Mon, 20 June 2011
Published June 20, 2011
Get ready to be inspired while you listen to kids embracing their family history at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Kid's Camp lead by Charlotte Bocage.
In this episode you'll hear from the instructors, kids, parents and grandparents that all shared a very special day exploring the joy of genealogy.
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Sat, 28 May 2011
Published May 28, 2011
This week we did a 90 minute presentation of Google Earth for Genealogy for RootsMagic and the response has been fantastic.
I’ve had so many emails from those of you who attended, and I can just read the excitement in your words.
After the Google Search Tips and Tricks webinar Penny wrote: "Loved your last webinar for RootsMagic. I had the reputation for being pretty sharp with Google searching, but you leave me in the dust."
And Eileen wrote: "Fantastic webinar! I can't wait to try it out!"
And after the Google Earth for Genealogy webinar Valerie wrote in saying : "Great show, learned a lot!!! Cant wait to get started with Google Earth!!! Ordered your 2 disks right after the webinar!!!"
Mary says "Your Google Earth webinar this evening was golden! Thank you for giving so much to the genealogy community."
Kim wrote: "GREAT Webinar....learned so much.....I'll never get any rest, tonight! Thanks Lisa!"
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Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episode 69 features an interview with Richard Gray
Deceased Online.com just added 175,000 Northamptonshire burial and cremation records to their website and they should be available online by early July. The first data release comprises burial records for seven towns in the English East Midlands area of north/northeast Northamptonshire: Broughton, Burton Latimer, Cransley, Desborough, Pytchley, Rothwell and Rushden. In all, there are approximately 24,000 records in the first batch of data, dating back to 1888, the largest of which is Rushden. The data comprises register scans and grave details for all 24,000 burials. Photos of all memorials in Broughton, Cransley and Pytchley cemeteries are also included and there are some photos for memorials in other cemeteries.
The remaining 151,000 records are from Kettering's two cemeteries, London Rd and Rothwell Rd, and the town's Crematorium which serves a large area stretching across much of north Northamptonshire and into the neighbouring west Cambridgeshire and south Leicestershire. These are expected to be added to the Deceased Online database in early July so put it on your calendar to check back on the website then.
FamilySearch just Completee the 1930 Mexico Census and have announced it is Now Available Online for Free! These are part of a total of 59 collections that were updated in this release, comprising 25 million new images and records for 19 U.S. states and 16 countries. You can search all of these updated collections now for free at http://www.FamilySearch.org .
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Google has abandoned their master-plan to archive the world's newspapers
Google announced this month that they have notified their partners in their News Archive project that they would stop accepting, scanning, and indexing microfilm and other archival material from newspapers, and was instead focusing its energies on "newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from their own sites."
Thanksfully, Google did say in a press release email that it would continue to support the existing archives it has scanned and indexed. It added, "We do not, however, plan to introduce any further features or functionality to the digitized news product." So it’s not going away, it’s just not going to grow or be officially supported.
What we don’t know is whether Google will finish indexing the newspapers it has already scanned. I hope so, but many folks out there aren’t very optimistic about it...We may still see this content pop up in other places, and I will keep my eyes and ears open for that and let you know when I know more. Seems like a GREAT opportunity for sites like Ancestry or Genealogy bank to step in don’t you think?
As we approach the memorial day holiday, Brandt from Washington wrote in with a question about Military Records. He writes: "I recently found this Civil War pension application index record for one of my ancestors, Alexander B. Shute (and he sent me the card which you can see in the show notes). The index references two applications for pensions, one for an invalid, and one for his widow. Do you know how I could go about finding these applications? I'm very interested in seeing what they can tell me about Alexander. Thanks for the fantastic podcast, and keep the gems coming!"
Diana Chrisman Smith, an instructor for Family Tree University provides an answer:
"For Civil War veterans, the invalid file for the veteran and the widow's file are filed together at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington, DC. If there was a file for a minor child, it would also end up in the same file.
There is a project underway in partnership between NARA, Footnote and FamilySearch to index and digitize all of the Civil War widow's pension files --- however, at this time they are only about 2% complete. The index card for your Alexander Shute indicates that he did receive the requested invalid pension and his widow received her requested pension (there are both application and certificate numbers for both). These application files should indeed show you information about Alexander. However, this widow's pension file is not among those yet completed when I checked.
For those who ARE digitized in this project, the images of the complete file are available online at Footnote.com, by searching for the widow's name, the veteran's name, or the widow's certificate (WC) number.
For those who are NOT yet completed in this project, the next option is to request the file directly from the National Archives (NARA). This may be done in one of three ways:
1. Visit the National Archives in Washington, DC, where the originals are located and view the file, making whatever copies you wish personally - this is the least expensive option if it is in your "neighborhood," since you may be selective about which pages you may wish to copy.
