NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at MyHeritage.

We’ve recently added and updated collections on MyHeritage SuperSearch™ – many of which are exclusive!

The collections include U.S. Yearbooks, newspapers from Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio, over 38.5 million new records added to Sweden Household Examination Books, the Germany Minority Census from 1939 as well as naturalization applications in Mandatory Palestine from 1937 to 1947.

Most of this content is exclusive to MyHeritage and cannot be found on any other major genealogy service. Here’s more information about each collection:

  • U.S. Yearbooks, 1890-1979: One of the largest collections of digitized US yearbooks in existence, providing genealogical coverage of individuals who went to high schools throughout a period of 90 years.

Searching is free. A Data or Complete subscription is required to view the records.

Keep an eye out for Record Matches! Our Record Matching technology will automatically find relevant historical records for people in your family tree.

Please see our blog post for more information: and feel free to publish or pass this information to whom you consider relevant.



ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt 8 Jan 2018


“Super hangout! Wonderful clarity and big screen is awesome since I can actually see it now. Thanks!”

Thank-you for that feedback from Donna Burleaud. Cousin Russ and I certainly love the new Zoom webinar interface, even as Ol’ Myrt here is learning to use the host controls for spotlighting panelists and their screen shares. Of special note this week, we feature Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage who talked about DNA and the expanded MyHeritage webinar offerings for 2018. We also visited with Fiona Fitzsimons to learn more about the APG Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter[of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Its a virtual chapter with a Twitter, YouTube and Facebook presence. You’ll find the annotated typed chat with links we mentioned below this embedded video recording.

00:26:24 Kirsten Hart: Good evening from Hove, UK!
00:26:28 Marian Koalski: First timer on Zoom from snowy Mass.
00:26:54 Susan Ennis: Great visual quality and audio too!
00:27:18 Marian Koalski: It IS much better!
00:28:13 Susan Howard: Just playing with viewing options on Zoom! Seems easy!
00:29:21 Joanne Shackford Parkes: Was very easy to make this transition to Zoom – just click on the link. Thanks for all the background work to implement new tools!
00:30:01 Cousin Russ: Also can I talk about 52 ancestors Hilary Gadsby’s blog:
00:30:20 Donna Burleaud: Zoom was easier than I expected to set up! Loving the big screen.
00:31:19 Hilary Gadsby:
00:32:22 Marian Koalski: I’m admiring John Laws’ less-than-full storage bins/drawers.
00:32:51 Leah Smith: Great presentation on Polish immigrant mill workers. I will be listening to it again this week.
00:33:59 Hilary Gadsby: I am also going to be at RootsTech from the Sunday before the conference.
00:35:16 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Terrific John, keep improving.
00:36:07 Cousin Russ: Please put links to your Blogs into the Chat to ALL Panelists and Attendees — Thank you
00:36:13 Randy Seaver: We come into RootsTech on the Monday afternoon
00:36:39 Yvonne Demoskoff: Hoping to meet up with you at RT, Hilary 🙂
00:40:49 Dave Robison: Old Bones Genealogy of New England blog:
00:40:57 Pat Kuhn: my blog is
00:41:30 Randy Seaver: my blog is – I’m on week 208 of the 52 Ancestors series. My posts are biographies of my ancestors, working down my ahnentafel list of ancestors. I’m in the 6th great-grandparents now
00:41:32 Marian Koalski: I thought you were in front of a beautifully clean picture window, Russ
00:42:23 John Laws: My Blog is or just LAWS FAMILY REGISTER in your browser find us on Facebook
00:42:32 Anna Matthews:
00:44:39 Dave Robison: I’m experimenting with a second screen. It’s almost too distracting!
00:45:52 Randy Seaver: my blog is – I’m on week 208 of the 52 Ancestors series. My posts are biographies of my ancestors, working down my ahnentafel list of ancestors. I’m in the 6th great-grandparents now
00:49:46 Valerie Eichler Lair: Daniel – I can’t look at my orange hits coming up on my Legacy FT software fast enough! LOL
00:49:49 Daniel Horowitz: Hi Sharon, you can upload test from any other vendor and get the same results
00:50:22 Valerie Eichler Lair: Fiona!!! {{{hugs}}} so great to see you here!!!
00:50:54 Linda Stufflebean: Daniel, Thank you for the new Ellis Island immigrants database. It’s fabulous and a huge improvement over the actual Ellis Island website. [ ]
00:52:03 Daniel Horowitz: YOUR WELCOME 😉 Please send me by email ( your comments and success stories with that collection.
00:52:28 Randy Seaver: Daniel, I ‘ve been having fun with the School Yearbook collection – found me, my mother and brothers.

