WACKY Wednesday – Organization Ideas


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!



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

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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ARCHIVED: AmericaGen Study Group – Chapters 16 & 17 Wills and Probate Records

AmericaGen Study Group

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapters 16 & 17 “Wills & 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

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

AmericaGen Study Group – Chapters 16 & 17 “Wills & Probate: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jUiZCmXZJEjpZ_77-G4YdPK2jX91fHwH/view?usp=sharing



10:00:36 From Robbin Smith to All panelists : Good Morning all
10:00:45 From Lisa Gorrell : Welcome everyone! Happy New Year!
10:01:16 From Sheri Fenley : Hello from rainy Stockton California
10:01:17 From Melinda Culpon : Welcome everyone! Glad to be back
10:01:24 From Lisa Gorrell : \
10:01:41 From Molly McKinley : Wills and probate are so much fun to investigate. There are so many answers found there.
10:01:46 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Good morning everyone – here in sunny Florida
10:02:07 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Hello and Good Morning from Rainy and Windy California.
10:02:34 From Robbin Smith : GM all from Miami
10:02:38 From Cary Bright : Happy New Year and may all your brick walls loose a few bricks in 2019!!
10:03:11 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Good noon
10:03:28 From Robbin Smith : Congrats Lisa!
10:03:34 From cyndy Bray : Good morning from rainy Newman California, just down the road from Sheri
10:05:52 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Cyndy Bray, sad news re. Officer Singh. Condolences to the whole town.
10:06:48 From cyndy Bray : Thanks Sheryl, it’s a sad time we never thought we’d see
10:07:14 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Stay strong Cyndy.
10:11:16 From Robbin Smith : what is link to homework?
10:11:20 From Cary Bright : Ancestry Probate collection: https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/us_willsprobate/
10:15:11 From Molly McKinley : I found one of my Alabama ancestors whose son moved to Arkansas probate records in both states.
10:15:24 From DearMYRTLE . : Cool Molly. 🙂
10:17:06 From Betty-Lu Burton : Many of the wills and probate are not indexed because these are higher hanging fruit and tend to be harder to index
10:17:50 From DearMYRTLE : Good because 70% of FamilySearch’s digital images are not under search or browse, but are only found in the catalog.
10:19:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : You may want to see if there is state archive that may have the records. Arkansas has the Butler Center in Little Rock that has many records too

10:25:06 From DearMYRTLE : AUCTIONED in most cases. And sometimes NEIGHBORS won’t bid, so the family can purchase at low prices.
10:25:55 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have seen an inventory where there was 2 or 3 people went in and determined the cost/price of the various things in the estate

10:30:09 From Valerie Lisk : Sometimes he Probate is indexed by the Executor and not the Deceased.

10:39:28 From DearMYRTLE : $20,000 in the early 1900s was a LOT of money.

10:48:18 From Cousin Russ : Sourcing the Lingo by Judy G. Russell https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2019/01/08/sourcing-the-lingo/

10:55:43 From Melinda Culpon : In older wills the Witnesses can be extremely important
10:57:42 From Valerie Lisk : I saw that one Cary, It’s excellent!

Mary Kircher Roddy’s Legacy Family Tree Webinar “Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County & State Records”
10:58:14 From DearMYRTLE  : Link to the webinar: https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=761
10:59:46 From Cousin Russ : Mary’s handouts are publicaly available: https://www.mkrgenealogy.com/uploads/1/3/0/7/13074986/roddy_-_direct_link_to_the_past___handout_-_rev_31_jan_2018.docx.pdf

11:00:27 From Maria Tegtmeier : Excellent information today. Thank you so much! Inspiring not be afraid of probate records.
11:00:37 From DearMYRTLE . : EXCELLENT WORK! 🙂
11:01:12 From Shelby Bender  : Excellent webinar – great information that we often overlook or just gloss over due to time constraints.
11:01:25 From Irene : This was great. So many ideas. Thank you.
11:01:25 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Thank you for the alternative incites and viewpoints.
11:01:33 From Robbin Smith : thx for all the wonderful information
11:04:08 From Irene : A probate record is the only thing I still need for my DAR app.

