Wed, 19 August 2009
Google announced last week that it has quadrupled its searchable archive of historical news articles, many of which are free to access.
The National Archives just announced that it has launched what it calls a Narations blog. The new blog is going to focus on online public access to records of the U.S. National Archives
The Salt Lake City Family History Expo is almost here
MyHeritage.com, has announced the release of Family Tree Builder 4.0. The Family Tree Builder software is available for free download
Read the article about Google's new improved search BBC News
GEM: IPUMS USA website
The site is described as "Census microdata for social and economic research". It's an excellent and little known web site that is dedicated to collecting and distributing US census data. Its goals are to:
But as the column implies, the census taker was instructed not to write in column 26D so in this case the instructions can't help much. Column 26D was filled in by the staff at the census bureau after the census taker completed the task. The codes written in the column were to assist them in tabulating statistical information which they reported to Congress.
Unfortunately these numbers really don't provide additional information because they just reflect what was written in the Occupation columns by the census taker
You can learn what the occupation codes in Column 26D mean by visiting this page:
GEM: Agricultural Census (Non-Population Census)
Sat, 1 August 2009
For the month of August 2009 Footnote.com is providing free access to the 1930 census images. To get the free access just go to www.footnote.com/1930census/ and register with your email address.
Genealogy Insider Blog by Diane Haddad at Family Tree Magazine. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMUC) is celebrating it's 50th year.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections is a free Library of Congress program. Information about the manuscript collections of participating US libraries is being entered into the WorldCat library catalog search engine.
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy
Randy Seaver's article on the Genea-musings blog
Footnote Maven's post about the episode
Episode 39 of the Family History podcast features the very gifted writer Denise Levenick who write the Family Curator blog, and also has an alter ego known as Penny Dreadful who writes occasionally for the Footnote Maven's Shades of the Departed blog.
And you get two bloggers in this episode because it also features my interview with Schelly Talalay Dardashti who writes the Tracing the Tribe blog on Jewish genealogy.
Both these ladies are very experienced bloggers and will give you great tips on blogging, including dispelling the myth that you have to be technically inclined to blog!
So what do you think about this? Have you published your family history? Does it matter to you who owns the digital rights to your work? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Email Lisa or call the voice mail line at 925 272-4021 to have your thoughts included on the show.
GEM: Profile America
GEM: Tony Burroughs
He is the author of the book Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree published by the Fireside Division of Simon & Schuster and I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Tony about his work and his approach to the research process.
Tony was so much fun to talk to and has so much knowledge about such a variety of subjects. If you'd like to see my interview with Tony that was filmed at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree you can view it in itâs entirety at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel.
GEM: Profile America
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Sat, 18 July 2009
The Genealogy Guys are going to be at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Little Rock, AR Sept 2-5 2009 recording their show before a live audience on Sept 3 at 3:30 pm.
Listen to Drew Smith interview Lisa on the Genealogy Guys Podcast Episode 177
The Library of Congress has launched "The Library of Congress on iTunes U, featuring historic video and sound recordings.
Lisa discusses the start up and rocky road of the new social networking website for genealogists called Genealogy Wise by familylink.com
Paul Allen's Apology to Terry Thornton
So where do we go from here? Well, I still wholeheartedly encourage genealogists to network
Where Are Paper of Record's Records?
It"s all still pretty murky. But it seems to be a pretty unanimous decision that Paper of Record was really a terrific newspaper website and though Google and WVR so far are not offering the same kind of search capabilities, they both seem to have some of the content. So my recommendation is to check Google News Archive first - which is free, and then check to see if WVR has the newspaper youâre looking for.
Lisa's Video on the Google News Timeline
If you have information about the progress being made with the paper of records content I'd love to hear from you so I can update everyone here on the show. Email me or call the voice mail line at 925-272-4021 to leave a message that I can play on the show.
GEM: Profile America
Visit NASA's website's Apollo 40th Anniversary pages
Watch the Launch-
GEM: Interview with Geneablogger Thomas MacEntee
Watch the video version of this interview at the Genealogy Gems TV Channel at YouTube
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GEM: The July 2009 Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode
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Mark your calendars: Join Lisa at the Family History Expo in Sandy, Utah just outside Salt Lake City August 28 & 29, 2009.
