Mon, 8 March 2010
The Google Earth for Genealogy DVD is coming soon!
All 6 videos are also part of Genealogy Gems Premium Membership
Family Tree Magazine's Top 40 Genealogy Blogs
Lisa’s recent blog posts about the new TV series Who Do You Think You Are?
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
June 11 - 13, 2010
Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center
Ontario Genealogical Society Conference
May 14 - 16, 2010
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 15 is the last day to take advantage of their early-bird registration rates.
Generation Maps announced the release date for their brand new Family ChArtist program on their website
Marian Vermazen asks about Rootsmagic and citing sources.
Lisa recommends Elizabeth Shown Mills' book Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition
Carol Purinton asked for advice in purchasing a new mp3 player for listening to podcasts and audio books.
Cathie Wood Owens asked about adding New Family Search to the toolbar
Jean Perera wrote in about Who Do You Think You Are?
"The more we can support shows of this nature and quality, the better in my estimation. They make history come alive and as Lisa said gives me an appreciation for what my ancestors endured. I like to think I have benefitted from their sacrifices and it has helped make me the person I am. As always, thanks for your informative podcasts. I can hear the smile in your voice and your enthusiasm is catching. Keep it up!"
Kevin Ryan asked about getting started with British Research
Subscription Record Sites:
Nancy wrote in about the two part Hard Drive Organization video series in Premium Membership.
Susan Konkel in Wisconsin writes
"I work at the Family History center in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I am currently teaching our consultants how to use Roots Magic 4 in an effort to transfer their huge PAF files onto New Family Search. I have been looking at different information regarding the upcoming NBC show "Who Do You Think You Are" and came across this page. I am very interested in learning new searching tools to help our staff and patrons without paying the high cost of conferences. Thanks for all you are doing."
GEM: Paper Preservation
Listener Debra Miller-Tossey wrote in looking for advice on preserving newspaper clippings.
Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist at http://practicalarchivist.com/
Read her article Newspaper Clippings: Can They Be Saved?
Decision to make: keep or reprint
Sign up for the Practical Archivist e-newsletter and reeive the free e-booklet 8 Blunders People Make When They Scan Photos and How To Avoid Them All
While at Sally's site, check out The Preservation Answer Machine
GEM: Genealogy is Reconstructing the Dash
Listener Gail Hamilton sent in a gem of poem that will get you thinking not only about your research but about the "dash" you are creating today!
App users check your Bonus Content for special Motivational "Dash" Wallpaper!
Sun, 21 February 2010
Share Who Do You Think You Are? with Friends and Family
Share Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 81 with your friends and family:
Who Do You Think You Are? premieres on NBC on Friday, March 5 at 8:00 pm.
Digitize Your Family Records – Free at Jamboree
Ancestry.com announced that they are going to be at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree with their scanners, and that means that ttendees will have the opportunity to have their family photos and documents professionally scanned at the conference, for free.
Sign up for 15-minute scanning sessions from 12:00 noon on Friday, June 11, through 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13. The scanning area will be in the Producer room, in the East tower of the main hotel. Look for signs to point the way.
Register in advance on the Jamboree website
Sign up for your particular time slot when you arrive at Jamboree.
Lisa will be speaking at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto Canada being held may 14 through the 16, 2010 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Toronto Airport.
Veterans History Project Marks Tenth Year with Events and Initiatives
The Veterans History Project was created in 2000 by Congress as a national documentation program of the American Folklife Center to record, preserve, and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of American wartime veterans from World War I through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Volunteer interviewers may request information at email@example.com or the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.
Family Search they have announced some new record digitization projects:
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife - Registro Civil, 1900-1920
Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia - Atti di Morte 1809-1936 [Parte B]
UK, Bristol - Parish Registers 1837-1900 [Part B]
US, Guam and Samoa - 1920 Federal Census
US, Kentucky - 1910 Federal Census
US, Maryland - 1910 Federal Census
US, Massachusetts - 1910 Federal Census
US, Tennessee - County Marriages, 1790-1950 [Part A]
US, Virgin Islands - 1920 Federal Census
3 Ring Binder Tabs Followup
Avery® Protect 'n Tab™ Tabbed Sheet Protectors #74160, Acid Free, 5-Tab, Pack of 5
Product Number: 74160. The sheet protectors fit 8-1/2" x 11" material and are acid free and archival safe won't lift print from your pages.
Escalating Ancestry issues
Al Wilson asked for advice in escalating an issue with Ancestry and Lisa provides two strategies for resolving the case of the missing WWI Draft Registration Cards.
