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DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 20 June 2006 Myrt's guests include Kathy Meade from the premier website for scanned images of Swedish church records 1600-1900; and Denise Olsen from for advice about creating folders in MS Outlook (email program) and battery back-up uninterrupted power supplies. NEW 32bit PODCAST created.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 21 March 2006 Myrt's topics and guests include Jay Speyerer who talks with Myrt about writing techniques discussed in his new book The Stories of our Days: Writing Your True Story Using Techniques of Fiction. Pick up a few ideas about preserving old letters and identifying old photos, and what to do with those very long URLS that sometimes get split in email. Myrt also touches on Cuban family history research, and reports on a new book from by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis titled Jamestowne Ancestors. The show page also mentions specific links for other genealogy and family history podcasts.

DearMYRTLE's Column: Numbering & Filing Systems includes a combination of the following columns:

DearMYRTLE's Column: Cuban Research Myrt discusses alternatives for genealogists with roots in Cuba, since few records are available on microfilm through the Family History Library. Links to websites, etc. are found in the original column located at:

DearMYRTLE's Column: Immigration Frustration: McCleod 1854 Scotland to NYC. DearMYRTLE explores options for a reader who is tracing an ancestor's emigration from Scotland thru New York circa 1854. A variety of websites are provided on the column's webpage.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 21 Feb 2006 Myrt's guests include's founder Joe Bott and the site's archivist, Jeannette Balleza discussing the lost photos archives and the new e-book The Desperate Genealogist's Idea Book: Creative Ways to Outsmart Your Elusive Ancestors.'s Geoff Rasmussen discusses what to do when someone's email address has changed and how to create a hopefully permanent email address for your genealogy postings. There are numerous links to genealogy news that has come across Myrt's desk including articles about Cape Cod gravestones and a new Swiss genealogy website.

DearMYRTLE's Column: Old book provides insight on legal terms

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 14 Feb 2006 This week's show is dedicated to Myrt's first online genealogy mentor Russ Kyger. RootsMagic's Bruce Buzbee joins Myrt to discuss the "Share CD" and other unique options of his program. Myrt interviews Bob Velke about the importance of legal terms in the historical context of our ancestors' lives using Black's Law Dictionary. The 1891 & 1910 edition are available on CD from his website Maggie Stewart from the USGenWeb Archives Newsletter spotlights the work of one Kentucky GenWeb volunteer - Mike Meinhart of Boyd County. The MightyMouse Tour takes in several stops including an 1882 Austrian map site, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors writing contest, and purchasing books from (the case in point explains the difference between naturalizations and denizations.) Also Myrt asks listeners if they would like to hear more of her regular columns as short podcasts.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 31 Jan 2006 This jam-packed hour features Darrin Lythgoe, creator of The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding; "Family Tree" from the Ancestral Songs CD by Steve Lanza; and Courtney Newton, BA (Family History) who explains to Myrt the strategies for determining the town of origin for your Italian ancestors. The MightyMouse tour visits Dick Eastman's website and explores the Encyclopedia of Genealogy. From the BookShelf features Genealogical Publishing Company's The Early Germans of New Jersey.

Listen in as Myrt spills the beans (with permission of course) about tomorrow's press release from concerning the possibility of wining a free genealogy cruise to Alaska or trip Salt Lake's Family History Library.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 24 Jan 2006 Myrt and guest Geoff Rasmussen have a lively discussion about synchronizing your genealogy database with other family members, Legacy Family Tree's "InteliMerge" and using a BLOG to coordinate a "to-do" list. Elizabeth Powell Crowe returns to speak this time about a rather mysterious ethnic group in the eastern US known as the Melungeons. Myrt also visits with Sharon MacInnes of Ancestor Tracks, the producer of the series of books and CDs in the Early Landowners of Pennsylvania series.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 17 Jan 2006 Myrt answers a listener's question about why we still need Family History Centers. Then catch her interview with Karen Sladek, award-winning author of LUCKY STARS & GOLD BARS: A World War II Odyssey. This lucky daughter discovered 400 of her father's letters sent home during the war days. Myrt also extends an invitation to the 2006 Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree 10-11 February 2006 in St. George Utah. Pre-registration deadline is 31 Jan.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 10 Jan 2006 Listen in as Myrt discusses Reunions Magazine with editor Edith Wagner; PAF Companion 2 with developer Pierre Cloutier; and Godfrey Memorial Library (including the HeritageQuestOnline access) with the Godfrey's director Richard E. Black. Other topics include: Tennessee's apprenticed children, the free SSDI & World Place Finder offer, GeneLines, the 2006 genealogy cruise, and the AGBI American Genealogical Biographical Index. The MightyMouse tour visits RootsWeb mailing lists and explains the difference between L (list mode) and D (digest mode.)
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 3 Jan 2006 Myrt's guests this week include Geoff Rasmussen who discusses his newest project, the AniMap Training Video; and Libbi Crowe who provides specific steps for solving genealogical questions and making real progress in your research in 2006. During the MightyMouse segment, Myrt discusses 1837Online's WWI Overseas Army Deaths Database, the Missouri Land Patents Database provided by the Secretary of State, and's decision to discontinue HeritageQuestOnline. Links we mention include Myrt's column about a birth record created for war duty, and 2006 the Chinese year of the Dog.
DearMYRTLE Column: The Internet, Genealogists and the Future - Back in 1998, Heritage Quest Magazine featured one of DearMYRTLE's columns titled “THE INTERNET, GENEALOGISTS & THE FUTURE” as the cover story for the Nov/Dec issue. Myrt revisits the topic, compares her predictions and includes a "wish list" for genealogists in a column Originally published in The Godfrey Update, Winter 2005 pp 16-19.
DearMYRTLE Column: Determining Book Lists for Family History Centers Ol' Myrt here knows you want to have something on the shelf when that gentleman comes in and says "My name is Jones, and I hear the Mormon Library has my family history. I'd like to pick up a copy this afternoon!"

20 Dec 2005 DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Myrt's special guest is a certain MR. S. CLAUS direct via satellite cell phone from the North Pole.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 13 Dec 2005 Myrt's guests include author Elizabeth Powell Crowe on the importance of oral histories, and editor Holly Hanson on the brand new 11th edition of Everton's Handybook for Genealogists. Myrt thanks Elizabeth Kasper for sharing her before and after views her ancestors 1815 marriage record, as she describes the process she went through with Adobe Photoshop to enhance the readability of the document. Thanks to Jill who reminds us that Corel now owns PaintShop Pro. The MightyMouse tour spotlights the wonderful volunteers at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. Hats off to Kimberley Powell for her article on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec 7, 2005.
DearMYRTLE: Pearl Harbor Day 2005. Myrt pays tribute to her Dad and others who served valiantly during World War II.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 6 Dec 2005  Guest Bob Velke, producer of The Master Genealogist software program, joins Myrt to discuss his brand new venture -- Other topics include the 1901 & 1911 Irish Census records soon to be released online, blogging, finding probate records, the FamilySearch research outlines, determining the spelling of a town using the FHLCatalog, and interviewing relatives using the's "Crapture the  a Memories" CD with 14 different books for you to create over the holidays as you visit with your families.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 29 Nov 2005 DearMYRTLE interviews Michael Booth, creator of Personal Historian, where we learn, step-by-step to set up a new project, and have fun learning to use this wonderful software program. Myrt reprises an interview with Katherine Scott Sturdevant, co-author of Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History and author of Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents. Topics include preserving old documents, creating an interview "tote bag," how to make secure purchases online, and a brief tour of the GENUKI website for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Island, Wales, and the Isle of Man.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 22 Nov 2005 Myrt discusses her readers' comments about the CCC Civilian Conservation Corps, interviews noted author Elizabeth Powell Crowe on mortality schedules in addition to US Federal Census records, some of which have been transcribed and are available online. The MightyMouse segment is a 2-parter, with a visit to's virtual tour, and the download of 30-day free software from in anticipation of next week's interview of the program's author.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 15 Nov 2005 Myrt's guests include Barb Schulz, a DAR Regent and a Colonial Dames of the XVII Century registrar.'s Geoff Rasmussen talks about "Three Proven Methods for Getting Responses from your Living Relatives." During the MightyMouse tour, Myrt explores USGenWeb with USGenWeb Archives Newsletter editor, Maggie Stewart. Myrt explains "blogs" again, and recommends that you subscribe to her column if you are having trouble receiving email on a regular basis.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 8 Nov 2005 Myrt discusses Digital versions of microfilm online, adoption issues, adding multiple sets of parents in genealogy software. The MightyMouse tour visits's now partially hidden glossary.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 11 Oct 2005 with Frank Koerner, B.S. Physics, Juris Doctorate, author  of The Missing Peace of a Heritage Puzzle - A Memoir Uniquely Set in a Vanished Sudetenland; and  Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph. D., author of Forensic Genealogy available through her website. The MightyMouse tour discusses BLOGS, and how to subscribe to both Dick Eastman and Myrt's blogs using SharpReader. Myrt's asks listeners and readers to consider alternate uses for a digital camera's memory stick. "Links We Mention" include Walmart's online Photo Center; Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner by Daniel L. Schafer and the use of Google's Gmail.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 4 Oct 2005 with Geoff Rasmussen from; James W. Petty, AG®, CGRSSM, B.A. (History), B.S. (Genealogy) an expert on the headright system in 17th Century Virginia and Relative Genetics; Grace DuMelle author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors. Maggie Stewart, editor of the USGenWeb Archives Newsletter provides links to Hancock County, Ohio tidbits. The MightyMouse tour explores Legacy Family Tree Version 6.  Download the latest free version to follow along. Myrt discusses how to reference another researcher's work, and the definition of "grass widow" provided by
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 27 Sept 2005 with Barbara Benge, Native American research expert and Ugo A. Perego, MS, Director of Operations, Sorensen Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Myrt mentions an obscure cemetery project in Travis County, Texas. The MightyMouse tour explores the "Scotlands People" website and Myrt handles the delicate question of how to document a relationship involving children where the parents were apparently not married.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 6 Sept 2005 with Kory Meyerink, AG from & John Shupe from Passage Express. MightyMouse Tour: step-by-step downloading a genealogy software program.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 29 Aug 2005 with Holly T. Hansen of & Everton's Genealogical Helper, Evan Eastley of and Elizabeth Powell Crowe on Beginning Genealogy: Vital Records. MightyMouse tour of (clothing & costumes & search option)
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 23 Aug 2005 with Maggie Stewart of USGenWeb, John Vilburn of PAF Insight & Sean Williams of CenMatch. MightyMouse Tour of NEW PODCAST feed released.
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 16 Aug 2005 with author Elizabeth Powell Crowe & Aaron Underwood of GenSmarts. MightyMouse tour of's "Place" section of the FHLC Family History Library Catalog. NEW PODCAST feed released.

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