Participate in an unscripted, open discussion in which we consider WHAT are our personal rules for genealogy databases?
DOCUMENTATION – direct, indirect, authored work?
GPS – Genealogical Proof Standards
ONLINE TREES – Private or public (if 90% sure of relationships)
CITATIONS – DearMYRTLE’s “Ragu method” (it’s in there), cite first
ANALYSIS – is helped when we transcribe and cite well
DESKTOP SOFTWARE permits multiple databases
BACKUP – cloud, offsite, external hard drive
COMPARING ONLINE TREES – Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, FamilySearch
19:01:47 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:02:16 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hello Everyone
19:02:58 From Melissa Barker : Hello Deb, hope you are fully recovered!
19:03:29 From Betty-Lu Burton : My son once said he wanted a garage full of antique cars, you know those older than 1960. I and the other lady in the car at the time were both born before 1960.
19:05:41 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Old Alabama Family Photos
19:06:03 From Marian Koalski : Vegas?
19:06:29 From Betty-Lu Burton : I think any car older than 20 years is considered an antique
19:09:05 From Marian Koalski : I put possibles into my database with a first name of “maybe”
19:09:32 From Marian Koalski : That way I can see them as I research
19:09:55 From Marian Koalski : And I attach whatever sources I have to them
19:10:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : I put in the various larger databases I have received as well as the various family history books I have received as one of my sources. I then note if I had proved it wrong.
19:11:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : Some of these records are what others have used to start their research
19:14:51 From Marian Koalski : I don’t generally put “possibles” into online trees. That’s work, and I don’t invest that effort until I’ve figured things out more definitely.
19:15:34 From Betty-Lu Burton : Find them in all the censuses that they should be in, both Federal and State
19:17:51 From Marian Koalski : I agree, Russ.
19:21:14 From Marian Koalski : Yes, and sometimes I find an index entry for a name that begins with M on the page for C-names. Someone entered it but didn’t notice that he was working on the wrong page.
19:24:47 From Marian Koalski : You’re right, Russ, but this is in my Reunion database, which looks for a name anywhere in a name.
19:25:28 From Marian Koalski : Mine will read something like “maybe Richard Higbee”
19:26:09 From Marian Koalski : I do the ___ for names that I don’t know
19:28:49 From Marian Koalski : I don’t have a mike.
19:29:13 From Marian Koalski : Maybe my difference from Russ is that I don’t do automated searches.
19:34:02 From Marian Koalski : me
19:43:47 From Cousin Russ : FAMILY HISTORIAN 6 https://www.family-historian.co.uk/
19:43:48 From Cousin Russ : .
19:46:49 From Sue Holmes Burns to All panelists : I use One Drive for backups as well as an 8T external hard drive.
19:50:26 From Launa Droescher : I use to rotate Tape, then Zip backups. Some day I’m going to delete old backups
19:53:33 From Launa Droescher : that was tape in 1990s and a few years later zip
19:54:54 From Betty-Lu Burton : I know this is not correct, but it helps me to think of the cloud as the internet
19:56:42 From Betty-Lu Burton : because I have to use the internet to get to the cloud
19:56:44 From Sue Holmes Burns to All panelists : When I backup my family file I direct the backup to One Drive, therefore not a copy. A copy of that backup then gets put onto my external hard drive.
20:09:58 From Sue Holmes Burns to All panelists : I hate to admit this but I didn’t know where my brother was buried. Yesterday I got a hint from MyHeritage showing me he’s buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Quite a find and surprise.
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
Tune in to the archived version of our latest webinar – Mondays with Myrt held 29 Jan 2018. You’ll find selected chat dialog and the links we mention below this embedded video.
We looked at Pat Kuhn’s ancestor’s “young men’s” WWII draft card indexed at Ancestry pointing to the image on Fold3, and caution all to watch what information gets shared during a Family Tree Maker sync or RootsMagic share option.Many explained they manually update their personal database with images from hints on various websites. That way transcriptions are most accurate, and citations can be custom crafted.
