ARCHIVED: The Archive Lady “Do I Really Need to Keep That?”

Archives Lady with WW

Melissa LeMaster Barker responds to the latest push to downsize, organize and purge by talking about “Do I Really Need to Keep That? Family Records We Should Not Throw Out.”

Melissa is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. You’ll find her work here and on the web at:

Melissa recommends the following resources for archival materials:


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19:01:22 From Janine Edmée Hakim : minus 10 in Coventryville, chenango county ny
19:01:29 From Sarah Bell : I’m in Australia, a beautiful 77F today
19:01:35 From Dave Robison : We’re running out of degrees here in Western Mass and I believe we’ll be overdrawn!!
19:01:50 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Near Vancouver, BC, it’s 5 C/40 F
19:02:37 From Sally Smith to All panelists : 43F north of Seattle.
19:02:43 From Susan Bleimehl : Wisconsin -14 temp and down to -30wind chill down to -45 tonight. with -50 wind chill. Good for genealogy evening,
19:03:07 From Betty-Lu Burton : Arkansas about 30F
19:03:27 From JoAnn Lawrence : Delran, New Jersey is 12 but feels like -10
19:04:15 From DearMYRTLE . : I did!
19:04:47 From Betty-Lu Burton : Would not one question be how easy would it be to replace that record? can I just scan it?
19:14:10 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have looked at some Kansas newspaper through inter-library loan to my local library.
19:14:43 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : comments
19:18:23 From Yvonne Demoskoff : What about scanning the letters and putting them online, say in a blog?
19:21:01 From Dave Robison : I scanned every page of my grandfather’s 1913 diary when he was on the crew that built the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad in Canada. Back in 2013, I blogged each page on its 100th anniversary. He had terrible handwriting!
19:22:27 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Dave, would you post the link to your blog?
19:22:35 From Beverly Anderson : I connected with a distant cousin, who had letters from one of our mutual ancestors. It was the last letter he wrote to his parents, before he was killed at Atlanta during the Civil War. What a find!!!
19:22:41 From Launa Droescher : I scanned some letters sent by in laws to my dad then gave them to one of the children to keep for great-grandchild dad and
19:22:59 From Cousin Russ : Letter addressed to Cousin Russ
19:26:37 From Dave Robison : I’ll have to dig it up…
19:27:28 From Lisa Reed  : REED Images Lost and Found
19:27:32 From DearMYRTLE . : Thnak-you for looking, Dave.
19:28:26 From Lisa Reed to All panelists : The link I sent is a YouTube video I made about finding a “Suitcase Full of Pictures.”
19:29:46 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have pictures of all my great grandparents except for one. I know there are photos out there. He served in the Spanish American War and had an influencial brother in a small community
19:29:47 From Dave Robison : Yvonne, here’s a link to one of the pages:
19:30:19 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Thanks, Dave
19:32:50 From Yvonne Demoskoff : NP
19:33:02 From Yvonne Demoskoff : I did a search and found the articles
19:35:42 From DearMYRTLE . to Dave Robison and all panelists : DearMYRTLE’s “Food traditions & Gramma Myrtle” post from 16 Sept 2010,

19:44:50 From Cousin Russ : 2 mil Polyester Photo Mounting Sleeves (25-Pack)

19:45:54 From Cousin Russ : Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher Paperback – July 1, 2016, by Drew Smith.

19:47:06 From Cousin Russ : How to Weed Your Attic
19:49:15 From Launa Droescher : @Where do I send OLD computer programs and sometime I still have prog disk?
19:50:17 From Launa Droescher : still have books
19:53:38 From Dave Robison : I think it’s Honus Wagner’s card
19:55:10 From Lisa Reed to All panelists : also Vernon

19:57:48 From Sarah Bell : Do they ship internationally?
19:58:50 From Cousin Russ. to  : Australian recommended archival supply firms
19:58:53 From Sarah Bell : Thanks 🙂
19:59:21 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Carr McLean in Canada

20:03:57 From Dave Robison : Speaking of YouTube, I discovered today that the videos can be read with the “cc” button for closed captioning at the bottom of the page… I’ve got to spread the word for the hearing impaired members.
20:05:40 From Launa Droescher : I use to use my long hair pins, the kind used in jumbo hair curlers.
20:05:55 From Dave Robison : eGlad I made it tonight! Thanks Melissa!!
20:06:16 From Susan Bleimehl : Thanks for the interesting topic.

