Sun, 24 June 2007
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SHOW NOTES Published June 24, 2007
NOTE: Though I mentioned in this week's podcast that the new website is up and running, there have been some problems with coordinating it with itunes. So in order to get this podcast to you in itunes, I've delayed the launch of the website. Thanks for your patience. I highly recommend that you subscribe to the newsletter as this is the email list I will use to listeners if it turns out that I must move my podcast feed.
Saw the movie "Waitress" this week. Nothing to do with genealogy, but boy it was one terrific movie and I can't recommend it enough. If nothing else, seeing Andy Griffith again in a movie was worth the price of admission. But it's also a great story done in a really fresh way.
GEM: A Few Gems From The Great White North - Canadian Research
The song O Canada courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barabara
The Library & Archives Canada
GEM: Searching with Synonyms in Google Place a tilde (~) character directly in front of the relevant keyword in the search box. For example, a search for "burket ~genealogy" would not only bring up sites that include 'burket and genealogy," but also "burket and family history," or "burket and family tree"
Coming Soon: The Comprehensive Guide to Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast - the First Twenty Episodes. So don't worry about extensive notetaking while you listen to the podcast. Hopefully by September you will have everything at your fingertips in this new book which will be available through the Genealogy Gems Podcast website Store page.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30 PM
Sun, 17 June 2007
SHOW NOTES Published June 17, 2007
GEM: Genealogy Play Day!
SONG: Ev'rything's funny to me performed by Sallie Stembler.
Ragtime Music courtesy of Frederick Hodges Music Visit his website at Frederickhodges.com Songs are from the album: Picnics.
Song: I think I hear a woodpecker knocking at my family tree performed by Edward M. Favor. Issue by Edison Standard Record, 1910
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12 PM
Sun, 10 June 2007
SHOW NOTES - Published June 10, 2007
GEM I Love to iGoogle & You Will Too!
Create An Account
Go to: https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount
How to Add an rss Feed Gadget for this Podcast
BONUS: I have created a special gadget just for you called This Week's Genealogy Gem. I will be emailing all of my newsletter subscribers an invitation to add the Genealogy Gem gadget to your igoogle homepage.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26 PM
Sun, 3 June 2007
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Ancestry.com U.S. Military Collection Free through D-DAY JUNE 6, 2007
The collection because it contains the 267 issues motion picture newsreels called The United News produced by the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.
GEM: A New View On Family History - Exploring Silent Movies
The people who performed in the silent movies were viewed intently by your ancestors. They took in their hairstyles, decorating, morality, etc.This podcast includes an interview with Sam Gill, Archivist of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, and retired archivist for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in Hollywood.
Sources for Silent Movies Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (& Edison Theater) 37417 Niles Blvd, Niles, CA
Netlfix: They have an INCREDIBLE catalog of hard to find silent films. (as well as all their other movies & TV shows totaling over 75,000 titiles) Mailing is very fast, and convenient (they provide postage paid envelopes & no driving!) The low cost per rental makes it a hard to beat - $4.99 a month gets you 2 movies (just $2.50 each). And for $9.99 you can get an unlimited number of movies (one at a time). If you watch 2 a week that's just $1.25 each! I've become a huge Netflix fan - I LOVE it!
(By using this link you contribute toward the cost of producing this podcast. Thank you!) Type "silent" in the search box.
Recommendations To Get You Started:
Mary Pickford in Daddy Long Legs, Through the Back Door, and Suds; Clara Bow in "It" & Wings. Harold Lloyd in Safety Last & Grandma's Boy. Douglas Fairbanks in The Nut, Mark of Zorro & The Mollycoddle. Lois Weber (Director) The Blot (mentioned by Sam Gill. Available on Netflix & through Amazon)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Amazon - Silent Movie Search:Select DVD in the SEARCH area Click GO
EBAY My Grandma's Diary Entry for Friday, Nov. 2, 1930
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05 PM
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: 5:51 PM
Mon, 14 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: 12:37 AM
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: 5:34 PM
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: 4:12 PM
Sun, 22 April 2007
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:58 PM
Sun, 15 April 2007
Check out your ancestor's tax records using the links at Cyndislist
GEM #1: Great San Francisco Earthquake
"Hello, Frisco" by Harvey Hindermeyer courtesy of U of Cal, Santa Barbara Library
Below: C. A. Burkett (on left) c. 1906
Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake an audio recording by NPR.
BOOK: Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake
GEM #2 Shake Up Your Research Stategy
Step 1: Locate the event on a Timeline History.com This Day In History Step 2: Internet Searches
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:29 PM