Tue, 17 May 2011
Published May 17, 2011
In this episode we cover little white lies told at the turn-of=-the-century about divorce, and The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor joins us from Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London.
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A new service helps you synchronize between your computer desktop family tree database programs and some of the popular online family tree websites.
Example of WebSearch: Louise M. Chrisman who died in Indiana.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Google Earth for Genealogy
90 minute webinar that will introdudce you to the wonderful world of Google Earth and specifically how it can do amazing things for your family history research. If you are ready to rock your ancestors world.
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers
August 27, 2011.
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Juliana asks about PAF and records from Brazil
Juliana asks about PAF and records from Brazil
Search the FamilySearch Wiki on brazil research.
Search the FamilySearch Wiki on brazil research.
Elizabeth has a question about turn of the century divorces:
“I have found a handful of couples that around the turn of the century that had separated or divorced, but one or both of the people told the census taker they were "widowed". Until I realized this was happening I simply took the "widowed" at face value and moved on. Are there resources you might suggest for finding divorce information around the turn of the last century?”
Marriage and Divorce, 1867-1906 Volume I by the Department of Commerce and Labor Bureau of the Census from 1909. This is an incredibly comprehensive book covering marriage and divorce statstics for not only the U.S. but around the world.
On page 50 the report comes right out and states:
“It should be remembered, however, that in th eUnit3ed States the number of divorced persons reported by the general census of population is grossly deficient, because many persons who are divorced, being sensitive in regard to the fact, report themselves as single or widowed.”
Search “Divorce” in the Family Search Wki
GEM: The Photo Detective at WDYTYA in London
Interview with Maureen and some of the folks waiting in line
Websites mentioned in this episode:
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Lisa’s upcoming appearances:
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 9-11, 2011 teaching classes and presenting the Genealogy Gems Podcast Live!
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The Colorado Family History Expo June 24 & 25, 2011.
Midwest Family History Expo in Overland Park, Kansas on July 29 & 30, 2011
Sun, 1 May 2011
Published April 30, 2011
In this episode listeners chime in on Ancestry online trees, Lisa shares an inspiring story, and talks with Mike Litterst of the National Parks Service about the Civil War 150th Anniversary web site.
Over at Family Search, with their most recent additions to the website they are now up to 600 free
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree App
iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad: you get the app from the iTunes app store by searching for "genealogy" or 'jamboree" or point your iPhone's mobile browser to http://bit.ly/SCGS2011
Jamboree Webinar Extension Series
These are a great way to get to not only preview what’s coming at Jambopree, but also you get to participate in some of the great presentations that happen at Jamboree even if you can’t make it there in person this year
View the the complete list
presented by Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps
Saturday, May 7, 2011 90 minues
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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by an unnamed Daily Mail reporter
published on April 13, 2011
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The Western Front Association at the Who Do You think You Are? Live conference 2011 in London
Many listeners write in about Ancestry online trees.
Pam and Roxanne comment on the fact that the women in Steve Buscemi’s family tree on an episode of WDYTYA? were listed with their married names and not their maiden names.
"Thank you Lisa for all these wonderful podcasts, they are a highlight to my week and I always look forward to them.'
Roxanne, Vancouver BC
Roxanne, Vancouver BC
And finally, I always LOVE to hear when someone out there discovers the podcast, and Karen in Vermont did recently and wrote in:
"A few weeks ago I was delighted to find your two podcasts: Family History and Genealogy Gems. I am a self-taught family historian who has been working on the genealogy of my husband and myself for the past several years. I wish I had found your podcasts when they first came out. They would have undoubtedly made my job much easier!…Thank you so much for your podcasts and I can't wait to work my way through them all to see what other discoveries I can make!"
GEM: Interview with Mike Litterst of the National Parks Service
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Fri, 8 April 2011
Published April 8, 2011
In this episode we cover Census Records Tips and Tricks, and announce Lisa's upcoming FREE webinars!
"Keep coming up with these gems, you never know where they may lead!" from Angela who asks about Date Discrepanies and Lookalikes “All of her life my grandmother was sure that she hadn't been told the whole truth about her birth.”
Garry in British Columbia wrote in about A Gem Found in the Library and Archives Canada
Letitia in Ashford, England writes
“Picnic: Problem In Chair Not In Computer!”
Phyllis from Porland OR is a new blogger and has a question about the Android app
"First I want you to know how much I enjoy your podcasts. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into getting information to us about how to successfully trace our family roots and for encouraging us to start a blog.
I started my blog last October. The site name is www.delprincipefamilytree.com and once word got out about the site, family members that I never knew I had contacted me to give me information about our ancestors. I was even able to find a relative of my great grandmother and my great grandfather in Pescasseroli, Italy and have begun corresponding with them! So exciting."