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ARCHIVED: The Archive Lady – Mercantile & Store Records

Archives Lady with WW

Melissa LeMaster Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. You’ll find her work here and on the web at:

Melissa recommends the following resources for archival materials:


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19:09:18 From Betty-Lu Burton : We need to remember that 100 years or longer people would buy things on credit and pay their debt after the harvest
19:11:51 From Dave Robison : Sounds like my great-grandfather’s hardware store in Evergreen, Alabama
19:14:16 From Betty-Lu Burton : Did not a lot of Mining companies have a company store?
19:17:42 From Dave Robison : 20th century Facebook!
19:18:43 From Betty-Lu Burton : Dave more of a 19th century Facebook. I have found many in the 1800’s newspapers
19:21:30 From Betty-Lu Burton : I have a Civil War Pension, where the mother proved she received help from her soldier son. It contains a list of things she received help from him through sewing things from his mercantile store
19:21:42 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : Whiting agent
19:23:09 From Deb Andrew to All panelists : A lot, I worked in the quilting and sewing machine industry. Pat should see my studio
19:24:39 From Deb Andrew : Another area to check with the sales of sewing machines, Singer was very popular, especially the Featherweight.
19:33:06 From Dave Robison : Google says alemite was an automotive high pressure grease job
19:34:12 From Dave Robison : I can order the direction manual for $22!!
19:35:15 From Betty-Lu Burton : Sorry my mind is not working real good tonight
19:37:16 From DearMYRTLE . : It’s ok, Betty-Lu. We are glad you are here! 🙂
19:42:36 From Betty-Lu Burton : The country makes it sound more fresh
19:44:03 From Dave Robison :
19:45:27 From Dave Robison : Myrt…you beat me on that one!
19:45:52 From DearMYRTLE . : :::giggle:::
19:52:52 From Launa Droescher : I think sometimes Merentile was PO, RR Station, and would sell other than food
19:54:30 From Dave Robison : Merriam-Webster (I use that one since they’re right here in Springfield, MA) defines it simply as “of or relating to merchants or trading.” Doesn’t seem to be restricted to any specific product.
19:55:44 From Sue Tolbert to All panelists : Whoa… Do you mean Sapulpa, Oklahoma?
19:57:10 From GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA : Wolfram Alpha also has an inflation calculator
19:59:04 From Cousin Russ :
19:59:10 From Rev Linda to All panelists : Tell Melissa it’s pronounced Suh-pulp-ah
19:59:12 From GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA : Very nice job Melissa. Thanks for such great info!
20:03:15 From Dave Robison : Melissa…always a pleasure to hear you and your advice!
20:03:27 From Dave Robison : !!!
20:03:30 From Cousin Russ :
20:04:21 From GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA : Thanks Pat!

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AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 12 Compiled Sources & Newspapers

AmericaGen Study Group

The AmericaGen Study Group – Chapter 12 “Compiled Sources & Newspapers” from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.)

Please note all hyperlinks are non-affiliate links.

Val Greenwoods book

Note: All panelists were invited ro read the chapter and then write about how that chapter relates to their personal research habits. AmericaGEN Study Group Chapter 12 Combined homework


