Tue, 21 February 2012
Published Feb 21, 2012
In this episode you'll hear from UK presenter and historian Nick Barratt.
Organizer Carol Rice tells us about the first ever Story@Home conference being held March 9 & 10, 2012 in Salt Lake City at Temple Square
GEM: Listener Betty Wynn
Betty talks about how she uses my book The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox.
GEM: Interview with Nick Barratt
“Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996, editing the 1225 Exchequer pipe roll and several Exchequer receipt rolls from the 1220s when the National Archives: Public Record Office maintained a site at Chancery Lane. On joining the National Archives: Public Record Office at Kew later the same year as a reader adviser.
Nick started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher for a number of programmes. His valuable links to the largest archival institutions in the country and expertise helped lay the foundation of the network he has in place today. This network allows Nick and his team of researchers to effectively complete projects in any archive across the country.”
Fri, 10 February 2012
Published Feb 10, 2012
In this episode we cover the latest news from RootsTech 2012, my video interview with Nick Barratt, and an in depth look at Find A Grave with the website's creator, Jim Tipton.
Watch the recording of my presentation Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 RootsTech 2012 website. It’s part of the Saturday Recap Video.
Roots Tech was the public debut of the new book Everything You Need to Know About How to Find Your Family in Newspapers and I just want to thank everyone for the amazing response. It’s really obvious that a comprehensive book on newspaper research was LONG overdue. The book is now available at the website and stay tuned because the ebook version is coming soon.
Autographed copies still available a very limited time
Read more about and watch my chat with Genealogy Gems Podcast listener and contest winner Carol Genung.
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Watch my chat with television presenter and historian Nick Barratt.
Brightsolid (Now FindMyPast)
Now one of the big players in British online records brightsolid made a HUGE splash at RootsTech 2012 not only with it’s huge and colorful display at the front of the Exhibit Hall, but also by announcing while there that they have formally entered the US genealogy market with the launch of a ground-breaking, "pay-as-you-go" website: www.censusrecords.com.
Read all about it: Brightsolid Enters US Genealogy Market With Censusrecords.com
Customers of the new site will be able to search all US census records from 1790 to 1930 and it will also house the 1940 US census records, when they are released later this year.
My Heritage / World Vital Records
Also making news was MyHeritage.com. They have recently acquired World Vital Records.com and now are also making a splash onto the U.S. scene. I spoke with CEO Gilad Japhet and he told me they have just opened a U.S. office in Provo Utah and will be introducing some exciting new changes in the near future that take advantage of the huge new record collection they have acquired from World Vital Records and will make it easier than ever to build your existing MyHeritage family tree.
FamilySearch Launches Mobile Indexing App
FamilySearch announced a mobile Indexing App at RootsTech that is meant to expand the capability of volunteers to help make the world’s historic records searchable online. The mobile device app works on Apple iPads, iPhones, and Droid smartphones.
And FamilySearch also announced the winners of the RootsTech Developer Challenge.
First Place went to Jimmy Zimmerman for his NoteFuser
NoteFuser connects your Evernote® notes to Geni.com or new.FamilySearch.org person records. It also allows you to easily create Evernote® powered research logs and other notes with one click. You can watch a video demo of NoteFuser Demo video at http://notefuser.herokuapp.com.
Second Place went to Brooke Schreier Ganz, LeafSeek
And there was a tie for Third Place between the Brigham Young University Computer Science Department for the 20 Minute Genealogist and Ellie Rasmus, for Facetree. 20 Minute Genealogist is a site that will visualize your family tree using your new.FamilySearch.org credentials. You can see who in your tree needs work and instantly link to FamilySearch and Ancestry to search for the missing information. You can sign up to be a beta tester at twenty.byu.edu. And Facetree has been developed as a way of using genealogical data from GEDCOM files as context to improve the accuracy of face recognition.
From Pat in New York
“Lisa--Once again I find myself driving along listening to you and mentally adding "To Do" items faster than the speed limit will allow! :) It's like having tea again with a childhood friend -- your comforting tone is oh-so-soothing at the end of the day for the drive home.”
Read Pat’s blog post at http://dalpiazryan.blogspot.com/2011/10/stroll-back-in-time-to-ellicottville-ny.html “Lost Goose” newspaper notice which was a particular gem found in old small town newspapers.
From Tina in the UK
“Your new newspaper book: I wondered if the content might be solely to do with US newspapers, or do you cover other countries too? I'm interested as I haven't had a lot of luck.”
The book is first and foremost a newspaper research process. This applies to newspapers regardless of their location. It does however include a fairly extensive International newspaper Appendix. It is of course impossible to make it complete, however it will certainly give you some great leads, and also provide you with a sense of what is out there and other types of similar websites to look for. While newspaper research starts online, it very often ends offline. And certainly the worksheets would be applicable to all newspaper research.
Sandi wrote: "Just got my signed copy today. Thanks, Lisa! I know I will get lots of GEMS :) I foresee this being a well-used workbook."
Nancy wrote: "Got my signed book in the mail today. Well done. Lots of fantastic tips. and references for all states. I'm reading through it. Thanks, Lisa, for a great book"
Newspaper Lecturer Bret Petersen wrote: "I sure wish that I had had a book like that when I started researching newspapers!”
Question from Dave
“It's funny that I feel like I can call you Lisa although I have never met you in person. I just renewed my premium membership for the second year So I have been following you for quite a while. I love your shows; Gems, premium, and family tree magazine! I listen regularly and always can't wait for the next issue to come out!”
“On to my question: I was reviewing your hard drive organization videos (fantastic by the way) and noticed you mentioned Springfield Ohio as an ancestral home. I too have relatives there. I am currently fascinated by my civil war veteran ancestor Samuel S Cowan…I was wondering where to locate possible obituaries for Springfield? What News Papers were commonly read there?
Thanks again for all you do to feed mine and others addiction to family history!”
Check out Dave’s photographs of the Jerseyville IL Victorian Days festival.
Lisa Recommends: Chronicling America website
Also check out my video on Using Newspapers in Genealogy at my YouTube channel
Alison Shares a Grandma Names Followup
“I saw this article in The Australian newspaper today & it reminded me of your stories about Davy so I thought you may like to read it. (Click image below to enlarge)
“I very much enjoy your podcast. I wanted to share the name my granddaughter uses for me, one that I think any genealogist might love. We were Skyping one day and my son referred to me as Dad. This was confusing to my granddaughter, so he explained that I was Old Dad – and that has ever since been my name.”
GEM: Jim Tipton – FindAGrave
GEM: Your Life in 5 Minutes (Part 6) with Sunny Morton
Get Sunny's book "Your Life & TImes: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories by clicking this link: My Life & Times
Tue, 24 January 2012
Published Jan 24, 2012
In this episode Genealogist Shirley Gage Hodges will share her genealogical wisdom with you as well as talk about her status as "perennial student."
Marilyn attended my class called Inspiring Ways to Captivate the Non-Genealogist in Your Life and wrote in “I attended your class during the Arizona Family History Expo. I enjoyed it very much!”
Hear Me in Person
go to the Genealogy Gems Website at www.genealogygems.com and Seminars in the menu. That’s what I do to be sure I’m in the right place at the right time!
The 43rd Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is now officially open for registration
Burbank, CA June 8 through the 10 of 2012.
Everything You Need to Know About How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers is now available for pre-order. And for a limited time I will be signing the pre-order copies of the book.
Here’s what Steve Luxenberg, Washington Post associate editor and author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret said about the book: Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret
"Read it. Study it. Absorb it. But above all, use Lisa Louise Cooke’s new book as the guide and instructional tool that it is meant to be. As a veteran of research and libraries, I found all sorts of nuggets and new resources. Beginners will find an embarrassment of riches, including an impressive appendix with a comprehensive list of online routes to national, international and local newspapers. This is as close as you’ll get to one-stop shopping for learning about historical newspaper research."
And that’s really what I wanted it to be – One stop shopping for everything you need to know about finding your family history in newspapers. There are some incredible stories out there waiting to be found, and this book is going to get you there!
Myron from Iowa writes:
“I have a Genealogical Gem that I think you would like to hear about. I have a recording of my Great Grandma's voice. My father served in the army 1946-1950, sometime while he was in the service his family took a trip from Nebraska to New York City. While visiting the Empire State Building, at the top there was this coin operated machine that would cut your own record, recording your voice, that you could mail to your friends.
My mom has that record. I recorded the record to a wav file and it sounds really bad. I don't understand German so I hope they aren't saying anything bad. Enclosed are some photos of it and the wav files from it.”
Is there anyone out there who speaks German who could translate this recording for Myron? If that’s something you can help with, that would be amazing. Please email the written translation to me. I’ll share the results here on the show.
there was definitely genealogically serendipity involved in this email from Myron because just before receiving it I had come across a video on YouTube that I thought was absolutely wonderful, and right along the same lines.
Video: No More Questions!
GEM: Interview with Genealogist Shirley Gage Hodges, “The Perennial Student”
“Everyone has something to learn.”
You can read Shirley’s articles on genealogy at the Global Gazette
The Immigration Experience
What keeps Shirley motivated:
The lesson Shirley learned after her search for Grandpa Larkin:
“We do have to be so careful! He was a grand old gentleman, and I would have loved to have him as a Grandfather.” Alas it turned out the he was someone else’s Grandpa!
Shirley Has Her Eye on the Future with These Historical Projects:
Learn how to make one for yourself!
Watch all 4 episodes of Family History Christmas Wreath at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel.
CLOSING: Thanks for the Shout Out
I want to say thank you to some bloggers who have given me a shout out lately:
Posted the blog article Searching for Common Surnames about my recent speaking engagement at the Sacramento Central Public Library.
And Genealogy Blogger and podcast listener Kim Von Aspern invite me to sit down with her a few weeks ago for one on one interview and she is publishing it as a blog series at her Le Maison Duchamp
Check out her articles:
Tue, 10 January 2012
Published Jan 10, 2012
What’s Black, and White and READ all over? Your Ancestors in old newspapers!
In fact, your ancestors could be anywhere! Most likely they were mentioned at some point in their own local paper, but they might also show up in a neighboring towns paper, or in a paper located thousands of miles away.
Nothing is more exciting than finding information in an old newspaper that adds to your family history! And I’ve been working feverishly on a new book that I can finally tell you about that is going to finally give you the answers and resources you need to be successful finding your ancestors in the new. It’s called Everything You Need to Know About Finding Your Family History in Newspapers and that’s exactly what it is. It’s everything you need to know.
This book is going to change all that. I spell out a step-by-step process and give you a worksheet you can copy and use again and again. There are tons of websites, search tips, and 3 very Cool Online tools that probably aren’t using but you should be!
Stay tuned because we’ll be doing an official launch very soon, and I’m going to have a very special opportunity for you to get a signed copy of the book first.
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