Thu, 23 December 2010
Published Dec 23, 2010
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Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE Conference in London
The Mesa Family History Expo, January 21 & 22, Mesa Convention Center
The Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus, OH, March 31 - April 2, 2011
Alberta Genealogical Society Conference in Edmonton, Canada, April 16 & 17, 2011
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, CA, June 10 - 12, 2011
Coming Soon! Lisa's brand new book The Genealogist's Google Toolbox
Book Lisa for your next society seminar or conference
Launch of Podcast Android App
iPhone, iPod iTouch app is available at the iTunes store. Give the App as a gift from the app page in iTunes. Click the down arrow next to the price.
The new podcast media player on the show notes page for each episode.
Just released: Premium Episode 60
Lee Van Bergen wrote in asking about the Genealogy Gems Podcast iGoogle Gadget.
How to get the updated gadget:
Amber Creix Prat wrote to share a resource:
Check out Amber's genealogy blog called Tackling Brick Walls One Brick At A Time
Links and suggestions from Lisa
Turn your attention to state and county death records in Maryland. FamilySearch Wiki gives a good overview of what might be available. Maryland Death Records in FamilySearch Wiki
GEM: Interview with Kendall Wilcox, The Generation Project
(Image Below: Executive Producer Kendall Wilcos in the control room.)
Do your own Generations Project:
1. What is your motivation for doing this? What is your "why"?
The resources will be on the new blog website. All future seasons will have an episode devoted to doing your own generations project.
APP USERS: Check out the exclusive photo montage video!
UPDATE: BYUTV will be running an all new episode on January 3rd as a sneak peek for viewers. It will be the episode featuring the Denke's (Image below) and their search for the anonymous donor who saved their kids' lives. The remaining episodes for Season 2 will officially air in the Spring.
(Image Below: Xander & Carrie Denke watch their journey in studio with The Generations Project host, Lise Simms.)
Watch a preview of the first episode of season 2:
And here's a look at episodes coming this Spring:
Wed, 8 December 2010
I was hoping I could squeak out episode 102 by today, but unfortunately I'm still down with the flu. (It should have been out over the weekend.) So while I'm recuperating I hope you will enjoy this Christmas project: The Family History Legacy Christmas Stocking. This is the project I told you I was working on in the last episode. It's brought to you by our wonderful sponsor Rootsmagic.
Here is the two part video series showing you everything you need to know to make a stocking like this yourself. You can also view these videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel. The written instructions and supply list has been posted as a separate downloadable pdf document on this podcast feed.
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Wed, 8 December 2010
Sat, 20 November 2010
Published Nov 20, 2010
Family Tree 40 Genealogy blog awards
They’re accepting nominations of great genealogy blogs through Tuesday, Nov. 30
Mesa Family History Expo
January 21 & 22, 2011
Mesa Arizona Convention Center.
Early Bird Registration: $65.00 for the 2 days event.
At the Door Registration: $75.00
Winter Weekend Research Getaway - Effective Use of Technology
Thursday, January 27th - Saturday January 29th 9:00AM- 5:00PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116
Thegenealogist.co.uk reached an agreement with The National Archives, UK to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census. The complete set of 1911 Census records go live on Ancestry.com by county, starting in late 2010 and completing in 2011.
NARA announced New Options Now Available for Reproductions of National Archives Holdings
If you’re looking to order copies of NARA’s holdings – including copies now available in digital form – you can use one of the following methods:
Download the appropriate form from frpom the NARA website
Beta FamilySearch recently published its first digital Chinese collection, along with additional digital image collections from Belgium, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, and Puerto Rico. Twenty million additional indexed records were also published for Civil War and Revolutionary War collections and the 1851 Census for England and Wales.
Library of Congress
Redesigned search system - 1100 finding aids will now lead remote and onsite researchers to more than 32 million archival items.
The National Library of Australia has launched a new version of their Australia Trove website and a user forum
Google Earth Updates
The Google Earth and Maps Imagery team has just released another extensive batch of aeriel and satellite images.
The Baltimore Maritime Museum in Baltimore, Maryland
U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Get the complete picture of the updated imagery KML download and view in Google Earth
this KML for viewing in Google Earth.
From Pat Dalpiaz
“I just listened to your 100th episode with great nostalgia. Can something so "young" in years still create nostalgia for breaking a milestone such as this? YES!…I did notice how many callers mentioned blogging thanks to your encouragement and lessons. I wonder if that might be an interesting survey--how many people started blogs directly thanks to your influence in Genealogy Gems? I know I did!”
Michael Stills wrote in about Google Earth for Genealogy:
“I have very much enjoyed learning about GLO Records and Google Earth. I went back to the site yesterday and discovered that they have enhanced their website. At www.glorecords.blm.gov/…Thank you again for a great program, I have been plotting my families birth, marriage, death, burial, land patents, etc. It has been very revealing and helpful in suggesting new places to go look for more info.”