10:02:02 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Hello Dear Myrtle and all the other contributors participants
10:02:05 From Sheri Fenley : Good Morning from Sunny California where it is 75 and we have no idea it is November tomorrow. Where are you Fall?
10:09:29 From Cary Bright : Here is the link to the Alonzo White Acct Bk:
10:15:36 From Danine Cozzens : I have many things to ultimately donate to special collections. I’d appreciate more tips on matching the things I have to their best homes.
10:16:34 From Danine Cozzens : Excellent point!
10:17:28 From Danine Cozzens : Wow Russ! Thanks!
10:17:48 From Cousin Russ : Archive Grid
10:18:13 From Janine Edmée Hakim : museum I am the president of, has a collections management policy that includes the info related to that question. A quick call should be able to get the info fro whoever their contact person is
10:18:51 From Cousin Russ : National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
10:19:21 From Cousin Russ : CONTENT STANDARD (NUCMC)
10:20:12 From Danine Cozzens : Presbyterian missionaries archive in Oregon!
10:22:10 From Hilary Gadsby : Finding records in places other than archives is the same over here in UK.
10:22:14 From Danine Cozzens : Great idea calling for references. I’ve been putting off making physical appointments with repositories. Thanks everyone for all the leads!
10:32:38 From Teri Chaffin : yup, we studied that in school and I worked in a library!
10:33:16 From Susan Bleimehl : Just used it yesterday to research French Spoliation articles.
10:33:20 From Danine Cozzens : Knew PERSI but not all the history behind it!
10:34:56 From Cousin Russ : PERSI (Periodical Source Index)
10:40:30 From Hilary Gadsby : I wonder if they have any of the English family history society journals. I will take a look.

Printed Sources
10:46:07 From Melinda Culpon :
10:46:44 From Melinda Culpon : I bought it used
10:50:15 From Melinda Culpon : portal to texas history –

10:59:10 From Danine Cozzens : Love local newspapers. Be sure to check all of them in one town. In 1876 Visalia, one paper had a mere listing for what its opponent called the wedding of the year— groom was a constant advertiser in the latter.
11:01:27 From Sue Burns to All panelists : I’ve found several articles in different newspapers regarding family reunions of my relatives.
11:02:14 From Hilary Gadsby : I have come across an article in a local newspaper that was originally in a national paper in the UK
11:06:45 From Danine Cozzens : Thanks so much!
11:07:12 From Danine Cozzens : I know where she lives….
11:07:35 From Hilary Gadsby : Melinda can I wish you a Happy Birthday
11:07:58 From Danine Cozzens to All panelists : This is changing my research plan — thanks for all the guidance.

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FindMyPast: British military, Scotland marriages & newspaper additions

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following arrived over the weekend from our friends at FindMyPast.

findmypast 2017

There are more than 849,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Britain, Royal Navy, Navy Lists 1827-1945

Search for your ancestor in official lists of Royal Navy Officers. The collection consists of 147 publications spanning the 1824 to 1945. The collection consists of digital images of original lists presented in PDF format.

The amount of information available will vary from volume to volume. Some details you may be able to discover include an individual’s name, rank, seniority, and place of service.

British Army Service Records

Over 34,000 new Scots Guards records have been added to our collection of British Army Service records. The new additions consist of Enlistment Registers spanning the years 1642 to 1939.

The records include bot transcripts and images of the original documents. The Register cover both officers and other ranks and will reveal the place, date, and age of the soldier at the time of attestation. You may also find the soldier’s birth place, spouse’s name, marriage date, and trade prior to joining the army. The books also recorded if the individual received medals or was wounded during service, as well as the individual’s rank at the time of discharge.

Scotland, Edinburgh Marriages 1595-1800

Did any of your relations marry in Edinburgh, Scotland? Discover their names, occupations, residences, spouses and dates of marriage, former marriages, and more in this collection of records from parish registers collated throughout the city.

The collection consists of over 2,400 PDF images of printed marriage registers.

Scotland, Testaments 1514-1800

Did your ancestors die in Scotland? Discover details of their property, relatives, and more in records of their last will and testaments. The collection contains over 2,800 PDF images of original documents

The detail in these records may vary but most will include a combination of the names of those who died, their marital status, their occupations, the names of close relatives, residences and the date of testament.

Scotland, Edinburgh Apprentices 1583-1700

Did any of your ancestors learn their trade in Edinburgh? Discover details of their apprenticeships and occupations in this collection of over 30,000 records from the capital of Scotland.

The information contained in these records varies. Records may include the names and occupations of relatives, locations of birth and residence, occupations and trades, details of close relations and notable life events.

Extra! Extra! The latest additions to our newspaper collection

This week we have added 114,026 new pages to The Archive. We have updated three of our Irish titles, and there are also updates to titles covering the city of Liverpool, the county of Gloucestershire and one of our Scottish titles.

This week’s new additions include;

Irish Independent 1989-1990, 1993-1994
Peeblesshire Advertiser 1880-1882, 1887-1892
Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser 1869
Evening Herald (Dublin) 1986-1987, 1990
Music Hall and Theatre Review 1890
Belfast Telegraph 1913-1914, 1920
Liverpool Echo 1984, 1986

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt – 23 July 2018


A power-packed discussion of the research process, archived historical newspaper go-to websites, Google Earth and Google Maps “street view”, Progeny’s new DNA option in Charting Companion, RootsWeb message boards and mailing lists, the Ancestry Wiki (now on RootsWeb), Fold3 has British in addition to US Military records. We also locate Family History Ron on Facebook and YouTube.



09:47:30 From DearMYRTLE :  PARTNERSHIP: FindMyPast & LivingDNA
09:50:30 From Pat Kuhn :

10:02:49 From June Butka : I’m loving you Research Process videos.
10:04:00 From June Butka : I use Google sheets. I plan to do it in FTM2017 onward along with the Google Sheets.
10:04:56 From Leah Smith to All panelists : I watched the first 2. What a great teaching tool!
10:06:57 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Good morning from South Louisiana.
10:07:31 From Jacqueline Wilson : I am already a member!
10:08:02 From Bill West : Good morning from hazy, hot and humid Massachusetts.
10:09:32 From Yvonne Demoskoff : Nice to see all the panelists 🙂
10:09:48 From Molly McKinley : I have enjoyed many of Russ’s FTM videos.
10:10:07 From June Butka : Year round humidity. That is why the winter chills usand much as the somummer zaps us.
10:10:17 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have not used Google Sheets except with the study groups. Instead, I have been using Excel – I may need to change so I can use my Samsung Tablet at the the Newberry Library.
10:10:57 From June Butka : I like Google Sheet Jacqueline, so I can access when out traveling .
10:11:50 From Rebecca Williams : I do like the new views, ~ seeing all the panelists.
10:14:35 From Bill West : My family gave me an air conditioner as an early birthday present so I don’t have to dealwith the heat and humidity anymore. I can sitting here in the cool and watch it hum out. 🙂
10:15:13 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I have Newspapers. com with Ancestry and upgraded to received more newspapers. A great resource and has helped fill in gaps in families.
10:15:31 From June Butka : I’ve used all of those you mentioned for news. Reminder that Probate are under Ads in some newspapers.
10:15:53 From Lisa Gorrell : you can subscribe and receive email updates on new stuff. from TheAncestorHunt
10:16:10 From Cousin Russ : GenealogyBank (findMyPast) – Library of Congress Chronicling America Ken Mark’s TheAncestorHunt
10:16:17 From Randy Seaver : Seavers in the News –
10:16:33 From June Butka : I still can’t find the 1823 fire in Gilman Pond Plantation, Maine, in any paper.

Randy Seaver’s List of go-to newspaper sites
10:18:26 From Cousin Russ :  has Library of Congress Chronicling America in easier to search format.
10:18:34 From Cousin Russ :
10:18:41 From Cousin Russ : (findMyPast)
Ken Mark’s

10:20:14 From Sue Draper : select all, then you can do more
10:22:49 From Michelle Minner : I already knew how to do this process…but I never thought of it for newspaper and citation! WOO HOO! GREAT idea!
10:22:58 From June Butka : I wanted to learn how to do the citation with the photo. Thank you.
10:23:24 From Hilary Gadsby : Thanks for reminding us of this great tip.
10:23:52 From Susan Ennis : The mid-19th century newspaper articles helped me to break down three brick walls with females!
10:23:58 From Deb Andrew : I found my dh’s great grandmother’s death place in a totally different state, instead of Chicago, IL, she was in Louisiana, on a visit.
10:24:15 From Sue Draper : A stray notice looking for relatives for a probate case led to much information about my immigrant ancestor’s extended family.
10:24:17 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I have several newspaper copies from film that I need to do that with
10:24:25 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Through an obituary I found out that my husband’s cousin married my great-aunt’s granddaughter.
10:25:04 From Marcia Philbrick : I found that my ancestor, Richard Foster, died from rabies in 1831.
10:25:11 From June Butka : Family Search Pioneer hints provided me with hints of why certain surnames were coming up in my DNA Hints. I was able to fill out my tree with verifiable sources.
10:25:19 From Danine Cozzens : Check ALL the newspapers. In 1878 Visalia, California, a g-g-g-aunt’s wedding rated a civil citation in one paper and was the wedding of the year in its opponent, where the groom was a prominent advertiser.