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Sean writes in about Citing Wikipedia Sources in your family history research
Sean recommends using the text "Permanent Link." Read more about it at the Finding the Flock Blog
Ken in Washington DC has a beef with Ancestry
"First, thank you for the time and effort in putting together your podcasts. I walk several miles to work each day and find the podcasts a wonderful way to pass the time. I started with all of your archived episodes when I found the series early last year, finished those up last summer, and now eagerly await each new one."
Tammy in Oklahoma asks about old WAC Broadcasts
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I was recently transcribing letters that my grandmother sent home while she served as a WAC in London and Paris during WWII. Her name was Louise Liberty Osborne. She was quite a character.
One of the last letters I was working on mentioned that she appeared on the National Broadcast of the U.S. Army Hour which was on Sundays from 12 to 1:30. The letter is dated May 14, 1944. Do you know if recordings of these broadcasts still exist?
Here's a website that specializes in old radio logs
Set up some Google Alerts ("army hour" + 1944 for example) and Ebay Favorite Searches.
There are also several Old Time Radio podcasts in iTunes
Here’s an article I found in Ancestry about the broadcast that your grandmother participated in.
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I love listening to your podcasts. You have so many great ideas for family research. I learn something new with every broadcast. I was wondering if you or any of your listeners have had any luck in finding family records at a church in Germany.
The best way to start is with familysearch.org. Look up Osnabruck in the Family History Center library catalogue online.
Under the location you'll find a large number of record collections. Click on Church records and follow the links to the records you need. You can then order the microfilm from your local Family History Center (or if the records have been digitized and are online that should be indicated on the page) and view them at the center. If you're new to using Family History Centers I've done several podcast episodes in my Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast on them and how to use their records.
The Family Search wiki is also a tremendous online free resource to learn more about doing German research and answer questions that pop up along the way.
GEM: Census Tips and Tricks
Lisa interviews Jason Harrison of Familysearch
GEM: Free Webinars featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
Jamboree Extension Series Webinar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
April 20, 2011
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers
6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern
Rootsmagic Webinar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke
April 28, 2011
May 24, 2011
Fri, 25 March 2011
Published March 25, 2010
Dick Eastman joins Lisa in this episode to discuss Cloud Computing.
Free Webinars: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series
Lisa Louise Cooke
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors From Old Newspapers
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps
Getting Your Notes and Sources Right in Your Genealogy Software
Saturday, 7 May, at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern
Michael Booth of RootsMagic
Genealogy on the Go
Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern
Saturday, 6 Aug at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern
Maureen Taylor, Photo Treasures
Discovered at Jamboree - A Closer Look The Photo Detective
Season 2 of the Generations Project is coming this March 28, 2011
Genealogy Gems YouTube channel featuring interviews with many of the experts who attended the RootsTech conference.
Curt Witcher's visionary look at "The Changing Face of Genealogy."
Brian Pugh of FamilySearch called
Big Thank Yous To:
Le Maison Duchamp
The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox Book Reviews:
Available at the Genealogy Gems Store at Lulu press:
Craig Manson of the GeneaBlogie blog
Ian Hadden at Ian Hadden’s Family History
1911 Scotland Census
Jennifer in CA wrote in about how much she enjoyed the premium podcast about Evernote.
Brandt asked a question about Fraternal Organizations:
From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 by David T. Beito a professor of history at the University of Alabama
GEM: Interview with Dick Eastman on Cloud Computing
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
Wed, 9 March 2011
Episode 106 - Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London, and Jan Gow on Creating Your Own Family History Reference Library
Published March 8, 2011
Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London was fantastic! I can't wait to tell you all about it in this episode!
Above: Lisa arriving at the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event.
Above: WDYTYA celebrity Ainsley Harriott signing autographs
Above: Lisa with Else Churchill, Genealogist, Society of Genealogists
Above: Lisa explaining how to make Google work harder for your family history
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Above: The gates at Hinchingbrooke House forged by Harry Cooke
GEM: Create your own Family Reference Library and Catalogue with Jan Gow
Recorded at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City
Resources mentioned in the interview:
Hooked on Genealogy Tours
Jan Gow has been a genealogist, tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels (and cruise ships) since 1985. Service includes the APG Board and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists as treasurer and president. Owner of Beehive Books (since 1987) and Hooked on Genealogy Tours (since 1992) – each year preparing and escorting genealogists to Salt Lake City and the UK. Awarded the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006
Tue, 8 February 2011
Published Feb 8, 2011
In this episode Lisa chats with Josh Taylor of NEHGS about genealogy, technology and the future.
Tips for Getting the Most from a Conference
1. Sit up front
2. Introduce themselves to the people sitting next to them
3. Attend classes that wouldn’t normally attend. Try new topics, and let the presenters really lay out the topic and see how it might apply to their own research.
