Pat Rickley-Erickson, a computer instructor at the Manatee Technical Institute and computer tutoring services in Sarasota and Manatee County, Fla., also authored the “Dear Myrtle’s Daily Genealogy” column. The column appeared in the Golden Gate Genealogy Forum on AOL from 1995 until it folded in 2003.
“Dear Myrtle, Your Friend in Genealogy since 1995,” provides genealogical lessons online at blog.dearmyrtle.com. DearMYRTLE.com debuted in 1999 as a place to archive special columns for access by anyone on the net.
As Dear Myrtle, Rickley-Erickson has spoken at national, regional and local genealogy society meetings since the late 1990s. Her book, “Myrt’s The Everything Online Genealogy Book” was published in November 2000 followed by Dear Myrtle’s Joy of Genealogy in 2006.
Rickley-Erickson has written numerous magazine articles which were published in Heritage Quest Magazine and Everton’s Genealogical Helper.
She began her series of “little books,” including “Getting Started with Your Family History and Internet Research: Top 20 Things to Do Online” in 2003. She also wrote the chapter on church records for Family Chronicle’s Introduction to Genealogy.
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