Sun, 2 November 2008
Published Nov 2, 2008
I am very happy to announce that I just launched my brand new podcast called Family History: Genealogy Made Easy. The new show really captures two areas of focus that are really sort of outside the focus of this show.
First, I wanted to do a show that anybody could stumble upon and with absolutely no prior experience in genealogy be able to listen to and enjoy and that would walk them step by step through the process of doing family history research. It's like a long term free seminar that you can listen to and work along with!
The other area I've wanted to focus on is success stories and words of wisdom from experienced genealogists. As I travel around going to conferences and as I read my email, I hear so many great stories. I wanted to have a show where I could really showcase these stories and the wisdom of experienced genealogists. Newbies to genealogy will get a sense of what they can look forward to, and more experienced genealogists like you guys can enjoy hearing personal stories from those that you have probably heard of in the world of genealogy.
So that's what you'll find at Family History: Genealogy Made Easy - Personal conversations and stories from the experts, and a genealogy how to course all wrapped in to one.
Flash Alert: I recently received a prompt to upgrade the free Flash player on my computer and have had nothing but problems. I've been checking into troubleshooting websites and there is quite an uproar about all the glitches it causes. Please be careful, and note that you will very likely have troubles with the click to play buttons on the Genealogy Gems website if you do elect to upgrade. I'll keep you posted when I hear more about fixes. It appears that capability to view HD is the main focus of the upgrade, so if that's not a high priority, you may way to stay with the player you have for now.
GEM: Profile America
GEM: Interview with Colleen Fitzpatrick, The Forensic Genealogist
GEM: Quilting Family Traditions
Lee wrote me to say "Seeing your own love of quilts, you know how precious these handmade creations will be to our descendants throughout the generations. And so it goes, passing on skills, love and enjoyment across the generations through the use of sewing needles..."
Great Family Tradition & Heirloom Ideas from Lee and Connie Drew:
Whether you're really artsy or don't have a creative bone in your body, there's a project out there for you that will allow you to express yourself, and promote lasting family traditions.
GEM: Linguistic Bit by James Mowatt
GEM: Name That Tune
The Library of Congress American Memory Website had the old original sheet music. The song is entitled Hush-a-bye, Ma Baby with a subtitle of the Missouri Waltz. Lyric by J. R. Shannon. music from an original melody procured by John Valentine Eppel, and arranged by Frederic Knight Logan.
Thanks to those who wrote and called in for identifying the song for me!In this episode I play another song in the hopes that you'll be able to do it again. Mystery Song #2 - NAME THAT TUNE!
If you think you know the name of that song, please email me or better yet call and leave the answer on the voice mail line at 925-272-4021.
There are lots of ways to contact me:
Mon, 20 October 2008
Published Oct 20, 2008
Halloween Haunts Podcast by WHRO FM radio: Stories based on ghostly legends and lore of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Thanks to my friend Michelle Gabriele-Harrell producer off the Halloween Haunts podcast.
7 part iGoogle Video Series walks you step by step on the computer screen through set up to getting the full potential. It's just one of the things you get when you become a Genealogy Gems Premium Member. Sign Up Today
Family History Expo
WorldCat: I also wrote a blog recently called Getting the Most Out of WorldCat and I wanted to mention that there is going to be a Free seminar Oct 28 at 2PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific online sponsored by WorldCat so I'll have a link to that posting so you can read all about it.
MAILBOX: Kerry Steward called in about some comments I made on Genealogy Gems podcast Episode #40. Here are two articles about Henrietta Pruisner Tesch and Katherine Tesch Rugg's families.
GEM: Profile America - Oct. 13 Navy Month
"Hit hard, hit fast, hit often" Admiral "Bull" Halsey (above)
GEM: Interview with Yvette Arts, Director of Content Partnerships at World Vital Records
Strategies for getting the most out of World Vital Records from Yvette Arts:
First-time users/browsing: Perform a Basic Search. You'll get the largest search results by just searching by last name. Look over the results to narrow down all the possibilities. Try adding first name next. Some combinations of first and last names are more difficult to find exact matches for than others (e.g., John Smith). But if you have an unusual name like Jared Quackenbush the search will only return a few results.
Next, if you know the location enter a full state name in the Place search. There are some results in their databases, such as for Google Books, that may not come up via the geographic.
Don't forget to try alternative spelling for a surname.