Genealogy’s Star Blog article: Live from the Family History Expo in Arizona
The Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveiled their new website which features Illinois Resources for Genealogy Researchers
The U.S. National Archives Records Administration new Online Public Access prototype
So try it out at http://www.archives.gov/research/search
send your comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
video introducing you to NARA’s new search.
NARA’s first mobile app: “Today’s Document.” http://tiny.cc/TodayDoc1
Tutorial video on how to use the new Today’s Document application:
The Today’s Document is absolutely free and you can get it at the Android marketplace and the Apple iTunes Store.
The Library and Archives Canada recently announced that within the next seven years, they will put most of its services online.
Ancestry.com has decided to disconnect their Expert Connect Service as of March 18, 2011
Jenna Mills wrote in saying that the recent episodes of the Genealogy Gems podcast weren’t showing up on her Genealogy Gems Android App. If this happens to you it may be because a more current version of the app has been released. Simply check for the app update on your mobile device, download it and you’ll be up and running again as Jenna did.
Get the Genealogy Gems Android app at the Android Marketplace, or the iPhone app in the iTunes store.
Rootsmagic now offers FREE online webinar classes. Go to www.rootsmagic.ocm/webinars and click on a webinar title from the list for more information or to register. And don’t worry if you missed one or the timing isn’t quite right for your schedule, because you can watch or download past webinars right from their website like:
Getting Started with RootsMagic
Publishing a Family History with RootsMagic
FamilySearch Made Easy with RootsMagic
RootsMagic To-Go: Running RootsMagic on a Flash Drive
And Sources, Citations and Documentation with RootsMagic – oh that’s one you’re gonna want to watch.
Bill Buchanan and Kim Fillmore wrote in about some great genealogy gems they found on Google Books
Update: The toolbar has been discontinued.
GEM: Interview with Josh Taylor
Sarah Jessica Parker episode of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?
New Blog Series
Check out Lisa’s guests post Tech Tips series on the Genealogy Insider blog
Tue, 25 January 2011
Published Jan 24, 2011
Lisa's New Book is Here! The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox
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It’s available at my Genealogy Gems store at Lulu for $24.95 for the 81/2” x 11 paperback and I just saw that Lulu is offering 10% on any purchase through the end of January.
Get 10% off READ2011 at checkout.
Offer expires January 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM EDT
Genealogy Blog: Geniaus
Lisa's Upcoming Appearances:
All day seminar on Google at the Whittier Area Genealogical Society in Southern California
RootsTech conference Feb 10-12 in Salt Lake City
WDYTYA Live conference to speak on Google Search Strategies
Tips to Avoid Disappearing emails
First go to your spam folder and select the emails you want and then click the Not Spam button – it may be called something else in your email, but most services have one.
GEM: Interview with Kory Meyerink
50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites
GEM: Interview with Chris Bair
Wed, 5 January 2011
Published Jan 5, 2011
1916 Candian census of the Prairie Provinces at the Library and Archives Canada
You can access the digitized images of the 1916 census online in two different ways:
Searchable database by Province, District Name, District Number, and Sub-district Number.
Using the Research tool "microform digitization," you can browse the microfilm reels page by page.
New Video on the Civil War from NARA
Inside the Vaults: Discover the Civil War
In this video just under 4 minutes the creators of NARA’s Discovering the Civil War exhibition share little-known facts and extraordinary discoveries found in the fantastic Civil War holdings at the National Archives.
For more inforamtion on the Discovering the Civil War exhibition, head on over to archives.gov/exhibits/civil-war.
BBC iPlayer To Go International
Now if you’re like me, and you live outside of Great Britain, at some point you probably popped in on the BBC website to check out the British version of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Only to discover that the video is shown on the BBC iPlayer and it’s blocked to international visitors to the site.
The scoop is that the BBC plans to offer overseas access to the BBC iPlayer. However, it’s not going to be free.
MacWorld Website on the BBC iPlayer for iPad
So for now, stay tuned.
On the blogging front
A.C. Ivory announced right after the new year that he has launched a new version of his Find My Ancestors Blog.
Google Gadgets Update
Search Tip: When it comes to newspapers, Webpage addresses change a lot.
In cases like this where you have some of the original text, just type a sentence or two exactly as it appeared in the article. Or how it appears in the snippet that came with the search result where the link is now bad. In this case I just typed a sentence or two exactly as kathy quoted it to me in the email and the new webpage for the article was the first item in the search results list. That’s little gem that works nearly every time.
New Genealogy Blogger Cynthia DeBock
Check out her first post entitled How I Got Started. It's always fun to hear how folks got bit by the genealogy bug.
