ARCHIVED: The Archive Lady “Do I Really Need to Keep That?”

Archives Lady with WW

Melissa LeMaster Barker responds to the latest push to downsize, organize and purge by talking about “Do I Really Need to Keep That? Family Records We Should Not Throw Out.”

Melissa is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. You’ll find her work here and on the web at:

Melissa recommends the following resources for archival materials:

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19:01:22 From Janine Edmée Hakim : minus 10 in Coventryville, chenango county ny
19:01:29 From Sarah Bell : I’m in Australia, a beautiful 77F today
19:01:35 From Dave Robison : We’re running out of degrees here in Western Mass and I believe we’ll be overdrawn!!
19:01:50 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Near Vancouver, BC, it’s 5 C/40 F
19:02:37 From Sally Smith to All panelists : 43F north of Seattle.
19:02:43 From Susan Bleimehl : Wisconsin -14 temp and down to -30wind chill down to -45 tonight. with -50 wind chill. Good for genealogy evening,
19:03:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : Arkansas about 30F
19:03:27 From JoAnn Lawrence : Delran, New Jersey is 12 but feels like -10
19:04:15 From DearMYRTLE . : I did!
19:04:47 From Betty-Lu Burton : Would not one question be how easy would it be to replace that record? can I just scan it?
19:14:10 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have looked at some Kansas newspaper through inter-library loan to my local library.
19:14:43 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : comments
19:18:23 From Yvonne Demoskoff : What about scanning the letters and putting them online, say in a blog?
19:21:01 From Dave Robison : I scanned every page of my grandfather’s 1913 diary when he was on the crew that built the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad in Canada. Back in 2013, I blogged each page on its 100th anniversary. He had terrible handwriting!
19:22:27 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Dave, would you post the link to your blog?
19:22:35 From Beverly Anderson : I connected with a distant cousin, who had letters from one of our mutual ancestors. It was the last letter he wrote to his parents, before he was killed at Atlanta during the Civil War. What a find!!!
19:22:41 From Launa Droescher : I scanned some letters sent by in laws to my dad then gave them to one of the children to keep for great-grandchild dad and
19:22:59 From Cousin Russ : Letter addressed to Cousin Russ  https://worthy2be.wordpress.com/?s=letter
19:26:37 From Dave Robison : I’ll have to dig it up…
19:27:28 From Lisa Reed  : REED Images Lost and Found https://youtu.be/TLs19WiAIvo
19:27:32 From DearMYRTLE . : Thnak-you for looking, Dave.
19:28:26 From Lisa Reed to All panelists : The link I sent is a YouTube video I made about finding a “Suitcase Full of Pictures.”
19:29:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have pictures of all my great grandparents except for one. I know there are photos out there. He served in the Spanish American War and had an influencial brother in a small community
19:29:47 From Dave Robison : Yvonne, here’s a link to one of the pages: https://oldbonessearch.com/?p=438
19:30:19 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Thanks, Dave
19:32:50 From Yvonne Demoskoff : NP
19:33:02 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I did a search and found the articles
19:35:42 From DearMYRTLE . to Dave Robison and all panelists : DearMYRTLE’s “Food traditions & Gramma Myrtle” post from 16 Sept 2010, http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2010/09/food-traditions-gramma-myrtle.html

19:44:50 From Cousin Russ : 2 mil Polyester Photo Mounting Sleeves (25-Pack) https://www.gaylord.com/Preservation/Photo%2C-Print-%26-Art-Preservation/Envelopes%2C-Sleeves-%26-Protectors/2-mil-Polyester-Photo-Mounting-Sleeves-%2825-Pack%29/p/HYB01296


19:45:54 From Cousin Russ : Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher Paperback – July 1, 2016, by Drew Smith. https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Genealogy-Strategies-Researcher/dp/1440345031

19:47:06 From Cousin Russ : How to Weed Your Attic https://www.amazon.com/How-Weed-Your-Attic-Destroying/dp/1538115468
19:49:15 From Launa Droescher : @Where do I send OLD computer programs and sometime I still have prog disk?
19:50:17 From Launa Droescher : still have books
19:53:38 From Dave Robison : I think it’s Honus Wagner’s card
19:55:10 From Lisa Reed to All panelists : also Vernon

