Sun, 5 August 2007
Published August 5, 2007
Genealogy Reviews Online blog: Genealogy Gems - You've Got to Check this One Out.
Lisa's Movie Pick: Full of Life (1957). It's a really heartwarming movie about immigrants and their American born children that you can watch comfortably with your kids and your grandkids.
The novel by John Fante is still available: Full of Life by John Fante
GEM: Freedom of Information Act Follow Up
Email from Richard Hrazanek: "I loved the tip about requesting your ancestor's immigration file through the Freedom of Information Act. Do you know if you can do the same thing with a person's military record."
FOIA can assist you in obtaining military records.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Website article: How to use the Freedom of Information Act.
Rod Powers of About.com does a great job outlining how to obtain military records
The National Archives website article: Access to Military Records by the General Public, including genealogists who are not next-of-kin
Timothy E. Blaise's website devoted to the 4th Infantry Division 224th Infantry Regiment Company "D" which his uncle served in. Timothy outlines his experience with obtaining military records.
GEM: Thanks for the Memories
Get a piece of paper or pull up a word document. Close your eyes for a second, and visualize a favorite memory from your childhood. In my case I started with a favorite place, my maternal grandma's house. But perhaps yours is the back alley where you and your friends played baseball, or your great uncle's garage where he showed you how to work on cars. Whatever is meaningful to you. Now, open your eyes, and write your thoughts one at a time. Just free flow it. They don't have to be complete sentences.
Later you can try your hand at writing more of your actual experiences or memories of a person. Again, it doesn't have to be a novel or sound really professional. It's just the memories from you heart.
Tie together this gem with episode 20's Sweet Memories gem where we made a family history chocolate bar label for a candy bar that could be tucked in a Christmas Stocking as a gift. Replace the Ingredient's list on the back label with a text box that includes these free flowing memories about the photo that appears on the front label.
Wed, 25 July 2007
Published July 29, 2007
Book Recommendation: Home and Home Again by George and Helen Papashvily.
GEM: German Homeland - Part 2
Here's a checklist of other types of records that might contain information about your ancestor's home town.
Bremen Passenger Lists 1920 - 1939
Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1872
A research outline from FamilySearch for Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934
Look sideways, at brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, even friends. If you can determine where one of them was born, you will have an EXCELLENT place to look in Germany for your ancestors!
In addition, determine if your ancestors had traveling companions on their way to America and look into their backgrounds. Go back to the census and check out your ancestors first recorded American neighborhood. Where were their neighbors from? Folks often settled near family and friends from the old country.
The Freedom of Information Act
is a federal statute that allows any person the right to obtain federal agency records unless the records (or part of the records) are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions in the law.
It can take up to six months to receive a reply. I've obtained two ancestor files so far, and both contained information and photographs that I had never seen before. No fees are required when you make the request. And the first 100 pages of copying and two hours of search time are free!
GEM: Christmas in July
Sweet Memories Candy Bar Stocking Stuffers
First, you'll need the following items:
Here's how to create the label:
Scan the photos you want to include on the label
Open a new page in Microsoft Publisher
Use the Rectangle Tool to create a 7 " high x 5 " wide rectangle
Insert a background image using the INSERT IMAGE function, and then resize it to fit just over the rectangle. Another option is to select the rectangle, and use the FORMAT FILL COLOR function to color the box.
Use INSERT IMAGE to add your photos, and resize them to fit. Measure down 2" from the top of the label, and that's where the top of the front side photo is placed. Set it Ââ? from the left edge.
The backside photo should begin 5" from the top of the label, and be set Ââ? from the left edge.
Insert the text boxes. The "Sweet Memories" and Ingredients text boxes are about 3" wide and 1 1/4" high. Format with the borders and colors that you want. Reflect your own family values in the Ingredients list.
To Print: From the menu, click FILE then PRINT and then click the PROPERTIES button. From this window select "high resolution paper" or "High Brightness" as the Media Type, and select HIGH for the Print Quality to get the bestlooking label. Print the label & cut out carefully.
Folding guidelines: The first fold line is 1 Ââ? from the top of the label, and the second fold line is 4 Ââ? from the top of the label.
Use a small piece of double sided tape to stick the label to itself on the backside snugly.
Now you have your own custom family history themed chocolate bar ready to tuck in Christmas stockings this year. They're guaranteed to put smiles on everyone's face on Christmas morning, and hopefully inspire a bit of curiosity about the family tree.
August Episodes - In order to get the book finished and prepare for some exciting new episodes for Season Two I'm not going to make any promises about how often new episodes will be published in August of 2007. However, I will be putting out a couple of new podcasts as well as doing some blogging on the website so check back often.
