REACTION: AAPA Statement on Race & Racism

Please take time today to read the source document linked at the end of this post.

Responsible genetic genealogists recognize incontrovertible evidence that 99.9% of human DNA is the same, therefore we can no longer hold to age-old prejudices rooted in hatred and bigotry.

We then are free to embrace each other in full fellowship and together appreciate the beauty of biological and cultural diversity.

Today on Facebook, noted genetic genealogist Debbie Cruwys Kennett shared the link to a five page statement, unanimously accepted by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Executive Committee, March 27, 2019 at the 88th Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

Of particular note the statement includes the following text:

“Racist political doctrines should not receive support from scientific endeavors, but in practice racism has been co-constructed with inaccurate depictions of human variation provided by scientists. Over our history, the AAPA, and many of its members, have been complicit in producing and reifying racist ideologies via the misuse, falsification, or biased production of scientific information. We acknowledge this history and stress that we should not paper over it even as we seek to end these practices and prevent the reemergence of misconceptions about race in the future.”



ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 15 Apr 2019


Congratulations to our friend and colleague Randy Seaver for 13 years of exemplary genealogy blogging. Always forthright in his comparisons of programs and websites, we particularly appreciate his step-by-step directions demonstrating how to accomplish a specific genea-task. We heartily recommend following Randy at: .


This week’s MwM attendees appreciate Graham Walter, our man in London, who demos some new map features on The Genealogist website. We discuss preparing to visit a distant cemetery, FindAGrave, BillionGraves, ordering a replacement headstone for a US military veteran, and take a look at Gary’s citation for the online presentation of a digitized record. John Laws, our man not in Edinburgh, Scotland asks “Is it time to drop Dropbox?” and shares a related video from Steve Dotto. Myrt demos how to share a specific Dropbox file with someone. With so many genea-buds traveling, we suggest “Wifi in Europe” a short subject video from Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures blog. The equipment Myrt favors works in 120+ countries throughout the world without needing to change SIM cards.



10:00:30 From Graham Walter : Hello from London
10:01:01 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Good Morning everyone.
10:01:08 From Hilary Gadsby : Hello from Wales
10:01:10 From Yvonne Demoskof : Happy anniversary, Randy!
10:01:26 From Pamela Wells : Congrats, Randy! Great job!
10:01:35 From Deb Andrew : Congrats Randy
10:02:00 From Cousin Russ : Happy Blogiversary to Randy Seaver
10:02:08 From Robbin Smith : Good day from Miami
10:02:09 From Valerie Lisk : Congrats Randy and hello from St. Louis.
10:02:19 From Robbin Smith : Congrats Randy!
10:02:23 From Gloria Oren : Good morning from Washington state
10:02:37 From Kathleen Daetsch : Congrats Randy
10:02:51 From Bill West : Gooood morning from soggy Massachusetts!
10:02:57 From Gloria Oren : Moved down recently from Redmond to Vancouver
10:03:01 From Robbin Smith : A bit rainy here in Miami
10:03:02 From Kathleen Daetsch : New York City Raining here too
10:03:10 From Crystal Toenjes to All panelists : Don’t complain about rain, we go almost 6 inches of snow out here in the Chicago area!
10:03:10 From Danine Cozzens : Hello from cloudy SF Bay area!
10:03:11 From Bill West : And Happy Blogiversary, Randy!
10:03:24 From Pat Kuhn : very windy!!!! here in central PA
10:03:31 From John Laws : Hello from North Berick in Bonnie Scotland Enjoyed our meet with Charles E ‘Chuck’ Laws from Johnson TN Hope you enjoyed Scotland
10:03:37 From Valerie Lisk : We had a wind storm yesterday that took down trees, took out power, phone and internet.
10:03:39 From Graham Walter : THE GENEALOGIST
10:03:49 From Doris Haskell : Greetings from rainy Rock Springs, Wyoming. How about the news that 5G will be coming to the USA?
10:04:12 From Sue Tolbert to All panelists : Visiting Denton, Texas today where the sun is shining.
10:08:21 From Robbin Smith : wow very cool
10:12:22 From Hilary Gadsby : Just found one of the cemeteries where my ancestors were buried
10:14:52 From Marcia Philbrick : I would check BillionGraves first since there are GPS coordinates on Billion Graves.
10:15:11 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : If I couldn’t find information for a sexton or keeper, I would try the town hall, and if no luck there, I would try a local library.
10:15:22 From Marcia Philbrick : Check local library and city offices to see if they have any records.
10:15:26 From DearMYRTLE : FindAGrave
10:15:30 From marian koalski to All panelists : Call the cemetery office if one exists.
10:15:30 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : .
10:15:54 From DearMYRTLE : Billion Graves