Inserted by Ol’ Myrt:

00:53:19 Jenny Hawran: Zoom is cool! Great quality. Ya’ll look nice and clear
00:53:37 Doris Haskell: Can this hangout through Zoom also be used with smart phones and tablets? [YES, this works with smart phones and tablets!]
00:54:36 Daniel Horowitz:
00:54:37 Susan Howard: Any news on when a Mac version of Legacy will be available from My Heritage?
00:54:39 Jenny Hawran: How do I see what other attendees are here?
00:57:52 Robbin Smith: no it is not
00:58:01 Marian Koalski: Not full screen for me
00:58:07 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Now we see all panel members
00:58:10 Dave Robison: Upper right hand corner?? “Full Screen”???
00:59:09 Pat Kuhn: have different percentages from my Ancestry to My Heritage DNA results Daniel.
01:01:04 Cousin Russ: and
01:01:28 Valerie Eichler Lair: Fiona – congratulations on all that you and the others have done for BII chapter!!! 🙂
01:02:19 Doris Haskell: He sure makes his mother smile. 🙂
01:02:58 Cousin Russ: APG Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter. – quite a large chapter, with almost 300 members scattered across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isles. We hope that the new social media channels will bring the chapter together online, so that our members have better access. We also hope to use the channels to circulate webinars/ podcasts for CPD, localised to our region. The first podcast is already posted on YouTube and FB. It’s a moderated discussion between Chris Paton (The Genes Blog/ @BritishGenes) and Lorna Moloney (Clans & Surnames @merrimanresearch). Our next CPD event will take place shortly, details to be announced. The channels can found as follows:

