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 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