Sat, 1 December 2007
Published Nov 30, 2007
Episode 35 Show Notes
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Check out the genealogy quizzes at FunTrivia.com
YAHOOOOO - there's a genealogy gal on the Genealogy Gems Listener page! Beth Green answered my call on Episode 30 and emailed a Simpsonized Version of herself. Check it out at the LISTENERS page.
GEM: A Little Help From Your Friends
My Top Three Tips for Tapping into the Strengths of Others:
Tip #1 Swap brick walls
Try swapping brick walls with another researcher and look them over with a fresh pair of eyes. I like to think of it as being a cold case detective. Someone who pulls out an old file and goes over it with a fine tooth comb to see if anything's been missed.
Tip #2 - Assess your weaknesses
Tip # 3 - Two heads are better than one
GEM: The Library of Congress Webcasts:
Library's Map Treasures are Highlighted in "Cartographia a book and presentation by Vincent Virga
GEM: Genealogy through the Looking Glass
For instance, does the subject of DNA still seem a bit foggy to you?
The Irish Potato Famine: Irish Immigrants Come to America (1845-1850) by Jeremy Thornton . "Feed the Children First: Irish memories of the Great Hunger" edited by Mary E. Lyons.
Juvenile Books can also be a great quick resource for the history of states and countries that you are unfamiliar with and have just discovered your ancestors spent time in. So when you stumble into new territory, try taking a child's eye view and perhaps a child's curiousity as you approach the situation.
GEM: Now for a little Pixie Dust
Looking for a great Christmas gift?
Sun, 18 November 2007
Published Nov 18, 2007
EPISODE 34 SHOW NOTES:
New videos for you at the Genealogy Gems website:
"Family Tree" & "Circle of Life" by Venice.
A very moving video highlighting a collection of photographs at the Library of Congress' American Memory collection taken by Lewis Hines of child labor in the early 19th century.
Wreath by creative podcast listener Linda Kvist, Sweden
"The Emigrants" movie review
Create your own Family History Christmas Wreath by watching the
An email from Beverly Shaw :
If you're looking for stocking stuffer ideas, there's still plenty of time to make the Sweet Memories candy bars which I described in detail in Episode 20 and in my book "Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies"
GEM: A Thanksgiving Celebration
What Shall the Harvest Be?
Sowing the seed by the daylight fair,
"OUR NATIONAL THANKSGIVING by Sarah Josepha Hale
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Sun, 11 November 2007
Published Nov 11, 2007
Episode 33 Show Notes
The New Genealogy Gems News Blog
Upcoming Conference Appearance:
All of the old Edison recordings on this episode are courtesy of the University of California at Santa Barbara
GEM: This old dog learned a new trick â or how I got in touch with my own podcast:
Here's how to do it:
GEM: Google Gadget for American Memory:
How to get the American Memory Google Gadget:
GEM: Genealogy Podfading:
GEM: Silhouettes by Kathryn Flocken:
Silhouette of genealogy podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke by Kathryn Flocken
GEM: History of the Census and Its Samples:
Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790-2000
If you'd like to learn more about how the history of the census and a website like this can be of real help to you in your own family research, go to the July 2007 Genealogy Gems newsletter back issue and read the article featuring a listener question that was answered using this history of the census information.
Email Me with comments and questions
Sun, 4 November 2007
Published Nov 4, 2007
Episode 32 Show Notes
Email From Dave Green:
"Attached (is) a find on ebay. I hadn't thought to look there for family mementos. I typed in the tiny town of Fiat, IN and it came back with a matchbook from the store my grandparents had owned there! Thanks for the valuable gem."
The Genealogy Gems Listener page - see Simpsonized Dave
Email from Judy in Memphis:
Hi, Lisa, a few weeks ago I contacted you and said I was going to do the Sweet Memories candy bars this Christmas. I thought you would enjoy seeing how they turned out! I have only actually put the candy in two to try it out but will wait until closer to Christmas so the candy will be fresh. I used the 3.5 oz Dove Bars, dark chocolate. I will send them to 47 people in the family who will enjoy the candy and hopefully the memories. The front says: "In Memory of Daddy, (Kenneth) who gave us our love of chocolate and Mother (Mildred) who made all those wonderful desserts. Love, Judy." The three children on the front are my two sisters and me at Christmas about 1946. The picture on the back is of the same children and our parents, about 1960. I hope they enjoy this little gift. Thanks so much for the idea.
