Exploring FindMyPast: Exclusive Kent Parish Records

Exclusive Kent Parish Records

While Alex Cox was away on vacation, FindMyPast released the largest single online collection of Kent, England record, so we had to wait until this week to zoom in and check this out. “The new records have been created from over 3,000 handwritten registers currently held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. These registers, covering hundreds parishes across the county, have been scanned and digitised in full colour to ensure the highest possible image quality. Over 2.6 million fully indexed baptism, banns, marriage and burial records spanning more than 400 years of Kent history are now available to search online exclusively at Findmypast.” Source: https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-friday-april-5th-2633696716.html

In this episode, Alex returns to the FindMyPast London office and shares a page where parish priest Mark Noble, AKA prolific biographer, includes extra tidbits of info about those in a Kent burial record. DearMYRTLE demos how to rotate, resize, drag and drop the image.

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DearMYRTLE’s RootsTech 2019 SLC Plans

RootsTech_Generic_CroppedThe world’s largest genealogy/technology conference will take place next week at #RootsTech 2019 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference itself begins Wednesday, 27 Feb and concludes 2 March. Here’s how DearMYRTLE’s week looks at this point.

Monday, 25 Feb 2019 – 10am to Noon. Early arrivals may join Mondays with Myrt in-person as we broadcast from the 3rd floor conference room across from the elevators at the world-famous Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Others may attend virtually by going to:

Monday, 25 Feb 2019 – 1pm Group lunch at LDS Church Office Building, lower level. Weather permitting, Ol’ Myrt will drive her “electric chair” through Temple Square. Follow along if you’ve never been to the employees’ cafeteria in the lower level of this facility. Wonderful selection of food, great prices.



Tuesday, 26 February 2019 – 1pm Group lunch at the Blue Lemon, 55 West South Temple,Salt Lake City. It’s directly across the street from the south entrance to Temple Square.


findmypast 2017Wednesday, 27 February 2019 – 12pm FindMyPast Panel Participant, Lunch Room 2 at the Salt Palace. We are discussing the FamilySearch-FindMyPast one-of-a-kind online tree. Hosted by Ben Bennett, Managing Director of Family History at FMP.

Most of DearMYRTLE’s time will be spent doing AmbushCAM interviews featuring attendees, vendors, presenters & the like. I’ll be uploading them to DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel each night.

AmbushCAM RootsTech

Friday, 1 March 2019 – 12:15pm Promptly. GeneaBloggersTRIBE Photo Op, near the media hub in the exhibit hall. Wear your blogger beads from previous years. Several presenters have mic checks for the next hour, so please don’t be late.

Saturday, 2 March 2019 – 6:30pm to 9pm Open House. DearMYRTLE’s annual RootsTech After Party for genealogy bloggers, webmasters, videographers and other family history nuts. Here’s the link to RSVP ASAP.  https://goo.gl/forms/6GRoia1PyyLYYtFM2


ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt 4 Feb 2019


In which we discuss MetaProxy, the fiasco with FTDNA changing it’s terms of service, Lucient Chart and other tools for mapping family relationships.



  • 09:44:49 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Tony has updated MetaProxy so you can automatically get meta files created just been trying it.
    10:00:27 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I have just accepted a new post on WikiTree as a regional coordinator for South East England. I will say more when I know what I am doing. [CONGRATS, Hilary!]
    10:01:13 From Graham Walter : Hello everyone from London
    10:01:46 From Robbin Smith : Good Day from Miami
    10:02:00 From Michelle Minner : Morning from Tucson, Arizona
    10:02:10 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Good morning from cloudy Florida.
    10:02:49 From Linda Stufflebean : Hello from Tucson, AZ.
    10:03:47 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Has a ‘meeting’ with Darris Williams (Utah) on Saturday to discuss a meet up at RootsTech
    10:04:19 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Hello from South Louisiana.
    10:04:38 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Gary Gauthier here from “Oh so cold Calgary, Alberta -27C)
    10:05:05 From Randy Seaver to All panelists : I’m not seeing he people on the big screen
    10:05:29 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Randy – you won’t
    10:05:35 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : I have an unusual tale of tracing living relatives that folks might find amusing 🙂
    10:05:48 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : Its a chicklet in the Webinar
    10:05:51 From Randy Seaver to All panelists : oh…why not?
    10:06:14 From Graham Walter : Hi Gary: 8 in London
    10:06:50 From Betty-Lu Burton : Good day everyone

    10:07:02 From Cousin Russ : https://westmagenealogy.com/
    10:07:20 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Hi Tony
    10:08:18 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Here’s some Canadian news: the 1926 Prairie Provinces census can now be browsed at FamilySearch (Gail Dever of Genealogy a la Carte announced it on her blog this morning)

