Myrtle (Pat Richley) truly is a dear person.
DearMYRTLE has been online since 1995 and involved with all kinds of online genealogy helps and projects.
In fact, she is a pioneer in genealogy audio training on the Internet.
When you go online and investigate the largest, most popular genealogy Web sites, you will find familiar names like: FamilySearch, RootsWeb, and Ancestry.
However, there is another site at the very top of the list that is not run a large company or organization.
Behind the scenes, you will find an individual who has done something amazing for the genealogy world. She is Cyndi Howells, author, speaker, creator of Cyndi’s List, and Family History Hero.
The comprehensive “Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet” has been going strong since 1996, and now has over 264,400 links for family history.
It is amazing what Cyndi has accomplished over the years and the help she has given to genealogy researchers all over the world. As Cyndi says on her site…
Flash Drive Genealogy: How-to Easily Store and Backup Your Important Genealogy Information
I did a survey and got tons of feedback from readers of my Treasure Maps Genealogy newsletter. My goal being to address and help solve problems and concerns that many online genealogy researchers have.
For example, look at the answer to this question:
QUESTION: What is your biggest problem with your computer skills? What would you like to know how to do better that is holding you back?
ANSWER: “Something stupid and basic! I have a flash drive but I haven’t used it yet. I don’t know how to copy my FTM (Family Tree Maker) stuff onto it, and that’s what I got it for.”
I’ve withheld the name because I don’t want anyone to feel embarrassed, but this kind of problem is very common (and it is not stupid). Today, we will go into depth on this topic and I even have a video for you to see that I created just for this lesson (see below).
Why GEDCOM files are a genealogy
researcher’s best friend…
How would you like to no longer stress over GEDCOM files? It is time to solve this genealogy mystery once and for all.
This introduction section shows you what GEDCOM files are and begins to solve the confusion and frustration that surrounds them.
The majority of genealogy researchers don’t know how to work with them and are missing out on so much.
Over the years, I’ve found this GEDCOM file issue to be a stumbling block with the majority genealogy researchers.
Here is genealogy GEDCOM file video workshop for you, with step-by-step lessons in an easy-to-understand presentation. This workshop will help solve your GEDCOM file phobias once and for all.
Genealogy software does
all the work for you…
You will discover how to import (look at) and export (save your own GEDCOM files) and how easy it is to do.
Hopefully, you already have a favorite genealogy software program that you are using. If not, there is a link below to a powerful free program (that happens to be my personal favorite) that you can get.
Note: In part two of the GEDCOM mini-workshop, you will see how to import and export GEDCOM files with the free PAF genealogy software program.
In part three, you will see how to do the same thing with the Family Tree Maker genealogy software program.
Don’t let these terms confuse or scare you off. Here’s all that this means…
You CAN do it…
Here, you will see how to work with GEDCOM files in a different genealogy software program, Family Tree Maker.
You will also see a search on one of the many sites on the Internet where you can get GEDCOM files with the surnames that you are researching.
I believe that the light bulbs will start going off in your mind, and you will finally understand what all of the fuss about GEDCOM files is all about.
Do you want to see something refreshing? This will make you feel good and give you hope, knowing that some of the younger generation will continue our genealogy research.
You know that the words youth and genealogy are not usually found in the same sentence together.
The older we get, the more we appreciate the value of our family history. That’s why it is rare to see children and teenagers interested in genealogy, and why it is usually the “mature generation” who are involved in researching their family tree.
Meet Elyse: She’s 19 years-old, goes to school, has a boyfriend, loves Harry Potter, and has created 15 videos about genealogy on YouTube.