ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt 25 Feb 2019 #RootsTech Bound


What a crazy morning we had at the world-famous Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This webinar brought together professional genealogists and DNA experts from all over the world. We send out a big thank-you to Roger Moffatt, our camera person, as well as Graham Walter and Mr. Myrt who cycled guests in and out of our production booth. Cousin Russ held down the fort with the Zoom webinar technology, and Randy Seaver located every link we mentioned, so Ol’ Myrt here could concentrate on the interviews. As you can see, a good time was had by all.



00:34:32               Robbin Smith:    greetings from Miami

00:34:59               Randy Seaver:   greetings from sunny Chula Vista

00:35:02               Hilary Gadsby:   Over 20c in Wales today

00:35:06               Pam Helm:          Good morning from chilly Canada

00:35:25               Doris Haskell:     Greeting from Rock Springs, Wyoming, where it’s above 30 degrees for the first time in a while.

00:35:36               Gary Gauthier:  Hello from COLDDDDD Calgary!

00:35:36               Mary Lou Gravatt:           Hello from Windy New Jersey.

00:35:43               Sheryl Whisenhunt:        Good Morning from Pollock Pines California.

00:36:28               Hilary Gadsby:   68°F is 20 Celsius

00:36:51               Hilary Gadsby:   and it is Winter

00:37:18               Yvonne Demoskoff:        Watching from Hope, British Columbia!

00:38:49               Cousin Russ:       #RootsTech check-in is in a completely different place this year!😳🤔🤣🤗😊

00:39:16               Louis Kessler:     Hi all. A healthy -15 F in Winnipeg (-26 C) without wind chill. #NotAtRootsTech 🙁

00:40:25               Dave Robison:   Winds gusting to 65 here in Western Massachusetts!!

00:41:00               Hilary Gadsby:   Louis also #NotAtRootsTech this year at least not until October when I go to London

00:41:11               Robbin Smith:    I like Heredis web searches

00:41:52               Louis Kessler:     Hi Myrt, Russ, Jill and everybody. Next time I come to RootsTech, I’ll make sure I’ll arrive on Sunday so I can pop in with you at the Library.

00:42:17               Hilary Gadsby:

00:45:19               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Laura and Cheryl

00:46:39               Randy Seaver:   I always thought it was a fashion statement…until Thomas wore his big ones

00:48:05               Louis Kessler:     I proudly have three sets of blogger beads from Myrt, plus one I got at an Ontario Genealogical Conference which was following Myrt’s example.


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00:50:55               Sheryl Whisenhunt:        Congratulations Pat.

00:52:15               Louis Kessler:     Congrats to Myrt, the first lifetime Geneablogger Premium Member.

00:53:15               Cousin Russ:       It was very easy to sign up

00:53:49               Hilary Gadsby:   Pat can bring mine with her in June when she comes to England

00:54:09               Deb Andrew:     What about those of us that are micro bloggers?

00:54:26               Randy Seaver:   Jasia on Creative Gene was the creator of the Carnival of Genealogy – we went for several years

00:55:15               Cousin Russ:       Hi ya Roger

00:55:22               Hilary Gadsby:   Lots of bloggers here today

00:56:03               Randy Seaver:   Yaw-sha is how Jasia pronounces it.  I’ve met her.  A real sweetheart.

00:56:53               Doris Haskell:     Say their names again please?

00:57:14               Louis Kessler:     Micro bloggers can pay $2 ten times.

00:57:37               Yvonne Demoskoff:        Funny, Louis 🙂

00:59:52               Dave Robison:   I’m shocked that you have managed to keep Kathy in one place for more than 12 seconds! I’ve never met anyone with more energy!!

01:01:32               Randy Seaver:   Carol Petranek’s blog is Spartan Roots –

01:04:47               Randy Seaver:  You can see many examples of the probate records being digitized on James Tanner’s Genealogy’s Star blog

01:05:43               Randy Seaver:   Some of my wife’s ancestors are in those probate records at Maryland archives.

