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Myrt's Next Hangout  - 
 
GenEd: Upping Your Game  tonight's WACKY Wednesday. Go exploring with one of DearMYRTLE's very distant cousins to see what's available. We start at 9pm US Eastern (New York) time. Register at: http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com
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Dawn Scully

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do you transcribe all records found into your genealogy software program, i.e. death certs into the notes on death or census info into the note section?  Or do you just cite the source document?
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I use Rootsmagic and add information as I receive it, trying to get better at my citing.
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Jane Wi

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Can I ask what is happening with the Finally Get Organized series?
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Gerry Humes

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Does anyone have suggestions about finding maps that go with the various Census Districts, etc. Would love to be able to figure out where they were living, especially in the Counties that were split off. 
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William Dollarhide has a book of maps that are great when dealing with the US census:  Map Guide to the US Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide.  ISBN:  0-8063-1188-6
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Gerry Humes

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Here is my third post in the Blogging from A to Z (April 2016) challenge.

http://www.gerryruth.us/2016/04/c-is-for-carter-tadlock.html


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Gerry Humes

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Here is my second post in the Blogging from A to Z (April 2016) challenge.

http://www.gerryruth.us/2016/04/b-is-for-greenup-bird-patterson.html

#Genealogy, #blog, # Patterson, #A to Z Challenge
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Barbara Gressel

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New MLA Handbook seeks to make citing sources from a variety of media easier and more commonsensical.
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DearMYRTLE
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Ol' Myrt here is frankly surprised RootsWeb's parent company, Ancestry.com, didn't have a redundancy system in place to ensure a swift recovery when one component of their datacenter fails. That's WHEN not IF hardware fails. Providing for that eventuality is standard operating procedure if the datacenter values it's content. Maybe RootsWeb content isn't valued by Ancestry.com?
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I've been doing online genealogy research since the late 1990s. Myrtle touched upon the importance  of multiple backups, but equally important is her mention of WHO we trust to master all of our genealogy research. I'm increasingly concerned about the growing trend across the internet of Ancestry,com's parent organization taking over successful websites - shutting them down or rendering them practically useless as "archives" ("Genforum" may you rest in peace; how we miss you), and standardizing genealogy information so that its one common source, mistakes and all. I'm starting to see mistakes recycled over and over again, just as we saw within the original family group sheets of the LDS Family History centers.
I'm thankful that LDS is such an active force, but as more and more websites fold, its hard to validate information with the independent sites. I've experienced a REDUCTION of information sources this last decade. one last thing - I work in Federal information management, and quite frankly, it seems rather convenient that this Rootsweb loss occurred. After all, where will you be forced to store your content? On Ancestry.com, Familysearch.com, Fold3, Archives, or Findagrave, which are all owned by the same organization and organized to show the same records. I expect GenWeb to be next, if hasn't already been absorbed. Genealogists should always challenge sources if they cant be validated or see a record first-hand; never settle for anything that simply says "index."
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Pat Richley-Erickson
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Continuing conversations are happening right now in the hangouts hosted this week by DearMYRTLE, Cousin Russ and their beloved panel participants. Using the new Business Hangouts, the archived videos and their respective comm...
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DearMYRTLE
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Myrt's Next Hangout  - 
 
Fairfax Genealogical Society's Annual Spring Conference
Friday, 1 April 2016
Researching in the 21st Century


NOTE: We will be using the traditional Google+ Hangout On Air for these presentations.

(Times are listed in the Eastern US - New York time zone.)

3:15pm - 4:15pm Information Overload
https://youtu.be/O5BZ_rZJD-g
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DearMYRTLE
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Myrt's Next Hangout  - 
 
Fairfax Genealogical Society's Annual Spring Conference
Friday, 1 April 2016
Researching in the 21st Century


NOTE: We will be using the traditional Google+ Hangout On Air for these presentations.

(Times are listed in the Eastern US - New York time zone.)

2pm - 3pm Does Genealogy Software Limit Our Thinking?
https://youtu.be/rv9qqxZCj6A

3:15pm - 4:15pm Information Overload
https://youtu.be/O5BZ_rZJD-g

6pm - 7pm Thoughtful Analysis: Avoid Jumping to Conclusions
https://youtu.be/ORIbw4zBN9A

7:15pm - 8:15pm Finally Get Organized! Overcoming Paper Challenges in A Digital World
https://youtu.be/AhX2pxkc5zs

Virtual attendees may click on the above referenced class titles, to watch the video on YouTube.

