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July 15, 2020
Lisa interviews Faruq Tauheed, host of the NBC TV series “Roots Less Traveled” about the show and his own genealogy journey. Plus, highlights from the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy and a look at the burgeoning market of health-focused DNA tests. Ep. 139: July 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:23) Lisa shares Family Tree Podcast listener Margaret Cline Harmon’s story of how she used her genealogy skills to help her mother piece her history together. Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to: FamilyTree@yankeepub.com Feature Interview: Faruq Tauheed from NBC’s “Roots Less Traveled” (4:47) Faruq Tauheed is the host of the NBC TV series “Roots Less Traveled.” He joins Lisa to talk about the show and his personal introduction to genealogy. Want to add your voice to the call for a second season? You can find “Roots Less Traveled” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Farug Tauheed, host of the genealogy show “Roots Less Traveled” from NBC. Best Genealogy Websites (18:10) Author David Fryxell is back at the microphone to share some of the highlights from the new 101 Best Websites for Genealogy list. You can find the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy online, or in the July/August 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Websites mentioned in this interview: * The Life Writer* Genealogy Gems* One-Step Webpages* Behind the Name* The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries* Mapire 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2020 DNA Deconstructed: Genetic Communities (26:17) Diahan Southard provides insight into the types of DNA health tests available, the potential implications for insurance, and the importance of reading the terms of service and privacy. Learn more about The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008.
June 17, 2020
Lisa interviews Brian Sheffey, author of the book Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History. Listen for practical tips you can apply to your genealogy research, plus the latest edition of our 101 Best Websites for Genealogy and much more. Ep. 138: June 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:23) Family Tree Magazine podcast listener Pat R. shares a bit of her genealogical journey. Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to: FamilyTree@yankeepub.com. Featured Interview: Simple Steps to Practical Genealogy (2:54) Author Brian Sheffey shares tips from his new book Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History. For more information about Brian and his book, be sure to check out his website. Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History, by Brian Sheffey. DNA Deconstructed (15:22) Our DNA expert Diahan Southard joins Lisa to talk about your DNA matches and how to decide which ones to focus on. Diahan’s got a new book out perfect for those looking to get started researching DNA. Check out Your DNA Guide – the Book. 3 Steps for Prioritizing Which DNA Matches to Research First Best Genealogy Websites (25:20) James Beidler, author of the book Trace Your German Roots Online returns to the podcast to provide you with a wealth of German genealogy resources from his article Sturn und Drang featured in the May / June 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine. German Websites Mentioned in this Interview * Archion.de* Matricula.eu*
May 20, 2020
This episode, Lisa talks with author Rachael Rifkin about preserving our family history before it’s lost to time. Plus: some great online writing tools and pointers from our DNA expert on opting in (or out) of DNA research studies. Ep. 137: May 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (01:35) Listener Jennifer Reyes shares what she discovered about her ancestors known as the Potato Germans of Denmark. Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to: FamilyTree@yankeepub.com with “Tree Talk” in the subject line. Rachel Rifkin on Capturing Family Stories (05:05) Lisa talks with author Rachel Rifkin about her Good Housekeeping article called We’re Losing Generations of Family History Because We Don’t Share Our Stories. Rachel share her ideas on how to get your kids, siblings, and parents talking. Need some inspiration for your family history interview? Check out the article below for some questions to get you started. 20 Family History Interview Questions DNA Deconstructed: Opting into DNA Research Studies (15:55) In today’s DNA Deconstructed segment, Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard joins Lisa to explain what DNA research studies are and your options for opting in or opting out. Should You Opt In to DNA Research Studies? Best Genealogy Websites: Writing Your Family’s Story (24:55) Getting started writing family stories is arguably one of the most-popular genealogy goals, and yet one that can so easily fall prey to procrastination. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to save and preserve our precious family memories online. Whether you want to document the important moments in your own life or remember the lives of your ancestors, author Lisa Alzo has some of the latest websites and apps to make writing and sharing family stories a snap. Websites mentioned in this interview: * Scrivener* Day One* Hemingway Editor* Write or Die 2 Online Family History Writing Tools and Storytelling Websites Editor’s Desk (37:14) Amanda Epperson, the eLearning Producer at Family Tree University shares some terrific new opportunities f...
April 17, 2020
Libby Copeland This month Lisa interviews author Libby Copeland on her new book The Lost Family and discusses how consumer DNA tests are changing the way we think of family relationships. Plus: a look at the reliability of DNA, free DNA websites and more. Ep. 136: April 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:35) Listener and author Barb Baltrinic shares her DNA story. You can find her book Maternal Failure on Amazon. Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine podcast! Email your story to: FamilyTree@yankeepub.com Feature Interview with Author Libby Copeland (3:09) Lisa talks with award-winning journalist Libby Copeland about her new book, The Lost Family (Abrams Press). This book focuses on the impact of consumer DNA tests on our families and explores the question: How much our genes should get to tell us about who we are? The Lost Family (Abrams Press; March 3, 2020; U.S. $27.00; Hardcover) about DNA and its impact on genealogy and society. Sponsor Spotlight: Tag That Photo (14:07) This episode was brought to you by Tag That Photo, an AI facial recognition technology that enhances identifying family members when archiving photo catalogs. It’s a great resource to speed along your photo organizing as you tell your Family Tree story. Lisa’s guest is April Ganong of Tag That Photo. You can learn more by visiting their website at TagThatPhoto.com. New Identification Technology for Digital Photos DNA Deconstructed: The Reliability of DNA (22:00) In this month’s DNA Deconstructed segment, Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard joins Lisa to answer one of the most fundamental and commonly asked questions about DNA: How reliable is it? For more information, check out Diahan’s article below! How Reliable is the Information from DNA Tests? Best Genealogy Websites: Top Free Websites for Research (29:46) We’re all familiar with the websites and companies that offer DNA testing, but there are many other related sites you can turn to after you get your results. Genetic genealogists Blaine Bettinger shares some of the best websites for maximizing your testing dollars and getting the most useful genealogical information out of your results! Websites mentioned in this interview:
March 18, 2020
Join Lisa and her guests as she discusses unusual and underused records for researching your female ancestors. Plus: Dutch genealogy websites, genetic communities, and a few great genealogy accounts to follow on social media. Ep. 135: March 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:35) Lisa shares Family Tree Podcast listener Holly Simpson Corley’s story about an unexpected discovery made in her own hometown. Thanks for sharing, Holly! Want to share your story on the podcast? Connect with us on Facebook or email FamilyTree@Yankeepub.com with “Tree Talk” in the subject line. Letter telling the story of Holly’s ancestor, Miss Elisabeth Simpson. Feature Interview: Unusual Records for Finding Female Ancestors (7:10) Courtney Henderson, Digital Editor at Family Tree Magazine, has some unusual places for us to search for our female ancestors from her Premium article, “14 Unusual Records for Finding Female Ancestors.” Record Collections Mentioned Eugenics Record Office Records Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives: A list of collections and which institutions hold them. Notices Repudiating Wives’ Debts “For more than 300 years,” notes Hilary Sargent in an article for the Boston Globe, “newspapers ran advertisements from men publicly announcing their wives had left them, and that they would no longer ‘be responsible for her debts.’” As early as 1656, newspapers printed these notices, and the practice continued well into the 1980s.  Look for these notices in the classified ads section of newspapers, sometimes under the heading “Special Notices.” Female Clubs, Organizations and Sisterhoods Beginning in 2003, the YWCA donated over one million photographs, publication pages, and rolls of microfilm to the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History at Smith College in Northhampton, Mass. Thanks to a grant from the Council on Library Information and Resources these records have been digitized and are available for researchers. For more information, you can visit the library’s website. 14 Unusual Records for Finding Female Ancestors...
February 19, 2020
This month, Lisa is joined by contributing editor Sunny Morton to discuss key strategies for researching enslaved African American ancestors. Plus, a quick tutorial on RootsTech apps from FamilySearch’s Jen Allen, tips for deciphering shared matches in your DNA and much more. Ep. 134: February 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: How I Did It, With Kenyatta D. Berry (1:15) Kenyatta D. Berry shares how she used newspapers to build a family history story. Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to: FamilyTree@yankeepub.com. How I Did It: Used Newspapers to Build the Story of my Ancestor’s Life How to Research African American Slave Ancestors (4:00) Contributing editor Sunny Morton shares a few tips from her article in Family Tree Magazine, “Trace Your African-American Slave Ancestors,” co-written with Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. Sunny also discusses several exciting new African American resources coming online: * Smithsonian Magazine has announced the arrival of a new website. Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade is set to launch in Spring 2020.* The free genealogy website FamilySearch has recently added or updated over 30 historical record collections with relevance to African American genealogy. Trace Your African-American Slave Ancestors DNA Deconstructed (14:25) Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard is back to explore three problems with shared DNA matches, including when your matches aren’t actually related. Is It Possible My DNA Matches Aren’t Related? Best Genealogy Websites (21:23) Lisa chats with Jen Allen, Director of Events at FamilySearch, to talk about how you can use the RootsTech website and app for a great experience at the conference. RootsTech Apps: * The RootsTech app (Android)* The RootsTech app (iOS) RootsTech 2020...
January 17, 2020
In this episode, founding Family Tree Magazine editor David A. Fryxell reflects on the past 20 years in the genealogy world and shares his favorite timeless genealogy problem-solving strategies. Ep. 133: January 2020 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:03) For this month’s episode of Tree Talk, David Fryxell, author of the new book, The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway shares how he tracked down his ancestor in Swedish Household Examination books. Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to: FamilyTree@yankeepub.com Read David’s Article: How I Did It: Tracked Down my Ancestor in Swedish Household Examination Books Timeless Strategies for Genealogy Research (5:18) David Fryxell joins Lisa to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Family Tree Magazine and cover some timeless family history tips for good research. Back in the year 2000, Google was just a start-up, 16-year-old Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t even invented Facebook yet, and genealogy websites like MyHeritage and Findmypast were years away from launching. But genealogy was gaining in popularity and David Fryxell, who was also the founding editorial director of Family Tree Magazine was convinced there were no signs of it slowing down. And it certainly hasn’t. But with all the advances and technological changes, the core of good genealogy research remains the same. Read David Fryxell’s article “The Roaring Twenties” in the Jan / Feb 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  DNA Deconstructed (21:23) Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard returns to the show to talk about the history of GEDmatch and the acquisition by the forensic DNA company, Verogen. Best Genealogy Websites (36:40) It’s a new year and if you’re going to hold a family reunion this summer, it’s probably time to start planning now! Contributing Editor Sunny Morton returns to the show to talk about the top tech tools for family reunions from her new article, Coming Together. Sunny recommends the following websites for managing invitations to your family reunion: * Facebook* Evite*
December 16, 2019
Join Lisa and her guests for an update on Family Tree Magazine’s new edition of the best state websites for genealogy! Plus, a 2019 year in review and a look forward at what’s to come in 2020. Ep. 132: December 2019 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:20) Lisa shares a research success story from the genealogy community in Tree Talk. This month, professional genealogist Rich Venezia shares how he used Civil War pension index cards to solve a family mystery. Online Article: How I Did It: Found Answers in Civil War Pension Index Cards by Rich Venezia. Professional genealogist, Rich Venezia. 2019 Genealogy Year in Review, Plus a Look at 2020 (5:55) Family Tree Magazine editor Andrew Koch joins Lisa for a recap of what’s happened in the world of genealogy in 2019. He also shares what he sees on the horizon for 2020 including: * Family Tree Magazine’s 20th anniversary. The Jan/Feb issue includes our 20 best tips from the last two decades, plus tips for whipping your genealogy into shape and 14 underused records for finding female ancestors. * Companies and conferences heavily focus on telling your ancestors’ stories. Conference themes: RootsTech 2020: “The Story of You” (keynote speaker David Kennerly, Pulitzer-winning photographer);
November 25, 2019
The podcast is back and better than ever with new tips, tricks and interviews with the experts. Join Lisa as she tackles perfect photo books and much more. Ep. 131: November 2019 Back to the episode list In this episode: Tree Talk (1:35) This month’s question: Do you have an interesting story that was uncovered during genealogy research? Helen responded to our prompt by sharing the surprising discoveries she made while visiting the Warren County PA historical society. “It was a surprise when I found it took us back to the Revolutionary War and the 7th Great grandfather was the only one arrested for the Boston Tea Party. I had to verify this, and it is on the web page for the Tea Party museum.”Reader Helen via email Thanks to Helen for sharing, and keep an eye out for upcoming Tree Talk questions on the Family Tree Magazine Facebook page! Picture Perfect Photo Books (4:38) In this episode we are featuring an article from the December 2019 issue of Family Tree Magazine that is guaranteed to help you put a smile on your family’s face. It’s called Picture Perfect Photo Books, and the article’s author, Sunny Morton, explains how to save and share your memories with a family photo book. Online Article: Creating a Family Photo Book: The 5 Elements to Include DNA Deconstructed: Handling Sensitive Information (14:01) Some of the most personal, sensitive or unique information that exists about us is our DNA. And with the popularity of DNA testing for genealogical purposes, more and more people are facing delicate and sensitive interpersonal situations. DNA expert Diahan Southard shares tips on handling sensitive genetic information. Online Article: DNA Q&A: Handling Sensitive Information Best Genealogy Websites & Stories from the Stacks (22:16) Featuring: The New England Historic Genealogical Society Library and American Ancestors website. Claire Vail is the Director of Creative and Digital Strategy for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the leader and visionary behind the website’s new content, growth, and development for the past five years. She’s the individual behind the recent new website developments of the Historic Catholic Records Online Project, which was created in collaboration with the Catholic Archdiocese of Bo...