    10:09:18 From Janine Edmée Hakim : One word guys….Instant Pot
    One Pot Meals
    10:11:29 From Cousin Russ : One Pot Meals for Busy Genealogists Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/OnePotMeals4BusyGenealogists/
    10:11:57 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : My stomach is starting to rumble now …
    10:12:59 From Graham Walter : This is so cruel this close to meal time 🙂
    10:14:27 From Randy Seaver : when can we order these meals from MyrtDash or WendyDash?
    10:17:08 From Hilary Gadsby : I have the old style pressure cooker that I use.
    10:17:45 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Judy Russel link https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2019/02/01/opening-the-dna-floodgates/
    10:19:20 From Wendy Gunderson to All panelists : Portable Soup- you can find almost anything on Wikipedia! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_soup
    10:19:49 From Michelle Minner : I was angry, because they changed their terms of service with no notice!
    10:19:53 From Doris Haskell : Don’t they have to have a warrant? And isn’t it on a case-by-case basis?
    10:20:00 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Big brothers is always there…in today’s world with the internet we are just better at keeping up with the changes.
    10:20:04 From cyndy Bray : Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not happy
    10:20:46 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : This is why I haven’t had my DNA tested. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
    10:20:47 From Shelley Murphy : I am angry about it. That is not what I signed up for.
    10:20:52 From John Laws to All panelists : like to join the panel
    10:21:20 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : If we OPT out now, does that take away the information that they already have?
    10:21:49 From John Laws : breach of contract?
    10:22:21 From Cousin Russ : John, you ARE on the Panel
    10:22:35 From Randy Seaver : all they have is the match data. FBI or LE isn’t getting anyone’s raw DNA. They are seeing matches like all of us see.
    10:22:44 From Michelle Minner : I totally agree, I don’t mind sharing my DNA (especially for law enforcement)…I don’t like not being asked…and not being told that they were going to open up the information.
    10:23:37 From John Laws : thank you sir
    10:23:55 From Randy Seaver : GEDmatch didn’t change their TOS until it was revealed that LE was using it after the Golden State Killer event.
    10:23:58 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : I agree about the T&C being changed without notice. I’d be happy to share results with law enforcement, but can you guarantee that’s where it stops? There are people who do not agree as a matter of principle, but suppose that insurance companies got access
    10:24:26 From Wendy Gunderson to All panelists : Hilary, I hope you’ll come to the Facebook group and share your expertise with pressure cooking. It’s intimidating for so many new users.
    10:24:27 From Hilary Gadsby : Even if they mentioned it previously they should have told everyone when this change was being made.
    10:25:23 From Michelle Minner : is user anyone at all? or is user a paid subscription? I need definitions to feel more comfortable
    10:25:30 From Hilary Gadsby to Wendy Gunderson and all panelists : I am in the facebook group so happy to share what I can.
    10:26:11 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : bushwhacked aka sidelined aka snookered aka backdoored
    10:26:25 From John Laws : makes you wonder who else gets to take a look perhaps russian security?
    10:27:51 From Marian Koalski : Maybe we should ask ourselves about all kinds of online services: “Are we letting someone else hold our wallet?” (Or other private or treasured asset?)
    10:29:42 From John Laws : I don’t see how the EU thing applies outside Europe we get out when we leave
    10:29:53 From Graham Walter : Clarity of communication is what is needed
    10:30:14 From Michelle Minner : I WAS surprised by an NPE, and I don’t want to share that DNA, by the request of the family member that doesn’t want anyone to know about the NPE involving her DNA test. However, I don’t like the company changing it without notice. I only opted out for that one DNA test.
    10:30:49 From Betty-Lu Burton : I think people do not understand that law enforcement must still do a lot of leg work. The DNA does not give them a definite match until after the detective work
    10:31:35 From Linda Stufflebean : I am not happy about ftDNA’s sneaky method, although I don’t mind them using my DNA to catch criminals either. On the other hand, given the adage that once something is online, we lose control of it fits here so it sadly isn’t all that surprising.
    10:32:12 From Randy Seaver : two sets of detective work – first to find descendants of a common ancestor, second to sort out the descendants to find the right person.
    10:33:48 From Graham Walter : Can you send some chicken over to London?
    10:34:47 From Cousin Russ : https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-february-1st-2627629109.html
    10:35:11 From Wendy Gunderson to All panelists : Graham, maybe we can invent a new “portable” chicken app!
    10:35:15 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : FIND MY PAST APP for smart phones https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-app-2623284760.html
    10:35:47 From Graham Walter : FMP blog link – https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-february-1st-2627629109.html
    10:36:08 From Cousin Russ : FIND MY PAST APP for smart phones https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-app-2623284760.html
    10:36:18 From Cousin Russ : FMP blog link – https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-february-1st-2627629109.html
    10:36:27 From John Laws : I have a beef with FMP my membership of Ancestry shows up regardless whether I go on dot co uk or dot com but doesn’t work with FMP
    10:36:29 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : Thank-you, Graham.
    10:36:43 From Hilary Gadsby : I am waiting for the records in Southampton, England to be online as my 2xgt grandparents married in the catholic church and their family were catholics.
    10:37:47 From Graham Walter to All panelists : Wendy: good idea!
    10:40:56 From John Laws : Not all registries or churches give permission to digitizing of their records and some churches haven’t released their records to the county record offices yet and still keep them in cold damp vestries
    10:42:22 From Robbin Smith : What irritates me is that *not* all the records from St. Peters on Staten Island have been added and of course that those are the records I need
    10:45:56 From Janine Edmée Hakim : the borough of Manhattan is New York County
    10:45:56 From Graham Walter : FindMyPast datasets for U.S. records https://search.findmypast.co.uk/historical-records?page=1&region=united%20states%20%26%20canada&searchedrecordsetname=
    10:46:35 From Cathy Naborowski : FMP has an agreement with these Archdiocese. Jen Baldwin did a great webinar – I think on FMP a whle back talking about the process they are going through.
    10:46:45 From Randy Seaver : My guess is that when Josh Taylor was with FMP he tried to contract digitizing the church records that FamilySearch doesn’t have.
    10:47:24 From Robbin Smith : I did send an email to FMP and they said they will be updated .. still waiting
    10:47:27 From John Laws : surprised just how many children are registered without the father’s name and the mother and child have the same surname since WWI. Of course we had always had illegitimacy
    10:47:30 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Fading away! Battery warning…. See you all next week…
    10:48:02 From Graham Walter : have a good day Dave
    10:48:28 From John Laws : they consider the records to be their personal records how dare you want to know anything
    10:48:40 From Hilary Gadsby : Not sure if catholics do transcripts in the UK
    10:49:36 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Pat, I’ve had some success walking into a church’s office and speaking with the secretary. I was able to view my grandfather’s baptism record (1889) in Quebec that way.
    10:50:56 From Randy Seaver : This is a great example of how “not everything is online.” There will never be “all records online.”
    10:50:57 From John Laws : maybe the mice had thanksgiving lunch on the records

