ARCHIVED: WACKY Wednesday – Indexing

FamilySearch Indexing

DearMYRTLE’s *very* distant cousin Pinky hosted this webinar in response to what Miss Peggy Laurentzen heard at the recent BYU genealogy conference. Apparently, FamilySearch reported at the rate we’re indexing it would take 150 years to catch up with what has been digitized. Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. This webinar discusses the specific guidelines for New York Naturalizations as we indexed a batch. Thank you to panelist Marceline Beem, Deb Andrew and MElissa LeMaster Barker for keeping a watchful eye, ensuringour index batch would be submitted without error.


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ARCHIVED: AmericaGen Study Group Chapter 2 “Language Terminology and Important Issues””

AmericaGen Study Group

Chapter 2 “Language Terminology and important Issues” is our focus in this session. Attendees and panelists read the chapter in advance. Homework submitted by panelists concerns their personal take on concepts suggested by author Val Greenwood. Thank-you to moderators Melinda Culpon and Liberty Evanko for compiling homework submission and leading this discussion. Note this group meets monthly, usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

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

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AmericaGen Study Group Homework (combined and annotated – view only)

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10:04:25 From Cary Bright : FamilySearch Wiki is my first stop in developing a plan for my research. Vocabulary, record availability and links to records in the FHL catalog.

FamilySearch Wiki

Black's Law Dictionary10:05:40 From Cousin Russ : Black’s Law Dictionary – 1st and 2nd Edition on CD A Dictionary of Law Containing Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern (First Edition, 1891 & Second Edition, 1910); by Henry Campbell Black, M.A.; 2485 pp; CD; Published: 1891 and 1910; Republished on CD: 2006; ISBN: 1933828080; Item # US0211

10:06:13 From Dawn Carlile : They took out a number of older terms to add new terminology for the 5th edition.

A to Zax (Dictionary)
10:11:41 From Cousin Russ : A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians. Third Edition

10:16:08 From Melinda Culpon to All panelists : Idem Sonans – Sounding the same or alike; having the same sound. A term applied to names which are spelled differently.
10:16:15 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : Name pairs have happened with our German ancestors living in Poland. Sometimes they would use their German surname and sometimes the equivalent surname in Polish. They mean the same thing but, are two different words.
10:17:05 From Molly McKinley to All panelists : I have 2 Hames brothers which 1 changed his spelling to Haymes. It didn’t cross my mind to check out the other spelling until I saw that these were in the same family.
10:17:07 From Valerie Lisk : I have 2 brothers who went by Robinson and the other 2 went by Robertson. Two different soundex codes.
10:17:21 From Lisa Gorrell : That paired names also happened in French Canada, too.
10:17:33 From Jackie Wilson : That just shows how important genealogy education is!
10:19:00 From Melinda Culpon : we have peveto, pivot, pevito cousins
10:19:02 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Hey, Lisa: I’m French-Canadian. We might be related!
10:19:02 From Isabella Baltar to All panelists : The same happen to Portuguese families when they immigrated to US. Their names and surnames were adapted to English. Many of them are similar to the native language, but others totally different.
10:20:14 From Irene : It’s probably commmon but, with my McQueen’s from Scotland, all 4 brothers and 2 uncles changed the name to MacQueen once they reached NY in the 1890’s.
10:21:02 From Leah Smith to All panelists : I have French Canadian family who at different times used 3 different surnames – French surname, dit name, and Anglicized version of French surname. There were also variant spellings of the French surname.
10:27:35 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Was the name on that sheet, just now Ousley?
10:28:36 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Yea, part of the Owsley/Ousley lines.
10:29:19 From Kim Krautheim to All panelists : My maiden name is Daugherty, and they’re from eastern Tennessee. My Daugherty line has more folks that have married other Daugherty’s than any other line (marrying someone with the same surname.)
10:29:23 From Lisa Gorrell to Yvonne Demoskoff and all panelists : No. I have no French Canadian ancestors. I did some research for someone else.

