Tue, 8 February 2011
Published Feb 8, 2011
In this episode Lisa chats with Josh Taylor of NEHGS about genealogy, technology and the future.
Tips for Getting the Most from a Conference
1. Sit up front
2. Introduce themselves to the people sitting next to them
3. Attend classes that wouldn’t normally attend. Try new topics, and let the presenters really lay out the topic and see how it might apply to their own research.
Genealogy’s Star Blog article: Live from the Family History Expo in Arizona
The Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveiled their new website which features Illinois Resources for Genealogy Researchers
The U.S. National Archives Records Administration new Online Public Access prototype
So try it out at http://www.archives.gov/research/search
send your comments and feedback to email@example.com.
video introducing you to NARA’s new search.
NARA’s first mobile app: “Today’s Document.” http://tiny.cc/TodayDoc1
Tutorial video on how to use the new Today’s Document application:
The Today’s Document is absolutely free and you can get it at the Android marketplace and the Apple iTunes Store.
The Library and Archives Canada recently announced that within the next seven years, they will put most of its services online.
Ancestry.com has decided to disconnect their Expert Connect Service as of March 18, 2011
Jenna Mills wrote in saying that the recent episodes of the Genealogy Gems podcast weren’t showing up on her Genealogy Gems Android App. If this happens to you it may be because a more current version of the app has been released. Simply check for the app update on your mobile device, download it and you’ll be up and running again as Jenna did.
Get the Genealogy Gems Android app at the Android Marketplace, or the iPhone app in the iTunes store.
Rootsmagic now offers FREE online webinar classes. Go to www.rootsmagic.ocm/webinars and click on a webinar title from the list for more information or to register. And don’t worry if you missed one or the timing isn’t quite right for your schedule, because you can watch or download past webinars right from their website like:
Getting Started with RootsMagic
Publishing a Family History with RootsMagic
FamilySearch Made Easy with RootsMagic
RootsMagic To-Go: Running RootsMagic on a Flash Drive
And Sources, Citations and Documentation with RootsMagic – oh that’s one you’re gonna want to watch.
Bill Buchanan and Kim Fillmore wrote in about some great genealogy gems they found on Google Books
Update: The toolbar has been discontinued.
GEM: Interview with Josh Taylor
Sarah Jessica Parker episode of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?
New Blog Series
Check out Lisa’s guests post Tech Tips series on the Genealogy Insider blog
Tue, 25 January 2011
Published Jan 24, 2011
Lisa's New Book is Here! The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox
View full screen to flip pages
It’s available at my Genealogy Gems store at Lulu for $24.95 for the 81/2” x 11 paperback and I just saw that Lulu is offering 10% on any purchase through the end of January.
Get 10% off READ2011 at checkout.
Offer expires January 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM EDT
Genealogy Blog: Geniaus
Lisa's Upcoming Appearances:
All day seminar on Google at the Whittier Area Genealogical Society in Southern California
RootsTech conference Feb 10-12 in Salt Lake City
WDYTYA Live conference to speak on Google Search Strategies
Tips to Avoid Disappearing emails
First go to your spam folder and select the emails you want and then click the Not Spam button – it may be called something else in your email, but most services have one.
GEM: Interview with Kory Meyerink
50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites
GEM: Interview with Chris Bair
Thu, 23 December 2010
Published Dec 23, 2010
Save 30% on Genealogy Gems Premium Membership now through 12/27/10!!
Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE Conference in London
The Mesa Family History Expo, January 21 & 22, Mesa Convention Center
The Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus, OH, March 31 - April 2, 2011
Alberta Genealogical Society Conference in Edmonton, Canada, April 16 & 17, 2011
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, CA, June 10 - 12, 2011
Coming Soon! Lisa's brand new book The Genealogist's Google Toolbox
Book Lisa for your next society seminar or conference
Launch of Podcast Android App
iPhone, iPod iTouch app is available at the iTunes store. Give the App as a gift from the app page in iTunes. Click the down arrow next to the price.