    10:51:56 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Find My Past is a subscription site??
    10:52:08 From Randy Seaver : yes Shelby
    10:52:19 From Cousin Russ : FindMyPast Blog https://blog.findmypast.com/
    10:52:31 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Ok – have an account already registered, but it wants more $$
    10:52:40 From Graham Walter : Some of the pages launch your smartphone browser but if it’s you online tree it’s sync to phone
    10:53:03 From Randy Seaver : and FMP now accesses the FamilySearch Family Tree to help find common ancestors for DNA matches.
    10:55:13 From Graham Walter : You can also do Newspapers directly at British NEwspaper Archives https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

    10:58:12 From Randy Seaver : Ancestry Search Engine Problems from my correspondent – link is https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/a-readers-take-on-ancestrycom-problems_30.html
    11:00:08 From Wendy Gunderson to All panelists : This is annoying to hear, but I’m glad I’m not going crazy.
    11:01:20 From Valerie Lisk : I liked the HeritageQuest search engine before Ancestry bought them. You could browse on the County level or you could browse by Institution.
    11:04:51 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : Moving from 32-bit to 64-bit software is not the only way of solving this. That’s a little like a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
    11:07:24 From Cousin Russ : RootsMagic https://rootsmagic.com/

    11:10:13 From Cousin Russ : discussion of Tony Proctor’s MetaProxy program https://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE/permalink/10161407529775374
    11:13:10 From John Laws : Thats pretty good eh!
    11:13:59 From Randy Seaver : love Tony’s fractal screen
    11:17:25 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : The Mac version of MetaProxy is progressing along the same lines.

    11:18:30 From Cousin Russ : https://www.lucidchart.com
    11:19:48 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Is this a web-based analog of Visio?
    11:20:01 From Graham Walter : Gary: yes
    11:20:33 From Cary Bright to All panelists : Try this – FREE with sign up https://online.visual-paradigm.com/features/flowchart-tool/
    11:20:42 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Thanks, Russ.
    11:20:54 From Graham Walter : It allows to import Visio files as well
    11:21:08 From Gary Gauthier to All panelists : Graham,. Thanks to you too.
    11:21:37 From Graham Walter : Pricing model = https://www.lucidchart.com/user/129854395#/subscriptionLevel
    11:21:45 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : Dia is another similar generic drawing package for data relationship diagrams. The SVG designer is far simpler, and free, but Windows specific
    11:22:20 From Hilary Gadsby : My favourite for the UK is http://www.genuki.org.uk/
    11:23:09 From Graham Walter : Genuki – Definitely a good one!
    11:23:21 From Cousin Russ : One of my favorites for Florida interest – Florida Memory Project – http://www.floridamemory.com
    11:23:23 From Randy Seaver : Favorite go-to site for help — FamilySearch Research Wiki – https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page
    11:23:42 From Shelby Bender to All panelists : Have to depart for one of those pesky business meetings…cheers and happy day everyone!
    11:25:47 From Randy Seaver : Another is Randy’s Genesalogy Links – https://www.geneamusings.com/p/randys-genealogy-links.html
    11:27:22 From Marcia Philbrick : Map of U.S. –  shows changing county boundary lines over time (United States resource) – very helpful for research in area prior to statehood – https://www.mapofus.org/
    11:27:32 From Doris Haskell : I just stepped away because I got a FaceTime call from my baby boy, who is serving in the Middle East.
    11:27:35 From Graham Walter : also the go-to-website Cyndi’s List https://www.Cyndislist.com 
    11:30:44 From Brenda J. Williams to All panelists : Can you put the New York Historical Society link for Will Abstracts in the chat.