01:07:33               Doris Haskell:     I owe deep gratitude to all those digitizers.  Thank you!  You have changed my research life.

01:08:37               Doris Haskell:     Would she want to get a rubber stamp made to add to her website to her business card?

01:09:25               Yvonne Demoskoff:        Hi Sharn and Jill, Commonwealth Girls!

01:10:04               Randy Seaver:   They got from Oz to SLC the day before they left, right?

01:13:21               Hilary Gadsby:

01:13:25               Randy Seaver:   Sharn White’s genealogy blog is at

01:13:58               Randy Seaver:   Jill Ball’s genealogy blog is

01:15:20               Randy Seaver:   I told Sharn the story of my wife’s great-grandmother, Jane Whittle born in Australia, and lived on Sussex Street in Sydney in 1850 time.  Sharn went and found the spot.

01:16:45               Marian Koalski: Yes, are expanding in a very positive way. They’re also adding closed captioning— good for unfamiliar terms.

01:17:47               Hilary Gadsby:   It is wonderful when you find the place if it is still there

01:19:37               Dave Robison:   Russ…I’m going to bow out in a couple of minutes to get to the Archives for our docent meeting.

01:21:23               Hilary Gadsby:   I know Marwell. I grew up in Hampshire

01:22:53               Hilary Gadsby:   I am meeting up with more WikiTree friends in June. Met up with a cousin on Friday.

01:23:35               Randy Seaver:   Kirsty would be a good WACKY Wednesday guest …

01:24:06               Randy Seaver:   but it’s like 2 in the morning when live.

01:25:48               Hilary Gadsby:   Nathan Goodwin [our favorite genealogy mystery writer] says he is 348 miles from Salt Lake City

01:26:52               Randy Seaver:   I want to hear Ole jokes…

01:28:09               Hilary Gadsby:   My cousin posted photos from Marwell Zoo today

01:31:25               Randy Seaver:   FamilySearch Research Wiki main page is

01:32:17               Randy Seaver:   Familysearch Catalog with digital microfilm is

01:36:09               Hilary Gadsby:

01:37:50               Doris Haskell:     Welcome, ladies.  I told my son I would be seeing several genealogy celebrities today.  He thinks that’s an interesting combination of words.  Genealogy celebrities.  You are!

01:41:41               Randy Seaver:   Deborah Abbott’s APG page is

01:43:57               Randy Seaver:   Judy Muhn’s blog/website is

01:45:15               Yvonne Demoskoff:        I was in your French-Canadian session at RT last year, Judy. Good stuff 🙂

01:49:19               Yvonne Demoskoff:        Not there this year…

01:51:18               Randy Seaver:   Ellen Thompson Jennings is the Hound on the Hunt – blog is

01:52:08               Randy Seaver:   Jenny  Hawran blog is at

01:52:43               Randy Seaver:   hurry-up Tierra!! [She was flying in to Salt Lake City, and managed to catch the live webinar while in the air. Isn’t technology AMAZING?]

01:52:52               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Tierra

01:53:10               Hilary Gadsby:   have a great time

01:59:04               Randy Seaver:   Shop the Hound is at

01:59:55               Tierra Cotton-Kellow:     Hi Ms. Pat! Hello Ladies!

02:00:06               Tierra Cotton-Kellow:     I’m on the plane…

02:00:15               Cousin Russ:       on her plane

02:00:47               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Michelle

02:01:22               Tierra Cotton-Kellow:     Marie!! Bonjour!

02:01:47               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Marie and John

02:01:59               Randy Seaver:   Marie Cappart’s website is

02:02:40               Randy Seaver:   John Boeren’s website is

02:07:31               Randy Seaver:   I agree – everybody should do genealogy.  You find out that we are all related to each other and our personal world expands/

02:09:09               Hilary Gadsby:   Are John and Marie coming to Birmingham in June

02:09:12               Marian Koalski: Learning about earlier generations’ troubles can help us cope with our own. “If she got through THAT, I can get through this little thing.”

