Wed, 6 April 2016
Genealogy Gems Podcast
Highlights from this episode:
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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
More Conference Streaming Sessions by Lisa Louise Cooke: RootsTech 2016 (these are free!)
NEWS: New Genealogy Records Online
deeds and mortgages for South Jutland, Denmark on FamilySearch.org;
Land tax records for Devon, Plymouth & West Devon, Englandon Findmypast.com;
Brazil civil registration records on FamilySearch.org;
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records at FamilySearch.org
Freedmen’s Bureau marriages at FamilySearch.org;
Louisiana wills and estates updated on Ancestry.com;
North Carolina civil marriage bonds and certificates at FamilySearch.org
Maryland church records on FamilySearch.org;
New York State church records at Findmypast
Illinois marriage records on FamilySearch.org in 3 collections:
North Dakota funeral homes (hosted by the Red River Genealogical Society) at Ancestry.com--search for free;
1945 South Dakota state census at Ancestry.com updated
NEWS: Family Tree Maker Direct Import into RootsMagic
MAILBOX: Carol and the Coast Guard in Google Books
Google Books search on "USCG Beale:" search results include this PDF document
Google.com search "coast guard history" 1920..1935 "Beale:” results include Cutters Historical Bibliography
MAIL: Gail’s Trouble with Gmail
If you’re not receiving the Genealogy Gems free weekly email newsletter, consider these possibilities:
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
CONVERSATION GEM: Celeste’s Google Search Success Story and Google Search Methodology Tips
For Genealogy Gems Premium members (See all Premium videos at http://lisalouisecooke.com/premium-videos):
CONVERSATION GEM: Jillian on Irish adoption law
INTERVIEW: Scott from Extreme Genes Helps Solve a 30-Year Old Missing Persons Case
More “Cold Case” Inspiration:
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.