Now through Cyber Monday, we are running our first ever sale on the DVDs. Order now through the end the day Nov. 29, 2011 and get free shipping. ($2.50 savings per DVD!)
Robert Heaton wrote:
“I am a relatively new listener to your Genealogy Gems podcasts…Being in the over 50 crowd and not very "techy savy", I had my daughter help me and now I am busy catching up on all the episodes. I routinely listen to them when I go on my daily runs through my iPhone. What a wonderful and I cannot begin to thank you enough.”
See Lisa at:
April 16 & 17, of 2011
GEM: Professional Genealogist
Interview with Alvie Davidson, of APG
Genealogy certificate program at Salt Lake Community College. Don’t live in Salt Lake? Not a problem; courses are available online. Visit our website for a listing of courses as well as in-person workshops. 801-957-5200
more information contact Kathy Jonsson at 801-957-5383
Sun, 7 November 2010
Published Nov 7, 2010
In this episode we take a sentimental journey back over the first 100 episodes of The Genealogy Gems Podcast including some of Lisa's favorite gems and interviews, show milestones, and listener messages.
Google Site Search - Episode 1
Vehicular Forensics - Episode 18
The Band Venice - Episode 38
Lisa's story and Heritage quilts - Episode 39
Handwriting Analysis and Leatherheads - Episode 46
Lisa Kudrow, Who Do You Think You Are? - Episode 81
Kendall Wilcox, the Generations Project - Episode 86
Thanks to the following folks for the messages of congratulations:
The Staff at Family Tree Magazine
Lisa Alzo, Genealogist, Author and Speaker
Holly Hansen, President of Family History Expos
A.C. Ivory, Find My Ancestors Blog
Denise Levenick, "Penelope Dreadful" of the Shades of the Departed online magazine
Paula Hinkel, Chair of the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
Bruce Buzbee, President, Rootsmagic
Amy Coffin, We Tree Blog
Elizabeth O'Neal, Little Bytes of Life Blog
Emails from Connie, Teresa, Simona, Chris and Crystal
Newsletter (Sign up today and get the free Google Search Strategies e-book)
Premium Membership Launched (Become a Member)
The Genealogy Gems Toolbar - UPDATE The toolbar has been discontinued.
The first podcast in front of a live audience - episode 79
Christmas in July (Sweet Memories Candy Bars) Episode 20
Family History Dislay - Episode 3
Mother's Day Plate - Episode 11
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Socks to America - Episode 26
Sweet Land with Ali Selim - Episode 30
Heritage Quilts - Episode 39
Thank you to our sponsor: Rootsmagic
Listen to Crystal Bell's story in Episode 44 of the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast
Thu, 21 October 2010
Published Oct 21, 2010
Join us as we highlight and explore the beautiful online magazine
This special episode was recorded live at the recent Family History Expo held in Pleasanton, CA on Oct. 8 & 9, 2010.
Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
Associate Producer: Lacey Cooke
Guests: Craig Manson, Bruce Buzbee, Sheri Fenley
Genealogy Gems App Users be sure to check out the Bonus Content Video!!
LINKS to websites mentioned in this episode:
Craig Manson's GeneaBlogie Blog
Denise Levenick - The Family Curator
Sheri Fenley - The Educated Genealogist
Maureen Taylor - The Photo Detective
Denise Olson - Moultrie Creek
Thanks to our wonderful prize donors!
Bruce Buzbee of Rootsmagic.com maker's of:
Family Tree Magazine:
Passport to Europe CD
International Passport CD
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Thu, 7 October 2010
Published Oct 7, 2010
Episode 98 - The Journey Takers
Thank you to the Genealogy Bloggers who blogged about the new Google Earth for Genealogy Volume II DVD:
Dick Eastman - EOGN
Randy Seaver - Genea-Musings
Thomas MacEntee - Geneabloggers
Diane Haddad The Genealogy Insider
Jenna posted on Facebook about the recent Google Earth for Genealogy edition of the Premium Podcast:
"Premium Episode 55...two thumbs up!"
ULTIMATE FAMILY HISTORY SWEEPSTAKES
Enter every day between Oct. 1 and 31 for a chance to win the Ultimate Family History Giveaway -- worth more than $2,000!
FGS is looking for a new editor for their electronic quarterly magazine the FGS Forum
Request information from firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants may then submit a detailed résumé for consideration, along with several examples of publications for which they have been responsible as editor. These should be sent electronically to email@example.com. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2010.
