DearMYRTLE interviews Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen

Myrt In this week's DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour, Myrt interviews Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen about the soon-to-be-released Version 7 and the upcoming 2008 Genealogy Cruise to Europe. This interview starts 18 minutes 15 seconds into the podcast.

How to listen
Click here for the interview page, then click on the Launch Player button on the left.

DearMYRTLE is known for her practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians since 1995. She will be the featured speaker on this year's Genealogy Cruise to Europe. She is the author of DearMYRTLE's Joy of Genealogy.

DearMYRTLE's Best of the Internet for Genealogists Award

DearMYRTLE, who will be the featured speaker on this year's Legacy Cruise to Europe, has just published the awards for Best of the Internet for Genealogists 27 Jan 2008. The categories include:

  • Blog
  • Instruction
  • Database site
  • Scanned image site
  • Podcast
  • Video
  • Commentary
  • Innovation
  • Most interesting thread

A recent Legacy News article won this week's award in the Innovation category. Thanks Myrt!

View the awards here.

Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008 to feature DearMYRTLE

The 2008 Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe will feature one of genealogy's favorites - DearMYRTLE! The 5th Annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held July 16-28, 2008, will leave Dover, England and will sail to Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; and back to Dover.

Ship_2Genealogy Classes at Sea

DearMYRTLE will join the Legacy Family Tree experts to present our best offerings of classes we have ever had. In addition to classes on using Legacy, Myrt has a lineup of classes on genealogy technology to enrich genealogists of all expertise. Here are the scheduled classes:

  • Foundation for Success: Timelines. Learn how to research more effectively by building and analyzing your ancestor’s timeline. This class will teach how to easily create a timeline, analyze it for missing clues, automatically embed historical events, and use other tools and software to gain other perspectives of the family’s information.
  • Finding the right records to search. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). Genealogy researchers are most likely familiar with the court system and vital records offices in their own localities, but rules vary from place to place. Diversity among record collections is further complicated by the passage of time, the requirements of the governing body and definitions of words at the time the record was created.
  • Getting it right the first time: guide to proper data entry methods. Learn the golden rules of data entry including consistency techniques for entering names, dates, and locations.
  • Legacy: Just for Beginners. Learn the very basics of using Legacy for your genealogy. Learn how Legacy can help guide your research. Questions/answers.
  • Citing Sources: Leave a big audit trail. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). DearMYRTLE explores critical thinking processes when citing sources of information that may or may not provide evidence to prove lineage assumptions.
  • Sources made simple, standard, and powerful using Legacy 7's new SourceWriter. Learn how to easily enter your sources using industry standards. No expertise required.
  • Blogs & Podcasts. (DearMYRTLE, instructor). Visit with DearMYRTLE to discover how genealogists may to use these new communication tools for obtaining how-to info, preserving family history, or documenting society events.
  • Reporting w/Legacy: Sharing Info Electronically. Learn how to create, share, and even publish your information via email, CD/DVD, and the Internet.
  • Picturing your Legacy: a guide to using and organizing photos. Learn the “before-digitizing-your-pictures” rules, the ins/outs to using pictures in Legacy, and organizing your digital photo collections.
  • Powerful searching and tagging techniques. Learn how to quickly and easily find and retrieve anything in your family file.
  • Finding digital items in the Family History Library Catalog (DearMYRTLE, instructor). You’ve read about plans to scan & index nearly 3 million rolls of microfilm from the Family History Library, including records from over 80 countries throughout the world. DearMYRTLE explains how to access digital & microfilm records using the online FHLCatalog.
  • Potpourri - Q/A with the Legacy developers. This is your chance to “interrogate” the Legacy development team.

About DearMYRTLE

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley, a retired computer software instructor from Manatee Technical Institute, grandmother of six. Since 1995 Myrt has been writing a daily genealogy column first for AOL’s Genealogy Forum and now on the net at Her blog is Myrt’s first experience with web2 publishing. She is the author of DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy (2006) and The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2000), and hostess of DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour genealogy podcasts, interviewing genealogy researchers, webmasters, database managers and software designers.

The Cruise

Discover the lands of kings and tsars all the way up to the Vikings.  An area rich in folklore and fairy tales, you'll be transported back to the time of the original oceangoing explorers.  Naturally, there are ancient cities, castles, museums and cobblestone streets at every turn. But, to the trained eye, that patisserie on the corner is to die for. And the boutiques down the street are waiting to be discovered.

Enjoy exclusive Freestyle Cruising; it's about dining your way. Norwegian Jewel has 12 restaurants on board.  So take your pick, you could dine in a different restaurant every night of your cruise. Just let your palate be your guide.

The Ship

Norwegian Jewel sparkles with her exclusive Garden and Courtyard Villas - the biggest, most luxurious suites ever to hit the high seas. And that's just the beginning. Norwegian Jewel is like a giant, floating luxury resort with swimming pools, hot tubs, a health spa, casino, plus tons of other things to you can choose from to customize your vacation. And since we herald your indecisiveness, check out our 12 different restaurants, 24-hour room service or one of the 11 bars and lounges. You make the rules, ensuring you cruise the Baltic like a king.


