances Stein : to Doris – yes, I have many trees on RM – I do not use TreeShare on any, though…
10:17:42 From Genea-Santa : Doris, I have many trees on RM, and have TreeSynced several of them with Ancestry.
10:18:07 From Doris Haskell : Thank you, Frances. You have the same name as my grandmother. And, our newest grand baby is Francesca.

10:19:20 From June Butka : I find MyHeritage for both my brother and myself was not much different than Ancestry. I also have many helpful information. I was one of the first to upload when allowed.
10:20:04 From Genea-Santa : Frances, it was a surprise to RootsMagic (I think) on Saturday morning. RM will have to do some programming to adapt to the two-step verification when they get the revised API that handles the verification process
10:20:47 From Genea-Santa : RootsMagic 8 will be announced in February 2019 – just in time for RootsTech!
10:20:56 From Doris Haskell : My husband has been using Personal Historian for several years now. I just bought it for myself this year, but haven’t used it much.
10:22:12 From Genea-Santa : The new devices are almost idiot proof!
10:22:42 From Doris Haskell : We’re not getting old. We’ve just been using computers for almost 40 years.
10:22:45 From John Laws to All panelists : Remember 3″ diskettes 64k each side
10:22:46 From cyndy Bray : Remember the 5 1/4 inch floppy?
10:23:22 From Frances Stein : to Genea-Santa…aka Randy…there were so many folks on the FB RM Users Group mentioning the difficulties, that was what I was referring to…
10:23:39 From Anna Matthews to All panelists : Yes, I played with it a bit when it first came out, a lot of fun.
10:23:53 From grahamwalter : NYC Maps – nice!
10:24:05 From June Butka : That is an awesome photo glimpse into our ancestors life. OldNYC.
10:24:14 From Genea-Santa : Frances – my guess is that Bruce was busy on Saturday morning and missed all the early excitement.
10:24:21 From Frances Stein : Would love to see photos of where my family lived in that time.
10:24:41 From Cousin Russ :
10:26:23 From Susan Ennis to All panelists : Great sites!
10:26:56 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : It’s interesting, because churches were an important part of town/city development. I think they built churches before libraries, in many cases.
10:28:42 From Doris Haskell : No fluorescent lights. You could read for hours!
10:29:57 From grahamwalter : I do
10:30:34 From Danine Cozzens : I do! Even if they lived before postcards, sometimes you see the lay of the land, as it were.
10:31:09 From June Butka : Old providence send an email verification from Maureen Talor
10:31:10 From Janine Edmée Hakim : I do…historical post cards with images of bygone historic buildings. and those sent to/from by our town’s common ancestors
10:32:48 From Anna Matthews : I’ve purchased cards of my grandfather’s boarding school because it had a photo of the clock tower which he had to maintain every week as part of his scholarship and the factory where my great-grandfather worked.
10:33:37 From sherry vachio : I do … especially postcards showing a family business.
10:34:35 From Pat Kuhn : my cousins and I went to the house our fathers grew up in . because I had the address from the 1940 census
10:35:51 From grahamwalter : I’ve picked up postcards of the tinworks where my G.Grandfather worked
10:37:37 From grahamwalter : I have
10:37:46 From grahamwalter : I have a link to eBay image
10:37:50 From grahamwalter :
10:38:18 From Cousin Russ : I have I have a link to eBay image
10:38:34 From Linda Stufflebean : I’ve built a collection of vintage postcards related to places where my family lived. My favorite is the one of my Stuart family’s cottage on Meddybemps Lake in Maine. The family is actually in the photo, c1910.
10:40:35 From JoAnn Lawrencw : ftI have copies of postcards and pictures of the orphanage my mother was in in 1930s & 1940s.
10:40:46 From grahamwalter : I got mine a few years ago
10:40:50 From grahamwalter : £5
10:40:52 From grahamwalter : 🙂
10:41:05 From grahamwalter : indeed
10:41:13 From grahamwalter : theyep
10:41:27 From Hilary Gadsby : I identified a place in a photograph when I visited the village where my father was born. I have some of my Mother’s postcards she kept in the photo album.
10:42:26 From Nancy Chouteau to All panelists : I too have a collection of vintage cards from places my ancestors lived. I have mostly churches and public buldings my ancestors would/may have used (courthouses, libraries, etc.)
10:42:31 From Danine Cozzens : Downtown Sonora CA in 1990s — the Patrick family store in 1850s was now the parking lot for the 7/11, but across the street, the store operated by other relatives was still there as a Christmas shop.
10:43:28 From Cousin Russ : GeneaWebinars —
10:43:58 From Cousin Russ :–2622348078.html