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Most DearMYRTLE Webinars are embedded in a Myrt’s Musings blog post, along with selected comments and links we mention.


ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 7 Jan 2019


We meet for the first time in 2019 and discuss MyHeritageDNA, then connection issues between Ancestry’s 2-step verification process and had not considered the API with RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker genealogy desktop software. Our friend Anna Mathews reports on Helmut Film Scanner app we mentioned briefly last week. THANK-YOU, Anna. 🙂 We hear from Hilary Gadsby about the new FindMyPast smart phone app.



10:00:01 From Randy Seaver to All panelists : Here is my Finding Your Roots post – https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/finding-your-roots-starts-season-5-on.html
10:00:55 From grahamwalter : Happy New Year everyone from London
10:00:56 From Randy Seaver : Hello world…
10:01:15 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Good morning from British Columbia, Canada!
10:01:15 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Hello, everyone! Signing in from Virginia!
10:01:18 From Susan Ennis : Hello from Western Pennsylvania!
10:01:31 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Hello from New Jersey.
10:01:32 From Pamela Wells : Good morning all!
10:01:59 From Michelle Minner : good morning from chilly and wet Arizona! (very rare)
10:02:00 From Frances Stein : Greetings from Tampa Bay, Florida! Happy New Year!
10:02:03 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : My blog Into the LIGHT – http://www.justthinking130.blogspot.com
10:02:11 From Susan Ennis : Interesting comments (some lengthy) in response to Ancestry Blog’s January 1st post! https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2019/01/01/30236/
10:02:35 From Marian Koalski : What about those WPA bridges?
10:02:58 From Betty-Lu Burton to All panelists : Hello from warm Arkansas
10:04:24 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Good good year and day to one and all form frosty Coventryville NY!!
10:05:17 From Bill West : Gooood morning from sunny and cold Massachusetts!
10:07:53 From Betty-Lu Burton : thank you for the reminder
10:08:46 From Cousin Russ : https://springfieldmuseums.org/about/museum-of-springfield-history/springfield-history-library-archives/
10:08:52 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : IT’s OK renate!
10:08:57 From Michelle Minner : Which state? most states have a Springfield!~ LOL
10:09:04 From Doris Haskell : Since this is the beginning of the new year, and people are organizing files and photos, maybe we can address ways to put our name on our photos.
10:09:51 From Doris Haskell : Massachusetts
10:10:06 From Cousin Russ : https://westmagenealogy.com/
10:10:34 From Cousin Russ : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Chapin
10:10:55 From Marian Koalski : Good idea, Doris!
10:12:24 From Michelle Minner : I am in the process of cleaning up all of my media files and renaming! BIG job!
10:13:57 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders: Black ProGen Live http://www.whoisnickasmith.com/blackprogen/

10:15:06 From Bill West : For those who asked, it’s Springfield, Ma.

Focused Research
10:18:44 From Cousin Russ : FOCUSED RESEARCH vs Information Overload with DearMYRTLE & Cousin Russ. “Overwhelmed by 3.45 million results of a Google Search? This webinar explains three proven methods for balancing ‘staying on task’ with serendipitous findings. No more falling down rabbit holes following those bright shiny objects.” https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=1042
10:18:45 From cyndy Bray : That webinar was very helpful, Myrt

10:19:51 From Randy Seaver : Industry benchmark numbers in https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/genealogy-industry-benchmark-numbers.html
10:20:17 From Randy Seaver: Genealogy website rankings in https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/selected-genealogy-website-traffic.html
10:20:51 From Randy Seaver: My best 2018 research finds in https://www.geneamusings.com/2018/12/ten-of-randys-best-research-discoveries.html