To reserve a cabin on the Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2008, call Christy of Travelworks International at 1-888-505-6997 or email her at Or book securely at

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the cities we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit

Legacy 7 - Hear about it in this week's DearMYRTLE interview with Geoff Rasmussen

MyrtIn this week's Family History Hour with DearMYRTLE, Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen discusses what's coming down the pike for Legacy version 7, including compatibility with the much-anticipated new FamilySearch, also yet to be fully released. Myrt announces that she will be attending the 2008 Legacy Genealogy Cruise to Europe.

Myrt also interviewed Pierre Cloutier of and discussed a Legacy add-on, Genelines. Genelines is software to place your ancestor's life in a timeline format, in relation to other family members and to points of local and national history.

Finally, Myrt interviewed genealogy bloggers "Jasia" of CreativeGene and Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing The Tribe to compare & contrast the use of the terms "genealogist" and "family historian".

Listen to the podcast by clicking here.

Archives of past Family History Hour podcasts are available at

Email tip: Use an email address that will last

Have you ever sent an email to someone, only to have it returned as "undeliverable"? Chances are, the intended recipient is using an new email address.

In this week's DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour, Myrt and Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen discuss the challenges of email. Geoff provides suggestions on how to obtain your own, personalized email address ( and the potential disadvantages to using a free email service.

Also discussed are the RootsWeb mailing lists, Yahoo groups, GenForum, and the free trip Millennia is giving away (Alaska genealogy cruise or Family History Library trip).

Listen now by clicking here.

Using Legacy's IntelliShare to Coordinate Research with Others

In today's DearMYRTLE interview, Myrt and guest Geoff Rasmussen of Millennia have a lively discussion about synchronizing your genealogy database with other family members using Legacy's IntelliMerge, and using a BLOG to coordinate a "to-do" list.

For more information, clickable links, and to listen to the show, visit

Dave Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation, wrote a good article about using Legacy's IntelliShare. Read the article here.

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour: January 3, 2006


This is the lineup for today's genealogy podcast, now available for you to listen to 24/7. Please also note the "Links We Mention" and "Listening to the Show" directions below. Myrt's guests include:

  • Geoff Rasmussen, our friend from and to discuss his newest project, the AniMap Training Video. Ol' Myrt first mentioned this product by forwarding the press release about the new CD back in early Nov 2005. Now that I've had a chance to work with the training video, I really am jazzed about the prospect of making better use of the AniMap program that I already own. Yes, you really can teach ol' Myrt here new tricks!
  • Elizabeth Powell Crowe: Step-by-step plan for getting your genealogy research done this year!
  • Mighty Mouse tour: 1837Online's WWI overseas army deaths database ; Missouri Land Patents Database provided by the Secretary of State;'s decision to discontinue HeritageQuestOnline in favor of providing additional genealogical databases. Myrt agrees with Dick Eastman that a majority of researchers will have free access to HQO through state, university and local public libraries.

Listen to the show at

Legacy 6 Highlighted in this week's DearMYRTLE show

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.

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Grabbing the Brass Ring

The following article is from DearMYRTLE's mailing list and is copyright 2005 by DearMYRTLE. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

My 12-week-old grandson has just begun to reach out and grab the little plastic rings that hang from his toy bar. Once he's got one in his tiny little hands, he won't let go. Its almost impossible to release his grip. Are beginning genealogists doing the same thing when it comes to that first original document about an ancestor?

YES, unfortunately, until they become more experienced, genealogical newbies, also hold on tight and aren't open to new suggestions. They:

-- cling to the information in the first document as gospel truth.

-- say "It's spelled this way, so that second or third document can't possibly be about the same person."

-- form all sorts of elaborate stories to make unknown names fit the scenario. (I.E., That must have been his first wife, who must have died in childbirth, and those other children are probably some he unofficially adopted along the Oregon Trail.)

Well, heavens, that might not be true at all. Just because someone in a census has the same name as your ancestor doesn't mean it IS your ancestor and his family. It just might be someone else with the same name, who indeed has a different wife and set of children.

But just as my grandson has to start somewhere in his "grasp of life" so too must fledgling genealogists. It remains for the rest of us to encourage exploring additional resources.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.
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Bradenton, FL 34207

Legacy 6 Interview on DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show

Here's the lineup for today's Family History Hour Internet Radio Show:

  • Geoff Rasmussen - Legacy Family Tree version 6
  • James W. Petty, AG®, CGRSSM, B.A. (History), B.S. (Genealogy) - headright system in 17th Century Virginia
  • Grace DuMelle, author - Finding Your Chicago Ancestors
  • Extra input from: Maggie Stewart, editor of the USGenWeb Archives Newsletter

CLICK HERE to listen to the radio show.