Music courtesy of UC Santa Barbara: Deutschlands Ruhm performed by the Johann Strauss Orchestera for Edison Records in 1913. Homeland, sung by the soprano Elizabeth Spencer, recorded by Edison records in 1911
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT
Sun, 15 July 2007
Published July 15, 2007
GEM: A Long Look Sideways
Have you ever heard the piece of genealogical advice that says if you get stuck with your own ancestor, look sideways - at their siblings, aunts and uncles? Well in this episode we stretch this idea even further by looking at folks who aren't even related to us in order to get a clearer view of our ancestor's lives.
EXAMPLE Here's a list of books that I've found that are about specific locations and experiences that apply to my ancestors:
Places to find old or out of print books:
Ebay.com, Amazon.com, Google Search, Garage Sales
GEM: Finding Your German Ancestors Town of Origin
A little German village can seem like a needle in a haystack when you're starting with ancestors who made it to the shores of America. But once you've found that gem, it will open up all kinds of records from their native land, and likely take you back several more generations.
There are three important pieces to this Ancestral puzzle:
First step: find them in the most recent census and work backwards. Look for immigration information.
The naturalization process created a lot of paperwork, and in that paper work your ancestors were asked for specific information about where they were born, where they immigrated from, the ship they traveled on, and when they arrived in America. Naturalization was applied for at the county courthouse in most cases.
Try the free GenWeb website http://http://usgenweb.com/ for the county where you think your ancestor's applied for citizenship to see what resources they have available. Also, look up the county courthouse online for records and contact information.
Declarations of Intent: The first document filed for citizenship
The more recent the naturalization, the more likely you will find listed the place of birth, date of emigration and the ship on which they sailed.
Brush up on your German border history. Most recent border changes occurred in 1945 and 1871. Wikipedia
Consult a gazetteer at the library or online, and look up the town. This should indicate the parish and Kreis.
Check familysearch.org: Enter the last name, and the country as Germany to see if people with the same last name are listed in the same location you have pinpointed in Germany.
Also, Search PLACE under the Family History Library link to find out what records they hold for that village. Suggestion: Put the village name in the first field and the kreis in the second.
Next, Timelines are a great tool for seeing the bigger picture and determining how the little bits of information fall within it.
One of my favorite German sites is Genealogy.net German Genealogy website http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/ger1871.htm
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT
Sun, 8 July 2007
SHOW NOTES Published July 8, 2007
GEM: Colorado History
The song That Railroad Rag performed by Edward Meeker.is an Edison Recording from 1912, Courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara
GEM: Vehicular Forensics
Applying your own CSI "Alternative Light Source" to reveal the license plate number on an a car in an old photo.
Compare the plate with plated found on LicensePlates.TV
Check the state's Department of Motor Vehicles website for license history
Try the state's archive website online catalog for 'motor vehicle records'
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Ragtime music courtesy of Frederick Hodges
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT
Sun, 24 June 2007
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SHOW NOTES Published June 24, 2007
NOTE: Though I mentioned in this week's podcast that the new website is up and running, there have been some problems with coordinating it with itunes. So in order to get this podcast to you in itunes, I've delayed the launch of the website. Thanks for your patience. I highly recommend that you subscribe to the newsletter as this is the email list I will use to listeners if it turns out that I must move my podcast feed.
Saw the movie "Waitress" this week. Nothing to do with genealogy, but boy it was one terrific movie and I can't recommend it enough. If nothing else, seeing Andy Griffith again in a movie was worth the price of admission. But it's also a great story done in a really fresh way.
GEM: A Few Gems From The Great White North - Canadian Research
The song O Canada courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barabara
The Library & Archives Canada
GEM: Searching with Synonyms in Google Place a tilde (~) character directly in front of the relevant keyword in the search box. For example, a search for "burket ~genealogy" would not only bring up sites that include 'burket and genealogy," but also "burket and family history," or "burket and family tree"
Coming Soon: The Comprehensive Guide to Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast - the First Twenty Episodes. So don't worry about extensive notetaking while you listen to the podcast. Hopefully by September you will have everything at your fingertips in this new book which will be available through the Genealogy Gems Podcast website Store page.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT
Sun, 17 June 2007
SHOW NOTES Published June 17, 2007
GEM: Genealogy Play Day!
SONG: Ev'rything's funny to me performed by Sallie Stembler.
Ragtime Music courtesy of Frederick Hodges Music Visit his website at Frederickhodges.com Songs are from the album: Picnics.
Song: I think I hear a woodpecker knocking at my family tree performed by Edward M. Favor. Issue by Edison Standard Record, 1910
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Sun, 10 June 2007
SHOW NOTES - Published June 10, 2007
GEM I Love to iGoogle & You Will Too!