DearMYRTLE is concerned when people use the FamilySearch prompt with possible names for temple work. These are prompts for research to ensure the name and identifying info is truly an ancestor. We find out what Elizabeth Shown Mills has to say about the necessity of citing a repository – there is one instance where it is essential.
Moving on, we tackled the various RootsTech passes (different days/prices) and that it’s best to download the handouts via computer so you can save the file with a recognizable name. Dropbox would make these available to any of your devices. One may take the TRAX train from the airport if your hotel does not have a shuttle. See the embedded map below.
Find out about hashtags, #GenChat, and Tweet Deck for what Cheri Passey calls “The fastest hour in genealogy!”
Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018 – 9pm Eastern US (New York), 8pm Central US (Chicago), 7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles) The South of England to Virginia: Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants 1642-75
Registration link for all sessions: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uOEpyna0QZWA6QNEE0GWUQ
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK-vumCmPV8 Starts at 10pm Eastern US (New York) Friday, 9 Feb 2018.
RootsTech (Genealogy & technology conference) where DearMYRTLE is serving as an official RT Ambassador. 28 Feb through 3 March 2018 – at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration link: http://www.RootsTech.org
Selected Chat Comments
00:36:32 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Good Morning from California.
00:36:57 Bill West: Good morning from a gloomy south of Boston
00:37:18 Pam Helm: Good Morning
00:39:47 Lisa Gorrell: Good morning, everyone!
00:41:20 JohnLaws: Hi from a cold but bright North Berwick
00:44:31 Deb Andrew: She only needs theFold3 subscription, doesn’t have to upgrade the Ancestry account.
00:51:41 Betty-Lu Burton: The age is wrong. The card says 19 Ancestry says 20
00:54:04 Bill West: This is why I’m leery of syncing my Ancestry & RootsMagic trees. I download all records to my HD the old fashioned way and enter all data from the image,itself, not the transcription.
00:56:01 Lisa Gorrell: Be careful. This collection is not complete. Keep checking back. I did not find my two grandfathers’ cards. But I do have them from NARA.
00:57:04 June Butka: I found that names were added to my family Search tree that I didn’t add. I also found I could not add a second wife if the other wife’s name is already there.
00:58:09 RandySeaver: This is why I don’t attach records from Ancestry to my RootsMagic tree, and create my own source citatyions.
00:58:45 HilaryGadsby: Look at what the dataset covers I am looking for someone born in Illinois but they are not online yet.
00:59:39 Marian Koalski: I’m opinionated too, Randy. And Ancestry’s citations don’t have the needed info to re-find the record, even if you overlook their whimsical formatting
01:00:24 June Butka: It was a record hint I was trying to add. I can add them independently.
01:00:25 Betty-Lu Burton: FamilySearch will split large databases into smaller groups so they can start to get the information out sooner. Los Angeles County Death records are in at least 4 groups and we are working on reviewing the 3 and 4 groups. Still have a long way to go
01:00:46 HilaryGadsby: I have added second wife at Family Search
01:06:47 RandySeaver: duplicate Facts occur in RootsMagic when you merge a person with another
01:11:04 Cousin Russ: GeneaWebinars Calendar of Hangouts, Webinars and Online Chats this coming week: http://www.GeneaWebinars.com
01:12:24 RandySeaver: My research/opinion/news/stuff blog is www.geneamusings.com
01:14:38 HilaryGadsby: Can you share a calendar with just a few people?
01:16:12 RandySeaver: Way back when, I entered only libraries and public repositories because that’s where I found books or records. The repositories I entered 15 years ago are still in my source records.
01:16:28 Betty-Lu Burton: If it is on line then it has a URL and not a repository. Is not a repository a brick and morter building?
01:18:26 HilaryGadsby: Putting something online publishes it but what is published may only be an image not the original. What you cite depends upon what you see.
01:21:04 RandySeaver: Launa – I would state that in the repository field, and/or in the source comment field in RootsMagic
01:24:06 June Butka: The box wasn’t checked off above the previous link that said not shareable.
01:26:34 Marian Koalski: I think entering the repository is useful to everyone in the case of a rare book, too.