  • 11:33:01: From Randy Seaver : Brenda – http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/n/nys//browse/author/n.html and scroll down to “New York Surrogates Court”
  • 11:31:30 From Valerie Lisk : For Michigan Death Certificates etc. http://seekingmichigan.org/discover/death-records-1897-1920 For Missouri Death Certificates https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesmvc/deathcertificates/ To connect Missouri families using court cases https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/nameSearch.do
    11:33:12 From Maria Tegtmeier : Favorite Polish websites http://poznan-project.psnc.pl/ and http://geneteka.genealodzy.pl/ and BASIA _ Database of ARchival Indexing System basia.famula.pl
    11:33:35 From Doris Haskell : In PA, Richard has ancestors from Montgomery County.
    11:34:07 From Randy Seaver : Brenda – and scroll further to NY Historical society links

11:35:42 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s Blog http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/blog/

11:36:38 From Tony Proctor  : When Google+ goes, so will many of the Blogger comments (if you have a blogspot)
11:37:34 From Randy Seaver : Can we get on the panel that day at FHL?
11:40:34 From Randy Seaver : I never had many commenters from Google+ to my blog posts.
11:41:01 From Randy Seaver : extraordinary webinars…

11:44:18 From Cousin Russ : Download your Google+ data https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788?hl=en
11:44:28 From Hilary Gadsby : If we posted using our Google account that should still be active.
11:44:42 From Marcia Philbrick : https://blogger.googleblog.com/2019/01/an-update-on-google-and-blogger.html – says comments will no longer appear on blog
11:45:11 From Shelley Murphy to All panelists : yay!
11:46:39 From Shelley Murphy to All panelists : that will be fun
11:47:35 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZlX5znu6d7CCz6xobwMXOA
11:48:11 From Graham Walter : Farewell everyone!
11:48:14 From Shelley Murphy to All panelists : thanks
11:49:05 From Brenda J. Williams to All panelists : How is your kitty cat doing?
11:49:42 From cyndy Bray : might be me not you
11:50:51 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : Daughters of the American Revolution https://www.dar.org/
11:51:01 From Cousin Russ : Daughters of the American Revolution https://www.dar.org/
11:55:28 From Mary Buchholz to All panelists : I definitely think there is interest in Tony’s software and it is something a person needs to heard more than once.

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Most DearMYRTLE Webinars are embedded in a Myrt’s Musings blog post, along with selected comments and links we mention.


ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 7 Jan 2019


We meet for the first time in 2019 and discuss MyHeritageDNA, then connection issues between Ancestry’s 2-step verification process and had not considered the API with RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker genealogy desktop software. Our friend Anna Mathews reports on Helmut Film Scanner app we mentioned briefly last week. THANK-YOU, Anna. 🙂 We hear from Hilary Gadsby about the new FindMyPast smart phone app.



10:00:01 From Randy Seaver to All panelists : Here is my Finding Your Roots post – https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/finding-your-roots-starts-season-5-on.html
10:00:55 From grahamwalter : Happy New Year everyone from London
10:00:56 From Randy Seaver : Hello world…
10:01:15 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Good morning from British Columbia, Canada!
10:01:15 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Hello, everyone! Signing in from Virginia!
10:01:18 From Susan Ennis : Hello from Western Pennsylvania!
10:01:31 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Hello from New Jersey.
10:01:32 From Pamela Wells : Good morning all!
10:01:59 From Michelle Minner : good morning from chilly and wet Arizona! (very rare)
10:02:00 From Frances Stein : Greetings from Tampa Bay, Florida! Happy New Year!
10:02:03 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : My blog Into the LIGHT – http://www.justthinking130.blogspot.com
10:02:11 From Susan Ennis : Interesting comments (some lengthy) in response to Ancestry Blog’s January 1st post! https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2019/01/01/30236/
10:02:35 From Marian Koalski : What about those WPA bridges?
10:02:58 From Betty-Lu Burton to All panelists : Hello from warm Arkansas
10:04:24 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Good good year and day to one and all form frosty Coventryville NY!!
10:05:17 From Bill West : Gooood morning from sunny and cold Massachusetts!
10:07:53 From Betty-Lu Burton : thank you for the reminder
10:08:46 From Cousin Russ : https://springfieldmuseums.org/about/museum-of-springfield-history/springfield-history-library-archives/
10:08:52 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : IT’s OK renate!
10:08:57 From Michelle Minner : Which state? most states have a Springfield!~ LOL
10:09:04 From Doris Haskell : Since this is the beginning of the new year, and people are organizing files and photos, maybe we can address ways to put our name on our photos.
10:09:51 From Doris Haskell : Massachusetts
10:10:06 From Cousin Russ : https://westmagenealogy.com/
10:10:34 From Cousin Russ : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Chapin
10:10:55 From Marian Koalski : Good idea, Doris!
10:12:24 From Michelle Minner : I am in the process of cleaning up all of my media files and renaming! BIG job!
10:13:57 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders: Black ProGen Live http://www.whoisnickasmith.com/blackprogen/

10:15:06 From Bill West : For those who asked, it’s Springfield, Ma.

