Sun, 28 October 2007
EPISODE 31 SHOW NOTES
Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies. Thanks to those of you who have bought the book. You guys are great.
A special little Halloween hello from Genealogy Gems.
Sad news: The This Week's Genealogy Gems Google Gadget has crashed. However, I will likely create a new custom gadget in the near future so I"ll keep you posted. To receive the code for the gadget just be sure to sign up for the free Genealogy Gems monthly newsletter because thatâs the email list I use to personally email you the code so you can install it on your iGoogle page. Newsletter Sign Up & Back issues
The website is evolving every day with new content, so be sure and visit regularly at www.genealogygems.tv In the Resources section you will find lots of great genealogy research strategies. Be sure to click on the Google Research Gems Link. I have a special gadget there that will provide you with a new Google tip every day. And youâll also find lots of other great tips that weâve talked about to make Google work harder for your genealogy research.
Please do let your research friends and your local genealogy society know about it as a resource for them too, even if they donât listen to the podcast.
The Irish Jig performed by the National Promenade Band in 1914 for Edison Records courtesy of University of Santa Barbara.
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to over 9 million items of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. These materials chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.
Some of my other favorite areas of the Collections and Programs are:
Start by browsing the Biography and History listings.
The library website also offers RSS feeds and email Subscriptions on a variety of subjects.
The future: the library just signed a World Digital Library Agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization pledging cooperative efforts to build a World Digital Library website.
World Digital Library at the Worlddigitallibrary.org. Video
GEM: Genealogy for the Next Generation
To get the attention of the next generation for genealogy I Simposonized myself.
Simpsonize Me! Itâs totally free, and really fun.
Mon, 22 October 2007
SHOW NOTES for Episode 30
Calling all Ladies: Notice a trend on the Genealogy Gems Listener Page? Only men have sent in photos! Come on ladies, you need to be represented! Email a photo of yourself listening to the podcast on your ipod or computer, or holding up something that you've found since listening to the podcast, or both.
Website News: New this week you will find a search box on the left side of the Genealogy Gems homepage under the navigation menu. I hope that you will use it and find it helpful in getting to where you want to go.
GEM: Interview with Ali Selim, Director of Sweet Land?
In episode 29 I told you about a wonderful movie that I saw recently called Sweet Land. It's a film about Norwegian immigrants in rural Minnesota following WWI. I feel so passionate about it not only because itâs about family history, but because it's such a rare thing to find a gem like this that you can watch with your entire family.
Aliâs Grandparents William and Sophie Niemeier of Minnesota.
This week I had a chance to talk to Ali Selim, award-winning director of Sweet Land, and we chatted about his immigrant parents, the power of memories and some of the terrific actors that he features in the film.
Ali Selim, Director
When you're done listening to the audio podcast, you can watch the Videocast below. Just double click on the Play button.
Sat, 13 October 2007
Video Cast: An interview with the award-winning director of the film Sweet Land, Ali Selim.
Sweet Land is a story about family history, focusing on Norwegian immigrants in Minnesota circa 1920. If you love historical fiction, and quiet thoughtful movies that you can watch with your entire family, then this is the videocast for you. Sweet Land is available on DVD, and the beautiful nostalic music soundtrack is available through . Take it from your friend, you'll love it.
P.S. Rather read? Try Sweet Land: New & Selected Stories
Sun, 7 October 2007
Episode 29 SHOW NOTES
I had the opportunity to talk with Anna Swayne of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation recently. Listen as we walk through this emerging area of genealogy step-by-step and get a solid overview of how DNA testing can assist us in our family history research.
DNA & Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick
USA TODAY article - SMGF's founder, James LeVoy Sorenson, was featured in a USA Today article in June. The article focuses on Mr. Sorenson's work in genetic genealogy as well as his other companies.
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Get Lisa's new book: Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Packed with step-by-step instructions for everything covered in the first 20 episodes, and much more!
Tue, 2 October 2007
Episode 28 Show Notes
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GEM: GENEALOGY "COLD CALLS?
My Lady of the Telephone was performed by Joseph A. Phillips and chorus for Edison Records in 1915
Interview with Carolyn Ender from Texas who has conducted dozens of cold call research calls.
1) Identify the person you want to call
2) Locate the Person's Phone Number
3) Plan ahead
Consider recording the conversation
4) Get up the ânerveâ? to call - Be prepared. Say to yourself: âI can do this. This is importantâ?. Remember, all they can do is say âno thank youâ?
5) Introduce Yourself - Immediately identify yourself with first & last name & town. Indicate any family connection. Indicate who referred you to them.
6) Where to Begin - Talk about the family line you are researching
7) Reluctant Relatives - Share what youâve learned. Share your own memories of a shared relative. Mention something of particular interest in the family tree that might pique their interest. Offer to mail them some information and call again once theyâve had a chance to look at it.
8) During the Call - Take notes during the phone call. Confirm information that you already have
9) When Thereâs No Answer - Leave a voice mail your name, number, why you are calling, & offer to call back.
10) Must Ask? Questions
11) Wrapping up the call - Thank them for their time. Ask for email address. Offer to give them your address and phone number.
12) Create Documentation Be sure to include the person's name, address, phone number and date of conversation.
14) Create a To Do List - Go through the notes you typed with a highlighter pen to mark items you will want to research further.
15) Follow-up Thank you card Birthday cards & Christmas card Follow up calls
GEM: Sweet Land
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