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Aug 24, 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:
"GREAT news about the Blackberry app. Right now I download from i-tunes each week and save on my laptop then connect the blackberry and transfer so I can listen as I do thing around the house. I am a new lsitenere and have downloaded all of your previous podcasts and each week as I sit on my tractor mowing and triming 3 acres I listen to 3+ hours of great information and entertainment from you. Thanks for all the great work."

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
February 10 – 12, 2010
Salt Lake City Utah 

Alberta Family Histories Society
"New Horizons in Genealogy"
Saturday, October 16, 2010
8:00M - 4:00 PM
Deerfoot Inn Hotel
Calgary, AB, Canada 

New England Historic Genealogical Society and
Family History Day
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston. 



Lisa’s upcoming appearances:
Family History Expo

October 8 & 9, 2010 

Pleasanton, California


The Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society Seminar
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Classes include Solving Family History Mysteries with Google Earth
What You Must Know To Save  Your Research From Destruction.    


California Genealogical Society Seminar
Saturday Oct. 30, 2010. 
This is going to be a Google Day
Oakland, CA

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.   

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
Jennifer Hodnett, Product Manager for

"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. 

  1.  On that Profile page, click on the brown Edit this person button, located just below the name of the person at the top of the page.
  2. On the next screen, there will be 5 tabs at the top.  Click on the Relationships tab, which will be the second one from the right.  This will display the individual's current relationships.
  3. Now, to dissolve or break this relationship, find the name of the individual you want to detach from this person and click the Remove link to the far right of their name.  In the case described at the beginning, you’ll want to look for the incorrect mother and click the Remove link next to her name.
  4. A pop up will appear that will ask you if you are sure you want to remove this relationship. Assuming you’ve selected the correct person, click the OK button to finish detaching this person from the selected 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 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”

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 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 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 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 Genealogy Gems App in the iTunes Store

 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."

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