Focused Research
10:18:44 From Cousin Russ : FOCUSED RESEARCH vs Information Overload with DearMYRTLE & Cousin Russ. “Overwhelmed by 3.45 million results of a Google Search? This webinar explains three proven methods for balancing ‘staying on task’ with serendipitous findings. No more falling down rabbit holes following those bright shiny objects.” https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=1042
10:18:45 From cyndy Bray : That webinar was very helpful, Myrt

10:19:51 From Randy Seaver : Industry benchmark numbers in https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/genealogy-industry-benchmark-numbers.html
10:20:17 From Randy Seaver: Genealogy website rankings in https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/selected-genealogy-website-traffic.html
10:20:51 From Randy Seaver: My best 2018 research finds in https://www.geneamusings.com/2018/12/ten-of-randys-best-research-discoveries.html

10:21:27 From Cousin Russ : https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-app-2623284760.html
10:23:03 From Randy Seaver : I get the FMP Hints for my tree people in RootsMagic un the WebHints. Haven’t tried the app yet. TMINET.
10:25:08 From Devon Noel Lee : Randy, that’s where I find my FMP hints as well. RootsMagic is my one stop shop for hints.
10:25:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : I like it when a program lets you see the last 5 or 10 people you looked at
10:26:16 From Randy Seaver : I agree, Devon. I just wish that the FamilySearch FamilyTree Hints that are confirmed would open like the Pending Hints open so I can see the record and the source.
10:29:18 From Devon Noel Lee : Try Leonard Hill’s lightbulb
10:30:33 From John Laws : Hi Everyone I’m out in the ether sadly still fighting off a nasty stomach bug it is bitterly cold in Scotland which don’t help Like to wish you all health peace and happiness thro’ 2019
10:31:17 From grahamwalter : and a good new year to you John – get well soon
10:31:32 From Cousin Russ : RootsMagic https://rootsmagic.com
10:32:50 From Cousin Russ : http://geneabloggerstribe.com/the-great-upload-wikitree-scan-a-thon/
110:35:13 From Devon Noel Lee : I found a document for my Accredited Genealogist project on FMP – Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriages Image. It’s a book that has been indexed on that site, but it was pretty cool.
10:35:50 From Randy Seaver : so the Scan-a-thon is to get rid of our genea-rrhoids?
10:36:32 From Marian Koalski : @Susan Ennis, thanks for the link to the Ancestry discussion. Very interesting https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2019/01/01/30236/
10:36:33 From Devon Noel Lee : Oh intestate! That was a fun record
10:37:19 From Cousin Russ : PWYW In 2019. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please PWYW via PayPal, debit or credit card here. Thank you!
10:37:33 From Cousin Russ : .
10:38:26 From Randy Seaver : Intestate probate records in 19th and 20th century are great because they usually name all of the heirs and their addresses and relationships.

10:38:57 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Drew Smith’s Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher: https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Genealogy-Strategies-Researcher/dp/1440345031