10:21:27 From Cousin Russ : https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-app-2623284760.html
10:23:03 From Randy Seaver : I get the FMP Hints for my tree people in RootsMagic un the WebHints. Haven’t tried the app yet. TMINET.
10:25:08 From Devon Noel Lee : Randy, that’s where I find my FMP hints as well. RootsMagic is my one stop shop for hints.
10:25:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : I like it when a program lets you see the last 5 or 10 people you looked at
10:26:16 From Randy Seaver : I agree, Devon. I just wish that the FamilySearch FamilyTree Hints that are confirmed would open like the Pending Hints open so I can see the record and the source.
10:29:18 From Devon Noel Lee : Try Leonard Hill’s lightbulb
10:30:33 From John Laws : Hi Everyone I’m out in the ether sadly still fighting off a nasty stomach bug it is bitterly cold in Scotland which don’t help Like to wish you all health peace and happiness thro’ 2019
10:31:17 From grahamwalter : and a good new year to you John – get well soon
10:31:32 From Cousin Russ : RootsMagic https://rootsmagic.com
10:32:50 From Cousin Russ : http://geneabloggerstribe.com/the-great-upload-wikitree-scan-a-thon/
110:35:13 From Devon Noel Lee : I found a document for my Accredited Genealogist project on FMP – Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriages Image. It’s a book that has been indexed on that site, but it was pretty cool.
10:35:50 From Randy Seaver : so the Scan-a-thon is to get rid of our genea-rrhoids?
10:36:32 From Marian Koalski : @Susan Ennis, thanks for the link to the Ancestry discussion. Very interesting https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2019/01/01/30236/
10:36:33 From Devon Noel Lee : Oh intestate! That was a fun record
10:37:19 From Cousin Russ : PWYW In 2019. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please PWYW via PayPal, debit or credit card here. Thank you!
10:37:33 From Cousin Russ : .
10:38:26 From Randy Seaver : Intestate probate records in 19th and 20th century are great because they usually name all of the heirs and their addresses and relationships.

10:38:57 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Drew Smith’s Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher: https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Genealogy-Strategies-Researcher/dp/1440345031