The new podcast media player on the show notes page for each episode.
Just released: Premium Episode 60
Lee Van Bergen wrote in asking about the Genealogy Gems Podcast iGoogle Gadget.
How to get the updated gadget:
Amber Creix Prat wrote to share a resource:
Check out Amber's genealogy blog called Tackling Brick Walls One Brick At A Time
Links and suggestions from Lisa
Turn your attention to state and county death records in Maryland. FamilySearch Wiki gives a good overview of what might be available. Maryland Death Records in FamilySearch Wiki
GEM: Interview with Kendall Wilcox, The Generation Project
(Image Below: Executive Producer Kendall Wilcos in the control room.)
Do your own Generations Project:
1. What is your motivation for doing this? What is your "why"?
The resources will be on the new blog website. All future seasons will have an episode devoted to doing your own generations project.
APP USERS: Check out the exclusive photo montage video!
UPDATE: BYUTV will be running an all new episode on January 3rd as a sneak peek for viewers. It will be the episode featuring the Denke's (Image below) and their search for the anonymous donor who saved their kids' lives. The remaining episodes for Season 2 will officially air in the Spring.
(Image Below: Xander & Carrie Denke watch their journey in studio with The Generations Project host, Lise Simms.)
Watch a preview of the first episode of season 2:
And here's a look at episodes coming this Spring:
Sun, 7 November 2010
Published Nov 7, 2010
In this episode we take a sentimental journey back over the first 100 episodes of The Genealogy Gems Podcast including some of Lisa's favorite gems and interviews, show milestones, and listener messages.
Google Site Search - Episode 1
Vehicular Forensics - Episode 18
The Band Venice - Episode 38
Lisa's story and Heritage quilts - Episode 39
Handwriting Analysis and Leatherheads - Episode 46
Lisa Kudrow, Who Do You Think You Are? - Episode 81
Kendall Wilcox, the Generations Project - Episode 86
Thanks to the following folks for the messages of congratulations:
The Staff at Family Tree Magazine
Lisa Alzo, Genealogist, Author and Speaker
Holly Hansen, President of Family History Expos
A.C. Ivory, Find My Ancestors Blog
Denise Levenick, "Penelope Dreadful" of the Shades of the Departed online magazine
Paula Hinkel, Chair of the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
Bruce Buzbee, President, Rootsmagic
Amy Coffin, We Tree Blog
Elizabeth O'Neal, Little Bytes of Life Blog
Emails from Connie, Teresa, Simona, Chris and Crystal
Newsletter (Sign up today and get the free Google Search Strategies e-book)
Premium Membership Launched (Become a Member)
The Genealogy Gems Toolbar - UPDATE The toolbar has been discontinued.
The first podcast in front of a live audience - episode 79
Christmas in July (Sweet Memories Candy Bars) Episode 20
Family History Dislay - Episode 3
Mother's Day Plate - Episode 11
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Socks to America - Episode 26
Sweet Land with Ali Selim - Episode 30
Heritage Quilts - Episode 39
Thank you to our sponsor: Rootsmagic
Listen to Crystal Bell's story in Episode 44 of the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast
Wed, 8 September 2010
Published Sept 8, 2010
Records Website News:
FamilySearch announced the addition of over 200 million new searchable historic records online representing 18 countries. Read Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta Site at the Genealogy Insider blog.
Listen to the September episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast coming out about 9/15/10
Lisa's upcoming classes at Family Tree University start 9/13/10:
- Reverse Genealogy
Sign up for the free Genealogy Gems Email Newsletter and receive the free e-book 5 Fabulous Google Search Strategies for the Family Historian. "It's very good information! This is a terrific tool to have up my sleeve." - Karen
GEM: Why a Podcast Listener Turned Genealogy Blogger
Premium Podcast Member Mary Lohr recently took the plunge and began her own genealogy blog.
Mary writes: "Thank you for encouraging your listeners to blog!"