Jen Alford writes:
I just wanted to thank you for the great how-to videos that you did for the family history wreath. I made one for my mom for Christmas this year and I can't wait to see her reaction! I've also started a genealogy blog http://jen-gen.blogspot.com and have been enjoying the responses from the family that read it. Thanks for all the inspiration! I'm a premium member and love all the extras you have on there. Keep up the good work!
It doesn’t get much nicer than that! Thanks Jen!
GEM: The New Google EBooks
Google eBooks is now available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore. You can browse and search through the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale.
VIDEO: Introducing Google eBooks
But even if you aren’t interested in buying ebooks don’t overlook Google eBooks.
Go to google.com/ebooks
Search on the word Genealogy,
In the upper left corner under price click the Free Only Link.
Try searches on topics of interest to you and you’ll probably be surprised at what you find. And since this is just getting off the ground, you will definitely want to check back periodically to see what’s been added.
APP USERS: Check out the Bonus Content PDF for 2 more Google Books Search Strategies!
GEM: The New Google Earth 6
To download the new version just go to www.google.com/earth
The big difference you will notice is that Street View has changed. Instead of finding it in the Layers Panel, you will now find a person icon, or what’s referred to as the Pegman, in the upper right corner by the navigation tools. Zoom in, click and drag the Pegman icon on to the area where you want to see Street View and after a second or two thick blue lines will pop up if street View is available in that area. Just drop the icon and you’ll immediately be flown in to street view. I guess the pegman icon is to represent that the view will be from a person’s perspective, at street level.
Another big difference is that street view is more stream lined. Rather than clicking from one camera icon to the next to move around, simply use the arrow keys on your keyboard to travel around, and as you do the view continues to update automatically. The idea here is that it’s doing it’s best to simulate the walking around the street experience. And as before you can swing the map around for a complete 360 degree view, as well as look up and down.
VIDEO - Learn Google Earth:Street View
Easy-to-use historical imagery
In the new 6.0 version, they’ve made it easier to find historical imagery. When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click on this date, you’ll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period. The Historical imagery controller will appear so you can browse through all the historical imagery available for that location, or simply close the time control and return to the default view. It’s very slick and a great time saver!
Learn more about how to use Google Earth for Genealogy, I’ve got the answers for you in the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series available at GoogleForGenealogy.com
Thu, 23 December 2010
Published Dec 23, 2010
Save 30% on Genealogy Gems Premium Membership now through 12/27/10!!
Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE Conference in London
The Mesa Family History Expo, January 21 & 22, Mesa Convention Center
The Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus, OH, March 31 - April 2, 2011
Alberta Genealogical Society Conference in Edmonton, Canada, April 16 & 17, 2011
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, CA, June 10 - 12, 2011
Coming Soon! Lisa's brand new book The Genealogist's Google Toolbox
Book Lisa for your next society seminar or conference
Launch of Podcast Android App
iPhone, iPod iTouch app is available at the iTunes store. Give the App as a gift from the app page in iTunes. Click the down arrow next to the price.
The new podcast media player on the show notes page for each episode.
Just released: Premium Episode 60
Lee Van Bergen wrote in asking about the Genealogy Gems Podcast iGoogle Gadget.
How to get the updated gadget:
Amber Creix Prat wrote to share a resource:
Check out Amber's genealogy blog called Tackling Brick Walls One Brick At A Time
Links and suggestions from Lisa
Turn your attention to state and county death records in Maryland. FamilySearch Wiki gives a good overview of what might be available. Maryland Death Records in FamilySearch Wiki
GEM: Interview with Kendall Wilcox, The Generation Project
(Image Below: Executive Producer Kendall Wilcos in the control room.)
Do your own Generations Project:
1. What is your motivation for doing this? What is your "why"?
The resources will be on the new blog website. All future seasons will have an episode devoted to doing your own generations project.
APP USERS: Check out the exclusive photo montage video!
UPDATE: BYUTV will be running an all new episode on January 3rd as a sneak peek for viewers. It will be the episode featuring the Denke's (Image below) and their search for the anonymous donor who saved their kids' lives. The remaining episodes for Season 2 will officially air in the Spring.
(Image Below: Xander & Carrie Denke watch their journey in studio with The Generations Project host, Lise Simms.)
Watch a preview of the first episode of season 2:
And here's a look at episodes coming this Spring:
Wed, 8 December 2010
I was hoping I could squeak out episode 102 by today, but unfortunately I'm still down with the flu. (It should have been out over the weekend.) So while I'm recuperating I hope you will enjoy this Christmas project: The Family History Legacy Christmas Stocking. This is the project I told you I was working on in the last episode. It's brought to you by our wonderful sponsor Rootsmagic.
Here is the two part video series showing you everything you need to know to make a stocking like this yourself. You can also view these videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel. The written instructions and supply list has been posted as a separate downloadable pdf document on this podcast feed.
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