Blogs & Tollbars
Michael Honeycutt wrote in to say that the thing he loves about listening to podcasts is that something always pops back in his mind a few days after listening.
Michael’s Blog: Confessions of a Twenty-something Family Historian
Michael says”as soon as I'm done typing this, I'm going to give the toolbar a test run!”
Tim Cox suggested a quick link on the toolbar to Amazon that also supports the podcast. Keep those great ideas coming Tim – and thank to all of you for supporting the podcast! You’re awesome!
Here’s an email from Paul Dunlop who writes:
“I just came across your Genealogy Made Easy podcast #001 Get Inspired and Get Started. I began really researching my family just before the holidays…It’s been helpful to listen to the beginner podcasts….Much as I fear I have got the bug and cant stop this!…Great show.” Paul Dunlop
Rootsmagic and Mark Tucker
Barbara Starmans wrote to say she’s migrated to Roots Magic 4 and “I’m enjoying the program more than ever now that it incorporates all the features I was looking for when I wandered away to another software a couple of years ago. “
Barbara says she’s relying on the book
Lisa's interview with Mark Tucker Epsiode 20
Thanks for your great podcasts!
Barbara J Starmans
You can check out Barbara’s blog
GEM: Interview with Irene Johnson Part 2
Jerry Springer video links from Episode 79
- Study about maps before you come to make the most of them.
- They are out on the floor in big cases with wide skinny drawers. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- Use Gazateers in conjunction with maps
- You need to understand the geography of a country.
- Document everything – where you are getting your information from.
Lisa: "You can’t be lonely being a genealogist!"
Irene's Thoughts on Grandchildren and Adoption: “We have a heritage to leave them”
Irene's Bottom Line: "Don’t Be Afraid – Ask the Questions!"
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GEM: Profile America – The First Telephone Book
View the first telephone book and the transcribed list of telephone subscribers in New Haven, CT in 1878
Sun, 14 February 2010
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Thank you to genealogy blogger Joan Miller for her wonderful review of the Genealogy Gems Podcast iPhone App on her blog.
Teri Chaffin wrote in asking for suggestions for genealogist training and certification. Lisa recommends the article Shaping Up by Sunny Morton in the March 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine
Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington
Certificate in Genealogical Research program at Boston University.
You can take that program online.
Genealogical certification is offered by:
BCG does offer skill building
Michelle Goodrum writes in about her new blog Turning of Generations
and how much she enjoyed Lisa’s Google Earth presentation on at the recent Family History Expo in Mesa. “I was so excited about it I went home and shared your tips with my husband who likes Google Earth but had NO IDEA what it could do. The next time I go hunting for a homestead, I'm going to do it this way. It's much easier than getting the old state highway maps that also show the township, range, info! Plus like my hubby pointed out, it would be much more comforting when we are out in the backcountry after riding down 20 miles of dirt roads to have that visual to tell us that yes, we ARE on the right track.”
“As always, I'm looking forward to what wonderful new adventures you will be taking us listeners on in your upcoming podcasts. You are a treasure chest of information!”
Stay tuned for the release of Lisa’s new Google Earth for Genealogy DVD.
GEM: Interview with Lisa Kudrow
Lisa talks with Lisa Kudrow about her new television series Who Do You Think You Are? premiering March 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm on NBC
Watch the video message from Lisa Kudrow on The Genealogy Gems News Blog.
Spread the Word! Email your friends and family and share this episode with them to generate excitement and viewership for this new genealogy themed show.
The Genealogy Gems Podcast is sponsored by Rootsmagic
Lisa will be teaching for Family Tree Magazine called Search Engine Tips & Tricks: Google Techniques to Boost Your Research on Tuesday February 23, 2010 at 4pm Pacific and 7 pm Eastern. For more information go to the Family Tree Magazine website.
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast will wrap up with one more episode.
Fri, 5 February 2010
THANK YOU to all the genealogy bloggers who got the word out about the new Genealogy Gems iPhone app which is now available in the iTunes store:
Kimberly Powell of the About Genealogy blog
Dick Eastman of Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter
Janet Havorka of the Chart Chick Blog
Miriam Robbins Midkiff of Ancestories
Schelly Dardashti of the Tracing the Tribe blog
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog
Lisa has gotten great feedback from those of you who have already downloaded the app from the iTunes store.
Apple Announces the iPad
iPad News at the BBC
Ancestry Magazine Closes It’s Doors
Ancestry Magazine will be publishing it’s last issue in March of 2010.
Go to http://books.google.com and just type Ancestry in the search box to see past issues online.
Question from member Teri Chaffin:
Are there 3 ring binder dividers large enough to use with sheet protectors?
