ARCHIVED: GenDoc Study Group (sessions 1 & 2)


Cousin Russ and I are pleased to announce the first two sessions of DearMYRTLE’s GenDoc Study Group are archived and ready for your review.

Thomas W. Jones. Mastering Genealogical Documentation, (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017.) Softbound available from the publisher’s website Kindle format at Amazon here:

“Without adequate documentation, a well-researched family history or tree looks like fiction. Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately—including sources for which no model citation exists.” Source: The publisher – NGS.

Panel participants will review Dr. Jones’ homework examples but will post examples from their own research to illustrate points outlined in the focus chapter that speak to them.

Chapter 1 – The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation Sure you may view the video below, but why not view and see all comments with links we mention at

This is the link to Chapter 1 compiled homework with DearMYRTLE’s notations:

Chapter 2 Noncitation Aspects of Genealogical Documentation Sure you may view the video below, but why not view and see all comments with links we mention at

This is the link to Chapter 2 compiled homework with DearMYRTLE’s notations:

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Regarding homework: Do as our panelists, who are tasked with taking one part of each chapter that “speaks” to them and submitting that as homework rather than infringing on copyright by working through Dr. Jones’ homework for each chapter. The answers are at the end of the book.

Ol’ Myrt here recommends doing the homework even if you are not a panelist. Hangout viewer Tami Crandall writes “I’ve watched classes before where I was too busy to do the reading and homework […]. I didn’t get as much out of the hangout by just watching.” [Emphasis added.]

We reap what we sow.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.


ARCHIVED: Norwegian Gen 1 hangout


Norwegian Genealogy 1 hangout with Liv Birgit Christensen, hosted by DearMYRTLE is now archived. Ol’ Myrt here particularly appreciated the census index correlated to previous census years. Every site we visited was open, requiring no membership fees to view the content. We also spent time discussing the Google Translate Chrome browser extention, and the Google Translate iOS app that assists travelers needing to understand menus and bus schedules.

Sure, you may watch the embedded video here, but why not view the video and all comments and links posted during the live broadcast here:

For Further Information


Special Guest from BLM on today’s Mondays with Myrt


Today during Mondays with Myrt genealogy hangout, Ol’ Myrt and Cousin Russ will be visiting live with Daniel Fleming from the Bureau of Land Management (US) to demo a new map interface for locating the scanned image of an ancestor’s land patent.

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“Welcome to the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site. We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. We also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.” Source:

For Further Reading

MONDAYS WITH MYRT (90 minutes)
Register here: 
18 Sept 2017
Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeless).

Myrt’s Musings

If you have an ancestor in a “public land state” who suddenly appears on taxes without a corresponding entry in the state or county’s grantee-grantor records, it is likely he obtained his land from the federal goverment. In addition to the land patents and survey maps at the BLM-GLO website, we will discuss how to obtain the paperwork behind these transactions. These land entry files are available in textual format only at the National Archives (US) in Washington, DC.

Happy family tree climbing@
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.