Ancestry's Wiki
10:32:57 From Cousin Russ : Ancestry’s Wiki

10:33:05 From Cousin Russ : The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy – Szucs and Lubking [Note: integrated into Ancestry’s Wiki]
10:33:17 From Janet McNaughton to All panelists : When you transcribe do you use the letters as they appear or the modern spelling or both?
10:34:10 From Hilary Gadsby : Shows how closely connected the record keeping traditions are as I encounter the same problems with my English research.
10:35:06 From Lisa Gorrell : Some hyphens were = signs either on the first line or the second line before the rest of the word.
10:36:43 From Peggy Lauritzen to All panelists : Kip Sperry’s book “Reading Old Handwriting” is excellent. Reading Early American Handwriting
10:37:36 From Cousin Russ : Reading Early American Handwriting 1st Edition by Kip Sperry

BYU Script Tutorial

10:38:37 From Cousin Russ : BYU SCRIPT TUTORIAL –

FamilySearch Indexing
10:40:04 From Cousin Russ : FamilySearch Indexing –
10:40:45 From Peggy Lauritzen to All panelists : They have a backlog of 7.7 millions records. Needed!
10:41:04 From Maria Tegtmeier : Indexing is great Karma.
10:42:06 From Maria Tegtmeier : We watched a recent video that says only 30% of the records that Family Search has, has been indexed.
10:49:33 From Karen Jaszewski : Thank you everyone
10:50:04 From Pam Helm : Thank you Very informative
10:50:05 From Cary Bright : To me this chapter highlighted the tools needed in a genealogy tool box. Excellent way to highlight all the material. Great JOB to the panelists.
10:50:08 From Isabella Baltar : Thank you for this opportunity! Great.
10:50:58 From Teri Chaffin to All panelists : Love listening to all of you smart people — Thanks
10:51:07 From Jackie Wilson : I love the Source AND the authors!
10:52:43 From Cousin Russ : The conversation continues HERE –

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10:55:10 From Jackie Wilson : AmbushCAM = VLOG? LOL
10:55:15 From Hilary Gadsby : Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History this book costs over $50 new but is an excellent book that I use so this American Genealogy book is cheaper.
10:57:18 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Thank each of you for a good session once again.
10:57:21 From Irene : Thank you. Interesting information to go with the chapter.

11:01:12 From Roxanne Basey to All panelists : Hello – I was wondering the same thing about the wheelchair. The reason I didn’t make it to #rootstech is because I can’t walk for long enough. Can you rent wheelchairs? [NOTE: ” SCOOTER AND WHEELCHAIR RENTALS The Salt Palace Business Center offers both electric mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs to assist you while you are visiting our convention center. Our fleet is located on-site, with hourly, daily and event rates.” See for phone and additional details.]


  • Wednesday 6pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 9:30am to 6pm
  • Friday 9:30am to 7pm
  • Saturday 9:30am to 4pm

11:01:25 From Jackie Wilson : Don’t they have a map of the vendor hall so you can map where you want to go? [ NOTE: Yes, this is the link to the Expo Hall with the map. The map is also downloadable.]
11:02:10 From Hilary Gadsby : Don’t forget to put the app on your phone
11:03:15 From Kim Krautheim : Got it, so just read Chapter 3 for next month.
11:03:18 From Kim Krautheim : THANKS!

11:04:31 From Maria Tegtmeier : They also have an app called Relatives at Rootstech
11:07:12 From Hilary Gadsby : You can use the Relatives at RootsTech when you get there
11:07:42 From Liberty Evanko to All panelists : I can hear my kids fussing at eachother. Thanks for a great session. It was fun but I better go!
11:09:02 From Hilary Gadsby : Not yet available on Android

11:10:57 From Hilary Gadsby : I may be helping out on WikiTree not decided on a time yet

11:11:26 From Jackie Wilson : I guess I had better start blogging so I can get my own [GeneaBloggersTRIBE] beads!!!!
11:11:47 From Hilary Gadsby : I share my blog with family
11:12:30 From Hilary Gadsby : My cousins family were in Illinois
11:13:20 From Deb Andrew : I’m an Illinoisan.
11:14:10 From Roxanne Basey to All panelists : It is very cool.
11:15:07 From Jackie Wilson : I live in Illinois – Chicago so if you need legs on the ground . . .
11:17:52 From Jackie Wilson : Hillary, Skype might work.
11:20:28 From Roxanne Basey to All panelists : Love you guys! Wish I had talked to you about #Rootstech.

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ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 22 Jan 2018


Mondays with Myrt, where we talk about anything and everything that has come across our genea-desks during the past week. Our topics include upcoming events,  how this Zoom Webinar interface is readily viewable on a variety of devices in addition to the following. Links we mention are found in the selected chat comments below.

  1. Is shooting itself in the fool by not indexing it’s online trees since Oct 2017?
  2. Ancestry Member Trees don’t receive hints in certain situations
  3. Ancestry Trees consider the attached documents and citations you upload through Family Tree Maker or RootsMagic as “other sources” and so they won’t be indexed.
  4. Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks content prompts.
  5. David Allen Lambert
  6. Extreme Genes
  7. Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society is switching from Google Hangouts to Zoom webinars.
  8. Genealogy Girl Talks
  9. Instagram
  10. Guild of One-Name Studies
  11. Problems at MyHeritageDNA with communication between matches
  12. NextGen Live tonight features our friend Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist
  13. GeneaWebinars Calendar and Blog.

Selected Chat Comments

Upcoming events

10:02:20 From Cousin Russ : GenDoc Study Group – Wednesday 24 Jan 2018,noon Eastern US (New York) SYLLABUS Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones, 2017 (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society). [Available from the publisher at and in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.] REGISTRATION URL
10:02:41 From Valerie Eichler Lair : Yayyy last one!!! Then again, will miss the weekly GenDoc get together!

10:05:14 From Cousin Russ : THE ARCHIVE LADY – 24 Jan 2018 – 9pm Eastern US (New York). We are delighted to feature our resident archivist Melissa Barker, who serves as the Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor. REGISTRATION URL
10:05:31 From Shelley Murphy to All panelists : This will be exciting!

10:06:03 From Cousin Russ : NGSQ Study Group in Second Life – Thursday, January 25 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm (SL time is the same as Pacific US time) Description:The Second Life NGSQ Study Group focuses on a specific article from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly 11 months each year. Hosted by Ellington Sweeney. We meet on the 4th Thursdays as follows: WHEN 6pm SL time (Same as Pacific US) WHERE

Second Life Avatars and Genealogy

NOTE: This is the link to the Archived: WW Second Life Avatars and Genealogy where Ol’ Myrt here demonstrates how to set up as free account in Second Life, create an avatar, and get to the Just Genealogy FirePit where this meeting is held.


10:06:54 From Cousin Russ : AmericaGen STUDY GROUP – Chapter 1 – 31 Jan 2018, Noon Eastern US (New York). SYLLABUS: Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback, REGISTRATION PAGE

10:03:17 From Cousin Russ : ALBION’S SEED STUDY GROUP – 31 Jan 2018 – 9pm Eastern US (New York) The South of England to Virginia: Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants 1642-75. SYLLABUS Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer s, 1989 (New York: Oxford University Press). REGISTRATION URL