10:40:54 From Devon Noel Lee : I’m a minimalist, so I have almost everything in a computer. This helps me always have everything I need in electronic form. I ralrey use pen and pencil.
10:41:28 From Devon Noel Lee : I’m not sure how to turn on the video. Sorry
10:41:29 From Hilary Gadsby : I have 2 pen holders on my desk
10:41:36 From Michelle Minner : Same here Devon! I have worked/installed/trained on computer since 1977…so I don’t’ have a cup of pens! LOL
10:42:04 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : It’s funny, I never even thought about the fact that I have one in every room until now. I even have one out on my piano!
10:42:57 From Cousin Russ : https://www.youtube.com/user/jenofevedesigns
10:43:03 From Randy Seaver : I have a cup of pens just so my wife can find them in the genea-cave. Also holds my scissors
10:43:21 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Yep, mine have scissors, also, Russ. 🙂
10:44:03 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I use two cups for pens, markers, scissors on my research desk because it doesn’t have drawers.
10:44:03 From Doris Haskell : I just made a screenshot
10:44:29 From Sherry Wilmes : As an Omaha native, visiting for Christmas, I visited the Mormon Trail Heritage Center, was connected with Sister Terry Gatley at the Council Bluffs Center who provided me with several links to information about a 5x great-grandfather who was in a very early Mormon party that left (probably) the Winter Quarters in the Daniel Spencer along the Elkhorn River, 1847.
10:44:50 From grahamwalter : Hiya
10:44:57 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hi you
10:45:27 From Doris Haskell : Not much here in the banana belt, but go a little north, and they have a bunch.
10:45:30 From Betty-Lu Burton : Yeah Lisa Gorrell. Congratulations! [She is now a CG (certified genealogist), see http://www.bcgcertification.org
10:45:32 From Valerie Lisk : Congratulations Lisa!
10:45:43 From grahamwalter : Congratulations Lisa
10:45:44 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Congrats, Lisa!
10:45:52 From cyndy Bray : Congratulations Lisa
10:45:52 From Pamela Wells : Congrats, Lisa!
10:45:56 From Jenny Hawran : Congratulations Lisa! That’s fantastic
10:45:57 From Hilary Gadsby : Congratulations Lisa
10:45:58 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Congratulations again Lisa.
10:46:06 From Doris Haskell : Lisa, that’s wonderful. Congratulations!
10:46:12 From Cousin Russ : Dorothy – do you have a question ?
10:46:31 From John Laws to All panelists : Went on the earlier hangout with Lisa Alzo sandly felt bad and went to bed
10:46:32 From Molly McKinley : Pretty much, thanks
10:46:41 From Lisa Gorrell : Thanks, everyone!
10:47:20 From Susan Ennis : Don’t know whether to scan paper notes from the 1990s or to type into my online notebooks!
10:47:25 From grahamwalter : 🙂
10:47:33 From Betty-Lu Burton : A disorganized mind that can only handle a couple of things at a time
10:47:51 From Marian Koalski : I have that “flat surface syndrome,” too, Dave
10:48:07 From Hilary Gadsby : I have been putting my books on Library thing as I can easily scan them in using the phone
10:48:28 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Time management is my greatest organizational challenge.
10:48:46 From Marian Koalski : Yes, a scanned document is a lot easier to find when you need it than a piece of paper.
10:48:53 From Randy Seaver : My floor paper piles hinder my access to my bookcase binder and paper piles
10:48:55 From Bill West : My biggest problem is I keep finding new shiny stuff before i’ve finished filing things I’ve found already. It’s a never ending problem, but a nice one!
10:49:00 From Hilary Gadsby : I need to get my computer organised so I don’t have duplicates
10:50:18 From Susan Ennis : You can use a research question to focus your time.
10:50:20 From Randy Seaver : Prioritizing and time estimating are critical
10:50:46 From Michelle Minner : I learned that I don’t know how to estimate time when searching in the FHL! that was critical, and I failed!
10:51:11 From Mary Lou Gravatt : My problem is getting photos scanned. I have all of my parents photos, my -in-law photos and all ours. Includes boxes of my parents slides. Where did all the extra time I thought I would have when I retire go.
10:51:50 From Randy Seaver : I added a “To be filed” folder on the computer to save things I find before I blog about them or use them. Otherwise, I don’t have any idea if I’ve blogged about a record or a person unless I search the blog.
10:51:51 From Betty-Lu Burton : I am doing a Do-Over by building my family history using the hints from Ancestry.
10:53:14 From Dave Robison : I just bought that printer/scanner!! I installed it a couple of days ago.
10:53:53 From Michelle Minner : Dave, I have a similar printer (canon) and I use the scanner more than the printing! LOL Only my scanner is a flat bed, so I can scan books, magazines, etc.
10:54:01 From Marian Koalski : Why DOESN’T an all-in-one work with those things?
10:54:15 From Randy Seaver : I just bought a similar HP printer before Christmas
10:54:37 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : I use my all in one for those things but it’s a slooooooow process.
10:55:31 From Michelle Minner : All of you have given me a GREAT idea..that will help with my organization (having my all-in-one) and file shelf close to my computer, which they are not close now.
10:55:35 From Marian Koalski : You’re right, Renate. The scanner at the library is faster
10:55:54 From Randy Brown : Suggest you look at the book; Getting Things Done by David Allen for Time Management ideas
10:56:44 From Susan Ennis : LOVE Evernote!
10:58:41 From grahamwalter : Getting Things Done by David Allen and Evernote is my main methodology
10:58:42 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I’m sending my saved files in groups to Evernote, things that I saved from internet or scanned
10:59:27 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Love the Table Top Studio. I used a cardboard box and tissue paper DIY light tent before, but I REALLY love the collapsible, portable studio.
10:59:51 From Bill West : The first item on my To Do list is to start a To Do list.
11:00:16 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Ha ha… I like that Bill. 🙂
11:00:26 From Valerie Lisk : I saw a webinar by someone who said if you find a document online, at least make a digital copy of it because when the website renegotiates their contract, they may have to take those documents down
11:01:03 From grahamwalter : Hey Bella
11:01:06 From Jenny Hawran : Aww, hi Bella!
11:01:21 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : You can use a full tripod and I love mounting the box on a ironing board so I can stand or sit and the set up raises and lowers. My tripod then raises and lowers based on my need to sit or stand.
11:01:28 From Valerie Lisk : Michelle, I have a similar one.
11:01:47 From John Laws to All panelists : Bella is the image of our ol’ Danny miss him still
11:02:00 From Launa Droescher : Love cat sitting because I can not keep cat anymore
11:02:49 From Sharon Morrissey : Can’t wait to hear how you make out, Randy.
11:03:53 From Dave Robison : I’ve been using Library Thing for quite a while and I “think” I have every volume accounted for.
11:05:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have considered doing 2 to-do list. One main one that lists everything and I add new things to and a smaller one with just a few things on it, to work on first. that way I only have to look at the long list every week or so to repopulate the small list.
11:07:02 From Hilary Gadsby : Having a mobile scanner such as Flip-Pal or using app on your phone can help you scan those photos
11:07:17 From John Laws to All panelists : Too busy to work
11:08:18 From Hilary Gadsby : I have a scanner that can scan negatives and slides
11:08:21 From Randy Seaver : Betty Lu – you really need to SEARCH from your Ancestry Member Tree profile for a person to find all of the records they have – Ancestry Hints use only the largest 10% of their collections.
11:09:26 From Pamela Wells : Trying to determine the best way to manage my DNA tests for the 30 friends and family’s DNA they’ve taken. Looking for an Excel or Numbers template to use that could help me organize the top tier with the highest amount of centimorgans and largest segments. If anyone knows of such a template I could adapt, I would appreciate it. Thank you for any suggestions you might have.
11:11:18 From Barbara Gressel : I bought my flatbed scanner several years ago. When I bought it, I got one that will scan legal sized documents. It has come in handy several times. I also use my phone app called CamScan. It takes good photos but I have trouble getting the lighting right in some locations.
11:11:52 From Anne B. Wagner : Is it the Albinar High Load Copy Macro Stand?
11:11:56 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Dana Leeds
11:11:57 From Randy Seaver : Dana Leeds
11:12:09 From Valerie Lisk : Pamela when you download the matches, doesn’t it download into a file that can be opened with Excel?
11:12:16 From Valerie Lisk : Leeds mode?
11:12:17 From Devon Noel Lee  : https://www.danaleeds.com/dna-color-clustering-the-leeds-method-for-easily-visualizing-matches/
11:12:29 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for this info….I appreciate the help.
11:13:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : Randy I will do the search after I have done the low hanging trees. I am doing the do over because my tree is disorganized and it is helping me to get organized
11:13:40 From Sherry Wilmes to All panelists : On Amazon, I found Dewey the Document Camera Stand with Microscope and Light. Using my iPad Pro, I copied all of the photos and treasures. I did have to wait for morning light to manage the process, but it worked quickly and well.
11:14:01 From Pamela Wells : Great ideas! Thank you!
11:14:20 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Sorry… Time to take care of the kids. See you in a few weeks.
11:14:33 From Marian Koalski : My advice for organizing a pile of things: Don’t sort. Take the first item from the top, process it into your database, and then (scan &) file it. It will get sorted bit by bit.
11:14:42 From Pamela Wells : Thank you, Myrt and Russ!
11:14:58 From Pamela Wells : I am beginning to learn it…..
11:15:06 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : https://dnapainter.com/
11:15:12 From Valerie Lisk : I love dnapainter!
11:15:23 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : I use it. 🙂
11:15:59 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : I found one like your stand in Amazon called Postermater Copy stand”
11:16:59 From Maria Tegtmeier  : https://www.amazon.com/ProMaster-2174-Promaster-Copy-Stand/dp/B001VDNP3O
11:17:02 From Valerie Lisk : It helps me determine which part of the chromosome is maternal or paternal and if you have known cousins, it will help you determine which ancestor the cousin is related to or if they are a double cousin.
11:18:27 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders to All panelists : Ready when you are
11:18:57 From Cousin Russ : https://dnapainter.com/

