Tue, 5 January 2010
Happy New Year!!
Contest Winners Announced:
The winner of the 2 day admission ticket to the Mesa, AZ Family History Expo:
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Lisa will be speaking at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto, Canada May 14 through the 16th of 2010 at the Doubletree Hilton at the Toronto Airport
The Armchair Genealogist: Follow Friday - My Top Five, A Year In ... By Lynn Palermo
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Also at ancestry they've announced the release of new and improved images for U.S. Federal Censuses. They’ve got clearer images for 1790-1900, and are working on 1910 through 1930. They’ve also posted better indexes for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1900
Genealogy Questions: Long time listeners Richard Yehle has a question about adoption research He writes:
"An ex-brother–in-law’s father had two brothers born in 1914 and 1916 who were placed in an orphanage in Stockton CA in an unknown year (I’d guess between 1920 and 1930). The family is looking for information on these two brothers but don’t know where to start. I can’t find either of them in the 1920 or 1930 census, nor their parents for that matter. They moved from New Mexico to Bakersfield CA by 1910 and apparently to Stockton CA at some point later, again my guess is after the death of the mother – but we don’t have that date. The location of the two orphans are not known. I suppose it’s possible that they took the name of their adoptive parents which could be a problem. The original surname is Torres which is also reasonably common. Any suggestions on where to start looking for these two?"
Full text of "Benevolent institutions. 1910"
The San Joaquin County US Gen Web site is currently under construction but it looks like they plan on providing information about adoptions in the county.
If you have strategies for Richard email Lisa.
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GEM: Mona Golabek
Listen to: The Romantic Hours
Tue, 8 December 2009
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Footnote.com - In honor of Pearl Harbor Day they are making their interactive WWII collection available for free for the month of Dec 2009.
Michael in Irvine, CA writes in about The Genealogy Gems Toolbar.
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Listener Gordon Churchill writes in to ask about using compiled genealogical records in his research.
Listener Phil Haye's blog post about the new ABC show "Find My Family" which aires on Monday nights at 9:00 pm
GEM: Interview with Maureen Taylor about Hairstyles book
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GEM: Family Storytelling During The Holidays
Holly's podcast episode 50 of the Family History Expos Podcast
Sun, 29 November 2009
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RootsMagic, Inc. announced the immediate availability of RootsMagic Essentials, free desktop genealogy software based on their award-winning RootsMagic 4 system. RootsMagic Essentials contains many core features found in its namesake that allow the public to easily start tracing their family trees.
FAMILYSEARCH: The folks at familysearch have added some new record collections which can be searched for free at the FamilySearch.org Record Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).
The new records include:
Footnote.com recently released "the Native American Collection" of historical records.
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AC Ivory has been diving into his family history and wrote in with a neat story of what it can mean to an older relative when we spend time with them and ask about family history. www.generationivory.com
Read his article about podcasts.
Susan Freer shared a fun free website that features the music of yesteryear Upchucky Radio Hits of the 1940s Jukebox page
Mon, 9 November 2009
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Listener Megan Kyser asks if the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast might have a DNA episode someday?
âand she adds, "My whole family listens in the car on trips- yes; even the 5 and under crowd!
She will also be interviewing a DNA specialist for the November episode of The Family Tree Magazine Podcast which will be out later this month.
And Lisa recommends a fun website for her under 5 fans!
Listener Rhonda Schneringer of South Dakota and says-"in this podcast, you mention a class you teach called "Sharing the Joy". You describe it as projects anyone can do to share your genealogical information with family members who aren't "into" genealogy yet. Can you tell me where I can find information about these projects?"
The details of the projects Lisa covers in the presentation can be found in her book Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies.
The projects featured in the class included:
Decoupage Plate - Chapter 11
A four part video series is available at the Genealogy Gems TV Channel at YouTube for the Family History Christmas Wreath project:
GEM: Interview with David Rencher, Head Genealogist at Family Search
David discusses the digitization for FamilySearch, how research has changed, the future of the Family History Library online catalog, and the opportunities that technology offers the genealogy world. It's a rare opportunity to hear from the decision maker himself about the records that impact your research.
Fri, 30 October 2009
Sit back and enjoy this episode about a Gem of a web site: www.DeadFred.com
Founder Joe Bott tells us what drove him to create the site and some amazing and inspiring stories of Ancestors found!
Here's a link to the photograph of Gustavo Hammel that Karen Hammel found on the DeadFred web site.
Our Dog Howie was featured in BARK! magazine (below)
Fri, 9 October 2009
Lisa covers digitized newspaper records recently posted at the Library of America's Chronicling America web site
As well as news from Ancestry.com including new records, the new social networking with records feature, and updated to their Member Connect Feature.
Watch Lisa's 2 part video series on Member Connect with David Graham of Ancestry. Go to the Genealogy Gems TV Channel at YouTube and Click on the Videos section.
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Then Lisa shares some advice from German Genealogist Baerbel Johnson of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on German research in response to listener Teri Chaffin's question about her Matzdorff family.
"Copyright infringement and plagiarism is always a topic near and dear to every genealogist. A discussion on "fair use" typically results in a heated debate but to assume that since a library has a copy of a book and that an arrangement between the library, a company (Google) and various literary organizations permitting the digitalization of the library's collection automatically implies the granting of digital rights to that collection is flabbergasting.â Danny from Baltimore
Web sites mentioned:
Original article (9/3/09) about Google books from the BBC
Tina Kelly writes to say how excited she was to be able to get some of the archived Premium Episodes from the Genealogy Gems store at Lulu
And Russ Karr writes to share the highs and lows of his research, and his curiousity about an ancestor that died in an Insane Asylum in San Jose in 1920.
