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Apr 8, 2011

Published April 8, 2011

In this episode we cover Census Records Tips and Tricks.




"Keep coming up with these gems, you never know where they may lead!" from Angela who asks about Date Discrepanies and Lookalikes  “All of her life my grandmother was sure that she hadn't been told the whole truth about her birth.”


Garry in British Columbia wrote in about A Gem Found in the Library and Archives Canada


Letitia in Ashford, England writes

“Picnic: Problem In Chair Not In Computer!” 


Phyllis from Porland OR is a new blogger and has a question about the Android app

"First I want you to know how much I enjoy your podcasts.  I really appreciate all the hard work you put into getting information to us about how to successfully trace our family roots and for encouraging us to start a blog. 


I started my blog last October.  The site name is and once word got out about the site, family members that I never knew I had contacted me to give me information about our ancestors.  I was even able to find a relative of my great grandmother and my great grandfather in Pescasseroli, Italy and have begun corresponding with them!  So exciting."


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Sean writes in about Citing Wikipedia Sources in your family history research

Sean recommends using the text "Permanent Link."  Read more about it at the Finding the Flock Blog


Ken in Washington DC has a beef with Ancestry

"First, thank you for the time and effort in putting together your podcasts.  I walk several miles to work each day and find the podcasts a wonderful way to pass the time.  I started with all of your archived episodes when I found the series early last year, finished those up last summer, and now eagerly await each new one."


Tammy in Oklahoma asks about old WAC Broadcasts

"I'm a long time listener and happy to say that I am now a Premium Member as well!"

I was recently transcribing letters that my grandmother sent home while she served as a WAC in London and Paris during WWII.  Her name was Louise Liberty Osborne.  She was quite a character.  

One of the last letters I was working on mentioned that she appeared on the National Broadcast of the U.S. Army Hour which was on Sundays from 12 to 1:30.  The letter is dated May 14, 1944.  Do you know if recordings of these broadcasts still exist? 

Here's a website that specializes in old radio logs

Library of Congress Sound Recordings 

Set up some Google Alerts ("army hour" + 1944 for example) and Ebay Favorite Searches. 

There are also several Old Time Radio podcasts in iTunes 


Susan writes: I love listening to your podcasts. You have so many great ideas for family research. I learn something new with every broadcast.  I was wondering if you or any of your listeners have had any luck in finding family records at a church in Germany. 

Lisa's Suggestions:

The best way to start is with  Look up Osnabruck in the Family History Center library catalogue online. 

Under the location you'll find a large number of record collections.  Click on Church records and follow the links to the records you need.  You can then order the microfilm from your local Family History Center (or if the records have been digitized and are online that should be indicated on the page) and view them at the center.  If you're new to using Family History Centers I've done several podcast episodes in my Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast on them and how to use their records.

The Family Search wiki is also a tremendous online free resource to learn more about doing German research and answer questions that pop up along the way.


GEM: Census Tips and Tricks

Lisa interviews Jason Harrison of Familysearch