10:40:54 From Devon Noel Lee : I’m a minimalist, so I have almost everything in a computer. This helps me always have everything I need in electronic form. I ralrey use pen and pencil.
10:41:28 From Devon Noel Lee : I’m not sure how to turn on the video. Sorry
10:41:29 From Hilary Gadsby : I have 2 pen holders on my desk
10:41:36 From Michelle Minner : Same here Devon! I have worked/installed/trained on computer since 1977…so I don’t’ have a cup of pens! LOL
10:42:04 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : It’s funny, I never even thought about the fact that I have one in every room until now. I even have one out on my piano!
10:42:57 From Cousin Russ : https://www.youtube.com/user/jenofevedesigns
10:43:03 From Randy Seaver : I have a cup of pens just so my wife can find them in the genea-cave. Also holds my scissors
10:43:21 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Yep, mine have scissors, also, Russ. 🙂
10:44:03 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I use two cups for pens, markers, scissors on my research desk because it doesn’t have drawers.
10:44:03 From Doris Haskell : I just made a screenshot
10:44:29 From Sherry Wilmes : As an Omaha native, visiting for Christmas, I visited the Mormon Trail Heritage Center, was connected with Sister Terry Gatley at the Council Bluffs Center who provided me with several links to information about a 5x great-grandfather who was in a very early Mormon party that left (probably) the Winter Quarters in the Daniel Spencer along the Elkhorn River, 1847.
10:44:50 From grahamwalter : Hiya
10:44:57 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hi you
10:45:27 From Doris Haskell : Not much here in the banana belt, but go a little north, and they have a bunch.
10:45:30 From Betty-Lu Burton : Yeah Lisa Gorrell. Congratulations! [She is now a CG (certified genealogist), see http://www.bcgcertification.org
10:45:32 From Valerie Lisk : Congratulations Lisa!
10:45:43 From grahamwalter : Congratulations Lisa
10:45:44 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Congrats, Lisa!
10:45:52 From cyndy Bray : Congratulations Lisa
10:45:52 From Pamela Wells : Congrats, Lisa!
10:45:56 From Jenny Hawran : Congratulations Lisa! That’s fantastic
10:45:57 From Hilary Gadsby : Congratulations Lisa
10:45:58 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Congratulations again Lisa.
10:46:06 From Doris Haskell : Lisa, that’s wonderful. Congratulations!
10:46:12 From Cousin Russ : Dorothy – do you have a question ?
10:46:31 From John Laws to All panelists : Went on the earlier hangout with Lisa Alzo sandly felt bad and went to bed
10:46:32 From Molly McKinley : Pretty much, thanks
10:46:41 From Lisa Gorrell : Thanks, everyone!
10:47:20 From Susan Ennis : Don’t know whether to scan paper notes from the 1990s or to type into my online notebooks!
10:47:25 From grahamwalter : 🙂
10:47:33 From Betty-Lu Burton : A disorganized mind that can only handle a couple of things at a time
10:47:51 From Marian Koalski : I have that “flat surface syndrome,” too, Dave
10:48:07 From Hilary Gadsby : I have been putting my books on Library thing as I can easily scan them in using the phone
10:48:28 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Time management is my greatest organizational challenge.
10:48:46 From Marian Koalski : Yes, a scanned document is a lot easier to find when you need it than a piece of paper.
10:48:53 From Randy Seaver : My floor paper piles hinder my access to my bookcase binder and paper piles
10:48:55 From Bill West : My biggest problem is I keep finding new shiny stuff before i’ve finished filing things I’ve found already. It’s a never ending problem, but a nice one!
10:49:00 From Hilary Gadsby : I need to get my computer organised so I don’t have duplicates
10:50:18 From Susan Ennis : You can use a research question to focus your time.
10:50:20 From Randy Seaver : Prioritizing and time estimating are critical
10:50:46 From Michelle Minner : I learned that I don’t know how to estimate time when searching in the FHL! that was critical, and I failed!
10:51:11 From Mary Lou Gravatt : My problem is getting photos scanned. I have all of my parents photos, my -in-law photos and all ours. Includes boxes of my parents slides. Where did all the extra time I thought I would have when I retire go.
10:51:50 From Randy Seaver : I added a “To be filed” folder on the computer to save things I find before I blog about them or use them. Otherwise, I don’t have any idea if I’ve blogged about a record or a person unless I search the blog.
10:51:51 From Betty-Lu Burton : I am doing a Do-Over by building my family history using the hints from Ancestry.
10:53:14 From Dave Robison : I just bought that printer/scanner!! I installed it a couple of days ago.
10:53:53 From Michelle Minner : Dave, I have a similar printer (canon) and I use the scanner more than the printing! LOL Only my scanner is a flat bed, so I can scan books, magazines, etc.
10:54:01 From Marian Koalski : Why DOESN’T an all-in-one work with those things?
10:54:15 From Randy Seaver : I just bought a similar HP printer before Christmas
10:54:37 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : I use my all in one for those things but it’s a slooooooow process.
10:55:31 From Michelle Minner : All of you have given me a GREAT idea..that will help with my organization (having my all-in-one) and file shelf close to my computer, which they are not close now.
10:55:35 From Marian Koalski : You’re right, Renate. The scanner at the library is faster
10:55:54 From Randy Brown : Suggest you look at the book; Getting Things Done by David Allen for Time Management ideas
10:56:44 From Susan Ennis : LOVE Evernote!
10:58:41 From grahamwalter : Getting Things Done by David Allen and Evernote is my main methodology
10:58:42 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I’m sending my saved files in groups to Evernote, things that I saved from internet or scanned
10:59:27 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Love the Table Top Studio. I used a cardboard box and tissue paper DIY light tent before, but I REALLY love the collapsible, portable studio.
10:59:51 From Bill West : The first item on my To Do list is to start a To Do list.
11:00:16 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : Ha ha… I like that Bill. 🙂
11:00:26 From Valerie Lisk : I saw a webinar by someone who said if you find a document online, at least make a digital copy of it because when the website renegotiates their contract, they may have to take those documents down
11:01:03 From grahamwalter : Hey Bella
11:01:06 From Jenny Hawran : Aww, hi Bella!
11:01:21 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : You can use a full tripod and I love mounting the box on a ironing board so I can stand or sit and the set up raises and lowers. My tripod then raises and lowers based on my need to sit or stand.
11:01:28 From Valerie Lisk : Michelle, I have a similar one.
11:01:47 From John Laws to All panelists : Bella is the image of our ol’ Danny miss him still
11:02:00 From Launa Droescher : Love cat sitting because I can not keep cat anymore
11:02:49 From Sharon Morrissey : Can’t wait to hear how you make out, Randy.
11:03:53 From Dave Robison : I’ve been using Library Thing for quite a while and I “think” I have every volume accounted for.
11:05:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have considered doing 2 to-do list. One main one that lists everything and I add new things to and a smaller one with just a few things on it, to work on first. that way I only have to look at the long list every week or so to repopulate the small list.
11:07:02 From Hilary Gadsby : Having a mobile scanner such as Flip-Pal or using app on your phone can help you scan those photos
11:07:17 From John Laws to All panelists : Too busy to work
11:08:18 From Hilary Gadsby : I have a scanner that can scan negatives and slides
11:08:21 From Randy Seaver : Betty Lu – you really need to SEARCH from your Ancestry Member Tree profile for a person to find all of the records they have – Ancestry Hints use only the largest 10% of their collections.
11:09:26 From Pamela Wells : Trying to determine the best way to manage my DNA tests for the 30 friends and family’s DNA they’ve taken. Looking for an Excel or Numbers template to use that could help me organize the top tier with the highest amount of centimorgans and largest segments. If anyone knows of such a template I could adapt, I would appreciate it. Thank you for any suggestions you might have.
11:11:18 From Barbara Gressel : I bought my flatbed scanner several years ago. When I bought it, I got one that will scan legal sized documents. It has come in handy several times. I also use my phone app called CamScan. It takes good photos but I have trouble getting the lighting right in some locations.
11:11:52 From Anne B. Wagner : Is it the Albinar High Load Copy Macro Stand?
11:11:56 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Dana Leeds
11:11:57 From Randy Seaver : Dana Leeds
11:12:09 From Valerie Lisk : Pamela when you download the matches, doesn’t it download into a file that can be opened with Excel?
11:12:16 From Valerie Lisk : Leeds mode?
11:12:17 From Devon Noel Lee  : https://www.danaleeds.com/dna-color-clustering-the-leeds-method-for-easily-visualizing-matches/
11:12:29 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for this info….I appreciate the help.
11:13:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : Randy I will do the search after I have done the low hanging trees. I am doing the do over because my tree is disorganized and it is helping me to get organized
11:13:40 From Sherry Wilmes to All panelists : On Amazon, I found Dewey the Document Camera Stand with Microscope and Light. Using my iPad Pro, I copied all of the photos and treasures. I did have to wait for morning light to manage the process, but it worked quickly and well.
11:14:01 From Pamela Wells : Great ideas! Thank you!
11:14:20 From Devon Noel Lee to All panelists : Sorry… Time to take care of the kids. See you in a few weeks.
11:14:33 From Marian Koalski : My advice for organizing a pile of things: Don’t sort. Take the first item from the top, process it into your database, and then (scan &) file it. It will get sorted bit by bit.
11:14:42 From Pamela Wells : Thank you, Myrt and Russ!
11:14:58 From Pamela Wells : I am beginning to learn it…..
11:15:06 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : https://dnapainter.com/
11:15:12 From Valerie Lisk : I love dnapainter!
11:15:23 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders : I use it. 🙂
11:15:59 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : I found one like your stand in Amazon called Postermater Copy stand”
11:16:59 From Maria Tegtmeier  : https://www.amazon.com/ProMaster-2174-Promaster-Copy-Stand/dp/B001VDNP3O
11:17:02 From Valerie Lisk : It helps me determine which part of the chromosome is maternal or paternal and if you have known cousins, it will help you determine which ancestor the cousin is related to or if they are a double cousin.
11:18:27 From Renate Yarborough-Sanders to All panelists : Ready when you are
11:18:57 From Cousin Russ : https://dnapainter.com/

