Sat, 13 February 2010
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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
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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
Mon, 25 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/
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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
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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.
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GEM: Mona Golabek
Listen to: The Romantic Hours
Tue, 8 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
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GEM: Family Storytelling During The Holidays
Holly's podcast episode 50 of the Family History Expos Podcast
Sun, 29 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
Mon, 9 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)
Fri, 9 October 2009
Lisa covers digitized newspaper records recently posted at the Library of America's Chronicling America web site
As well as news from Ancestry.com including new records, the new social networking with records feature, and updated to their Member Connect Feature.
Watch Lisa's 2 part video series on Member Connect with David Graham of Ancestry. Go to the Genealogy Gems TV Channel at YouTube and Click on the Videos section.
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Then Lisa shares some advice from German Genealogist Baerbel Johnson of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on German research in response to listener Teri Chaffin's question about her Matzdorff family.
"Copyright infringement and plagiarism is always a topic near and dear to every genealogist. A discussion on "fair use" typically results in a heated debate but to assume that since a library has a copy of a book and that an arrangement between the library, a company (Google) and various literary organizations permitting the digitalization of the library's collection automatically implies the granting of digital rights to that collection is flabbergasting.â Danny from Baltimore
Web sites mentioned:
Original article (9/3/09) about Google books from the BBC
Tina Kelly writes to say how excited she was to be able to get some of the archived Premium Episodes from the Genealogy Gems store at Lulu
And Russ Karr writes to share the highs and lows of his research, and his curiousity about an ancestor that died in an Insane Asylum in San Jose in 1920.
Resources mentioned by Lisa:
Diane Haddadâs post on The Genealogy Insider Blog
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Listener and Premium member Pat Dalpiaz shares how she proudly wears her new Genealogy Gem Rhinestone Pin whenever she has a new discovery, and shares two of her most recent discoveries generated by working on her family history blog.
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Thu, 8 October 2009
Something new this week...I'm trying out a videocast of the Genealogy News segment of The Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 73. Click the video file attached to these show notes (which ends with the "mp4" extension) to play on your computer or download to your Video iPod from iTunes (should be available in iTunes Oct. 8 mid day) I want to hear from you! Did you watch the videocast? Do you enjoy getting your genealogy news this way? Did you download it to a Video iPod? Email your comments to genealogygemspodcast at gmail dot com or leave a recorded message on the voicemail line: 925-272-4021. Thanks for watching this special addition of The Genealogy Gems Podcast! Lisa