10:09:03 From Shelley Murphy : Plusword was hilarious!
10:09:19 From Valerie Eichler Lair : It was my first time seeing Plusword. And, yes, it was SO much fun to watch!
10:09:38 From Betty-Lu Burton : It was a blast, I just have to learn how to get into the chat now
10:11:17 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Whatever you are doing now shows the whole panel.
10:11:52 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : And I thank you for that Russ.
10:12:56 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : Randy – anything you want to talk about this morning – send the link here.
10:13:38 From Doris Haskell : I am enjoying the handsome bow tie that John Laws is sporting today.
10:14:38 From Shelley Murphy : The quality is way better!
10:17:49 From Doris Haskell : When the time is right, I just realized I have something to share about family birthday calendars/spreadsheets.
10:18:04 From Danine Cozzens : The ics calendar on zoom works well for me — just click and go.
10:18:19 From Valerie Eichler Lair : Windows 10 PC
10:18:20 From Jacqueline Wilson : Mac HiSierra
10:18:22 From Denise Coughlin to All panelists : Work computer via Chrome 🙂
10:18:23 From Debi Polen : windows 10 laptop
10:18:25 From Pam Helm : I am on a desktop mac
10:18:26 From Dawn Carlile : Windows 10 pc laptop
10:18:26 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : It does not hangup, stall, or stop at the most inopportune times where you have to restart.
10:18:29 From Milissa Boyer Kafes to All panelists : windows 10 pc
10:18:34 From Molly McKinley to All panelists : Windows 10 desktop
10:18:36 From Betty-Lu Burton : Windows 7 PC laptop
10:18:38 From Valerie Lisk : Windows 7 laptop on Chrome
10:18:39 From Kim Knepper to All panelists : Samsung tablet
10:18:40 From Deb Andrew : Ipad Pro
10:18:41 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Windows 10 PC tower
10:18:43 From Denise Olson to All panelists : my iPad – great quality
10:18:43 From Danine Cozzens : MacBook Pro 2012 Laptop
10:18:44 From Cheri Passey : Windows 10, running on chrome. Great quality!
10:18:52 From Shelley Murphy : I am at work and on Windows 10, laptop, PC.
10:18:54 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Windows 10 laptop on Chrome
10:18:57 From Joanne Shackford Parkes : On Mac PowerBook – transition to Zoom was very easy but that’s because of the hard work behind the scenes by you guys
10:18:58 From Elizabeth McMurrey to All panelists : Windows10 PC, very good quality.
10:19:05 From Cyndy Bray to All panelists : windows 7 laptop quality good
10:19:17 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Windows 7, Chrome; the best thing so far is that the connection doesn’t drop like it regularly did when using Bus. Hangouts
10:19:19 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : I have Windows 10 laptop and/or desktop.
10:19:20 From Marcia Philbrick to All panelists : Windows 10 PC (normally on a Windows 10 laptop – but it is running updates)
10:19:21 From Susan Bleimehl : Windows 10 laptop Chrome browser DLS internet connection.
10:19:30 From Shelley Murphy : I agree Joanne…it was an ease, at home I am on my Macbook Pro 2012
10:19:38 From Marie V Melchiori to All panelists : I’;m using Win7 Pro and it’s really fuzzy
10:19:51 From Debi Polen : downloaded the client – not via browser
10:20:00 From Dawn Carlile : I prefer that unless you are screen sharing that you show all of the panelists.
10:20:17 From RandySeaver to All panelists : my Windows 7 PC doesn’t start Zoom very fast, but it did eventually. Probably because of CPU and memory issues
10:20:52 From Denise Coughlin to All panelists : the only thing I don’t like about Zoom is the inability to pause the talking. Google Hangouts I was able to do that. But still Zoom not bad! [It is possible to pause the talking, pause the recording, mute people if you are the host, spotlight people if you are the host, etc.]
10:22:21 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Dawn, I agree, I like seeing all the panelists.
10:22:31 From Doris Haskell : Windows10 PC here
10:23:16 From Jacqueline Wilson : Week 2 = your favorite photo
10:23:20 From AnnaMatthews : Week 2 was Favorite Photo
10:24:10 From RandySeaver : I’m up to 210 posts for 52 Ancestors going down my Ahnentafel list – in the 6th great-grands now.
10:24:33 From RandySeaver : that was 3.5 years ago on FS
10:24:59 From HilaryGadsby :

10:27:25 From Cousin Russ :
10:27:25 From Shelley Murphy : I am enjoying it.

10:28:48 From Cousin Russ : @DLGenealogist Jan 21 Share a story about your Ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

10:28:52 From DaveRobison : Amy Johnson Crow will be our “virtual” speaker at the April meeting of Western  Massachusetts Genealogical Society.

10:29:22 From Shelley Murphy : Oh Dave I would like to tune in on that one, I love Amy!

10:29:25 From Cousin Russ :

10:29:26 From Marcia Philbrick : There is also a #genealogyphotoaday activity on Instagram and Twitter. I think Genealogy Girls on Facebook is the sponsor.

10:30:43 From Cousin Russ : @GenealogyGirlTalks and #genealogyphotoaday
10:32:04 From Doris Haskell : Polyester [Myrt says Thanks for reminding me Doris!]
10:32:05 From Deb Andrew : Bow ties are cool!
10:33:07 From HilaryGadsby : We had snow on the hills in Wales but now warmer
10:33:17 From Betty-Lu Burton : No you sent the snow to the southeastern part of the USA
10:33:26 From Valerie Eichler Lair : GOOD for you John!!! {{{hugs}}}
10:35:06 From Cousin Russ :

10:35:52 From Cousin Russ :

10:40:01 From Marcia Philbrick : My most recent blog about the indexing issue:

10:42:45 From Marcia Philbrick : Randy’s post dated Oct 31, 2017 contains links to all of the posts I wrote in October –

10:45:01 From Marcia Philbrick : May have a 3rd issue — My DNA results are missing a lot of the shared matches that were there when my DNA was connected to my old tree (Pre RootsMagic TreeShare).
10:47:57 From Rachel Evans to All panelists : I’m rebuilding my tree and the hints I get only appear once I sync my tree.
10:48:17 From Betty-Lu Burton : So do you have to have an Ancestry source on everyone in your tree or do you just need to have an Ancestry source for one person in the tree for the whole tree to be indexed?
10:49:07 From Marcia Philbrick : It is my understanding that I have to have at least one Ancestry source in order for a person to be found. Thus, one Ancestry source for each person. Marcia Philbrick
10:51:52 From Linda Stufflebean to All panelists : The most annoying thing about Ancestry’s idea of a source is that an Ancestry Tree is considered a source.
10:52:27 From Linda Stufflebean : The most annoying thing about Ancestry’s idea of a source is that an Ancestry Tree is considered a source.
10:53:33 From Joanne Shackford Parkes : I’m currently going through all of my shared DNA matches and researching the same person. I’m am finding a few folks who have a shared ancestor on Ancestry but are not showing up as shared matches — am not sure why.
10:55:20 From Rachel Evans : I use the library for ancestry so I download the images and make my own source when I get home. It almost feels like I’m being forced to have a subscription for people to find my tree.
10:55:28 From Shelley Murphy : Ancestry is not a source.
10:55:46 From RandySeaver : Ancestry has been removing record collections on a regular basis – 21 last week, 20 the week before. We don’t know what they were.
10:56:20 From Marie V Melchiori to All panelists : But most people don’t realize that an Ancestry Tree is “another source.”
10:56:32 From Marcia Philbrick : I’ve been waiting for the indexing issue to be resolved before trying to resolve the DNA issue. The shared matches are still there (thus not privatized) but they aren’t showing up as a ‘hint’ match when we have common ancestors.
10:57:00 From Tony Proctor : I can’t imagine that Ancestry is deliberately excluding sources other than their own — that would be a MAJOR issue of genealogical naivety — so it must be a coding bug or a misunderstanding in one of their implementation teams
10:58:16 From RandySeaver : I fear that Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss has joined Ancestry in a management position over Trees
10:59:31 From Marcia Philbrick : According to RootsMagic — it is an Ancestry API issue. Ancestry only recognizes their citations. If I have a free form citation with within the citation, it is not picked up as an Ancestry source.

11:01:49 From Cousin Russ : Jennifer de Fiebre – January 20 at 9:49pm – “I heard back from MyHeritage regarding my support ticket about whether an active subscription was required to message my DNA matches. Support has confirmed this is the case. This makes MyHeritage the first testing company that requires a subscription to contact your matches. That’s deeply disappointing, especially since I actually purchased a kit from MyHeritage instead of transferring my results from another testing company for free.”
11:01:59 From Shelley Murphy : I have a kit from them for the last 6 months and have not used it yet. To me, they are too new to the game.
11:02:01 From Dawn Carlile : I transferred my results but I also had a subscription to MyHeritage.
11:03:51 From HilaryGadsby : Is this because they are trying to encourage us to add trees
11:04:51 From Rachel Evans : I transferred my results and my husband’s to myheritage with no subscription but have not contacted anybody yet. I may have to try it later though.
11:04:55 From Deb Andrew : Before I had a dna test with them, and on a free account, I could communicate with others
11:04:58 From Doris Haskell : I have only tested with Ancestry. Same with our neighbor, whose mother we found in October. I plan to take advantage of specials at RootsTech to test with other companies to take Baline’s suggestion.

11:05:16 From Marilyn Poole to All panelists : My understanding is that you need a (Free) subscription with My Heritage but the paid portion is for their database. Unless I’m mistaken.
11:05:44 From Valerie Eichler Lair : I have not tested with MH, but I was going to upload my raw data to them. However, with what our dear genie-bud Jennifer says, I probably won’t since I do not have a subscription with MH. This is frustrating! 🙁
11:06:04 From Jacqueline Wilson : I was told that I did not need to ‘test’ at MyHeritage as I transferred my FtDNA test results to MyH.
11:06:57 From Molly McKinley to All panelists : I had the free account and did my DNA with them and could contact the people. I have since then got the data subscription.
11:07:04 From HilaryGadsby : Is it more about being able to initiate communication rather than not being able to communicate.
11:07:30 From Deb Andrew : If it reverts back, the tree will go back to 250 people.
11:08:15 From HilaryGadsby : Ancestry will not let you initiate contact unless you have a paid account but you can reply
11:08:39 From Betty-Lu Burton : I wonder if you once had a paid subscription and then go to a free subscription if it would be treated as still a paid subcription for contacting people
11:08:39 From Shelley Murphy : I am not sure I want to even transfer to them. [Myrt says I would recommend testing with MyHeritage. This is another testing pool in which to fish for possible DNA matches.]
11:09:34 From Doris Haskell : I would be happy if more DNA matches would use GEDmatch.
11:09:38 From June Butka : I did transfer. Until the 17th I had a subscription. I just tried to use my DNA matches today. I can’t contact my matches.
11:10:06 From Shelley Murphy : let’s invite Mr. David (or what ever his name is to join us. He is on other things.)
11:10:30 From Mary Foxworthy to All panelists : My Heritage — When my subscription expired I lost the ability to contact DNA matches

11:11:42 From Cousin Russ : DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to _all_ regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.
11:12:39 From Cousin Russ : NextGen LIVE! with Blaine Bettinger 22 Jan 2018 8pm Eastern

11:14:30 From Doris Haskell : I already see an application for me with Trello. RootsTech, vendors to visit, classes to attend, DNA tests to purchase, books to look for, tools/toys to buy.
11:14:34 From Danine Cozzens : Which level of paying for Trello lets you do all this? (I have the free version and it
11:15:31 From Valerie Eichler Lair : Danine -I can do all of the things that Myrt is showing on Trello…in mine for free. 🙂
11:16:42 From DaveRobison to All panelists : How do you get the checklist? I can add events, but I can’t “check them off.”
11:16:55 From Danine Cozzens : Good to hear! Originally I could not add pix so I haven’t even tried.
11:17:02 From Cheri Passey : I use trello for everthing!
11:17:40 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I was thinking about using Trello for my 52 Ancestors each month.
11:18:25 From Rachel Evans : I’ve started using Trello for a research toolbox. It enables me to make cards for specific topic so works well.
11:18:33 From HilaryGadsby : I have Trello on my phone and tablet
11:19:08 From Shelley Murphy : Mary Lou that is a great idea!
11:19:19 From Doris Haskell : Becky has a lot of genealogy photos and documents on her Trello cards. I want to learn how to do that.
11:19:40 From Marcia Philbrick : How does one access tonights NextGenLive?
11:21:29 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Hilary that what I was thinking about doing with the 52 ancestors.
11:21:51 From June Butka : I may just attempt to learn Trello. it should help me with my 52 Ancestors and the Book of me Prompts.
11:22:17 From Marcia Philbrick : Hilary – Can you pull the photos directly from Trello in your blog? (Or do you need to go to the folder on your computer to insert the photo?) [Trello is for planning, not to link to your blog.]
11:22:23 From AnnaMatthews to All panelists : Marcia, NextGenLive broadcasts on their channel on YouTube.
11:22:48 From RandySeaver : Is Trello searchable by search engines? If not, why add blog content to Trello? I can see using it for blog prompts and research ideas
11:23:03 From AnnaMatthews : Marcia, NextGenLive broadcasts on their channel on YouTube.
11:23:09 From Cheri Passey : Hilary, I use Trello for #52Ancestors too. I have lists for each type of post I write. Helps so much to keep them all organized!
11:23:21 From Cousin Russ : CONTINUE the conversation after the webinar in DearMYRTLE’s Google+ Community with comments to this post:
11:24:07 From Doris Haskell : MYRT, you seem to be feeling much better than you did two weeks ago. Makes me happy.