March 15, 2019
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This month’s theme: online records This month, we’re talking about finding online records with your host, Lisa Louise Cooke. This Month in Family History with Andrew Koch FDR delivers his first “fireside chat” on the radio, Mar. 12, 1933 This month in 1933: Just eight days after his inauguration (in which he famously said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”), President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took to the airwaves in the first of his fireside chats. In the 13-minute-and-42-second address, Roosevelt explained the basics of the banking crisis two weeks prior, and outlined what his administration was doing to prevent the crisis from getting worse. Sources: * FDR Library* White House Historical Association* FDR Library* Wikipedia Naturalization Records Online Rich Venezia, founder of Rich Roots Genealogy joins Lisa to discuss finding naturalization records online. Rich is the founder of Rich Roots Genealogy. He specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry, and he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He’s a proud Italian dual citizen and spoke about “How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots” at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017. He was a member of the research team of the PBS TV show Genealogy Roadshow for two seasons and consulted on The Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. DNA Deconstructed: GEDMatch and Genesis Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs-Bennett guides you through the GEDmatch migration to Genesis. To learn more about the new site, check out these tutorials: * Time to move to Genesis!* GEDmatch Genesis Tutorials for Beginners * Tips for using GEDmatch Best Genealogy Websites Family Tree University instructor Donna Moughty tells us about one of her favorite website’s for Irish records online, John Grenham’s website Irish Ancestors. Stories from the Stacks In this episode, we virtually roam the aisles of the Houston TX Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Susan Kaufman is the Senior Manager there and she has more than 30 years of experience as a genealogy librarian. Susan is a genealogy conference speaker and currently serves as the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Director of Education. How to navigate your way to their online genealogical records: * Visit Houston Library.* Click Locations and Hours* Scroll down and click Clayton Library Center for Geneal...
March 1, 2019
Ep. 130: March 2019 Back to the episode list In this episode: This Month in Family History with Andrew Koch FDR delivers his first “fireside chat” on the radio, Mar. 12, 1933 This month in 1933: Just eight days after his inauguration (in which he famously said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”), President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took to the airwaves in the first of his fireside chats. In the 13-minute-and-42-second address, Roosevelt explained the basics of the banking crisis two weeks prior, and outlined what his administration was doing to prevent the crisis from getting worse. Sources: * FDR Library* White House Historical Association* FDR Library* Wikipedia Naturalization Records Online Rich Venezia, founder of Rich Roots Genealogy joins Lisa to discuss finding naturalization records online. Rich is the founder of Rich Roots Genealogy. He specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry, and he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He’s a proud Italian dual citizen and spoke about “How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots” at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017. He was a member of the research team of the PBS TV show Genealogy Roadshow for two seasons and consulted on The Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. DNA Deconstructed: GEDMatch and Genesis Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs-Bennett guides you through the GEDmatch migration to Genesis. To learn more about the new site, check out these tutorials: * Time to move to Genesis!* GEDmatch Genesis Tutorials for Beginners* Tips for using GEDmatch Best Genealogy Websites Family Tree University instructor Donna Moughty tells us about one of her favorite website’s for Irish records online, John Grenham’s website Irish Ancestors. Stories from the Stacks In this episode, we virtually roam the aisles of the Houston TX Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Susan Kaufman is the Senior Manager there and she has more than 30 years of experience as a genealogy librarian. Susan is a genealogy conference speaker and currently serves as the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Director of Education. * Visit Houston Library.* Click Locations and Hours* Scroll down and click Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research* Click the red button Clayton Library’s Collections and Services* Scroll down and click the Collections card* Click Online Resources (last link in the bullet list) or scroll down to find Online Resources...
February 19, 2019
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: Discover some powerful genealogy problem-solving techniques with your host, Lisa Louise Cooke. This Month in Family History with Andrew Koch The Battle of Guadalcanal ends, Feb. 9, 1943 After six months of fighting, the Japanese finally surrendered the island of Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands, on Feb. 9. The Allied victory marked a turning point in the Pacific campaign of World War II. Along with the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the Battle of Guadalcanal set the Japanese on their back heels and hindered their further expansion. For the rest of the war, Japan was on the defensive. Life on the island during the battle had been bleak. Allied soldiers struggled in the hot and humid climate, and tropical diseases such as malaria sidelined as many as two-thirds of Allied divisions at a time. Regular Japanese bombardment kept Allied troops from feeling truly secure in the drawn-out campaign. How to find the records You can request World War Two service records (called Official Military Personnel Files) from the National Archives. A 1973 fire at a records center in St. Louis destroyed 75 to 80 percent of Army and Air Force personnel records. However, you can still find World War II army enlistment records online at the National Archives’ Access to Archival Databases. Sources: * Brittanica.com * National WW2 Museum * Archives.gov * Wikipedia.org Genealogy Problem-solving with Cluster Genealogy Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. joins Lisa to discuss a powerful problem-solving reearch technique called Cluster Research. Cluster research is the practice of searching beyond your ancestor. By researching the friends, neighbors, and associates of your ancestor, you may uncover new leads and new connections that can solve brick walls. Deborah Abbott, PhD is a professional genealogist, specializing in genealogical methodology, manuscript collections and African American family research. A Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), she is also a member of the Cuyahoga County Ohio Archives Advisory Commission, and of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS). Moreover, Dr. Abbott is an affiliate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates, past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M.Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio. Want to see Dr. Abbott put cluster research in action? Join the 2019 Spring Virtual Conference, where you’ll get access to a brand-new presentation from Dr. Abbott, along with 15 other videos, live Q&As, and activities galore to help you with your problem-solving.
January 18, 2019
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: You’ll love all of the genealogy organization tricks and techniques contained in this podcast episode, designed to help you make 2019 your best year yet. This Month in Family History Editor Andrew Kock shares a brief history of Ellis Island This month in 1892: Ellis Island opened its gates for the first time. Irish teenager Annie Moore became the first immigrant to pass through the port. Over the next 62 years, Ellis Island processed more than 12 million immigrants, making it the largest port of immigration in the country. Ellis Island served as a replacement to Castle Garden, which had been used by the New York State government to process immigrants since 1855. The federal government recognized Castle Garden’s facilities were inadequate, and so set out to build a larger station to meet the demand. Ellis Island closed in 1954. Now, the immigration center is a museum operated by the Liberty Ellis Foundation. Visitors to the museum can view the island’s facilities and learn about the immigration process, plus find records of their ancestors who stepped off ships in the island’s port. You can also search a database of Ellis Island passengers at LibertyEllisFoundation.org Sources: Ellis Island History Huffington Post article Castle Gardens Get more tips for searching New York passenger lists. Feature Author, Family Tree University instructor, and genealogical researcher Gena Philibert-Ortega discusses why research logs matter, how they can keep you organized and why they aren’t as boring as you think! Tools mentioned for research logs: * Excel * Evernote * Trello Plus, if you sign up for the course, you’ll get access to the live webinar, Research Log Tricks from the Pros, built into the price. DNA Deconstructed Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs-Bennett guides you on how to simplify and organize your DNA test results. Organizing your DNA results really is not complicated. Just like all other forms of organization for genealogy research, it simply takes time, patience, and the commitment to keep it up. It helps to understand that being organized will help you with your analysis and keep you on track for your DNA research goals. Most of you will want to organize and track the same types of items. For example: * Testing information * Matches * Contact information Your project — or what you want to do with the DNA results you are collecting — will determine how you store it. Spreadsheets are not the only tool you can use, but Shannon finds them essential to her research. She keeps them online when she’s working on a project with other researchers.  
December 19, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This Month in Family History Andrew covers the history Monroe Doctrine This month in 1823: US President James Monroe declared that any attempt by a European power to create new colonies in the Western Hemisphere would be considered a hostile act against the United States. The proclamation, given before Congress on Dec. 2, 1823, became known as the Monroe Doctrine. As part of this new foreign policy, the United States vowed to respect existing European colonies in the region and not to interfere in wars between European powers. The declaration reinforced the separation between the New and Old Worlds, and also left the door open for the United States to continue expanding west without fear of competition from other world powers. The policy change came shortly after most countries in Central and South America gained their independence from Spain. Monroe and his secretary of state, John Quincy Adams, were concerned that Spain (along with France) would attempt to recolonize the region. And so, they decided to firmly assert the United States’ role as protectorate of the Western Hemisphere. Sources https://www.britannica.com/event/Monroe-Doctrine https://history.state.gov/milestones/1801-1829/monroe https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=23 Feature The Biggest DNA Development / Trends for 2018 The biggest development in the field was the use of DNA and genealogy to solve cold case crimes across the US. Leaving your personal feelings and the ethical debate behind, bringing the use of genealogy coupled with genetics to the attention of the public had an amazing effect. I answered many questions from people who had never thought about genealogy before who were now intrigued by what their DNA, and their genealogy, held. When I was recently in Glasgow, Scotland I talked to a group of people at a local café about DNA testing for a good hour. Regular people are picking up DNA testing kits out of curiosity, and many I found out are eager to learn about cousins over here. With ancestry DNA tests available in 36 countries the trend in making contacts with distant cousins can only increase. Last spring DNA Painter made a splash with its incredible website. For those who have not heard of it before, this website allows you to “paint” your chromosome with segments as you identify them. The process gives you a colorful chart of ancestral DNA segments which can be helpful as you identify other descendants of common ancestors. Plus, you can figure out exactly which bits of you came from whom. The most recent development in 2018 came in November from Genetic Affairs. This program takes your results from AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe, collates your matches, and then emails them to you. Then there is the AutoClustering function that many people have lost their minds over. While this portion of the site is not free, it shows the user a graphic of all three-way matches in your list. This is not verified triangulation, but you can figure that out easily enough. Just be warned, some people have lost whole weekends playing with the software! Finally, MyHeritage held an all genetic genealogy conference in Oslo, Norway this past November. While it is not the only one of its kind, there is also the Family Tree DNA conference in Houston and the i4gg conference in San Diego, this one was geared more to general users and made their live st...
November 27, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This Month in Family History Andrew provides a quick look at a major event that impacted your family history: the end of World War I. Feature Author Rick Crume explains how researching your family history in England and Wales has never been easier. Rick shares some of the reasons why from his new upcoming article in Family Tree Magazine. Rick’s website recommendations: FreeReg This terrific site provides free access to transcribed baptism, marriage and burial records from parish registers, nonconformist records and other sources. Operated by volunteers and regularly updated, FreeReg has more than 40 million records from across the United Kingdom. FamilySearch Research Wiki Made up of articles contributed by the public, the Research Wiki has especially useful guides to family history research in England and Wales. GENUKI Provides extensive information on genealogy resources for the United Kingdom and Ireland. The church database can pinpoint a parish on a map or produce a list of nearby parishes. Once you find your ancestors in one parish, you might work outward in the surrounding parishes to find other references to the family. The homepage also has links to family history societies. DNA Deconstructed Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs-Bennett discusses genes that make up the British Isles. In July 2016 a study reported that there were 26 ethnicities going back 500 years for Great Britain. Considering the global impact, the British people had on the world, is that any surprise? Besides British and Irish traits, for test takers in the UK the other top percentages were Europe West, Scandinavian, and Iberian Peninsula. If we broke the study into smaller areas those numbers did change (reflecting the immigrations in and out of that area) and other ethnicities were counted such as Finland, Italy, Jewish, and Russia. Living DNA analyzes your segments looking for clues into your past allowing their computer algorithm to determine which of the 21 regions of the UK your family came from. Their program looks at linked DNA, which they refer to as “constellations” to help determine the areas your family most likely descended from. They really take into account migration history of the peoples who came to the islands into account too. That is important if you are trying to figure out why you have such a high Scandinavian percentage. Resources: DNA of the nation revealed…and we’re not as “British” as we think – Ancestry.com The first DNA test to give you a breakdown of your ancestry across the UK – LivingDNA A Genetic Map of Britain – Oxford University Museum of Natural History Blog Recent University of Oxford Study Sheds Light on Estimating Great Britain Ethnicity – Ancestry Blog Best Genealogy Websites Author David Fryxell covers the top databases for British Genealogy from the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy: * Findmypast.com * Familyrelatives.com * British newspaper archive * British National Archives * Genuki
October 30, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This Month in Family History Andrew brings us back in time to the Chicago Fire of 1871. If you have ancestors who lived in or around the city in the early 1870s, look for property records before and after the Fire to see how this disaster may have affected your relatives. Sources: * https://www.britannica.com/event/Chicago-fire-of-1871 * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Chicago_Fire * https://www.history.com/topics/19th-century/great-chicago-fire * https://www.greatchicagofire.org/great-conflagration/ * https://www.thoughtco.com/the-great-chicago-fire-of-1871-1774058 Feature Do you have some problem ancestors? Family Tree Magazine Editor Diane Haddad provides strategies for finding problem ancestors: * Building out your tree by adding collateral family members * Creating a timeline * Educating yourself on locations Resource: Six Ancestors in Six Days bootcamp DNA Deconstructed Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs-Bennett helps us understand a common problem in understanding our DNA results: Confusing mitochondrial DNA and the X-Chromosome. The X-Chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes in our body (the other being the Y-Chromosome). A person who has an X and a Y is genetically male, and a person who has two X chromosomes is genetically female. Now, there are nuances to this due to some genetic diseases in humans, but we are going to keep this simple. During reproduction a man will pass down an X or a Y chromosome to his child where as a woman can only pass on an X. Everyone has at least one X-Chromosome. Similarly, everyone has mitochondrial DNA. A woman passes her mitochondrial DNA to all of her children. But unlike an X-Chromosome, men will not pass this information on. Mitochondrial DNA is found in the mitochondria, an organelle floating in the cytoplasm of our cells and not in the nucleus like the X-Chromosome. This is important to remember! Why is it important? Because it will help you understand how they are inherited and why they are different. You see, an egg is a cell, and as such contains all the organelles a cell needs to survive. This includes mitochondria. Inside the cell is the nucleus which contains the autosomal chromosomes and the X-chromosome a woman will pass on. Sperm, on the other hand, is a specialized cell which contains the genetic material found in a nucleus, and this does not pass on mitochondria. So, while the X-Chromosome and mitochondrial DNA can be associated with the women in your family they are inherited very differently and can tell you different information. The X-chromosome information is found with autosomal DNA data from an autosomal DNA test. As with any autosomal DNA test an X-Chromosome can give you information on males and females in your family tree. You will not find that information when you take a mitochondrial DNA test, which is a separate test. It gives you ancestral information solely on your direct maternal line. No other lines are associated with mitochondrial DNA tests. Best Genealogy Websites Author James M. Beidler offers up three great reasons to use FamilySearch’s Communities: * Getting answers from others including Family History Library staff
October 2, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This Month in Family History Family Tree editor Andrew Koch shares a genealogically important event that took place this month in years past – the Naturalization Act of 1906. National Archives website Feature Guest: Rich Venezia Rich is the founder of Rich Roots Genealogy. He specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry, and he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He’s a proud Italian dual citizen, and spoke about “How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots” at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017. He was a member of the research team of the PBS TV show Genealogy Roadshow for two seasons, and consulted on The Travel Channel’s “Follow Your Past”. Alien Registration Records Passport Applications City Marriage Returns DNA Deconstructed Shannon Combs-Bennett answers the question: “Why don’t I show DNA for a region that I know I have ancestors from?” * Keep in mind that these results show you only the information you inherited from your ancestors. Due to a process called recombination, the DNA passed down to each generation is a new combination of genes and only a portion of the parent’s DNA. This means your genetic family tree and genealogical family tree will not match 100%. It all depends on what you inherited from your parents, they inherited from their parents, and so on back. * Ethnicity analysis is constantly begin refined. We are lucky if you think about. As we study genealogy and genetics we are also watching science develop. As the companies learn more about ethnicity traits and control groups they put out new information on their websites. For example, AncestryDNA released new ethnicity results to their customers the beginning of September. If you test there you can compare your old results with the new ones. It is obvious by looking at them side by side how they are refining and developing the science. The take away is this: ethnicity results will only show what you inherited. Since the science is being developed and refined as we speak expect your results to change over time. Best Genealogy Websites Author Dave Fryxell shares the Best Websites for Saving and Sharing from the 101 Best Websites list: Sharing and Social Media: Facebook: Recent controversies aside, the world’s biggest social-networking site can connect you with cousins as well as with your favorite genealogy institutions. GEDMatch: Sort of a matchmaking site for genetic genealogy, here free registration lets you match your autosomal DNA (atDNA) results with others who’ve uploaded data from AncestryDNA, 23andMe or Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder. Geni: Geni’s World Family Tree connects more than 120 million individuals. It’s free to add your own family and invite kin to collaborate. Pinterest: Share anything visual with this online tagboard, from family photos to census images. YouTube: Your favorite Family Tree Magazine authors, “Genealogy Roadshow” and other family-history TV shows, Ancestry experts and more are among the quarter-million videos that pop up when you search for “genealogy.” Join the DNA Detective Facebook group. There you’ll find Search Angels who will make contacts for you as a third party. Stories from the Stacks Larry Richmond is the Manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati...