10:45:23 From Doris Haskell : We have a ceramic Christmas tree that was made for us many years ago by my mother-in-law. We don’t know who will inherit it.
10:46:31 From Cousin Russ :

10:47:34 From Cousin Russ :

10:48:01 From Anna Matthews : I did a little playing around with the Helmut Film Scanner app that was shared last week. I wasn’t sure I could watch today, so I did a blog post which has a few scans. Short answer – results were mixed:

10:48:07 From Cousin Russ : Scan-a-Thon: Register now for our first annual photo and document scanning marathon: January 11-14, 2019.
10:50:19 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : Guild of One Name Studies
10:52:44 From June Butka : I have added a small tree and my DNA to Wki Tree.
10:54:42 From Genea-Santa : I added about 6000 persons over the years on WikiTree, but just now was the first time I read all of the comments on my profile –
10:56:51 From Cousin Russ : Guild of One Name Studies
11:00:30 From Shelley Murphy : my family of Worden’s is on WikiTree. I love it
11:11:01 From Genea-Santa : I am also a cousin to Shelley – common ancestor is Mary Tucker (1640-1710) in Rhode Island.

11:12:40 From Cousin Russ : We’re Related App for Droid and iOS
11:13:32 From Genea-Santa : My We’re Related matches for 27 January 2017 is in
11:13:41 From Genea-Santa : and Dr. Shelley is there!
11:14:42 From Hilary Gadsby : I got a match show up in Were Related to Melinda but the top 2 generations don’t match
11:14:54 From Pamela Wells : In the We’re Related app, I have Pat Richley, Russ Worthington, and Blaine Bettinger in my list of relatives…..anyone have me? Pamela Roberson Wells
11:16:42 From June Butka : I would say I have more likely than unlikely paper trail We’re Related hints. Many are second marriage hints.
11:16:46 From Jenny Hawran : Randy and I are 8th cousins 1x removed on We’re Related 🙂
11:17:20 From sherry vachio to All panelists : bso … saw this pop up here, and it’s in my son-in-law’s tree, as 10th ggrandfather: Name
Meinert Doedes
1621 – Reusel-de Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
13 December 1677 – Christchurch, Middlesex County, Virginia, United States of America
11:17:50 From Jenny Hawran : And Dave Robison the same. 8th Cousin 1x removed.
11:18:36 From Bill West : It makes me crazy when half of the Ancestry hints on a person are cute little pictures of Pilgrim hats or flags or seals
11:18:56 From Pat Kuhn : i think it is some but they add to it
11:19:01 From June Butka : I have many hints that are not my family tree that the hints came from. I use a photo for direct line saying tre unreview.
11:19:19 From Genea-Santa : My common ancestor to Jenny Hawran is Sarah Burt (1654-1727) wife of Joseph Hartshorn (1652-1727).
11:19:23 From June Butka : Tree under review.
11:19:28 From Jenny Hawran : Randy and I share a Hartshorns
11:20:34 From June Butka : My DNA hints are different from my We’re related are different.
11:20:51 From Joyce Westphal to All panelists : I have so many that are NOT probably related because so many of the names from my German ancestors are the same. The DNA, however, has brought me 2 cousins on my father’s side and I was able to let them know the stories related to their grandmothers.
11:21:03 From Pamela Wells : If you look at the FAQ on the We’re Related App you will find answers as to how the app works
11:24:46 From Pamela Wells : The FAQ says that for now the app only handles simple trees. Direct parents and only thorough 4 generations. More complex tree viewing my be available at a later date.
11:25:22 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : I can’t mute Johns Video today, for some reason. He is asleep
11:28:54 From Pamela Wells : Is John Laws ok? Check him out on the screen.
11:29:18 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Pam – yes
11:29:37 From Doris Haskell : Sometimes he takes a little snooze. He tries to remember to turn off his video.
11:29:53 From Pamela Wells : Ok, I was just a bit worried….
11:30:17 From Cousin Russ : 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, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.
11:30:35 From grahamwalter : oh no!!!
11:30:45 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year.
11:31:18 From grahamwalter : Season’s Greetings to All as well…
11:31:22 From Joanne Parkes : Can you repeat the start date please & have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
11:31:28 From June Butka : Happy holidays to all. Stay safe, Happy and healthy. See you in the New year.
11:31:41 From Bill West : Happy Holidays everyone!
11:31:42 From Pamela Wells : Merry Christmas to everyone and a happy new year to all!
11:31:52 From Shelley Murphy : happy holidays to all!
11:31:59 From Frances Stein to All panelists : See you all in January! Thanks to the panelists, those here today and other regulars not… for ALL you do to help us in our research! You guys and gals rock!
11:32:05 From Jenny Hawran : Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. See you in 2019!
11:32:26 From Cathy Naborowski : I’m going later today
11:32:31 From Janine Edmée Hakim : I am
11:32:32 From Genea-Santa : Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from Grandpa Ho Ho Ho and Genea-Santa.
11:32:37 From Yvonne Demoskoff to All panelists : Merry Christmas, Pat and Russ! Thanks for doing such a great Mondays with Myrt!
11:32:51 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Happy Yule Time
11:33:38 From Pamela Wells : She’s adorable!
11:34:22 From Pamela Wells : Good bye, all! Happy holidays!
11:34:25 From grahamwalter : bye all

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WACKY Wednesday: GGRG – Great Google Resources for Genealogists

Great Google Resources for Genealogists

Tonight my very distant cousin, Madam Patrice, is hosting to discuss how Google resources can save you money and help you get your research done.



19:01:25 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:01:37 From Rose Mazza to All panelists : hello
19:01:45 From Richard Scott to All panelists : hi
19:02:03 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hello Melissa
19:02:44 From Melissa Barker : Hello Betty-Lu
19:14:49 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Google Chrome
19:15:03 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : .
19:15:04 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and spun out from Google+, the company’s social network. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.
19:15:15 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : If you choose to switch to Google Photos, you can continue to upload photos and videos using the desktop uploader at
19:15:25 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Google Earth Explore worldwide satellite imagery and 3D buildings and terrain for hundreds of cities. Zoom to your house or anywhere else, then dive in for a 360° view. The Web version is here:
19:15:26 From Cousin Russ : What happened to Picasa? See Moving on from Picasa
19:23:15 From Betty-Lu Burton : No but kids still need to know how to look things up in books also.
19:24:52 From Betty-Lu Burton : I love it on Relative Race when they give the younger contestants paper maps and the contestants are like what is this, how do use it
19:27:05 From Cousin Russ: Gail Dever writes regarding Google Translate “The list of synonyms can also help a genealogist determine if translations are not quite accurate.”
19:31:56 From Cousin Russ: Google Calendar – Here’s Dear MYRTLE’s *free* calendar embedded in her blog. You can do this for your society as long as you have a Gmail account for your society.
19:32:11 From Susan Bleimehl : I use Google Translate all the time when I communicate with a cousin in Germany. I type my message in English, put it into the translator and convert it into German so both languages are represented. He learned English in school, but still needs to use a dictionary now and then. He says the translator does a good job of converting the English to German, but still reads my email in English to understand what I’m writing on occasion.
19:34:08 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : My DearMYRTLE calendar gets messed up when trying to add to my calendar?
19:37:04 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : adding from emails
19:39:30 From Betty-Lu Burton : I do but it has been a long time since I did a blog
19:40:31 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE

19:40:41 From Cousin Russ: More Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE

19:40:59 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s Blogs: Easy-to-Make Web Pages
19:53:28 From Kathleen Daetsch : There is also open office
19:58:01 From Cousin Russ : Google Patents (full text from around the world.
19:58:26 From Cousin Russ : Google Keep is a note-taking service developed by Google. Launched on March 20, 2013, Google Keep is available on the web, and has mobile apps for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio. Wikipedia. Initial release date: March 20, 2013. Operating system: Android, iOS, web.
19:58:36 From Cousin Russ  : Google Keep is found here:
19:58:46 From Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE’s WACKY Wednesday – Google Keep
19:58:57 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s WACKY Wednesday – YouTube Quick Study
20:04:17 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have used google book over the years

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ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 10 Dec 2018


Today’s two special guests are none other than Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogy Officer at and Genea-Santa. We also discuss the closed captioning at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, the DNA results upload deadline at MyHeritage, NERGC New England Regional Genealogical Conference, Ohio Genealogical Society Conference (where Cousin Russ will be speaking!), WikiTree ScanAThon, CamScanner, JoyFlips, and Evidence Explained.




Legacy Family Tree Webinars now hashas closed captioning on the last two years of webinars.


MyHeritage2018Thanks to the parent company, MyHeritage, for implementing this option making it possible for those who experience deafness to hear what has been spoken rather than merely trying to get the gist of things from the presenters’ slides.


10:01:52 From grahamwalter : Hello everyone from London
10:02:05 From Daniel Horowitz to All panelists : Hi all from Israel !!!
10:02:13 From Randy Seaver : Hi Daniel…
10:02:20 From Bill West : Goood morning from sunny, chilly Massachusetts!
10:02:42 From Randy Seaver : Me too – I want to know when the Theory of Family Relativity will be released!
10:02:54 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Good morning from chilly South Louisiana.
10:03:27 From Betty-Lu Burton : Good Day from sunny but cold Arkansas
10:04:11 From Betty-Lu Burton : The closed captioning will help me when I can not understand the words. I have mid range hearing loss
MyHeritageLIVE 2018

10:06:43 From Pamela Wells : Good morning for Blowing Rock, NC….we just had 20” of snow in the last two days!!! Brrrrr
10:07:00 From grahamwalter : Finally uploaded mine to MyHeritage after the Oslo Conference 🙂  [NOTE: Here’s info and links to the live streams from the MyHeritage Oslo 2018 Conference at “MyHeritage LIVE 2018: Lectures now online!”

10:07:12 From Betty-Lu Burton : The closed captioning that uses just voice recognition does not help me because the sounds I have problems hearing are the ones the voice recognition tends to get wrong.
10:07:27 From Cousin Russ : MyHeritage Free DNA Uploads — Deadline Extended!
10:08:02 From Betty-Lu Burton : I got my DNA uploaded earlier
10:09:08 From Pamela Wells : Yes, I have mine there, as well!
10:09:12 From Hilary Gadsby : I am trying to get a third cousin to upload but not seen anything.
10:09:33 From Pamela Wells : I’m 100% European, so the European connection will be fabulous for me.
10:09:35 From Pat Kuhn : my DNA has been there from the beginning!. just had a new match from Switzerland
10:09:41 From grahamwalter : Great!!
10:09:59 From Doris Haskell : I have uploaded my raw data to My Heritage. Had a few surprises.
10:10:06 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have both Colonial American ancestors, and am third generation Northern Italy and fourth generation Norwegian

0:10:48 From Randy Seaver : Daniel – what’s new with Theory of Family Relativity?
10:11:08 From Daniel Horowitz : It’s in the oven 😉

10:11:24 From Valerie Lisk : Mine is there as well. Not only have I found new cousins, but I get the chromosome browser without begging people to upload to GedMatch.