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Mon, 6 July 2009
For more info on next year's Jamboree:
My Table Mates at the Friday Night Jamboree Banquet
Read Lisa's Blog Posts about this year's Jamboree:
Listen to Lisa's one on one interview with Tukufu in Episode 63
How My Mom Prepared Me For The Geneablogger Summit
Family Tree Magazine Webinar
Lisa's article called Grave Transformations appears in the September 2009 issue of Family Tree Magazine on news stands now.
Watch the Grave Transformations video for step-by-step instructions.
GEM: Interview with Randy Seaver, Genealogy Blogger
To purchase an "Iceberg" poster that Randy refers to in the interview, email the California Genealogical Society and Library at email@example.com or call 510-663-1358.
Sun, 7 June 2009
Published June 7, 2009
GEM: 65th Anniversary of D-Day
I've written a blog post about the D-Day anniversary that includes an article that appeared in the Yorkshire Post about how the memory of WWII is slipping through the cracks of time.
In my own family my grandfather's brother Elzie Cecil Moore who we called Uncle Elzie participated in the invasion of Normandy and received the bronze star and a purple heart for a shot he took to his shoulder during the invasion. Shortly after that he received a second purple hear for a shot he received through his face. Growing up I always noticed that scar on his chin and thought it was a cute dimple, not realizing until I started asking questions about family history that it was from a bullet.
Above: Elzie in Boot Camp
My Grandmother Pauline Moore worked at the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California building the Navy ships that sailed the Pacific. She was the secretary to the Dock Yard Manager for Yard #2 and that meant that she helped hire and process all the Rosies. In fact, when the Yard was finally closed down at the end of the war, Grandma was the last women through the gates. Like so many women she sacrified time with my dad was born in 1939 and was not yet in school. But she often told me it was one of the happiest times in her life because everyone was pulling together.
Above: Grandma Pauline and my dad during WWII
Check out the post D Day Anniversary on the Genealogy Gems Blog where you will find a link to the Yorkshire Post as well as a video of the events of D Day.
The Family History Expo in Loveland, Colorado June 12 - 13, 2009.
The Southern California Genealogical Jamboree in Burbank, CA on June 26 - 28, 2009 which I'll be attending. I'll be teaching two classes on Google, a beginning and Advanced, and I'll also be on the panel for the Son of a Blogger Summitt with Dick Eastman, Steve Danko, DearMyrtle, George Morgan and others. And when I'm not doing that I'll be at the Family Tree Magazine booth in exhibit hall.
The 29th annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies International Conference on Jewish Genealogy being held August 2 - 7, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA You can register at the IAJGS website.
I'll also be at the Family History Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah August 28 & 29, 2009
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GEM: Interview with Kathy Meade of Genline.com
Lisa talks with Kathy about Genline's new Transcription Service
Also check out Lisa's other interview with Kathy Meade in the June 2009 episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast
Swedish Parish Look Up
She will also be at the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree in Burbank, CA June 26 - 28, 2009.
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GEM: Paper of Record / Google News Archive
Fri, 22 May 2009
This special Memorial Day episode is dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives defending our country.
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Fri, 22 May 2009
This special Memorial Day episode is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces who lost their lives defending our country.
Mon, 11 May 2009
Published May 11, 2008
Lisa reads an email from Mark Winter in Hixson, TN
QUESTION: “I have had several relatives ask for book of the family. In a podcast do you discuss considerations in what kind of "book" to produce?”
ANSWER: The Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 13
I think these books are great for creating something beautiful and easy to read to share with non-genealogist relatives. They love them because they can read them in one sitting and they can be packed full of wonderful old family photos.
Of course there are many different approaches you can take when publishing a family history book and the Kodak books are just one approach. Stay tuned because I plan on covering publishing more in depth in the future on the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast.
If you want to share your genealogy stories or have a question do like Mark did and drop me a line.
GEM: Profile America - Odometer
GEM: Interview with George Morgan
The Official Guide to Ancestry.com
How to do Everything Genealogy 2nd Edition
GEM: Profile America - Mother's Day
Since this episode is being published on Mother's Day I want to wish all of you mom’s out there a wonderful relaxing day with your family. And I want to send a personal Mother’s Day greeting to my Mom – Ellen Koehn - thank you and I love you very much!
Sun, 26 April 2009
April 26, 2009
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NEWS: Lisa discusses 9 newspaper databases being launched by Genealogy Bank
MAILBOX FOLLOWUP: Russ Worthington's answers to a listener's question on familial relationships in Family Tree Maker.
