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.
Sun, 21 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.
Fri, 12 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
Now's the time to subscribe to the FREE Genealogy Gems Podcast Newsletter!
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!)
Sat, 22 September 2007
Published Sept 22, 2007
EPISODE 27 SHOW NOTES
RE: WorldVitalRecords - All "Recently Added Databases" on the site are offered for 10 days free when they are added.
A quick way to find keywords on a webpage such as the databases listed on World Vital Records is to use the "Find on this page" Function of Internet Explorer:
RE: Judy Gorman's email: Socks to America Video
Sock it to Me! Express your Sockish-American side with Socks to America Posters and Mugs! They would make hilarious holiday presents for your fellow genealogists.
Many listeners burn the podcast to CD for listening away from their computer, and I think donating them to your local genealogy society after you are done with them is a great idea. Here is a link to an official Genealogy Gems Podcast CD Label. It's formatted specifically for CD Stomper Label System which I use to create all kinds of professional looking labels for CDs and DVDs.
Genealogy Societies are also welcome to use excerpts from my newsletter in their society newsletter when they include the following author credit "by Lisa L. Cooke, The Genealogy Gems Podcast at www.lisalouisecooke.com".
Mon, 10 September 2007
Published Sept 10, 2007
EPISODE 26 SHOW NOTES
I'll be at the Northern Utah Genealogy Jamboree in Ogden this Saturday September 15, 2007. Booth #302. (Listen to Episode 25)
Gem: Organizing Your Internet Favorite Bookmarks
A more comprehensive organization strategy:
Within the GENEALOGY folder you could have:
To Alphabetize Your Favorites:
And all your folders will snap back into alphabetical order.
Be sure and subscribe to the free Genealogy Gems Podcast Newsletter...Coming in the October edition: yet another way to use your iPod as a family history tool. Go to the Newsletter page and send an email to subscribe.
Announcing the premiere of the newest Genealogy Gems Production: The Socks to America. This video is a documentary spoof (a la Ken Burns) chronicling the immigration of the fictitious "Sockish" people (aka Sock Puppets). I invite Genealogists & Historians alike to sit back and enjoy a chuckle at our favorite pastime.
Tue, 4 September 2007
Published Sept 4, 2007
Book Announcement: Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast is finished and available online through Lulu Publishing.
It is jammed packed with genealogical gems that you can use straight from the book, or as you listen along to the podcast at LisaLouiseCooke.com. It was really important to me that the book be able to stand alone as a resource tool in addition to being a companion manual to the first twenty episodes of the podcast. You will find everything written out in step-by-step instructions, plus lots of photos, as well as many things that I never got a chance to talk about on the podcast or include in the newsletter.
Lulu is very cool because you can preview several pages of the book. It's very safe and secure to order with them online. Shipping hint: When you're checking out the shipping will automatically show as Priority Mail. If you're not in a huge hurry, use the drop down menu and select media mail - it's much less expensive. It usually takes about a week to receive Media Mail.
I hope to see you at the Northern Utah Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree at the Marriott Hotel, in Ogden on Saturday, September 15, 2007. I will be in Booth 302 in the Exhibition Hall. Stop by and say hello. For more information or to register online visit the My Ancestors Found website.
Newspapers: The Genealogy database site World Vital Records is providing "increased access" to the collection of NewspaperArchive.com database. The first release of the NewspaperArchive.com data (40 million records ranging from 1759 to 1923) went up Aug. 27, 2007. And World Vital Records is giving 10 days of free access to these new additions BROWSE
Gem: Some newspapers carry a history section or a 'looking back' column where they run old articles. World Vital Records only had a sampling of years from the past newspapers that are digitized. But the columns like "Twice Told Tales" that can be found in more recent newspapers, may include articles about the family that the website didn't have the originals of. So don't dismiss those new issues - you may find some real gems!
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