19:57:48 From Sarah Bell : Do they ship internationally?
19:58:50 From Cousin Russ. to  : Australian recommended archival supply firms https://prov.vic.gov.au//recordkeeping-government/certified-suppliers-vendors/boxes-archival-supplies
19:58:53 From Sarah Bell : Thanks 🙂
19:59:21 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Carr McLean in Canada

20:03:57 From Dave Robison : Speaking of YouTube, I discovered today that the videos can be read with the “cc” button for closed captioning at the bottom of the page… I’ve got to spread the word for the hearing impaired members.
20:05:40 From Launa Droescher : I use to use my long hair pins, the kind used in jumbo hair curlers.
20:05:55 From Dave Robison : eGlad I made it tonight! Thanks Melissa!!
20:06:16 From Susan Bleimehl : Thanks for the interesting topic.


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FamilySearch: Records Update 28 Jan 2019

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearch.org.


New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 28, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added new, free historical records this week from Austria, Brazil, Cape Verde, England, France, Italy (Mantova, Terni, and Vicenza), Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States (Maine and Missouri). (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

Search these new, free records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Country Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Austria Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 75,102 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 2,120 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Cape Verde Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 19,477 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
England England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912 319 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
France France, Convict Register, 1650-1867 48,409 0 New indexed records collection
Italy Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906 34,729 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Italy, Terni, Civil Registration, 1861-1921 123,204 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Italy, Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1871-1942 120,752 0 New indexed records collection
Netherlands Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 55,943 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 134,526 0 New indexed records collection
United States Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014 129,668 0 New indexed records collection
United States Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874 785 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


 

ARCHIVED: AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 18

AmericaGen Study Group

Feedback from the AmericaGen Study Group includes this comment from Molly McKinley “After the last lesson, I was able to find my great grandmother’s probate for her parents who died really young. It had the guardian’s payments for her keep, etc. And I also found my great-great grandfather’s probate. They were all in a different town, in the same county as they died. I was so happy to find that. Thanks for all the great conversation last time.”

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 18 – Intestate Records & Probate” from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.) https://www.amazon.com/Researchers-Guide-American-Genealogy-4th/dp/0806320664

Please note all hyperlinks are non-affiliate links.

Val Greenwoods book

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Note: All panelists were invited ro read the chapter and then write about how that chapter relates to their personal research habits.

DearMYRTLE’s AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 18 Combined Homework: http://bit.ly/AmericaGen18

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09:55:34 From Cary Bright : Molly McKinley what a wonderful find! Congrats
09:56:30 From Marceline Beem : Molly, are you keeping warm? We have morning temps in the 30s in north Florida!

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10:03:00 From Cousin Russ : When posting in the “Zoom Webinar Chat” , change the “TO” portion to read “ALL PANELISTS AND ATTENDEES.” By default it reads “all panelists.”
10:03:40 From Cousin Russ : The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.). This week we’re discussing Chapter 18
10:07:43 From Molly McKinley : It as in the low 40’s here. I have a wonderful heater…lol
10:10:30 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : I think the publication notice is a necessary part of the probate.
10:11:12 From Marceline Beem : I’m going to be in the Orlando area tomorrow, Molly. I was hoping it would be warmer than that!
10:12:31 From DearMYRTLE . : I think the publication notice is a necessary part of the probate to ensure the Administrator didn’t overlook an heir.
10:15:21 From DearMYRTLE . : I like the word INFER.
10:26:10 From Melinda Culpon to All panelists : Notice was given to make sure there are no other heirs or debts to creditors
10:30:19 From Cousin Russ : From DearMYRTLE — You are lucky the land was to be “kept for her children.” By law in this time period, her husband may have had authority to use the property as he wished simply because they were married.

10:37:16 From Marceline Beem : $30,000 in 1840 is the equivalent of $917,000 in today’s dollars
10:40:11 From Marceline Beem : The site used to calculate the current value is http://www.wolframalpha.com
10:40:46 From Marceline Beem : I put in $30000 1840 and it calculated the equivalent in today’s dollars
10:44:51 From DearMYRTLE . : . Thank-you, Marceline!