10:25:36 From Cousin Russ : Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles 
10:25:37 From Lisa Gorrell : I’m lucky I guess that I don’t have many DNA circles.
10:25:42 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles
10:29:25 From Leah Smith : A DNA match has a daughter born to a woman more than 100 yrs after this woman’s death. Tree owner occasionally corrects and then later the error reappears. Possibly she keeps picking up the same inappropriate record from a hint.
10:30:52 From Michelle Minner : I have learned the hard way, exactly what is being talked about! I used to be a hunter/gatherer…I use ancestry and Family Search and My Heritage…records! and I am making more progress than ever before!
10:32:35 From JoAnn Lawrencw : Maybe we should start a hunter/gatherer support group. Boy I need to learn more to stop being a hunter.gatherer.
10:33:03 From Bill West : I am greatful toAncestry and FamilySearch for the records they posted that helped me discover so much. It’s the trees on both sites that frustrate me.
10:33:07 From Michelle Minner : Yep, I have tried to contact someone that had NO sources or citations…and they added a few husbands to my grandmother that were inaccurate (with no marriage records)…and I sent a nice email and asked for their sources….and was told that I was wrong…and leave their tree and person alone!
10:33:23 From June Butka : I attempted with a link to the sources. If they respond with a source to support their information, I will review mine again.
10:33:27 From JoAnn Lawrencw to All panelists : Thanks to this group, I’ve learn a great more information. Thank you Thanky you.
10:34:35 From Marcia Philbrick : Thanks for pointing out the issue with the circle biography! I clicked on the ‘more about .. ‘ link and it shows images. I’m assuming that at least one person has attached the image. Out of 6 images, only 3 fit the ancestors
10:35:14 From Sue Draper : Those are in the vault, too. Maybe recent acquisitions, so they are not reels or images.
10:35:38 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : My problem is that I have people who are stating with dna and using there relationship with thier matches to build thier tree. With basicly no document research.
10:35:59 From Marcia Philbrick : I have my icons for Woodson County, Kansas — Marriage Records (under vital records) — I have a camera and a film icon for two different record sets.
10:36:32 From Sue Draper : You can request availability.
10:36:56 From Hilary Gadsby : We all need to be aware that we can make mistakes and need to look at what we do. Ithought I had found an error at the weekend but when I checked again later I realised I had missed something. Fortunately I had not changed anything but just left a comment which I could delete.
10:36:57 From June Butka : Icon that were there 2 days ago are not there now in Maine Land Deeds
10:39:05 From Marcia Philbrick : camera with a key
10:40:58 From Sue Draper : could be priorities too, land is below vital
10:41:21 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : I am having a problem with Hampshire West End registers
10:41:52 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : It is sending my around in cicles.
10:42:27 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have both page and camera
10:43:39 From Randy Seaver : You could join one of the FS Communities which act like a message board.
10:47:31 From June Butka : Love Family History Ron.
10:47:50 From Randy Seaver : FamilySearch Communities
10:48:17 From Sue Draper : I watch it when I’m not at a folk dance Thursday.
10:48:22 From June Butka : The link to the Land deed records from Maine, I saved does still work. The Icon is not there on the Family Search site.
10:49:45 From Michelle Minner : Myrt….I have a member of my family search Facebook group (jane’s gang) who has done a LOT of chinese research…and written a book that is in the SLC Family History Center Library. If you need a referral, I can hook you up with her!
10:50:05 From Hilary Gadsby : I have joined the England and British Isles Communities
10:51:42 From Deb Andrew : It’s under help

10:52:20 From Randy Seaver : Message Boards are at
10:53:59 From Jacqueline Wilson : Pat: happy allergy season – not!
10:54:52 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb List
10:59:42 From Michelle Minner : not only do you have to LIKE it, you also have to click all, most, to see the notifications on your own page
10:59:50 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb
10:59:56 From Cousin Russ : RootsWeb Wiki

