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Feb 15, 2009


Published Feb 15, 2008

Family Reunions

I'd love to hear from you if you've held a family reunion.  What kinds of activities did you plan, and what kinds of things did you wish you had thought of back in the planning stage?  I've been toying with the idea of having a family reunion on my mom's side of the family, but I could really use some good advice on the subject.  So drop me a line  if you've organized a family reunion before and tell me about your experiences. 



The Southern California Genealogical  Society is well into their planning for their 40th Annual Genealogy Jamboree which will be held June 26-28, 2009, at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Burbank, California

They just announced their list of speakers which you will find on The Genealogy Gems News Blog 

I'll be there teaching my Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems Seminars, Parts I and II as well as participating in the Son of a Blogger Summit.  The Official Jamboree blog

Who Do You Think You Are TV Update 

New Kindle 2

I wrote about's recent announcement that the New Kindle 2 is ready for pre-order.  I would really like to hear from you if you have or have used a Kindle. So check out the Kindle and the improvements that have been made.  

Any time you go to Amazon from one of our website links and purchase something you help keep this genealogy podcast free.  Thank you very much for your support!

Lincoln's Birthday:

8 Civil War Era Records Coming Online in Feb. 2009  

Ancestry has just announced that they have posted five of those databases:

1.  Abraham Lincoln Papers (from the Library of Congress)

2. The New Orleans Slave Manifests, covering 1807

3. The Confederate Pension Applications from Georgia        

4. The Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons

5. The U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and

Ancestry's Civil War Collection

Family History: Genealogy Made Easy

Episode 16: The Family History Library including catalog research tips that will help you get even better search results!


GEM: Profile America - The First U.S. Presidential Picture

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GEM: Interview with Holly Hansen - Family History Expos

Watch videos at The Family History Expos TV channel at YouTube
Listen to the conference speakers and exhibitors at podcast.

Feb 27 & 28, 2009:  St. George, UT
|May 9, 2009: Logan, UT
June 12 & 13, 2009:  Colorado
Aug 28 & 29, 2009:  Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 16 & 17, 2009:  Redding, California
Jan.  22 & 23, 2010: Mesa, AZ

More information and registration

GEM:  GenClass with Lisa Alzo

One lucky listener is going to win not one but TWO free classes from Gen Class!  Lisa Alzo and the folks at GenClass have been gracious enough to provide me with 2 classes to give away FREE, which is a great educational opportunity.  And education is a big part of what I want to provide here on the show as well.   So hereâs what you need to do to have a chance to win:

Send an email with your name, state, and email address and the topic you would most like to learn about in 2009 on an upcoming podcast episode by midnight on Sunday Feb. 21, 2009

I will draw one lucky winner from all of the email entries. The winner will get their choice of any of the two classes provided by GenClass.  Iâll be announcing the winner on the Genealogy Gems News Blog and Episode 60 of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.   Thanks to the folks at GenClass, and good luck! 

GEM: Profile America - Number Please?

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