August 31, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This Month in Family History Online content direct Ashlee Peck joins us to discuss the building of the Berlin Wall and its impact on genealogy research. Two possible impacts to your research: * Many families were separated by the wall, some of them for the full 28 years that the wall was in place. There are cases of expectant mothers and fathers being divided by the wall, leading to children not meeting their father until the wall fell. In some cases, it was too late and difficult for the children to develop relationships with their fathers at this point. In addition to children not being with their parents, many couples relationships did not survive the division, with many eventually moving on and finding a new partner or starting another family. * The wall is that many people began to lie about what part of Berlin they were initially from, out of fear of being separated from family and friends. This can lead to misleading information in your research of records from the time period. Social Media Minute Why you should follow your DNA testing company on social media 1. Blog updates Most DNA testing companies post social updates sharing their newest blog articles. This is an excellent way to get thorough explanations of updates to DNA results as well as new additions to the websites. Along with their own blogs, they also often share great stories and case studies. 2. Take advantage of groups and communities Many DNA testing companies take advantage of the community and group features of their social sites, offering followers a place to interact with each other and ask questions. 3. Discover sales and genealogy record offers Companies will use their social media pages to promote their services and products, but this can give genealogists a way to stay on top of new record releases, special sales and discounts. Fold3, the military records site Ancestry runs, is particularly good about blogging when they are offer “Like” the Family Tree Magazine Facebook page Feature: Catching Up With Daniel Horowitz Daniel Horowitz, Head Genealogist at MyHeritage.com provides a run-down of the latest advances at the popular genealogy website: Updated records New Filtering System for DNA Matches New family reunions Daniel Horowitz is the genealogy expert at MyHeritage. He provides key contributions, liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to the study of genealogy since 1986, Daniel was the study guide editor and instructor for the project “Searching for My Roots” in his native Venezuela. He holds board level positions at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). DNA Deconstructed Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs-Bennett discusses websites for furthering your DNA analysis. DNA Painter
July 24, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here: This Month in Family History This month we’re turning the clock back 45 years to a disastrous event that lit up the hot July skies in 1973: the fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis Missouri. Theresa Fitzgerald, Chief, Archival Operations at the National Archives at St. Louis tells us all about it. Resources: Read more about it in this recent article from our magazine Visit the National Archives website Social Media Minute “Like” the Family Tree Magazine Facebook page Website: Gedmatch Feature With the rise of DNA testing we’re seeing more and more articles published about adoptees locating and meeting their biological parents. Sunny Morton has written an article for the July / August issue of the magazine called One Man’s Successful Search for His Sperm Donor Father and she’s here to tell us about it. 3 Tips from Sunny: * You’ll need advanced DNA strategies. You have to be willing to wait and to work the results * Remember that traditional genealogical research still plays a large role and you research the trees of matches. * Keep the human element in mind. Think about what you are looking for and your motivations for finding it. Keep expectations in check. Be sensitive to the perspective and lives of those you contact. Read the article: One Man’s Successful Search for His Sperm-Donor Father. More resource articles:Researching Orphan Children and Adoption in Your Genealogy 5 First Steps to Researching Your Own Adoption DNA Deconstructed DNA Testing for Adoptees and Anyone Searching for a Birth FamilyDNA Deconstructed: DNA Testing for Adoptees and Anyone Searching for a Birth Family Many advances have made it possible for adoptees to search for answers using DNA more easily than they could even a few years ago. For instance: * Types of at-home DNA tests have increased and dropped in price * Genealogical data and documents are accessible online in larger frequencies for adoptees to do preliminary research * Thank to social media. many people are easier to track down now * And, adoptees are sharing their DNA stories publicly, through TV shows and other media giving many people hope for their own search. Different approaches for different needs What helps one person is not the same for all others. There are different approaches used by other adoptees or professionals in this field to find people and information they are searching for. The catch in the testing pool is that someone related to you must have tested at the same company. An alternative to this is if a match has tested at a different company but has transferred their data to another matching website where your data has been transferred as well. A connection can only be made between your DNA sequence and someone else’s if your data in the same place for comparison. For this reason, genealogists recommend you “fish in all the ponds” if possible. In other words, the more places your DNA is, the greater the chance you will find someone you’re related to. More family to meet Since the introduction of DNA testing, more people beyond just the adoptee and birth parents are involved in searches and reunions. Searching now often includes biological siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and even some grandparents,
June 28, 2018
Listen to this Family Tree Magazine Podcast episode here:  Back to the episode list In This Episode * News from the Blogosphere: Diane’s favorite blogs over the years * Top Tips – Lisa’s favorite interviews from the last decade * NEW! – Social Media Minute * Family Tree University Crash Course – Organize Your Genealogy Research Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s podcast, The Genealogy Gems Podcast in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane discussed some of her favorite blog posts that she has shared over the last 10 years on the show: Why Ancestry.com and other genealogy searches don’t work Tabloid Divorces have nothing on these ancestors 6 strategies that helped me Top Tips Host Lisa Louise Cooke digs into the archive and shares two of her favorite interviews from the past. The first comes from Episode 83 which was published in April of 2015. The theme for the episode was source citation, and in the Family Tree University Crash Course segment Shannon Comb-Bennett, instructor of the Family Tree University: Source Citations for Regular People course made an eloquent case for citing your sources. The other favorite interview was first published in March of 2014. In the 101 Best Websites Lisa got to cover one of her favorite websites, Digital Public Library of America. Lisa interviewed Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA, and he took us on a tour of this terrific website. Related articles on the DPLA: DPLA: Introduction to the Digital Public Library of America? by Lisa Louise Cooke National Archives and Digital Public Library of America NEW! Social Media Minute with Rachel Fountain In this episode we introduce a brand new segment devoted to genealogy on social media. Rachel shares some of her favorite podcast that you may want to start listening to as well: Family Ghosts Hardcore History Genealogy Gems Genealogy Guys More Perfect Follow Family Tree Magazine on social media: Facebook Twitter Family Tree University Crash Course Lisa wraps things up on this episode with instructor Lisa Alzo, instructor of the course Organize Your Genealogy Research. It’s always a good time to get organized,
April 26, 2018
A partial Victorian family tree, created in Ancestry.com. Ep. 119: April 2018 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane introduces Family Tree Magazine’s new look! Top Tips Top tips for selecting the right DNA kit with Shannon Combs-Bennett: * Start with asking yourself “What do you want to find out?”* Think of DNA as another genealogical records* Go beyond Autosomal DNA. Consider Mitochondrial (your mother’s direct line) and YDNA (your father’s direct line) testing offered only by Family Tree DNA.* If you’re tight on money, keep an eye out for sales which are run regularly Look for Shannon’s 5 part series which will offer practical tips about each genetic genealogy testing service on the Family Tree Magazine website in the coming months. Best Websites Lisa chats with David Fryxell, author of the 101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Family History, about Elephind.com, the historical newspaper archive search engine. Family Tree University Crash Course Gena Philibert-Ortega, instructor at Family Tree University, shares tips from her Become an Ancestry.com Power User class. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison shares background on Family Tree Magazine’s history, it’s mission, what’s changed, and where to find it! Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
March 21, 2018
Ep. 118: March 2018 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Tips on accepting hints about your family tree with Diane. Top Tips Sunny Morton discusses her favorite strategies for using online family tree hints Read Sunny’s article “Should You Take the Hint?” in the April 2018 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Best Websites David Fryxell talks about one of the top websites providing online family tree hints: MyHeritage. Their online trees are unique in that they have such a vast number of people worldwide who have posted their trees. Family Tree University Crash Course Lisa Alzo shares her tips for digitizing your family history from her Family Tree University course. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss the latest and greatest news from Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
February 27, 2018
Ep. 117: February 2018 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane’s here to share news in the world of DNA, including updates and improvements to MyHeritage! Top Tips Learn how Ancestry’s new Migrations tool can reveal research clues and help you put your ancestors in their place with Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard. Best Websites We dig into some of the top DNA websites on the list with author David Fryxell. Dave’s list of the top players: Ancestry DNA MyHeritage DNA Family Tree DNA 23andMe ISOGG GEDMATCH Family Tree University Crash Course Kerry Scott talks about her course Genetic Genealogy 201 which runs again at the end of February 2018. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss the latest and greatest news from Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 25, 2018
Image courtesy the Library of Congress: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/bellcm.05748a Ep. 116: January 2018 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad With the impending marriage of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, Diane looks at heraldry related to royal weddings. Top Tips Should you hang up your family coat of arms – or zip it up and show it off? We’ll untangle the myths of family heraldry and help you start discovering your armigerous ancestry. Best Websites In our 101 Best Websites for tracing your roots segment author David Fryxell is back to talk about a website where you can find many famous folks, and that’s Find A Grave. Family Tree University Crash Course Family Tree University Crash Course It’s January and chances are you are thinking about getting organized for the new year. Why not follow the strategies of the pros? Janine Adams visits the show to share some of the tips she’s gathered from well-known genealogy experts that she’ll be sharing in an upcoming workshop called What the Pros Know: Genealogy Organization Tips. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison shares her genealogy research resolutions for 2018. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 3, 2018
Ep. 115: December 2017 Back to the episode list This episode is brought to you by Genealogy Bargains. Join the thousands of genealogists who have saved 70 percent or more on books, DNA tests, CDs, webinars, subscription websites and gift items. Genealogy Bargains features exclusive “inside” deals negotiated with vendors just for you! Check out Genealogybargains.com for the latest promo codes and coupons for featured genealogy and family history items. In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about how to create a family history photo book for the holidays. Top Tips Author Shelley Bishop provides tips for creating a family history book that is perfect for sharing and gift giving. 101 Best Websites Author David Fryxell talks about Treelines, and website geared to helping you share your family history. Family Tree University Crash Course Family Tree University instructor Shannon Combs Bennett provides strategies for getting your family involved in DNA testing. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
October 25, 2017
Ep. 113: October 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about her recent post on her favorite brick-wall-busting tips. Top Tips Author and instructor Lisa Alzo answers the question: “How do I know when it’s time to hire a genealogy expert?” 101 Best Websites Author David Fryxell shares the best FREE genealogy websites of 2017. Family Tree University Crash Course The Dean of Family Tree University, Vanessa Weiland, shares 3 of the top tips she’s learned over the years from FTU instructors. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
September 21, 2017
Ep. 112: Sept. 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison tells us all about the new Family Tree Magazine website, where free genealogy content, the Genealogy Insider blog, Family Tree University, and the Shop Family Tree store all come together under one roof. Top Tips: The New 101 Best Websites List for 2017 The 2017 list of 101 Best Websites for genealogy includes only sites that don’t charge a subscription or pay-per-view fee to access great genealogy content. Exploring this year’s list won’t cost you anything except electricity and internet access. List author Dave Fryxell joins Lisa for the big reveal. 101 Best Websites: Free UK Genealogy FreeUK Genealogy Site Engagement Coordinator, Denise Colbert, gives us a tour of the site and shares tips for getting the most out of this free resource. Family Tree University Crash Course Family Tree University Dean Vanessa Weiland discusses the video download “Using DAR.org to Research Early American Ancestors.” Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
August 21, 2017
Ep. 111: August 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about five ways to have a great virtual conference this year. Top Tips How to get the most out of the Virtual Conference with Family Tree University Dean Vanessa Weiland . 101 Best Websites: Library of Congress The Library of Congress website includes old photos, maps, books, newspapers (including the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps), and more for free. Search the catalog. Family Tree University Crash Course Enjoy a preview of one of the many terrific classes you’ll be enjoying in the Virtual Conference. Conference moderator and instructor Gena Ortega shares tips from her class on Marriage Records, including: * what makes them so unique* types of marriage records* where to look The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison discusses resources to help you document your genealogical findings. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 17, 2017
Ep. 110: July 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives us an update on the 1940 census, and some tips for Revolutionary war resources from the Genealogy Insider blog. Top Tips Triangulation Tips for triangulating DNA matches with Diahan Southard. Best Websites: ISOGG Lisa talks with Diahan Southard about the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki website. Family Tree University Crash Course If you haven’t even had your DNA tested yet, no worries because Family Tree University instructor Kerry Scott provides tips on how to get started in genetic genealogy. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison Dolan discusses the ideal resource for genetic genealogy: The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger, and gives us the inside scoop on a new DNA book coming out next year. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
June 16, 2017
Ep. 109: June 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about her recent post: How to Use the Library of Congress’ New Sanborn Maps for Genealogy. Top Tips: Mapping Questions to Answer Author Sunny Morton shares the 4 questions that you should be asking yourself to find your ancestors in a geographic context. Best Websites: U.S. County Boundary Maps Randy Majors walks us through his website U.S. County Boundary Maps. Family Tree University Crash Course Vanessa Weiland, Dean of Family Tree University, interviews Lisa about the best websites for finding historical maps. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss the latest and greatest news from Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
May 18, 2017