10:16:59 From Deb Andrew : The area they are going to a rural area. Local churches, other cemeteries with caretakers may know, local funeral.
10:17:19 From Launa : try to look at florist directory. they might have cemetery info
10:18:41 From Deb Andrew : Murphysboro, Jackson county, Illinois, is the one from the fb group. My local area I was from.
10:19:00 From Graham Walter : I also use Google or Facebook to find the cemetery and then find out information from other visitors who been there
10:19:52 From Danine Cozzens : Check the website for the local genealogy societies — they may have links and clues.

10:20:27 From Randy Seaver: Here is a blog post about Charles Auble burial site –
10:21:09 From Randy Seaver : My great-grandfather, Charles Auble, doesn’t have a stone in Mount Hope Cemetery in San diego. His obituary says he would be buried in another cemetery. The Mount Hope office gave me a map showing his location – beautiful green grass! I have a photo of it. Find A Grave has the wrong location for him – I need to fix it.

10:21:22 From Frances Stein : Congrats to Randy Seaver! Great blog! Thank you!!!!
10:21:30 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : FB groups that are from that area and counties.
10:22:24 From Robbin Smith : Yep that happened to me too, no headstone
10:22:37 From Gary Gauthier : I have an ancestor who also doesn’t have a headstone, Randy
10:24:08 From Kathy Richardson : A few of my Johnson ancestors are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery
10:24:43 From Valerie Lisk : I wish I could afford to put stones on all of my ancestors.
10:24:44 From Rachel Evans : I always contact the cemetery before I go. The cemetery I volunteer with only opens to the public once a month in warmer weather. However, if someone asks someone may meet them and walk them through when it’s closed. We also have events which may mean it is unavailable at given times.
10:24:50 From Pat Kuhn : have a few of these, no stone graves
10:25:30 From que251 : Calvary Cemetery in Queens wanted me to pay $2500 in maintenance fees and my gggrandparents did not even have a tombstone.
10:27:15 From Frances Stein : Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY also tried to get $$ from me. I requested info on my husband’s ancestors. They provided a bit, told me that there were 11 people in that plot, and for $114, they would provide a full list. No thanks…LOL!
10:27:25 From Rachel Evans : que I got the same thing from them for multiple plots.
10:27:29 From Marcia Philbrick : Nemaha County, Kansas has cemetery notebooks for all of the cemeteries in the county. Those notebooks can be found at the historical society AND at the public libraries across the county.
10:27:41 From Kathleen Daetsch : I found a gravestone of one of my late husbands ancestors the stone is completly covered with a bush. I nearly missed it.
10:27:50 From Robbin Smith : I was in County Meath, and in Moynalty there was a visitors’ center with the map of the CofI cemetery
10:28:17 From Marcia Philbrick : Some tombstones are missing now and those older books have the information in them.
10:28:35 From Gary Gauthier : In small towns, the town office is a valuable source for grave locations. Sometimes the personnel serve in several posts.
10:29:05 From Pat Kuhn : the cemetery I am secretary for has no office on location, so people need to get in touch with me sometimes through our grounds keeper.
10:29:17 From Michelle Minner : the local historical society in Hermann, Missouri has fundraisers, where volunteers stand by headstones dressed in appropriate era costumes…and tourists take a tour of the cemetery. A lot of fun, and helps with raising money to keep the cemetery in shape.
10:29:22 From Randy Seaver : My Chula Vista Gen Society did a CD for Glen Abbey Memorial Park in nearby Bonita – from inception through 1999. Took `10 years to do, but it’s very useful. We have done La Vista Cemetery in National City – the first one in south SD County. Ready to publish. All volunteer effort.
10:29:34 From Hilary Gadsby : I have found headstone for Arthur Conan Doyle in the graveyard where I am trying to find my family
10:29:56 From Deb Andrew : The cemetery where my 2x great grandparents are in a cemetery that was on someone’s land. One family petition the curt to get an easement for access to the cemetery.
10:30:23 From Graham Walter : Friends of Tower Hamlets –
10:31:14 From Kathleen Daetsch : If the ancestor with no stone is a veteran the V.A. will put a stone on it.
10:31:23 From Graham Walter : all Israel
10:32:29 From Doris Haskell : If the VA won’t, check with the local American Legion, VFW or DAR.

10:33:20 From Doris Haskell : They get local volunteers to donate for a specific project.
10:33:23 From Gary Gauthier : I can speak for Canada here in municipal cemeteries for veterans headstones
10:34:03 From marian koalski to All panelists : In Massachusetts, each town has a town official who handles veterans affairs. I expect counties in other states might have similar officials, who can provide the form for requesting a military stone.
10:34:41 From Pat Kuhn : my grandfather’s had an incorrect birth year
10:35:15 From Kathleen Daetsch : My cousin was applying for a civil war veteran in a local family plot but I don’t know what the outcome was.
10:36:01 From wanda looney to All panelists : I found a veteran grave in the woods where he lived, no family is alive, how do i get him moved to the veteran cemetery in my state, they stated they will accept his remains if I can get him moved
10:36:06 From Hazel Meldrum : In Scotland it is a good idea to contact the local family History society as there is a history of creating Monumental Inscription booklets these include maps.
10:36:51 From Kathleen Daetsch : In the national cemetery at calverton L.I. they replace the stones when they get worn of messy looking.

10:37:33 From Cousin Russ : Edmonton Cemetery (in Canada)
10:39:27 From Mary Lou Gravatt : My Great-grandparents do not have a headstone; their youngest son is buried in the same plot with a headstone. A list from the cemetery and their grandson telling where his father is buried helped me find the grave.
10:39:39 From Kathleen Daetsch : I found relatives who had been interned in another cemetery but they couldn’t tell me why
10:39:49 From Cousin Russ :
10:40:25 From Pat Stano-Carpenter : We recently had a gov. marker made up for my father-in-law and were encouraged to not do it in bronze because of theft.
10:41:02 From marian koalski to All panelists : Pat, that’s very interesting (and sad).
10:43:19 From Kathleen Daetsch : The ancestor who was interned has no marker I wonder if there was a headstone in the original cemetery.
10:51:46 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : In Denmark the graves and cemeteries are located at the churches. Families are required to maintain the graves or pay to have the church maintain them. If a family does not pay, the church removes the headstones and toss them into a headstone graveyard behind the church and bury someone else in the sight on top of your family member.
10:52:49 From Randy Seaver : Gary, did you have to figure out the content and elements, and order of elements, yourself, or was there an Evidence Explained model you used?
10:53:22 From marian koalski  : Have we allowed Ancestry or FamillySearch to establish “Image” as a standard without consulting the community? Or ISO?
10:53:27 From Randy Seaver : I think you did a great job on this.
10:54:07 From Randy Seaver : This is really hard to do from scratch!
10:55:51 From Randy Seaver : Marian – I think EE uses “image” for many of the citation models for digitized records
10:56:28 From Randy Seaver : I use “image x of y all the time in my citations – it’s the key shortcut to the actual record.
10:56:29 From Cathy Naborowski : I keep both locality guides and repository guides in Evernote.
10:56:55 From Graham Walter : Looking at the record in context of the data set as a whole
10:57:50 From Rachel Evans : I need to check the record set. I have several who served in WW1 in Canada. Thanks Gary!
11:00:28 From marian koalski to All panelists : I think Gary is wise to use the term that the bac-lac web site uses.