Again, I love the podcast and have gotten a lot of useful information. You make it really fun.
GEM: Invite Your Ancestors to Christmas - Create A Family History Christmas Wreath
Joy to the World Edison Records 1906 Courtesy of University of Santa Barbara
This week, I"m very please to be publishing my first Christmas project instructional video sharing with you how to create your own family history Christmas Wreath. This wreath is so beautiful, and Iâm really excited to have found a way to incorporate more wonderful family photos into our holiday decorations. I've done my best to give you step by step instructions so that you can make your wreath right along with me.
Watch the four part video which in total runs about 35 minutes - Here's an example: Part 1
I really hope that you will take the time to create this lovely wreath. I had so much fun making it, and I've already gotten oos and ahs from people who have seen it. I guarantee if you invest your love and time into making it, it will be appreciated by everyone who sees it.
And I would love to see your finished projects! So email me a photo as Judy from Memphis did with her Christmas candy bars. It would be inspiration for us all!
Sun, 28 October 2007
Published Oct 28, 2007
EPISODE 31 SHOW NOTES
Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies. Thanks to those of you who have bought the book. You guys are great.
A special little Halloween hello from Genealogy Gems.
Sad news: The This Week's Genealogy Gems Google Gadget has crashed. However, I will likely create a new custom gadget in the near future so I'll keep you posted. To receive the code for the gadget just be sure to sign up for the free Genealogy Gems monthly newsletter because thatâs the email list I use to personally email you the code so you can install it on your iGoogle page. Newsletter Sign Up & Back issues
The website is evolving every day with new content, so be sure and visit regularly at www.genealogygems.tv In the Resources section you will find lots of great genealogy research strategies. Be sure to click on the Google Research Gems Link. I have a special gadget there that will provide you with a new Google tip every day. And you'll also find lots of other great tips that we've talked about to make Google work harder for your genealogy research.
Please do let your research friends and your local genealogy society know about it as a resource for them too, even if they donât listen to the podcast.
The Irish Jig performed by the National Promenade Band in 1914 for Edison Records courtesy of University of Santa Barbara.
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to over 9 million items of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. These materials chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.
Some of my other favorite areas of the Collections and Programs are:
Start by browsing the Biography and History listings.
The library website also offers RSS feeds and email Subscriptions on a variety of subjects.
The future: the library just signed a World Digital Library Agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization pledging cooperative efforts to build a World Digital Library website.
World Digital Library at the Worlddigitallibrary.org. Video
GEM: Genealogy for the Next Generation
To get the attention of the next generation for genealogy I Simposonized myself.
Simpsonize Me! It's totally free, and really fun.
Mon, 22 October 2007
SHOW NOTES for Episode 30
Calling all Ladies: Notice a trend on the Genealogy Gems Listener Page? Only men have sent in photos! Come on ladies, you need to be represented! Email a photo of yourself listening to the podcast on your ipod or computer, or holding up something that you've found since listening to the podcast, or both.
Website News: New this week you will find a search box on the left side of the Genealogy Gems homepage under the navigation menu. I hope that you will use it and find it helpful in getting to where you want to go.
GEM: Interview with Ali Selim, Director of Sweet Land?
In episode 29 I told you about a wonderful movie that I saw recently called Sweet Land. It's a film about Norwegian immigrants in rural Minnesota following WWI. I feel so passionate about it not only because itâs about family history, but because it's such a rare thing to find a gem like this that you can watch with your entire family.
Ali's Grandparents William and Sophie Niemeier of Minnesota.
This week I had a chance to talk to Ali Selim, award-winning director of Sweet Land, and we chatted about his immigrant parents, the power of memories and some of the terrific actors that he features in the film.
Ali Selim, Director
When you're done listening to the audio podcast, you can watch the Videocast below. Just double click on the Play button.
Sat, 13 October 2007
Video Cast: An interview with the award-winning director of the film Sweet Land, Ali Selim.
Sweet Land is a story about family history, focusing on Norwegian immigrants in Minnesota circa 1920. If you love historical fiction, and quiet thoughtful movies that you can watch with your entire family, then this is the videocast for you. Sweet Land is available on DVD, and the beautiful nostalic music soundtrack is available through . Take it from your friend, you'll love it.
P.S. Rather read? Try Sweet Land: New & Selected Stories
Sun, 7 October 2007
Published Oct 7, 2007
Episode 29 SHOW NOTES
I had the opportunity to talk with Anna Swayne of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation recently. Listen as we walk through this emerging area of genealogy step-by-step and get a solid overview of how DNA testing can assist us in our family history research.
DNA & Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick
USA TODAY article - SMGF's founder, James LeVoy Sorenson, was featured in a USA Today article in June. The article focuses on Mr. Sorenson's work in genetic genealogy as well as his other companies.
Free Genealogy Gems Newsletter: Send an email with your name, state or country and how you heard about the podcast, and I'll get the Oct issue out to you right away, and you"ll be all set to receive each monthly issue.
Check out what's new at the Genealogy Gems Website
Get Lisa's new book: Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Packed with step-by-step instructions for everything covered in the first 20 episodes, and much more!
Tue, 2 October 2007
Published Oct 2, 2007
Episode 28 Show Notes
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Logitech Webcam Not only can you send video emails super quick and easy, but you can select one of their animated characters that you supply the voice for.
Anytime you access Amazon through the links on my website and purchase any item on the Amazon site, you are supporting this podcast which I really appreciate! Thanks to you guys I was able this week to double my podcast storage space which means I can create longer podcasts and also publish videocasts for you. I hope you'll keep this in mind as we approach the holidays and you start doing your Christmas shopping. It's because of you that the Genealogy Gems Podcast, website and videocasts are possible. Thank you!
GEM: GENEALOGY "COLD CALLS?
My Lady of the Telephone was performed by Joseph A. Phillips and chorus for Edison Records in 1915
Interview with Carolyn Ender from Texas who has conducted dozens of cold call research calls.
1) Identify the person you want to call
2) Locate the Person's Phone Number
3) Plan ahead
Consider recording the conversation
4) Get up the "nerve" to call - Be prepared. Say to yourself: "I can do this. This is important." Remember, all they can do is say "no thank you."
5) Introduce Yourself - Immediately identify yourself with first & last name & town. Indicate any family connection. Indicate who referred you to them.
6) Where to Begin - Talk about the family line you are researching
7) Reluctant Relatives - Share what youâve learned. Share your own memories of a shared relative. Mention something of particular interest in the family tree that might pique their interest. Offer to mail them some information and call again once theyâve had a chance to look at it.
8) During the Call - Take notes during the phone call. Confirm information that you already have
9) When There's No Answer - Leave a voice mail your name, number, why you are calling, & offer to call back.
10) Must Ask? Questions
11) Wrapping up the call - Thank them for their time. Ask for email address. Offer to give them your address and phone number.
12) Create Documentation Be sure to include the person's name, address, phone number and date of conversation.
14) Create a To Do List - Go through the notes you typed with a highlighter pen to mark items you will want to research further.
15) Follow-up Thank you card Birthday cards & Christmas card Follow up calls
GEM: Sweet Land
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Tue, 25 September 2007
The First Genealogy Gems Videocast: The Socks to America.
This is the documentary spoof (or should I say "sockumentary") video about the immigration of the fictitious Sockish-Americans. Currently featured on Roots Television, the video is now available for FREE download onto your video ipod exclusively with this unique video podcast.
Now you can "Sock It To Yourself" anytime you like!
The Socks to America Mugs: Immigration Story & I'm A Genealogist
(Caution: Don't drink & watch the video at the same time as you will be in danger of laughing which causes spitting!)