2. Visit www.archives.gov and obtain Form NATF-85 to request the document copies by mail. The instructions indicate the price for the file (currently $75.00 fo the full file, up to 100 pages + $.65 for additional pages).
3. Complete and submit the form NATF-85 online (same prices apply, but service is faster).
As the digitization project progresses, more files will be available online, making access easier - for now, NARA is about the only game in town for most pension files.
Note that this information is for UNION veteran files. The access for Confederate files is different, and the subject for another day."
If you are interested in learning more about Military Records you can join one of Diana’s upcoming classes at Family Tree University:
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Lisa’s classes at Family Tree University
Barbara writes in about how to find proof. She writes:
"I recently found a record for my gggrandmother at the St. John’s Almshouse. The age is only a couple years off. How can I verify that this record is indeed for her. Even on my other side, the cemetery stone of my ggreatmother has the wrong date of death. What alternatives do I have to prove this, other than hiring a professional genealogist?"
1) Do some searching in the FamilySearch wiki to see if you can find any articles that give you more insight into poorhouse records and the St. John's Almshouse records specifically.
2) Try contacting a reference librarian at a leading repository and posing a few specific questions to see if they can set you in the right direction. I would recommend the National Archives UK and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The latter you can contact by email. But strive to be specific with you question and provide a digital copy of the records involved if possible.
GEM: Roger Kershaw on Britains Home Children
Not long ago I got an email from Michelle who had asuggestion for a podcast gem. A segment on British Home Children. While I had heard that term before, I hadn’t come face to face with it in my own research. Michelle explained in her email that these children were orphans or impoverished youth who were shipped to Canada from Great Britain through philanthropic agencies between 1869 and the 1930's. Michelle said he has an uncle whose grandmother and some of her siblings were British Home Children and she would be interested in learning more about them.
In this episode you’ll hear an interview with Roger Kershaw who joined the National Archives in the UK in 1986 and is now the head of Military, Maritime, and Family records for the Advice and Records Knowledge Department.
Canada designated 2010 as the year of the British Home Child and the journal spotlighted the subject with an article in each edition. The Journal is very well done, and these articles are particularly excellent as they shed so much light on this important part of history.
Get in touch with the Alberta Genealogical Society at http://www.abgensoc.ca
Tue, 17 May 2011
Published May 17, 2011
In this episode we cover little white lies told at the turn-of=-the-century about divorce, and The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor joins us from Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London.
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National Archives EStore Opens Online “Bargain Vault”
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The National Archives UK
9 June 2011, they will be taking part in #AskArchivists Day along with other archives from around the world.
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A new service helps you synchronize between your computer desktop family tree database programs and some of the popular online family tree websites.
Example of WebSearch: Louise M. Chrisman who died in Indiana.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Google Earth for Genealogy
90 minute webinar that will introdudce you to the wonderful world of Google Earth and specifically how it can do amazing things for your family history research. If you are ready to rock your ancestors world.
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers
August 27, 2011.
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Juliana asks about PAF and records from Brazil
Juliana asks about PAF and records from Brazil
Search the FamilySearch Wiki on brazil research.
Search the FamilySearch Wiki on brazil research.
Elizabeth has a question about turn of the century divorces:
“I have found a handful of couples that around the turn of the century that had separated or divorced, but one or both of the people told the census taker they were "widowed". Until I realized this was happening I simply took the "widowed" at face value and moved on. Are there resources you might suggest for finding divorce information around the turn of the last century?”
Marriage and Divorce, 1867-1906 Volume I by the Department of Commerce and Labor Bureau of the Census from 1909. This is an incredibly comprehensive book covering marriage and divorce statstics for not only the U.S. but around the world.
On page 50 the report comes right out and states:
“It should be remembered, however, that in th eUnit3ed States the number of divorced persons reported by the general census of population is grossly deficient, because many persons who are divorced, being sensitive in regard to the fact, report themselves as single or widowed.”
Search “Divorce” in the Family Search Wki
GEM: The Photo Detective at WDYTYA in London
Interview with Maureen and some of the folks waiting in line
Websites mentioned in this episode:
Photos through the Ages using http://www.flickr.com) free signup
Lisa’s upcoming appearances:
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 9-11, 2011 teaching classes and presenting the Genealogy Gems Podcast Live!
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The Colorado Family History Expo June 24 & 25, 2011.
Midwest Family History Expo in Overland Park, Kansas on July 29 & 30, 2011
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Listen to Crystal Bell's story in Episode 44 of the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast