Sun, 22 July 2012
Published July 22, 2012
In this episode author Gena Philibert Ortega and I talk about her new book From the Family Kitchen: Discover your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes. Who doesn’t love yummy home cooking? There is a lot to be learned about our ancestors, and in particular those elusive female ancestors, through a study of our culinary history.
We’ll be talking about the invaluable genealogical records that are so often over looked, ways that you can really dig in to your fabulous food family history, and I’m even going to share a recipe and utensil that our grandmother’s use and that you can still use today to make super scrumptious treats for your family. (Video coming to the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel!)
Speaking of grandmas, I finally found my awesome grandma in California in the 1940 census and it was a snap because the California index along with several other states on July 13, 2012 by Ancestry. Grandma and Grandpa were just 3 months away from moving in to their first real home which they were in the process of having built, and from the birth of their first child, my mom.
FamilySearch continues to add records to the free familysearch.org website. They just announced that they have added the 1881 and 1891 Scotland Census Indexes and Millions More records for Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Other Countries.
Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website:
We’ve got an entirely new website for you, and thanks again to all of you who have been writing in. I know we’ve had some hiccups along the way getting the Premium feed switched over, but that’s up and running now, and let me remind you, Premium Members are now getting all 88 Premium Episodes published to date.
In the past you would get the most recent 6 episodes and then a new one each month. But now, you have a wealth of episodes available to you. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to make all of the content available to you Premium Members, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but the old site just couldn’t handle it.
Premium Membership is now a HUGE value – same price, at least for now - $29.95 gets you one whole year’s access to all of those episodes.
“My question is how do I access the early premium episodes, I always listen to Genealogy Gems / Premium via iTunes?”
Lisa’s Answer: Sign in to your premium membership. From the menu go to Premium Episodes and there you will find instructions for updating your premium podcast feed. It’s important to delete your current premium feed in iTunes first and add the new feed. The need feed will download all the episodes for you and then bring you the new ones as they are published.
Mike wrote in to say: “The new website looks great. Having recently redesigned one at work, I know how much time it can take. I particularly appreciate the back catalog of premium podcasts and have started listening to them. And I hope that your video on hard drive organization will finally motivate me to get electronically organized. Keep up the good work!”
Lisa’s Answer: Thank you very much Mike I really appreciate it!
I am really tickled that the new site was Randy Seaver’s Tuesday Tips on July 10, 2012 on his wonderful Genea-Musings blog which you will find at www.geneamusings.com
Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems website his Tuesday's Tip - Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Website
Thank you Randy!
Life After iGoogle Follow up
In Genealogy Gems podcast episode #136 I gave you a neat solution to the demise of iGoogle. As you know Google has announced it will be discontinuing iGoogle which is the way you can customize the Google homepage just for you, and here on the podcast we’ve talked many times about how to customize it specifically for genealogy research. Now while it won’t go away until later in 2013, there’s no time like the present to make a switch and Netvibes.com is a great alternative. So in our last episode I walked you through a special process for converting your tabs and your RSS feed gadgets to a new free Netvibes account to get you started in the transition. And I also published a video at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel to show it to you step by step.
Nanby said: “Thanks for saving our iGoogle pages. I am going to work on your solution.”
Lee wrote: “Looking forward to your help in converting from iGoogle, and LOVE that all the Premium podcasts are available. Thank you thank you!”
Kim commented on the Genealogy Gems blog:
“I glanced at NetVibes this weekend, but knew you would be addressing the issue! I loved your comment, ".....this will be fun"! You actually make it so easy for us to follow along and yes, even make it 'fun' :) Appreciate the tutorial and I'll be watching for more.”
I you've been trying to get your genealogy vibe on by converting from iGoogle to Netvibes but you’re having trouble (and I've heard from a couple of you) rest assured, it does work. However there are a few things I want to remind you about.
First, this only converts your iGoogle tabs and your RSS gadgets such as gadgets you have for following blogs and podcasts. It can’t convert gadgets that were made specifically for iGoogle because they are coded for iGoogle. However, don’t worry because there are lots of great Netvibe gadgets that can do many of the same things.