01:28:13 Cousin Russ: Linda – The Blog has a search field
01:28:22 Cousin Russ:https://www.rootstech.org
01:28:50 Cheri Passey: Dave, can’t wait to meet you in person at RootsTech!
01:30:11 Lisa Gorrell: This will be my first time at RootsTech. Couldn’t believe how many classes there are!
01:31:14 RandySeaver: It took almost an hour last night to download the Wednesday handouts from http://app.core-apps.com/rootstech2018/events/view_by_day?tracks&type
01:31:21 Cheri Passey: So glad you will be there, Lisa!
01:31:55 RandySeaver: I’m going to download each day on different nights – it’s boring and requires attention to detail
01:32:47 Yvonne Demoskoff: Some of the labs are already filled up; darn.
01:33:38 Betty-Lu Burton: They still do not have the broadcast classes listed yet
01:34:38 RandySeaver: Betty-Lu – they usually announce them a week or so before it starts. You can sometimes suss it out by the Hall it uses. I think Hall C.
01:35:01 Betty-Lu Burton: Thanks Randy
01:37:26 Cousin Russ: 7 Ways the Mobile App Will Enhance Your RootsTech Experience https://www.rootstech.org/blog/7-ways-the-mobile-app-will-enhance-your-rootstech-experience [NOTE: The RootsTech mobile app, sponsored by WordPress, is now available for download from the App Store and the Google Play Store. ]
01:37:46 Yvonne Demoskoff: On the app, when I click to view Exhibit Hall in “Maps”, it closes the app; does anyone have this problem, too?
01:38:33 HilaryGadsby: Not tried it yet Yvonne
01:39:16 Yvonne Demoskoff: Oh ok, Hilary
01:39:34 RandySeaver: When I save the handout, I edit the file name for speaker name and title of the talk. Example: “Thomas Macentee – Using pinterest”
01:39:44 RandySeaver: It was the same thing as last year.
01:40:02 HilaryGadsby: Yvonne I will try after the webinar
01:41:40 Yvonne Demoskoff: Thanks, Hilary!
01:42:16 Dawn Carlile: That is what I did last year. I copy the title off the screen.
[NOTE:Here’s a Google Map of downtown Salt Lake City. Br sure to look for Harmon’s, our local grocery store with the great deli-department we mentioned during this show.]
01:43:53 HilaryGadsby: Going to Blue Lemon for Commonwealth Dinner this year
01:45:08 Yvonne Demoskoff: The Holiday Inn Express is across the street from the south entrance to the Salt Palace; very convenient
01:45:22 Dawn Carlile: Blue Iguana is excellent for Mexican food and the Siegried’s Deli is great.
01:46:29 Dawn Carlile: And they have a food court with lots of options at City Creek.
01:47:53 Dawn Carlile: If you need exercise you can walk to Harmon’s where they have a wonderful salad bar and you can eat upstairs or take it with you.
01:49:12 Yvonne Demoskoff: My husband and I bought a few food items from Harmon’s to bring back to our room at the hotel.
01:50:17 Linda Stufflebean: Hope the GeneaBloggers meet for lunch again at the Blue Lemon. [Yes, we will meet on Tuesday for lunch at 1pm.]
01:50:39 Cheri Passey: Me too. Linda!
01:51:05 HilaryGadsby: I need to check how to get from airport to The Radisson
01:51:34 Lisa Gorrell: Hilary, you can ride the TRAX. [ This is the link to the Trax website: https://www.rideuta.com/Services/TRAX ]
01:51:44 Lisa Gorrell: I’m at the Radisson, too.
01:52:38 RandySeaver: We use the Express Shuttle service to/from SLC airport – only $10 per person
01:53:14 HilaryGadsby: When do you arrive?
01:53:54 Cousin Russ: http://www.genealogygenchat.com/ #genchat
01:54:31 Cheri Passey: #genchat is so much fun! I call it the fastest hour in genealogy! I learn something new every time!