Ep. 108: May 2017 Back to the episode list This month’s podcast is sponsored by DNA Bargains! In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad In this episode, Diane takes on a tour of heritage museums. Top Tips Claire Santry provides Irish genealogy tips from her book, The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland. Claire answers the question “Where’s the best place to start with Irish research?” and explains that there are two key factors to look for: * Religion* Place – townland 101 Best Websites Author and German genealogy expert James Beidler is back to talk about the German genealogy website called GEDBas. It features user-submitted family trees, but offers so much more. Family Tree University Crash Course Scotland’s colorful history and efforts to preserve their heritage is a boon to any family historian with Scottish ancestry. If you’re one of the many descendants of the 1.5 million Scots who immigrated to the Americas, you can learn how to find your ancestors before they ever left Scotland with the 4-week course, Scottish Genealogy Research Strategies. We will kick start your Scottish research with some search strategies from the Family Tree University Dean, Vanessa Weiland. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison shares about her family’s heritage and how it ties to her family today. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
April 18, 2017
Ep. 107: April 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad discusses Great War ancestors, including tips from her article 6 Records to Trace Ancestors Who Served in World War I. Top Tips The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor, provides tips for identifying WWI era family photos based on fashions and hairstyles. Best Websites Author David Fryxell discusses the American Battle Monuments Commission website. Family Tree University Crash Course Sunny Morton, the instructor of the Resolving Conflicts in Your Family Tree course shares strategies for resolving conflicts in your family history research. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss the new FTU course Sidestep Your Brick Wall: Using Indirect Evidence. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
March 15, 2017
Ep. 106: March 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about 9 Timesaving Hacks for Ancestry, FamilySearch and Other Top Genealogy Websites. Top Tips Are your genealogy finds too few and far between? Author David Fryxell covers tech tricks for freer, faster, more effective family history research from his new article called “Heritage Hacks.” 101 Best Websites One of the most popular websites with genealogists these days is Evernote.com, and Kerry Scott, author of the book How to Use Evernote for Genealogy, joins Lisa on the podcast to talk about some of her favorite genealogical uses for this versatile program. Favorite uses: * Indexing and OCR* DNA and sharing* Presentations* Store publications and make them searchable Family Tree University Spotlight FamilySearch.org is a genealogy website from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day is among the top online resources for family historians, with more than 3.5 billion names in searchable databases and 1.2 billion names in family trees. And the best part? It’s free! Family Tree University instructor, Lisa Alzo, shares tips from the family tree university independent study course called Become a FamilySearch Power User. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison shares some of her favorite lesser known genealogy websites: * Archaic Medical Terms* GenDisasters* Epodunk Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
February 15, 2017
Ep. 105: February 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about six keys to success for african-american genealogy research. Top Tips The records of the Freedmen’s Bureau can help you discover freed slaves in your family tree – and FamilySearch’s indexing project makes access easier than ever. Leslie Huber is the author of the Family Tree Magazine article Finding Freedom. Family Tree University Crash Course Angela Walton-Raji shares some best practices from her webinar called African-American Genealogy Research Essentials. Angela’s Tips: * Pay attention to oral history – ask the right questions* Employ a time line for African American history* Study the Great Migration – Was the family someplace else?* Use the Freedmen’s Bureau The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison gives us an update on the upcoming Virtual Conference. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 18, 2017
Ep. 104: January 2017 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad talks about how to revive lost memories in your own histories. Top Tips: Ancestry.com Ancestry is one of the mainstays of online genealogy research, and that means that one of the keys to success in 2017 will be to say up to date on the best way to use the site. Nancy Hendrickson, the author of the brand new Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook: A How-to Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the #1 Genealogy Website joins Lisa to talk about one of the features you should master this year: hinting. Nancy’s Tips: * Don’t use the website, use the mobile app – filter “show me hints on all the Jones”, and “stories”.* Work on one surname or person at a time.* Ancestry casts a wide net – Quickly skim down and look for stuff that doesn’t apply, clear them out. Best Websites: HeritageQuest David Fryxell, author of the 101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots, helps set you up for success with HeritageQuest, a long-time favorite genealogy website that may be available through your local library. Family Tree University Crash Course Blaine Bettinger is the instructor of our Genetic Genealogy 101 course and author of the book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. In this episode, he shares tips for choosing the right DNA test. TIP: Test oldest generation first * Y-DNA Test: paternal line (males only) Available through Family Tree DNA* mtDNA Test: mother’s line (less informative for genealogy) Available through Family Tree DNA* Autsomal Test: males and females can take this test. Available through AncestryDNA, 23andMe Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss the new and improved State Research Guides. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
December 15, 2016
Ep. 103: December 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gets us up to speed on the latest news from the blogosphere. Read her blog post here: Are You Missing the Best Genealogy Websites for Finding U.S. Ancestors? 101 Best Websites Topic: Cool geography websites for US research, with Dave Fryxell * Atlas of Historical County Boundaries* Atlas of the Historical Geography of the U.S.* Bureau of Land Management: General Land Office Records* US Geological Survey Family Tree University Crash Course Tips for US research from recent webinars, with Vanessa Wieland. Know Your State History: Fun fact: A lot of us tend to think that American settlements start in the East, with Jamestown and the 13 Colonies, but before that, in 1598, the Spanish were lead into New Mexico. While there might not be a lot of genealogy-based documentation for that particular event, it does impact the heritage of people in the Southwest. It’s always good to learn the history of each state to get a sense of what events could have an impact, especially when those events might generate records and attract immigration. Study the State’s Geography: Think about the geographical layout of your state and why that would attract people. * Big cities tend to bring a large population, but if your ancestors were farmers or coal miners, or worked on the railroad, that would impact which states – and where in that state – they would have settled. * Think about how geography affects – or encourages travel and migration – River routes, railroads, etc. – opportunities arising out of that * Think about how your ancestor’s ethnicity might affect where they chose to settle.  * Check the records of surrounding/nearby states as well Learn About the Records: Because each state has its own unique history and and laws, there are going to be unique challenges and collections of records generated.  * When you’re tracing your ancestors in a specific state, it pays to do some research beforehand into the collections available – learn the start dates for specific types of records* Did they conduct a state census? * Most state records are at the county level – but that’s not always the case – where are the records held? Are they accessible online?
November 16, 2016
Ep. 102: November 2016 Back to the episode list This month’s podcast episode is sponsored by Genealogy Bargains. In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad In this episode, Diane talks about how you can step into your ancestor’s shoes to learn how they really lived, as well as how that can offer clues to finding additional records. Top Tips One of the best ways to step into your ancestor’s shoes is to stroll through their neighborhood. In her new article, Here Comes the Neighborhood, contributing editor Sunny Morton shows us how we can use old records, maps, and photos to recreate the place our family called home and open a window into their lives. Check out the article in the Oct/Nov 2016 Family Tree Magazine issue. Family Tree University Crash Course In her half-hour video class called Using the American Memory Collection, Shannon Combs-Bennett shows you how to sift through the Library of Congress’ American Memory Collection website, and discover a vast array of digitized photographs, filmstrips, newspapers, music, and more to augment your US genealogy research. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison catch up on the latest news from the publisher’s desk. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
October 19, 2016
Ep. 101: October 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about going to the cemetery and the things you can learn about your ancestors from their cemetery records. Top Tips: Key Clues in Cemetery Research In this segment, we talk key clues in cemetery records from the Cemetery Records Workbook in the Oct/Nov 2016 Family Tree Magazine issue by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. Sharon talks about: * What we should be looking for when it comes to cemeteries and their records* Which sites to turn to first* Strategies to try if you don’t have luck finding your ancestor’s burial place Best Websites: FamilySearch Jennifer Davis from the Records Division at Family Search gives us the scoop on cemetery and death records at Family Search. She provides an overview of the types of death and burial records we can find in their online database and advice on how to effectively run a search to find them. Finally, she explains Family Search’s partnership with memorial websites such as Find A Grave and Billion Graves, and how to work with their content on the Family Search site. Family Tree University Crash Course Vanessa Wieland shares tips from Family Tree University’s 2-week self-paced course: Doing Cemetery Research. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison’s Cemetery Research Dos and Don’ts: * Do check for online databases of cemetery records. See if the cemetery has posted burial records online.* Don’t assume that the tombstone is all there is. The cemetery might have additional burial records it will allow you to access, and those records could contain information and clues that complement the tombstones.* Do find out the cemetery’s hours, rules, etc. before visiting in person. It would be a shame to show up and not be able to do what you came for.* Don’t apply any substances other than water to a tombstone to make it more readable. When I got started, I heard a lot people recommend using shaving cream to bring out the words, but preservationists do not recommend this. Instead take a digital photo and then use the photo editing software to adjust the contrast so you can make out the transcription. If the lighting isn’t good for the photograph, try using a mirror to reflect sunlight onto the stone.* Do take photos of the entire plot and any surrounding stones you think could have a connection to your family, to create a permanent record. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
September 15, 2016
Ep. 100: September 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: Celebrating a Milestone We celebrate a milestone: Our 100th episode! In this hour long podcast, our host, Lisa Louise Cooke, looks back at some of her most memorable highlights of the last 99 episodes: * Special Census with Curt Witcher* Local Flavor with Sunny Morton* The Library of Congress with James Sweany* Finding Your Roots with CeCe Moore* Unusual Surnames with David Fryxell Top Tips: Special Census with Curt Witcher The US census is more than those every-10-years head counts; several types of “special censuses” may also hold ancestor answers. In our Top Tips segment, Curt Witcher, department manager for the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN talks about the content of these records and where to use them. Read our complete guide to nine types of special censuses in the July 2009 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Local Flavor with Sunny Morton One of the best ways to spice up your family history is by adding a dash of local flavor. Background details of your ancestors’ everyday lives like the fashion of the day, the foods they ate and local scandals rocking their neighborhood can all help you understand where they were coming from, and can also sweeten up your storytelling. In this episode, Sunny Jane Morton, author of the article “Local Flavor” from the Sept. 2013 issue of the magazine, shares some of the homegrown ingredients that will help you cook up fresh genealogical discoveries. The Library of Congress with James Sweany James Sweany, Head of Local History and Genealogy Reference Services at the Library of Congress takes you on a tour of the website. Finding Your Roots with CeCe Moore Special guest CeCe Moore discusses what it’s like to research for the PBS show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy, an instructor for a number of courses and conferences around the U.S. and the author of the blog Your Genetic Genealogist and 
August 15, 2016
Ep. 99: August 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad brings us up to speed on the latest and greatest news from the blogosphere. 101 Best Websites Author David Fryxell explores the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy 2016. See below for some of his favorite genealogy websites and get the complete list at 101 Best Websites for Genealogy 2016: * Histography* History Lines* YouTube* Archive Grid* Atlas of Historical County Boundaries * David Rumsey Map Collection * Historic Map Works* Africa Map * British Newspaper Archive* Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Family Tree University Spotlight Lisa and Vanessa discuss strategies for using Google for Genealogy from the Google for Genealogy course starting on Aug. 22, 2016. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison gives us a preview of the Fall FTU Fall Virtual Conference, which runs Sept. 16-18, 2016. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 15, 2016
Ep. 98: July 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Read Diane’s blog posts on the Genealogy Insider blog: Working on My Last-Name Problem: When Genealogy Records Disagree and Organized Genealogy Research: Matching Up Two Theresas. Top Tips: Organized Genealogy Andrew Koch, the editor of the book How to Use Evernote for Genealogy shares five things you can do with Evernote: * Keep a research log—p. 134* Keep track of previous searches and where you looked—prevents doing duplicate research* Especially helpful for when doing research over long periods of time* Can provide more detail than a family tree can* Can serve as the basis for a research/ancestor report* Save important links—p. 106–107* Provides easy web access to online record collections or research resources. Could also have note for shopping list or for schedule of webinars or online courses* Evernote Web Clipper browser add-on allows you to easily save important screenshots, records, and web links* Plan future projects/create to-do lists—p. 13, 48* Take notes about future goals, then circle back* Can create to-do lists with check boxes to help keep you on task* Evernote has Reminder system that will keep you on-task* Also allows for collaboration on projects—you can send individual notes or notebooks to others either by URL or by sharing the actual note and making it collaborative* Share your research—pp. 112–122* Allows you to share notes and notebooks via e-mail and social media (Facebook, Twitter)* Allows for collaboration opportunities—you can send notes and notebooks to others either by URL or by sharing the actual note and making it collaborative* For Premium subscribers, you can also do presentation mode, which converts your selected notes into a slideshow-like presentation similar to Microsoft Powerpoint* Create research templates for recording data (e.g. census abstract forms) pp. 136–137* Create table to input data and have it accessible across multiple devices* Copy and paste templates for different kinds of notes* Book has template for each federal census Family Tree University Crash Course Excel spreadsheets have been keeping folks in organized in all types of work. Why not genealogy? We certainly deal with our fair share of data. Shannon Combs-Bennett is back to share tips from her webinar video called Spreadsheet Secrets to Organize Your Genealogy. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison talks about the power of using genealogy forms to stay organized and achieve your research goals.  Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and v...
