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Apr 6, 2016

Genealogy Gems Podcast
Episode #190
Lisa Louise Cooke

Highlights from this episode:

  • Extreme Genes radio show Scott Fisher talks about his role in helping to solve a 30-year old missing persons case;
  • Lisa advises a listener on a pesky Gmail problem;
  • A whirlwind world tour of new genealogy records online;
  • Searching out military service details with Google Books;
  • One RootsTech attendee's Google search success story
  • the new Genealogy Gems Book Club title, a brand-new, much-anticipated second novel by a breakout British novelist.

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NEWS: NGS Streaming Sessions

National Genealogical Society: NGS 2016 is offering registration packages for the following live-streaming lecture series:

Thurs, May 5, 2016: Land Records, Maps and Google Earth

How to Follow and Envision Your Ancestor’s Footprints Through Time with Google Earth by Lisa Louise Cooke 


NGS Live-Streaming Registration

More Conference Streaming Sessions by Lisa Louise Cooke: RootsTech 2016 (these are free!)

Mobile Genealogy Tips and Tricks  

Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy



NEWS: New Genealogy Records Online

Birth, marriage,  and death records for Western Australia on;

deeds and mortgages for South Jutland, Denmark on;

Yorkshire, England Quarter Session Records and Probate Records  on;

Land tax records for Devon, Plymouth & West Devon, Englandon;

Brazil civil registration records on;

United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records at

Freedmen’s Bureau marriages at;

Louisiana wills and estates updated on;

North Carolina civil marriage bonds and certificates at

Maryland church records on;

New York State church records at Findmypast 

Illinois marriage records on in 3 collections:

church marriages, 1805-1985

civil marriages, 1833-1889 

county marriages, 1810-1934

North Dakota funeral homes (hosted by the Red River Genealogical Society) at for free; 

1945 South Dakota state census at updated 


NEWS: Family Tree Maker Direct Import into RootsMagic

How to directly import your Family Tree Maker files into RootsMagic.


MAILBOX: Carol and the Coast Guard in Google Books

Google Books

Google Books search on "USCG Beale:" search results include  this PDF document search "coast guard history" 1920..1935 "Beale:” results include Cutters Historical Bibliography

U.S. Coast Guard museum and historian’s office

United States Coast Guard Academy Library


MAIL: Gail’s Trouble with Gmail

If you’re not receiving the Genealogy Gems free weekly email newsletter, consider these possibilities:

  1. Newsletters are going to Gmail spam. Click "Spam" in the left column and see if there are emails from When you find one, mark it as "not spam" and move it to your inbox. Then add our email address to your Contacts
  2. Newsletter emails may be going to "Promotions" or "Updates" tab in Gmail. By default you are viewing only emails in the Inbox tab. Click the other tabs to look for ours. Click on an email and drag it onto the Inbox tab to try and get them to go to Inbox. If you search our email address in Gmail it should bring up any emails you have received in other tabs. 


Gmail is a powerful, free tool for using and archiving email. That’s why there’s an entire chapter on Gmail in The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 2nd edition. Gmail can help you sort and even keyword-search your past email, and this book will show you how.

MAILBOX: Neik from The Netherlands with Research Tips

Neik’s tips on researching in The Netherlands

CONVERSATION GEM: Celeste’s Google Search Success Story and Google Search Methodology Tips

Google for Genealogy: Google Keyword Search Tips

7 Free Google Search Features Every Genealogist Should Use

For Genealogy Gems Premium members (See all Premium videos at

  • Common Surname Search Secrets
  • Ultimate Google Search Strategies
  • Digging Deeper into Web Sites with Google Site Search

CONVERSATION GEM: Jillian on Irish adoption law

A letter from a reader on Irish adoption policy


INTERVIEW: Scott from Extreme Genes Helps Solve a 30-Year Old Missing Persons Case


Extreme Genes Radio Show

More “Cold Case” Inspiration:

Genealogy Cold Case: Solved!

Premium Video: Genealogical Cold Cases (To learn about Premium membership click here)


BOOK CLUB: The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

British author Helen Simonson’s debut novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel , became a NYT best-seller and has been translated into 21 languages. Her newest book, The Summer Before the War, is another great read: light and charming, with a dash of romance and humor. It’s so easy to read and love.

It’s the early 1900s, and main character Beatrice Nash has recently lost her father. The estate settlement lost her control over her own funds and freedom. She comes to a small English town as a Latin teacher and must mind her manners and local politics to keep her job. Beatrice meets a man and the appeal appears mutual, but he’s already engaged.

This isn’t just Beatrice’s story. You’ll meet an entire village full of charming and irascible and expatriate and unconventional and way-too-conventional and mysterious characters, including the local gentry and the local gypsies. They all have their own stories, which unfold as they begin to experience the first great shock of the 20th century close-up: World War I. First it’s the stunned refugees who they enter the quiet village in which the story is set, and the drama that unfolds as the village tries to rally and care for them. Eventually you’ll see the battlefront through the eyes of a few characters who enlist, not all of whom are going to make it back home.

Despite the realities they face, this is somehow still an easy and charming read, one into which it’s easy to disappear. Helen Simonson will join us in June to talk about The Summer Before the War.