10:45:37 From Molly McKinley : By the time they settled my gggrandfather’s probate, his wife had died. The heirs each got less than $50 each. It took almost 10 years!
10:45:59 From Rebecca Williams : I had an ancestor whose probate lasted for years because they were trying to find one of the heirs. They found him in Nebraska and the grandfather died in Ohio.
10:46:09 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : Russ we have comments.
10:47:48 From Lisa Gorrell : I have an administration record where the whereabouts of several of the sons was unknown. They went ahead with it without those heirs.
10:48:32 From Melinda Culpon to All panelists : In Louisiana – Civil Law – probate is called “sucession”
10:49:09 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : And “Civil Law” states are different from “Common Law” states.
10:50:23 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : cannot cancel spotlight video today either RUss.
10:50:33 From DearMYRTLE . : And “Civil Law” states are different from “Common Law” states.

10:51:11 From Cousin Russ : Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Understanding Courthouse Records: Originals vs. Duplicate Originals,” blog post, QuickTips: The Blog @ Evidence Explained (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/quicktips/understanding-courthouse-records-originals-vs-duplicate-originals : 24 January 2019).

11:00:56 From DearMYRTLE . : https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/best-of-genea-blogs-20-to-26-january.html
11:01:36 From Valerie Lisk : I saw that on a Legacy Family Tree Webinar. https://familytreewebinars.com/
11:02:51 From Cary Bright : Yes Valerie – Legacy Family Tree Webinar about Exhaustive Research and GPS just done in the last week.
11:03:20 From Valerie Lisk : That’s it Cary!
11:03:48 From Lisa Gorrell : Thanks everyone!!


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ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 28 Jan 2019

MondaysWithMyrt

After a 2-week hiatus, the gang is back. We spent a lot of time discussing and then demonstrating a fresh install of Tony Proctor’s new program for cataloging image and document files  under multiple categories. Fascinating. Much easier than using Evernote to accomplish the same task. A special shout-out to Gary Gauthier for working on the Mac version of this open source program.

We also discussed Ancestry’s problem outgrowing 32bit architecture and the feedback Randy Seaver received among 17,000 hits on one blog post.

Look below for the link to upcoming Black Family History Month activities at Black ProGen LIVE! (Thanks True Lewis.)

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09:57:39 From John Laws : Hin Everyone from bonnie Scotland
10:00:37 From Graham Walter : Hello everyone from London
10:01:04 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Howdy from Texas
10:02:00 From Lisa Hollon : Hi Everyone, from Ohio!
10:02:18 From Michelle Minner to All panelists : Hi everyone from warm(er) Arizona
10:02:36 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Hello from South Louisiana.
10:03:44 From Launa Droescher : my computer took over 2 hrs for updates. took out Dropbox and Evernote
10:03:47 From Devon Noel Lee : My big project is finish editing my RootsTech Film Fest video that due mid-week
10:04:11 From Michelle Minner to All panelists : CHEWBACCA? I already like Graham! woo hoo!
10:04:25 From nadine Guilbault to All panelists : Hi everyone from snowy Wisconsin.
10:05:00 From Graham Walter : Thanks Michelle!!
10:05:14 From Bill West to All panelists : Good morning from sunny Massachusetts!
10:06:19 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I had a Were Related match to you Pat whilst you were at SLIG
10:06:46 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I mean DearMYRTLE Pat
10:08:08 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Good chilly morning from Chenango County NY to everyone….These web “gatherings” are what makes Mondays special and looked forward to….
10:08:12 From Jackie Chalmers : Hello everyone – glad to be here after long absence!
10:08:19 From Barbara Gressel to All panelists : I’ve met a new Y-DNA match to my cousin in Australia. We have been working together to try to find our common ancestor!

10:08:46 From Cousin Russ :CONNECTICUT SOCIETY OF GENEALOGY http://www.csginc.org
10:09:29 From Renate Sanders as guest to All panelists : Hello everyone from Newport News, VA! I’m a bit under the weather today. Hope to be back on the panel, soon!
10:09:51 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Greetings from Sunny Florida…so happy the rain of yesterday is HISTORY!
10:11:07 From Graham Walter : careful!!!
10:11:09 From Graham Walter : 🙂
10:11:59 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Gary Gauthier here. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Tony and have a working version of the program, but on a Mac
10:12:53 From DearMYRTLE . to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : HELLO gARY! 🙂
10:22:52 From Marian Koalski : Are Russ, Myrt, and Shelly sharing a set of buddy files?
10:24:12 From DearMYRTLE . : I hope so, Marian… we are having to do it manually before looking at Tony’s software.
10:24:27 From Cousin Russ : We have been sharing our research. All 3 of us have a member of the family in the same document. Most of the time, it’s two of us on the same page
10:24:47 From Graham Walter : steganography
10:24:59 From Cousin Russ : This tool well let us use the Buddy File, when we understand how it works
10:25:03 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Family groups often have people with different surnames especially when taken at weddings these files work really well and the file does not need to have a name change from the original
10:25:10 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : I am using my Mac version for all those notes I used to write on the back of the paper document.
10:26:54 From Graham Walter : Sounds like a good idea Gary
10:27:28 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Graham: I works very nicely with Spotlight.
10:27:41 From Graham Walter : Nice!
10:30:49 From Michelle Minner : WOW, I need this software for my media collections! I can’t believe how many pieces of media and documents are related to several different places, people, families, etc. Cross indexing is impossible manually
10:33:01 From Marian Koalski : I’ve been using the source definition fields in my genealogy database (Reunion) to link all the people mentioned in a source to the text, image(s), and others that constitute the source
10:33:22 From Pamela Wells : Awesome!
10:33:49 From Sharon Morrissey : This is great! I’ve been trying to use Evernote tags to keep track of my files in the same way… But to have this as part of the file document is wonderful!
10:34:15 From June Butka : I will need to rewatch this to learn a great tool.
10:34:28 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Being able to search your whole computer or just a drive would be useful
10:34:53 From Hilary Gadsby : Being able to search your whole computer or just a drive would be useful
10:35:27 From Denise Coughlin : Can’t wait to see the replay since I missed the first half!!
10:36:00 From Hilary Gadsby : I like that I do not have to rename files I have downloaded as I add information to the accompanying file
10:36:04 From Valerie Lisk : I’ve been using the Share feature in RM.
10:38:36 From Maria Tegtmeier : It inspires me to be more organized. Goes along with New Year’s resolutions.
10:39:02 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : This approach is very useful for files that don’t support metadata in a classical way. e.g. .eml files
10:41:49 From Cousin Russ : LINK TO TONY’S POST: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE/permalink/10161324600395374/
10:42:43 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : metaproxy
10:42:49 From Cousin Russ : metaproxy
10:43:36 From Michelle Minner : I saw you click DISCARD as a choice
10:47:14 From Graham Walter : right-click the file icon
10:49:38 From Graham Walter : I think your meta file has a ‘.txt’ at the end
10:51:25 From Linda Jordan to All panelists : I can’t open the executable — any suggestions, maybe my security program?
10:51:43 From Michelle Minner : All you have to do is shortcut menu RENAME to get rid fo the .txt
10:51:55 From June Butka : I would probably have the same problem.
10:52:23 From Graham Walter : I can walk you through it if you want
10:52:25 From Michelle Minner : Use the shortcut menu (right mouse click on the name of the text file)
10:53:59 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : You could have clicked the box in the header, too