Illinois State Genealogical Society 2010 Award Winners Announced
On Saturday, October 23, 2010, five individuals will be honored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) with awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. ISGS will present the awards at the upcoming ISGS Fall Conference “You Have Family – You Have History” – held at the historic Hotel Père Marquette in Peoria, Illinois. For more information on the Fall Conference
Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategy now available in the iBookstore
Simona MacAngus wrote in to say she loves the Genealogy Gems Podcast iTunes App
“You have a fantastic podcast! And I have to say, you have such a clear pleasant speaking style that is a pleasure to listen to. You keep a "smile" in your voice throughout the podcast. Wonderfully refreshing and one can catch every word you speak.”
“We have been spending a lot of time together lately Lisa Louise. You have been going with me on walks with my dog, on drives into the town and even talking me to sleep at night! Finally I went to your www.GenealogyGemsPodcast.tv site today to subscribe to your newsletter. Its like I can't get enough of what you have to teach.”
“Hi Lisa, I've only recently started my genealogy and listening to your various podcasts has been a huge help with my research. You're so warm and friendly that it makes it a pleasure to listen.”
Kirsty Martin on Genealogy Wise
Brandt asked about Buffered Paper:
Go to the Amazon link on the Genealogy Gems site and do a search on:
Buffer paper is not always called "Buffered" - in fact you tend to get a lot of other types of results. What you're looking for is Paper buffered with calcium carbonate 2-3% alkaline reserve, pH 9 ±0.5, acid-free
Ann and Barbara were wondering the same thing: do you have to have a Paypal account to sign up for Premium Membership?
Answer: No,You can pay with a credit card through paypal without having to have a paypal account.
You will see in the bottom left corner of the check out page (where it also asks you to log in to Paypal) "Don't have a Paypal account?" and you just click the CONTINUE link to pay with a major credit card. It's the same as swiping it at any store. I've been using Paypal for 4 years now and have never ever had a problem. It's is very safe and secure!
GEM: The Journey Takers
Interview with Leslie Albrecht Huber
Thu, 23 September 2010
Sept 23, 2010
Lisa share her latest research breakthrough with Google Earth, and Susan Kitchens joins her on the show to talk about recording family history interviews.
Good News: Google Earth for Genealogy Volume II is available for pre-order and officially launches and ships on October 1, 2010.
Genealogy Gems Premium Membership features online viewing of the videos from Volume I of the Google Earth for Genealogy series. New on Premium Members is Lisa's 3 part podcast / video series on Publishing Your Family History with Print on Demand. (available through 12/31/10)
The Genealogy Gems Podcast is featured in Elyse Doerflinger's article called Podcasts: Download Your Genealogy! which appears in the September issue of Internet Genealogy magazine.
The Chronicling America website at the Library of Congress just announced they have added 380,000+ historic newspaper pages including 3 new states: Louisiana, Montana, and South Carolina.
Listen to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast. The next episode will feature Lisa's interview with genealogist and author Lisa Alzo about tracing immigrant ancestors.
The Ellis Island Museum is celebrating its 20th year this month.
Ancestry is now making more than 1700 first hand immigrant interview recordins available online for free. See the article in the Genealogy Gems email newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter today.
Disney is adding a bit of history to its TV lineup. The Marblehead Patch News out of Marblehead, MA article. The series is going to launch in November 2010 although no specific date has been announced.
Belinda Slocumb's asks about records for military families.
Brats : Our Journey Home DVD
Email Lisa with your suggestions for Belinda.
From listener Ermadene Tilly:
Sally Jacob's on-line and on phone class "Joy of Organizing Photos.
Mentioned: Canon CanoScan 200, (not for slides)
Grace Dobush the preservation expert at Family Tree Magazine covers scanners in the September 2010 episode of The Family Tree Magazine Podcast.
Listener Bruce Horn also chimed in on Scanners:
"Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for your wonderful podcasts. I have really found them useful as a beginner in the world of genealogy. If you only want to scan prints, I would recommend the Canon Lide 100 mainly because it is small and cheap."
Pat Kirkwood wanted Lisa's previous podcasts on Organizing Your Hard Drive, "P.S. Love the podcasts. I recently discvoered them and Love, Love, Love, listening to them."
Family Tree Magazine Video by Lisa on Organizing Your Hard Drive.
There are 2 premium videos on the subject as part of Genealogy Gems Premium Membership.
GEM: Recording Relative Interviews
Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society Seminar, Oct. 23, 2010
California Genealogical Society Google All the Way Seminar, Oct. 30, 2010
Wed, 8 September 2010
Published Sept 8, 2010
Records Website News:
FamilySearch announced the addition of over 200 million new searchable historic records online representing 18 countries. Read Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta Site at the Genealogy Insider blog.