June 16, 2016
Ep. 97: June 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane’s talks about 12 free websites to search for your fallen military ancestors. Top Tips: Preserve Military Memorabilia In our Top Tips segment the Family Curator, Denise Levenick, returns to the show to talk about how to preserve military memorabilia such as flags, medals and uniforms. 101 Best Websites David Fryxell shares a sneak peek at the military sites included in the upcoming 2016 list: * American Battle Monuments Commission – www.abmc.gov* Civil War Soliders & Sailors System – www.itd.nps.gov/cwss* Daughters of the American Revolution – www.dar.org* Fold3 – www.fold3.com* National Archives and Records Administration – www.archives.gov* Nationwide Gravesite Locator – gravelocator.cem.va.gov* Family Relatives.com – www.familyrelatives.com Family Tree University Crash Course Nancy Hendrickson returns to give us a crash course on military records based on her on-demand video webinar How to Find Ancestor Military Records. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison talk about the latest resources to trace your military ancestors from Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
May 16, 2016
Ep. 96: May 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane discusses the “in person” factor that occurs at conferences and can boost your research. Top Tips: Hiding in the Census In the Top Tips segment Lisa invites David Fryxell back to the show to provide tips on how to find ancestors that seem to be hiding in the census, from his article “Hiding in the Census” which appears in the May / June 2016 issue. Best Websites: Newspapers.com Newspapers can offer genealogical information sometimes found nowhere else. Author and genealogist James Beidler discusses searching digitized newspapers at Newspapers.com. Family Tree University Crash Course Genealogy research isn’t just about finding records of your ancestor’s existence or building a pretty family tree. Family Tree University Dean Vanessa Wieland discusses what we can learn from the records we find, and how can we use that information to understand our past. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison’s top three tips for outwitting elusive ancestors: * Researching the elusive ancestors sideways – siblings, cousins, coworkers, neighbors, etc.* Making a timeline. Allison likes using Excel to create timelines that can expose gaps in her research.* Putting the problem aside and taking a break! Come back with fresh eyes. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
April 14, 2016
Ep. 95: April 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad In this month’s episode, Diane Haddad follows up on her blog post on “The Four Ways I’ve Found German Ancestors’ Birthplaces.” Top Tips: Eastern European Research Let’s trace our Eastern European immigrants, and we’ll do that with Lisa Alzo, author of the new Family Tree Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy Guide. Lisa discusses how to get started in Eastern European research, heritage travel, and resources for facing challenges with names, geography and language.  Best Websites: German Resources This month’s featured websites are all about the German resources on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org with Jim Beidler, author of the new book, Trace Your German Ancestors Online. * Meyers gazetteer – geographic dictionary or village names: Link on Ancestry* Germany Gazetteers on the FamilySearch Wiki  Family Tree University Crash Course Lisa discusses researching Irish Immigrant ancestors with Donna Moughty, presenter of the on-demand video webinar, Tracing Your Irish Immigrant Ancestors. Visit Donna at her website to learn more about her heritage trips! The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison catch up on the latest news from the publisher’s desk. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
March 15, 2016
Ep. 94: March 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane covers the demise and return of Family Tree Maker, plus Ancestry.com’s partnership with RootsMagic. Top Tips: Triple Threat There are three big players in online genealogy records: Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage. Just how do they measure up to each other – and to your research needs? In today’s Top Tips segment, Lisa Louise Cooke invites Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Morton back to the show to share what she learned when she dug into all three of them for her article that appears in the March/April 2016 issue of the magazine. 101 Best Websites In our 101 best websites segment we’re going to take another look at Ancestry, and you might be surprised to hear that Ancestry features many database collections that don’t require a paid membership. Lisa chats with author Dana McCullough about exactly where to look. he has divided these free collections into about 4 main categories: * US Genealogy: 1940 census* Regional City and State: PA: Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records, 1890-1949* Military: Index of Revolutionary War Pensioners at americanancestor.org, and full records available at Fold3.com* Ethnic records: Brandenburg, Prussia Emigration Records Family Tree University Crash Course So you’ve been assembling some great stuff on your family history and you want to share it with relatives near and far. One of the best ways to do that is with a website. In today’s FTU Crash Course, Lisa Alzo shares tips on How to Make a Family Website. In addition to being a great vehicle for sharing family history with our relatives, a website also gives us our own online bulletin board of sorts, that can help us connect with cousins who are Googling the same ancestors. So just about anyone can benefit from having a website. Thinking about creating your own family history website? Here’s where Lisa recommends you start: * Importance of having an idea of what you want in a family website before you choose a platform, including evaluating a free site or a top level domain.* Run a small trial site before investing a lot of time and effort, to get to know the features, etc.* A few tips on what to include on your family website (photos, stories, family trees, history, etc.) The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison shares 3 must-see sessions from the Winter Virtual Conference. These sessions teach you how to maximize technology in your genealogy work. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
February 17, 2016
Ep. 93: February 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about her latest blog post on the Genealogy Insider blog: Surname Genealogy Strategies: My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Last Names to Research. Top Tips with David Fryxell David Fryxell is back to explain how an unusual surname can be an asset when researching your family history. And he’s got 6 strategies for using those oddball names to your advantage from his article, “The Unusual Suspects,” available in the Jan/Feb issue of Family Tree Magazine. 101 Best Websites Anna Fechter of Ancestry.com takes us on a tour of the Rootsweb Surname List website. Family Tree University Spotlight A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but for the family historian, names are vital to our research – and often just as thorny! Nancy Hendrickson returns to the Family Tree University Crash Course segment to share some tips on the best methods to research your family’s trickiest last names. Nancy’s tips for distinguishing between people with a common name: * Go to Google first* Use search operators such as quotation marks to denote exact phrase that must be in all search results* Add the word Genealogy to increase the chances that the website containing other keywords will be genealogy/family history focused* Search for your surname* Things named with that name Favorite Tools: * Surname distribution maps – Learn more about them from the FamilySearch Wiki* US Board of Geographic Names (click Search Domestic Names) Resources: * Surname Genealogy Research Strategies OnDemand webinar, with Nancy Hendrickson* Google Earth for Genealogy (Video Tutorial CDs)* The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (book)* Download Google Earth Pro for free The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison talks about how she uses spreadsheets to keep her genealogical research on course. Allison’s favorite resources for surname origins: * Dictionary of American Family Names from Oxford University Press, searchable on Ancestry.com: Fun tool to look up facts about a name: meaning, distribution, places of origin (example: Riesenbeck).* Behind the Name: Great for looking up surn...
January 19, 2016
Ep. 92: January 2016 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives us the scoop on the “Finding Your Roots” season premiere. Top Tips: Make No Mistake Making sure that you are researching the correct person as your ancestor is certainly a key to success, so in an extended Top Tips segment professional genealogist Shelley Bishop will join me and she’ll cover seven time-tested strategies to confirm that you have indeed added the right people to your family tree. Top Tips: * Resist the urge to merge* Venture beyond the index* Create a chart or timeline* Map it out* Follow the network* Beware making assumptions* Play Devils’ Advocate Family Tree University Spotlight: Source Citations for Genealogists One area that is absolutely critical to the success of every genealogist is source citation. Shannon Combs-Bennett returns to the show to share some pointers for easier, more effective documentation from her Family Tree University class, Source Citations for Genealogists. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan If the thought of a spreadsheet makes you cringe, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise, because when it comes to genealogy, a spreadsheet can be the best record you’ll ever keep – and even lead you to making new connections you’ve never seen before! Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
December 17, 2015
Ep. 91: December 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane wraps things up with the top genealogy news stories of 2015. Top Tips: Back Up Your Family Photos Our old family photos are precious, and with all the mobile devices these days we are creating new family photos in greater numbers than ever. Denise Levenick, author of the book How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally provides tips for backing up all those photos to the Cloud. 101 Best Websites for Genealogy Lisa talks with Yev Pusin of Backblaze about Cloud Backup and how it differs from other cloud based services. Family Tree University: Google Drive Crash Course Lisa provides a crash course in Google Drive, the free cloud-based storage service that integrates with Google Docs. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Publisher Allison Dolan kicks off the episode by explaining what cloud computing is, and why it matters for genealogy. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
November 16, 2015
Ep. 90: November 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Editor Diane Haddad provides a buffet of brick wall strategies from some of her recent Genealogy Insider blog articles. * The 1939 register from FindMyPast can help you with brick walls caused by modern record gaps due to privacy restrictions, or in this case, the absence of a census in England.* Newspapers can be helpful in opening up new research avenues and filling in details.* Under-recorded populations such as American Indians can be difficult to research. This post explains six clues to prompt your research into American Indian ancestry. Top Tips: 10 Ways to Tell if You’ve Really Hit a Brick Wall If you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall in your genealogy research, it may actually just be a detour—not the end of your research road. In his article Long Way Around (Dec. 2015 issue) author David Fryxell discusses 10 ways to tell if we are really at the end of the records road, or just at a detour. 101 Best Websites for Genealogy Lisa’s guest Taneya Koonce shares her favorite websites: * Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1719-1820* Digital Library on American Slavery* Taneya’s Genealogy Blog Family Tree University: Cluster and Collateral Research Contributing Editor Sunny Morton joins Lisa to share tips from Family Tree University’s course, Cluster and Collateral Research 101. Cluster and Collateral Research 101 covers: * How to get started with cluster and collateral research: who to look for, what constitutes a cluster or collateral relation* When to use cluster and collateral approaches* Which records are best for cluster and collateral research, including census, vital, church, newspapers, land transfers, wills. etc.* How to determine the names and relationships between relatives* How to organize and employ the information you extract from cluster and collateral research* How to find clusters beyond neighbors and coworkers that hold info about your ancestor * Research problems needed to extend the tree* Explain a mystery or apparent contradiction in the record* Identify how someone fits into the family* Separate people of the same name* Find a family that disappears* Research before 1850 and immigrants* Provide biographical clues and appreciation for their lives* Personal understanding of how past generations have affected today
October 14, 2015
Ep. 89: October 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane talks about Finding Clues in Ancestry.Com’s New Probate Collection. Top Tips: Fab 15 Sunny shares courthouse research strategies from the Court Records class she developed for Family Tree University. Sunny’s Tips for pursuing courthouse research: * Know what questions you hope to answer and where your data gaps are.* Learn what resources exist to answer those questions.* Read up on complicated record types like deeds and probates before you go research them in person.* Make a copy of records and then digest and interpret what they tell you. 101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots Dana McCullough, author of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org. Resources: * Word Lists on FamilySearch.org* Historical Collections list (for browsing records)* Handwriting Helps From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison gives us a tour of her recommended resource the Family Tree Sourcebook ebook. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
September 18, 2015
Ep. 88: September 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares her top organization tips from one of her latest Genealogy Insider blog posts. 101 Best Websites for Genealogy: Evernote Lisa discusses Evernote and how you can use it for your genealogy research. Evernote is a free website, a software application, and mobile app. You can use it on all platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows. It synchronizes your research notes via the Internet so that you always have the most current updates of your notes on all your computing devices. Lisa recommends using notebooks sparingly, and focusing on tags. Here are some ideas for tags: * Record types (census, birth, death, marriage, etc.)* Locations (city, state, country)* Surnames (Smith, Jones, etc.)* Tasks (Analyze, Correspondence, Questions, etc) Family Tree University Spotlight Instructor Lisa Alzo helps you get organized with tips from her Family Tree University course Organize Your Genealogy. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison dishes up some of her personal organizational strategies. Here are Allison’s favorite organizational tools:  * Google Drive: https://www.google.com/drive/* Microsoft Outlook: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/* Set up bookmarks on your browser* Evernote: http://www.evernote.com  Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
August 10, 2015
Ep. 87: August 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad shares the latest and greatest news from the blogosphere. Top Tips & 101 Best Websites for Genealogy Combo Author David Fryxell cover this year’s 101 Best Genealogy Websites list. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss the upcoming Fall Virtual Conference. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 16, 2015
Ep. 86, July 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares hints from the new Discover Your Roots newsstand special issue. 101 Best Websites: Instant Discoveries Lisa talks with Aaron Godfrey, Director of Marketing at MyHeritage about Instant Discoveries. Best Websites: Perry-Castaneda Map Collection Grace Dobush, Associate Editor at Family Tree Magazine talks about this month’s featured website: Perry-Castaneda Map Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. Family Tree University: Getting Started in Genealogy If you’re ready to get going on your family history, there’s an easy and awesome way to get started: head over to Family Tree University to enroll in Lisa Alzo’s Discover Your Family Tree: Genealogy for the Absolute Beginner course. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Publisher Allison Dolan and Lisa discuss ideas for capturing your memories. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
June 16, 2015
Ep. 85: June 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Editor-in-Chief Diane Haddad shares her recent blog post called “Confessing a Genealogy Mistake.” Top Tips: Myth-Takes Would it surprise you to know that many of those often-repeated assumptions about the past are simply not true? The problem is that “myth-takes” like these about days gone by can affect the way you pursue your family history, ultimately becoming roadblocks to finding your ancestors and understanding their lives. To help us prevent this from happening, Diane Haddad sheds some light on common genealogy myths found in the new article by Nick D’Alto called “Genealogy Mythbusters,” which appears in the July/August 2015 issue of Family Tree Magazine. 101 Best Websites: Correcting Misinformation on Ancestry.com When inaccurate information is posted on an Ancestry Family Tree or a transcription of a genealogical record, it has the potential of tainting the research of future genealogists. In this episode, Nancy Hendrickson, author of The Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com walks you through how to submit corrections to Ancestry.com to help prevent this from happening. Family Tree University: Treat Errors in Your Research Contributing Editor Sunny Morton walks us through her process for not-quite starting over, as excerpted from her video class 12 Ways to Diagnose (and Treat) Errors in Your Research: “First, review and rethink what you’ve already learned—go back to those original sources to see what you’ve missed.” Sunny shares four strategies for tracking down original records and searching deeper for additional records about a single event. She then describes how to organize and regroup what you’ve found with tools like timelines and maps, and renew your search with fresh eyes, energy and questions. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode, Publisher Allison Dolan shares ideas for resolving conflicting data and analyzing evidence from the book The Family Tree Problem Solver. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