10:55:56 From Randy Seaver : but on another computer with the same files you would have to do the same process, right?
10:56:03 From June Butka : How does that affect downloading photos from your Iphone?
10:57:06 From Graham Walter : it might be possible to create a powershell script to do the file association…
10:58:23 From June Butka : My photos go to a photo file on my external drive by date
10:58:43 From Graham Walter to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : Gary: do you have an equivalent of the exe in a .app for the MAc?
10:59:27 From Cousin Russ : June — true, but this has to be done AFTER the download and each file would have this on top of or in addition to that downloaded file
10:59:40 From June Butka : Thank you, Russ.
11:00:09 From Brenda J. Williams to All panelists : I had to step away in the middle of the demo. How can I view the recording later?
11:00:25 From Cousin Russ : Yes, it will be viewed later
11:00:40 From Randy Seaver : If I copy a photo file to Dropbox or a flash drive, will the associated .meta file be copied too?
11:00:47 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : Gary, do you have something to demonstrate?
11:00:56 From Randy Seaver : Or if I email the photo to someone as an attachment?
11:01:14 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE
11:01:50 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Graham: Yes. Note that the Mac version also has to be configured due to Mojave security features. IAs this is proof of concept quality, I am still tweaking it to make it look pretty.
11:01:53 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : At the moment, you would have to attach the buddy file manually if sharing by email or dropbox
11:02:41 From Graham Walter to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : Gary: OK. If you want an additional beta tester… 🙂
11:04:16 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Happy to share. The code is all AppleScript. What is the best way to do this?
11:04:25 From Michelle Minner : I was thinking about using my FTM media file folder to load the program and the meta files…because I keep all my media files in that folder.
11:05:15 From Graham Walter : or search for *.meta
11:06:30 From Graham Walter to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : Gary: dropbox (if you have it) or email?
11:08:00 From Pat Kuhn to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : Gary, I am also on a MAC
11:09:30 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Let me think of how to securely pass you an email. Not sure this is the place to do this.
11:09:47 From Graham Walter : Gary: fair enough
11:10:24 From Pat Kuhn to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : could we message on facebook?
11:10:48 From Graham Walter : Pat: good idea…
11:12:09 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : No problem
11:12:34 From Pat Kuhn to Gary Gauthier and all panelists : I am Pat O’Donnell Kuhn on FB if you would like to find me
11:13:26 From Marcia Philbrick : Thanks Tony for all of your work and your willingness to share! Thanks Hilary for your comments about embedding transcriptions! This is a great idea – and be worth the time to implement.
11:13:38 From Graham Walter : And I am fb.me\graham.a.walter
11:13:45 From John Laws to All panelists : sorry russ & Pat & Tony This lost me way back and put me to sleep but if we gonna talk genealogy you got my attention
11:14:11 From Graham Walter : Great discussion / demonstration
11:14:57 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : That’s a shame, John. Maybe just look at what happens when I click on one of those buddy files — that’s all you need to watch 😉
11:15:00 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Edited the Florida State Genealogical Society’s Florida Genealogist Journal…emailed out on Saturday.
11:15:12 From DearMYRTLE . : THANK YOU Everyone! 🙂
11:16:27 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : I have been filling in and fixing sources.
11:16:43 From Dave Robison : Organizing: Other than original documents, I’ve been shredding everything. If I felt that I needed it, I scanned then filed it. Everything else is gone. Initial results? I’ve found things that had been misplaced, misfiled and simply missing.
11:17:22 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I made a start on my genealogy disaster plan (risks, priorities, digitizing plan).