If you descide to subscribe, I hope you'll do so here which helps support this free version of the podcast.
Additional Search Tips: Entering a date is best when you only give a year. If you already know a lot about an ancestor and now want to know specific information, try the Advanced Search. Use broad search terms, not an exact year of birth. Although you may know this information, mistakes may have been made in a document, or a first name may be abbreviated (e.g., Geo* is a good search term for George or J* may bring up a John that is otherwise listed as Jn). Excluding a source from a search because you have exact knowledge about an ancestor could lead to less accurate search results.
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GEM: Profile America - Oct 24 is the anniversary of Chips the U.S. War Dog being awared the Distinguished Service Medal
A Dog Called Chips by Mary Ann Whitley at the U.S. War Dogs Website
GEM: Name That Tune - I need your help. Several months ago I received a reel to reel tape that was recorded by my husband's Grandfather and Grandmother Cooke. I'm going to play one song on each episode in the hopes that one of you dear listener's will recognize the tune and email me with the name. Or leave a voice mail at 925-272-4021. Thanks!
Support the Show: With the holidays approaching thereâs a wonderful way for you to do your online shopping while supporting this show. By accessing websites like Amazon.com through the links on the Genealogy Gems homepage and through the website, Amazon gives The Genealogy Gems Podcast credit for your purchases. It doesn't cost you anything more, but by using the links on our website, you do a lot to help keep the free Genealogy Gems Podcast coming. Thank you!
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Mon, 6 October 2008
Published Oct 6, 2008
"And this year I hit the jackpot when I was able to track down one of his long lost cousins who had a treasure trove of family history tucked away in the rafters of her garage." (Below: Bill and cousin)
Premium episode all about how to tap into your inner private eye to find those long lost living relatives.
Albert Farrington and chorus from 1914 sing "Rule Britannia"
GEM: Interview with Rick Crume
Ancestral Quest - new interface with New Family Search.
Family Tree Magazine Podcast military records interview
Genealogy Gems Premium: Sign Up Now and use Coupon code SAVE20 to get 20% off the anual membership
GEM: Interview with Dr. Christopher Watts
Below: Harry Cooke's Apprenticeship Record, 1872
Additional Gems From Over The Pond:
Lisa's Interview with Feargal O'Donnell of the Irish Family History Foundation. View the 2 part video series:
British History Podcasts:
Binge Thinking History with Tony Cocks
Historyzine Podcast with James Mowatt
Mon, 22 September 2008
Published Sept 22, 2008
Sept 16, 2008 Blog about my trip to FGS.
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I enjoyed hanging out at the Family Tree Magazine booth in the Exhibit Hall with editor Allison Stacy and Managing Editor Diane Haddad.
News from the Blogosphere Video
My article "Hitting the Heirwaves" is now out in the November 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine.
GEM: Interview with Jim Beidler - Chair of FGS 2008 Conference
GEM: Profile America - ice cream cone
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GEM: MacMinutes with Ben Sayer, The MacGenealogist
In today's MacGenealogist Minute with Ben Sayer, Ben's reviews Reunion 9, the leading Mac genealogy application.
GEM: Podcaster Favorite Sayings Montage
GEM: Census Abbreviations - Census Abbreviations page at the Ancestors Search website.
Fri, 15 August 2008
Episode 50 - Family History Daydreaming, Interview with Tim Russell of Prairie Home Companion and Handwriting
Published Aug 15, 2008
Welcome to the 50th Episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast!
GEM: Interview with Tim Russell of the Prairie Home Companion
Tim Russel of A Prairie Home Companion radio show
Listen to Tim on Minnesota's news station, 830 WCCO Radio website where he is the entertainment editor weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m.
Profile America â August 20, 1920: One of the nationâs first radio stations began broadcasting in Detroit
GEM: Handwriting Analysis with Paula Sassi
Genealogy Gems Premium Members are eligible to submit their ancestors handwriting for possible analysis by Paula on the show. Members should email a handwriting sample, a paragraph telling about the ancestor and why they would like to have the handwriting analyzed, and a photo of the ancestor if itâs available.
