Sat, 14 June 2008
Published June 14, 2008
GEM: Another look at the Handwriting of Our Ancestors
Listen to Part One of my exclusive interview with one of America's Sweethearts, and let me tell you, she is a gem! You know Kathy Lennon from her more than 50 years with the Lennon Sisters, but you may not know that she is also an avid family historian.
CONTEST - Premium Members post your stories in the Forum for a chance to win a pair of Best Pals Dolls! Who Were Your Best Childhood Pals?
Genealogy Gems Premium Members are invited to come share your stories of childhood best pals, your own story or perhaps one about an ancestor, and be entered in our Best Pals contest for a chance to win a beautiful pair of Best Pals dolls, each with their own signed certificate of authenticity, and delivered in a Best Pals Tote Bag. It's over a $60 value! You may enter as many stories as you wish. The winner will be contacted by email on July 31, 2008.
The Lennon Sisters upcoming performances:
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Thu, 15 May 2008
Published May 15, 2008
The Free Monthly Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 47
The University of Wisconsin / The nineteen hundred and eight badger Volume XXII (1908) Book II: classes, pp. 122
GEM: Childhood Memories
...and more recently....
The "DOO BEE SONG" came from this album from my childhood collection
GEM: Family Tree & Me
GEM: Birthday Alarm
GEM: Paula Sassiâs analysis of Lars Johan Larsonâs signature
Lars signed his name as the enumerator on the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Sibley County Minnesota.
GEM: Premium Update
Premium Episode #1 - I willl walk you through step by step on how to set up the Google Toolbar and use the features that will speed up your online searches tremendously!
Premium Episode #2 - We do an in depth study of the records of the Works Progress Administration - the WPA â with certified genealogist and national speaker Paula Stuart Warren. And as a special BONUS feature for members, Paulaâs 4 page reference guide on the WPA called The WPA Era: What It Created For Genealogists is available for download in the Premium Episode #2 show notes.
Premium Episode #3 - You will get 7 Key Strategies From A Professional Private Investigator that will help you find your living relatives. Strategies that brought me fantastic results!
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GEM: Special Announcement
Wed, 16 April 2008
Published Apr 16, 2008
To quote their email "The Generations Network, Inc. is encouraging consumers to validate and verify the legitimacy of a website before providing credit card information or paying for services."
This is good advice. You know the rules on the Internet really shouldn't be much different than the rules in our daily lives. Find out about someone"s character and background before you hang out with them, and get referrals for unknown companies from people you trust.
Family Tree Kids:
Movie Gem: Leatherheads:
I'll have a link to the official website in the show notes as well as a video preview of the movie. Leatherheads Website
Pat Dalpiaz's grandfather "Weenie" Flynn was a star quarterback on the St. Bonaventure University (Alleghany NY) football team for 3 years. He appeared in Ripley's Believe It or Not for his football leadership weighing only 117 pounds and leading the team to impressive victories.
Deanna Bullock wrote in to give a very good reason why you should subscribe to the free Genealogy Gems Podcast Newsletter. SUBSCRIBE NOW
GEM: Analyzing Your Ancestors Handwriting
Story of how Grandmpa JB and Grandma Paulineâs letters came into my possession: Episode 39.
Listen to some of the letters in Episode 41.
VIDEO: Paula Sassi featured on San Diego's Fox 6 News
Learn more about Handwriting Analysis at http://www.handwriting.org/
I am VERY excited to announce that we are launching a new service: Genealogy Gems PREMIUM. If you enjoy the free podcast episodes that we've made available, your gonna LOVE Genealogy Gems PREMIUM!
Premium Members are going to have access to an exciting new area of the website available only to Premium members. There you'll find Members-only premium podcast episodes. You won't be able to hear these anywhere else! It will be everything you love about the episodes you've heard so far, and much more.
For about the cost of a gallon of gas or a gourmet coffee a month you'll get all of these exclusive podcasts and videos! You won't find them on iTunes.
Paula Sassi certified graphologist has graciously agreed to analyze some lucky premium members ancestor's handwriting. So once you are a Premium member, you will be entered for a chance to win an analysis of an ancestor's handwriting to be featured on a Premium episode.
And finally, I have a very special offer for newsletter subscribers: I will be emailing out to all subscribers a coupon code valid through May 31, 2008 that you can use to get 20% off an annual Premium subscription. If you aren't currently subscribed to the newsletter, just send me an email today with your name, state and how you first heard about the podcast and you will receive the coupon code in an email.
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Mon, 31 March 2008
Published Mar 31, 2008
Episode 45 SHOW NOTES
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MAILBOX: Email from Linda Kvist in Sweden that includes a fun story about an immigrant who didn"t immigrate:
"They were somewhat surprised that my father did contact them. In the church examine rolls it said that my dads grandfather emigrated to the US! He left the place and never came back. We know he never got to the US though. He met he's wife and the settled down in the area where she was born. So, in a way, we solved a clue for them as well!"