May 18, 2015
Ep. 84: May 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane discusses 25 keepsake family photo projects.  Top Tips: Digital Photo Organizing Secrets Digital photo organizing secrets from Denise May Levenick, author of the book How to Archive Family Photos. 101 Best Websites: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Lisa recommends reviewing the Help page to familiarize yourself with best practices for using the site and images. Click the orange Subscribe button above the search box to subscribe for free to the Picture This Blog featuring Highlights from the collections, research tips, upcoming public programs, as well as peeks “behind the scenes” in the Prints & Photographs Division. Family Tree University: Photo Editing & Retouching for Genealogists Digital photography tools are essential for genealogists–not only for capturing family memories now, but also for preserving, retouching and editing historical photos. From scanning and uploading these pictures to your computer, to fixing damaged areas and reprinting, there is an hour-long webinar video from expert Nancy Hendrickson at Family Tree Shop that will revive and reinvigorate your family photo collection. Family Tree University Dean Tyler Moss shares tips from the video. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Publisher Allison Dolan shares a few fun ideas for ways to celebrate National Photo Month. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
April 16, 2015
Ep. 83: April 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares her tips for simplifying source citations. Top Tips: Citation Elation Source citations have an intimidating reputation as difficult to write and organize. Fortunately, these days genealogy software helps you do both. Diane Haddad, editor of the article “Citation Elation” from the May / June 2015 issue of the magazine will be here to talk about source citation in genealogy software. 101 Best Websites: WorldCat Lisa discusses how a free account at Worldcat.org can allow you access to their easy-to-use source citation tool. Family Tree University: Source Citations for Regular People Shannon Combs Bennett, the instructor for the Source Citations for Regular People at Family Tree University, joins Lisa, and helps to calm citation anxiety with tips for great source citation. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison discusses the Source Citation Cheat Sheet from Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
March 16, 2015
Ep. 82: March 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Read Diane’s tips for using the David Rumsey Historical Maps website. Top Tips: Mapping Strategies Publisher Allison Dolan joins Lisa to discuss the curation process of the new book Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe, and some of the mapping strategies she learned from that experience. 101 Best Websites: HistoryGeo.com Greg Boyd, the found of HistoryGeo takes us on a tour of the website. HistoryGeo.com is a family history software service for linking old maps and land records to your genealogy research. They are best known for providing online versions of the Family Maps and Texas Land Survey Maps book series, and now have released the First Landowners Project. Family Tree University: Google Earth for Genealogists Tyler turns the tables and interviews Lisa about using the free Google Earth program for family history. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison’s five favorite online map resources * Google Maps* Maplandia* Sanborn maps (look for subscription databases like ProQuest available through your public library.) Also: Sanborn Fire Maps at the Library of Congress.* Library of Congress* David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
February 18, 2015
Ep. 81: February 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diana Haddad who will share how a quick Google search can boost your family history. Top Tips: Genealogy Websites Guide Diane discusses her five favorite search tips from the genealogy websites guide in the March/April 2015 issue of Family Tree Magazine. 101 Best Websites: Crowdsourcing on Facebook We dig into Facebook strategies for genealogy with Shannon Combs-Bennett, presenter of Jumpstart Your Genealogy with Social Media. She talks about the benefits of genealogical crowdsourcing on Facebook. Family Tree University: Become a FamilySearch.org Power User Online Editor Tyler Moss is here to share tips from Family Tree University’s upcoming course, Become a FamilySearch.org Power User. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss Evernote research resources from Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 16, 2015
Ep. 80: January 2015 Back to the episode list In this episode: Family Tree Magazine Flashback Publisher Allison Dolan and Managing Editor Diane Haddad look back over the last 15 years of the magazine. Top Tips: Fab 15 Diane shares some must-use tools for your genealogy research, from the article Power Tools: Technological Changes to Genealogy Research by Rick Crume, which appears in the Jan/Feb 2015 anniversary issue of the magazine. The resources they cover include: online census records, crowdsourced databases, online mapping and more. 15 Fabulous Family Tree Tools Join us to celebrate Family Tree Magazine’s 15th Anniversary by entering our sweepstakes for 15 Fabulous Family Tree Tools—a $500 value! Family History Flash Forward Lisa asks five of the top Family Tree Magazine contributors to peer into the future 15 years from now to predict what resources or advancements they think will have changed genealogy. Featuring David Fryxell, Maureen Taylor, Denise Levenick, Lisa Alzo, and Sunny Morton. And throughout this episode we will be hearing from you, our loyal Family Tree Magazine readers! Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
December 16, 2014
Deadline and table clock. On office desk table. With copy space. Ep. 79: December 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane and Lisa review the top genealogy stories of 2014. 101 Best Websites: Genealogy News Allison gives her favorite sites for keeping up on genealogy news: * Ancestry Insider* DearMYRTLE* Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Blog* Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter* Rootsweb* Get the entire list here! Family Tree University: Best Webinars of 2014 Tyler’s Top 4 Webinars and Tips Using DNA to Solve Family Mysteries by Blaine Bettinger Sometimes it’s just as important to consider what DNA can’t do for your genealogy, as it is to know what it can do. What DNA can do: * Examine deep ancestry (1,000’s of years ago)* Examine recent ancestry (within past 500-700 years)* Identify unknown genetic relatives* Test genealogical hypotheses & answer family mysteries* Reveal family secrets! What DNA can’t do: * Tests will NOT return a family tree* Testing alone cannot always determine relatedness* DNA alone rarely solves mysteries – combine DNA and traditional research Making Evernote Effortless by Lisa Louise Cooke Evernote is an excellent tool for source citations. For instance, you can take a screenshot of citation details on Ancestry.com, and then include a URL back to the webpage. Photo Editing and Retouching for Genealogists by Nancy Hendrickson Scan your old photos in color, even if the image is black and white. Even a black and white image can have subtle variations in shades of gray. By scanning in color, you are able to better draw out that contrast. Cloud Genealogy Crash Course with Randy Whited There is so much more to the cloud than just online storage. Of course, backup is a major component, but the uses far surpass the obvious. Randy talks about Google Drive and Evernote, of course, which allow you to access your genealogy notes from any computer with an internet connection. He also discusses apps to pull information off of the internet and save it to review later, such as Pocket, Feedly and the Evernote Web-Clipper. He even goes into photo sharing—saving your old photos to the cloud—and collaborative online family trees. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan We want to hear how Family Tree Magazine has helped you in the past decade and a half—and feature some of you on the show. So we’re launching a contest to feature podcast listeners in our special 15th anniversary episode in January!
November 14, 2014
Ep. 78: November 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares some tips and resources for incorporating DNA testing into your genealogy research. Top Tips: Finding Your Roots Special guest CeCe Moore discusses what it’s like to research for the PBS show “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy, an instructor for a number of courses and conferences around the U.S. and the author of the blog Your Genetic Genealogist and Adoption and DNA. 101 Best Websites: Family Tree DNA We will take a closer look at one of the leading DNA websites, Family Tree DNA, with its founder, Bennett Greenspan. Bennett is the president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and also the managing partner of Family Tree DNA’s parent company, Gene by Gene. He’s also the project administrator of several surname DNA projects, and a genetic genealogy lecturer. Family Tree University: Genetic Genealogy 101 Blaine Bettinger, author of The Genetic Genealogist blog and instructor of the Family Tree University course Genetic Genealogy 101, discusses common misconceptions about using DNA for genealogy and how DNA can help you bust through your brick walls. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison discusses the evolution of DNA testing for genealogists. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
October 20, 2014
Ep. 77: October 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane discusses FamilySearch/GenealogyBank obituaries partnership. Top Tips: Cemetery Research Dos and Don’ts Lisa chats with Allison cemetery research dos and don’ts. Allison’s Recommendations: •    Go online to see what’s already available and then plan your visit•    Pack for your outdoor activity! Camera, Sunscreen, Umbrella, Layered clothes, Map of the Cemetery, note taking tools, mirror, water, bug spray•    Ask in the Cemetery office for a map•    Be respectful and observe cemetery rules Download the Cemetery Transcription Form. Don’t: •    Go alone. Bring a helper with you.•    Be careless around unstable and fragile stones•    Put shaving cream on a tombstone. Water is OK. 101 Best Websites: BillionGraves About our guest Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves: Hudson graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Over the last several years, he has created several technology geared toward connecting families and making genealogy easier to a larger audience through mobile technology. He has been awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Small Business. As President of BillionGraves, he utilizes this leading technology to preserve the world’s headstones one picture at a time. Family Tree University: Analyzing Ancestral Tombstones Genealogy author and instructor Diana Crisman Smith explains how to find clues in the tombstones of your ancestors in the video class Analyzing Ancestral Tombstones. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Publisher Allison Dolan tells you how to get the perfect tombstone rubbing. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
September 16, 2014
Ep. 76: September 2014 Back to the episode list This episode is sponsored by BackBlaze. In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane discusses four pointers to preserve your family heirlooms in a disaster. Top Tips: Your Genealogy Disaster Plan Denise May Levenick’s disaster preparation and salvage tips, from the September 2014 issue of Family Tree Magazine, can be found in her article “Your Genealogy Disaster Plan.” 1: Before Disaster Strikes, Learn Your Risks * Gather important numbers* Practice prevention* Prioritize keepsakes* Digitize to safeguard* Get an insurance checkup* Back up computer files* Save passwords* Practice smart storage* Make a genealogy grab and go list* Create a genealogy disaster kit 2: After a Disaster * Assess the damage* Collect scattered items* Contact your insurance agent* Box on salvaging wet photos Visit Denise’s Website: http://www.thefamilycurator.com/ 101 Best Websites: Develop Your Digital Archive Allison Dolan, publisher of Family Tree Magazine shares some of the sites and tools from the 101 Best Websites list that factor into your genealogy “preparedness plan.” • Flickr: Share/store digital copies of photos. You can set up an account that other members of your family can access/add to so that there are multiple copies of everyone’s favorite pictures.• Evernote: Create and keep copies of your notes in the cloud.• BackupMyTree: Automatically backup your genealogy software files.• Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, TribalPages: Hosting an online tree is a way to ensure your data isn’t entirely lost in a computer failure or natural disaster. Choose a service that allows the level of privacy you’re comfortable with. Family Tree University: Genealogy Estate Planning When you pass on to the great beyond, who will inherit your hordes of hard-found genealogy research? In this segment, Online Editor Tyler Moss discusses how you can plan the prolonged preservation of your genealogy research, long after you’re gone. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison shares 5 things every family historian should do today: * Backup, backup, backup!* Give copies to someone else,
August 13, 2014
Ep. 75: August 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Lisa and Diane break down some favorite selections from this year’s 101 best websites, including: * Pension records on Ancestry.com* Historic Newspapers on Newspapers.com* Free historic newspapers at Chronicling America Top Tips & 101 Best Websites: Ancestry.com This September, Family Tree Magazine released our 15th annual listing of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites list. The collection is curated by Family Tree Magazine founding editor David A. Fryxell. This list can guide your research and give you new reasons to visit your old favorites. Family Tree University: Fall 2014 Virtual Conference Coming in September is the Fall 2014 Virtual Genealogy Conference. You will learn strategies and resources to boost your research—and because it’s web-based, you can participate from anywhere! This conference features 15 half-hour videos about genealogy technology, research strategies, and ethnic research. You can also participate in live chats and message board discussions. In this month’s section, Online Editor Tyler Moss discusses one of his favorite live chats from the last virtual conference on Female Ancestors and the Law. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Family Tree Magazine Publisher Allison Dolan gives her best research strategies. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 15, 2014
Ep. 74: July 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane discusses the retirement of several Ancestry.com services and the website’s recent outages. Top Tips & 101 Best Websites: Ancestry.com Insider secrets from Nancy Hendrickson, author of the forthcoming book Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com. Family Tree University: Become an Ancestry.com Power User Online Editor Tyler Moss is back to give us some strategies for getting more out of Ancestry.com from the upcoming course, “Become an Ancestry.com Power User.” Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
June 12, 2014
Ep. 73: June 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares some interesting news on where to find military records. Top Tips: Tracing Female Veterans Even though our theme for this episode is Tracing Your Military Ancestors, that doesn’t limit our conversation to men. Women have historically played vital roles both on the home front and on the field. This was certainly true during World War I. Lisa Alzo joins Lisa to discuss our female ancestors who served. 101 Best Websites: Fold3.com Learn more about how to get the most out of the leading military records website Fold3 with Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. Family Tree University: US Military Records With so many military conflicts throughout America’s history, it’s likely your ancestors were involved. Finding records of their service will help you round out the portraits of their lives and honor their memory. Military files also can reveal information about widows and children—and even ancestors who didn’t serve might have left behind draft records. Online Editor Tyler Moss shares tips from the upcoming Family Tree University course “US Military Records: Trace Your Ancestors’ Service” which runs 7/7/2014 – 8/1/2014. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan •    Interview a veteran through StoryCorps•    Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project•    Nominate a WWII veteran for an Honor Flight Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
May 15, 2014
Ep. 72: May 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: Sponsor Spotlight: Family Tree Tours This episode is sponsored by Family Tree Tours. Family Tree Tours provides a unique travel experience for those who are eager to know more about their family history. Envision meeting family you never knew existed, walking the cobblestoned streets through your ancestors’ village to the church where your great-great-grandfather was married,or visiting with local townsfolk in a beer garden. Whether you choose a privately escorted, group, or independent tour, Family Tree Tours provide you the opportunity to experience the culture of your heritage and create memories for future generations. Visit familytreetours.com. News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad A well-weathered genealogy traveler, Diane shares what key supplies and tools you should be packing for your family history trip. Top Tips: Genealogy Destinations In this Top Tips segment we help you cross one or more of America’s top genealogy research and history destinations off your bucket list this summer. Dana McCullough is here to give us guiding tips from her article Genealogy Adventure Awaits which appears in the July/August issue of Family Tree Magazine. 101 Best Websites: Evernote In this segment, Lisa shares Evernote tips and tricks for on-the-go research! Family Tree Tours: President Kathy Wurth Lisa and Kathy discuss tips for successfully planning a wonderful family history tour.  Learn more at familytreetours.com. Family Tree University: Using Your iPad for Genealogy Lisa recommends these tablet apps for research away from home: •    Google Earth•    Evernote•    Dropbox•    SplashTop From the Publisher’s Desk: Genealogy Tool Bag Allison shares here “must-bring” items for hitting the road: 1.   Smartphone for using camera and apps2.   Flash drive3.   SD card4.   Charger(s)5.   
