We had too much to discuss during this week’s Mondays with Myrt, it spilled over into this episode of WACKY Wednesday.
00:28:09 True Lewis: YaY SHELLEY!!!!!!!!
00:28:28 Shelley Murphy: Hey there True!!!! and all…xoxo
00:28:35 Dustin Austin: Hey True!
00:28:43 True Lewis: Hello Dustin!—
00:28:52 Shelley Murphy: Hey there Melissa and Dustin!
00:28:58 Melissa Barker: Hello Everyone!
00:29:06 Dustin Austin: Hey Melissa and Shelly!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
00:29:06 Cousin Russ: Denise Levenick https://thefamilycurator.com/ethics-etiquette-and-old-family-letters
00:30:27 True Lewis: I do have them….I have my own. I don’t think I’ll mind when I’m gone. I’ll be resting in peace.
00:31:00 Betty-Lu Burton: It depends. Are the people still alive? Are you reading them as part of history?
00:31:54 Diane minor: it depends. I have some letters my grandmother sent to her children when she was hospitalized after having a stillborn baby. they are painful to me to read and I feel very protective about sharing the contents.
00:32:54 Jody: found a suitcase full between my parents when dad was in korea during Vietnam war. parents read through them again recently and threw out a bunch. I probably should have just kept quiet about having them and brought them out when they were gone.
00:38:12 Betty-Lu Burton: Newsy letters that talk about family going ons yes I would share. Love letters would depend on what is in them
00:39:38 Betty-Lu Burton: It is beautiful
00:40:28 True Lewis: WoW! Oh My that was a treasure!
00:42:02 Diane minor: Good point Sadie.
00:44:58 Shelley Murphy: are those books behind you Russ as big as they look on the cam?
00:47:02 Shelley Murphy: oh my goodness!
00:47:43 True Lewis: She made a good point….We forget they were young once. My parents were very open as they got older.
00:47:45 Holly Hansen: I was able to fix up a system to digitize my audio tapes. It was pretty simple. I had an old karaoke machine and bought a $8.00 cord to hook it to my computer. You can do it easy Russ.
00:53:50 Shelley Murphy: that is what Thomas Jefferson did, he tracked all of his planting and the weather, etc.
00:55:34 True Lewis: I have a Ledger from a grocery clerk in early 1900’s for one of my Ancestors Dock Henry his account to J. O. Hixson.
00:57:17 Holly Hansen: The Multi-Media Centers does a great job. I send them all my old wire tapes too.
01:01:15 Shelley Murphy: It’s all about telling the stories!
DNA How to tell their story
May 12, 2018 – 8:30am to 5pm
Location: At the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
01:09:59 Cousin Russ: Mid-Western African American Genealogy Institute http://www.maagiinstitute.org
01:10:49 True Lewis: It took me a week to recover when I got home from MAAGI
01:12:42 Dustin Austin: GO Shelley, Bernice & Angela!
01:13:51 True Lewis: I had no idea you were going to be on Shelley! I just talked to you last night. lol. Parley made you forget to tell me. Glad I showed up.
01:14:57 True Lewis: This was a Awesome Wacky Wednesday.
01:17:07 Shelley Murphy: Thank you all!
01:17:21 Melissa Barker: Shelley! You are my HERO!
01:18:19 Shelley Murphy: Thank you Melissa!
01:19:57 Shelley Murphy: Thats amazing…
01:20:16 Cousin Russ: If you are have genealogy methodogy, DNA, technology or research questions, be sure to consult Katherine R. Willson’s Genealogy on Facebook listing of over 10,000+ groups and pages: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/
01:21:23 Shelley Murphy: what a great resource
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.
01:23:19 Cousin Russ: WHERE are DearMYRTLE’s Webinars archived? At MYRT’S MUSINGS http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/blog/
01:23:45 Shelley Murphy: True, yes…2x Grandfather Parley Worden is on my mine…I can’t wait to finish the argument!
01:26:35 Betty-Lu Burton: I am surprise the number of indexed records is as high as 30%
01:27:01 Cousin Russ: Robert Kehrer’s Search Indices Created from Images Sets https://youtu.be/WMTUZPcFJj0
01:27:11 Cousin Russ: Robert Kehrer’s Search from the FamilySearch Catalog https://youtu.be/AlX5SxI64wk REMEMBER he’s the Senior Product Manager for FamilySearch “SEARCH” and “HINTING”, so he ought to know.
This is the first Mondays with Myrtwebinar since RootsTech 2018. Let’s hear from folks all over the world about their take on the conference, including those #notatrootstech .
00:49:40 Susan Howard: Yea, you are live!
00:50:02 Susan Howard: Hi Dave Robison! Was nice meeting you in person!
00:50:37 True Lewis: Susan I was so Happy to see YOU!
00:50:50 Betty-Lu Burton: Hello every one
00:50:58 Susan Howard: I can hear that!
00:51:08 True Lewis: I couldn’t get to him. Luckily I ran into him in the Hall.
00:51:15 Sheryl Whisenhunt: I was going to say, Poor Russ, you talked too much at Roots Tech this year. Take care of yourself.
00:51:29 Susan Howard: It’s Monday!
00:52:25 Susan Howard: The Cousin Russ Help Bar was perfect!
00:52:50 Betty-Lu Burton: That looks like it would of been a great place to work
00:53:20 Marian Koalski: But missing comfy chairs for the booth worker
00:54:13 Bill West: Good morninng from cloudy Massachusetts
00:54:33 Susan Howard: Shadow box is such a cool idea!
00:55:17 Bryher Scudamore: Good evening from London, UK
00:55:35 Robbin Smith: hello from sunny Miami
NOTE Mr. Myrt and I hosted a RootsTech After-Party for genealogy bloggers. This is the shadow box I gave cousin Russ with the shadow box about his ancestor Samuel Worthington, pictured below, including a US Civil War (Union) participation medal.
00:55:46 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Very nice gift indeed.
00:56:04 Robbin Smith: cool indeed
00:56:20 Pam Helm: Very beautiful gift. I am sure he will treasure it forever.
00:56:34 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Live streaming was great.
00:56:51 Betty-Lu Burton: Live streaming worked great
00:58:02 Marian Koalski: REPEATED THANKS to Randy for the link where we could get handouts from home computers
00:58:02 Robbin Smith: I hope everyone saw or attended the “DNA No Match No Problem” session
00:58:21 Robbin Smith: that was a great session
00:58:38 Susan Howard: I think it was easier to get into some live stream sessions #NotAtRootsTech than it was being there in person.
00:59:25 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Living DNA was great.
00:59:58 Susan Howard: I’m excited about LivingDNA’s new Family Network feature. I’m going to be helping beta test starting next month.
01:00:36 Betty-Lu Burton: I am looking forward to finding out if I have Scottish in me, with the work Living dNA is doing in the UK
01:01:15 True Lewis: LivingDNA was Awesome. They stood out the most besides My Heritage to me.
01:02:31 True Lewis: Ms. Peggy had 361 Relatives at Rootstech!
01:02:54 RandySeaver: the link to find your relatives on the Family Tree app is gone now
01:03:26 Karen Trearchis: I liked using the Rootstech18 app! It is great that we can download the handouts on the app. Does everyone online now know that they can?
01:03:27 Yvonne Demoskoff: My husband (who’s Russian) didn’t get any relatives, poor thing 🙂
01:03:54 Yvonne Demoskoff: Randy, I did screen grabs of the ones I wanted to follow up on
01:03:55 Robbin Smith: i didn’t find any
01:05:17 RandySeaver: I got only one screen grab on the Family Tree app -the one that had David Rencher at the top of my list, and Pat as #5 on my list
01:07:14 Yvonne Demoskoff: I hope everyone checked their syllabi thumb drive because 50% of them weren’t formatted
01:07:28 Yvonne Demoskoff: mine was empty
01:07:53 True Lewis: I saw a lady carrying the book around and it was HUGE! (she had a roller back pack).
01:08:30 Linda Stufflebean: My flash drive syllabus says the files are corrupted and I heard many others make the same comment at the conference.
01:09:48 Bill West: Russ, you sound like Dave. Feel better soon.
01:11:09 Karen Trearchis: I downloaded the handout, then you can choose to send by email or what I did on my Mac, I downloaded it and you can choose where you want it to go. I saved to notes and it went immediately into iCloud.
NOTE: MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker booth was amazing. Cousin Russ had his own part of the booth – the HELP BAR.
01:11:44 Marian Koalski: It sure was smart of MacKiev to have you host that Family Tree Maker booth, Russ.
01:12:56 Susan Howard: The Black Pro Gen group were having so much fun! NOTE: “BlackProGen is a group of professional genealogists who research and document African American families. We share research strategies, thoughts, ideas, experiences, and whatever comes to mind while working for clients and in our own research endeavors through conference and webinar presentations, blogs, podcasts, video, interviews, and more.” Source: www.whoisnickasmith.com/blackprogen
ABOVE: Bernice Alexander Bennett, Angela Walton-Raji, Janis Minor Forte, Shelley Murphy and Kathleen Brandt at RootsTech 2016 for a discussion on “Telling Your Story” for Black ProGen.