01:55:31 HilaryGadsby: I like Genchat but wrong time for me in the UK participate when I remember if I can
01:57:09 HilaryGadsby: I have used tweetdeck in the past
01:59:27 Cheri Passey: I use Tweetchat.com. One you enter the hashtag and join the group, it automatically puts it in for you.
02:00:23 RandySeaver: I’ve used Tweetchat and you get only the #genchat items in last first order. You can upload your message too.
02:00:41 Cheri Passey: Anna, that just means it will tweet into the chat with your account. It doesn’t produce tweets for you, it just shares what you tweet into the group.
02:03:15 AnnaMatthews: Thank you, Cheri. That’s good to know because I wanted to check it out.
02:03:42 Cousin Russ: The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell discusses obtaining DNA from a deceased relative. http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2018/01/28/another-look-at-dna-life-after-death/
02:08:19 HilaryGadsby: I might make it to Game Night in February
02:09:25 HilaryGadsby: I will miss MwM on Monday after RootsTech as will be travelling home from SLC.
DearMYRTLE, You refer to Russ Worthington as “Cousin Russ” in your hangouts. You two work so well together. Is he really your cousin? Curious Sue
Cousin Russ is indeed my real cousin. Most folks know him to be a Family Tree Maker expert from waaaay back. He’s a serious “original documents” family history researcher, a student of genealogical methodology, a Find-A-Grave volunteer, a public speaker and a technology expert. He served in the US Coast Guard in Viet Nam. He used to listen to my old podcasts while he commuted to work, but we didn’t meet until years later. I was demonstrating a genealogy software program. Cousin Russ piped up that he had the same early Welsh Quakers in Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania. It is my honor to have him work with me producing the DearMYRTLE hangouts.
When you visit Cousin Russ’ Family Tree Maker User Blog, you’ll see he has tabs sorting his FTM advice into the two most recent versions of the program, though I should say he’s been teaching folks how to use the program for several decades. The last few years he has been demonstrating features in short subject videos posted on his YouTube Channel and linked to this blog. Cousin Russ explains vlogging (video blogging) is easier than blogging with screen shots and dealing with typos. I think it’s easier to learn FTM watching his videos. His calm voice makes it easy to listen and learn. Most recently the owner of FTM hired Cousin Russ to teach in the FTM booth at RootsTech 2017 and the Federation of Genealogical Society’s annual conference.
The Family Tree Maker User Blog is where I found his most recent video FTM2017 – Media Workspace embedded below. Watch how and why Russ protects certain images from being uploaded to his synced Ancestry Member Tree.
Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to share a bit about my good friend and colleague Cousin Russ. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in crime, ummmm, conversation.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friend Jack Minsky of MacKiev, developers of Family Tree Maker genealogy software.
LAST CHANCE FOR UPGRADE PRICING.
All good things come to an end sometime — in this case, October 1st. That’s the last day to upgrade to FTM 2017 for a 50% discount if you haven’t already. I know it’s hard to believe that discounted upgrades have been available now for the past six months, but there it is. So if you or someone you care about has been hesitating, now is the time to make your move — upgrade from ANY previous edition for just $39.95 (vs. $79.95 regular price). Click here to upgrade now.
Why upgrade? Have a look at the bottom of this email for a sampling of new features.
GERMAN LANGUAGE EDITION COMING SOON We’re delighted to announce that a full German language edition of FTM 2017 is underway. It’s the first for Family Tree Maker in more than eight years — Ancestry last published a German edition in 2009. So how did it happen? Well, a few months ago a German FTM fan started a petition and sent it to us — with more than 800 signatures on it. So what could we do? We said “danke schoen” and got started. The German edition will be free for anyone who already owns FTM 2017. Click here to be notified when it’s ready.
FREE UPDATE IN THE WORKS It’s been two months since the official release of FTM 2017 and we’re finishing up a free update (version 23.1) for release in the next three weeks or so. There’s further improvements in syncing, performance and security, some frequently requested enhancements to our new 2017 features — and a few happy surprises. If you aren’t already a beta tester and would like to get a sneak preview of things to come, click here to apply. And for the rest of you, well we’ll let you know when it’s ready.
That’s it for now. The adventure continues. Stay tuned.