Mark Your Calendar for Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Oct. 8 & 9, 2010
Oct. 23, 2010
Book Lisa for a presentation, webinar or seminar at your Genealogy Society or event. More information.
Tue, 24 August 2010
Published August 24, 2010
Genealogy Gems Podcast has been selected for inclusion in the brand new podcast director for the Blackberry launched by Research in Motion known as RIM. Read more about it.
Listener Rick Rissmiller wrote in:
Thanks for the Shout Outs from the following genealogy bloggers:
Susan Peterson - Long Lost Relatives
Tonia Kendrick - Tonias Roots
A. C. Ivory - Find My Ancestors
Upcoming Genealogical Events:
New RootsTech Conference
Alberta Family Histories Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com
Lisa’s upcoming appearances:
October 8 & 9, 2010
The Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society Seminar
California Genealogical Society Seminar
The TV show Who Do You Think You Are? has been renewed for a second season, which it looks like will probably air after the first of the year. Check out Paula Stuart Warren’s blog post all about it at Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica Blog
New Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode
August 2010 episode
You can subscribe to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast for free in iTunes
How to Fix Relationship Mistakes in Your Online Family Tree
"In your Personal Member Tree you may find later that a spouse you previously entered really was married to a different person or that a child really belonged to a different set of parents. You can now easily fix relationship mistakes in your tree by detaching and reattaching individuals in your tree."
First, bring up the profile page for the child you want to detach from the mother.
o Be reassured that doing this will not remove this person from your tree; it only detaches them. You can still find this person from the List of All People in your tree.
5 .After selecting OK, you’ll return to the Relationships tab for the detached child. You now want to return to the child’s profile page and you can do this by clicking the Return to [name of person] button at the top left corner of the page.
6. 6. Once you’re back on the profile page, click on the Add Mother link under the name of the father in the “Family Members” module on the page
7. 7. A box will appear that will allow you to add the mother. In the Add Mother box, at the top of the page, look for the link to “select someone already in your tree” and click it.
8. 8. You will then be directed to a list of all people in your tree. Find the name of the correct mother and click the orange Select button next to her name.
9. You will end up back on the child’s profile page and will be able to see under the “family Members” module that the correct mother is now assigned to that child. You can now repeat the process for each child that needs to be changed.
My thanks to Heather Erickson at Ancestry for connecting me with Jennifer, and Jean I hope this helps you out. I will also have a short video including graphics that demonstrated this answer to the question of how to correct mistakes in your Ancestry online family tree.
Will Haskell wrote in recently to follow up to Will Clifton’s email which I read on Episode 94 of the podcast.
“Your podcasts continue to be informative and fun to listen to. Keep up the great work! regarding Will Clifton's question on where to access the the nonpopulation schedules - some of them are available on Ancestry.com.”
Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
According to Ancestry, the Non-population schedules contained in this database include agriculture, industry/manufacturers, social statistics, and supplemental schedules. For mortality schedules, look for the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880.
Lucy Christiansen writes: "I listen to your podcast every morning on the way to work hoping that by the time I get home, I can remember one tidbit that I can use. I am needing some help. I need to find a good scanner. I want to locate a good quality scanner that I can scan both color and black and white.
Article by Rhonda McClure in the January 2005 issue of the magazine. "The Skinny on Scanners." It's available on the 2005 compilation CD and as a Plus article on the website.
If you’ve purchased a scanner recently that you think is really good drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice mail at 925 272 4021 and I’ll share it on the next episode and see if we can help Lucy out.
Lucy also sent me a message from her iPhone asking for more information on the Genealogy Gems iPhone app.
The advantage to having the Genealogy Gems Podcast app is that you can:
- stream and listen to the show without having to download it and take up storage space
- It includes Bonus content on most episodes: extra audio, video, images, documents.
- You can visit the website, email me, or call the show right from the app.
- You can listen to the show in the background and be able to do continue doing other functions on your device.
GEM: Paper Preservation with Scott Haskins
There’s one common challenge that every single genealogist must content with – and that’s how to deal with all the paper. An more specifically, how to care for most precious papers amongst our collection. The old, perhaps damaged one of a kind documents that we can’t afford to loose.