Resources mentioned by Lisa:
Diane Haddadâs post on The Genealogy Insider Blog
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Listener and Premium member Pat Dalpiaz shares how she proudly wears her new Genealogy Gem Rhinestone Pin whenever she has a new discovery, and shares two of her most recent discoveries generated by working on her family history blog.
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Thu, 24 September 2009
Episode 72 - Probate Records and Genealogy Serendipity with Jana Broglin, Google Books, Genealogy Wise
Read Lisa's Blog post "Google Books Revolutionary Next Step"
How to Order Key Civil War Records by Tamie Dehler, Tribune-Star
A listener writes in to share her experience with Genealogy Wise
Check out the free program Transcript 2.0 that listeners are raving about.
GEM: Probate Records with Jana Broglin, CG
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GEM: Sorting your bookmarks alphabetically in Safari (Mac)
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1. On the top of your screen click on Bookmarks
Sun, 6 September 2009
And at this conference I am debuting a brand new item that I've been working on for months and it's ready, and it will be available for the first time at the Expo. It's actually inspired by you - you know you are all such gems to listen in to the show, and I was thinking about that, and it just seemed to me that there ought to be something wonderful to wear that shows off what a real genealogy gem you are. So this weekend I'm making available for the first time the Genealogy Gem rhinestone jewelry pin
My grandmother always wore sparkling costume jewelry and I was fortunate enough to inherit it, and this pin fits right in with all the wonderful vintage pieces. So if you would like your very own pin to declare to the world that you are someone you care about is a genealogy gem, be sure and stop by the Genealogy Gems booth in the exhibit hall.
Russ from Tucson, AZ wrote in to ask about how to locate some Californians in his family tree, and a very happy outcome followed:
Well the "little angels" were in my court because the same day I emailed you I was listening to your old archives in the premium member section when I heard you mention the "acts of random kindness" which I emailed the same day, well someone who lived near the cemetery was able to get a hold of a record of my great grandfather's burial date but said there was no date of death. Using that date, I manually went into the Oakland Tribune obituary archives and went back a few days before the burial date and there was his obituary!
Kay wrote in to share her experiences with Member Connect on Ancestry. Email your comments to Lisa
GEM: Member Connect with Ancestry Part 2
In this episode, we wrap our personal tour of Ancestry's new Member Connect feature.
GEM: Family History Thoughts with Lee Drew
In this gem I am happy to feature another wonderful blog post from genealogy blogger Lee Drew called "Choices and Consequences."
I'm going in for some surgery in early September and I know that recovery may take around 4 weeks, so you may not be hearing from me as regularly as usual, but I hope that you stay in touch and be patient until I'm up on my feet again. I'm going to try to get some things wrapped up before hand, so hopefully you Genealogy Gems Premium members won't notice any difference in the regularity of premium shows and videos. And actually I'm having a blast with this new video series coming up and I know you'll love it.
I appreciate your understanding and patience and really canât wait until I can get back to the microphone with more genealogy gems.
Thanks so much for listening friend, I'll talk to you soon!
Wed, 19 August 2009
Google announced last week that it has quadrupled its searchable archive of historical news articles, many of which are free to access.
The National Archives just announced that it has launched what it calls a Narations blog. The new blog is going to focus on online public access to records of the U.S. National Archives
The Salt Lake City Family History Expo is almost here
MyHeritage.com, has announced the release of Family Tree Builder 4.0. The Family Tree Builder software is available for free download
Read the article about Google's new improved search BBC News
GEM: IPUMS USA website
The site is described as "Census microdata for social and economic research". It's an excellent and little known web site that is dedicated to collecting and distributing US census data. Its goals are to:
But as the column implies, the census taker was instructed not to write in column 26D so in this case the instructions can't help much. Column 26D was filled in by the staff at the census bureau after the census taker completed the task. The codes written in the column were to assist them in tabulating statistical information which they reported to Congress.
Unfortunately these numbers really don't provide additional information because they just reflect what was written in the Occupation columns by the census taker
You can learn what the occupation codes in Column 26D mean by visiting this page:
GEM: Agricultural Census (Non-Population Census)
Sat, 1 August 2009
For the month of August 2009 Footnote.com is providing free access to the 1930 census images. To get the free access just go to www.footnote.com/1930census/ and register with your email address.
Genealogy Insider Blog by Diane Haddad at Family Tree Magazine. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMUC) is celebrating it's 50th year.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections is a free Library of Congress program. Information about the manuscript collections of participating US libraries is being entered into the WorldCat library catalog search engine.
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy
Randy Seaver's article on the Genea-musings blog
Footnote Maven's post about the episode
Episode 39 of the Family History podcast features the very gifted writer Denise Levenick who write the Family Curator blog, and also has an alter ego known as Penny Dreadful who writes occasionally for the Footnote Maven's Shades of the Departed blog.
And you get two bloggers in this episode because it also features my interview with Schelly Talalay Dardashti who writes the Tracing the Tribe blog on Jewish genealogy.
Both these ladies are very experienced bloggers and will give you great tips on blogging, including dispelling the myth that you have to be technically inclined to blog!
So what do you think about this? Have you published your family history? Does it matter to you who owns the digital rights to your work? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Email Lisa or call the voice mail line at 925 272-4021 to have your thoughts included on the show.
GEM: Profile America
GEM: Tony Burroughs
He is the author of the book Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree published by the Fireside Division of Simon & Schuster and I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Tony about his work and his approach to the research process.
Tony was so much fun to talk to and has so much knowledge about such a variety of subjects. If you'd like to see my interview with Tony that was filmed at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree you can view it in itâs entirety at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel.
GEM: Profile America
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