Also, in this conversion, it is MANDATORY that you follow the directions exactly! It won't work otherwise. So for example, while it might seem like it should be easier to just drag your mouse over the code to highlight it for copying rather than right-clicking and using SELECT ALL which I tell you to do in the instructions, don’t do it, because I found that it absolutely can make a difference. I don’t know what that is, I’m not a programmer, I just play one on TV, so that’s why I really tried to carefully write out the instructions in the show notes, and demonstrate them in the video.
I know that it may seem like you are doing too many extra steps by copying and creating an .XML document just to turn around and convert it and then copy it as a .TXT document, but every single step as I described it is critical to the conversion working properly. So if you’re having trouble, I would recommend printing out the instructions from the show notes page, and doing each step and checking it off to be sure you don’t miss anything.
But please, if it gets frustrating, just know that you do not have to convert iGoogle. I don’t want you to get bogged down with the conversion and pull your hair out. Simply start a new Netvibes dashboard and add the feed manually by using copy and paste. It will take a little longer to make the transition, but it’s not that bad and it will save you from further headache.
And stay tuned because I'll be doing additional videos showing you how to start a Netvibes page from scratch and then how to really jazz it up which is going to be really fun!
Now I just want to answer a couple of specific listener questions in case it will help the rest of you.
Don wrote in to say that sometimes the Command bar wasn’t visible in Internet Explorer, and he’s absolutely right. Some folks will not have their Command bar activated so that might cause some confusion when you try to follow the conversion instructions.
How to Activate Your IE Command Bar
1. Right click on a bit of blank space in the browser bar area at the top
2. a little popup menu will appear
3. from there you can check mark Command
4. the bar and the Page menu will become visible
Leroy wrote: “I watched you podcast on Netvibes. Nice solution to the loss of iGoogle. Want to know if Netvibes runs on both Mac OS and Windows platforms? Thanks in advance for the assistance.”
Lisa’s Answer: Like iGoogle, Netvibes is on the "cloud" and resides on the Netvibes website. This means it can be accessed by any computer, regardless of operating system. It also means you can access your homepage from any computer no matter where you are with your user name and password which makes it very flexible and portable.
Julie from AZ wrote to say “Been trying to sign up for a basic account, and can't get pass the sign-up page. Every user name imaginable seems to already be in us. Just keep getting the same message. Any suggestions?”
Lisa’s Answer: Netvibes has been around about as long as Google which is quite a while in technological terms, and I notice the same thing with Google when it comes to user names being used up. What I would recommend is to just get a little more unusual with the name you choose.
One idea that works also for passwords is to create a user name that stands for a sentence:
I Am Migrating To Netvibes From iGoogle = IAMTNFI (the first letter of each word)
Kay writes: “I listened to the most recent Episode 136 and was so excited! First of all, it's terrific news about the Premium service and the access to all the podcasts. This has always been very frustrating to me - I listen while I walk and then most of the time I would forget to save the podcasts on my hard drive before they were gone forever.
So glad to hear there is a solution to iGoogle. BUT the transfer isn't working. When I attempt to convert the source file from my iGoogle page to the OPML format, I get one of two results. Either nothing because the file is "too big" or I get an OPML file that's only about 8 lines long - this is a file that will not import into NetVibes dashboard. I just get "0 files imported".
Lisa’s Answer: I heard from a couple of you that you also got an error message like Kay did saying your iGoogle code was too big to convert, and you told me you have pretty big iGoogle pages. I have a pretty large iGoogle page with 12 tabs full of gadgets and I just went through the instructions again and it converted. I don’t know why that happens, and I can’t seem to replicate the problem, so the best thing I can suggest is that you make a list of the iGoogle gadgets that you have – the ones that are not RSS feed gadgets – and then delete them before going through the conversion process. That should make the overall file smaller. And then you will have a list of the kinds of gadgets you were using in iGoogle so that you can look for replacements in NetVibes.
And the "zero files" result is the same one I got when I was just highlighting and copying, or when I didn't save the code into an XML file first and then re-open it and copy it into the conversion box. I'm guessing with your know-how you might be doing some short cuts that just don't work in this case.
Genealogy Gems Toolbar Tips
A lot of folks have been downloading the free Genealogy Gems Toolbar, and Janice wrote me to ask about how to tweak it a bit. She says: “I just recently installed the Gems toolbar and really would like to keep it. But after installing the Gems Bar it set my home page to "Bing" I had my default set to "Google" but have not been able reset it. Can you help me? Thanks.”
Lisa’s Answer: The toolbar will set Bing as your homepage – and that’s something that is set up by the company that develops and manages the toolbar so unfortunately I don’t have any control of it. However, you can certainly opt out of the Bing option when you install the toolbar.
If you already have it installed, you can certainly reset your homepage – and Janice is talking about the page that the little house button on your browser is set to.
How to Change Your Homepage in Firefox back to Google:
1. Go up to the menu (Make sure your Menu bar is on and visible) and clicking TOOLS
2. Select OPTIONS
3. Select the GENERAL tab in the pop up window
4. Paste http://www.google.com in the "Home Page" field
5. Click OK
6. That will reset your Home button on the Firefox browser back to Google.
Internet Explore: just click the little arrow next to the button and follow the menu prompts to reset it to http://www.google.com
John asked about another feature. “I recently reinstalled your toolbar on my IE9 browser. I've found this to be a very useful tool. However, I noticed a few things changed soon after adding the toolbar. When I add a new tab in my browser it defaults to what I believe to be a Bing search page with your logo on it. I miss my old New Tab page where I could click on several of my most used sites. I'm not even sure what the default was prior to adding the toolbar.”
Lisa’s Answer: When you install the toolbar it will set the page you get when you click to open a new browser tab page, to a search page which shows a search box and a Genealogy Gems logo. If you don’t want a search page on new tabs, you can change it back to the default page that shows your most recent pages as options to click when you open a new tab.
How to Reset New Browser Tabs:
1. Click the wrench icon in the toolbar menu
2. Click the ADDITIONAL SETTINGS
3. Uncheck the box for "show a search box" for new tabs
Thanks to all of your who have installed the free Genealogy Gems Toolbar. I really want you to enjoy it and hope these customizations help you do so!
GEM: Interview with Gena Philibert Ortega
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Sat, 20 August 2011
Published August 20, 2011
This special episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree held in June 2011 in Burbank, CA. My special guests are Allison Stacy, publisher of Family Tree Magazine, and Paula Sassi, Certified Graphologist.
(left to right: Allison Stacy, Lisa Louise Cooke, Paula Sassi)
Paula analyzed the handwriting of Allison's ancestor Amelia Essel.
She also interpreted the handwriting of Jhe ancestor of our contest winner Heather Wilkinson Rojo. , t
Thu, 21 July 2011
Published July 21, 2011
Git yer lasso and git ready for the Genealogy Records Roundup in this episode. Then I’ll show you how to improve your online security, introduce you to family history blogger Becky Jamison, and share my own person story of genealogical serendipity.
Records Round Up
The Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of an updated version of its finding aid to locate electoral districts in its federal voters' lists collection from 1935 to 1980. This updated version provides for each of the 892 microfilm reels of the collection, the electoral year, the province, the exact name of the electoral district and the page numbers for each microfilm.
You can find it at http://
The Library and Archives Canada also recently announced the release of a new version of the online database Lower Canada Land Petitions (1626-1865).
This version includes digitized images of the actual petitions for all individuals listed in the database. Corrections to entries, including suggestions received from users, have also been integrated into this updated version. You can find the database at .
FamilySearch has added Free Records for 10 Countries. And their U.S. collection additions include records from Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Collections covering several countries were updated. Germany and Mexico church records were the two largest collections added.
You’ll also find 25 million new images of historic records for 16 countries including records for Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Wales AND over 8 million civil registration records for the Netherlands.
The 1930 U.S. Census indexing project is also coming to a completion. They will now start some new U.S. projects that you might want to consider helping out with as a volunteer. They have plans to building a nationwide marriage index. There are several projects already underway, and many new marriage projects are coming.
They have started a Civil War era initiative that will include record collections expanding before and after the Civil War, which should come in very handy.
Archives.com recently announce that there are 17 million new U.S. vital and military records available on Archives.com! These new birth, death, marriage, and military records make up 30 unique collections. Here is a quick summary of the new records:
Military Personnel Records - including personnel records from the Vietnam War and Gulf War eras. They boast nearly 16 million in all, and say that these records cover individuals who served in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and National Guard.
