Fri, 8 April 2011
Published April 8, 2011
In this episode we cover Census Records Tips and Tricks, and announce Lisa's upcoming FREE webinars!
"Keep coming up with these gems, you never know where they may lead!" from Angela who asks about Date Discrepanies and Lookalikes “All of her life my grandmother was sure that she hadn't been told the whole truth about her birth.”
Garry in British Columbia wrote in about A Gem Found in the Library and Archives Canada
Letitia in Ashford, England writes
“Picnic: Problem In Chair Not In Computer!”
Phyllis from Porland OR is a new blogger and has a question about the Android app
"First I want you to know how much I enjoy your podcasts. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into getting information to us about how to successfully trace our family roots and for encouraging us to start a blog.
I started my blog last October. The site name is www.delprincipefamilytree.com and once word got out about the site, family members that I never knew I had contacted me to give me information about our ancestors. I was even able to find a relative of my great grandmother and my great grandfather in Pescasseroli, Italy and have begun corresponding with them! So exciting."
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Sean writes in about Citing Wikipedia Sources in your family history research
Sean recommends using the text "Permanent Link." Read more about it at the Finding the Flock Blog
Ken in Washington DC has a beef with Ancestry
"First, thank you for the time and effort in putting together your podcasts. I walk several miles to work each day and find the podcasts a wonderful way to pass the time. I started with all of your archived episodes when I found the series early last year, finished those up last summer, and now eagerly await each new one."
Tammy in Oklahoma asks about old WAC Broadcasts
"I'm a long time listener and happy to say that I am now a Premium Member as well!"
I was recently transcribing letters that my grandmother sent home while she served as a WAC in London and Paris during WWII. Her name was Louise Liberty Osborne. She was quite a character.
One of the last letters I was working on mentioned that she appeared on the National Broadcast of the U.S. Army Hour which was on Sundays from 12 to 1:30. The letter is dated May 14, 1944. Do you know if recordings of these broadcasts still exist?
Here's a website that specializes in old radio logs
Set up some Google Alerts ("army hour" + 1944 for example) and Ebay Favorite Searches.
There are also several Old Time Radio podcasts in iTunes
Here’s an article I found in Ancestry about the broadcast that your grandmother participated in.
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I love listening to your podcasts. You have so many great ideas for family research. I learn something new with every broadcast. I was wondering if you or any of your listeners have had any luck in finding family records at a church in Germany.
The best way to start is with familysearch.org. Look up Osnabruck in the Family History Center library catalogue online.
Under the location you'll find a large number of record collections. Click on Church records and follow the links to the records you need. You can then order the microfilm from your local Family History Center (or if the records have been digitized and are online that should be indicated on the page) and view them at the center. If you're new to using Family History Centers I've done several podcast episodes in my Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast on them and how to use their records.
The Family Search wiki is also a tremendous online free resource to learn more about doing German research and answer questions that pop up along the way.
GEM: Census Tips and Tricks
Lisa interviews Jason Harrison of Familysearch
GEM: Free Webinars featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
Jamboree Extension Series Webinar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
April 20, 2011
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers
6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern
Rootsmagic Webinar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
April 28, 2011
May 24, 2011
Fri, 25 March 2011
Published March 25, 2010
Dick Eastman joins Lisa in this episode to discuss Cloud Computing.
Free Webinars: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series
Lisa Louise Cooke
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors From Old Newspapers
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps
Getting Your Notes and Sources Right in Your Genealogy Software
Saturday, 7 May, at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern
Michael Booth of RootsMagic
Genealogy on the Go
Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Saturday, 6 Aug at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern
Maureen Taylor, Photo Treasures
Discovered at Jamboree - A Closer Look The Photo Detective
Season 2 of the Generations Project is coming this March 28, 2011
Genealogy Gems YouTube channel featuring interviews with many of the experts who attended the RootsTech conference.
Curt Witcher's visionary look at "The Changing Face of Genealogy."
Brian Pugh of FamilySearch called
Big Thank Yous To:
Le Maison Duchamp
The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox Book Reviews:
Available at the Genealogy Gems Store at Lulu press:
Craig Manson of the GeneaBlogie blog
Ian Hadden at Ian Hadden’s Family History
1911 Scotland Census
Jennifer in CA wrote in about how much she enjoyed the premium podcast about Evernote.
Brandt asked a question about Fraternal Organizations:
From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 by David T. Beito a professor of history at the University of Alabama
GEM: Interview with Dick Eastman on Cloud Computing
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
Tue, 8 March 2011
Episode 106 - Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London, and Jan Gow on Creating Your Own Family History Reference Library
Published March 8, 2011
Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London was fantastic! I can't wait to tell you all about it in this episode!
Above: Lisa arriving at the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event.
Above: WDYTYA celebrity Ainsley Harriott signing autographs
Above: Lisa with Else Churchill, Genealogist, Society of Genealogists
Above: Lisa explaining how to make Google work harder for your family history
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Above: The gates at Hinchingbrooke House forged by Harry Cooke
GEM: Create your own Family Reference Library and Catalogue with Jan Gow
Recorded at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City
Resources mentioned in the interview:
Hooked on Genealogy Tours
Jan Gow has been a genealogist, tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels (and cruise ships) since 1985. Service includes the APG Board and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists as treasurer and president. Owner of Beehive Books (since 1987) and Hooked on Genealogy Tours (since 1992) – each year preparing and escorting genealogists to Salt Lake City and the UK. Awarded the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006
Tue, 8 February 2011
Published Feb 8, 2011
In this episode Lisa chats with Josh Taylor of NEHGS about genealogy, technology and the future.
Tips for Getting the Most from a Conference
1. Sit up front
2. Introduce themselves to the people sitting next to them
3. Attend classes that wouldn’t normally attend. Try new topics, and let the presenters really lay out the topic and see how it might apply to their own research.