Lisa suggests: Avery® WorkSaver® Big Tab Insertable Dividers 11220, 5-Tab Set
Judy in Ocala requested photos of Lisa’s family history wall display describe in Episode 3.
Rebecca Pittman of Chicago asks for leads on researching ancestors who served as U.S. census enumerators.
“Do you have any recommendations for locating records about his role as a Census Enumerator? I’m sure there would’ve been an application form, payroll information, etc. for Census Enumerators. I searched Worldcat for any books on the subject and the National Archives for records and have not had any luck.”
Bill Maury, Chief of History at the U.S. Census Bureau says that
All of the records that are available are at the National Archives in Record Group 29…the records are partial at best but some are both extensive and informative.
Episode 33 features my interview with Bill Maury
Histories of Enumeration Procedures for Each Census: â
How Enumerators were appointed in 1930
Record Group 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census
(Tip: Search the page for “Personnel”)
Mary Bowden wrote in to say she has started her own genealogy blog.
“Thanks, I loved the live podcast!”
Podcast listener Marie has also started blogging
Gordon Churchill asks for recommendations for a way to publish a “book of stories and events that I have been able to find, together with the dates and places, so that grandchildren and others who come to it will find something that has some life in it, not just historical records.”
Lisa suggests Kodak Gallery
Listen to Episode 13 for more on publishing a family history book with Kodak Gallery
This Podcast is sponsored by:
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GEM: Interview with Irene Johnson
Irene’s Tip: Do your homework before you visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Do Your Homework Before You Come:
- Scour the online catalog
- Decide what you need
- Ask for help when you visit
Lisa’s Tip – print out the items you want from the catalogue and prioritize them. Determine which items are available only in Salt Lake City.
Watch Irene in the Ancestors series
The Library is divided up into sections:
B2 - The British Collection
B1 - The International Floor – “the only place where you will find all the Swedish records under one roof!” (they are scattered amongst the various archives across Sweden)
The Vault – There are many films that are not located in the library but rather in the granite vault. Request ahead of time, or as soon as you arrive.
Please volunteer to Index
The Main/ 1st Floor – Computers and Family Histories
Tue, 26 January 2010
This episode is a LIVE presentation of The Genealogy Gems Podcast presented at the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, January 22, 2010.
Lisa introduces her Stage Manager (and daughter!) Lacey Cooke.
2013 Update: the Genealogy Gems Toolbar has been discontinued.
GUEST: Gena Philibert Ortega, Genaâs Genealogy Blog
Worldvitalrecords - www.worldvital.com
Genealogywise - www.genealogywise.com
GUEST: Thomas MacEntee, Geneablogger
The Top 10 Genealogy Blog Myths
This LIVE show is sponsored by Rootsmagic.com Lisa chats with Bruce Buzbee about Rootsmagic 4 Download the FREE Rootsmagic Essentials to give it a test drive!
GUEST: Anastasia Tyler, Ancestry
Anastasia was recently featured on The Martha Stewart Show Anastasia discusses the new NBC TV show Who Do You Think You Are? that premieres on March 5 at 8:00 pm.
Jerry Springer Videos
Part 1 Watch Part 1
Part 2 Watch Part 2
Part 3 Watch Part 3
Part 4 Watch Part 4
Part 5 Watch Part 5
Part 6 Watch part 6
She also talks about what's coming up at Ancestry in 2010.
The Ancestry Blog: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/
Become a Genealogy Gems Premium Member
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:
Get more information about the conference and banquet at Family History Expos
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
Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episodes can now be automatically downloaded to iTunes. For more information sign in and go to the main Podcast page.
Sign up for the free Genealogy Gems e-newsletter and receive the downloadable e-book 5 Fabulous Google Research Strategies for the Family Historian.
BRAND NEW: The Genealogy Gems Podcast iPhone app is now available for the iPhone and ipod iTouch. Get it at the iTunes App Store
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.
Toolbar Emails: Genealogy Gems Podcast Toolbar Kathy Ott asks how to remove and hide the new toolbar.
How to remove the toolbar from a Mac:
On a PC:
To temporarily hide the Toolbar on a PC:
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GEM: Mona Golabek
Listen to: The Romantic Hours
Wed, 9 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.
2013 Update: The Genealogy Gems Toolbar has been discontinued.
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
Above: Get Maureen's book at Amazon
You can sign up for Maureen's free e-newsletter at her Photo Detective Web Site
GEM: Family Storytelling During The Holidays
Holly's podcast episode 50 of the Family History Expos Podcast
Mon, 30 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
Tue, 10 November 2009
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2013 Update: The Genealogy Gems Toolbar has been discontinued.
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)