In the Vital Records category they have added Texas Birth, Death, and Marriage Records - dating anywhere from 1800 to 2011 and cover the following counties: Fort Bend, El Paso, Cooke, Montgomery, Tarrant, Burnet, Hood, Denton, and Kaufman. There are 1.4 million new Texas records in total. They have also added Colorado Marriage and Death Records from Delta County, located in the western part of the state. Over nine thousand new records have been added.
South Carolina Marriage Records - a collection of four thousand early South Carolina marriages covers years 1641 to 1799.
Future U.S. Records: 1940 Census
Here in the U.S. we are already talking about records that aren’t due for another year. Yep, we’re talking the 1940 US Population Census Schedules.
It’s still more than 9 months away, but in the time it takes to bring a new descendant into the world the National Archives will be delivering the 1940 US Population Schedules to the public.
And there are a couple of guys who have been on the forefront of this event, none other than Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub. And Joel has been my special guest on a past Premium episode.
Of course we are all chomping at the bit to dig into the 1940 census even though there won’t be an index when it’s first released. However, the guys have put out a press release about what you can do to get ready to search, so let me give you the scoop here:
It says: “It will not be name indexed, so it will be necessary to do an address search in order to find families. Address searching involves knowing the ED (enumeration district) in which the address is located.. The National Archives (NARA) earlier this year indicated they had plans to make available in 2011 the 1940 ED maps of cities and counties, and ED descriptions, but their recent move to consider having a 3rd party host all the images may have appreciably set back this timetable.
The only website that currently has location tools for the 1940 census is the Steve Morse One Step site (http://stevemorse.org). There are several such tools there, and it could be overwhelming to figure out which tool to use when. There is a tutorial that attempts to clarify it (http://stevemorse.org/census/intro.html) and an extensive FAQ (http://stevemorse.org/census/faq.htm).
We are announcing the opening of another educational utility to help people learn about the different 1940 locational search tools on the One Step site, and information about the 1940 census itself. It is in the form of a quiz, and should help many, many genealogists quickly learn how to search an unindexed census by location. The new utility is and is called "How to Access the 1940 Census in One Step". Not only is it informative, we hope it is entertaining.”
1940 Census Training is Now Online
But there’s still another way to prep for the big release, and that is to learn more about the 1940 enumeration process and the national Archives has released four short videos created by the US Census Bureau prior to 1940 that were used to train enumerators on their general duties and responsibilities, as well as the correct procedures for filling out the 1940 census.
1940 census playlist at the national Archives channel at YouTube.
The British Library is one year into its plan to digitize 40 million news pages from its vast 750 million collection, housed in Colindale, north London. According to their recent press release, this Fall, the library will reinvent its cavernous vaults as a website, where amateur genealogists and eager historians will be able to browse 19th-century newsprint from their home computer.”
Also recently announced by The British Library in conjunction with Google is their partnership to digitize 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library’s collections.
Once digitized, the collection will be available for full text search, download and reading through Google Books, as well as being searchable through the Library’s website and stored in within the Library’s digital archive.
The project will digitize a huge range of printed books, pamphlets and periodicals covering a large time span - 1700 to 1870. It will include material in a variety of major European languages, and they will be particularly focusing on books that are not yet freely available in digital form online.
Deceased Online website is sporting some new records: 313,000 records for Edinburgh’s Seafield Cemetery and Crematorium and for Warriston Crematorium. Also, by early August www.deceasedonline.com will have added another 1.25 million burial and cremation records from the north of Scotland to South Devon.
If more genealogy research blogs listed their sources with the data, we would all benefit from the shared research even more.”
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GEM: Getting off Spooky Spokeo
In this gem I’m going to explain how to get off Spooky Spokeo
You remember earlier this year that I told you about a new website called Spokeo, a people search engine that organizes vast quantities of white-pages listings, social information, and other people-related data from a large variety of public sources. They say that their mission is to help people find and connect with others, more easily than ever. And that they certainly do. In fact I remember calling the site a bit spooky they way it so readily gave not only information but photos and all kinds of their data on people that you search. But of course, that makes it a go to site when it comes to finding long lost relatives.
Della wrote in about her experience with Spokeo and a few questions about online security. She writes:
“I do not want my name and all my personal information showing up on any site where someone has evidently gathered the information from the public domain and is offering it to the public either for free or for a charge…How do I opt out of my name even appearing on this site?”
It is no wonder that identity theft occurs and that the occurrence is rising.