Create An Account
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How to Add an rss Feed Gadget for this Podcast
BONUS: I have created a special gadget just for you called This Week's Genealogy Gem. I will be emailing all of my newsletter subscribers an invitation to add the Genealogy Gem gadget to your igoogle homepage.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT
Sun, 3 June 2007
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Ancestry.com U.S. Military Collection Free through D-DAY JUNE 6, 2007
The collection because it contains the 267 issues motion picture newsreels called The United News produced by the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.
GEM: A New View On Family History - Exploring Silent Movies
The people who performed in the silent movies were viewed intently by your ancestors. They took in their hairstyles, decorating, morality, etc.This podcast includes an interview with Sam Gill, Archivist of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, and retired archivist for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in Hollywood.
Sources for Silent Movies Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (& Edison Theater) 37417 Niles Blvd, Niles, CA
Netlfix: They have an INCREDIBLE catalog of hard to find silent films. (as well as all their other movies & TV shows totaling over 75,000 titiles) Mailing is very fast, and convenient (they provide postage paid envelopes & no driving!) The low cost per rental makes it a hard to beat - $4.99 a month gets you 2 movies (just $2.50 each). And for $9.99 you can get an unlimited number of movies (one at a time). If you watch 2 a week that's just $1.25 each! I've become a huge Netflix fan - I LOVE it!
(By using this link you contribute toward the cost of producing this podcast. Thank you!) Type "silent" in the search box.
Recommendations To Get You Started:
Mary Pickford in Daddy Long Legs, Through the Back Door, and Suds; Clara Bow in "It" & Wings. Harold Lloyd in Safety Last & Grandma's Boy. Douglas Fairbanks in The Nut, Mark of Zorro & The Mollycoddle. Lois Weber (Director) The Blot (mentioned by Sam Gill. Available on Netflix & through Amazon)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Amazon - Silent Movie Search:Select DVD in the SEARCH area Click GO
EBAY My Grandma's Diary Entry for Friday, Nov. 2, 1930
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT
Sun, 20 May 2007
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SHOW NOTES Published May 20, 2007
Ragtime music is by the talented Frederick Hodges
From the MAILBOX
GEM #1 - Memorial Day - WW II Service Records
Music courtesy of the University of Santa Barbara Library featuring the Chorus of Male Voices singing U.S. Army Camp Songs, an Edison recording from 1918
Two free must check websites:
#1 NARA (The National Archives and Records Administration) Search the WWII enlistment records and prisoner of War records at archives.gov/aad
#2 Search for soldiers traveling overseas or returning home after the war with Steve Morse's All New York Arrivals Search form http://stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=ny
For more information & historical background on Memorial Day:
GEM #2 Publish Your Own Family History Book
My videos A Nurse In Training Part 1 & Part 2 can be seen at Rootstelevision.com on their RootsTube channel (See Episode 5 of the Genealogy Gems Podcast) The video was taken from a book that I self published. Books are still hard to beat for telling a story in words and pictures in an extremely easy to use way.
My Top Six Tips For Making Your Book Fascinating to Your Reader:
#1 The book should convey an overall theme
I create my books in the Kodakgallery. There are several websites out there offering the ability to publish your own book. I chose Kodakgallery because it was easy to use, price competitive, FAST publishing & shipping, and Excellent quality.
For my Family History Books I use:
I'm going to walk you through the steps of setting up a book in Kodak Gallery because it's a resource I feel very comfortable recommending. If you decide to use Kodak, I really appreciate you accessing it through this link because it will help support the production & costs associated with producing this podcast.
A Nurse In Training
Remember, your research CAN be fascinating and understandable to others in your family. It just takes a little creativity and effort. What good is it sitting on a shelf? Don't wait until your DONE with your research. It'll never happen! Start putting pieces of your family history directly into your family's hands with a beautiful family history book.
You can email me with comments & questions.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT
Sun, 13 May 2007
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Happy Mother's Day!
News: If you'd like to see me being silly on the world wide web check out Rootstelevision.com & watch my video called Our Summer Vacation.
TODAY'S GEM - High School Graduation
Top 10 Tips for finding the Graduation Gems in your family history.
1. Establish the Timeline
Check your genealogy database to figure out when your ancestor would have attended school. I am going to be focusing on high school, but this could just as easily apply to researching the college years.
2. Family Papers & Books
We always start our research at home, so go through old family papers & books looking for Senior Calling Cards, High School Autograph Books, Journals & Diaries, Senior Portraits, & Yearbooks
Senior Calling Card from 1930
Yearbook Entry from 1930
Search for announcements, honor rolls & other articles about end of the year activities
It is easy to say search newspapers, but it's not always that easy to find them. So here are some ideas of where to look for historical newspapers...
4. The State Library
5. State Historical Societies
9. Call the School
Don't be afraid to ask...Ebay sellers want to sell! And if all else fails, set up an Ebay Favorite Search to keep a look out for you. Go to my website and check out Episode #3 for instructions on how to do this.
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