11:05:25 From Cousin Russ : Elizabeth Shown Mills – 5 years ago What is the main purpose of a #citation? No, it’s not “identifying our source so others know what we used” or “so it can be found again.”

11:11:35 From Cousin Russ : U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963

11:12:31 From Robbin Smith : Steve Dotto
11:12:38 From Launa to All panelists : I watch him all the time
11:12:45 From Yvonne Demoskof : Hes’ aged since I last saw his pc/tech show
11:12:48 From Cousin Russ : – Is it Time to Drop Dropbox?
11:12:54 From marian koalski to All panelists : John, I like him a lot, too. Steve Dotto. I got lots of ideas for using Evernote from his videos.
11:13:13 From Robbin Smith : he does techy youtube video
11:13:18 From Graham Walter : Dropbox offers this information
. Quoting:
“Other Dropbox users can’t see your files in Dropbox unless you share links to files or share folders. Like most online services, we have a small number of employees who must be able to access user data for the reasons stated in our privacy policy (e.g., when legally required to do so). But that’s the rare exception, not the rule. “
11:13:54 From Cousin Russ : SYNC

11:14:12 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Randy, you asked about whether I used EE or figured the citation format out myself… I used the EE principles as a basis, but the example has no direct “template” in the EE book.

11:17:19 From Jim Everhart to All panelists : Check out a video by Steve Dotto about Sync and the Terms notice from Dropbox claiming the have the use of your data if they want
11:18:53 From Kathleen Daetsch : That is how mine is set up I use dropbox and sync. I also have one drive with some pictures.
11:19:53 From Gary Gauthier : 10 MB drive was $800 CDN in about 1980.

11:22:43 From Cousin Russ : “Wifi in Europe”


11:23:08 From Cousin Russ : THEGenShow2019 – For #ThePhotoAlchemistComp, we’ve decided to EXTEND the deadline for photo submissions! Got any 😍 #blackandwhite couples photos/ a portrait you’d ❤️ to see in colour? You have until Wednesday 24 April, 5pm to send them in! See our competition page

11:23:23 From Cousin Russ : Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures “Spotlight: The Photo Alchemist Competition”

11:24:01 From John Laws : For Trip Planning download Trip it keep all your itinerary in one place

Advanced Genetic Genealogy
11:24:36 From Cousin Russ : Debbie Parker Wayne, Editor of Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies
11:24:48 From Louis Kessler to All panelists : Hi
11:29:35 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : Review by Louis Kessler
11:29:42 From Cousin Russ : “The names of the chapter writers is a who’s who of genetic genealogy: Bartlett, Bettinger, Hobbs, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Kennett, Lacopo, Owston, Powell, Russell, Stanbary,Turner and Wayne. If you know who these people are, then you are likely knowledgeable enough in this field to take in their wisdom. It is advanced. This is no beginners course. You’ll have to have experience and the knowledge of working with your DNA to fully grasp what is said.” From Louie Kessler’s review of Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies
11:29:58 From Randy Seaver : I put Louis’ post in Best of the Genea-Blogs this week.

11:31:30 From Louis Kessler to All panelists : By the way, You’ll note in Debbie Parker Wayne’s errata that there is just one small item listed. That just illustrates the quality of the work.

11:31:34 From Cousin Russ : Saskatchewan Cummins Map Company Fonds 1917-1930

We are sad to note Notre-Dame in Paris is on fire.

11:31:50 From Deb Andrew : Notre-Dame De Paris is on fire.
11:32:57 From Cathy Naborowski : The Notre Dame fire looks really scary.
11:33:12 From Ellen Thompson-Jennings to All panelists : I’ll be checking that out

11:33:26 From Gary Gauthier : Yes
11:33:38 From Deb Andrew : On tv
11:33:40 From Cathy Naborowski :
11:33:45 From Rachel Evans :
11:33:57 From Hilary Gadsby : Find My Past are now showing hints to newspapers
11:33:57 From Cathy Naborowski : Sorry that’s a big link. The source is my eyes. I’m watching it.
11:34:26 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : Truly sad.
11:34:28 From Yvonne Demoskof : major fire
11:34:38 From Yvonne Demoskof : what a loss this might be
11:34:47 From Gary Gauthier : I have pictures of it from when I lived in Paris
11:35:10 From Valerie Lisk : No! I’ve visited Notre Dame twice an even had Sunday Mass there.
11:36:24 From Graham Walter : bye everyone
11:37:10 From Marcia Philbrick : roof fire at the Kansas State University library affected all collections
11:39:06 From Robbin Smith : oh yes it was destroyed
11:40:35 From LouisKessler to All panelists : Bye all.
11:40:36 From Valerie Lisk : bye

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ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 1 April 2019


We hear from panelists John Law and Hilary Gadsby about the Guild of One-Name Studies 40th Anniversary Conference, and discover Hilary took a detour on the trip to a cemetery with a surprising result. The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia early settlers and two German books purchased by Mr. Myrt following his Germanic Fraktur SLIG Course are mentioned. Myrt describes the unusual interview she had with Alex Cox from as they viewed pages from an American Red Cross Service Center log book. Mentions of Operation Tiger and D-Day bring up tender memories.


09:59:15 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : We recommend the USB headset Microsoft lifechat LX-350
10:00:23 From Graham Walter : Hello from London
10:02:04 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Good morning from South Louisiana.
10:02:24 From Betty-Lu Burton to All panelists : Good day from sunny Arkansas
10:04:03 From Karen Trearchis : HI Everyone!
10:04:20 From John Laws : Hi Everyone from a cold wet Scotland wind going round to the north weatherman talking of snow Wednesday
10:04:30 From Gloria Oren to All panelists : Hi everyone glad to be back.
10:04:30 From Robbin Smith : Hello from Miami
10:04:30 From Danine Cozzens : It’s still breakfast time in California, Randy!
10:04:42 From Jennifer Holik to All panelists : Hi everyone from sunny Chicago!
10:05:08 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Graham best websites genealogy blogs
10:05:11 From Karen Trearchis : Hi from sunny Massachusetts, 43 degrees!
10:05:12 From Randy Seaver : it’s a beautiful day in Chula Vista – already up to 70F at 9 a.m. Baseball season started and there is great hope in Padres-land.
10:05:49 From Randy Seaver : that was my daily chocolate chip cookie…
10:06:15 From Randy Seaver : I have breakfast before 7 a.m.
10:07:29 From Hilary Gadsby : Teatime here in the UK
10:07:35 From Gary Gautier: Ahnenblatt genealogy software
10:07:52 From Gary Gauthier : GRAMPS (free) genealogy software
10:08:58 From Marian Koalski to All panelists : Doesn’t Legacy have a Spanish switch?
10:10:18 From Cousin Russ :
10:10:45 From Valerie Lisk : will support Spanish.
10:11:11 From Graham Walter : I think Heredis will allow Spanish interface when region changed in OS
10:11:14 From Marian Koalski : I often see videos on the GeneaWebinars schedule that are in Spanish
10:12:17 From Leah Smith : TNG supports Spanish The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building
10:12:53 From Tom Hendricks to All panelists : Cyndi’s List have spanish websites available too?
10:14:13 From Cousin Russ : Google Translate Chrome Browser Extension

10:14:54 From Cousin Russ : Heredis software
10:15:12 From Dave Robison to All panelists : The HEREDIS home screen shows “FR” and “EN” in the lower right hand corner
10:15:38 From Betty-Lu Burton : How do you type international letters that are not found on your keyboard?
10:16:05 From Betty-Lu Burton : So you can look them up or use translate
10:16:29 From Valerie Lisk : I use my Character Map.
10:17:39 From Linda Stufflebean : ftDNA’s new add about crowdsourcing police help
10:17:42 From Robbin Smith : FTdna ads for criminal discoveries
10:18:23 From Randy Seaver : Reclaim the Records got NY Marriages online
10:18:37 From Randy Seaver : Baseball questionnaires appeared on
10:19:12 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Amazon finally put up my review.