April 15, 2014
Ep. 71: April 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad In this episode, Diane discusses the importance of preserving family history through our own written works. In the blog post below, she breaks down eight signals you can find in your own research that indicate you should start writing your family’s story. Top Tips: Preserving Memories Your grandchild is the cherished next chapter of your family’s story, so what’s the best way to capture and share your own memories so that you can pass them on? Stories from My Grandparent – An Heirloom Journal for your Grandchild is a book that prompts you tell your life story in your own words, from childhood to the present day. Author Susan Adcox joins us to discuss recording those defining moments. 101 Best Websites: Library of Congress James Sweany, Head of Local History and Genealogy Reference Services at the Library of Congress takes you on a tour of the website. Family Tree University: Create a Family History Book You’ve worked hard to uncover your family’s history, and you want to preserve your research in a form that will stand the test of time—a keepsake book that can be shared today as well as archived for future generations. If you’ve ever thought such a project was too overwhelming or that you had to fully complete your research before you could create your story, this simply isn’t true. Family history books come in all flavors, from collections of family recipes to compilations of oral history interviews. Lisa Alzo returns to the show to give us some pointers from her Family Tree University course: Creating a Family History Book. From the Publisher’s Desk: Preservation Resources Allison shares some of her favorite books for preserving memories, including My Life and Times and Family Tree Memory Keeper. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
March 14, 2014
Ep. 70, March 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: Sponsor Spotlight: Epigenealogy Your family health history might be one of the strongest influences on your own health risks, for many types of disease. With knowledge, you have the most to gain from lifestyle changes and health screenings. Visit our website at www.epigenealogy.com to get started on your journey of identifying your family’s  health risks. Epigenealogy, Providing Research Services to Trace Your Family’s Health History.  News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad After being inspired by our recent webinar on Genealogy Problem Solving, Diane started thinking about strategies that have helped her solve problems in her family history research. She looked back on some old blog posts and camp up with these six tips. Top Tips: German Genealogy Would you like to follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony and beyond? German research has its unique set of challenges, and here to give us some tips for overcoming them is Jim Beidler, author of the new Family Tree German Genealogy Guide. 101 Best Websites: Digital Public Library of America Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) takes on a tour of this exciting website. * DPLA: Introduction to the Digital Public Library of America? by Lisa Louise Cooke* National Archives and Digital Public Library of America Family Tree University: Unpuzzling County Boundaries As the population proliferated in places your ancestors settled, counties were often cut into a collection of confusing and chaotic pieces: subdivided, renamed and rearranged—potentially wreaking havoc on your knowledge of where to look for records. Early-settler ancestors may have lived in several different counties without ever having moved an inch. David Fryxell shares tips that will help you figure out those shifting county boundaries and how to tell which county has the genealogy records you are searching for in this on-demand video presentation: Unpuzzling County Boundary Changes. From the Publisher’s Desk: Genealogy Solutions Allison shares some of her favorite genealogy solutions from Marsh Hoffman Rising’s book  Family Tree Problem Solver. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
February 13, 2014
Ep. 69: February 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: From the Publisher’s Desk: Genealogy at RootsTech Allison and Lisa catch up on the genealogy conference scene live from the RootsTech exhibit hall. News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Ancestry.com offers a wealth of genealogical data: 31,000 databases with more than 9 billion historical records, to be exact. Diane discusses ideas to make the most of this popular online resource from her blog post: 6 Simple Ways (3 Are Free) to Use Ancestry.com. Top Tips: Online Genealogy Family Tree Magazine Editor Diane Haddad provides a sneak peek at the March/April 2014 issue, with a special focus on online genealogy. This issue features guides to 20 popular genealogy websites, including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, FindMyPast and others honored on Family Tree Magazine‘s annual 101 Best Websites list. 101 Best Websites: FamilySearch.org Lisa chats with FamilySearch’s Brian Edwards about the latest developments on FamilySearch.org, the free genealogy website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sponsor Spotlight: Backblaze Founder and CEO Gleb Budman explains how to back up all varieties of genealogy files using the Backblaze online backup service. Family Tree University Crash Course: Winter 2014 Virtual Conference Online Editor Tyler Moss joins Lisa to discuss how to participate in the upcoming Family Tree University Winter 2014 Virtual Conference. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 16, 2014
Ep. 68: January 2014 Back to the episode list In this episode: 175th Anniversary of Photography Photography has a long and fascinating history. The photographic negative process was discovered by William Henry Fox Talbot, the owner of Lacock Abbey in 1835, and he later discovered the actual process of reproducing images through negatives when he reproduced a grainy image of a window of the Abbey. In an article published on February 25 of 1839 Johann von Maedler, an astronomer from Berlin used the word photography in a German newspaper.But it was just a few months later that same year, 175 years ago, that Sir John Herschel in a lecture before the Royal Society of London, made the word “photography” known to the world. News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Editor Diane Haddad explains how some of the biggest websites in genealogy are incorporating old photographs. Top Tips: From the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective joins Lisa for a discussion of the history of photography. 101 Best Websites: What Was There In this episode we dig into the What Was There website that helps you incorporate past photos with the present. Lisa’s special guest is Laurel Erickson, Founder of WhatWasThere.com. Family Tree University: Photo Editing and Retouching Instructor Nancy Hendrickson joins Lisa to provide tips for retouching and restoring old family photos from the Photo Editing and Retouching for Genealogists webinar. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison gives us her picks for this month from the Family Tree Shop. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
December 17, 2013
Ep. 67: December 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad brings us up to speed on the latest news from the blogosphere. Top Tips: Best State Websites Contributing Editor Rick Crume gives us tips on the 75 best state websites from this month’s issue of the magazine. 101 Best Websites: Kentucky Historical Society Go in depth into the Kentucky Historical Society website with Louise Jones, the society’s Director of Special Collections and Library. Family Tree University: State Crash Courses Online Editor Tyler Moss joins Lisa to provide search strategies from the extensive catalog of recorded state webinars available at Family Tree Shop. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison gives us her picks for this month from the Family Tree Shop. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
November 15, 2013
Ep. 66: November 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad brings us up to speed on the latest news from the blogosphere. Top Tips: Religious Records Religious records are key to tracing your German roots in Germany. Rick Crume stops by to guide us to our German ancestor’s church records using the six steps he outlines in his article “Going to Church” from the November 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine: #1 Acquaint yourself with German church records#2 Identify your immigrant ancestor’s parish#3 Check online church records#4 Rent FamilySearch microfilm#5 Write to German churches#6 Contact German Archives 101 Best Websites: National Archives of Norway One of the shining stars on the Internet that offer rays of research hope for those with Norwegian heritage is the National Archives of Norway’s Digital Archive. Lisa’s special guest: Yngve Nedrebø, Chief archivist at Riksarkivet. Family Tree University: Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots Researchers with Czech or Slovak roots often battle certain brick walls—do surname issues, border changes and language troubles sound all too familiar to you? Lisa A. Alzo, a specialist in Eastern European genealogy, and she discusses some of the tools and tricks for tracking down those hard-to-find ancestors from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Czechoslovakia, which she covers in her Family Tree University class, “Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots: Strategies for Searching Over Here and Over There.” The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison gives us her picks for this month from the Family Tree Shop. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
October 15, 2013
Ep. 65: October 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad brings us up to speed on the latest news from the blogosphere. Top Tips: Converting Home Movies Now is the time to convert your old home movies to digital before they deteriorate. But how? In the October/November 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine author Rick Crume provides five options and loads of information to help you get the job done in his article “5 Ways to Digitize Home Movies.” 101 Best Websites: Tribal Pages Ravi Rao, the Founder of the Tribal Pages website joins Lisa to talk about how genealogists can use the site’s tools to document and share their family history. Family Tree University: Organize Your Genealogy Author and instructor Lisa Alzo provides tips for getting your genealogy organized from her Family Tree University course called Organize Your Genealogy: Get Your Research in Order (and Keep It That Way.) The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison announced a brand new feature that is launching in the October/November issue of Family Tree Magazine: Workbook Pullouts! Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
September 17, 2013
Ep. 64: September 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Listen as Diane shares some of her favorite money-saving genealogy resources. Top Tips: Local Flavor One of the best ways to spice up your family history is by adding a dash of local flavor. Background details of your ancestors’ everyday lives like the fashion of the day, the foods they ate and local scandals rocking their neighborhood can all help you understand where they were coming from, and can also sweeten up your storytelling. In this episode, Sunny Jane Morton, author of the article “Local Flavor” from the Sept. 2013 issue of the magazine, shares some of the homegrown ingredients that will help you cook up fresh genealogical discoveries. 101 Best Websites: HistoryGeo.com Come explore our featured website, HistoryGeo.com, with Greg Boyd, Creator and President of HistoryGeo. Greg also introduces us to his new First Landowners Project. Family Tree University: Finding Your Ancestral Village Most genealogists hope to “cross the pond” as quickly as possible—but to do that you need to know the name of the town or village where your ancestor lived. In this episode you’ll get tips on how to identify your ancestor’s place of origin from Lisa Alzo, the instructor of the Family Tree University course called Finding Your Ancestral Village.  The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan 
In recognition of National Disaster Preparedness Month, join us for the live webinar:Disaster Preparedness for GenealogistsSeptember 25, 2013 at 7pm EST.Presented by Denise May Levenick Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
August 13, 2013
Ep. 63: August 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane and Lisa discuss the new season of the TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” on the TLC channel. Listen to Lisa’s interview with Allie Orton, Producer of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 158. Top Tips & 101 Best Websites We combine the Top Tips segment together with the 101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots Segment to devote more time to the brand new 101 Best Websites list for 2013. Author David Fryxell shares some of his favorites from the list that debuts in the Sept 2013 issue. Websites Dave Mentions: * Alabama Mosaic* Portal to Texas History* My Genealogy Hound* Newberry Library – New Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey* FamilySearch – New databases, images, family tree, photos* Ancestry* Norwegian National Archives Apps: * Ancestry* WorldCat* Find A Grave* MyHeritage* What Was There Family Tree University: Become an Ancestry.com Power User Online Editor Tyler Moss joins Lisa to provide tips for getting the most from Ancestry.com from the “Become an Ancestry.com Power User” course at FTU. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan This month, Allison recommends: Family Tree University’s Fall 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 16, 2013
Image courtesy the David Rumsey Map Collection Ep. 62: July 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Listen as Diane shares some news about virtual tours of Gettysburg. Top Tips: 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg July 2013 is the Gettysburg 150th anniversary. Lisa talks with David Fryxell about his “7 Steps to Discovering Your Gettysburg Ancestors” article from the July/August 2013 issue of the magazine. 101 Best Websites: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database Genealogy instructor Diana Crisman Smith takes us on a tour of the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System website by the National Parks Service. Family Tree University: Civil War Research The “Civil War Research: Find Your Ancestors in the War Between the States” course at Family Tree University will guide you in determining your ancestor’s service, finding the records to document it and fleshing out your knowledge of their lives. Course instructor Diana Crisman Smith provides tips from the class. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan This month, Allison recommends: The book Life in Civil War America by Michael Varhola. Family Tree Magazine Podcast: Episode 35, April 2011, Interview with Michael Varhola. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
June 14, 2013
Ep. 61: June 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Listen as Diane shares some of her favorite money-saving genealogy resources. Top Tips: Free Genealogy Tools Allison interviews Lisa about her article “41 Free Family History Tools” article from the May/June 2013 issue of the magazine. 101 Best Websites: HeritageQuest Genealogy author and instructor Gena Philibert Ortega takes us on a tour of the HeritageQuest Online website by ProQuest. The website is available for free from many public libraries across the country, and also (depending on the library) from home through the use of your library card. Family Tree University: Become a FamilySearch.org Power User Online Editor Tyler Moss joins Lisa to provide tips for getting the most from the free website FamilySearch.org from the “Become a FamilySearch Power User” course. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan This month, Allison recommends the Ultimate Collection: Best Free Genealogy Websites. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
