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Spent part of the weekend cleaning and filing (real life stuff) to clear the decks for this series. Thanks for reminder to prepare to get started +DearMYRTLE. Even bought a new laptop with some of the money Santa sent me. Everything is shiny and bright and ready for me to continue on with organizing my genealogy life. Let the games begin!
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Yet again +DearMYRTLE and +Russ Worthington are leading the way and explaining it clearly for the rest of us. This is something I looked at recently as the Business Hangouts interface looks very helpful. Will be interested to see it in action. Pat - thanks so much for all you and Russ do for our genealogy community - 2016 is off to a great start!
DearREADERS, For months, Cousin Russ and I have studied how to improve access to Mondays with Myrt, WACKY Wednesday and our wildly popular genealogy study group sessions. We love Google hangouts, but for some people there has been the problem of not wanting to join Google+ and deal with a new ...
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It is Constitution Day here in the USA - our Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Want to learn more about the Constitution (pretty important stuff and all our political candidates are referring to it)? Check this website's archives and see what it has planned for today. You can also take a quiz (13 questions - how much do you know about the Constitution) from the Washington Post. #ConstitutionDay 
The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most hands on history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of we, the people.
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This week PBS stations are showing the 25th anniversary edition of Ken Burns' The Civil War. Watched the first two nights and have picked up things I missed the first time around. Tonight promises to be another great night of television - check it out! +PBS thanks so much!
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We missed it the first time around.  Have been watching it this time.  Although local ball game (go Giants!) won out for part of it.
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Out of the genealogy stream for the past week or so (family activities) but got caught up on all the goings on as well as some interesting posts - made them my part of my Tuesday's Tip with links and such. Thanks +Randy Seaver for sharing all the SCGS Jamboree fun with those of us who could not attend,, +Jenny Lanctot  for great tips for researching at the FHL, and +Karen Krugman for that reminder to keep track of what and when we research. A few of my thoughts thrown in just because.
The weather is warm, no it is downright hot (it's in the 90s in the Pacific Northwest and it is early June!). The Portland Rose Festival usually gets a bit or rain or drizzle, but this year everyone was told to hydrate and wear sunscreen as they were out and about for the parade and all the ...
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Well-deserved +Jenny Lanctot (I loved the photos!).
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Wonderful post and thanks for sharing. I am so impressed with this walk through an important time in our history. Often we forget that everyone makes history (not just the famous) and that everyone's story is important. Thanks Shannon for the reminder.
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Another perspective on genealogy conferences. +Pauleen Cass wrote an excellent post at Worldwide Genealogy on this topic last month (it's May already!). +Jill Ball provided some thoughts in response and I finally got a chance to chime in. My post links to Pauleen's original post and Jill's response. Why not take a read and then share your thoughts. This is an important topic for organizers, exhibitors, presenters and attendees. Thanks Pauleen for such a great topic!
My genealogy time was pretty well-booked in April with the #AtoZChallenge and a Legacy Webinar presentation, however Pauleen Cass wrote a thoughtful post for WorldWide Genealogy To Conference or not to Conference and I made a note in my bullet journal to "get back to within the next 30 days" and ...
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Yes, I do think presenting makes a difference to the experience and perhaps also where you stay.

Absolutely expect the same things for speakers +Tessa Keough. We don't ask much ;) Also I hadn't heard most people before so I was at an advantage at RT. 
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Shannon - thanks so much for the shout out - I hope I said read, write and watch something genealogy-wise every week (but if you have the inspiration and time, every day is brilliant). I am looking forward to Dear Myrtle's Organization Lists (I still use the monthly ones she published almost 10 years ago - when I started this genealogy interest that should became a passion). Let's have fun and keep learning in 2016!  And great choice of goals for the new year.
This year I am setting goals instead of making resolutions. Goals seem like less pressure than making resolutions. In 2016 I wan to : 1. Get organized {not only in my genealogy life but in other areas of my life}, 2. Do mor...
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Thank you for stopping by Tessa!  I'm excited about genealogy again...I lost interest a little and everything seemed like a chore to me.  I'm like a little kid right now...lol!
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An excellent article on The Great Hunger and why governments and people need to stop referring to it as a famine. Sadly, whether it is war or politics or civil unrest - then as now, the people suffer. 
Petition calls on government to take control of the terminology of the country's history and stop using the 'F' word.
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And if you agree, sign the petition mentioned at the end of the article. Two branches of my Irish family came to America during this time-frame - it has been said "you get on the boat because the water/journey is safer then the land you are leaving" - true then, true now.
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Great post - I started even a bit later than you and these same issues crop up. You provided some good advice for starting out and/or improving our current work.
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In February 2015 I presented on one-name studies and surname research at RootsTech. I offered to record my presentation and make a copy of my handout/worksheet available. They are finally up at my blog. Let me know if you have questions, comments or suggestions. Cheers!
Where did the time go? Wasn't it just February? The time flew by and other tasks took precedence - looming deadlines, other conferences and webinars, April's blogging challenge, as well as family matters. I finally got the chance to finish recording (and editing) the presentation I did for ...
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Just watched your Roots Tech presentation today at lunch.  I've been debating on doing one of these studies on my paternal surname, Lusby.  I've hit a major brickwall with it at my 3x great grandfather.  Other than a record of his marriage in 1833 in Westmoreland County Virginia, can't find any other records.

I think he might be tied to the Lusby's in Cecil County Maryland.  None of my other cousins know anything more about the Lusby surname than I do, and I'd love to find out where we originated.

I'd love some ideas on how to get started.
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My contribution to Worldwide Genealogy for May. If you are looking for some Spring reading - I've got a few suggestions. Do you have any?
I love books! It's that time of year (at least in the Northern hemisphere!). It's Spring and many of us are opening windows, storing the heavy blankets and comforters, rolling up rugs, changing out our dishes, and driving wit...
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I agree +Helen Connor!
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Genealogy, Technology & Politics/Law ~ all fascinating topics constantly evolving. 
Genealogy focus ~ Newfoundland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia & US research. Share my journey at Keough Corner  & Scandia Musings
Technology focus ~ working smarter not harder & finding the best tech tools for my needs.
Political & legal focus ~ appreciating what I have and remembering that it only works when we all play nice with others.  Consider myself an "optimistic realist."
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