Advanced Genetic Genealogy

10:20:52 From Cousin Russ : Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies
10:21:58 From Marian Koalski to All panelists : How many of the reviewers have finished reading this thick book? [Myrt only has studied the front matter and chapter 1, but has browsed the subsequent chapters for over an hour.]
10:21:59 From cyndy Bray : Is the Kindle version in color?
10:22:35 From Gloria Oren to All panelists : yes there is color in Kindle
10:25:24 From Karen Trearchis : Sounds like a great idea!
10:26:28 From Karen Trearchis : I will see you at NERGC Russ!
10:26:48 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Gary: Rebooted laptop to change default language to Spanish. Heredis interface remains as English… sorry
10:26:52 From Hilary Gadsby : I bought 2 books from the authors this weekend signed copies.

History of the Valley of Virginia _Kercheval

10:27:29 From Cousin Russ : History of the Valley of Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants A History of Frederick County Virginia
10:27:49 From Cousin Russ : Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick County, Virginia

German Names_A Practical Guide

10:28:27 From Cousin Russ : German Names: A Practical Guide

German English Genealogical Dictionary _ Ernest Thode

10:28:45 From Cousin Russ : German-English Genealogical Dictionary
10:30:18 From Marcia Philbrick : History of Valley of Virginia (I think same book as mentioned) is on Internet Archive –
10:30:26 From Bev Anderson to All panelists : I want on the wait list for the Advanced Genetic Genealogy

Simon Wells Pen and Sword Author Page

IMAGE: Simon Wells’ Pen and Sword Author Page

10:31:14 From Hilary Gadsby :
10:32:44 From Marcia Philbrick : Book: Shenandoah Valley and Their Descendants – on Internet Archive –

Shenandoah Valley _ at Internet Archives

IMAGE: Shenandoah Valley book digitally preserved at the Internet Archives.

10:33:16 From Marcia Philbrick : Shenandoa Valley Pioneers and Descendants — searchable on Ancestry –

10:33:24 From Cousin Russ : How Our Ancestors Died

10:34:41 From Cousin Russ : Lifeboatmen

10:36:03 From Dave Robison : One of my Mayflower ancestors fell off the boat! John Howland was “fished” out of the sea. I happy about that otherwise I wouldn’t be here!!

10:37:12 From Cousin Russ : Voyages from the Past

10:38:04 From Valerie Lisk : Dave, Scott Fischer tells the same story!
10:38:27 From Karen Trearchis : My ancestors, The Billington boys, played in the gunpowder room and almost blew up the Mayflower!
10:38:40 From Graham Walter : Tacoma Narrows Bridge
10:39:32 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Valerie, I’ll have to talk with him about that! Apparently we could be cousins???
10:40:09 From Betty-Lu Burton : I found a record where a ship sailing to New Sweden by the time it reached the colony the colony was taken over New Amsterdam and the captain had to negotiate in order to land. This was about 1650
10:41:34 From Betty-Lu Burton : Can you imagine what it would be like if they had to turn around and sail back to Europe.
10:44:25 From Kathleen Daetsch : There was a problem with the Palatines when they arrived in New York
10:45:45 From Graham Walter : Fantastic!
10:46:01 From Graham Walter : nice find Hilary
10:47:37 From Cousin Russ : GUILD OF ONE NAME STUDIES
10:53:23 From Randy Seaver : Does anyone know what Nick Barratt said about the future of family history?
10:53:43 From Graham Walter : Maureen Taylor, Elizabethan one :–lectures/maureen-taylor-an-elizabethan-wardrobe-revealed

10:55:40 From Graham Walter : Maureen Taylor’s personal website:
10:59:40 From Robbin Smith : Anybody watch the PBS show Mrs. Wilson? it was a fascinating study of an English woman who found out she was “married” to a bigamist when he died. Turned out he was “married” at least 4 times.
11:00:09 From YvonneDemoskoff to All panelists : I recorded it, Robbin; will watch later today
11:00:54 From YvonneDemoskoff : I recorded it, Robbin; will watch later today
11:01:11 From Hilary Gadsby : I have it recorded from when it was shown here not watched yet
11:02:32 From Danine Cozzens : Chatelain = the keeper of the keys. 