11:23:28 From Jim Everhart to All panelists : Photo copy stand, I suggest you use a base oi peg board on top of a box with a hole in the side with a shop vacuum cleaner to create a suction to hold the object to the pegboard. Used this for years.
11:23:58 From DearMYRTLE . to Jim Everhart and all panelists : want to come on the panel or just talk?
11:24:31 From Jim Everhart to All panelists : I can explain this suggestion if you want
11:24:48 From DearMYRTLE . to Jim Everhart and all panelists : ok, Russ, bring him up on the panel.
11:25:50 From John Laws to All panelists : Hiya Jim
11:25:58 From Pamela Wells : Blaine has a great youtube video available where he shows how DNA Painter works.
11:27:43 From grahamwalter : Blaine vid – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyjcJxywTZI
11:27:49 From Valerie Lisk : Legacy Family Tree Webinars has a webinar scheduled for DNAPainer in 2019.
11:28:36 From Pamela Wells : Yes, this is it!
11:28:49 From John Laws : Same system used by silkscreen printers
11:29:16 From Pamela Wells : Well, there is a free one I’m looking for that Blaine has, too [ NOTE: His website is The Genetic Genealogist
11:29:25 From Cousin Russ : https://dna-central.com
11:30:03 From Frances Stein : “Finding Your Roots” – new season begins on PBS tomorrow!
11:31:19 From Randy Seaver : List of Finding Your Roots episodes in https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/finding-your-roots-starts-season-5-on.html
11:31:47 From Cousin Russ : Tony Proctor’s Organizing More Resources https://parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.com/2019/01/organising-more-resources.html [NOTE: We will discuss this for WACKY Wednesday!]
11:32:46 From Doris Haskell : Notice that ad for We’ll Meet Again in the lower left corner.
11:33:33 From Hilary Gadsby : I am going to use Tony’s program to help me get just one copy of anything I download
11:33:53 From Doris Haskell : I had planned to have all my genealogy in the family room downstairs. However, that’s where the wood burning stove is, and it’s far away from Richard.
11:34:45 From Doris Haskell : The kitchen table has become genealogy central. Not so great. We could bring the spare bedroom upstairs, and put his office downstairs.
11:36:10 From John Laws : You guys keep me going
11:36:21 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for all you do!!!!
11:37:37 From John Laws : Are fall asleep so easy
11:39:15 From Doris Haskell : Thank you everyone! Once again, I thought to get a drink from the fountain, and the fire hydrant opened up.
11:42:10 From Denise Coughlin : that would be great Dave! We are toying with the idea of virtual meetings too
11:42:45 From Dave Robison to Denise Coughlin and all panelists : Contact me anytime at dave@oldbones.info
11:49:42 From grahamwalter : Have a great day everyone

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For future reference, this is the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/calendar

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

Most DearMYRTLE Webinars are embedded in a Myrt’s Musings blog post, along with selected comments and links we mention.


PWYW In 2019

That’s right. We still do not charge for attending DearMYRTLE WEBINARS, but you may PWYW.

Frankly, I don’t want to perpetuate the myth that genealogy should be a cost-free endeavor. We should expect to pay for professional services. And I want to play nice with other virtual speakers in the genealogy space. 

Years ago, I toyed with the possibility of providing archived versions of my online classes for a fee, but I didn’t like the set up and high maintenance scenario including massive weekly snail mailings, refunds for downloads that didn’t work, etc. In short, I want to focus on substantive online genealogy education, not product fulfillment.

Someone has to pay the piper. It costs money to produce these webinars. I do not want to accept advertising. Every member of the community will realizes we can’t expect something for nothing.

Most of Ol’ Myrt’s “classes” are panel discussions with real-time feedback from the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community on Google+. +Cousin Russ makes sure everyone is included. And then there are my “very distant cousins” to consider, but I digress.
I’m going to take a middle of the road approach: 
  • DearMYRTLE’s private, genealogy society virtual presentations will continue at the current rate, as these are custom-designed for each society in question. 
  • There will be no change in the format or location of DearMYRTLE’s calendared, live and archived public webinars. 
  • DearMYRTLE’s public virtual presentations will continue to be available free, with the following change:
What’s different? Every webinar announcement will include the “Pay what you want”option, where you may specify what you’d like to contribute to the cause. This permits Ol’ Myrt and +Cousin Russ to:
  • Provide blogger beads, writing contest prizes, and challenge awards without digging into our own pockets.
  • Pay for the Zoom webinar service and room size.
  • Share complimentary Amazon.com gift card with intensive study group panelists, as a small token of our appreciation.
  • Continue to bring AmbushCAM short-subject interviews at the genealogy conferences we’re able to attend. 
  • Undertake professional development. 
  • PWYW In 2019
  • So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please PWYW via PayPal, debit or credit card here. Thank you! Every little bit helps.

  • Check DearMYRTLE’s Calendar and the  GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates of DearMYRTLE webinars including:
    • Mondays with Myrt (genealogy open mic discussions)
    • WACKY Wednesday (1 hour, 1 topic)
    • study groups like AmericaGen
    • The Archive Lady

    REGISTER: DearMYRTLE’s Jan 2019 Webinars

    January is a time for new beginnings, and so we shall TACKLE head-on the challenge of “getting organized” during two of this week’s three webinars. Then Ol’ Myrt here is going to school – Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy to be specific. These are the two high-powered courses I’ll be taking.  (Aaaack!!!)

    • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) – Course 1 “The Family History Law Library” with course coordinators Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, assisted by instructors Claire Bettag, CG, F. Warren Bittner, CG, David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA and Marian L. Smith (USCIS).
    • SLIG Academy – Course 4 “DNA & the 21st Century Professional” with course coordinator Angie Bush, MS, assisted by instructors Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD and Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL.

    This means you’ll have two full weeks to work on the “getting organized” commitments you make during Mondays with Myrt on 7 Jan 2019 and WACKY Wednesday on 9 Jan 2019.

    Here’s the lineup of DearMYRTLE family history webinars for January 2019:


    7 January 2019 Mondays with Myrt Our flagship webinar, where we talk about anything and everything that’s come across our genea-desks in the last week. Powerful genealogy breakthroughs happen during our webinars. The live broadcast starts at Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

    9 January 2019 (Wednesday) AmericaGen Study Group combining Chapters 16 & 17 where we will explore terms concerning wills and probate records from our own research to illustrate concepts from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.) The live broadcast starts at Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

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    9 January 2019 WACKY Wednesday with DearMYRTLE’s *very* distant cousin Our topic is determined by our Mondays with Myrt discussions. The live broadcast starts at 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles).

    Salt Lake Institute
    SLIG Academy
    So DearMYRTLE will be away, but this is your time to catch up on your OC – Organization Commitment.


    28 January 2019 Mondays with Myrt Powerful genealogy breakthroughs happen during our webinars. The live broadcast starts at Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles).

    AmericaGen Study Group

    30 January 2019 (Wednesday) AmericaGen Study Group combining Chapters 18 where we will continue discussing intestate estates and probate using records from our own research to illustrate concepts from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.) The live broadcast starts at Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

    Archives Lady with WW

    30 January 2019 (Wednesday) The Archive Lady  joins us for WACKY Wednesday. Thankful to have a genealogist in the archives. We are delighted to feature our resident archivist Melissa Barker, who serves as the Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor. The live broadcast starts at 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles).

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    For future reference, this is the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/calendar

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

    Archived webinars with selected comments and links we mentioned are found at  http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/blog/