11:23:28 From Jim Everhart to All panelists : Photo copy stand, I suggest you use a base oi peg board on top of a box with a hole in the side with a shop vacuum cleaner to create a suction to hold the object to the pegboard. Used this for years.
11:23:58 From DearMYRTLE . to Jim Everhart and all panelists : want to come on the panel or just talk?
11:24:31 From Jim Everhart to All panelists : I can explain this suggestion if you want
11:24:48 From DearMYRTLE . to Jim Everhart and all panelists : ok, Russ, bring him up on the panel.
11:25:50 From John Laws to All panelists : Hiya Jim
11:25:58 From Pamela Wells : Blaine has a great youtube video available where he shows how DNA Painter works.
11:27:43 From grahamwalter : Blaine vid – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyjcJxywTZI
11:27:49 From Valerie Lisk : Legacy Family Tree Webinars has a webinar scheduled for DNAPainer in 2019.
11:28:36 From Pamela Wells : Yes, this is it!
11:28:49 From John Laws : Same system used by silkscreen printers
11:29:16 From Pamela Wells : Well, there is a free one I’m looking for that Blaine has, too [ NOTE: His website is The Genetic Genealogist
11:29:25 From Cousin Russ : https://dna-central.com
11:30:03 From Frances Stein : “Finding Your Roots” – new season begins on PBS tomorrow!
11:31:19 From Randy Seaver : List of Finding Your Roots episodes in https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/01/finding-your-roots-starts-season-5-on.html
11:31:47 From Cousin Russ : Tony Proctor’s Organizing More Resources https://parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.com/2019/01/organising-more-resources.html [NOTE: We will discuss this for WACKY Wednesday!]
11:32:46 From Doris Haskell : Notice that ad for We’ll Meet Again in the lower left corner.
11:33:33 From Hilary Gadsby : I am going to use Tony’s program to help me get just one copy of anything I download
11:33:53 From Doris Haskell : I had planned to have all my genealogy in the family room downstairs. However, that’s where the wood burning stove is, and it’s far away from Richard.
11:34:45 From Doris Haskell : The kitchen table has become genealogy central. Not so great. We could bring the spare bedroom upstairs, and put his office downstairs.
11:36:10 From John Laws : You guys keep me going
11:36:21 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for all you do!!!!
11:37:37 From John Laws : Are fall asleep so easy
11:39:15 From Doris Haskell : Thank you everyone! Once again, I thought to get a drink from the fountain, and the fire hydrant opened up.
11:42:10 From Denise Coughlin : that would be great Dave! We are toying with the idea of virtual meetings too
11:42:45 From Dave Robison to Denise Coughlin and all panelists : Contact me anytime at dave@oldbones.info
11:49:42 From grahamwalter : Have a great day everyone

