Sun, 27 May 2007
The next episode of the podcast will be published on Sunday, June 3, 2007. This week I'm on a very special assignment - being mother of the bride! However, next week's episode is going to be "supersized" (over 40 min.) and on a very special topic that I believe will bring your family history into clearer view. In the meantime, sign up for the Genealogy Gems Podcast Newsletter by CLICKING HERE & sending an email with "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject line & include your name, state and how you first heard about the podcast. The June issue is about to be published & you won't want to miss it! Talk to you soon, Lisa
Category:News Alerts - Great Stuff -- posted at: 11:00am EDT
Sun, 20 May 2007
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SHOW NOTES Published May 20, 2007
Ragtime music is by the talented Frederick Hodges
From the MAILBOX
GEM #1 - Memorial Day - WW II Service Records
Music courtesy of the University of Santa Barbara Library featuring the Chorus of Male Voices singing U.S. Army Camp Songs, an Edison recording from 1918
Two free must check websites:
#1 NARA (The National Archives and Records Administration) Search the WWII enlistment records and prisoner of War records at archives.gov/aad
#2 Search for soldiers traveling overseas or returning home after the war with Steve Morse's All New York Arrivals Search form http://stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=ny
For more information & historical background on Memorial Day:
GEM #2 Publish Your Own Family History Book
My videos A Nurse In Training Part 1 & Part 2 can be seen at Rootstelevision.com on their RootsTube channel (See Episode 5 of the Genealogy Gems Podcast) The video was taken from a book that I self published. Books are still hard to beat for telling a story in words and pictures in an extremely easy to use way.
My Top Six Tips For Making Your Book Fascinating to Your Reader:
#1 The book should convey an overall theme
I create my books in the Kodakgallery. There are several websites out there offering the ability to publish your own book. I chose Kodakgallery because it was easy to use, price competitive, FAST publishing & shipping, and Excellent quality.
For my Family History Books I use:
I'm going to walk you through the steps of setting up a book in Kodak Gallery because it's a resource I feel very comfortable recommending. If you decide to use Kodak, I really appreciate you accessing it through this link because it will help support the production & costs associated with producing this podcast.
A Nurse In Training
Remember, your research CAN be fascinating and understandable to others in your family. It just takes a little creativity and effort. What good is it sitting on a shelf? Don't wait until your DONE with your research. It'll never happen! Start putting pieces of your family history directly into your family's hands with a beautiful family history book.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT
Sun, 13 May 2007
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Happy Mother's Day!
News: If you'd like to see me being silly on the world wide web check out Rootstelevision.com & watch my video called Our Summer Vacation.
TODAY'S GEM - High School Graduation
Top 10 Tips for finding the Graduation Gems in your family history.
1. Establish the Timeline
Check your genealogy database to figure out when your ancestor would have attended school. I am going to be focusing on high school, but this could just as easily apply to researching the college years.
2. Family Papers & Books
We always start our research at home, so go through old family papers & books looking for Senior Calling Cards, High School Autograph Books, Journals & Diaries, Senior Portraits, & Yearbooks
Senior Calling Card from 1930
Yearbook Entry from 1930
Search for announcements, honor rolls & other articles about end of the year activities
It is easy to say search newspapers, but it's not always that easy to find them. So here are some ideas of where to look for historical newspapers...
4. The State Library
5. State Historical Societies
9. Call the School
Don't be afraid to ask...Ebay sellers want to sell! And if all else fails, set up an Ebay Favorite Search to keep a look out for you. Go to my website and check out Episode #3 for instructions on how to do this.
SPECIAL NOTE: As a special bonus for newsletter subscribers, I will be including a customized form just for researching your ancestor's high school years with the June 2007 newsletter. It's a great little tool that I use all the time and it's a thank you gift to my subscriber family.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT
Sun, 6 May 2007
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GEM #1: Discover Pictures from the Past with Google
When you search in Google for an image, but when you click on it you get an error message saying the image has moved or is no longer there, try this technique:
Now you are looking at a cache version, or in other words an older version of the website, hopefully before the image was removed or moved. By browsing through this version of the website, you will hopefully find the image you are looking for!
GEM #2: Mother's Day Project: Decopage Plate
Play with laying out your design to fit the plate. When applying the cutouts, you'll be working in reverse: the first images placed on the plate will be in the foreground of the design when viewed from the front of the plate. Start by applying the decoupage medium to the RIGHT SIDE of the first image. Don't worry about brush strokes, but be careful not to go over it too many times, you don't want the ink to smear. Glue the edges firmly to the glass. Turn the plate over to check the placement of images. Adjust as needed. When you have the photo placed where you want it, spread the glue over the back of the photo as well. Turn the plate around so you can see the image from the front and work out the air bubbles from behind. Continue placing the images until the entire plate is covered. Let it dry. Use painters tape to tape off the edges before you apply the acrylic paint to the back of the plate. Let dry. Apply a second coat, or sponge on a second color if you want to. Let dry. If you want a glossy finish on the back, apply an acrylic varnish.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT
Tue, 1 May 2007
SHOW NOTES May 1, 2007
News...Roots Television is a terrific site devoted to genealogy shows & videos. It's like having our own Genealogy TV station online. I am very happy to announce that Roots Television has selected my videos A Nurse In Training Part 1 & Part 2 for inclusion on the Roots Tube Channel! You may remember these two videos from Episode 4 of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. I hope you will check it out.
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GEM: Interview with Steve Morse
Stephen P. Morse is very well-known in the genealogy community for his ingenious database search tools available to everyone free from his website: www.stevemorse.org
Steve's One-Step Gold Form
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT