Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research

Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research


by Carrie Keele,  DearMYRTLE

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Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Research


Find out why Ol' Myrt gave up the notion to avoid sharing her family tree online. Secret: It's all about collaboration. This webinar guides participants through the process of creating a GEDCOM file in the Legacy Family Tree software, uploading the file to, and looking for "reasonable" matches using Ancestry's shaking leaf. We then focus on deeper searches using using the "magnifying glass" and analysis of reliability of matches.

Topics include:
  • GEDCOM - Privacy issues with living individuals
  • Ancestry Member Trees privacy options
  • Changing views
  • Editing profiles
  •'s shaky leaf
  • Accepting an suggestion
  • Reviewing another Ancestry Member Tree
  • Communicating with other researchers


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Presenter: Carrie Keele

Carrie Keele is the author of the popular Not Your Mother's Genealogy Blog. Despite being DearMYRTLE's daughter, Carrie swore she would never do genealogy. However, she found her first probate record on microfilm at the age of ten. From 2009-2011, Carrie has served as the administrative assistant for the Utah Genealogical Association, including work with UGA's annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Carrie's background informs her interest in all things technical -- be it blogging, photography, webinars or social media. Now an avid genealogist, Carrie seeks to bridge the generation gap to preserve family heritage. Carrie is past president of her school PTA and now serves at the council level. She, her husband and two children reside in Sandy, Utah.

Carrie Keele

Presenter: DearMYRTLE

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly hangouts including Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and moderates more intense study groups including Beginning Genealogy, Mastering Genealogical Proof, The Written Conclusion, and Genealogy and the Law. Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link's Your Family Tree and later on the leadership team of AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary computer instructor. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone's throw from the Family History Library. A speaker at regional and national conferences including several livestreamed videocasts at RootsTech 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017. Ol' Myrt and her team presented two G+ Hangout on Air workshops at RootsTech. She has served RootsTech as an official blogger and ambassador (2011-2017). DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. She serves as admin for The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group together with her hangout co-host, her real-life Cousin Russ Worthington. Find out more at (Yup! She’s a dot com!)