01:13:47 RandySeaver: I missed the Black Pro Gen exhibit…my bad I think.
01:15:59 Robbin Smith: I got out as the snow was starting at 11pm they had to de-ice the plane
01:18:36 Betty-Lu Burton: How special True, what an honor
01:18:36 RandySeaver: CeCe is very thoughtful – you were lucky, True, and good!
01:19:39 Doris Haskell: What a special moment in life! Good for you!
01:20:57 Betty-Lu Burton: The theme for Living DNA was we are all more a like then different
01:22:06 Robbin Smith: Russ, the link worked for me
01:22:45 Betty-Lu Burton: True your mom is going to be over the moon when she gets that picture
01:23:46 Bill West: True, I’m jealous!
01:25:17 Teri Chaffin: true you are beautiful inside and out!
01:25:35 Shelley Murphy: love my cousin True Roots…
01:25:37 Betty-Lu Burton: True your journey into the genealogy community is truely a story of inclusion and of people helping each other
01:26:19 Susan Howard: I got to meet Nicka Smith! Love her blog!
01:27:16 Shelley Murphy: oh she ran by, no walking for True
01:27:29 Shelley Murphy: I agree Betty-Lu
01:27:51 Doris Haskell: Sharing a booth is a smart idea.
01:27:53 Valerie Lisk: True, you are in the dog house because Black Pro Gen Live is not on the Genea Webinar Calendar. <g>
01:28:03 Shelley Murphy: http://www.maagiinstitute.org/
01:33:53 Shelley Murphy: I love it too!. Russ do you always close your eyes?
01:34:54 True Lewis: I’ll get it Valerie!!!!!! Thanks for the Links Susan and Shelley! Thank You Betty Lu and Valerie Lisk.
01:35:59 Shelley Murphy: oh where did you get it from, wonderful.
01:36:08 True Lewis: Already @Shelley!
01:37:01 Susan Howard: I saw that and thought it was pretty cool but I am pretty much all digital and don’t like to carry any more than I have to
01:37:27 Bryher Scudamore: They are called Dry Marker pens in the UK
01:37:27 True Lewis: LoooOoL
01:41:35 Cousin Russ: FamilySearch’s new “Communities” https://community.familysearch.org/
01:43:59 DaveRobison: Interesting! I have a speaker on Welsh and UK research coming to WMGS this week!
01:47:17 Shelley Murphy: I left 2 hours late, heading out from the airport
01:48:00 Shelley Murphy: oh yes, I am, one.
01:51:28 Shelley Murphy: I am going to Rensselaer Historical Society next week, if anyone needs a look up!
01:51:33 Susan Howard: Living DNA Family Networks coming later this year. Will be in beta starting next month. I will be beta testing it.
01:51:58 Valerie Lisk: DNA PAINTER won an award.
01:52:32 True Lewis: Love you Cousin Shells and Thank You for Everything. Thanks Renate! We missed you.
01:53:03 Susan Howard: Yes, DNA Painter! I had a chance to meet and help Jonny Perl out at his booth. Lots of interest!
01:53:08 Shelley Murphy: @True, right back at you.
01:53:33 Doris Haskell: Did Hilary Gadsby find her way in here today?
01:53:58 True Lewis: Myko was so helpful about Find My Past was glad to meet him again. Dapper Historian on Twitter.
01:55:29 RandySeaver: Doris, no Hilary is traveling today back home
01:56:25 True Lewis: Charge it to my MIND and not my HEART! if I forgot anyone, I didn’t mean to. Rootstech has me still tired.
01:57:47 RandySeaver: I got to meet Doris Haskell in person too!
01:57:50 Shelley Murphy: oh I agree True, I am exhausted…and I am at work now. The body will catch up…
01:58:44 True Lewis: I’m chilling the rest of the week. lol. I got scatterbrains.
01:58:48 Cousin Russ: https://dnaquest.org/
02:00:37 Shelley Murphy: folks were in there crying, they got emotional. Bernice is excellent
02:00:42 RandySeaver: I really enjoyed meeting Roberta Estes, Marian Pieree-Louis, Dave Robison, Marian Wood and others for the first time
02:02:17 RandySeaver: Roberta Estes blogpost with photos of MyHeritage screens during the MyHeritage lunch is athttps://dna-explained.com/2018/03/02/day-2-rootstech-vendors-visits-and-myheritage-is-smokin-hot/
02:02:22 True Lewis: People need to include the Emotional side and look at the perspectives. This is gonna be a big deal in DNA.
