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21 February 2006 DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour

The edition of DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR genealogy podcast is available for you review 24/7. Myrt's guests and topics this week include:

Frederick the ThirdMightyMouse Tour  When it comes to online genealogical research, your computer's mouse IS mightier than the sword. This week we're visiting and doing with 2 guests from the site Joe Bott & Jeannette Balleza.

The founder of this Archive, Joe Bott, is of German descent. His great-great-grandfather lived during the reign of Frederick III. By paying homage to Fredrick, the author also honors his own lineage and provides a venue by which to tie the living present with the quiet past.

(Springdale, AR - February 2006)   With ancestral sleuthing being one of the most popular online activities, DeadFred Genealogy Photo Archive >> and a talented team of eminent genealogists have created a one-of-a-kind collection to help family history researchers, amateurs and professionals alike, overcome some of the frustrating challenges involved with hunting elusive ancestors., a web site dedicated to connect orphaned ancestral photos with their rightful families for free, just released The Desperate Genealogist's Idea Book: Creative Ways to Outsmart Your Elusive Ancestors, a 150-page e-book filled with real-life experiences, case studies and tips from industry experts Lisa Alzo, Joe Bott, Emily Croom, DearMYRTLE, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Charlie Gardes, John Konvalinka, Megan Smolenyak, Maureen Taylor and Andrew Yeiser.

With over 16 information-packed articles on topics ranging from tracing slave ancestors and Internet broadcasting to using Family History Centers and inspecting aspect ratio to date mystery photographs, this e-book offers the  desperate genealogist  interesting suggestions for tackling research roadblocks.

Expert contributor Lisa Alzo asserted  But as genealogists we must be creative in our thinking, persistent in our execution and patient in our periods of waiting for ancestors.  Her article contributions address how she concluded a two-year search for an elusive female ancestor and solved a family history photo mystery.

The e-book is the first publishing project by, a free online community revolving around a searchable database that contains more than 57,000 identified and mystery photo records for genealogy enthusiasts. The site gives visitors free access to multiple ways to connect to family members and long-lost ancestral photographs. The Archive currently has had over 667 reported photo reunions to date.

Go to  to learn more and purchase the e-book. Proceeds from e-book sales will go towards s operating costs, site enhancements and efforts to increase the value of the Archive for visitors.

For additional information, contact

Jeannette Balleza, Archivist
Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive
P.O. Box 6937
Springdale, AR 72766-6937
479.200.3089., an online genealogical community revolving around a free searchable database that contains thousands of identified and mystery photo records for genealogy enthusiasts, connects orphaned photos with rightful families for free. Submit and search photos, research school annuals, join discussion groups, connect with family members and sign up for's popular monthly e-newsletter. Anyone who finds a photograph of a direct ancestor will receive the original for free (if the original is owned by the Archive).


Geoff Rasmussen, from to discuss the need for permanent email addresses. His solution was to purchase his own email service from for about $9.95 per year. Free alternatives include email at Yahoo, HotMail and Google, but we're depending on these companies not to go out of business.

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