Wed, 14 March 2007
What is a podcast?
Podcasting, a word combining a reference to Apple's "iPod" and "broadcasting", is a method of publishing audio files to the Internet, and allowing folks like you to subscribe (usually free) so you can receive new shows automatically. (More on how to do that below) It first became popular in late 2004, and has grown tremendously in popularity since then.
The beauty of a podcast show is that, unlike a radio show, you can listen whenever and wherever you want to. And if you miss something good, you can rewind and go over it again. It puts you in control of your listening while getting current and useful information on exactly what you want to hear about - which is of course GENEALOGY!
Does it cost money to subscribe the Genealogy Gems Podcast?
Nope - It's absolutely FREE!
Whatâs the Genealogy Gems Podcast about?
My goal is to provide folks who are researching their family history with nuggets of inspiration and innovation to help them get the most of out their research time. Episodes are published on a weekly basis, and run from approximately 25 minutes long. Show Notes with "how to" info, photos, and reliable resources are also published weekly at www.genealogygemspodcast.com.
So how do I subscribe to the Genealogy Gems Podcast?
If you donât already have itunes installed on your computer â
Now youâre ready to subscribe to Genealogy Gems Podcastâ
The podcast will automatically load into the Podcasts section of your itunes Library. You will now receive new episodes whenever they are published, & be able to listen to them in itunes anytime you want!
Do I have to have an ipod to listen?
Absolutely not. You have lots of options to listen, but here are the easiest:
In Itunes (where you have subscribed to this podcast. See "How do I subscribe" FAQ above.)
On this website - just click the media player in the upper right corner of each show.
Of course I love using my ipod to listen whenever and wherever I want. I just plug it into my computer's USB plug, open up itunes and itunes automatically loads my ipod with new episodes it has "caught" for me since the last time I plugged it in. Hence the term "podcatcher"!
How can I get started in researching my family tree?No point in reinventing the wheel here.
Click on this link: A Guide to Research
Sun, 11 March 2007
A big thanks to Bill Puller of the Genealogy Tech Podcast, for mentioning the Genealogy Gems Podcast in his March 7 blog. I really recommend that you check out his blog / podcast. He's got a real handle on the technical side of genealogical research & thank goodness he's sharing it with the rest of us!
Before I get to the Episode #3 show notes (below), I want to be sure that folks new to podcasting know How to Subscribe to this podcast for FREE:
If you don't already have itunes installed on your computer...
Now you're ready to subscribe to Genealogy Gems Podcast...
The podcast will automatically load into the Podcasts section of your itunes library. You will now receive new episodes whenever they are published, & be able to listen to them in itunes anytime you want!
GEM: GOOGLE ALERTS & EBAY FAVORITE SEARCHES (what I refer to as Ebay Alerts)
Check out Bill Puller's podcast Episode #8 of the Genealogy Tech Podcast. You can create a thousand! (Idea: Start with those items you highlighted in your family journals (See episode #2 below)
EBAY FAVORITE SEARCHES:
Here's how to create a Favorite Search in Ebay...
You'll probably receive your first emails tomorrow morning!
San Joaquin Cotton Oil bale of cotton...
Here's a link to my current Ebay listings
GEM: FAMILY HISTORY DISPLAYS
I'd love to hear from you! Email me with comments & questions.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT
Mon, 5 March 2007
GEM: Transcription of Family Journals & Letters
Start with what you know. Then talk to your oldest relatives first before you lose them.
Transcription is worth it!
One of my inspirations: the autobiography of my husband's grandfather Raymond Harry Cooke born March 6, 1894 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. This journal led to the discovery of the following photograph...
The Rose Theatre Staff in 1914 (Material courtesy of the City of Regina Archives":
Bottom left corner: Raymond Harry Cooke. To his upper right, Miss Belle Osborne. They later married, and remained so for over 50 years.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12am EDT
Fri, 2 March 2007
Episode 01 February 25, 2007
by Lisa Louise Cooke
My goal in creating this podcast is to provide you with inspiration and innovation to help you get the most of out your research time. There's never enough time to work on your family tree, is there? So when you have some precious moments to dig into your roots, you want to be mining gold nuggets, not dead ends.
Genealogy Gem: Google.com allows you to restrict search results to a specific website.
1 - Go to your favorite genealogy website
You will receive search results just like a regular Google search, except these results show only pages where your keyword appears in the website you chose to search, rather than every website on the internet!
Believe me, once you use this gem, you will never go back to slogging through hundreds of pages that have nothing to do with your family. Try it today!
I hope you'll subscribe to this podcast so you won't miss a single gem packed episode. Email me with feedback, suggestions, and questions.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT