Sat, 24 April 2010
Stay tuned for upcoming Genealogy Gems Webinars:
"Thank you so much. It was wonderful. I could almost see you standing in front of the classroom. Please do more!" - Joan Sanaker
New indexing projects announced.
Recently Completed Projects:
Deutschland, Baden, Achern, Kirchenbucher, 1810 to1869 Part B
France, Paris, Registres Protestants, 1612 to 1906 Part C
U.S., Indiana, Clay County, Marriages, 1811 to 1959
U.S., Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey 1910 Federal Census
World Vital Records has been announcing the addition of passenger data files to their site:
The Italians to America Passenger Data File 1855 to 1900.
Germans to America passenger data file 1850 to 1897
Russians to America Passenger Data File 1834 to1897
For our British Listeners:
WDYTYA? US series to air in the UK starting April 25.
The Southern California Genealogy society Jamboree
January 11 thru 13, 2010 in Burbank, CA.
And the Early-Bird Discount Deadline is fast approaching. Registration for the Jamboree Early-Bird Discount ends on Friday, April 30.
Carol Kendall asked about the Transcription program recommended on the Family History podcast.
The Transcription software was discussed in Family History episode 36
A software program called Transcript 2.3 free download available
Deborah Mullins Vernon asks about adding sources to online Family Trees
Feedback on Google Earth for Genealogy
"I had my popcorn while I watched Part 2, 3, 4 of Google Earth videos. I am learning so much. Thank you!"
GEM: Scouting for Ancestors
Interview with Mark Tucker
Deborah Mullins Vernon asks for advice on searching for live people, and specifically Girl Scouts.
she has a newspaper article about her. In the article is a picture of her with three Senior Girl Scouts. She would like to try to find them or their decendants to offer them a copy.
When it comes to finding living people you can find a lot of information about that in Premium episode 3 which is all about finding living people using private eye techniques. The archived episode is available through the Genealogy Gems store at Lulu.com
Lisa's article Be a Family History Detective – 10 Tactics to trace eluxive ancestors is the cover story on the newest issue of Family Tree Magazine (July 2010)
Mark Tucker of the ThinkGenealogy blog is not only passionate about scouting, but has been doing his homework to investigate what type of family history information might be gleaned through researching an ancestors scouting history.
And what better time than now to talk about the Boy Scouts as this wonderful organization celebrates it's 100 years of scouting this year.
So let’s listen in and see what Mark Tucker can tell us about scouting in our family history.
If you would like to learn more about scouting:
For Boy Scouts head to the
100 Years of Scouting History website
For the Girl Scouts visits their official site and you can go directly to the Girl Scouts Council Finder page on the site to locate and get in touch with the council where ancestors participated in scouting.
Check out Genealogy blogger Denise Levenick’s blog post On My Honor, we were girl scouts when scouting wasn’t cool by denise Levenick
If you have any experience with researching your scouting ancestors or find a gem after listening to this episode, please email Lisa. I know we would all love to hear about!
The Scoutmaster handbook on Google Books
Also Search Boys Life
And Scouting Magazine
You can help make this free podcast possible by getting to your favorite shopping website through the links on the Genealogy Gems website. Thank you!
Fri, 2 April 2010
Who Do You Think You Are? airs on Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.
Sun, 21 March 2010
The Genealogy Gems Podcast is Three Years Old This Month!
Elyses blog post on genealogy podcasts
Renee Huskey wrote in her Free Stuff Friday post about the Genealogy Gems Toolbar
Recently Completed Projects
They will be searchable online at pilot.familysearch.org in the near future.)
