DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley, a computer consultant and part-time computer instructor. She is the author of The Joy of Genealogy (2006) and The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2000) and numerous DearMYRTLE "Little Books." Her daily column first appeared in 1995 in the Genealogy Forum of AOL and is now available in the following formats:

WEBSITE (Search, browse and view columns directly, with full graphics):

BLOG (Search, browse and view columns directly with limited graphics): 

MESSAGE BOARD (Search, browse and view columns directly, without graphics):

MAILING LIST  (Search, browse and view columns directly, without graphics):

RSS (add this code to your RSS agregator such as SharpReader): 

PODCAST (Click to view the list of audio files and listen, or add this code to your podcast agregator such as iTunes):

From January 2000 until summer 2004's hurricane season, these "how-to" genealogy shows broadcast live on Tuesday evening and streamed over the internet. Now the shows are pre-recorded and available on the internet in a format called "podcasting."  People can tune in whenever they want by going to The podcast can be downloaded using software such as iTunes, and can be listened to via computer or transferred to a portable .mp3 player such as an iPod.

Myrt's goal is to provide practical, down-to-earth advice to family historians.