11:24:39 From Cousin Russ : GeneaWebinars Calendar of Hangouts, Webinars and Online Chats this coming week:
11:24:57 From Cousin Russ :
11:26:11 From jason Holt : Sorry I was super late! Not programmed to tune in on Mondays as I usually have to work!
11:26:14 From Valerie Eichler Lair : I know I’ll need some tissues to dry the tears at Wednesday’s GenDoc. Bittersweet.
11:26:34 From Shelley Murphy : Enjoy the rest of your day!
11:26:52 From Debi Polen : Thank you.
11:26:58 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Thank you once again.
11:27:00 From Doris Haskell : Thank you, everyone. Especially Cousin Russ and dearMYRTLE
11:28:24 From Jacqueline Wilson : Hilary – I used to read the 1st one mentioned.
11:29:14 From DearMYRTLE :
11:30:32 From Valerie Lisk : St. Louis County Library has magazines online.
11:32:39 From Linda Jordan to All panelists : Many libraries have magazines online.

We learn by comparing and contrasting the history and culture of a community with others. Though you may not have early British immigrants to America, this study group offers ideas about what folkways to look for. The ones marked with a red asterisk below are those I’ll tend to focus on during our discussions in this series.


  • 17 Jan 2018
    East Anglia to Massachusetts: The Exodus of the English Puritans 1629-41
  • 31 Jan 2018
    The South of England to Virginia: Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants 1642-75
  • 7 Feb 2018
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FamilySearch: New Web-Based Indexing Tool

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Salt Lake City, Utah (25 September 2017), FamilySearch International, a leader in historical records preservation, has launched its new web-based indexing tool. Indexing is a technology used to make the world’s historical records freely searchable online for family history research. The new program makes it easier for online volunteers to participate using web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets, and enables FamilySearch to expedite its online publishing of completed indexes. (Find and share this announcement and its graphics online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

New features enable volunteers to work on tablets, modify the layout of their dashboard based on personal preferences, set and track individual goals, and create groups with friends or others interested in working on a common project.

Global nonprofit FamilySearch digitally preserves billions of historical records online to help individuals with their family history research. It has published billions of images of historic records from all over the world online. Researchers can find the record images in FamilySearch’s Catalog or Historic Records Collections online. But searching through billions of images online in search of one’s elusive ancestors is not fun for the average person. They want to type in an ancestor’s name and known context, press Enter, and voilà, see highly matched results from their search query.

“That requires an index,” said Jim Ericson, marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. “Until the records are indexed online, they can only be discovered by browsing through often enormous collections of digital images. With a digital index, researchers can locate records in seconds by using a person’s name and other helpful information as search terms. A searchable index saves researchers time and effort by returning search results from the entire collection in a matter of seconds.”

Ericson says the new web-based indexing platform will enable more volunteers to participate worldwide and increase the rate at which FamilySearch can make indexed records accessible online. “It is a straight-forward experience that no longer requires people to download software,” said Ericson.

Using the new tool enables volunteer indexers to help make it possible for millions of people to have personal family history discoveries quickly with just a few keystrokes. Indexing also fuels hints, a new feature on that makes finding records even easier by mapping indexed records against a person’s family tree and sharing high probability ancestral matches with them.

The web-based indexing program also has new built-in helps, plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements for the new program.

For first-time volunteers, simple training provides step-by-step instructions. To participate, go to, and click the link to web indexing.

Check out or plan to participate in the Worldwide Indexing EventOctober 20-22, 2017.

FamilySearch Why Indexing Maters infographic

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FamilySearch: 2017 Worldwide Indexing Project

Look what FamilySearch has planned for 20-22 October 2017 – the annual Worldwide Indexing Event.

Here’s the link to register –

You may use either the web or desktop indexing interface. The web version allow those who have Chromebooks to participate.

Congrats to the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society for leading the way. They’re planning a training session of 16 Oct 2017 in the computer lab at the Agwam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.

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One way to “pay it forward” is to index records so others can more readily find documents mentioning their ancestors.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
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