Listen to the September episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast coming out about 9/15/10
Lisa's upcoming classes at Family Tree University start 9/13/10:
- Reverse Genealogy
Sign up for the free Genealogy Gems Email Newsletter and receive the free e-book 5 Fabulous Google Search Strategies for the Family Historian. "It's very good information! This is a terrific tool to have up my sleeve." - Karen
GEM: Why a Podcast Listener Turned Genealogy Blogger
Premium Podcast Member Mary Lohr recently took the plunge and began her own genealogy blog.
Mary writes: "Thank you for encouraging your listeners to blog!"
Mark Your Calendar for Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Oct. 8 & 9, 2010
Oct. 23, 2010
Book Lisa for a presentation, webinar or seminar at your Genealogy Society or event. More information.
Tue, 24 August 2010
Published August 24, 2010
Genealogy Gems Podcast has been selected for inclusion in the brand new podcast director for the Blackberry launched by Research in Motion known as RIM. Read more about it.
Listener Rick Rissmiller wrote in:
Thanks for the Shout Outs from the following genealogy bloggers:
Susan Peterson - Long Lost Relatives
Tonia Kendrick - Tonias Roots
A. C. Ivory - Find My Ancestors
Upcoming Genealogical Events:
New RootsTech Conference
Alberta Family Histories Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com
Lisa’s upcoming appearances:
October 8 & 9, 2010
The Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society Seminar
California Genealogical Society Seminar
The TV show Who Do You Think You Are? has been renewed for a second season, which it looks like will probably air after the first of the year. Check out Paula Stuart Warren’s blog post all about it at Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica Blog
New Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode
August 2010 episode
You can subscribe to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast for free in iTunes
How to Fix Relationship Mistakes in Your Online Family Tree
"In your Personal Member Tree you may find later that a spouse you previously entered really was married to a different person or that a child really belonged to a different set of parents. You can now easily fix relationship mistakes in your tree by detaching and reattaching individuals in your tree."
First, bring up the profile page for the child you want to detach from the mother.
o Be reassured that doing this will not remove this person from your tree; it only detaches them. You can still find this person from the List of All People in your tree.
5 .After selecting OK, you’ll return to the Relationships tab for the detached child. You now want to return to the child’s profile page and you can do this by clicking the Return to [name of person] button at the top left corner of the page.
6. 6. Once you’re back on the profile page, click on the Add Mother link under the name of the father in the “Family Members” module on the page
7. 7. A box will appear that will allow you to add the mother. In the Add Mother box, at the top of the page, look for the link to “select someone already in your tree” and click it.
8. 8. You will then be directed to a list of all people in your tree. Find the name of the correct mother and click the orange Select button next to her name.
9. You will end up back on the child’s profile page and will be able to see under the “family Members” module that the correct mother is now assigned to that child. You can now repeat the process for each child that needs to be changed.
My thanks to Heather Erickson at Ancestry for connecting me with Jennifer, and Jean I hope this helps you out. I will also have a short video including graphics that demonstrated this answer to the question of how to correct mistakes in your Ancestry online family tree.
Will Haskell wrote in recently to follow up to Will Clifton’s email which I read on Episode 94 of the podcast.
“Your podcasts continue to be informative and fun to listen to. Keep up the great work! regarding Will Clifton's question on where to access the the nonpopulation schedules - some of them are available on Ancestry.com.”
Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
According to Ancestry, the Non-population schedules contained in this database include agriculture, industry/manufacturers, social statistics, and supplemental schedules. For mortality schedules, look for the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880.
Lucy Christiansen writes: "I listen to your podcast every morning on the way to work hoping that by the time I get home, I can remember one tidbit that I can use. I am needing some help. I need to find a good scanner. I want to locate a good quality scanner that I can scan both color and black and white.
Article by Rhonda McClure in the January 2005 issue of the magazine. "The Skinny on Scanners." It's available on the 2005 compilation CD and as a Plus article on the website.
If you’ve purchased a scanner recently that you think is really good drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice mail at 925 272 4021 and I’ll share it on the next episode and see if we can help Lucy out.
Lucy also sent me a message from her iPhone asking for more information on the Genealogy Gems iPhone app.
The advantage to having the Genealogy Gems Podcast app is that you can:
- stream and listen to the show without having to download it and take up storage space
- It includes Bonus content on most episodes: extra audio, video, images, documents.
- You can visit the website, email me, or call the show right from the app.
- You can listen to the show in the background and be able to do continue doing other functions on your device.
GEM: Paper Preservation with Scott Haskins
There’s one common challenge that every single genealogist must content with – and that’s how to deal with all the paper. An more specifically, how to care for most precious papers amongst our collection. The old, perhaps damaged one of a kind documents that we can’t afford to loose.
Scott M. Haskins is the author of the book "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster."