Wed, 8 September 2010
Records Website News:
FamilySearch announced the addition of over 200 million new searchable historic records online representing 18 countries. Read Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta Site at the Genealogy Insider blog.
Listen to the September episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast coming out about 9/15/10
Lisa's upcoming classes at Family Tree University start 9/13/10:
- Reverse Genealogy
Sign up for the free Genealogy Gems Email Newsletter and receive the free e-book 5 Fabulous Google Search Strategies for the Family Historian. "It's very good information! This is a terrific tool to have up my sleeve." - Karen
GEM: Why a Podcast Listener Turned Genealogy Blogger
Premium Podcast Member Mary Lohr recently took the plunge and began her own genealogy blog.
Mary writes: "Thank you for encouraging your listeners to blog!"
Mark Your Calendar for Lisa's Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Oct. 8 & 9, 2010
Oct. 23, 2010
Book Lisa for a presentation, webinar or seminar at your Genealogy Society or event. More information.
Tue, 24 August 2010
Genealogy Gems Podcast has been selected for inclusion in the brand new podcast director for the Blackberry launched by Research in Motion known as RIM. Read more about it.
Listener Rick Rissmiller wrote in:
Thanks for the Shout Outs from the following genealogy bloggers:
Susan Peterson - Long Lost Relatives
Tonia Kendrick - Tonias Roots
A. C. Ivory - Find My Ancestors
Upcoming Genealogical Events:
New RootsTech Conference
Alberta Family Histories Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com
Lisa’s upcoming appearances:
October 8 & 9, 2010
The Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society Seminar
California Genealogical Society Seminar
The TV show Who Do You Think You Are? has been renewed for a second season, which it looks like will probably air after the first of the year. Check out Paula Stuart Warren’s blog post all about it at Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica Blog
New Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode
August 2010 episode
You can subscribe to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast for free in iTunes
How to Fix Relationship Mistakes in Your Online Family Tree
"In your Personal Member Tree you may find later that a spouse you previously entered really was married to a different person or that a child really belonged to a different set of parents. You can now easily fix relationship mistakes in your tree by detaching and reattaching individuals in your tree."
First, bring up the profile page for the child you want to detach from the mother.
o Be reassured that doing this will not remove this person from your tree; it only detaches them. You can still find this person from the List of All People in your tree.
5 .After selecting OK, you’ll return to the Relationships tab for the detached child. You now want to return to the child’s profile page and you can do this by clicking the Return to [name of person] button at the top left corner of the page.
6. 6. Once you’re back on the profile page, click on the Add Mother link under the name of the father in the “Family Members” module on the page
7. 7. A box will appear that will allow you to add the mother. In the Add Mother box, at the top of the page, look for the link to “select someone already in your tree” and click it.
8. 8. You will then be directed to a list of all people in your tree. Find the name of the correct mother and click the orange Select button next to her name.
9. You will end up back on the child’s profile page and will be able to see under the “family Members” module that the correct mother is now assigned to that child. You can now repeat the process for each child that needs to be changed.
My thanks to Heather Erickson at Ancestry for connecting me with Jennifer, and Jean I hope this helps you out. I will also have a short video including graphics that demonstrated this answer to the question of how to correct mistakes in your Ancestry online family tree.
Will Haskell wrote in recently to follow up to Will Clifton’s email which I read on Episode 94 of the podcast.
“Your podcasts continue to be informative and fun to listen to. Keep up the great work! regarding Will Clifton's question on where to access the the nonpopulation schedules - some of them are available on Ancestry.com.”
Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
According to Ancestry, the Non-population schedules contained in this database include agriculture, industry/manufacturers, social statistics, and supplemental schedules. For mortality schedules, look for the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880.
Lucy Christiansen writes: "I listen to your podcast every morning on the way to work hoping that by the time I get home, I can remember one tidbit that I can use. I am needing some help. I need to find a good scanner. I want to locate a good quality scanner that I can scan both color and black and white.
Article by Rhonda McClure in the January 2005 issue of the magazine. "The Skinny on Scanners." It's available on the 2005 compilation CD and as a Plus article on the website.
If you’ve purchased a scanner recently that you think is really good drop me a line at email@example.com or leave a voice mail at 925 272 4021 and I’ll share it on the next episode and see if we can help Lucy out.
Lucy also sent me a message from her iPhone asking for more information on the Genealogy Gems iPhone app.
The advantage to having the Genealogy Gems Podcast app is that you can:
- stream and listen to the show without having to download it and take up storage space
- It includes Bonus content on most episodes: extra audio, video, images, documents.
- You can visit the website, email me, or call the show right from the app.
- You can listen to the show in the background and be able to do continue doing other functions on your device.
GEM: Paper Preservation with Scott Haskins
There’s one common challenge that every single genealogist must content with – and that’s how to deal with all the paper. An more specifically, how to care for most precious papers amongst our collection. The old, perhaps damaged one of a kind documents that we can’t afford to loose.
Scott M. Haskins is the author of the book "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster."
Thu, 5 August 2010
National Archives UK
Take a listen to the National Archives UK podcast episode Counting The People that explores the creation of the census, with the mass organisation of enumerators, temporary clerks, permanent civil service clerks and registrars, and according to the podcast webpage, it includes fascinating stories that lie behind each census, to help us better understand the records we think we know so well.
U.S. census training films online
The US censuses are released when they are 72 years old so the 1940 Census is due out in 2012. Watch short training films for U. S. Census enumerators.
Family Tree Magazine
Listen to the new July 2010 episode of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast featuring my interview with David Fryxell who’s article Fancy Free features the brand new 101 Best websites for genealogy research which just came out in the September 2010 issue of the magazine.
Lisa’s upcoming classes at Family Tree University including the Mastering Google Search
Ask the Editors: Family Tree Magazine Answers Your Questions
Wednesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4pm Pacific
How to Find Living Relatives: Unleash Your Inner Private Eye.
Get the full hour video recorded webinar, and all 5 handouts that the students received. There’s a TON of information there for you including some little known websites providing online access to information.
Over 12 million digital images from thousands of microfilm, representing 8 countries, were published online for free viewing this month at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) and coming soon to Beta.FamilySearch.org.
New Google Images
Tip: for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting to the info you need quickly
"I recieved my copy of "Internet Genealogy" magazine today. One of the articles is called Genealogy Podcasts.... Where to download your favoriite shows! I am happy to report that the very first Podcast listed in the articel is none other than my favorite "The Genealogy Gems Podcast"! Congratulations Lisa! You're the BEST!!!"
Cherie Bonebright Baxter on Facebook
July 24th is "Cousins Day"
Listener Tim McBride thinks that would be a great day for a family reunion.
Lacey comes up with gems too! Family History calendars for Christmas presents.
Thanks to Listener Belinda Slocumb for bringing a neat film project to our attention.
And the Iron Did Swim: A Documentary
Will Clifton of Louisiana writes:
“I must say I have really enjoyed the extremely useful information! I started by downloading your first podcast and have "listening" my way toward the most current.”
Is there a way to access these Agricultural and/ or Manufacturing Census records online?
Nonpopulation Schedules at NARA including Agriculture and Manufacturing
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast
GEM: Interview with Janice Nickerson
Project Genealogist for Who Do You Think You Are? Canada
Specialist in early Ontario (Upper Canada) records.
Who Do You Think You Are? at the CBC website
The Contact Page including Email for the Canadian Broadcasting Centre
Wed, 21 July 2010
By Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Film: Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldbert
Visit the film's website. The Goldbergs came to radio in 1929 and didn’t finish it’s TV run until 1955.
“Gertrude Berg who created the character Molly Goldberg was shown in polls to be the second most respected woman in America, after Eleanor Roosevelt.”
The Goldbergs at The Museum of Broadcast Communications
has added millions of family history records. The records included obituaries, birth and marriage announcements and other helpful information from 186 newspapers in 40 states.Genealogy Bank Search
On July 14th, they released the new Australian Birth, Marriage and Death collections, which contains 14 million names between 1788 and 1985. Angela Garner from Ancestry.com.au talks about the details in her recent blog post on the Ancestry.com.au Blog or search the collection directly at http://www.ancestry.com.au/bmd2010.
Ancestry.com has announced the official closing of the acquisition of the Genline.se, the leading Swedish family history website. The specifics of the acquisition are available in the full press announcement released on July 15, 2010.
Ancestry recently released a new version of the Ancestry.com Tree-to-Go iPhone application in the iTunes App Store. Check it out at http://www.ancestry.com/iphone.
Also available: The Genealogy Gems Podcast App
App users: You will find a pdf article by Lisa and Wallpaper included on the app for this episode.
Barry Helfand asked if there is an equivelant to the Bureau of Land Management in Canada for homestead records.
Here's a link to the web page at the Archives Canada about the land patents which includes a link to the Western Land Grants Database
Here's a direct link to the database which includes information for locating land grants for other provinces not included.
GEM: Interview with Genealogy Bogger Craig Manson
Visit Craig's Geneablogie Blog
Mon, 5 July 2010
The LIVE Genealogy Gems Podcast #91 has been reformatted for the iPod. You may need to delete the downloaded episode from iTunes and download it again by clicking the GET button to get the reformatted video.
"Attend the Jamboree virtually" by checking out these online resources:
Blog posts about Jamboree:
Dick Eastman's EOGN "I especially enjoyed her presentation on Google Earth for Genealogy"
GeneaBlogie by Craig Manson
Luxegen Blog by Joan Miller
My Heritage Blog by Schelly Dardashti
Hertiage Happens Blog by Cheryl
42nd BYU Conference on Family History July 27-30, 2010
Family History Expo in Pleasanton, California
New at FamilySearch: New Family History Library in Riverton, UT
Library of Congress Chronicling America
Who Do You Think You Are? UK lineup announced
Lisa's guest blog series at Family Tree Magazine's Genealogy Insider Blog
Meg Baker's FamilySearch iGoogle gadget
Ancestry alternative - add to the iGoogle Bookmarks gadget
Liz Thompson wrote: "You sure interview some interesting people!"
Brandt Gibson wrote to say how the Genealogy Gems Podcast has helped him get the scoop on his ancestors! "Thanks for helping restore my faith in a gold mine of genealogical information!"
New Listener Blogs:
Marie Peer asked who the podcast guest was that provided custom family charts: Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps. Marie wrote: "Thank you for the excellent podcasts. I really enjoy listening to them. I keep thinking that you are going to run out of topics but you don't. You are very creative."
Darren Engh posted on Facebook about a website he really likes called www.digitalarkivet.no for records in Norway. He asked for recommendations for information about Candian immigration. Lisa recommends the book Destination Canada by Dave Obee. (This link supports this free podcast - thanks!!)
GEM: Interview with Dave Obee
"Every province is different. Canadian research is fairly recent research."
Canada doesn't have anything like the SSDI.
Attend one of Lisa's classes at Family Tree University
Get 10% off of Lisa's book Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies and use the coupon code SUMMERREAD305. Orders over $19.95 also get free shipping during summer 2010.
Thu, 17 June 2010
On Saturday June 12, 2010 we presented the Genealogy Gems Podcast show in front of a live audience at the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree 2010. Our intention was to record the audio through the sound system, but alas there was a glitch. However, all was not lost. I did hand our volunteer helper and Premium listener Susan Moss my Flip Video Camera and thankfully she captured much of the show. (Thank you Susan!!) So please keep in mind that this is videotaping on the fly, in an outdoor Pavilion with no extra lighting and planes flying overhead! But regardless of the challenges, we had a wonderful time, a packed house, and I'm so happy that we can bring this videocast presentation to you to give you a glimpse of the fun.
Not captured on video, but snapped with my digital camera by listener Jamie Mayhew (my gals are the BEST!) was my special surprise guest, my Grandson Davy!!
Wed, 2 June 2010
GEM: Forensic Linguistics with Dr. Robert Leonard PhD Part 2
Items mentioned in Part 1 included:
Robert Shuy is the author of 8 books on Forensic Linguistics.
The Hummert Case featured on the TV series Forensic Files
The Devil's Strip Case. A 4 minute video clip from the Discovery Channel show Solved
Author Kathy Reichs, Forensic Anthropologist
"You carry traces of every place you've ever lived in your speech. They might not surface all the time, but then at the oddest times they will." Dr. Robert Leonard
Google Scholar Search
Advanced Google Scholar Search
TIP: Oxford English Dictionary
Ask your local library if they have a subscription or talk to the Reference librarian
TIP: Dr. Leonard's approach to analyzing writing...
Read it through. Look at the words, sentence patterns, rhythms, grammar, punctuation, specific words, odditities. Try reading the text backwards to focus on the words.
TIP: Forensic Linguistics can apply to recordings as well as the written word.
BBC Voices and the Library of Congress American Memory Recordings
TIP: Transcription Software program called Transcipt 2.3 free download
TIP: Try a global view of the documents you have. Lay them all out and look at them as a whole.
More fun with Dr. Leonard...
Sha Na NA Official Website
Short clip of very rare footage from the original 1970 documentary on Woodstock.
See the FREE Genealogy Gems Podcast LIVE at the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. My guests will include:
- Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective
- Suzanne Russo Adams, Ancestry.com and Researcher on Who Do You Think You Are?
- Chris Haley, Genealogist and Artist
Read more at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Blog
I will also be teaching several classes and you can visit us at our exhibit booth number 116.
Get the Genealogy Gems Podcast App for your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad and check out the Bonus Content for this episode!
Sat, 22 May 2010
New DVD Google Earth for Genealogy
Free Records at Footnote
Toolbar users got an alert last week about this the historical newspaper collection at Footnote being FREE for the entire month of May 2010. You'll find newspapers ranging from small towns to major cities and dating all the way back to the 1700s.
Foonote Newspaper Collection
Watch the webinar recording of the Getting the Scoop on Newspapers Webinar in Premium Membership.
New Records at Genealogy Bank
They have recently added 166 newspapers from 42 states here in the U.S.
AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NE, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
Genealogy Gems Updates
Genealogy Gems iGoogle Gadget
Here's a quick fix to get your gadget up and running again.
1. Delete the gadget from your iGoogle page.
2. Click the Add Stuff link
3. On the left side of the page click Add Feed or Gadget
4. Copy and paste this address into the box. http://www.genealogygemspodcast.com/rss
5. Click Add
6. The updated gadget will appear on your iGoogle page and you should see the current episodes.
Learn how to set up your own personal Genealogy iGoogle Homepage by watching the series of 12 Premium videos which are part of Genealogy Gems Premium Membership.
Genealogy Gems App
This is the app for the iPhone and iTouch and now iPad that allows you to stream the podcast and get all kinds of bonus content.
How to download the new version -
1. Go on to your iPhone or iTouch
2. Go to the Apps Store
3. Click Updates
4. Select the Genealogy Gems App
5. Download the free update
Genealogy Gems Toolbar New Feature
The toolbar is a free download, and it's really the easiest way to listen to the free show.
The Google Earth Button
The New YouTube Button and Widget
New genealogy blog announced by Bill Buchanan
Here is a post Bill did on the Genealogy Gems Podcast.
Brandt wrote in asking about the microphone attachment for the iPod so that you can record audio.
1. Go to http://www.genealogygems.com
2. Click STORE on the menu on the left
3. Do a search for iPod Recorder in the Amazon box
Kathy Ott recently wrote in asking for suggestions on beginner genealogy guides for a gift.
Recommendations are the Beginner Genealogists Bundle
It's a fund combination of get started tools that get the user up and running quickly. If you want to spend a bit less, try the Beginners Guide to Genealogy also by Family Tree Magazine. (search the word BEGINNER)
Elyzabeth Root wrote:
I recently became really interested in t he Who Do You Think You Are? TV series. It sparked off a whole new passion for me. I just signed up for your Genealogy Gems Newsletter and I've been listening to the Genealogy Gems and Family Tree podcasts. As a newbie, they have been an asset to my research with all your tips and help. Thank you very much! It's so exciting each time I discover a new ancestor to connect to my family tree or find a document giving me a little more insight or verification. It is absolutely amazing to see how not that long ago, an ancestor came to America or how they were involved in a significant historical event. So thank you for all your recommendations, interviews, and for creating such a fun and informative podcast to listen to. I can't wait to show off what I have found to my family.
GEM: Forensic Linguistics for Genealogy
Lisa interviews Dr. Robert Leonard Ph.D.
Watch the video of the Hummert case as described by Dr. Leonard.
Visit the Forensic Linguistics Project at Hofstra University
Sign up for the Reverse Genealogy class that Lisa is teaching at Family Tree University
Visit listener Ian Haddens blog
Wed, 5 May 2010
has expanded its collection of British military records with the release of the Royal Marine Medal Roll 1914-1920.
They have also announced their take over of www.worldvitalrecords.com.au
It will be relaunched as www.findmypast.com.au
(using this linked image helps makes this free podcast possible - thank you!)
Ancestry has launched a new wiki that includes two books - The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. The wiki can be found at the Ancestry Wiki.
The Family Search Wiki
Ancestry also has announced that it plans on releasing Family Tree Maker for the Mac later this year.
Over 300 Million new names have been added online at the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot
1. Go to www.familysearch.org
2. Click Search Records
3. Click Record Search Pilot
My article Undercover Genealogy appears in the July 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine
Subscribe now in Amazon (and you'll also be supporting this free podcast - thank you!)
For those of you searching in the United Kingdom:
I'm also teaching classes for Family Tree University
Next class: Reverse Genealogy
Starts: May 10, 2010
CLICK TO REGISTER
I'm also now a contributing blogger for the Visit Salt Lake City website. Read my first post on Newspaper Research.
My book Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies is now available for download to your iPad from the iBookstore!
iPhone / iTouch / iPad users be sure and download the Genealogy Gems Podcast App
New Listener Blogs:
Maria Northcote, Australia. Wishful Linking
Try out the free Shapes tool for creating collages like Marie did
Connie Williams, Califonia. Constance Comment
Challe Talbot wrote in asking about how to approach incorrect data in online family trees. I have some thoughts on that.
GEM: A Criminal Past
Interview with author Ron Arons about his book Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records
GEM: Google Look Alikes
Check out the new features of Google Search
Be sure and scroll all the way to the bottom of your search results page.
Watch my video on the Google News Timeline
Be sure and Subscribe for free to my YouTube channel while you are there!
Related Search - in the search box type related:keyword
Get your copy of the new DVD showing you how to harness the power of the free Google Earth program for your family history research
(PC compatible only)
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
Try scout searches on Ebay
Family History Library search for Girl Scouts:
Think Genealogy.com Blog
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!