ARCHIVED: AmericaGen Study Group & Moustache Duct Tape


What does moustache duct tape have to do with anything? During this study group, Ol’ Myrt will be wearing this sticky reminder that panel participants are taking turns moderating our discussions. Kudos to Sheri Fenley and Cheri Hudson Passey for reviewing panelist homework and conducting this Chapter 1 “Understanding Genealogical Research” webinar. Wasn’t this session fun and informative? We can all agree these two did a marvelous job.

The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback

Register for future sessions here

Chapter 1 “Understanding Genealogical Research” combined homework –

Selected Comments

00:38:29 Janine Edmée Hakim: Good noon to one and all
00:38:49 Jackie Wilson: Good morning all!
00:44:38 Valerie Eichler Lair: I am SO excited for the 1st session of this study group and to see my genie-buds Sheri and Cheri as co-moderators. Great to see my fellow panelists from the GenDoc Study Group. Y’all are going to rock! 🙂
00:47:10 Cousin Russ: Chapter 1 “Understanding Genealogical Research” Homework by Shelley Viola Murphy
00:56:08 Cousin Russ: Liberty Evanko’s Chapter 1  “Understanding Genealogical Research” Homework –
00:56:16 Cary Bright: Great Job Liberty! Welcome to the DearMYRTLE Panelists Club. You will love how you stretch your comfort zone, but learn lots!
01:00:07 Cousin Russ: Sue Tolbert’s Chapter 1 “Understanding Genealogical Research” Homework

01:00:53 Valerie Eichler Lair: I have the Litchfield-Lair method…read 6+ times! LOL And review and re-read things you obtained several years ago…new outlook on things you may not have known back then. You learn as the years progress.

NGSQ Study Group
01:03:18 Cousin Russ: NGSQ Study Groups
103:22 Cousin Russ: NGSQ Study Group


01:03:32 Cary Bright: Death of my father in 1997, he was an only child and had all his mother’s photos and records. Did not know who they all were. So that started my “research”. I also took the stand that I wanted to honor some of the items and took them out of the boxes but they needed context and some of the stories. I am glad I stuck with it as I have gained so much in the process!

NGSQ in SL Promo graphic

01:03:36 Danine Cozzens: Must you be an NGS member to join the group on Second Life? [Note from Ol’ Myrt – You will not be able to view the article in advance as study group participants are required to do.]

You’ll need to create an avatar. Here’s the webinar we hosted earlier this month demonstrating how to create and maneuver your avatar. Once in Second Life, search for the Just Genealogy Fire Pit to teleport where NGSQ Study Group sessions are held.

01:05:33 Cousin Russ: Chapter 1 “Understanding Genealogical Research” Homework Cheri Hudson Passey

01:05:47 Maria Tegtmeier: The perfect storm of people and examples got me hooked to genealogy. The right people and questions about my husband’s grandmother that was smuggled into Germany from Poland was the what completely submerged me into genealogy.


01:07:27 DearMYRTLE: Evernote

01:08:55 DearMYRTLE: So the REPOSITORY Is needed because it is an unpublished manuscript available ONLY at that building.

1:10:40 Cary Bright: I love that was not mentioned once!
01:13:52 Jackie Wilson: I started my search so I could find my birth family plus trying to find my adopted father’s father’s family.
01:14:11 Robbin Smith: I got into genealogy because there was a family legend that we were related to Amy Vanderbilt
01:17:29 Danine Cozzens: I got into research when my parents brought home piles of genealogical research from a relative. They had no idea how we were related to all these Patricks. And I loved a good puzzle!

01:17:37 Cousin Russ: Sheri Fenley’s Chapter 1: “Understanding Genealogical Research,” Homework

01:19:08 Jackie Wilson: The February NGSQ study group just led me to an article I really need to read as I will be researching that county!

01:19:59 Cary Bright: The Entire Family Group is even more important with DNA matches to the point I think we need different pedigree charts that list the siblings at a quick glance.


01:20:10 Cousin Russ: Elizabeth Shown Mills’ QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle
01:20:52 Liberty Evanko: YES I feel like current pedigree charts are limiting, especially when doing DNA.
01:23:16 Robbin Smith: just came back from SLIG
01:23:34 Melinda Culpon: That is why this book is so important – covering basics
01:24:30 Cary Bright: The big take away for me is you should be always ready to learn in genealogy. The more you know the better you will do.
01:27:45 Jackie Wilson: Was that Lisa on an airplane?
01:28:13 Anna Matthews: And brave to be the first ones, too. Great job!
01:28:20 Melinda Culpon: Lisa was on a train
01:28:21 Linda Stufflebean: Thank you for taking on this challenge. I enjoyed this first session.
01:28:21 Valerie Eichler Lair: ROFLOL with the cute duct tape DearMYRTLE!!! 🙂 And yes, a GREAT job by Sheri, Cheri, and everyone’s homework.
01:28:23 Jackie Wilson: Great job!
01:28:38 Robbin Smith: great class
01:28:41 Betty-Lu Burton: A real good job
01:29:06 Leah Smith: This session was so much fun! Almost like meeting a group of friends for lunch.
01:29:06 Donna Hill: Great job, Sheri and Cheri!!
01:31:20 Cousin Russ: The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback
01:31:30 Cousin Russ: Chapter 1 combined homework
01:32:58 Robbin Smith: extended family chart
01:34:34 Joanne Shackford Parkes: Working shared DNA matches has really helped work the family lines – learn so much more as I research those various other dependencies!

Cumulative list of Study Group Sessions


REGISTER: Feb 2018 DearMYRTLE Webinars

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicThis is the lineup for February 2018 DearMYRTLE study groups and online events. Please note we are using a brand new interface called ZOOM. It’s way cool, and very easy to pick up. Most registration links I’ve created permit you to sign up for all meetings in the series.

If you need a time zone converter, this is the one DearMYRTLE recommends

Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. We talk about everything that’s come across our genea-desks in the past week. Powerful breakthroughs happen during our live hangouts. This is our flagship webinar, held most Mondays in 2018. Registration link:
5 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018
19 Feb 2018
26 Feb 2018 LIVE! from the 3rd floor glass-enclosed nerve center at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you come early for #RootsTech2018, stop by in person!
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Heirloom Family Recipes

Myrt’s 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & Pampered Chef Party

Wendy Gunderson will demo food prep during these webinars scheduled for 9pm Eastern US (New York) time.

  • 3 FEB 2018 – WENDY’S BIG REVEAL as she pours through her great-grandmother’s old recipe cards. It’s all about updating old ingredients to what we have today.
  • 12 FEB 2018 – VALENTINES DAY IDEAS – special treats for that special someone.

Other fun things we will be doing during the multi-day event:

ASK TO JOIN the 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & PC Party Facebook Group:

JewishGen Study Group
Featuring our mentor Emily Garber who has been conducting family history research since 2007. She specializes in Jewish genealogical research and has worked with records from both German-Jewish and Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Her client work has included research into narrowly-defined genealogical problems as well as development and writing of broadly-based family history narratives. In June 2013, she toured family shtetlach in Ukraine and explored archives in Lviv, Khmelnitsky and Zhitomyr. An archaeologist by training (B.A., and M.A.), she recently retired after a 30+ year career in natural resources management.
Registration link:
Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018
Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Albion’s Seed Study Group
Syllabus – Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer, 1989 (New York: Oxford University Press). Paperback available from

Registration link for all sessions:
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Plusword – A game show hosted by Sir Michael Daniels
Come support the home team as we meet two other teams in a match of wits.
This is a “view and comment” only link. No need to register.
Friday, 9 Feb 2018
10pm Eastern US (New York)
9pmam Central US (Chicago)
8pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
7pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Genealogy Game Night – Who’s In My Line?
A great way to spotlight our ancestors. He or she doesn’t have to be famous. Try to get the panel to guess his/her occupation, location, place in history or ??? There will be prizes! THIS is the time to test out your mic and headset and learn to share your screen.
Registration link:
Saturday 17 Feb 2018
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

AmericaGen STUDY GROUP – Chapter 2
Syllabus – Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback
21 Feb 2018
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central (Chicago)
10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver)
9am Pacific (Los Angeles)

21 Feb 2018
We are delighted to feature our resident archivist Melissa Barker, who serves as the Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor.

During #RootsTech2018 You’ll find DearMYRTLE will interview folks from around the world. Ol’ Myrt here is serving as an official 2018 RootsTech Ambassador.

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Myrt’s Musings

Here’s the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –

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

Here is a helpful video explaining how to join a Zoom webinar using your computer, tablet or smart phone. We’re going to have fun with this new toy!


AmericaGen Study Group: Call for Panel Participants

DearMYRTLE’s upcoming AmericaGen STUDY GROUP will feature panelists working to accomplish tasks normally completed by Ol’ Myrt here. What does this mean? We will be studying Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) As such we need a dedicated group of motivated panel participants willing to read a chapter and submit homework in advance of each of our MONTHLY study group sessions. In addition panelists will rotate working in small groups collating homework into a shared .PDF file, inserting comments and moderating the chapter discussion much as DearMYRTLE has done in the past. Don’t worry. Ol’ Myrt will work closely with you until you get the hang of it. Details follow the volunteer form link below.


Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback

Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central (Chicago), 10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver), 9am Pacific (Los Angeles)


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Chapter 1 Understanding Genealogical Research
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Chapter 2 Language, Terminology & Important Issues
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Chapter 3 Surveying, Analyzing and Planning
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Chapter 4 Evidence
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 SKIP AmericanGEN Study Group
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Chapter 5 Libraries and the National Archives NARA
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Chapter 6 Reference Works
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Chapter 7 Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Chapter 8 Successful Correspondence
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Chapter 9 Computer Technology and Family History
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Chapter 10 Family History on the Internet
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Chapter 11 Family History: Going Beyond Genealogy
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Chapter 12 Compiled Sources & Newspapers
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Chapter 13 Vital Records
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Chapter 14 Census Returns
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Chapter 15 Using Census Records in Your Research
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Chapter 16 Understanding Probate Records & Legal Terminology
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Chapter 17 What About Wills?
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Chapter 18 The Intestate, Miscellaneous Probate Records and Guardianships
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Chapter 19 Local Land Records
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Chapter 20 Abstracting Probate and Land Records
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Chapter 21 Abstracting Probate and Land Records
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Chapter 22 Court Records and Family History
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Chapter 23 Property Rights of Women as a Consideration
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Chapter 24 Church Records and Family History
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Chapter 25 Immigrant Origins: American Finding Aids
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Chapter 26 Military Records: Colonial Wars and the American Revolution
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Chapter 27 Military Records: After the Revolution
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Chapter 28 Cemetery and Burial Records