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FindMyPastDNA: a partnership between FindMyPast & LivingDNA

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FindMyPast partners with LivingDNA to launch the most detailed ancestry discovery experience.

  • Findmypast, in collaboration with Living DNA, has launched the most advanced biogeographical ancestry discovery experience on the market
  • This British brand partnership uses cutting-edge science to reveal users’ unique British and Irish heritage across 21 regions and is the first to connect DNA to Findmypast’s archive of more than 9 billion historical records
  • Findmypast and Living DNA’s combined service allows users to pinpoint exactly where in the UK their family roots come from and then use the findings to explore their family history in extensive archives
  • Those who have already taken DNA tests can upload their tests here and make discoveries that only Findmypast DNA can provide

Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has launched their partnership with leading British DNA testing firm, Living DNA, to create a new biogeographical ancestry experience to help family historians explore their worldwide and British and Irish roots.

Available from today, the partnership combines science and history to allow people to explore their past in more depth than ever before possible. It uses Living DNA’s unique test employing cutting-edge science to provide a unique breakdown of 80 global regions, including 21 across Britain and Ireland. Exclusive to Living DNA, this method delivers a level of detail currently unmatched by any other DNA test available on the market.

The first of its kind service from Findmypast and Living DNA allows users to map their biogeographical heritage and make brand new discoveries about their family history, with access to Findmypast’s collection of over 9 billion historical records and newspaper articles, supporting the genetic expertise of Living DNA. After discovering where their British and Irish ancestors lived, genealogy enthusiasts will be directed towards the records they need to bring their ancestors’ stories to  life.

The new biogeographical DNA tests are available to purchase online from 12th November, RRP $89 (USD). Those who have already taken DNA tests can upload their tests here and make discoveries that only Findmypast DNA can provide.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast says, “At Findmypast we work to help each of our customers feel the thrill of making discoveries about themselves, their families and their roots. Our new DNA experience, powered by Living DNA, connected to Findmypast’s superior historical records, means more people around the world will be able to discover their biological links to the British Isles.”

David Nicholson, Co-founder of Living DNA also commented, “Our purpose is to make DNA testing simple. We’re passionate at not only providing cutting-edge ways of looking at your DNA, but to do so with strict privacy measures to protect your data. Our partnership allows the most precise DNA test on the market to work hand-in-hand with Findmypast’s family history records in a way not done before.”

As the only DNA test on the market to break down a person’s heritage into specific British and Irish regions and connect them with historical records, Findmypast DNA helps users to build a colourful picture of their roots. Whether you descend from Normans, Romans or Saxons, users can also access interactive maps showing the global movements of those who share their DNA, from 80,000 years ago all the way up to modern day.

Buy online at https://www.findmypast.com/ancestry-dna-testing/  

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is the British-owned world leader in online family history with over 18 million registered users across its family of brands, which include Findmypast, Genes Reunited, the British Newspaper Archive and Twile.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is the home of the world’s most comprehensive online collection of British and Irish records, including:

  • The largest online collection of UK parish records
  • Twice the number of Irish records available on any other site
  • The British Library’s vast collection of historical newspapers
  • The exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive, a groundbreaking initiative that aims to digitize the historical
  • records of the Catholic Church in North America, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

Findmypast is committed to making discoveries in the British Isles easier than ever before. It combines the best of British and Irish data with the knowledge of inhouse experts to provide a unique family history experience that guides researchers through every step of their journey. For more information on how Findmypast is enhancing the experiences of family historians worldwide, visit: www.findmypast.com

At Findmypast privacy is top priority. The business is dedicated to looking after personal information safely and securely, which is why Living DNA is the brand’s preferred DNA partner.

About Living DNA

Living DNA is a collaboration of over 100 world-leading scientists, academic researchers and genetic experts from across the globe with the purpose of bringing cutting-edge DNA technology to the world.

The founders of the company, David Nicholson and Hannah Morden, saw an opportunity to show humanity that we are all made up of all of us and dissolve the concept of race. Living DNA was launched in 2016 after two years of intensive development, but its parent company, DNA Worldwide Group, has been operating since 2004.

Living DNA is the only existing DNA test that shows a percentage breakdown of ethnicities from 80 worldwide regions, including 21 in the UK, and four each in Italy, China and the Americas among indigenous populations. Living DNA is also the first to allow users to view their “ancestry family” at different points in history. With a strong focus on privacy and security, the company never sells your data and you maintain control of your personal and genetic information at all times.