Genealogy’s Star Blog article: Live from the Family History Expo in Arizona
The Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveiled their new website which features Illinois Resources for Genealogy Researchers
The U.S. National Archives Records Administration new Online Public Access prototype
So try it out at http://www.archives.gov/research/search
send your comments and feedback to email@example.com.
video introducing you to NARA’s new search.
NARA’s first mobile app: “Today’s Document.” http://tiny.cc/TodayDoc1
Tutorial video on how to use the new Today’s Document application:
The Today’s Document is absolutely free and you can get it at the Android marketplace and the Apple iTunes Store.
The Library and Archives Canada recently announced that within the next seven years, they will put most of its services online.
Ancestry.com has decided to disconnect their Expert Connect Service as of March 18, 2011
Jenna Mills wrote in saying that the recent episodes of the Genealogy Gems podcast weren’t showing up on her Genealogy Gems Android App. If this happens to you it may be because a more current version of the app has been released. Simply check for the app update on your mobile device, download it and you’ll be up and running again as Jenna did.
Get the Genealogy Gems Android app at the Android Marketplace, or the iPhone app in the iTunes store.
Rootsmagic now offers FREE online webinar classes. Go to www.rootsmagic.ocm/webinars and click on a webinar title from the list for more information or to register. And don’t worry if you missed one or the timing isn’t quite right for your schedule, because you can watch or download past webinars right from their website like:
Getting Started with RootsMagic
Publishing a Family History with RootsMagic
FamilySearch Made Easy with RootsMagic
RootsMagic To-Go: Running RootsMagic on a Flash Drive
And Sources, Citations and Documentation with RootsMagic – oh that’s one you’re gonna want to watch.
Bill Buchanan and Kim Fillmore wrote in about some great genealogy gems they found on Google Books
Update: The toolbar has been discontinued.
GEM: Interview with Josh Taylor
Sarah Jessica Parker episode of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?
New Blog Series
Check out Lisa’s guests post Tech Tips series on the Genealogy Insider blog
Mon, 24 January 2011
Published Jan 24, 2011
Lisa's New Book is Here! The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox
View full screen to flip pages
It’s available at my Genealogy Gems store at Lulu for $24.95 for the 81/2” x 11 paperback and I just saw that Lulu is offering 10% on any purchase through the end of January.
Get 10% off READ2011 at checkout.
Offer expires January 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM EDT
Genealogy Blog: Geniaus
Lisa's Upcoming Appearances:
All day seminar on Google at the Whittier Area Genealogical Society in Southern California
RootsTech conference Feb 10-12 in Salt Lake City
WDYTYA Live conference to speak on Google Search Strategies
Tips to Avoid Disappearing emails
First go to your spam folder and select the emails you want and then click the Not Spam button – it may be called something else in your email, but most services have one.
GEM: Interview with Kory Meyerink
50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites
GEM: Interview with Chris Bair
Geo-tagging document download (with thanks to Chris Bair for sharing)
Thu, 23 December 2010
Published Dec 23, 2010
Save 30% on Genealogy Gems Premium Membership now through 12/27/10!!
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:
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
Subscribe free to the Genealogy Gems Channel at YouTube
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
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."
Thu, 5 August 2010
Published August 5, 2010
National Archives UK
Take a listen to the National Archives UK podcast episode Counting The People that explores the creation of the census, with the mass organisation of enumerators, temporary clerks, permanent civil service clerks and registrars, and according to the podcast webpage, it includes fascinating stories that lie behind each census, to help us better understand the records we think we know so well.
U.S. census training films online
The US censuses are released when they are 72 years old so the 1940 Census is due out in 2012. Watch short training films for U. S. Census enumerators.
Family Tree Magazine
Listen to the new July 2010 episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast featuring my interview with David Fryxell who’s article Fancy Free features the brand new 101 Best websites for genealogy research which just came out in the September 2010 issue of the magazine.
Lisa’s upcoming classes at Family Tree University including the Mastering Google Search
Ask the Editors: Family Tree Magazine Answers Your Questions
Wednesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4pm Pacific
How to Find Living Relatives: Unleash Your Inner Private Eye.
Get the full hour video recorded webinar, and all 5 handouts that the students received. There’s a TON of information there for you including some little known websites providing online access to information.
Over 12 million digital images from thousands of microfilm, representing 8 countries, were published online for free viewing this month at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) and coming soon to Beta.FamilySearch.org.
New Google Images
Tip: for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting to the info you need quickly
"I recieved my copy of "Internet Genealogy" magazine today. One of the articles is called Genealogy Podcasts.... Where to download your favoriite shows! I am happy to report that the very first Podcast listed in the articel is none other than my favorite "The Genealogy Gems Podcast"! Congratulations Lisa! You're the BEST!!!"
Cherie Bonebright Baxter on Facebook
July 24th is "Cousins Day"
Listener Tim McBride thinks that would be a great day for a family reunion.
Lacey comes up with gems too! Family History calendars for Christmas presents.
Thanks to Listener Belinda Slocumb for bringing a neat film project to our attention.
And the Iron Did Swim: A Documentary
Will Clifton of Louisiana writes:
“I must say I have really enjoyed the extremely useful information! I started by downloading your first podcast and have "listening" my way toward the most current.”
Is there a way to access these Agricultural and/ or Manufacturing Census records online?
Nonpopulation Schedules at NARA including Agriculture and Manufacturing
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast
GEM: Interview with Janice Nickerson
Project Genealogist for Who Do You Think You Are? Canada
Specialist in early Ontario (Upper Canada) records.
Who Do You Think You Are? at the CBC website
The Contact Page including Email for the Canadian Broadcasting Centre