Argentina, Balvanera. Registros Parroquiales 1833 thru 1934 [Parte A]
Canada, British Columbia. Deaths, 1872 thru 1986 [Part 4]
Jamaica. Civil Births, 1878 thru 1899 [Part A]
Norway. 1875 Census [Part 1
U.S., Florida. 1910 Federal Census
U.S., Georgia. 1910 Federal Census
U.S., Indiana, Clark County. Marriages, 1811 thru 1959
U.S., Indiana, Dubois County. Marriages, 1811 thru 1959
U.S., Indiana, Harrison County. Marriages, 1811 thru1959
U.S., Maryland. 1910 Federal Census
U.S., Montana. 1910 Federal Census
U.S., Tennessee. County Marriages, 1790 thru 1950 [Part A]
The FamilySearch Family History Library is now making its popular classes available at FamilySearch.org, where anyone anywhere in the world can access them for free at a time that is convenient for them.
FamilySearch is continually adding new online offerings. Classes on how to read English handwritten records are currently in development. All of the classes can be accessed on www.familysearch.org by clicking on Free Online Classes on the home page.
Unlike any other historical collection on the web, the Interactive Census Collection has the unique ability to connect people related to ancestors found on the historical documents. Simply by clicking the Im Related button for a name on the document will identify you as a descendent and also list others that have done the same. Never before has it been as easy to connect with distant relatives through historical documents. Finding a record featuring an ancestors name provides not only an emotional experience but also a connection with the past. On Footnote.com it’s more than just finding a name on a census record. Interactive tools allow people to enhance the documents by adding their own contributions including:
Other related document
Who Do You Think You Are?
Do you belong to a genealogy society? Perhaps nows a good time to hold some beginning genealogy classes like the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society has done.
Next episode on Friday March 26, 2010 features Matthew Broderick and his family history that crosses paths with the Civil War.
Travis wrote in to say he has been inspired to get started in genealogy research:
Comments on WDYTYA blog post
So kudos to both Lisas for what you have done to raise the excitement for genealogy!
Full episodes online on the NBC website
Thanks to my conversation with you several months ago, my search for my mother is only resulting in increasing information…I love you for your enthusiasm and dedication to this work. Crystal Bell, a fan forever.
Listen to Lisa’s interview with Crystal Bell
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast Episode 44
From Tim Connor. A Question
Henry Culbertson Wood who was orphaned at a young age.
His Mother died when he was less than a year old. His father and Mother were never Married and his Father disappeared. He lived with some people for a time then went to Hillside Mission Indian school in Skiatook, OK. (Possibly an Orphanage for Indians.) Henry was born in 10 Jan 1879 in Indian Territory around what is now Checotah, OK and died 13 Aug 1948 in Kellyville, OK. According to Dawes papers his Mother's name is Martha J Rowland or Rolin, both spelling are in the Dawes Papers and He said he thinks his father's name was Henry Wood. He applied and added his Daughter Ora in 1901.
If you have suggestions or leads for Tim email Lisa or leave a voice mail at 925-272-4021
Hard Drive Organziation
Lisa's article Organizing Your Hard Drive appears in the May 2010 issue of the Family Tree magazine
Companion video at the Family Tree Magazine YouTube channel
From Mary Lohr. Feeling Lucky with Discount and seminar
I just became a Genealogy Gems Premium member and quite frankly I do not know why I waited so long. I always thought your regular Genealogy Gems podcasts were terrific enough, but I must say the premium content is over the top!
And Katharaine Ott share some genealogical success she had at Family
Search Labs Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
Now through March 31, 2010 get $10 off Family Atlas by Rootsmagic.
Hear the rest of the interview in Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episode 42
Updated every three weeks.
GEM: Fess Parker Tribute
It was almost exactly a year ago that Darby Hinton who played Fess Parker’s son in the Daniel Boone series was on Genealogy Gems Podcast episode #60. Darby Hinton shared his admiration for Fess. My prayers goout to Darby and his family who I know will miss Fess Parker in a very personal way. He was a big man!
Daniel Boone Song by Fess
Fess Parker Interview series at the Archive of American Television website.
Mon, 8 March 2010
The Google Earth for Genealogy DVD is coming soon!
All 6 videos are also part of Genealogy Gems Premium Membership
Family Tree Magazine's Top 40 Genealogy Blogs
Lisa’s recent blog posts about the new TV series Who Do You Think You Are?
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
June 11 - 13, 2010
Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center
Ontario Genealogical Society Conference
May 14 - 16, 2010
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 15 is the last day to take advantage of their early-bird registration rates.
Generation Maps announced the release date for their brand new Family ChArtist program on their website
Marian Vermazen asks about Rootsmagic and citing sources.
Lisa recommends Elizabeth Shown Mills' book Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition
Carol Purinton asked for advice in purchasing a new mp3 player for listening to podcasts and audio books.
Cathie Wood Owens asked about adding New Family Search to the toolbar
Jean Perera wrote in about Who Do You Think You Are?
"The more we can support shows of this nature and quality, the better in my estimation. They make history come alive and as Lisa said gives me an appreciation for what my ancestors endured. I like to think I have benefitted from their sacrifices and it has helped make me the person I am. As always, thanks for your informative podcasts. I can hear the smile in your voice and your enthusiasm is catching. Keep it up!"
Kevin Ryan asked about getting started with British Research
Subscription Record Sites:
Nancy wrote in about the two part Hard Drive Organization video series in Premium Membership.
Susan Konkel in Wisconsin writes
"I work at the Family History center in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I am currently teaching our consultants how to use Roots Magic 4 in an effort to transfer their huge PAF files onto New Family Search. I have been looking at different information regarding the upcoming NBC show "Who Do You Think You Are" and came across this page. I am very interested in learning new searching tools to help our staff and patrons without paying the high cost of conferences. Thanks for all you are doing."
GEM: Paper Preservation
Listener Debra Miller-Tossey wrote in looking for advice on preserving newspaper clippings.
Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist at http://practicalarchivist.com/
Read her article Newspaper Clippings: Can They Be Saved?
Decision to make: keep or reprint
Sign up for the Practical Archivist e-newsletter and reeive the free e-booklet 8 Blunders People Make When They Scan Photos and How To Avoid Them All
While at Sally's site, check out The Preservation Answer Machine
GEM: Genealogy is Reconstructing the Dash
Listener Gail Hamilton sent in a gem of poem that will get you thinking not only about your research but about the "dash" you are creating today!
App users check your Bonus Content for special Motivational "Dash" Wallpaper!
Sun, 21 February 2010
Share Who Do You Think You Are? with Friends and Family
Share Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 81 with your friends and family:
Who Do You Think You Are? premieres on NBC on Friday, March 5 at 8:00 pm.
Digitize Your Family Records – Free at Jamboree
Ancestry.com announced that they are going to be at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree with their scanners, and that means that ttendees will have the opportunity to have their family photos and documents professionally scanned at the conference, for free.
Sign up for 15-minute scanning sessions from 12:00 noon on Friday, June 11, through 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13. The scanning area will be in the Producer room, in the East tower of the main hotel. Look for signs to point the way.
Register in advance on the Jamboree website
Sign up for your particular time slot when you arrive at Jamboree.
Lisa will be speaking at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto Canada being held may 14 through the 16, 2010 at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Toronto Airport.
Veterans History Project Marks Tenth Year with Events and Initiatives
The Veterans History Project was created in 2000 by Congress as a national documentation program of the American Folklife Center to record, preserve, and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of American wartime veterans from World War I through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Volunteer interviewers may request information at email@example.com or the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.
Family Search they have announced some new record digitization projects:
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife - Registro Civil, 1900-1920
Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia - Atti di Morte 1809-1936 [Parte B]
UK, Bristol - Parish Registers 1837-1900 [Part B]
US, Guam and Samoa - 1920 Federal Census
US, Kentucky - 1910 Federal Census
US, Maryland - 1910 Federal Census
US, Massachusetts - 1910 Federal Census
US, Tennessee - County Marriages, 1790-1950 [Part A]
US, Virgin Islands - 1920 Federal Census
3 Ring Binder Tabs Followup
Avery® Protect 'n Tab™ Tabbed Sheet Protectors #74160, Acid Free, 5-Tab, Pack of 5
Product Number: 74160. The sheet protectors fit 8-1/2" x 11" material and are acid free and archival safe won't lift print from your pages.
Escalating Ancestry issues
Al Wilson asked for advice in escalating an issue with Ancestry and Lisa provides two strategies for resolving the case of the missing WWI Draft Registration Cards.
Blogs & Tollbars
Michael Honeycutt wrote in to say that the thing he loves about listening to podcasts is that something always pops back in his mind a few days after listening.
Michael’s Blog: Confessions of a Twenty-something Family Historian
Michael says”as soon as I'm done typing this, I'm going to give the toolbar a test run!”
Tim Cox suggested a quick link on the toolbar to Amazon that also supports the podcast. Keep those great ideas coming Tim – and thank to all of you for supporting the podcast! You’re awesome!
Here’s an email from Paul Dunlop who writes:
“I just came across your Genealogy Made Easy podcast #001 Get Inspired and Get Started. I began really researching my family just before the holidays…It’s been helpful to listen to the beginner podcasts….Much as I fear I have got the bug and cant stop this!…Great show.” Paul Dunlop
Rootsmagic and Mark Tucker
Barbara Starmans wrote to say she’s migrated to Roots Magic 4 and “I’m enjoying the program more than ever now that it incorporates all the features I was looking for when I wandered away to another software a couple of years ago. “
Barbara says she’s relying on the book
Lisa's interview with Mark Tucker Epsiode 20
Thanks for your great podcasts!
Barbara J Starmans
You can check out Barbara’s blog
GEM: Interview with Irene Johnson Part 2
Jerry Springer video links from Episode 79
- Study about maps before you come to make the most of them.
- They are out on the floor in big cases with wide skinny drawers. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- Use Gazateers in conjunction with maps
- You need to understand the geography of a country.
- Document everything – where you are getting your information from.
Lisa: "You can’t be lonely being a genealogist!"
Irene's Thoughts on Grandchildren and Adoption: “We have a heritage to leave them”
Irene's Bottom Line: "Don’t Be Afraid – Ask the Questions!"
Become a Genealogy Gems Premium Member
GEM: Profile America – The First Telephone Book
View the first telephone book and the transcribed list of telephone subscribers in New Haven, CT in 1878
Sun, 14 February 2010
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Thank you to genealogy blogger Joan Miller for her wonderful review of the Genealogy Gems Podcast iPhone App on her blog.
Teri Chaffin wrote in asking for suggestions for genealogist training and certification. Lisa recommends the article Shaping Up by Sunny Morton in the March 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine
Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington
Certificate in Genealogical Research program at Boston University.
You can take that program online.
Genealogical certification is offered by:
BCG does offer skill building
Michelle Goodrum writes in about her new blog Turning of Generations
and how much she enjoyed Lisa’s Google Earth presentation on at the recent Family History Expo in Mesa. “I was so excited about it I went home and shared your tips with my husband who likes Google Earth but had NO IDEA what it could do. The next time I go hunting for a homestead, I'm going to do it this way. It's much easier than getting the old state highway maps that also show the township, range, info! Plus like my hubby pointed out, it would be much more comforting when we are out in the backcountry after riding down 20 miles of dirt roads to have that visual to tell us that yes, we ARE on the right track.”
“As always, I'm looking forward to what wonderful new adventures you will be taking us listeners on in your upcoming podcasts. You are a treasure chest of information!”
Stay tuned for the release of Lisa’s new Google Earth for Genealogy DVD.
GEM: Interview with Lisa Kudrow
Lisa talks with Lisa Kudrow about her new television series Who Do You Think You Are? premiering March 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm on NBC
Watch the video message from Lisa Kudrow on The Genealogy Gems News Blog.
Spread the Word! Email your friends and family and share this episode with them to generate excitement and viewership for this new genealogy themed show.
The Genealogy Gems Podcast is sponsored by Rootsmagic
Lisa will be teaching for Family Tree Magazine called Search Engine Tips & Tricks: Google Techniques to Boost Your Research on Tuesday February 23, 2010 at 4pm Pacific and 7 pm Eastern. For more information go to the Family Tree Magazine website.
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast will wrap up with one more episode.
Fri, 5 February 2010
THANK YOU to all the genealogy bloggers who got the word out about the new Genealogy Gems iPhone app which is now available in the iTunes store:
Kimberly Powell of the About Genealogy blog
Dick Eastman of Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter
Janet Havorka of the Chart Chick Blog
Miriam Robbins Midkiff of Ancestories
Schelly Dardashti of the Tracing the Tribe blog
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog
Lisa has gotten great feedback from those of you who have already downloaded the app from the iTunes store.
Apple Announces the iPad
iPad News at the BBC
Ancestry Magazine Closes It’s Doors
Ancestry Magazine will be publishing it’s last issue in March of 2010.
Go to http://books.google.com and just type Ancestry in the search box to see past issues online.
Question from member Teri Chaffin:
Are there 3 ring binder dividers large enough to use with sheet protectors?
Lisa suggests: Avery® WorkSaver® Big Tab Insertable Dividers 11220, 5-Tab Set
Judy in Ocala requested photos of Lisa’s family history wall display describe in Episode 3.
Rebecca Pittman of Chicago asks for leads on researching ancestors who served as U.S. census enumerators.
“Do you have any recommendations for locating records about his role as a Census Enumerator? I’m sure there would’ve been an application form, payroll information, etc. for Census Enumerators. I searched Worldcat for any books on the subject and the National Archives for records and have not had any luck.”
Bill Maury, Chief of History at the U.S. Census Bureau says that
All of the records that are available are at the National Archives in Record Group 29…the records are partial at best but some are both extensive and informative.
Episode 33 features my interview with Bill Maury
Histories of Enumeration Procedures for Each Census: â
How Enumerators were appointed in 1930
Record Group 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census
(Tip: Search the page for “Personnel”)
Mary Bowden wrote in to say she has started her own genealogy blog.
“Thanks, I loved the live podcast!”
Podcast listener Marie has also started blogging
Gordon Churchill asks for recommendations for a way to publish a “book of stories and events that I have been able to find, together with the dates and places, so that grandchildren and others who come to it will find something that has some life in it, not just historical records.”
Lisa suggests Kodak Gallery
Listen to Episode 13 for more on publishing a family history book with Kodak Gallery
This Podcast is sponsored by:
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GEM: Interview with Irene Johnson
Irene’s Tip: Do your homework before you visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Do Your Homework Before You Come:
- Scour the online catalog
- Decide what you need
- Ask for help when you visit
Lisa’s Tip – print out the items you want from the catalogue and prioritize them. Determine which items are available only in Salt Lake City.
Watch Irene in the Ancestors series
The Library is divided up into sections:
B2 - The British Collection
B1 - The International Floor – “the only place where you will find all the Swedish records under one roof!” (they are scattered amongst the various archives across Sweden)
The Vault – There are many films that are not located in the library but rather in the granite vault. Request ahead of time, or as soon as you arrive.
Please volunteer to Index
The Main/ 1st Floor – Computers and Family Histories
Tue, 26 January 2010
This episode is a LIVE presentation of The Genealogy Gems Podcast presented at the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, January 22, 2010.
Lisa introduces her Stage Manager (and daughter!) Lacey Cooke.
2013 Update: the Genealogy Gems Toolbar has been discontinued.
GUEST: Gena Philibert Ortega, Genaâs Genealogy Blog
Worldvitalrecords - www.worldvital.com
Genealogywise - www.genealogywise.com
GUEST: Thomas MacEntee, Geneablogger
The Top 10 Genealogy Blog Myths
This LIVE show is sponsored by Rootsmagic.com Lisa chats with Bruce Buzbee about Rootsmagic 4 Download the FREE Rootsmagic Essentials to give it a test drive!
GUEST: Anastasia Tyler, Ancestry
Anastasia was recently featured on The Martha Stewart Show Anastasia discusses the new NBC TV show Who Do You Think You Are? that premieres on March 5 at 8:00 pm.
Jerry Springer Videos
Part 1 Watch Part 1
Part 2 Watch Part 2
Part 3 Watch Part 3
Part 4 Watch Part 4
Part 5 Watch Part 5
Part 6 Watch part 6
She also talks about what's coming up at Ancestry in 2010.
The Ancestry Blog: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/
Become a Genealogy Gems Premium Member
Tue, 5 January 2010
Happy New Year!!
Contest Winners Announced:
The winner of the 2 day admission ticket to the Mesa, AZ Family History Expo:
Get more information about the conference and banquet at Family History Expos
Lisa will be speaking at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto, Canada May 14 through the 16th of 2010 at the Doubletree Hilton at the Toronto Airport
The Armchair Genealogist: Follow Friday - My Top Five, A Year In ... By Lynn Palermo
Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episodes can now be automatically downloaded to iTunes. For more information sign in and go to the main Podcast page.
Sign up for the free Genealogy Gems e-newsletter and receive the downloadable e-book 5 Fabulous Google Research Strategies for the Family Historian.
BRAND NEW: The Genealogy Gems Podcast iPhone app is now available for the iPhone and ipod iTouch. Get it at the iTunes App Store
Also at ancestry they've announced the release of new and improved images for U.S. Federal Censuses. They’ve got clearer images for 1790-1900, and are working on 1910 through 1930. They’ve also posted better indexes for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1900
Genealogy Questions: Long time listeners Richard Yehle has a question about adoption research He writes:
"An ex-brother–in-law’s father had two brothers born in 1914 and 1916 who were placed in an orphanage in Stockton CA in an unknown year (I’d guess between 1920 and 1930). The family is looking for information on these two brothers but don’t know where to start. I can’t find either of them in the 1920 or 1930 census, nor their parents for that matter. They moved from New Mexico to Bakersfield CA by 1910 and apparently to Stockton CA at some point later, again my guess is after the death of the mother – but we don’t have that date. The location of the two orphans are not known. I suppose it’s possible that they took the name of their adoptive parents which could be a problem. The original surname is Torres which is also reasonably common. Any suggestions on where to start looking for these two?"
Full text of "Benevolent institutions. 1910"
The San Joaquin County US Gen Web site is currently under construction but it looks like they plan on providing information about adoptions in the county.
If you have strategies for Richard email Lisa.
Toolbar Emails: Genealogy Gems Podcast Toolbar Kathy Ott asks how to remove and hide the new toolbar.
How to remove the toolbar from a Mac:
On a PC:
To temporarily hide the Toolbar on a PC:
The Toolbar Search Box can be designated as a search box for the following sites:
GEM: Mona Golabek
Listen to: The Romantic Hours
Wed, 9 December 2009
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Footnote.com - In honor of Pearl Harbor Day they are making their interactive WWII collection available for free for the month of Dec 2009.
Michael in Irvine, CA writes in about The Genealogy Gems Toolbar.
2013 Update: The Genealogy Gems Toolbar has been discontinued.
Listener Gordon Churchill writes in to ask about using compiled genealogical records in his research.
Listener Phil Haye's blog post about the new ABC show "Find My Family" which aires on Monday nights at 9:00 pm
GEM: Interview with Maureen Taylor about Hairstyles book
Above: Get Maureen's book at Amazon
You can sign up for Maureen's free e-newsletter at her Photo Detective Web Site
GEM: Family Storytelling During The Holidays
Holly's podcast episode 50 of the Family History Expos Podcast