GEM: Mar 22, 2008 was the anniversary of the First Bank Robbery Profile America is brought to you by the U.S. Census Bureau.
CBSNews.com that takes a look at the precedent for bank robbery that Edward Smith set by profiling some of the most famous robbers in history. 48 Hours Mystery Article
GEM: Kidnapped! Listener Greg Norland sent me a note to let me know about an intriguing podcast episode of the Chicago Public Radioâs This American Life show that he had recently heard. The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar
Song: Mystery of the Dunbarâs Child by Richard "Rabbitt" Brown.
Here are a few pieces of the puzzle that Bobby Dunbar's granddaughter, Margaret Dunbar Cutright likely looked to when working on finding the truth about her grandfather. From The Constitution newspaper, in Atlanta, GA. On April 25, 1913 "Have the Parents Got Wrong Child?"
The 1920 census of Opelusas City, in Fort Landry, Louisianna
Look for Percy and Lessie Dunbar, and their two children Robert age 11 and Alonozo age 9. Or were they both their children? Be sure and take a look at the census during the last few minutes of The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar as they give the ending to the story and what happened to the people involved.
Email me with your thoughts or comments on the Ghost of Bobby Dunbar.
GEM: Prison Records: My cousin Carolyn Ender shares her journey in locating the prison records for a man named George Jump who married her grand father's sister.
Carolyn's Research Approach:
If you know the inmate served in a Federal institution for a Federal crime, you can go straight to the Bureau of Prisons. Consideration will have to be given to whether or not the inmate is deceased, how long he's been deceased, are his children living etc. For State records, you could probably start with that state's Department of Corrections.
GEM: Blog And Podcast Gadgets: Step-by-step instructions for Google Gadget customization can be found at the Genealogy Gems - Google Genealogy Research Strategies page.
GEM: Free digitised British newspapers access 1600-1900
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Fri, 14 March 2008
Published Mar 14, 2008
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My Own Grandpa Video:
MAILBOX: Roxanne Diakow Moos wrote to say that she visited an aunt and uncle in Saskatchewan Canada, and they took her to visit the old homesteads of two sets of great grandparents. "To others who look at my family history album and see those pictures they see a picture of land with nothing on it but a field but to me I can picture an old building that used to be there that raised a family and can almost picture the kids (my grandmother and her siblings) running around playing."
Learn about Tyler MacNiven's journey to find his father's birthplace in Japan in the March 4 Genealogy Gems News Blog
GEM: Canadian Border Crossings with Kathyrn Lake Hogan - Kathryn shares with us about Canadian Border Crossings into the United States and how many of our ancestors used this economic route to immigrate.
GEM: Digital Preservation Tips from the Library of Congress - Digital preservation Cheat Sheet. covering Computer files, finding Digital Materials, Digital Photos, email, and storage disks. And the Digital Preservation Quiz
GEM: Interview with Richard Black of the Godfrey Memorial Library
GEM: U.S. Census Bureau - Flu Epidemic's 90th Anniversary, and the new U.S. Census History website (listen to interview: Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode #43) Genealogy Gems News Blog on March 10. Email Lisa with comments, suggestions and requests for the website and I'll be forwarding all the information to the Director of History at the U. S. Census.
New at the Genealogy Gems News Blog: A tribute to Women's history month, the new TV series Who Do You Think You Are being developed for American audiences by NBC, and Senior Moments Anyone?
Book: Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. The book has everything covered in the first 20 episodes and lots more including photos, website addresses and step-by-step how to information. It's available in paperback as well as immediate digital download.
Sat, 1 March 2008
Published Mar 1, 2008
Thank you to Genealogy columnist Kimberly Powell of About.com for listing the Genealogy Gems Podcast in her recent column called Genealogy Podcasts for Your Listening Pleasure.
MAILBOX: You can see the photo of Michelle standing in the spot of her ancestor's homestead on the Genealogy Gems Podcast Listeners Page
GEM: Interview with Dylan Barrell, Director of Digital Business for Borders Books about the new Borders Concept stores that will feature genealogy.
Upcoming Borders Concept Stores in 2008:
GEM: New History Web Site from the U.S. Census Bureau Interview with Bill Maury, Chief of History Staff at the U.S. Census Bureau
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Thu, 21 February 2008
Published Feb 21, 2008
Episode 42 SHOW NOTES
Dear MYRTLE's interview with Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems on her Feb. 12, 2008 episode. And Dear old Myrt also listed Episode 15 of the Genealogy Gems podcast in her weekly Best of the Internet blog column under Podcast.