10:13:33 From Randy Seaver : with MyHeritage the user can download all of their matching segments from the chromosome browser and use a spreadsheet to triangulate with other matches.
10:14:05 From Randy Seaver : MyHeritage already has more matches for me than I have on FTDNA and 23andme combined
10:14:24 From Betty-Lu Burton : It appears my Northern Italian is Jewish, even though the area was Roman Catholic
10:14:43 From Betty-Lu Burton : But if you look at the migration pattern it makes sense
10:18:30 From Brenda J. Williams : What is the last day we can do this for free?
10:18:43 From Daniel Horowitz  : December 15 !!!!

10:21:12 From Cousin Russ : Here’s the link to the NERGC brochure. The reg fees are on the last page in case that’s something we should talk about or at least mention.
10:21:13 From John Laws : Hiya True
10:21:57 From True Lewis : Hello John ! You look spiffy this morning! It’s good to see you!
10:23:35 From Doris Haskell : Will there be a live streaming?
10:23:50 From Valerie Lisk : I uploaded my cousin’s raw data to Myheritage and I did not show up as a match. I uploaded it again and I did show up as a match. So if known cousins do not show up as matches and they are matches on other sites, upload again.
10:25:32 From Doris Haskell : What a delightful challenge!

10:28:43 From Dave Robison: NERGC Registration link:
10:29:20 From Shelley Murphy : oh thats awesome Cousin Russ. Congrats on being selected.

10:30:40 From Cousin Russ : I am participating in this.
10:31:02 From Cousin Russ :
10:31:26 From Cousin Russ :
10:31:50 From Cousin Russ : Scan-a-Thon link is

10:33:43 From Randy Seaver : do we have to actually scan? I already have images for many ancestors
10:35:09 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : I uploaded mine as soon as it became available to do so

10:41:28 From Cousin Russ :
10:42:49 From Dave Robison to All panelists : I’m sneakin’ out! See you all next webinar.
10:43:02 From Hilary Gadsby : I have Camscanner and JoyFlips on my android phone
10:44:05 From Cousin Russ :
10:44:11 From Marian Koalski : Is it small enough to take to a drugstore or UPS scanner?
10:44:25 From grahamwalter : CamScanner for me
10:44:32 From Cousin Russ :
10:44:35 From Randy Seaver : The bigger problem is the lighting and the glare. I use CamScanner
10:44:37 From Rachel Evans : I use CamScan
10:44:46 From Shelley Murphy : nope, but will try it
10:44:54 From Valerie Lisk : camscanner
10:45:13 From Jenny Hawran : I love CamScanner
10:45:42 From Marcia Philbrick  : I started using the app, iScanner on my phone. I like this app since it allows me to draw the box (skewing). It also will create a file of multiple pages — which is helpful for scanning from books.