02:04:21 Susan Howard: Lucky you Dave!
02:04:50 Shelley Murphy: Thats really cool Dave!
02:05:25 True Lewis: Love it DAVE! that’s how I felt about meeting you Finally!
02:06:18 Shelley Murphy: With all the vendors linked to DNA, where do you all see this going in the future? Is it really just family connections or more?
02:06:53 AnnaMatthews: It’s off the RootsTech topic, but for anyone in the NY area, the New York branch of NARA is having a NY genealogy research series, the second Tuesday of March, April, May and June. More info here: https://www.archives.gov/nyc/public/workshops
02:07:53 Karen Trearchis: Do you have to be LDS? If we have a tree on familysearch, does that count? [MYRT: No.]
02:08:11 Valerie Lisk: you have to be an LDS member to synch Familysearch with MyHeritage?
02:08:13 True Lewis: THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!
02:08:25 Shelley Murphy: It is beautiful
02:08:27 True Lewis: all the way from Norway!
02:08:41 Karen Trearchis: thanks Val
02:09:12 Maria Tegtmeier: She is wonderful – had a great conversation with her
02:09:36 Valerie Lisk: Sorry Karen. That was a question.
02:09:47 RandySeaver: Shelley, I think the BIG collaborative FamilySearch Family Tree is the winner. Findmypast and MyHeritage will partner with them, as will RootsFinder. FSFT is the biggest tree (over 900 million profiles) and will last a long time. All people will need to do is enter themselves and parents and grandparents and should be able to hook into the tree and receive DNA matches from the DNA matches.
02:09:58 True Lewis: Melissa is so SWEET for that! What a Rootstech! xoxo’s for that.
02:13:03 RandySeaver: Valerie Lisk – at the present time, yes you have to be an LDS member to sync with MyHeritage. And it’s not a sync like RootsMafic or Legacy has – it’s download 8 generations of ancestors and 3 generations of descendants from FSFT to a NEW MyHeritage tree, which will generate MyHeritage Hints which can be added back into FSFT.
02:13:08 Shelley Murphy: I think you are right RandySeaver. RT was heavy with DNA vendors.
This is DearMYRTLE’s AmbushCAM video featuring Nathan Dylan Goodwin.
02:13:09 Karen Trearchis: Yes, he is a mystery book author
02:13:11 DaveRobison: Nathan Dylan Goodwin
02:14:10 RandySeaver: I spoke to Nathan Goodwin – a very pleasant fellow and I’m reading his latest book, “The Wicked Trade.”
02:15:39 True Lewis: Sharn sent Pudding some lovely gifts. Hilary gave me something from Wales! Love them.
02:16:57 Karen Trearchis: So much fun, I wish I could have been at the party and Rootstech18!
02:17:11 Shelley Murphy: Oh True, I forgot to sign Pudding books.
02:17:26 True Lewis: No Worries. I’ll bring them to MAAGI —! http://www.maagiinstitute.org/
02:17:47 Bill West: Feel better soon, both of you!
02:18:09 Karen Trearchis: I hope you feel better soon, Russ!
02:18:11 Betty-Lu Burton: I was talking to my son and mentioned the Aussie delegation to RootsTech and he said he knew several from his gaming community that were going to RootsTech. Interesting how the 2 worlds collided
02:18:38 Shelley Murphy: I hope you feel better Cousin Russ
02:18:41 Marian Koalski: Alka Seltzer Plus, Russ
02:18:41 Susan Howard: Thanks, Myrt and Russ!
02:18:46 Shelley Murphy: Thank you
02:18:48 Cousin Russ: CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION HERE: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102461242403735457058/+DearmyrtlePage/posts/YX31LE4Cr7F
Bryant Gumbel learns that his surname comes from a German Jewish community by way of his second great grandfather — a white man who arrived in America midway through the Civil War. He also learns that on a different line of his father’s family, his second great grandfather was a manumitted slave who signed up for the Confederate army in New Orleans, then changed sides when the Union arrived in his city.
Tonya Lewis-Lee, a descendant of free people of color going back centuries on her father’s side, learns about her mother’s unknown heritage, including her third great-grandfather, a slave who fought for the Union only to struggle with poverty later in life.
Suzanne Malveaux discovers that her roots include a black slave owner, a French-Canadian fur trader, and a Native American from the Kaskaskia tribe. Along the way, our guests are reminded that there is no universal African American narrative — that there are as many ways to be black as there are black people.