Scott M. Haskins is the author of the book "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster."
Thu, 5 August 2010
Published August 5, 2010
National Archives UK
Take a listen to the National Archives UK podcast episode Counting The People that explores the creation of the census, with the mass organisation of enumerators, temporary clerks, permanent civil service clerks and registrars, and according to the podcast webpage, it includes fascinating stories that lie behind each census, to help us better understand the records we think we know so well.
U.S. census training films online
The US censuses are released when they are 72 years old so the 1940 Census is due out in 2012. Watch short training films for U. S. Census enumerators.
Family Tree Magazine
Listen to the new July 2010 episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast featuring my interview with David Fryxell who’s article Fancy Free features the brand new 101 Best websites for genealogy research which just came out in the September 2010 issue of the magazine.
Lisa’s upcoming classes at Family Tree University including the Mastering Google Search
Ask the Editors: Family Tree Magazine Answers Your Questions
Wednesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4pm Pacific
How to Find Living Relatives: Unleash Your Inner Private Eye.
Get the full hour video recorded webinar, and all 5 handouts that the students received. There’s a TON of information there for you including some little known websites providing online access to information.
Over 12 million digital images from thousands of microfilm, representing 8 countries, were published online for free viewing this month at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) and coming soon to Beta.FamilySearch.org.
New Google Images
Tip: for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting to the info you need quickly
"I recieved my copy of "Internet Genealogy" magazine today. One of the articles is called Genealogy Podcasts.... Where to download your favoriite shows! I am happy to report that the very first Podcast listed in the articel is none other than my favorite "The Genealogy Gems Podcast"! Congratulations Lisa! You're the BEST!!!"
Cherie Bonebright Baxter on Facebook
July 24th is "Cousins Day"
Listener Tim McBride thinks that would be a great day for a family reunion.
Lacey comes up with gems too! Family History calendars for Christmas presents.
Thanks to Listener Belinda Slocumb for bringing a neat film project to our attention.
And the Iron Did Swim: A Documentary
Will Clifton of Louisiana writes:
“I must say I have really enjoyed the extremely useful information! I started by downloading your first podcast and have "listening" my way toward the most current.”
Is there a way to access these Agricultural and/ or Manufacturing Census records online?
Nonpopulation Schedules at NARA including Agriculture and Manufacturing
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast
GEM: Interview with Janice Nickerson
Project Genealogist for Who Do You Think You Are? Canada
Specialist in early Ontario (Upper Canada) records.
Who Do You Think You Are? at the CBC website
The Contact Page including Email for the Canadian Broadcasting Centre
Mon, 5 July 2010
Published July 5, 2010
The LIVE Genealogy Gems Podcast #91 has been reformatted for the iPod. You may need to delete the downloaded episode from iTunes and download it again by clicking the GET button to get the reformatted video.
"Attend the Jamboree virtually" by checking out these online resources:
Blog posts about Jamboree:
Dick Eastman's EOGN "I especially enjoyed her presentation on Google Earth for Genealogy"
GeneaBlogie by Craig Manson
Luxegen Blog by Joan Miller
My Heritage Blog by Schelly Dardashti
Hertiage Happens Blog by Cheryl
42nd BYU Conference on Family History July 27-30, 2010
Family History Expo in Pleasanton, California
New at FamilySearch: New Family History Library in Riverton, UT
Library of Congress Chronicling America
Who Do You Think You Are? UK lineup announced
Lisa's guest blog series at Family Tree Magazine's Genealogy Insider Blog
Meg Baker's FamilySearch iGoogle gadget
Ancestry alternative - add to the iGoogle Bookmarks gadget
Liz Thompson wrote: "You sure interview some interesting people!"
Brandt Gibson wrote to say how the Genealogy Gems Podcast has helped him get the scoop on his ancestors! "Thanks for helping restore my faith in a gold mine of genealogical information!"