11:02:51 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have alway wished I could find a link to Beth of Hardwick in my tree
11:03:24 From Kathleen Daetsch : Oh yes I saw that
11:03:52 From Randy Seaver : “What Would You Like me to Write About” in
11:03:58 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Charles Lindbergh was a bigamist! One family here and one in Germany
11:04:48 From YvonneDemoskoff to All panelists : I recently read about that about Charles, Dave; very surprising
11:06:48 From Cousin Russ :
11:07:44 From Dave Robison : Dangers of online trees…that’s one of my NERGC topics!
11:08:14 From Kathleen Daetsch : Join the club Dna is a double-edged sword
11:08:38 From Marian Koalski : It isn’t just the DNA testers!
11:09:41 From Marian Koalski  : Before DNA testing was so cheap, people were swallowing false genealogies for generations.
11:10:15 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I enjoy Randy’s Blog and how he shows how to write a source.
11:10:38 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have been recommending to my matches that they at least take a course at a local library.
11:11:08 From Maria Tegtmeier : That is a great quote
11:11:24 From Kathleen Daetsch : My Heritage is also using on line trees to link me in theories
11:12:28 From Tom Hendricks : FYI Abraham’s inaugural carriage is the Wizard of Oz Horse of a different color carriage at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MIN   [ :::giggle::: ]
11:12:53 From Pam Helm : There is a conference coming up at the end of April in Edmonton Alberta Canada. I am registered and very excited
11:13:18 From Karen Trearchis : I will be there and will be attending DNA day.
11:13:58 From Karen Trearchis : That’s funny!
11:14:30 From Karen Trearchis : And he is listening to you now! We enjoyed being with you, too.
11:14:55 From Graham Walter : Dave: where will the 2021 conference? Is it known yet? [Springfield, Massachusetts]
11:15:07 From Karen Trearchis : My society is Massachusetts Society of Genealogists and we are charter members.
11:15:37 From Pat Stano-Carpenter : Maybe you’ll come to NERGC again! You were a fun addition to the conference.
11:15:44 From Karen Trearchis : It is all volunteers!
11:16:14 From Karen Trearchis : We do much more than 25 hours, hundreds of hours.
11:16:40 From Karen Trearchis : I was a chair for Librarian’s Day several years ago.
11:18:15 From Karen Trearchis : I volunteered for the Boston road show.
11:18:57 From Randy Seaver : you could do something in the even years
11:19:15 From Karen Trearchis : Yes, Pat we want you and your husband to come to NERGC again!
11:19:32 From Karen Trearchis : Sounds good!
11:19:47 From Cousin Russ : Tami — do you have a question ?
11:23:06 From Jennifer  : You might need a tissue tomorrow night!

Is it time to write your MEMOIR
11:23:55 From Cousin Russ : WACKY Wednesday 9pm Eastern most Wednesdays throughout the year. ONE topic – ONE hour. “Is it time to write your MEMOIR?” Invite your friends

11:25:16 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s Exploring FindMyPast: American Red Cross Visitor Book 1943-1945 & Ray Wilton
11:25:32 From Cousin Russ : .
11:29:49 From Jennifer Holik  : I cried through both of those BBC videos you posted. So moving to hear his grandpa speak about his experiences.

11:33:11 From Cousin Russ : Announcement: ***Maryland Will and Probate Records – Newly Available on the Maryland Genealogical Society website. *** 

11:36:07 From Cousin Russ : “Opt Out is not informed consent” by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG.
11:36:45 From Robbin Smith : they started advertising to help police with your dna
11:39:07 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Thanks for covering this.
11:39:42 From cyndy Bray : I chose to leave my kit on Gedmatch. And not to upload the kits I administer because they are not familiar. Then FTDNA took that option out of my hands and than told me I was a bad person for disagreeing.
11:40:49 From Cousin Russ : 1,100 sets of Church of Ireland Parish Registers from as early as 1619

11:42:25 From Karen Trearchis : Thank you!
11:42:56 From John Laws : I stayed awake Yipee!!
11:43:11 From Graham Walter : Have a good day everyone
11:43:37 From Graham Walter : that went quickly today
11:44:32 From Pamela Wells : Have a super day all!
11:49:32 From YvonneDemoskoff : Thanks, Myrt! Bye everyone!

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An Adoptee’s Quest for Identity: WHERE to begin?

An Adoptee's Quest

From: An adoptee
My birth family ancestry is one which (out of love and respect) I’ve put off until the recent passing of my (adopted) mother this last year. I think the time has now come to look at my ancestry and not just that of my adopted family. I have been following the issue of DNA testing as it has been discussed in passing during the recent  webinars, but I haven’t wanted to chime in during a group discussion, since the issue of my being adopted is something that I don’t talk about much in public. 

However; I am interested in learning more about the subject. 

I was born in the mid 1900s and have almost every communication and piece of paper written regarding my birth and adoption, including a passport in my original name. None of this has helped a great deal, so possibly DNA could shed some light on my ancestry. 

All that said, I’d like to suggest a DNA webinar subject. I’d like to hear about what types of DNA testing would be appropriate, when one knows almost nothing about one’s parents. I also understand there are some countries that does not allow DNA testing. What does one do in such cases? Even if one manages to select the correct type of test, it doesn’t sound as if one would be likely to get many matches.

I particularly appreciate it would be helpful to speak in a “kindly & comfortable” environment when discussing the tender subject of adoption and I appreciate your trust in asking me to do so. While I understand your plight, I feel woefully inadequate to discuss the topic and would have to spend several hundred dollars to hire a DNA expert to speak with us. May I direct your attention to the following:

It is my belief (as long as you do not reside in France or some other restrictive country) is that you should take an autosomal test first at, then transfer the raw data to FtDNA and to MyHeritage. 

May I also direct your attention to the following:

I wish you good luck in your quest to trace your blood line. Keep me posted, as I am most interested in your progress.

Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.




DNA Down Under 2019 Conferences

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at Unlock the Past.

DNA Down UnderAdelaide, South Australia, 5 March 2019  –  Unlock the Past is delighted to announce DNA Down Under, a DNA themed roadshow to six Australian cities, culminating in a major 3-day conference in Sydney.

This is a world class conference and roadshow. Choose from 40 topics in three streams in Sydney over three days. The other five cities offer 10 topics each in two streams over a full day. There are topics at all levels, ranging from beginner to expert. Each city will have an exhibition of product and service suppliers, societies, DNA interest groups and organisations.

The presenters

Internationally renowned genealogist and DNA authority, Blaine Bettinger, heads a team of experts:

  • Blaine Bettinger (USA) – author of the best-selling The family tree guide to DNA testing and genetic genealogy and co-author of Genetic genealogy in practice
  • Fiona Brooker (New Zealand) – Professional genealogist – Memories in Time
  • Louise Coakley (QLD) –  Professional genealogist – Genie1
  • Kerry Farmer (NSW) – Professional genealogist – Family History Research
  • Michelle Patient (New Zealand) – Professional genealogist – The Patient Genie
  • Helen Smith (QLD) – Professional genealogist – Dragon Genealogy

The locations

  • Brisbane Wed 14 Aug 1 day
  • Perth Sat 17 Aug 1 day
  • Adelaide Tue 20 Aug 1 day
  • Melbourne Fri 23 Aug 1 day
  • Canberra Mon 26 Aug 1 day
  • Sydney Thu-Sat 29-31 Aug 3 days

About Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. – –
Blaine is a professional genealogist specialising in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

About Unlock the Past –
The event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History (established 1976). It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events, genealogy cruises and a new publishing brand.