02:09:28               Hilary Gadsby:   See you there

02:13:41               Hilary Gadsby:   I have started Welsh classes

02:17:34               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Audrey

02:19:54               Randy Seaver:   hi Audrey and Maria.

02:20:53               Randy Seaver:   and after you put it on the hard drive, you add it to a cloud website like Google drive or Dropbox or iDrive.

02:23:00               Hilary Gadsby:   Must visit TNA when I come to London in October for RootsTech London

02:23:10               Randy Seaver:   The National Archives (UK) blog is

02:26:33               Hilary Gadsby:   The catalogue is great

02:28:18               Hilary Gadsby:

02:29:15               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Kirsty

02:29:36               Randy Seaver:   Kirsty Gray’s Family wise Ltd. blog is

02:33:48               Randy Seaver:   I have been amazed by some of the challenges that Kirsty’s firm has solved.

02:34:19               Hilary Gadsby:   Hope to visit you in May when we are in Wiltshire

02:36:56               Randy Seaver:   a lot of energy at the table there…

02:39:56               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Else I found an interesting relationship this week

02:41:19               Randy Seaver:   Society of Genealogists in UK is

02:41:55               Hilary Gadsby:   My father’s 2nd cousin married the BIL of my uncle on my mother’s side

02:44:41               Hilary Gadsby:   Maybe I am her cousin as my family are from the South coast

02:45:51               Randy Seaver:   I have 19th century immigrants from Somerset (South Petherton) and Wiltshire (Hilperton), and 17th century ancestor immigrants from l amost every county in England.  But not Wales, Scotland or Ireland!

02:49:25               Randy Seaver:   Luana Darby’s APG page is at

02:50:24               Randy Seaver:   Roberta Estes blog is DNA eXplained – Genetic Genealogy at

02:50:37               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Roberta and Luana

02:51:46               Randy Seaver:   Found Luana’s webpage at

02:58:03               Louis Kessler:     Hi Daniel.

02:58:08               Hilary Gadsby:   Hi Thom and Daniel

02:58:31               Randy Seaver:   Hi Thom and Daniel!

02:59:01               Randy Seaver:   Ask Daniel about the Theory of Family Relativity status.

02:59:27               Doris Haskell:     Hello!  Thom and Daniel.  It’s so awesome to see you!  I’ll be finding you to share a little hug.

03:01:08               Robbin Smith:    MyHeritage DNA has broken down Irish family brick wall for me

03:02:13               Randy Seaver:   MyHeritageDNA has cracked my adopted 2nd great-grandfather’s line – I have a match with the right surname in the right place, but don’t have the parent’s names yet.

03:02:40               Robbin Smith:    I was lucky I got a response from the match

03:02:43               Randy Seaver:   I do know the grandparents’ names!

03:07:28               Hilary Gadsby:   I had relatives last year


03:09:18               Randy Seaver:   RootsTech 2019 Handout blog post is

03:09:18               Hilary Gadsby:   I need to get food as well

03:11:42               Doris Haskell:     Thank you!  Thank you!  This was wonderful!

03:11:59               Louis Kessler:     Bye all. Great session!

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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: The Archive Lady – What to Do with Oversized Documents

Archives Lady with WW

Our resident archivist, Melissa LeMaster Barker answers Cousin Dave Robison’s questions about preserving oversized land records and recommends the following resources for archival materials:



Melissa LeMaster Barker 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:

19:01:02 From Shelley Murphy : I did not know you are cousins with Dave Robison! Wow.
19:28:41 From Dave Robison : I used to live right next door to University Products in Holyoke, MA
19:29:40 From Dave Robison : I searched for a coupon and found a 15% discount code
19:55:44 From Cousin Russ : Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
19:55:58 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Is it the IRIScan Mouse?
19:56:49 From Dave Robison : IRIS IRIScan Mouse Wifi Handheld Scanner – Wi-Fi – 400 dpi

20:07:25 From Shelley Murphy : good info!
20:07:40 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Thank each of you for an enlightening session.

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For future reference, this is the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –

Here’s the link to the GeneaWebinars Blog & Calendar of other genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts –

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


FamilySearch: Chinese Genealogy Workshop

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received by our friends at

Salt Lake City, Utah (20 February 2019), FamilySearch is hosting a free Chinese Genealogy workshop at the Family History Library on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. (MDT). The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. Many Chinese workers were instrumental in the construction of the transcontinental railroads. The Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Seating is limited. Registration is required for this free workshop.

Over 150 years ago, thousands of Chinese immigrants labored arduously to construct the transcontinental railroad—a historic connection of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads at Promontory Summit, Utah. Today, many of their Chinese-American descendants are trying to trace their roots back to China.

IMAGE: Professor Ava Chin

The FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop will offer hands-on learning about the largest collection of Chinese family history records outside of mainland China and present ways for Chinese Americans to discover and connect their Chinese ancestors.

Keynote speaker Professor Ava Chin, an award-winning author, New York Times columnist, lecturer and “Urban Forager,” will speak about her experiences as a descendant of a Chinese railroad worker.

Workshop Schedule:  

Time Event 
1:00 pm –1:15 pm Welcome by FamilySearch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Keynote with Ava Chin

Being a Descendant of a Chinese Railroad Worker

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Workshop with Henry Tom

Best Practices for Overseas Chinese Research

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop with Amy Chin

Sources to use for Chinese American Research

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Demonstration

Scanning of Chinese Jiapu

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dr. Mel Thatcher / Lena Stout

Using the resources of FamilySearch

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tour of the Family History Library

To register for the workshop, please go to>FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop.
(Find and easily share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom.


2019 Golden Spike Conference, sponsored by Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 18 Feb 2019


Had a blast today discussing the continuing saga of FTDNA changing it’s terms of service, England & Wales GRO (General Record Office) now routinely offering email .PDF of birth (1837-1918) and death records 1837-1957) and how Ancestry creates it’s big tree that is the backbone for the We’re Related App. We also explain why you should follow Evidence Explained on Facebook. Randy Seaver provides the link to RootsTech 2019 SLC handouts for remote attendees. We also give a shout out to Lisa Louise Cooke for 67 items about creating family history videos. And yes, “snake catcher” was a legitimate occupation in the late 1800s, England.



09:59:41 From Graham Walter to All panelists :
09:59:47 From Graham Walter to All panelists : GRO certificates
10:00:36 From Graham Walter : Hello from London everyone
10:01:25 From Linda Stufflebean : Are lunch get togethers planned for Monday in the cafeteria and/or Tuesday at Blue Lemon? [Yes, see: DearMYRTLE’s RootsTech 2019 SLC Plans]

10:02:27 From Hilary Gadsby : Will miss not being in Salt Lake this year
10:02:35 From Gary Gauthier : Good morning everyone.
10:02:38 From Linda Stufflebean : 🙂
10:02:39 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hello
10:03:48 From ERIC COOK to All panelists : Hi all!
10:04:00 From John Laws : Hi Everyone from bonnie Scotland just found a cousin, great grans brothers grandson Wow!
10:04:37 From Graham Walter : I’ll be about
10:04:58 From Monique Riley : Wish I could come to MWM on Monday, but not coming in until Tuesday.
10:05:42 From Cheri Hudson Passey : I’ll see you there!!
10:06:49 From Cheri Hudson Passey : Still home. Fly out on Friday!

10:07:12 From Cousin Russ : Move over Parabon, there’s a new kid in town.
10:08:38 From Betty-Lu Burton : People forget that the same way they solve crime using DNA they also identify people who have died without ID
10:09:28 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists :
10:10:24 From cyndy Bray : FTDNA promised us privacy, then went back on their promise. Then tried to guilt us into liking the idea
10:10:25 From John Laws : What other secret organisations are these companies sharing our data with, the Russia investigation makes you wonder
10:11:37 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists :
10:11:39 From Randy Seaver to All panelists : I do want to talk about the Ancestry Big Tree based on my reader shared, plus my own comments, but I’dl ike to briefly mention the RootsTech 2019 handouts being available online for everyone, and my FOREVER box too.
10:13:13 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Blaine post –
10:13:29 From Randi Patrick : Concise
10:13:29 From Randy Seaver : The comments on blaine’s FB post pointed out that the hourly rate was $233 for everything but the tests, and the genealogist gets something like $100. Every company has overhead.
10:14:15 From Marcia Philbrick :
10:14:15 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Sorry – it was the first in the list (in my browser)
10:14:18 From Randy Seaver : $100 an hour is a reasonable rate for a professional genetic genealogist
10:16:10 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Proper Blaine link (
10:16:21 From Graham Walter to All panelists : I hope 🙂
10:17:28 From Randy Seaver : There is an article about CeCe Moore in the Wall Street Journal recently but it’s behind their paywall
10:17:29 From John Laws : Just look what Car dealers charge when you get the car serviced Jaguar charge $200 just to lift the hood without doing any work
10:19:31 From Cousin Russ : GRO certificates
10:21:22 From Randy Seaver : I ordered a birth cert from GRO in 2017 in the trial – see the result in
10:21:28 From Rachel Evans : I ordered a few when they had the trial for husband’s line. It was quick and easy. Glad they are doing it again. I have a few more to get.
10:22:07 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Graham; what is the quality of the PDF like? How is the cost relative to the paper copy?
10:22:56 From Hilary Gadsby : The pdf is available to download for 3 months after it is issued
10:23:00 From Monique Riley : I have ordered several PDF’s from the GRO and love this service.
10:23:30 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Do we have Audrey Collins to thank for that???
10:23:44 From Hilary Gadsby : You must save them before this time period expires
10:24:12 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : The Saskatchewan certificates are, I believe, over $50 CDN
10:24:48 From Randi Patrick : It would be nice to see a side by side of the two documents.
10:24:58 From Hilary Gadsby : No I think someone else may have pushed could have been Guy Etchells
10:25:07 From Doris Haskell : I prefer the actual entry. A death certificate I received had no burial information, which is what I was looking for. I went to the FHL and looked at the image of the original record, and found the burial informaiton.
10:25:33 From Hilary Gadsby : The index is great
10:26:14 From Cousin Russ : Doris — some of the death certificates that I have seen, do have burial information. (US based DC)
10:26:24 From Marian Koalski : John Laws, I’m thinking about the old White Sale (linens).
10:26:36 From Marian Koalski : Ladies fighting over pillowcases
10:27:12 From Cousin Russ : Smokey Mountain Historical Society’s YouTube Channel.
10:28:27 From Hilary Gadsby : Death certificates in UK do not have a lot of relationship information
10:28:54 From Hilary Gadsby : that should be England and Wales
10:29:06 From Randi Patrick : All publicity is good publicity!
10:31:59 From Jim Everhart : We post these for members and prospective members to see, these are open to the public and for people like me who live in another state

10:32:43 From Cousin Russ :
10:33:08 From Robbin Smith : what about animoto?
10:34:17 From Cousin Russ : for podcasting
10:35:17 From Cousin Russ : Lisa Louise Cooke has 67 videos about creating family history videos.
10:36:41 From Cousin Russ : Are you following EVIDENCE EXPLAINED on Facebook? If not you are missing interactive challenges.
10:36:53 From Sally Smith to All panelists : I do
10:37:35 From Joanne Parkes : Really appreciate the Evidence Explained updates!
10:37:56 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : A lot of the content comes from her website forum. That is, from EE user questions.
10:38:19 From Monique Riley : I follow and appreciate seeing EE on FB because it helps me see posts more often as I don’t go to her website as often.
10:39:02 From Dave Robison to All panelists : When I saw that post, I thought it looked exactly like the handwritten records I see in early 1600’s Springfield, Massachusetts. No surprise, they were all English settlers!
10:39:35 From Randy Seaver : agree with Dave on the handwriting!
10:45:09 From Jim Everhart : As a member bennefit SMHS has a online tree of combined genealogies from members into a unified tree with over 1.1 million names that is searchable TNG database. This has helped us grow our membership as well as preserve these genealogies and the can be updated as the people give us updates.
10:45:57 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : I’veseen such notes in Canadian records
10:46:55 From Randy Seaver : That’s great, Jim! We have duscussed doing something like that, but getting GEDCOMs from living folks is hard, and from dead folks is impossible. We do have 5 generation charts from lots of former members in books, but the data entry is challenging.
10:46:59 From Cousin Russ : for my WikiTree surprise
10:48:01 From Cousin Russ :
10:48:02 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists :
10:48:12 From Cousin Russ :
10:49:22 From Jim Everhart : We have a PDF form on our FB group page for people who want to give the last 3 generations included in our project we probable have most further back than that
10:50:10 From Randy Seaver : Jim, did you collect GEDCOMs for the project?
10:52:00 From Randy Seaver : Our thought was to put the collected “CVGS Tree” into an Ancestry Member Tree, but a TNG setup is interesting.
10:52:06 From Cousin Russ : Randy – one way that he got data was from PAF
10:52:29 From Cousin Russ : I converted a PAF to FTM2017 for Jim and he put it on TNG
10:52:58 From Randy Seaver : This would be a great project for a county society like Jim’s.
11:03:10 From Monique Riley : Randy, I have to thank you for telling us the trick on how to download the RootsTech handouts on the computer. I have did it this way the past few years. It is much easier to rename them that way.
11:03:27 From Randy Seaver : CVGS collected GEDCOMs from about 15 members 15 years ago and put it in a search page on the website. We get queries every so often. Many of our contributors have passed away now.

11:04:22 From Randy Seaver : The 2019 RootsTech SLC 2019 handouts can be found at
11:07:50 From Randy Seaver : My blogp post about downloading from 2018 is at The same process works for 2019
11:08:21 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Thanks Monique!
11:09:01 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone! I am off because of the holiday so had to drop in on Monday’s with Myrt.
11:09:30 From Graham Walter to All panelists : They haven’t yet passed that feature (pre screen sharing bit) to the Mac version
11:11:43 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : thank-you, Randy. I’ll be ready to share the screen for you.
11:12:36 From Shelby Bender : For Pat Kuhn: we have a patron of our historical society whose KUHN family immigrated from Hungary to Pennsylvania in 1904 and 1906. They then later came to Plant City, Florida in 1926/29 after the bank crashed that he owned.
11:12:57 From Dave Robison  : Hi Melissa! The folks at First church are very impressed with the docs I put into the L-sleeves you recommended.
11:13:53 From Melissa Barker : Dave, I am going to talk about your documents and preserving oversized records on Wacky Wednesday, hope you can be there.
11:14:15 From Dave Robison to All panelists : I plan on it unless I’m shoveling snow!!
11:14:32 From John Laws : Found through an Ancestry hint my Great Grandfather apprenticeship to his father a Ship’s Master in 1840 aged 12 for 4 years
11:14:57 From Dave Robison to All panelists : But I’ll email a few of the members especially our Historical Committee to tune in.
11:16:46 From Jim Everhart to All panelists : We have tons of Shultz/Shults in our tree
11:18:53 From John Laws : Just like Ancestry assuming data NOT in the original record – very bad practice.
11:20:23 From Monique Riley : Everyone thank Randy about the RT handout link, he is the one who told us. I was just thanking him 🙂
11:22:44 From Randy Seaver : I have downloaded the handouts for Wednesday and Thursday at RootsTech 2019 now, and need to do the other two days. I made a RootsTech 2019 file folder to put them in.
11:22:58 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Thank you
11:24:08 From Randy Seaver : I probably should be adding obituaries from my Seavers in the News posts to FamilySearch Family Tree profiles as Media and Notes.
11:24:17 From Monique Riley : I only downloaded the handouts I was interested in. I am printing off paper copies for the classes I am interested in attending so I can bring them to RT and take notes right on the paper. I am spiral binding all the handouts.
11:24:21 From Cousin Russ : Randy Seaver’s blog post about my Ancestry insider reader’s comments about the Ancestry Big Tree, and his own comments, is at
11:25:58 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : What about it is in a book so it has to be right
11:29:15 From Joanne Parkes : I could be wrong but I think that Ancestry regularly “talks” to FamilySearch tree — only think this because when I enter a new source in either one, that same source becomes a recommended option in the other one. But no source info for this thought.
11:32:34 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : It is very hard to figure out how your related to a fourth cousin.
11:32:53 From Marcia Philbrick : The ‘Big Tree’ is still merging people of the same name. I’m wondering if there is a way to submit corrections.
11:33:24 From John Laws : RootsMagic has a error finder well worth using regularly
11:33:53 From June Butka : I just found an error from when I first entered that ancestor years ago. My 5th Great grandfather.

11:36:22 From Cousin Russ : The We’re Related App by Kitty Cooper
Ancestry’s Support Page for the We’re Related App
11:36:38 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : I reject it if I am not happy with the documentation my second great grandmother’s line is not proven to my satisfaction
11:37:24 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I had it say I am related to Pat most is correct but not sure about the last one
11:37:32 From Marcia Philbrick : How do you dislike something on We’re Related?
11:38:40 From Graham Walter to All panelists : I’ll be there!!
11:38:43 From Randy Seaver : Marcia, at the bottom of the profile for the We’re Related match person, there is a thumbs up button and a thumbs down button
11:39:17 From Marcia Philbrick : Hush about the snow! When you get some — we have it a couple of days later. We are totally ready to be done with the snow!
11:39:20 From John Laws : Gonna have to bring flask of coffee and Sandwiches
11:40:04 From Randi Patrick : Great job! Thank you.
11:40:40 From Graham Walter : Goodbye everyone – have a great day
11:41:21 From Graham Walter : your muted Jim
11:45:30 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Goodbye everyone and thanks! See you Wednesday.
11:45:37 From Graham Walter : Bye Dave
11:46:54 From Graham Walter : See you next week in SLC

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For future reference, this is the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –

Here’s the link to the GeneaWebinars Blog & Calendar of other genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts –

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


DearMYRTLE’s RootsTech 2019 SLC Plans

RootsTech_Generic_CroppedThe world’s largest genealogy/technology conference will take place next week at #RootsTech 2019 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference itself begins Wednesday, 27 Feb and concludes 2 March. Here’s how DearMYRTLE’s week looks at this point.

Monday, 25 Feb 2019 – 10am to Noon. Early arrivals may join Mondays with Myrt in-person as we broadcast from the 3rd floor conference room across from the elevators at the world-famous Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Others may attend virtually by going to:

Monday, 25 Feb 2019 – 1pm Group lunch at LDS Church Office Building, lower level. Weather permitting, Ol’ Myrt will drive her “electric chair” through Temple Square. Follow along if you’ve never been to the employees’ cafeteria in the lower level of this facility. Wonderful selection of food, great prices.



Tuesday, 26 February 2019 – 1pm Group lunch at the Blue Lemon, 55 West South Temple,Salt Lake City. It’s directly across the street from the south entrance to Temple Square.


findmypast 2017Wednesday, 27 February 2019 – 12pm FindMyPast Panel Participant, Lunch Room 2 at the Salt Palace. We are discussing the FamilySearch-FindMyPast one-of-a-kind online tree. Hosted by Ben Bennett, Managing Director of Family History at FMP.

Most of DearMYRTLE’s time will be spent doing AmbushCAM interviews featuring attendees, vendors, presenters & the like. I’ll be uploading them to DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel each night.

AmbushCAM RootsTech

Friday, 1 March 2019 – 12:15pm Promptly. GeneaBloggersTRIBE Photo Op, near the media hub in the exhibit hall. Wear your blogger beads from previous years. Several presenters have mic checks for the next hour, so please don’t be late.

Saturday, 2 March 2019 – 6:30pm to 9pm Open House. DearMYRTLE’s annual RootsTech After Party for genealogy bloggers, webmasters, videographers and other family history nuts. Here’s the link to RSVP ASAP.