Sun, 21 February 2010
Share Who Do You Think You Are? with Friends and Family
Share Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 81 with your friends and family:
Who Do You Think You Are? premieres on NBC on Friday, March 5 at 8:00 pm.
Digitize Your Family Records – Free at Jamboree
Ancestry.com announced that they are going to be at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree with their scanners, and that means that ttendees will have the opportunity to have their family photos and documents professionally scanned at the conference, for free.
Sign up for 15-minute scanning sessions from 12:00 noon on Friday, June 11, through 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13. The scanning area will be in the Producer room, in the East tower of the main hotel. Look for signs to point the way.
Register in advance on the Jamboree website
Sign up for your particular time slot when you arrive at Jamboree.
Lisa will be speaking at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto Canada being held may 14 through the 16, 2010 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Toronto Airport.
Veterans History Project Marks Tenth Year with Events and Initiatives
The Veterans History Project was created in 2000 by Congress as a national documentation program of the American Folklife Center to record, preserve, and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of American wartime veterans from World War I through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Volunteer interviewers may request information at firstname.lastname@example.org or the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.
Family Search they have announced some new record digitization projects:
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife - Registro Civil, 1900-1920
Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia - Atti di Morte 1809-1936 [Parte B]
UK, Bristol - Parish Registers 1837-1900 [Part B]
US, Guam and Samoa - 1920 Federal Census
US, Kentucky - 1910 Federal Census
US, Maryland - 1910 Federal Census
US, Massachusetts - 1910 Federal Census
US, Tennessee - County Marriages, 1790-1950 [Part A]
US, Virgin Islands - 1920 Federal Census
3 Ring Binder Tabs Followup
Avery® Protect 'n Tab™ Tabbed Sheet Protectors #74160, Acid Free, 5-Tab, Pack of 5
Product Number: 74160. The sheet protectors fit 8-1/2" x 11" material and are acid free and archival safe won't lift print from your pages.
Escalating Ancestry issues
Al Wilson asked for advice in escalating an issue with Ancestry and Lisa provides two strategies for resolving the case of the missing WWI Draft Registration Cards.
Blogs & Tollbars
Michael Honeycutt wrote in to say that the thing he loves about listening to podcasts is that something always pops back in his mind a few days after listening.
Michael’s Blog: Confessions of a Twenty-something Family Historian
Michael says”as soon as I'm done typing this, I'm going to give the toolbar a test run!”
Tim Cox suggested a quick link on the toolbar to Amazon that also supports the podcast. Keep those great ideas coming Tim – and thank to all of you for supporting the podcast! You’re awesome!
Here’s an email from Paul Dunlop who writes:
“I just came across your Genealogy Made Easy podcast #001 Get Inspired and Get Started. I began really researching my family just before the holidays…It’s been helpful to listen to the beginner podcasts….Much as I fear I have got the bug and cant stop this!…Great show.” Paul Dunlop
Rootsmagic and Mark Tucker
Barbara Starmans wrote to say she’s migrated to Roots Magic 4 and “I’m enjoying the program more than ever now that it incorporates all the features I was looking for when I wandered away to another software a couple of years ago. “
Barbara says she’s relying on the book
Lisa's interview with Mark Tucker Epsiode 20
Thanks for your great podcasts!
Barbara J Starmans
You can check out Barbara’s blog
GEM: Interview with Irene Johnson Part 2
Jerry Springer video links from Episode 79
- Study about maps before you come to make the most of them.
- They are out on the floor in big cases with wide skinny drawers. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- Use Gazateers in conjunction with maps
- You need to understand the geography of a country.
- Document everything – where you are getting your information from.
Lisa: "You can’t be lonely being a genealogist!"
Irene's Thoughts on Grandchildren and Adoption: “We have a heritage to leave them”
Irene's Bottom Line: "Don’t Be Afraid – Ask the Questions!"
Become a Genealogy Gems Premium Member
GEM: Profile America – The First Telephone Book
View the first telephone book and the transcribed list of telephone subscribers in New Haven, CT in 1878
Sun, 14 February 2010
Sign up for the Genealogy Gems Podcast e-Newsletter
You’ll get Lisa's 20 page e-book called 5 Fabulous Research Strategies for the Family Historian free in your welcome email. Follow the techniques in the e-book and you’ll better results with your Google Searches when you’re online doing your research!
And if by chance you have already signed up you haven’t been receiving the newsletter be sure and add genealogygemspodcast at gmail dot com to your email contact list so that your email provider won’t think they are spam.
Thank you to genealogy blogger Joan Miller for her wonderful review of the Genealogy Gems Podcast iPhone App on her blog.
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
This Podcast is sponsored by:
Tell them you heard about Rootsmagic on the Genealogy Gems Podcast!
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