Della is obviously concerned about her privacy and in this technological age, managing our online presence has become an issue that all of use should keep in mind.
In reality it’s not really that Spokeo is reaching into areas that were previously forbidden. Here in the U.S. we have always had public information. I think the real difference is that the Internet offers information vendors a hugely accelerated method for delivering that information. It used to have to be compiled in books and updated at a very slow pace. Or even more difficult you had to make a personal trip to the location where the information was held, and of course back in the day, few people would have ever bothered. But the information has always been available.
The one exception that comes to mind is Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other social media websites. These didn’t exist in the past, however, the only reason personal information, photos or what have you are there, is because WE put it there.
And putting info out there isn’t necessarily bad. It’s just that with that freedom comes responsibility to manage and protect it appropriately. Tweaking the security settings can make a huge difference in what’s available publicly. And the new Google+ seems to really have made that quite a bit easier. Facebook could learn a few lessons about making it easier for folks to manage their security. The features are there, but it can take a bit of digging to find them and change them.
But let’s get back to Spokeo. I 100% agree that if you don’t want all your data so easily searched on the site, there should be a way to manage that, and I’ve done a bit of research on this and you can.
To request that Public Information about You be removed from Spokeo.com people searches, you’ll need to use their “Remove A Listing” tool at http://www.spokeo.com/privacy. This page also contains information about sending written requests for removal. This process is only intended to remove information available through Spokeo.com and cannot remove the information from the third-party public sources, such as phone books, and government websites. And as I said, information is public from a wide range of sources and it’s computer databases and Internet search and delivery that makes it seem like there’s so much more than there used to be. In that respect Spokeo is the messenger.
Julie also wrote in about Spokeo to say
“Yes, that is spooky-o, because I found myself, address, and even a Google earth picture of where I live, and I'm a survivor of domestic violence still unable to escape my ex-husband after 30 years of divorce.”
And Julie’s concern is totally understandable! These types of sites are a double edged sword to be sure, and the emphasize the fact that information has always been public - it's just now they make finding it much easier.
TIP: If you have a camera with a GPS setting then your photos have geographic location tags attached to them. When you post those photos online, strangers will not only see your photo but they will also see exactly where you were at the time you took the photo. This is especially important to remember if you are posting photos you took at home on Facebook or other sites. Check your camera instruction manual for information on how to turn off that feature when it’s not needed, and you’ll have taken an important step toward taking responsibility for your online presence.
GEM: Interview with Genealogy Blogger Becky Jamison
GEM: Winthrop Cookbook
Sun, 1 May 2011
Published April 30, 2011
In this episode listeners chime in on Ancestry online trees, Lisa shares an inspiring story, and talks with Mike Litterst of the National Parks Service about the Civil War 150th Anniversary web site.
Over at Family Search, with their most recent additions to the website they are now up to 600 free
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree App
iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad: you get the app from the iTunes app store by searching for "genealogy" or 'jamboree" or point your iPhone's mobile browser to http://bit.ly/SCGS2011
Jamboree Webinar Extension Series
These are a great way to get to not only preview what’s coming at Jambopree, but also you get to participate in some of the great presentations that happen at Jamboree even if you can’t make it there in person this year
View the the complete list
presented by Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps
Saturday, May 7, 2011 90 minues
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Space is limited, so reserve your space now for the free webinar
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Watch the recording of Google Search Tips and Tricks with Lisa Louise Cooke
by an unnamed Daily Mail reporter
published on April 13, 2011
Learn more about the Great War in Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast episode 67
The Western Front Association at the Who Do You think You Are? Live conference 2011 in London
Many listeners write in about Ancestry online trees.
Pam and Roxanne comment on the fact that the women in Steve Buscemi’s family tree on an episode of WDYTYA? were listed with their married names and not their maiden names.
"Thank you Lisa for all these wonderful podcasts, they are a highlight to my week and I always look forward to them.'
Roxanne, Vancouver BC
Roxanne, Vancouver BC
And finally, I always LOVE to hear when someone out there discovers the podcast, and Karen in Vermont did recently and wrote in:
"A few weeks ago I was delighted to find your two podcasts: Family History and Genealogy Gems. I am a self-taught family historian who has been working on the genealogy of my husband and myself for the past several years. I wish I had found your podcasts when they first came out. They would have undoubtedly made my job much easier!…Thank you so much for your podcasts and I can't wait to work my way through them all to see what other discoveries I can make!"
