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Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Announcing: Mini-Myrt Meetings

UPDATED: Now that many churches are offering virtual services, we will hold Mini-Myrt Tuesdays through Saturdays.


DearREADERS,


Cousin Russ and Ol’ Myrt here are excited to announce Mini-Myrt Meetings to be held Tues-Sat starting at noon Eastern (daylight when applicable.) People have been clamoring for more time together, but I think study groups would be too intense. If we must practice in-person social distancing, virtual meetings are the way to go.

We have “Mondays with Myrt” webinars at Noon Eastern. These Mini-Myrt Meetings will be 20-minutes Zoom meetings, and less formal with likely more conversation.

GOALS

🤗 PROVIDE an upbeat diversion during the pandemic isolation period.

🤗DEMONSTRATE how easy it is to use Zoom meetings.
🤗ENCOURAGE others to use free Zoom technology to keep in contact with their FAN club.

DIRECTIONS
1. With your web browser go to https://bit.ly/minimyrt
2. Register once. This is what the Zoom Meeting completed registration screen looks like:
LEGEND
A. Meeting Registration is approved.
B. Dates & Times are Mountain Time. Your time zone will show up appropriately because of the date/time set on your computer.
C. You may click “Add to Calendar” and choose from Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar (.ics) or Yahoo Calendar.
D. Join using a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device including Chromebooks, and below find your personal link to the meeting. You will also receive a confirmation email with that personal link to join. Do not lose that email.

E. You do not have to attend every Mini-Myrt, and you may cancel at any time.
MYRT’S HELPFUL HINTS
Zoom Meetings are easy to attend. Click on your personal URL, and you’ll will be in a waiting room until the host (me!) opens the meeting. As we have been practicing Zoom Meetings in our Zoom Webinar after parties, this will be  super  easy. Those of you who have attended SLIG Virtual Courses, Zoom Meetings were the format used there. (One exception – Virtual Nordic was in webinar format, because SLIG wanted to record and possibly distribute the lectures at another time.)
Zoom Webinars – You arrive as an “attendee” and will see designated panelists and whatever screen sharing is permitted by the host. Panelists must turn on their mics and webcams for you to hear and see them. You may communicate with others using the typed chat option  unless the host/co-host turn on your mic, or changes your status to panelist. 
Zoom Meetings – Everyone arrives with equal status, though the host/co-host have additional authorities. You have control of your mic and webcam. You do not need a mic or webcam to participate, as the chat dialog box is available to all.
Note: DearMYRTLE has set up her Zoom webinars and Zoom meetings to prevent file sharing and 1on1 chats, to avoid hackers sending a virus or distributing unsolicited business offers. There are additional Zoom options, but Ol’ Myrt here is keeping it simple.
Set up your own Zoom account herehttps://zoom.us/pricing
Yes, Zoom meetings have free and paid ($14.99 month) options. This video conferencing is fast becoming possible for keeping in touch with your FAN club. See Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-11-identity-problems-fan-principle : 23 Mar 2020).

If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.
paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE

Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist

UPDATED: You, too, Can ZOOM!

DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ and I just completed an updated version of “You, Too, Can ZOOM!” and the video is embedded below. We host Mondays with Myrt in Zoom Webinar format and recommend the less formal Zoom Meetings for family gatherings and business team meetings.

Our recording explains the basic differences between the more formal Zoom Webinars ($$) and the free Zoom Meetings. 

Here’s the link to DearMYRTLE’s “I ZOOM, Do You?” handout that describes the equipment we regularly use. It’s of course, a shared document in Google Drive! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DjCfPPalVdmwnp_K-SmdVnYkpyvrrg76/view

RESOURCES
  • Zoom’s YouTube Channel is chock full of short 1-2 minute training videos. Some are from the attendees’ point of view, others from the host point of view. Ol’ Myrt here particularly recommends the “How to ZoomPlaylist located here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKpRxBfeD1kEM_I1lId3N_Xl77fKDzSXe
  • DearMYRTLE & Cousin Russ are on standby to assist with a free 15 minute consultation.

If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.

paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE

Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist

Mini-Myrt’s Great Face Mask Sew In

DearREADERS,
We’re going to host a special 20-minute Mini-Myrt at noon Eastern on Thurs, 26 Mar 2020 to be known as the Great Face Mask Sew In. Thanks to Kathy who inspired us, we will go through the directions provided by Joann Fabrics & Crafts here: https://www.joann.com/how-to-make-a-face-mask/042188731P321.html

Here’s the link for first time Mini-Myrt registrants: https://bit.ly/minimyrt

I’ll will be using fabrics from Ol’ Myrt’s stash. Why? Our local Joann’s had given out all kits out for the day, were short staffed and couldn’t make more at the time Mr. Myrt stopped by. 

Luckily the store’s website also provided a link https://youtu.be/VgHrnS6n4iA to the YouTube video embedded below. Please take Michelle D’s response to the project to heart. 

For our Great Face Mask Sew In, I’ll have signs to label the measurements so you won’t need to rely on the audio for directions. I’ll also have several in progress, to speed up the demonstration process.

CHALLENGE
I hereby challenge everyone with a sewing machine to make 5 masks each. You can do it! And to keep track of our efforts, here a link to a shared Google Sheet where you may enter your name and number created, updating as necessary from time to time. You’ll need:

  • 9×12 inch fabric
  • 9×12 inch flannel or interfacing
  • 7 inch length of elastic X 2 (one for each ear)
  • thread
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine
  • iron & board or pad

Here’s the link to the Google Sheet for reporting the number of masks donated:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ReVnfWeNer3pICkYnLQK6qPmQXyVMZPldW1_hkg2MnA/edit?usp=sharing

Donate the masks to your local Joann’s store, which will in turn give these to local hospitals.

If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.

paypal.me/DearMYRTLE


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
Twitter: @DearMYRTLE

Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

http://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/organizedgenealogist


That was THEN, this is NOW


DearREADERS,
Last summer, Ol’ Myrt here moved to a different blogging platform. It was a matter of Blogger posts not transferring well to WordPress. I certainly did not want to break hyperlinks and spend weeks attempting to clean things up, so I created Myrt’s Musings.

Here’s where you will find DearMYRTLE:

Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. It’s all about sharing the latest info for finding documents providing evidence of those elusive ancestors.

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, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.

DearMYRTLE’s Calendar
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLEcalendar

DearMYRTLE’s Facebook Group 
(Where most of my content curation occurs.)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DearMYRTLE

DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Community on Google+
(Where we continue the discussion after our live webinars.)
http://bit.ly/DearMYRTLEonGoogle

Myrt’s Musings
(
DearMYRTLE’s NEW Genealogy Blog)
http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/blog/

DearMYRTLE on Twitter
@DearMYRTLE

Second Life
Clarise Beaumont, owner
Just Genealogy Fire Pit
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wollah/47/68/68

The Organized Genealogist
(Where I serve with other admins)


YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

Yes, I do have a Pinterest account, and one on Instagram, but I rarely use them.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.