01:04:33 Susan Howard: Trello card or board?
01:05:53 Cousin Russ: Susan – we have a Board, with each “show” is a Card
01:07:31 Susan Howard: Thanks, Russ. Now I see. Love Trello!
01:14:03 Hilary Gadsby: I think I might use Trello for planning my posts for the 52 ancestors
01:14:59 Barbara Gressel: Pat, last week, two people who I adore did DNA tests and found 1/2 siblings. One is excited to meet a new sibling. The other is crushed to learn about thier father’s extra curricular activities. Not all DNA tests are well-received. I’m not sure how I would have felt if faced with the same situation.
01:18:32 Daniel Horowitz: …. and you can upload for FREE your raw DNA from any of those companies to
01:18:49 Dave Robison: I’ve tested with LivingDNA.
01:19:11 Pat Kuhn: I have to run now, will see you all later!!!
01:19:57 Dawn Carlile: I tested with Living DNA last spring Interesting results.
01:19:58 Randy Seaver: Sorry about the hiccup. I wanted to see if the Share Screen would show all of the RootsMagic screens. It did!
01:21:01 Hilary Gadsby: I have only tested with Living DNA as I wanted the UK breakdown.
01:21:28 Randy Seaver: I have tested with Living DNA also.
01:23:06 Cousin Russ: MyHeritage Webinar Series
01:24:05 Cousin Russ: NEW! discount: The following coupon code will entitle the user to a 30% discount on one order: COMP3
01:24:28 Jacqueline Wilson: I already have both books!
01:25:08 Randy Seaver: I don’t understand how with my Video off and the Share Screen on why it showed my screen. A bug or a feature of Zoom?
01:25:39 DearMYRTLE: The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition Val D. Greenwood
01:29:24 Valerie Eichler Lair: <giggling> It’s hard for us opinionated to be quiet! LOL
01:30:00 Valerie Eichler Lair: <<<shaking my head up & down like a Bobblehead!!! LOL
01:32:25 Jacqueline Wilson: I can do it – but I will not be a panelist.
01:32:30 Yvonne Demoskoff: Chapter 2 will take place on the opening day of RootsTech?
01:32:32 DearMYRTLE:
01:32:45 Valerie Eichler Lair: Jan. 30th at 7pm MT is fine with me just to join in the discussion…not necessarily teach chapter 1. But….you know if you need me, you can reach out to me!
01:33:25 Jacqueline Wilson: I am available on the 30th altho I will not be on the panel.
01:34:35 Cousin Russ: NEW! discount: The following coupon code will entitle the user to a 30% discount on one order: COMP3
01:34:43 Lisa Gorrell: wished I had had a discount code when I bought mine. 😉
01:35:05 Cousin Russ: Julie Goucher’s Jan 2018 BOOK OF ME writing prompts
01:35:40 Hilary Gadsby: I am restarting Book of Me need to review the first prompt
01:36:27 Lisa Gorrell: I did most of the prompts the last time we had this. I’m doing 52 Ancestors this year.
01:36:58 Hilary Gadsby: I have a folder in Google Drive with my answers from before
01:39:26 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Yes
01:40:48 Jacqueline Wilson: What do you enjoy? Reading and research. In a few words as possible! I think I will be journaling some if not all of the prompts. But they will probably be private.
01:41:33 Bill West: I’m sticking with the 52 Ancestors., which I usuallyam running behind on.
01:44:05 Randy Seaver: will the Zoom Webinar Chat be saved somewhere?
01:45:30 Hilary Gadsby: You can save chat by going to more
01:48:00 Doris Haskell: I enjoy helping people find and meet their biological family members, because of DNA.
01:50:53 Robbin Smith: I dont see the same options as you are showing
01:51:10 Dawn Carlile: I do no have a More button.
01:51:13 Jenny Hawran: hmm…I don’t see the More button
01:51:13 Denise Coughlin: Is that just for panelists? Or do we have to have another sign in for Zoom?
01:51:15 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Same here, I do not have the More button.
01:51:17 Doris Haskell: I see the More word that you are showing us, but I don’t see it on my chat screen.
01:51:32 Mary Lou Gravatt: Do not have the more button.
01:51:36 Valerie Lisk: I have magnified the chat and their is no More button. Is that only for the panelists?
01:51:38 Danine Cozzens: If you pop out the chat, you see more options.
01:51:49 Cyndy Bray: don’t see the more prompt
01:52:11 Robbin Smith: but as a non panelist i still do not see the same options as russ has
01:52:12 Jacqueline Wilson: My More button just disappeared. But before that it said something about merging not saving chat?
01:52:15 Fiona Fitzsimons: Oops, think I sent my response to Cousing Russ! Good to know you’re there. This is a fun format, I must listen in again. F
01:52:26 Danine Cozzens: The pop out is a diagonal arrow which disappears once you check it….
01:52:33 Randy Seaver: Click on the “Chat” icon at the bottom of the screen to get the chat log on the right and not in them iddle
01:52:59 Robbin Smith: my to: only shows 2 options – panelists; and all panelist and attendees
01:53:41 Robbin Smith: my more only shows merge to mtg window
01:53:41 Danine Cozzens: Same here, not possible to message individuals.
01:54:13 Cyndy Bray: same here
01:54:51 Dawn Carlile: Thank you Danine. Now I will resize my window so it doesn’t overlap the screen.
01:54:53 Cousin Russ: I’ll look at the Recording when it is ready to see what you are seeing. I can’t see that from here. Sorry
01:55:06 Danine Cozzens: “Pop Out” is at top left under small v
01:55:13 Monique Riley: No problem Russ. We are all learning.
01:55:31 Dawn Carlile: y only MORE option is to merge to the meeting window. 🙁
01:55:37 Monique Riley: Just giving feedback to learn from for next time
01:57:52 Dave Robison: I have an original of the Attestation Paper for my maternal grandfather. He had been living in the United States for quite a few years and lists his permantent address as 19 Bliss St, Springfield, Mass.
01:58:01 Cyndy Bray: don’t see a small v
01:58:11 Marcia Philbrick: The entire chat can be selected and then copy/paste can be used to save the chat. Not ideal — but does keep the info
01:59:24 Monique Riley: Good idea Marcia!
01:59:57 Valerie Lisk: I would like the entire chat because in trying to register,, I shut off the wifi and it took me an hour to figure it out. Then didn’t have audio.
02:03:36 Donna Burleaud: Super hangout! Wonderful clarity and big screen is awesome since I can actually see it now. Thanks!
02:03:52 Danine Cozzens: Cindy, the small v at top left appears in one mode and not another, depending on whether the chat is full size or not. Modern “minimalist” screen design…
02:04:49 Danine Cozzens: Have to be merged with screen to see the v…
02:05:08 Ronald Williams:

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicMyrt’s Musings

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

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

If you’d like to learn more about attending a live DearMYRTLE Zoom webinar using your smart phone, tablet or computer, you’ll find this short subject orientation worthwhile.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy.

Cooking the books or MyHeritage’s new record transcription fixes

The blog at features a post today by Jess titled NEW Feature: Do-it-Yourself Historical Record Fixes where we read

‘We are very excited to launch our new Suggest Alternatives feature that allows MyHeritage users to correct mistranscribed or misspelled names in historical records on SuperSearch™.’

OK, that sounds better. The headline “Do-It-Yourself Historical Record Fixes” sounded like something an unscrupulous genealogist would do to “cook the books” making it appear something happened and prove his lineage assertions. In the 1940 census example, Jess demonstrates how the surname FISK was incorrectly indexed as FISH. Interpreting old handwriting on fading pages have long [plagued genealogists.

The newly launched feature at MyHeritage gives us the option to provide alternate interpretation on multiple record sets at Jess explains

‘You can suggest alternative names in collections like censusbirth, marriage and death recordspassenger listsmilitary records, and more. All structured records that have name fields can now be fixed.’

MyHeritage indicates your alternate handwriting interpretation will appear on the transcription page in addition to the original transcribed name following an auto-update process that runs weekly.

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicMyrt’s Musings

This is a feature permits on some but not all databases and the update can take much longer than one week to my understanding. How I wish more genealogy websites would permit alternate index entries. Thanks to MyHeritage for instituting this policy. Find out more at:






MyHeritage: Smart “stitching” and search for New York arrivals 1820-1957

90 million records from the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection bring to light the stories of millions of immigrations, arrivals and visits to America spanning 138 years

Ellis Island & Other New York Passenger Lists

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, November 2, 2017 – MyHeritage, the leading international family history and DNA company, announced today the addition of the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 collection to SuperSearch™, the company’s global search engine containing more than 8.25 billion historical records. The records are of major significance for anyone looking to trace their immigrant ancestors’ arrival in America, and include names, dates, countries of origin, addresses of family members and friends, occupations, and physical descriptions, among many other details.

The passenger manifests are an unparalleled source of information spanning key years of immigration from all over the world, including those entering the United States as refugees during the First and Second World Wars. The records include millions of entries via Ellis Island, which opened its doors on January 1, 1892. The first 72 years of the collection pre-date Ellis Island; Prior to the establishment of Ellis Island, the primary immigration station in New York City was Castle Garden, which opened in 1855, and before then, immigrants were received at several piers across the city. Towards the end of the time frame, in the 1940s and 1950s, advancements in transportation methods are noticeable as records begin to include those who arrived via airplane to various airports in and around the city. The plethora of information in the records is expected to invigorate family histories, adding previously unknown stories of how family members uprooted their lives, and replanted them in the United States.

As of 1897, immigration officials began asking those entering the United States for the name and address of the relative or friend whom they are joining in the USA, and in 1907 they began asking for the name and address of their closest relative or friend in their home country. The responses to these supplemental questions, that have been filled in the passenger manifests, have now been indexed by MyHeritage for the very first time, yielding an additional 26.6 million names in the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection on MyHeritage. These passenger manifests have been digitized by other organizations in the past, but the answers to these vital supplemental questions have never been indexed — until now. Furthermore, many of the passenger manifests span two pages, and a common omission for genealogists has been to locate the first page and miss the existence of the second. MyHeritage has solved this problem for the first time by stitching the double pages into single document images, ensuring that users do not miss information again.

Many historical figures of interest are found among these records, including Albert Einstein (who arrived in the US on October 17, 1933), former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright (arrived November 11, 1948) and Charlie Chaplin (arrived October 1912). Composer and songwriter Irving Berlin who moved to the U.S. in 1903, appears on several manifests arriving from different places in Europe.

Users with family trees on MyHeritage will immediately benefit from Record Matching technology that automatically reveals new information about their ancestors who appear in these records.

“The Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 collection is a major asset on MyHeritage is a major asset for family history enthusiasts,” said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer at MyHeritage. “When we digitized this collection we employed out-of-the-box thinking to cover important aspects that were overlooked by others in the past. This makes this collection on MyHeritage the most complete and useful of its kind.”

MyHeritage is working to add additional immigration records into the collection from other port cities from around the United States, as well as several important Canadian border crossings, in the near future.

Searching the Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists collection is free. A subscription is required to view records and scanned images and to access Record Matches.

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TT: Swedish Lutheran Household Examination Books demo

Throwback Thursday features the rebroadcast of Jason Oler’s demonstration of digitzed Sweden Household Examination Books, 1880 – 1920 including 46,583,546 records. MyHeritage has produced an every-name index to the more than 5 million images provided by our Swedish partner ArkivDigital.

“Each book or series of books represents a 3-10 year period of time within a parish. Every year until 1894 the Parish Priest would visit each home and test each individual’s knowledge of the catechism. They would also collect information about birth dates, marriages, deaths, where people had moved to or from, etc. Each year the priest would come back and update the information of the previous year, noting changes within the population of the home. After 1894 the examinations were less focused on doctrinal knowledge and more focused on enumerating the Swedish population.”