Venice Upcoming Live Shows:
Friday, April 4, 2008: Pine Mountain Logs show at the SohO Restaurant and Music Club (805) 962-7776 The Logs are Venice's alter ego - they perform only cover tunes!
Saturday, April 5, 2008: Pine Mountain Logs show at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA (858)481-8140
Visit Venice at http://www.venicecentral.com/
MAILBOX: Gary Falsken recommends the history podcast "Napoleon 101" hosted by The Podcast Network.
GEN: Interview with Kathy Mead of Genline.com
You know this episode is very special to me because it fall on the first birthday of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. There are several exciting things in the works for Genealogy Gems this coming year. Genealogy Gems Newsletter Sign Up.
What was your favorite gem this last year? Email Lisa
Thank you for listening. You guys are awesome! We have no intentions of having Genealogy Gems podfade, and it"s because of you that we're still here! Venice song: We're Still Here
Wed, 13 February 2008
Published Feb 13, 2008
Episode 41 SHOW NOTES
A table full of listeners joined me at the Friday night banquet. Jack Duffy and his daughter Anna Marie, Mark Baldwin, and Sue and Albert Sevy all joined my husband and I and we had a grand time.
GEM: Valentines Special
Next, is the story of Raymond Cooke and Isabelle Osborne. Raymond was born in Tunbridge Wells, England in 1894. He immigrated from England to Saskatchewan Canada in 1912, and in his autobiography he tells the story of how his love of music led to his finding the love of his lifeâ
Happy Valentines Day!
Take Your Girlie to the Movies
Wed, 30 January 2008
Published Jan 30, 2008
PODCAST SHOW NOTES
Family History Expo 2008 in St. George, UT. I'll be attending the Friday night Banquet and I want to invite you to come sit at my table with me. If you're going to be a the Family History Expo, have purchased your banquet tickets (available online at the MyAncestorsFound.com website,) and you would like to dine together, drop me an email at with your name. (and anyone you might be attending with) Confirmation will be by email.
(Left to right they are Guy M. Denton, Gladys V. Denton, Dorothy J. Denton and Guy V. Denton.) "Guy V. Denton 1895-1959 purchased this quilt from a lady from Arkansas who was traveling through Howard, KS. It's obvious that it was not made with new materials as it did not wear well." Kevin Clark, Cedar Park, Texas
From Deb Atchley: "my quilters only gave me initials - not full names and birth dates. I think I've solved most of the puzzle though."
From: Linda Kvist - Pod Cards in Reunion 9 genealogy software
I don't know if this is possible to do in any other genealogy software, perhaps you or any listener know?
GEM: Traits Handed Down
GEM: Care, Storage & Display of Heritage Quilts with Ellen Koehn
PLEASE NOTE: All of the recommendations in this gem are
At the grocery store: Orvis Soap & Easy Wash. Ellen also recommended the book Clues in the Calico by Barbara Brackman
Sun, 20 January 2008
Published Jan 20, 2008
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1890 census: visit the National Archives pages
New Poll Question at Genealogy Gems News Blog:
Diana Larson wrote to recommend the American Girl Collection:
"The American Girls Collection books are a great way for children (and adults) to learn about children living through different periods in American historyâAlthough the stories themselves are fictional, they are thoroughly researched, and each book concludes with a brief section containing factual information, photographs, and artwork about that particular time period..."
Cathy Paris wrote in about the podcast. View her family history videos about her dad, Gil Merrill born in 1913 in Franklin, NH
EMAIL LISA at the Genealogy Gems Podcast
GEM: Lisa's History Podcast Picks
Digging for the Truth by the History Channel
Great Moments in History - by John G. Stockmyer. 10 episode free audio book published as a podcast
History Center - From the History Channel
History In Our Time - BBC Radio 4
Just Another Day - The History Channel videocast hosted by Adam Hart-Davis. Also How London Was Built & History in the Headlines. Website: http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/podcasts/podcasts.php
The National Archives Podcast Series
MISSOURI: Missouri Irish History and Legend: Ireland to America
GEM: Heritage Quilts
"This quilt is for Ronald L. Moore. It is the last quilt his Grandmother Herring made before her stroke and death. She loved him so much. I love you so very much Ron.
A job started really by her mother Lenora Herring who had made the quilt. From great grandmother Herring to my young daughters, the quilt had spanned five generations of us stubborn Moores, and brought us all back together again.
Here's a photo of the flour sack quilt that Carolyn refers to in the video:
The quilts have always cared for the family - first warming them and then bringing them together, and now leading us to other ancestors we didn't know. Women may not have had a lot of time to use the power of the pen to document history, but they did have some mighty powerful sewing needles!
Coming Soon: An expert quilter who will pass on some ideas for all of us on how to properly care for our heritage quilts.