In-person attendees may find out more by reading DearMYRTLE's Fairfax Genealogical Society: Annual Spring Conference
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2016/03/fairfax-genealogical-society-annual.html
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Tony Proctor

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+DearMYRTLE  Apologies for my random comment in the last Mondays-with-Mrt hangout (21 Mar 2016) -- it must have looked a bit bizarre as it was not related to the current topic. However, I was reading the 30 pages of hand-written memories that my mother had just given the day before and thought I really should share this idea with everyone. She's on a roll now and has a new notebook to continue the work. I may even transcribe them for my blog, with her permission. I hope everyone else is envious  :-)

Although my father insists he will not be following suit, he just surprised the heck out of me by giving me a copy of a 2-page poem he wrote to my mother when they were dating. What a dark horse!
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Very envious!  I can't get my relatives to write anything down.  When I get them talking, they talk over one another and skip around multiple topics.  That make taking notes or recording difficult.  Of course, you should really ask permission before recording, but that can damper the conversation.
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Diana Osberg

Research - How to  - 
 
Learn to write your memoirs - June 3-5, 2016 with Jay Speyerer. http://www.miaterraretreats.com/ligonier-pennsylvania-memoir-writing-retreat/
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Barbara Gressel

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In our Moday's with Myrt session today, I told about my journal.  I write a little story/memory and illustrate it with my water colors.  Well, I'm certainly no artist, but it is fun and I think my daughters will enjoy it when I am gone.  The stories don't have to be important.  I think the the everyday things are the best.

This story is about our pet skunk, Stinky.  I was about 6 years old and we had just moved to California.  Not long after Stinky came to live with us, I took him upstairs to play.  Unfortunately, I tripped up the stairs and dropped him.  He tumbled down two steps before he caught himself.  Stinky NEVER FORGOT.  He hated me!  He would go out of his way to terrorize me.  His favorite thing to do was try to bite my feet while I was going to the restroom.  
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...and they say elephants never forget...Wonderful and effective way to pass on your memories!
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DearMYRTLE
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Myrt's Next Hangout  - 
 
DearMYRTLE Hangouts - 4-6 April 2016 It's time to register.
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2016/04/dearmyrtle-hangouts-4-6-april-2016.html
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Gerry Humes

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Just found a new Blogging challenge: Blogging from A to Z (April 2016)
Bloggers can choose any subject/theme that they want. You can tell from my Blog title what my Passion is. I''m a day late starting, but here is my April 1st entry:

http://www.gerryruth.us/2016/04/a-is-for-abraham-lincoln-weddle.html
#genealogy, #blog, #Weddle, #A to Z Challenge
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I've joined with my Surname Study blog - curryaus.wordpress.com
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DearMYRTLE
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Was he there when his unit fought in the US Civil War?
DearREADERS, Via DearMYRTLE's Facebook Page , Danine Cozzens says "Wow.
It just hit me that I have all these Civil War and Rev War ancestors
and have never cross-checked their units and which battles they were in.
Yet another way in which history comes a...
DearREADERS, Via DearMYRTLE's Facebook Page, Danine Cozzens says "Wow. It just hit me that I have all these Civil War and Rev War ancestors and have never cross-checked their units and which battles they were in. Yet another way in which history comes alive when you really do genealogy!" ...
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Pat Richley-Erickson
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How did our ancestors do it? Without the Internet. Without "cheerful" memes or tweets from sympathetic friends? Without advice from numerous websites about overcoming grief and "getting on with your life" ? How did our ancest...
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What a lovely, heartfelt composition! I felt what you were describing. And, now I feel comforted in a new way. Thank you!
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DearMYRTLE
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Myrt's Next Hangout  - 
 
Fairfax Genealogical Society's Annual Spring Conference
Friday, 1 April 2016
Researching in the 21st Century


NOTE: We will be using the traditional Google+ Hangout On Air for these presentations.

(Times are listed in the Eastern US - New York time zone.)

2pm - 3pm Does Genealogy Software Limit Our Thinking?
https://youtu.be/rv9qqxZCj6A
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DearMYRTLE
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Myrt's Next Hangout  - 
 
WACKY Wednesday 23 March 2016 - LIBRARY THING. We start in about 40 minutes. Find out which of my very distant cousins will visit with Cousin Russ as he shares his experiences with cataloging his genealogy book collection. (Me thinks Mr. Myrt might like to watch the re-run of this hangout.) Register at: http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com
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I have just been watching this and wondered if you have friends on library thing can you see their library collection.
I am thinking that it would be useful if they have an old out of print book that you would find useful. The ability to make contact with that person could be useful. 
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