Announce Best Bals Dolls Winner: Melissa Baker
Catch Up With Lisa At One Of The Following Conferences:
The Digging For Your Roots Seminar, Concord, CA, Sat. Oct. 1, 2008
The Family History Expo, Mesa, Arizona, November 14 & 15, 2008
The Song: The Family Tree featured on this episode is courtesy of the band Venice. See Venice LIVE at one of the following Concert Dates:
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Sun, 13 July 2008
Episode 49 - Interview with America's Sweethear Kathy Lennon Part 2, Train Robbery History, and Contests
Published June 12, 2008
Episode 49 SHOW NOTES
Coming in August: Want to know what it was like to work with Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, and one of my favorites Lily Tomlin? Then tune in next month to episode 50. I'll be chatting with Tim Russell the wonderful voice actor from the radio show and movie A Prairie Home Companion.
Above: Tim Russell and Garrison Keillor
We talk about his love of family history and antiques, his amazing career in a very nostaligic profession of being a radio actor and of course his work with Garrison Keillor and al the folks at A Prairie Home Companion.
Below: Watch a clip from the movie A Prairie Home Companion
YUMMY GEM: Lisa's Peach Pie...Just out of the oven...
GEM: Genealogy Society Booth at County and State Fairs. There are many things we do as members of genealogy societies, but I think this was one of the best activities I've come across. Genealogy society members from neighboring areas come together to introduce the public to the joy of family history.
NEW: Family Tree Magazine July 2008 podcast episode
Podcasting Primer article including instructional video by Lisa Louise Cooke. The article will appear in the November 2008 issue, but is available now free online.
All together it's a great resource for your friends who havenât yet tried podcasts. Share these resources with your friends and genealogy society. Email this link: http://familytreemagazine.com/podcast/podcast_howto.asp
MAILBOX: Premium Member Maureen Stephan shares a valuable Gem she recently found.
GEM: Train Robberies 7/18 U.S. Census Bureau
GEM: Part Two of my Interview with Kathy Lennon
In this episode Kathy talks about the tragic death of her father, and the strength of character of her mother and the values she passed on to her eleven children. She also shares some insight into being a famous Lennon sister, and tells us all about her newest venture which has a family history twist to it.
Premium Members can submit ancestor handwriting samples to be considered for an upcoming handwriting analysis by Paula Sassi, Certified Graphologist. Iâll be selecting ones that I think will be interesting to all the listeners. More information in Premium Episode #7.
Now through July 31, 2008 Premium Members enter to win a pair of Best Pals dolls in a Best Pals tote bag, autographed by Kathy and Janet Lennon of the Lennon sisters. Members should head over to the Members Forum to post a story of an ancestorâs best pal, or a memory of one of your own best pals.
Sat, 28 June 2008
July 4, 2008 EPISODE SHOW NOTES:
This special episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast is dedicated to the men and women serving in the U.S. military
Patrick Henry's speech performerd by Harry E. Humphrey on Edison Blue Amberol, 1912
The Continental Congress - The You Are There radio show took historic events and dramatized them with "live radio" coverage style. C1947-1950
The Star Spangled Banner performed by Thomas Chalmers and chorus (including Elizabeth Spencer). Edison Records, 1915
Washington's Farewell Address performed by Harry E. Humphrey for Edison Blue Amberol 1912
If Washington Should Come To Life performed by Billy Murray on Edison Gold Moulded Record, 1906
Thomas Jefferson March performed by United States Marine Band on Edison Standard Record, 1909
Under Freedom's Flag performed by Edison Military Band on Edison Gold Moulded Record, 1908
My Country 'Tis Of Thee performed by Edison Male Quartette on Edison Gold Moulded Record, 1903
Edison recordings courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Sat, 14 June 2008
Published June 14, 2008
GEM: Another look at the Handwriting of Our Ancestors
Listen to Part One of my exclusive interview with one of America's Sweethearts, and let me tell you, she is a gem! You know Kathy Lennon from her more than 50 years with the Lennon Sisters, but you may not know that she is also an avid family historian.
CONTEST - Premium Members post your stories in the Forum for a chance to win a pair of Best Pals Dolls! Who Were Your Best Childhood Pals?
Genealogy Gems Premium Members are invited to come share your stories of childhood best pals, your own story or perhaps one about an ancestor, and be entered in our Best Pals contest for a chance to win a beautiful pair of Best Pals dolls, each with their own signed certificate of authenticity, and delivered in a Best Pals Tote Bag. It's over a $60 value! You may enter as many stories as you wish. The winner will be contacted by email on July 31, 2008.