11:00:35 From Randy Seaver : I’ve added Family History Ron to my YouTube Subscriptions which I check twice a week

FamilyHistoryRon Facebook

See also Family History Ron Facebook Page here
11:03:54 From Randy Seaver : I prefer to speed watch on YouTube especially for presentation videos

11:04:16 From Deb Andrew : I am
11:04:20 From June Butka : Yes
11:04:22 From Sue Draper : I am, using Excel
11:04:23 From Karen Trearchis : I do
11:04:27 From Danine Cozzens : Moi!
11:05:24 From Deb Andrew : I was a beta tester for the DNA Matrix when Pierre brought that in to Charting Companion.
11:05:54 From Deb Andrew : It does work nicely with FTM, Roots Magic and Legacy, I tested those three.
11:06:37 From June Butka : My Uncle was in the RAF, he was on loan from the USAF
11:06:42 From Cousin Russ :
11:06:56 From Karen Trearchis : What is the link for charting companion?

11:07:30 From Cousin Russ : PROGENY’S Charting Companion
11:07:48 From Cousin Russ : Its also a Plugin for FTM2017 Karen
11:08:21 From Karen Trearchis : Thanks Russ.
11:09:29 From Randy Seaver :

11:09:49 From Cousin Russ : FOLD 3 TRAINING CENTER
11:12:37 From Molly McKinley : I have one for my brother on Fold 3
11:13:40 From Molly McKinley : We have one for my ggrandfather placed with his family.

11:14:23 From DearMYRTLE : U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 for Charles De Smith
11:14:37 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists :
11:14:44 From Randy Seaver : I did a memorial for my father on We Remember – see
11:14:46 From Michelle Minner : I found the application for Headstone or marker for my great-grandfather (served in Civil War)…and the application for Headstone for my brother who died at 9 months old at Offutt AFB…LOADS of information on those documents!
11:14:50 From Cousin Russ :
11:16:54 From Randy Seaver : One of my Fold3 memorials is at
11:17:00 From June Butka : I mad one for my Dad, Nelson W. Stearns
11:17:12 From Michelle Minner : Red Filters
11:18:29 From June Butka :
11:19:07 From Cousin Russ : Fold3 training video at
11:19:42 From Pamela Wells : My father’s memorial at Fold 3
11:19:48 From Cousin Russ : Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship
11:20:12 From Lisa Gorrell : Judy Russell blog about Laura Prescott

Google Earth

11:25:04 From Michelle Minner : I used google earth to find my grandparents home…and it is still kept up, occupied and wonderful…my mother cried seeing her old home in a picture I took off Google Earth.

737 2nd Street NW PuyallupWA

IMAGE: From Google Earth to “street view” 737 2nd St NW, Puyallup, Washington, owned by DearMYRTLE’s grandmother in the 1950s.

11:27:29 From Pat Kuhn : I use Google Earth to find where everyone has lived and I pin them
11:28:21 From Pamela Wells : Pat, I do, too!
11:30:41 From Michelle Minner : I took a girlfriend to Devonshire (near Plymouth) from sitting here in the living room in Tucson, Arizona!

IS LETTER WRITING DEAD? Not by a long shot!
11:31:44 From Denise Coughlin : I plan on following Tim’s example and write a letter a day in August!!
11:31:57 From Randy Seaver : I’m going to use Google Earth and Maps for my WDYTYA presentation at the CVGS Family History Day – tell my subject where he can visit his ancestors birthplaces.

11:33:14 From Randy Seaver : Thats’ beautiful, Pat. Thank you for the example and idea. [NOTE from DearMYRTLE: My grandkids should receive their personal letters via snail mail delivery tomorrow!]
11:34:43 From Karen Trearchis : I know you have a great time, Pat!

11:35:17 From Cousin Russ : Tom MacEntee’s announcement:
11:35:21 From Pamela Wells : Thank you for all you do! I’ve learned so much for all you do. I posted my father’s memorial above.
11:35:22 From Randy Seaver : Technology for genealogy rocks!!!
11:36:09 From Jacqueline Wilson : Bye everyone!
11:36:53 From Pat Stano-Carpenter : I don’t get a chance to attend “Mondays” often, but when I do I always learn something. Thanks

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