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GEM: Online Downloadable Source Citations
The heart of his proposal is this: In order to encourage quality genealogy research among their customers, shouldn't the websites that sell access to genealogical records online also provide a source citation for those records that the user can download and include in their research? As it stands today, when we download let's say a page from a census record or a page from a newspaper, there's often times nothing on the digitized image itself to indicate which database it came from, or even a location or date.
Mark emailed me to say âever since our interviews in St. George, I have not stopped thinking of ways to get the message out for simplifying citing sources using Evidence Explained. And he sent me a link to a message board post from Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Randy Seaver's comments on the subject at the geneamusings blog
This last week I had a chance to sit down and interview genealogy blogger and lecturer Stephen Danko for the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast and I took the opportunity to ask him for his input.
We really need to hear from at this point are the genealogy subscription records websites themselves. Itâs their product that we are talking about. And in the end, these digitized genealogy records we are talking about citing sources for are indeed "products." And for companies like Ancestry and World Vital Records / familylink.com this is about business.
I contacted both Ancestry and World Vital Records to do brief interviews with their reps about this proposed idea, and how they see it potentially fitting in to their future business plan, and also to hear what they think of this grass roots effort amongst their valued customers - In these tough economic times it must be great to see the interest that their customers have in their product and their willingness to stay engaged with them and provide input as to what elements could be added to their products to add increased value and draw for their customers.
I've done many interviews with folks from Ancestry with the help of their very efficient and responsive publicist, as well as interviews with folks at familylink. Most recently I had a great time interviewing the COO of familylink Steve Nickle who gave us a terrific sneak peek at their newest venture called Genseek. And you can listen to that interview in Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 61.
In this episode I will play for you the responses from both Ancestry and familylink / World Vital Records to my inquiry about whether record sites providing source citations for the records they provide to their customers.
Yep, you heard it correctly. For the first time in two years of this podcast not only did they not provide a telephone interview, they didn't respond to my inquiry at all. That's never happened before. The silence is deafening!
As a genealogy media producer I'm pretty disappointed in both Ancestry and World Vital Records responses because any time they send out a press release or want to talk about a new venture they are launching I have welcomed the information and provided it here on the show and on my blog, as so many of us who podcast and blog do â and that kind of passing the word on has got to help their bottomline.
This is the first time that I haven't had a reply within 24 hours of an interview inquiry with Ancestry. And I think that tells us a lot!
Elizabeth Shown Mills: "I suspect they'll do that catch-up (and she's referring to how these companies will have to go back and cite sources for the thousands of databases they've built up over the years) only if newer companies adopt Mark's recommendation and the older companies then feel the pressure to compete."
So what do you think? This is one of those questions that affects all of us. Send me an email or leave your comment on the Genealogy Gems voice mail line at (925) 272-4021 and I will play it on the next episode. Let your voice be heard!
GEM: Google News Timeline
So let's do a search that could possibly help us with our family tree. In my case I'm going to search on the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
The Timeline then appears and youâll see columns running across the screen from left to write, each column representing a month on the timeline.
To edit the columns:
You can also click the SIZE drop down and you can select from small medium or large.
GEM: Interview with Maureen Taylor
GEM: Profile America
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Sun, 12 April 2009
Published April 12, 2009
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast episode 23
The Genealogical Proof Standard is a tool that the pros use and I really want to encourage all researchers professional or not, to follow it as well because it causes you to stop and think before passing on information. In episode 23 I'm providing you with a free downloadable research worksheet that incorporates the elements of the GPS while prompting you to find and even more importantly document those sources.
NEWS: In March Ancestry reported that they added or updated more than 775 databases and or book titles on Ancestry.com. That's an average of more than 35 titles each weekday.
New and Updated Content and Web Site Improvements at Ancestry are covered.
MAILBOX: Listener Question regarding Family Tree Maker 2009 Platinum Edition.
"I have at least one instance in my husband's tree where two first cousins married. This, of course means that some of the tree overlaps itself. I can not get the FTM software to recognize that the people are the same-Do you or any of your listeners know if I am just missing something or can it not be done?"
If you have an answer to this dilemma please email me at or call in and leave the answer on the voicemail line to be played on the next episode at (925) 272-4021
GEM: Interview with Tukufu Zuberi
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is an important academic voice. He is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, and the Faculty Associate Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
He is best recognized for his research on African and American society, and for developing and expanding the Africana Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania
(Below: A History Detectives episode)
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Tukufu Zuberi will be the Keynote speaker at the Jamboree's Friday evening Banquet. Friday evening, June 26, 2009
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