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Apr 24, 2010

Stay tuned for upcoming Genealogy Gems Webinars:

"I have participated in other webinars but your relaxed and friendly style really make it fun!"

Martha Zervoudakis


"Thank you so much. It was wonderful. I could almost see you standing in front of the classroom. Please do more!" - Joan Sanaker





New indexing projects announced.

Recently Completed Projects:

Deutschland, Baden, Achern, Kirchenbucher, 1810 to1869 Part B

France, Paris, Registres Protestants, 1612 to 1906 Part C

U.S., Indiana, Clay County, Marriages, 1811 to 1959

U.S., Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey 1910 Federal Census



World Vital Records has been announcing the addition of passenger data files to their site:

The Italians to America Passenger Data File 1855 to 1900.

Germans to America passenger data file 1850 to 1897

Russians to America Passenger Data File 1834 to1897


For our British Listeners:

WDYTYA? US series to air in the UK starting April 25.


The  Southern California Genealogy society Jamboree

January 11 thru 13, 2010 in Burbank, CA. 

And the Early-Bird Discount Deadline is fast approaching.   




Carol Kendall asked about the Transcription program recommended on the Family History podcast.

 The Transcription software was discussed in Family History episode 36

A software program called Transcript 2.3  free download available


Deborah Mullins Vernon asks about adding sources to online Family Trees


Feedback on Google Earth for Genealogy

"I had my popcorn while I watched Part 2, 3, 4 of Google Earth videos.  I am learning so much.  Thank you!" 
- Susan Miller Hawkins



GEM: Scouting for Ancestors

Interview with Mark Tucker


Deborah  asks for advice on searching for live people, and specifically Girl Scouts.

she has a newspaper article about her. In the article is a picture of her with three Senior Girl Scouts. She would like to try to find them or their decendants to offer them a copy.

When it comes to finding living people you can find a lot of information about that in Premium episode 3 which is all about finding living people using private eye techniques.  The archived episode is available through the Genealogy Gems Premium eLearning Membership


Lisa's article Be a Family History Detective – 10 Tactics to trace eluxive ancestors is the cover story on the newest issue of Family Tree Magazine (July 2010)


Mark Tucker of the ThinkGenealogy blog is not only passionate about scouting, but has been doing his homework to investigate what type of family history information might be gleaned through researching an ancestors scouting history.


And what better time than now to talk about the Boy Scouts as this wonderful organization celebrates it's 100 years of scouting this year.


So let’s listen in and see what Mark Tucker can tell us about scouting in our family history.


If you would like to learn more about scouting:


For Boy Scouts head to the

100 Years of Scouting History website


For the Girl Scouts visits their official site and you can go directly to the Girl Scouts Council Finder page on the site to locate and get in touch with the council where ancestors participated in scouting. 


Check out Genealogy blogger Denise Levenick’s blog post On My Honor, we were girl scouts when scouting wasn’t cool  by Denise Levenick


If you have any experience with researching your scouting ancestors or find a gem after listening to this episode, please email Lisa.  I know we would all love to hear about!


National Scouting Museum website


The Scoutmaster handbook on Google Books

Also Search Boys Life

And Scouting Magazine


Google News

Try scout searches on Ebay

Family History Library search for Girl Scouts:

Think Blog


You can help make this free podcast possible by getting to your favorite shopping website through the links on the Genealogy Gems website.  Thank you!