11:17:53 From Valerie Lisk : I have two ancestors who were in the USCT. I wrote a brief bio on each for our Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, first ever, Black History Celebration.
11:18:12 From Linda Stufflebean : Happy birthday, Pat. 🙂
11:18:26 From Cousin Russ : Post on Ancestry Member Trees – https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/a-readers-take-on-ancestrycom-problems.html
11:18:36 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : I thought of doing that Dave but it’s to scarry. LOL
11:20:18 From Valerie Lisk : There should be a way to have members delete duplicate trees.
11:20:18 From Graham Walter : http://lucene.apache.org/solr/
11:20:58 From Tami Crandall to All panelists : if we all deleted our old trees that are out of date maybe the system would work.
11:21:37 From Pamela Wells : Happy birthday, Pat!
11:22:12 From Doris Haskell : I registered for two college classes. Creative Writing. Computer Information Systems
11:22:21 From John Laws to All panelists : Well done Randy!
11:23:37 From Pamela Wells : Russ, I totally agree! I’ve been deleting some of mine along the way, also!
11:23:52 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : I have a couple of experiences of trying to contact Ancestry in a professional context — these were woeful and seem to indicate that they don’t have a department/group interested in bi-directional communication
11:23:59 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Enjoyed the webinar – have to leave for another meeting. Hope to see you next week.
11:25:05 From John Laws to All panelists : Most organisations keep their staff & customers in the dark, in the military logistics we describe ourselves as mushroom taxi’s kept in the dark.
11:25:33 From Marcia Philbrick : Yes, Cousin Russ and Randy — I believe DNA hints are being affected by the lack of indexing of the trees. After reading the post about the 32 bit indexing, I figured that is also affecting DNA matches. Their pool of matches has to be huge.
11:26:18 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : lets do comments next RUSS. thx
11:27:04 From Graham Walter : May be they (Ancestry) need to do some consumer forums – at RootsTech?…
11:28:58 From John Laws to All panelists : Only good if ideas are taken onboard
11:29:15 From Graham Walter : Very true John
11:30:21 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Heading to a client appointment ($$$) so I’m ducking out until next Monday! Great information today.
11:30:29 From Rebecca Williams : It sounds to me like they are more interested in investor relations than customer relations. Just my opinion.
11:30:39 From John Laws to All panelists : take care dave
11:32:43 From John Laws to All panelists : hi True
11:33:37 From Cousin Russ :Find out about BLACK PROGEN LIVE events for Black History Month (Feb 2019) http://www.whoisnickasmith.com/blackprogen/
11:35:21 From Randy Seaver : My organization fix was to make a spreadsheet for my AncestryDNA matches that are in a Genetic Affairs AutoCluster. I ordered it by cluster number and then by cM in the cluster. Then I added a column for known common ancestors to try to identify the root persons of the cluster. I managed to identify about 15 of the 37 clusters. From this, I know who of my highest matches (above 25 cM shared) are related to me and others in the cluster. It’s very helpful. Blog posts coming on my AutoClusters and the spreadsheet, with probably IDs of the cluster root persons or surnames.
11:35:53 From June Butka : I transcribe any information I find in my research, town histories the unknown people at the end of borth, marriage, death records probate, etc.
11:35:57 From Cheri Hudson Passey to All panelists : Just posted a blog with 90 names of the enslaved in an inventory a distant member of my ancestry.
11:36:22 From June Butka : Birth records
11:37:10 From John Laws to All panelists : I need ALL my LAWS & LAWES family no matter who no matter where no matter where
11:37:20 From Michelle Minner : I matched in DNA with a distant cousin that comes from a slave/slave owner relationship, that I found!
11:38:56 From John Laws to All panelists : I got loads of LAWS in the Caribbean Islands
11:40:00 From True Lewis : Beautiful Cheri this is what is needed! and Hello John Laws!
11:41:02 From Pamela Wells : Great job everyone! Thank you!


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WACKY Wednesday – Organization Ideas

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This WACKY Wednesday prepares participants for the 2.5 weeks ahead where there will be no DearMYRTLE webinars while she attend Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and SLIG Academy for Professionals. During Mondays with Myrt this week, Myrt challenged folks to accomplishing one (1) genealogical organization task. Perhaps something you’ve wanted to do like learn to use Evernote, or finally get those old letters scanned. Maybe it’s cleaning out your filing cabinet, or digitizing and transcribing the documents collected from your last research trip. Maybe you’ve been putting off starting to blog anecdotes about your ancestors so heretofore unknown cousins can learn about you and your research. Maybe you have decided to use Dropbox to automatically keep a copy of your work “in the cloud.”

Whatever your genea_goal, you’ve got an uninterrupted 2.5 weeks to accomplish the task. Just think how good you’ll feel with 1 good project under your belt. That, my dear friends, is a great way to start out the new year!

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19:00:26 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hello Melisssa
19:00:58 From Melissa Barker to All panelists : Hello Betty-Lu!
19:01:07 From Melissa Barker : Hello Betty-Lu!
19:04:09 From Molly McKinley : My goal for the next few weeks is to find all those boxes of genealogy that got moved and are stacked somewhere…lol
19:04:19 From Cousin Russ : If you want to join the Panel, please raise your Hand, You should have a Web Cam and headset / mic
19:04:37 From Edward Thompson : Hello all
19:04:37 From Cousin Russ : Tony Proctor’s “Organising Digital Resources” https://parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.com/2018/11/organising-digital-resources.html
19:04:38 From Betty-Lu Burton : Molly I know what you mean
19:11:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have a deed that has the deceased father’s name, the woman’s married and maiden name and her husband’s name and the same for her sister and the widow (second wife) of the deceased father. All as the seller of the land plus the buyer. The document also is the main source for all the above relationships so How would that be filed?
19:27:15 From Molly McKinley : I have files by state and county for deeds, births, deaths etc. because I am doing both sides of my family and have many of the same name on both sides. By putting them by state and county I know which side of the family it is.
19:28:53 From Cousin Russ : Cyndi Ingle, Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserving Your Research https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=521
19:29:16 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s Blogging “How-to, Tips & Tricks” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYwX6DTTx5_EO_X6w_ysUM4W+.
19:29:30 From Cousin Russ : Shannon Combs Bennett’s Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=515

19:30:02 From Cousin Russ : Cyndi Ingle, Maintaining an Organized Computer https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=882
19:30:22 From Linda Stufflebean : I listened to Cyndi’s webinar tonight. Full house and it was excellent.

19:31:22 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s GenTools Study Group https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYyGelwxMWdbkEfJckuUPpnb
19:32:34 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s Planning a Trip to the Family History Library https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYw_3wftgmysDCtrjJPYGWUb
19:34:44 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s Blogging “How-to, Tips & Tricks” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYwX6DTTx5_EO_X6w_ysUM4W
19:35:54 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s 2012 Scanning Project (short subject videos) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR41jOFxoDYwC7_Gv0jPzlCmu7GHekMEY

19:39:22 From Cousin Russ : Denise Levenick’s Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=944

19:39:42 From Cousin Russ : Lisa Louise Cooke’s Organize Your Online Life https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=369

19:40:05 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I’m making a genealogy disaster plan using Denise May Levenick’s 2014 article at Family Tree Magazine. Here’s the link: https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/your-genealogy-disaster-plan/

19:40:09 From Cousin Russ : Mary Hill, AG Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=192

19:41:54 From Lisa Hollon : I’m going back through my tree, starting with me, to make sure every source has a citation.
19:43:03 From Sue Holmes Burns  : I’m going to continue to digitize my paper sources. I use Mary Hill’s color system and it works well for me. Regarding how I save my digital information, I use a form of Josh Taylor’s system. He had a seminar in Dallas a few years ago explaining it and it works for me.
19:43:19 From Susan Bleimehl : I lead a German SIG for our local society and we are exploring different archives. Last meeting we did a challenge of using PERSI. and this month the challenge will be for using internet archive. We are searching by location and not surname. Then at the meeting we do live demos of what we find. Meeting is at the end of the month, so that’s what I’ll be preparing during the next two weeks.
19:43:48 From Launa Droescher : this past year bought New APCs for computer equipment. this year filling
19:44:19 From Yvonne Demoskoff : That photo tip is really good, Melissa!

19:46:09 From Cousin Russ : Melissa LeMaster Barker’s Disaster Planning for the Genealogist, Safeguarding Your Genealogical Records https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=625

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19:48:27 From Cousin Russ : Cyndi’s List – Organization https://cyndislist.com/organizing/

19:52:01 From Cousin Russ : Ed Thompson’s Evidentia Software https://evidentiasoftware.com/
19:52:39 From Edward Thompson : I build it off Thomas Jones, Mastering Genealogy Proof
19:53:35 From Edward Thompson : I had to postpone the first v1.1 update because his book came out a month earlier than I was told, and I needed time to read it
19:57:25 From Yvonne Demoskoff : [Regarding hosting a study group with just Chapters 1 and 2 of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills] I hadn’t thought of breaking it down like that, Myrt; good idea.
19:58:56 From Lisa Hollon : Thanks for this webinar! Such great information!!


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

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