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A genealogy blogger, lecturer and webinar host, DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson. She is the author of DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog, appearing first as a column in the AOL Golden Gates Genealogy Forum, then in website format, now in blog format (1995-present), DearMYRTLE’s Monthly Organization Checklists (1996-present), “Virtual Presentations: an alternative for genealogy speakers” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Dec 2009, “Genealogists: Get a Second Life” Digital Genealogist Volume 3, Number 3, DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy (2006), The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2001) and the “Church Records” chapter, Beginning Genealogy (Family Chronicle 1999).

Founder, (2011- present); Official Blogger, RootsTech 2011; Co-Organizer, BetterGEDCOM Project (2010-present); Co-Founder Genea-Quilters (2010-present); Coordinator, Union of Genealogy Groups in Second Life (2007-present); Discussion Leader, Just Genealogy in Second Life (2007-present); Vice President, Utah Genealogical Association, (December 2008-June 2010); Podcaster, DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour (2000-2004); Computer Instructor, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Florida (1991-2005; President, Manasota Genealogical Society (2001-2005); Instructor, Manasota PAF Users Group (1993-2005); Leadership Team, AOL Genealogy Forum (1991-2000); Patron Services Director, Bradenton Florida Family History Center (1989-2002); Leadership Team, Q-Link’s Your Family Tree (1984-1989).

Pat has studied at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (2011). Find Myrt on the web at: