Sun, 6 January 2008
Published Jan 6, 2008
We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and my wish for you is that you and your family are happy and healthy.
Sequence and Dutch Blitz:
The Genealogy Gems video about the history of the Christmas seal called "How You Ancestors Made A Difference"
It is also now being featured on the RootsTube Channel at Rootstelevision.
Genealogy Gems News Blog features my New Years Resolution for 2008: To have even MORE genealogy fun!
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Maureen Taylor's blog about what to do with your Christmas cards when Christmas is over.
Richard's experience with the passports is such a great example of not just looking for what you expect to find, but looking for the unexpected.
GEM: Venice Interview
The Lennon Sisters are the eldest of 12 siblings in the Lennon family, and certainly NOT the only ones with musical talent. I recently had an opportunity to meet with their younger brothers Pat and Kipp and first cousins Michael and Mark who musically merge as the group Venice.
"The Family Tree" debuted in 1999 on the bandâs album entitled Spin Art.
The Lennon Family Tree: all the guys are the grandchildren of Herbert Lennon who was born in Wisconsin. His father John died in his thirties from a heart attack at a community picnic just before the turn of the century. Herbert was raised by his mother Minnie under the roof of his grandparents, James and Kate Lennon. Judge James Lennon of Appleton Wisconsin was born in Ireland in 1840 and immigrated in 1849 to America with his parents James and Mary Lennon. James and Mary would be the great great great grandparents of the guys.
Kipp Lennon, Lisa Cooke & Pat Lennon - Dec. 2007
Jimmy Lennon Jr., Mike Tyson &
Video: Adobe Hacienda Video (Live)
Wed, 19 December 2007
Published Dec 19, 2007
Family History Expo 2008 Video Premiere:
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GEM: The History of the Christmas Seal - How Our Ancestors Made A Difference!
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Song: End of a Perfect Day and the Christmas Movie Remember the Night
Mon, 10 December 2007
Published Dec 10, 2007
Exclusive Kodak Gallery Discount: 20% OFF Photo books, Calendars & Cards through Dec. 11, 2007! Go to the Genealogy Gems Store for more information and to find the link to Kodak Gallery.
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NEW: The Book Has Gone Digital!
GEM: U.S. Passport Applications on Ancestry.com
Lesson 1: Be sure when you are searching the database to click the NEXT button and check the backside of the application page for a photo.
Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford Passport Photos
Lesson #2: If your ancestors were servants or employees of those that may have traveled, it would be worth searching for those employers.
GEM: The History of Sound Recordings
Well, all of this sound recording was made possible by Thomas Edison, who 130 years ago this week .
Book: Innovate Like Edison
LISA'S 10 GOLDEN RULES
#1 Get a reliable and affordable method of digital recording.
For portable recording you could use a handheld digital recorder, but I like to use my iPod with the Micro Memo Digital Voice Recorder
#2 Make A List of Those You Would Like to Interview
#3 Prepare Your Questions Ahead of Time
#4 Keep The Interview Relaxed And Comfortable.
#5 Don't Worry About Getting Everything The First Time
#7 Take The Time To Edit
#8 Make Cataloguing A Priority
#9 Get Written Permission If You Plan On Sharing The Recording
#10 Follow up with a thank you
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.
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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