We intended to demo the scanned books collection at FamilySearch but were held back by an errant repeated auto-refresh, unless viewing the cached home page. Hope the engineers fix this soon. From our impromptu tests, the error occurs on Win7, Win 10, iOS, Macs while using a variety of web browsers. We did, however, successfully produced a Facebook Live Simulcast using Zoom Webinar technology. Some days technology fails us, but most days it’s a win.

Attendees suggested alternative websites with scanned images of books including the Internet Archive, Google Books, Digital Public Library of America. So naturally, DearMYRTLE took us exploring!

We also take a peek at a few of the old family movies Randy Seaver had digitized through the services of with a fantastic result. We also discuss tools for Randy adding his narrations to the silent films.



09:59:29 From Hilary Gadsby :
10:01:06 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : DearMYRTLE’s Facebook Group
10:01:09 From Graham Walter to All panelists : can see it
10:01:16 From Robbin Smith to All panelists : hello from miami
10:01:43 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Hello from London
10:01:55 From Graham Walter : Hello from London
10:03:10 From Hilary Gadsby : Hello from sunny warm Wales
10:03:33 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone! Coming to you from the Houston County Archives.
10:03:35 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I have watch Randy’s video and great memories.
10:03:54 From Randy Seaver : hello from Chula Vista – where memories of my family have come to life
10:04:23 From Pamela Wells : Hello from Blowing Rock, North Carolina!
10:04:35 From Valerie Lisk : I loved the Vivipix webinar.

10:04:39 From Danine Cozzens : Hello from the sunny SF Peninsula in California!
10:04:44 From Cousin Russ : Using Vivid-Pix to Improve Document Legibility by George G. Morgan
10:05:12 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I am on Zoom.
10:05:22 From Robbin Smith to All panelists : i am zoom
10:06:13 From Cousin Russ : FamilySearch: Is Your Family in the Updated Digital Library?
10:06:14 From John Laws : Hi everyone From a very hot North Berwick 30 miles east of Edinburgh Scotland
10:06:19 From Robbin Smith : yes
10:06:23 From Mary Lou Gravatt : A question about Vivid-Pix can you save the picture back to your computer or are they only on the Vivid-Pix web site? [NOTE: All photos reside on your computer, not the Vivid-PIx website. And when you select save the software automatically saves the file with a new name, so you don’t inadvertently replace your original scanned image.]
10:06:53 From marian koalski to All panelists : Yes, a lot. One-of-a kind little family booklets that were never copyrighted are treasures.
10:07:40 From Randy Seaver : how hot is it, John?
10:08:54 From Danine Cozzens : WOW! 514 results for “Galeener” starting with Mom’s cousin LaVerne’s magnum opus.
10:10:07 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Thank you for the answer on Vivid Pix.
10:12:07 From Hilary Gadsby : It was jumping for me
10:12:35 From marian koalski to All panelists : I’ve been getting ONE EXTRA refresh in record searches using Firefox.
10:12:47 From Graham Walter : Seems to be stable in Firefox
10:12:52 From Graham Walter : at least for me
10:14:15 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : i’m not having a problem in Chrome
10:14:43 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : I’m on the first page
10:14:59 From Cousin Russ :
10:15:03 From Robbin Smith : not jumpy for me on firefox
10:15:03 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Mine in Chrome is not jumping around and I entered the way Pat entered.
10:15:11 From Hilary Gadsby : Working now
10:15:26 From marian koalski to All panelists : On Firefox on my MacBook on the Search>Books feature, I don’t get any extra refresh
10:16:20 From Pamela Wells : I have an iMac and it is NOT blinking from my Chrome browser
10:16:46 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Mine just started also.
10:18:16 From Graham Walter : FB looking gOK – about 3-4 sec delay after Zoom
10:18:54 From Mary Lou Gravatt :
10:20:45 From Pamela Wells : has 48 links
10:21:02 From Graham Walter :  Papers about 1841 Census on
.10:22:01 From marian koalski  : I use DP.LA as my first choice for county histories
10:22:38 From marian koalski : Digital Public Library of America…scanned books from libraries all over the US.

10:29:24 From Graham Walter : … Mitchell…
10:29:50 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Several of the street where we lived are named after Poets and our street is Whitman.
10:29:52 From Kathleen Daetsch  : This is a Cornell university has a large digital collection
10:31:40 From Graham Walter : National Library Scotland –
10:32:06 From Cousin Russ : Adding new items and collections to the catalogue is an ongoing programme, and there are many collections not yet included, so please contact Special Collections directly if you have any enquiries or want to follow up what you’ve seen in the catalogue.
10:34:40 From marian koalski to All panelists : Oh, yes, much more interesting with those lively faces!
10:35:10 From Cousin Russ : From Randy Seaver to Everyone: 12:30 PM My Facebook page with photos and video link is
10:35:29 From Graham Walter : To complete the library list nations of the UK National Library Wales –
British Library –
Ireland (Republic) –
10:36:20 From John Laws : found the book and entry
10:36:42 From Graham Walter : They look great Randy
10:37:23 From Cousin Russ :
10:39:15 From Yvonne Demoskof : Love that photo of you at 1, Randy
10:41:37 From Cousin Russ :
10:42:11 From Cousin Russ :
10:43:01 From marian koalski to All panelists : Macs come with an application called iMovie for assembling video clips, photos, and sound into nice “movies.”
10:43:43 From marian koalski to All panelists : I’ve done an iMovie of my quilting gang assembling a quilt for a sick friend. We put it onto DVD from all of us
10:43:51 From Danine Cozzens : I have no family movies — too expensive for us — but Randy’s post from April 19 is of great interest to me as Ancestry Thru Lines are saving me a mountain of work.
10:46:10 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I always learn something from Randy’s blog.
10:46:21 From DearMYRTLE . : me, too, Mary Lou
10:51:59 From Sharon Lighthouse to All panelists : I love Ben Franklin’s World!!!
10:53:22 From Randy Seaver : I could not find a DNA icon on the Ancestry Member Tree profile for James richman. The blue icon was the MyTreeTags(tm) icon
10:54:14 From Randy Seaver : thank you, Mary Lou for the link and comment
10:54:29 From Randy Seaver : .
10:54:46 From Yvonne Demoskof : Could you customize one of those Tags, Randy and add one for ThruLines?
10:55:56 From Valerie Lisk : I do junk mail while waiting for pages to load.
10:56:13 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to _all_ regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.
10:56:59 From Randy Seaver : Yvonne, the MyTreeTags feature has a set of DNA tags – for common ancestors, DNA match, and DNA connection. The user can add a custom tag, say, for ThruLines. I would want to know who the DNA matches are for the person on the screen. I use a note for that at present.
10:58:32 From Randy Seaver : .
10:58:53 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s REACTION: AAPA Statement on Race & Racism
10:59:59 From Randy Seaver : We have to be careful with Notes or Facts that anyone can see of usernames or real names for privacy reasons. If I created a Custom Fact for “DNA Match” for a profile, and included the names of the DNA matches with that ancestor, it may not be a good thing.
11:00:00 From Graham Walter : We are the one family…
11:00:39 From Yvonne Demoskof : Good point, Randy
11:02:30 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Randy, On Ancestry there are notes and comments one is private and the other public. I have to check which is which.
11:02:31 From Graham Walter : Quick-click genealogy = Genealogy equivalent to Fast-Food 🙂
11:03:48 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : We have several cousins named after a favorite Uncle Kenneth
11:04:02 From Danine Cozzens : My husband has multiple Leander Granthams for that very reason — and I thought he’d be a “Google whack” !
11:04:03 From Randy Seaver : Mary Lou, Notes on a Fact in a profile are public too – I use them, but right now I only put them on the living people in my tree who are DNA matches, so that profile doesn’t show to the public unrtil they get a death record.
11:04:26 From Randy Seaver : .
11:04:55 From Randy Seaver : The AMTY profile Comment is Public, the Note (a general note) is Private
11:04:56 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Several in my material grandmother’s family are John Henry Brower my great-grandfather and his sons each named a son John Henry Brower. Also a lot of Adam Brower’s
11:05:27 From Randy Seaver : I think John means the 1911 England/Wales census

11:05:32 From Robbin Smith : A very interesting podcast i heard was “Research at the National archives and Beyond” the latest episode talking about “they had names” episode.
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Thank-you Robbin. We didn’t get to go exploring this site. “Research at the National archives and Beyond” is hosted by Bernice Bennet on BlogTalk Radio, and it is a marvelous podcast, and one DearMYRTLE listens to regularly.–stacy-cole 

IMAGE: Screen shot from Bernice Bennett’s “They Had Names” episode featuring Stacy Cole. From the Research at the National Archives and Beyond Podcast via BlogTalk Radio.

11:06:11 From Robbin Smith :I t talked about some resources on familysearch that were not easily found – sessions records for a church.

11:06:17 From Hilary Gadsby : People don’t always use all their names or different names.
11:06:59 From Graham Walter : I have many first-name Williams but most go by their second given name…
11:07:00 From Yvonne Demoskof : Hilary, my grandfather was baptised Menesippe, but used Fred as his name
11:07:04 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : I have people who jump on a hint and won’t let go. I have a dna match who insists that my great grandfather was his great grandfather but it’s more likely judging from the cM that it was his half brother with the same name.
11:08:53 From Launa : My Mother’s side have Charles in several generations
11:09:25 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : It complicates things that they were half brothers named Jeremiah O’bryon and married woman named Harriet
11:09:35 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : What I like getting past quick-click genealogy is you slow down and see the beautiful details about people and who they really were.
11:10:18 From Graham Walter : Information we find is based on ‘the person with the pencil’ not necessarily the ‘real’ facts
11:11:25 From Randy Seaver : I have no problem using record Hints to add content and sources to my family tree – but it has to pass through my “critical thinking” filter – does this apply to my specific person in this place at this time. If it does, I add the information to the person in my tree.
11:12:11 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : Death certificates are the worst people think they knew the father’s name but they were wrong
11:13:41 From Graham Walter : Informant may not know the actual age either!…
11:13:46 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : My maiden name is Kelly my researchers add the Kelley
11:14:07 From Dave Robison  : Speeling duzn’t cownt
11:16:17 From Launa : My Mother-in-law share same 1st mane with one of her sisters, Maria. as result her grandson was unable to find her original birth certificate.
11:17:20 From Hilary Gadsby : I came across this yesterday UPSHALL, FRANCES LORUHAMAH ELIZABETH BUBBA – GRO Reference: 1869 M Quarter in STURMINSTER Volume 05A Page 267 name is Laura Ann Elizabeth
11:18:14 From Graham Walter : UK voting boundary changes are more to balance out population numbers with in districts
11:19:57 From Dave Robison to All panelists : I’m going to switch my headset. I’ve tried to speak up a few times with no success!!
11:23:17 From Cousin Russ : We applaud the work of our GeneaWebinar colleagues at Legacy Family Tree Webinars
11:23:38 From Dave Robison to All panelists : VTIN ??
11:28:20 From Mary Lou Gravatt : A great hang out today. Thank you.
11:31:26 From Dave Robison to All panelists : I have the simul-cast running on another browser. I don’t get the delayed audio as I’m keeping it minimized and muted… I have no reason to run both other than to see if it works for me.
11:31:29 From Cousin Russ :
11:33:39 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Bot of those pieces were beautiful and inspiring Myrt
11:39:15 From Pamela Wells : Great job Panelists! Have a super day!
11:40:51 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : yes
11:40:55 From Sharon Morrissey : Yes, absolutely!
11:40:55 From Kathleen Newbill to All panelists : YES!!
11:40:57 From Jenny Hawran : Yes!
11:41:00 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Yes, it’s great to see everyone.
11:41:02 From Char Espo to All panelists : yes
11:41:04 From cyndy Bray : yes
11:41:12 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : yes
11:41:16 From Lynn Tenney to All panelists : Yes!
11:42:20 From Jenny Hawran : The names are there, but they are very small
11:42:27 From Mary Lou Gravatt : The names are very small on the full screen.

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