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May 17, 2011

Published May 17, 2011

In this episode we cover little white lies told at the turn-of=-the-century about divorce, and The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor joins us from Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London.


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9 June 2011, they will be taking part in #AskArchivists Day along with other archives from around the world.

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A new service helps you synchronize between your computer desktop family tree database programs and some of the popular online family tree websites. WebSearch

Example of WebSearch:  Louise M. Chrisman who died in Indiana 




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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Google Earth for Genealogy

90 minute webinar that will introdudce you to the wonderful world of Google Earth and specifically how it can do amazing things for your family history research.  If you are ready to rock your ancestors world. 


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The Story County Genealogical Society Webinar

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August 27, 2011. 


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Juliana asks about PAF and records from Brazil

FamilySearch has been adding records from Brazil recently.

Search the FamilySearch Wiki on brazil research.


Elizabeth has a question about turn of the century divorces: 

“I have found a handful of couples that around the turn of the century that had separated or divorced, but one or both of the people told the census taker they were "widowed".   Until I realized this was happening I simply took the "widowed" at face value and moved on. Are there resources you might suggest for finding divorce information around the turn of the last century?”


Marriage and Divorce, 1867-1906 Volume I by the Department of Commerce and Labor Bureau of the Census from 1909.  This is an incredibly comprehensive book covering marriage and divorce statstics for not only the U.S. but around the world. 


On page 50 the report comes right out and states:


“It should be remembered, however, that in th eUnit3ed States the number of divorced persons reported by the general census of population is grossly deficient, because many persons who are divorced, being sensitive in regard to the fact, report themselves as single or widowed.”


Search “Divorce” in the Family Search Wki



GEM:  The Photo Detective at WDYTYA in London

Interview with Maureen and some of the folks waiting in line

Websites mentioned in this episode:

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Lisa’s upcoming appearances:


The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 9-11, 2011 teaching classes and presenting the Genealogy Gems Podcast Live!


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The Colorado Family History Expo June 24 & 25, 2011.


Midwest Family History Expo in Overland Park, Kansas on July 29 & 30, 2011