10:46:16 From Jenny Hawran : I do the same as Russ and turn lights off or down
10:46:37 From grahamwalter : low light capabilities are getting better with recent phones (last 3 years or so)
10:47:05 From Marcia Philbrick to All panelists : I’m going to opt out of being on the panel today.
10:47:10 From Rachel Evans : I also use the Helmut app on android for negatives
10:47:18 From Marcia Philbrick : I started using the app, iScanner on my phone. I like this app since it allows me to draw the box (skewing). It also will create a file of multiple pages — which is helpful for scanning from books.
10:48:03 From grahamwalter :
10:50:26 From grahamwalter : From Google Play Store –
10:50:46 From Rachel Evans : Can’t speak but I use my table and put a white paper under the negative
10:51:03 From Shelley Murphy : True Lewis the Glamma!
10:52:08 From True Lewis : Yes Shelley! GlamAuntie! I even pulled out Puddin’s old baby announcement from Tiny Prints to compare how to do Everly’s!
10:59:02 From Shelley Murphy : Yes, we need to keep warm! We are doing fine, we only got 10-12 inches in my county.
10:59:19 From Marian Koalski : How about a dark cloth over the head and camera?
10:59:56 From Marian Koalski : Like an old-time photographer?
11:02:02 From Anna Matthews : I’m playing with the Helmut app now. I’m going to need to borrow my mother’s lightbox but the results are really impressive just playing around.
11:03:16 From Cousin Russ : Randy Seaver’s Genea-Santa letter for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is at
11:03:42 From Rachel Evans : The first few times I used Helmut I did have to take several copies of the negative to see which worked best but it’s great for when you are visiting relatives.
11:04:04 From Cousin Russ : Can you see this –
11:04:40 From Bill West : I need GeneaSnta to help me get out of the rut I’m in. I’m waaaaaaay behind on my blogging this year.
11:06:33 From Marian Koalski : Amen on Ancestry’s tree indexing!
11:10:50 From Betty-Lu Burton : I need GeneaSanta to help me organize 40 years of research in different filing system
11:11:21 From Pat Kuhn: have a question about Living DNA
11:11:23 From Marian Koalski : I should be asking Santa for more self-discipline about scanning research I did in the 70s-90s.
11:11:26 From Shelley Murphy : I also need a GeneaSanta to read these Rev War pension records.
11:11:37 From Doris Haskell : A housekeeper and a cook
11:12:07 From Rachel Evans : Someone to do all my household stuff so I can spend more time on genealogy.
11:12:26 From Betty-Lu Burton : Better health with a clearer thinking brain
11:13:08 From Kathleen Daetsch : I want one good source for my second Great-grandmother’s parents.
11:13:53 From Doris Haskell : I’m sorry. I accidentally hit the raise hand button
11:14:22 From John Laws : like to know how my blog gets 60 hits one day and 600 the next
11:14:29 From Maria Tegtmeier  : Software I could instantly download to my brain so I could read Polish, German and Danish Fluently and navigate their records fluently.
11:14:34 From Shelley Murphy : I do not understand Living DNA, I took their test. It is the most confusing stuff.
11:15:34 From True Lewis : LivingDNA has a Facebook Group and they are very responsive.
11:16:01 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : Does this involve video? I’m not camera ready.
11:16:02 From Betty-Lu Burton : Shelly I agree with you. I was hoping to get a better break down of my British ancestry, but mine just list everything as European
11:16:15 From Randy Seaver : John Laws – Russian bots trying to overturn Brexit probably
11:16:56 From Cousin Russ :
11:16:58 From Shelley Murphy : I will join the group, and maybe I will learn something
11:17:43 From True Lewis : I’ve been in there for over a year now.
11:18:02 From Shelley Murphy : I think we joined at the same time
11:18:03 From Hilary Gadsby : I am in Family Networks but no matching yet
11:18:20 From Cousin Russ : LivingDNA Facebook Group
11:19:39 From Kathleen Daetsch : I’m so over ethnicity estimates’. What do you think of yours
11:20:21 From Marcia Philbrick : I would like device to find all of the photos on my computer — I think a photo stick will do this but need to research it.
11:20:43 From Anna Matthews : I need an unlimited budget for archival supplies!
11:21:03 From Molly McKinley : I want Arkansas to scan and release all their early records
11:21:45 From Marcia Philbrick : I would like a tool to communicate with a GROUP of people on Ancestry — such as the members of a DNA circle
11:26:18 From Kathleen Daetsch : strangely enough I found over a hundred relatives in Ireland and they know less then I do
11:27:48 From Doris Haskell : This talking option may have just created a monster. LOL
11:34:09 From Valerie Lisk : I pulled out of the Dealership and lost wifi. I will finally get a handle on this technology. (g)

11:34:22 From Shelley Murphy : I am planning my trip to London/Rootstech

11:36:05 From Cousin Russ : Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures “How to Plan the Perfect Travel Itinerary”
11:36:34 From DearMYRTLE : This is the link to the portable wifi device and service Myrt is testing out. It is supposed to work in dozens of countries throughout the world.