New Listener Blogs:
Marie Peer asked who the podcast guest was that provided custom family charts: Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps. Marie wrote: "Thank you for the excellent podcasts. I really enjoy listening to them. I keep thinking that you are going to run out of topics but you don't. You are very creative."
Darren Engh posted on Facebook about a website he really likes called www.digitalarkivet.no for records in Norway. He asked for recommendations for information about Candian immigration. Lisa recommends the book Destination Canada by Dave Obee. (This link supports this free podcast - thanks!!)
GEM: Interview with Dave Obee
"Every province is different. Canadian research is fairly recent research."
Canada doesn't have anything like the SSDI.
Attend one of Lisa's classes at Family Tree University
Get 10% off of Lisa's book Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies and use the coupon code SUMMERREAD305. Orders over $19.95 also get free shipping during summer 2010.
Sat, 22 May 2010
Published May 21, 2010
New DVD Google Earth for Genealogy
Sat, 24 April 2010
Stay tuned for upcoming Genealogy Gems Webinars:
"Thank you so much. It was wonderful. I could almost see you standing in front of the classroom. Please do more!" - Joan Sanaker
New indexing projects announced.
Recently Completed Projects:
Deutschland, Baden, Achern, Kirchenbucher, 1810 to1869 Part B
France, Paris, Registres Protestants, 1612 to 1906 Part C
U.S., Indiana, Clay County, Marriages, 1811 to 1959
U.S., Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey 1910 Federal Census
World Vital Records has been announcing the addition of passenger data files to their site:
The Italians to America Passenger Data File 1855 to 1900.
Germans to America passenger data file 1850 to 1897
Russians to America Passenger Data File 1834 to1897
For our British Listeners:
WDYTYA? US series to air in the UK starting April 25.
The Southern California Genealogy society Jamboree
January 11 thru 13, 2010 in Burbank, CA.
And the Early-Bird Discount Deadline is fast approaching. Registration for the Jamboree Early-Bird Discount ends on Friday, April 30.
Carol Kendall asked about the Transcription program recommended on the Family History podcast.
The Transcription software was discussed in Family History episode 36
A software program called Transcript 2.3 free download available
Deborah Mullins Vernon asks about adding sources to online Family Trees
Feedback on Google Earth for Genealogy
"I had my popcorn while I watched Part 2, 3, 4 of Google Earth videos. I am learning so much. Thank you!"
GEM: Scouting for Ancestors
Interview with Mark Tucker
Deborah Mullins Vernon asks for advice on searching for live people, and specifically Girl Scouts.
she has a newspaper article about her. In the article is a picture of her with three Senior Girl Scouts. She would like to try to find them or their decendants to offer them a copy.
When it comes to finding living people you can find a lot of information about that in Premium episode 3 which is all about finding living people using private eye techniques. The archived episode is available through the Genealogy Gems store at Lulu.com
Lisa's article Be a Family History Detective – 10 Tactics to trace eluxive ancestors is the cover story on the newest issue of Family Tree Magazine (July 2010)
Mark Tucker of the ThinkGenealogy blog is not only passionate about scouting, but has been doing his homework to investigate what type of family history information might be gleaned through researching an ancestors scouting history.
And what better time than now to talk about the Boy Scouts as this wonderful organization celebrates it's 100 years of scouting this year.
So let’s listen in and see what Mark Tucker can tell us about scouting in our family history.
If you would like to learn more about scouting:
For Boy Scouts head to the
100 Years of Scouting History website
For the Girl Scouts visits their official site and you can go directly to the Girl Scouts Council Finder page on the site to locate and get in touch with the council where ancestors participated in scouting.
Check out Genealogy blogger Denise Levenick’s blog post On My Honor, we were girl scouts when scouting wasn’t cool by denise Levenick
If you have any experience with researching your scouting ancestors or find a gem after listening to this episode, please email Lisa. I know we would all love to hear about!
The Scoutmaster handbook on Google Books
Also Search Boys Life
And Scouting Magazine
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