GEM: Interview with Mike Litterst of the National Parks Service
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Wed, 5 January 2011
Published Jan 5, 2011
1916 Candian census of the Prairie Provinces at the Library and Archives Canada
You can access the digitized images of the 1916 census online in two different ways:
Searchable database by Province, District Name, District Number, and Sub-district Number.
Using the Research tool "microform digitization," you can browse the microfilm reels page by page.
New Video on the Civil War from NARA
Inside the Vaults: Discover the Civil War
In this video just under 4 minutes the creators of NARA’s Discovering the Civil War exhibition share little-known facts and extraordinary discoveries found in the fantastic Civil War holdings at the National Archives.
For more inforamtion on the Discovering the Civil War exhibition, head on over to archives.gov/exhibits/civil-war.
BBC iPlayer To Go International
Now if you’re like me, and you live outside of Great Britain, at some point you probably popped in on the BBC website to check out the British version of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Only to discover that the video is shown on the BBC iPlayer and it’s blocked to international visitors to the site.
The scoop is that the BBC plans to offer overseas access to the BBC iPlayer. However, it’s not going to be free.
MacWorld Website on the BBC iPlayer for iPad
So for now, stay tuned.
On the blogging front
A.C. Ivory announced right after the new year that he has launched a new version of his Find My Ancestors Blog.
Google Gadgets Update
Search Tip: When it comes to newspapers, Webpage addresses change a lot.
In cases like this where you have some of the original text, just type a sentence or two exactly as it appeared in the article. Or how it appears in the snippet that came with the search result where the link is now bad. In this case I just typed a sentence or two exactly as kathy quoted it to me in the email and the new webpage for the article was the first item in the search results list. That’s little gem that works nearly every time.
New Genealogy Blogger Cynthia DeBock
Check out her first post entitled How I Got Started. It's always fun to hear how folks got bit by the genealogy bug.
Jen Alford writes:
I just wanted to thank you for the great how-to videos that you did for the family history wreath. I made one for my mom for Christmas this year and I can't wait to see her reaction! I've also started a genealogy blog http://jen-gen.blogspot.com and have been enjoying the responses from the family that read it. Thanks for all the inspiration! I'm a premium member and love all the extras you have on there. Keep up the good work!
It doesn’t get much nicer than that! Thanks Jen!
GEM: The New Google EBooks
Google eBooks is now available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore. You can browse and search through the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale.
VIDEO: Introducing Google eBooks
But even if you aren’t interested in buying ebooks don’t overlook Google eBooks.
Go to google.com/ebooks
Search on the word Genealogy,
In the upper left corner under price click the Free Only Link.
Try searches on topics of interest to you and you’ll probably be surprised at what you find. And since this is just getting off the ground, you will definitely want to check back periodically to see what’s been added.
APP USERS: Check out the Bonus Content PDF for 2 more Google Books Search Strategies!
GEM: The New Google Earth 6
To download the new version just go to www.google.com/earth
The big difference you will notice is that Street View has changed. Instead of finding it in the Layers Panel, you will now find a person icon, or what’s referred to as the Pegman, in the upper right corner by the navigation tools. Zoom in, click and drag the Pegman icon on to the area where you want to see Street View and after a second or two thick blue lines will pop up if street View is available in that area. Just drop the icon and you’ll immediately be flown in to street view. I guess the pegman icon is to represent that the view will be from a person’s perspective, at street level.
Another big difference is that street view is more stream lined. Rather than clicking from one camera icon to the next to move around, simply use the arrow keys on your keyboard to travel around, and as you do the view continues to update automatically. The idea here is that it’s doing it’s best to simulate the walking around the street experience. And as before you can swing the map around for a complete 360 degree view, as well as look up and down.
VIDEO - Learn Google Earth:Street View
Easy-to-use historical imagery
In the new 6.0 version, they’ve made it easier to find historical imagery. When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click on this date, you’ll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period. The Historical imagery controller will appear so you can browse through all the historical imagery available for that location, or simply close the time control and return to the default view. It’s very slick and a great time saver!
Learn more about how to use Google Earth for Genealogy, I’ve got the answers for you in the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series available at GoogleForGenealogy.com
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
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
Genealogy Gems Premium Membership:
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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