The Lennon Sisters upcoming performances:
NEWSLETTER UPDATE: The free Genealogy Gems Podcast newsletter will soon see a new, colorful email publication. I'm so happy to finally get the newsletter updated and I hope you enjoy the photos and the much easier to read format.
If you'd like to receive the free new and improved email newsletter drop me a line with you name, state and how you first heard about the podcast. Or head to the website. And very soon, you will be able to sign up right on the website without having to send a separate email. I hope you enjoy this much more visually creative version of the newsletter!
Thu, 15 May 2008
Published May 15, 2008
The Free Monthly Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 47
The University of Wisconsin / The nineteen hundred and eight badger Volume XXII (1908) Book II: classes, pp. 122
GEM: Childhood Memories
...and more recently....
The "DOO BEE SONG" came from this album from my childhood collection
GEM: Family Tree & Me
GEM: Birthday Alarm
GEM: Paula Sassiâs analysis of Lars Johan Larsonâs signature
Lars signed his name as the enumerator on the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Sibley County Minnesota.
GEM: Premium Update
Premium Episode #1 - Iâll walk you through step by step on how to set up the Google Toolbar and use the features that will speed up your online searches tremendously!
Premium Episode #2 - We do an in depth study of the records of the Works Progress Administration - the WPA â with certified genealogist and national speaker Paula Stuart Warren. And as a special BONUS feature for members, Paulaâs 4 page reference guide on the WPA called The WPA Era: What It Created For Genealogists is available for download in the Premium Episode #2 show notes.
Premium Episode #3 â Youâll get 7 Key Strategies From A Professional Private Investigator that will help you find your living relatives. Strategies that brought me fantastic results!
Sign Up Today for Premium membership. Now through May 31, 2008 you can take advantage of the 20% discount on the annual subscription price by signing up for the Genealogy Gems Newsletter. Send an email with your name, state or country and how you first heard about the podcast.
GEM: Special Announcement
Thu, 17 April 2008
Published Apr 16, 2008
To quote their email "The Generations Network, Inc. is encouraging consumers to validate and verify the legitimacy of a website before providing credit card information or paying for services."
This is good advice. You know the rules on the Internet really shouldn't be much different than the rules in our daily lives. Find out about someone"s character and background before you hang out with them, and get referrals for unknown companies from people you trust.
Family Tree Kids:
Movie Gem: Leatherheads:
I'll have a link to the official website in the show notes as well as a video preview of the movie. Leatherheads Website
Pat Dalpiaz's grandfather "Weenie" Flynn was a star quarterback on the St. Bonaventure University (Alleghany NY) football team for 3 years. He appeared in Ripley's Believe It or Not for his football leadership weighing only 117 pounds and leading the team to impressive victories.
Deanna Bullock wrote in to give a very good reason why you should subscribe to the free Genealogy Gems Podcast Newsletter. SUBSCRIBE NOW
GEM: Analyzing Your Ancestors Handwriting
Story of how Grandmpa JB and Grandma Paulineâs letters came into my possession: Episode 39.
Listen to some of the letters in Episode 41.
VIDEO: Paula Sassi featured on San Diego's Fox 6 News
Learn more about Handwriting Analysis at http://www.handwriting.org/
I am VERY excited to announce that we are launching a new service: Genealogy Gems PREMIUM. If you enjoy the free podcast episodes that we've made available, your gonna LOVE Genealogy Gems PREMIUM!
Premium Members are going to have access to an exciting new area of the website available only to Premium members. There you'll find Members-only premium podcast episodes. You won't be able to hear these anywhere else! It will be everything you love about the episodes you've heard so far, and much more.
For about the cost of a gallon of gas or a gourmet coffee a month you'll get all of these exclusive podcasts and videos! You won't find them on iTunes.
Paula Sassi certified graphologist has graciously agreed to analyze some lucky premium members ancestor's handwriting. So once you are a Premium member, you will be entered for a chance to win an analysis of an ancestor's handwriting to be featured on a Premium episode.
And finally, I have a very special offer for newsletter subscribers: I will be emailing out to all subscribers a coupon code valid through May 31, 2008 that you can use to get 20% off an annual Premium subscription. If you aren't currently subscribed to the newsletter, just send me an email today with your name, state and how you first heard about the podcast and you will receive the coupon code in an email.
So won't you join me, and become a Genealogy Gems premium member today! I guarantee you're gonna love it, or your money back.