11:37:03 From grahamwalter : I’ve used their earlier product (SkyRoam Mobile Hotspot – not Solis) for a number of years – Good Product

11:37:37 From Cousin Russ : The digital calendar DearMYRTLE and Mr. Myrt use:
11:39:22 From John Laws : Maybe your prowler is that mountain Lion or Lynx I suggested you get?
11:39:35 From Shelley Murphy : I have one calendar for all, all other calendars link to my google calendar.
Another Privacy Bug found in Google+ resulting in shutting down of service 3 months earlier than previously announced – April instead of August – sorry if this bit (April) is old news.
11:45:39 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists :
11:47:17 From Marian Koalski : Is your cable provider an unusual one? Likely to pay its bills?
11:48:43 From grahamwalter : The Ancestry link above shows the image (with zoom capabilities) successfully – with the additional text
11:48:47 From grahamwalter : Olga Erickson has one child with Martin Erickson.

Discovered by Pat Richley in U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969
11:49:22 From grahamwalter : Nope
11:49:27 From grahamwalter : not logged in
11:49:53 From Rachel Evans : It’s letting me view the image without being logged in
11:50:07 From grahamwalter : shows image to left with basic text to the right
11:50:19 From grahamwalter : that’s what I see!!
11:50:42 From grahamwalter : also allow comments to be added by the recipient of the link
11:51:03 From Valerie Lisk : I emailed an Ancestry link to my cousin and he couldn’t open it. I had to send the actual image.
11:52:10 From grahamwalter : bye everyone
11:52:10 From Kathleen Daetsch : bye
11:52:11 From Valerie Lisk : bye

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ARCHIVED: WACKY Wednesday – What is Your Legacy?

What is your legacy

Thanks to my visiting cousin SWEET SADIE For hosting this edition of WACKY Wednesday. It’s all about what to do with all the family history “stuff” you’ve been accumulating. We have two special guest tonight – Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s and Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady. We’re considering things like the future of Online Trees. You can image we discuss everything from preserving items digitally as well as using preservation boxes to keep the 3-D items from being damaged over time.



19:01:09 From Melissa Barker to All panelists : Hello Everyone!
19:01:33 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Hello from British Columbia!
19:02:04 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : The Future of Online Trees —
19:02:07 From Melissa Barker : Hello Yvonne!
19:02:28 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Hi Melissa! Nesting Boxes for 3D objects

IMAGE: Nesting Boxes for 3D objects

19:08:40 From Cousin Russ :

19:10:39 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Is “archival”, as a term, regulated?
19:12:29 From Sweet Sadie to All panelists :

19:25:20 From Cousin Russ : The Archive Lady on DearMYRTLE Playlist –
19:26:43 From Cousin Russ :

19:28:29 From Melissa Barker : “Lignin” free. For archival terms go to the Society of American Archivists Glossary of Terms:

19:34:32 From Cousin Russ : Randy Seavers’ GeneaMusings Blog –
19:43:06 From Sherry Bell to All panelists : People have been doing that for years, it just now has a name
19:45:36 From Cousin Russ: Tony Proctor’s “Blogs as Genealogical Sources”

19:49:50 From Cousin Russ : Family History Blog Posts and Family Tree Maker
19:49:51 From Cousin Russ : .
19:50:01 From Cousin Russ : Cousin Russ’s Frustration–OnLine Family Trees
19:50:36 From Cousin Russ : Just because they “died young” doesn’t mean there won’t be a record –

19:53:28 From Cousin Russ : CYNDI’S LIST “Preservation & Conservation » After You’re Gone”

19:56:56 From Lisa Gorrell : I do keep up with my blog but not in the thoroughness that I should. I do want to write a few more books. Books are also long-lasting, especially if you donate to libraries where your ancestors lived.
19:58:42 From Cousin Russ : Internet Archive
19:59:10 From Lisa Gorrell : I did not. I did donate digital copy to FHL.
20:00:44 From Susan Bleimehl : Excellent discussion tonight. Thank you.!!

20:02:26 From Cousin Russ : Denise Levenick’s Do One Thing
20:04:03 From Sue Tolbert to All panelists : Great program tonight-as usual! Thanks!

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