May 20, 2013
Ep. 60: May 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad The new FamilySearch.org adds photo features and more! Top Tips: Conquer the Courthouse Lisa talks with author and instructor Lisa A. Alzo about her upcoming feature in the magazine. For more from Lisa Alzo, check out her book Three Slovak Women. 101 Best Websites: Cyndi’s List Lisa takes you on a tour of the ever-popular genealogy website Cyndi’sList. Family Tree University: Probing for Clues Power Course Family Tree Magazine Online Editor Tyler Moss gives you probate pointers from the Probing for Clues Power Course at Family Tree University. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In honor of National Photo Month, Allison Dolan, Publisher of Family Tree Magazine covers the latest deals at Family Tree Shop. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
April 16, 2013
Ep. 59: April 2013 Back to the episode list This episode is sponsored by Saving Memories Forever. In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Several of the genealogy blogs on the Family Tree Magazine Top 40 Blogs list focus on history. Diane gives us some of the standouts. Top Tips: US History in Your Pocket Nancy Hendrickson, author of The Genealogist’s US History Pocket Reference, discusses incorporating American history into your genealogy research. Best Websites: Historic Map Works Online Editor Tyler Moss introduces us to the Historic Map Works website. Family Tree University: Top 10 Social History Tools Author and Family Tree University Instructor Gena Ortega provides tips from her video class called Top 10 Social History Tools. Gena’s Faves: * Internet Archive* Flickr the Commons* American Memory Project* Top 10 Tools for Social History The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison takes on a trip down memory lane to look at the history of Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
February 13, 2013
Ep. 57: February 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: Top Tips: Family Photo Detective Family photos capture some of the most meaningful moments in life—wedding, babies, graduations, military service and holidays. Your old family photos are full of important family history clues. Maureen Taylor’s book, Family Photo Detective, helps you identify and research these clues that can further your genealogy research. Maureen is a photo identification expert and the author of the Family Tree Magazine’s Photo Detective blog and magazine column. She joins us for this episode devoted to Historical Photography to give us some tips on identification and preservation. 101 Best Websites: DeadFred.com When genealogists think about historical photography, one of the first websites that should come to mind is Dead Fred. It’s a catchy name for a site that catches the hopes of those who want to identify unknown photos, or to be reunited with old photos from their families that went astray. Joe Bott, the founder of Dead Fred, joins us in this episode to discuss using the site. Family Tree University: Picture Your Family History Family Tree University’s Power Courses are designed to give you an intense dose of learning on one specific topic. In the time it takes to watch a movie, you’ll give your research skills a huge boost and come away with new tools and techniques that you can use immediately to find your ancestors. In this segment Tyler Moss, Online Editor at Family Tree Magazine, joins Lisa to discuss the Picture Your Family History Power Course, and provides some tips you can use right away. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode Allison’s recommends the following resources: * Black History Month Special Offer: 50% off Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers* Family Tree University Winter 2013 Virtual Conference Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 14, 2013
Ep. 56, January 2013 Back to the episode list In this episode: Top Tips: Inside Google Books Has someone already written a local or family history book relevant to your genealogy? Use Google Books to find out. In this episode, Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Rick Crume, author of the article “Hitting the Books (Jan./Feb. 2013 issue), explains how. 101 Best Websites: WikiTree.com Lisa talks with Chris Whitten, Founder of WikiTree.com. Family Tree University: Mastering Ancestry.com With 5 billion historical records, Ancestry.com can unlock valuable information about your family—if you know how to make the most of its search and other tools. Tyler Moss, Family Tree Magazine’s Online Editor, provides search tips from the recorded webinar: “Your Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com.” The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Lisa and Allison discuss ways that listeners and readers can get involved with Family Tree Magazine. In this episode Allison’s recommends the following resources: * Ultimate Google for Genealogists Collection* Organize Your Family History Value Pack Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
December 14, 2012
Ep. 55: December 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: Top Tips: See Your Name on the Bookshelf Sunny Jane Morton, author of the article “Shelf Life” in the December 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine shares six steps to get your family history book into library stacks. Best Websites: British Ancestry on FindMyPast Lisa talks with D. Joshua Taylor of brightsolid about the FindMyPast.com website, which specializes in British genealogical records. Family Tree University: Creating a Family History Book Tyler Moss, Online Editor at Family Tree Magazine, provides tips from the class Creating a Family History Book: Start-to-Finish Guidance for Assembling and Printing a Family Keepsake. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode Allison recommends: * The Editor’s Pick Ultimate Collection: Genealogy Websites* Nancy Hendrickson’s Discover Your Family History Online* City Guides CD, all published in the magazine to date, plus some not yet published* Computer Bootcamp for Genealogists class Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
November 15, 2012
Ep. 54: November 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares what’s new in the world of genealogy, including Ancestry.com’s big time buyer. Top Tips: Scanning Secrets and Preserving Photos When it comes to digitizing your family history, scanning old family photos is one of the first things that comes to mind. In this episode, the Family Curator Denise May Levenick is here to give us some scanning advice from her new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia, & Genealogy Records. Best Websites: Family History on Facebook These days, like it or not, Facebook is one of the most common digital homes for our family history and photos. In the 101 Best Websites segment, Tyler Moss, online editor of for Family Tree Magazine, is here to talk about this new phenomenon. Family Tree University: Digital Photography Essentials Photography is an essential tool for genealogists—not only for capturing current family memories, but also for preserving old documents and heirlooms. Family Tree University’s Digital Photography Essentials course will help you master the basics of using digital cameras, photo editing software and scanners in your genealogy work. Tyler Moss provides tips from the class. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan n this episode Allison recommends the following resources: * Ultimate Organize Your Genealogy Collection* Flip-Pal Portable Scanner Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
October 19, 2012
Ep. 53: October 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares what’s new in the world of genealogy, including some big-time acquisitions. Top Tips: Crack the Tombstone Code Lisa dips into the Family Tree Magazine Podcast archive. In a 2009 interview with Sharon Debartolo Carmack, Sharon explains how to crack the tombstone code and glean more than just names and dates. Best Websites: Preserving Genealogy in Historic Cemeteries FTU instructor and active Find a Grave volunteer Diana Crisman Smith explains how you can help preserve the genealogy in historic cemeteries and make it accessible to fellow genealogists. Family Tree University: Cemetery Research 101 Family Tree University Instructor Midge Frazel shares a few tips from her Cemetery 101 class: Cemetery Research 101: Dig Up Your Family History. The course is designed for the beginner cemetery researcher with some knowledge of genealogy, and uses cemeteries in the student’s home area to prepare them for finding their own ancestors. Tip #1: The Dead Live At Find-a-Grave. Look here first before leaving home. Use maps to find the location (street/GPS). Tip #2: The Dead Can Move. Cemetery names change over time, people can be disinterred and move to a new cemetery (the death record/book, family notes lists the wrong location). Tip #3: The Dead Can Talk. * Find the cemetery office/superintendent by phone, email or before setting out to the cemetery get from them the cemetery map, plot # card, date of burial, burials without stones* Ask for help* Remember your manners* Bring them treats or a check* Find out where the Town/City Hall is located* Use the bathroom* Take as many photos as you can of the stone (front, back, all sides/angles), and a photo of you with your ancestor as a separate shot* Take photos of the surrounding stones (or write down the surnames) Tip #4: Visit the Dead with a Boneyard Buddy. When you get to the cemetery or burial location, pretend you are going to have to direct another person to the location. Take photos or videos of the entrance, the sign, the parking or a surrounding landmark and write down how to get to the section you located. I can guarantee that if you don’t do this, you will have to go back. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode, Allison shares Tombstone Rubbings Dos and Don’ts. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
September 13, 2012
Ep. September 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares what’s new in the world of genealogy, including some apps that can help you go mobile with your family research. Top Tips: Recognizing Sick Sources Every family tree is vulnerable to fall victim to diseased records. Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, the family tree doctor, is in the house and she’s going to give you tips for recognizing sick sources and preventing them from infecting your research. Her article “Preventative Medicine” appears in the October/November 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Best Websites: Using a DNA Test Lisa talks with Bennett Greenspan, founder and president of FamilyTreeDNA, about using DNA as a tool to validate or disprove your research.. Family Tree University: Source Documentation 101 Family Tree University Instructor Charlotte Bocage shares a few tricks for citing your sources. Learn more about Charlotte’s class: Source Documentation 101. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode Allison recommends the following books: * Evidence! by Elizabeth Shown Mills* Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills* Family Tree Problem Solver by Marsha Hoffman Rising* Step-by-Step Guide: Improve Your Research Skills by Sunny Morton Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
August 20, 2012
Ep. 51: August 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane shares what’s new in the world of genealogy, including new genealogy apps that can help your research go mobile: * Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner and Accessories* Saving Memories Forever* Ancestry App Top Tips: Family History Travel Denise Levenick, creator of The Family Curator blog, provides travel tips from her article “No Place Like Home” from the July/August 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Best Websites: Mobile Genealogy Lisa talks with David A. Fryxell about the best mobile websites for genealogists. The brand new “101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots” list for 2012 was just announced in the September 2012 issue. Family Tree University: Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots Family Tree University Instructor Lisa Alzo shares her recent international family history travel experience. Learn more about Lisa’s class, Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode Allison recommends: The Family Tree University Fall Virtual Conference, Sept. 14–16, 2012. Enter into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a free registration! Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 17, 2012
Ep. 50: July 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives an update on the 1940 census and talks how to tap Revolutionary War resources from the Genealogy Insider blog. Top Tips: How to Find War of 1812 Ancestors This year we celebrate The War of 1812 Bicentennial. Diane Haddad has tips on discovering the stories of your ancestors who preserved American Independence in the War of 1812. David Allen Lambert’s article Star-Spangled Genealogy is featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Best Websites: Searching with Daughters of the American Revolution Lisa talks with David Fryxell about the Daughters of the American Revolution website: Daughters of the American Revolution.  Family Tree University Crash Course: Immigration Master Class Family Tree University instructor Lisa Alzo shares secrets from her Immigration Master Class. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan In this episode, Allison recommends: State Research Guides Double Pack. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
June 27, 2012
Ep. 49: June 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane explains how to locate archived genealogy blog posts on any subject. Top Tips: Discover Your Food Heritage Gena Philibert Ortega, shares ideas from her new book From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes for capturing our culinary family history. 101 Best Websites: Putting Lives in Context Lisa talks with author David Fryxell about some of the best websites for adding context to your ancestors’ lives: * Arkansas History Commission* Digital Library of Georgia* Encyclopedia of Alabama* Florida Memory Project* Kentucky Historical Society* American Memory Project Family Tree University Crash Course: Find Your Ancestors in American News Sources Family Tree University instructor James Beidler provides ideas on how to get the scoop on events and attitudes of your ancestor’s era through newspapers from his course Newspaper Research 101: Find Your Ancestors in American News Sources. Recommended Website: Chronicling America The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Discover the story behind common items that filled your ancestors’ lives in the History Matters column in every issue of Family Tree Magazine.  Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
May 17, 2012
Ep. 48: May 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including the recent acquisition of Archives.com by Ancestry.com. Top Tips: The 1862 Homestead Act Dive into land records with a discussion of the 1862 Homestead Act with Thomas MacEntee. Learn more from his video class from the Family Tree University Spring 2012 Virtual Conference. 101 Best Websites: Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Lisa talks with author Nancy Hendrickson about the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Family Tree University Crash Course: Top 5 Confusing Land Terms Family Tree University instructor Diana Crisman Smith sheds light on confusing terms you might find as you review your ancestors’ land records. Diana teaches FTU’s Land Records 101 course. Social Media Minute Kerry Scott returns to talk about why Facebook’s new timeline has a silver lining for genealogists. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us more about the Land Records Research Value Pack, the Ultimate Photo Preservation Collection, and the Jewish Genealogy Value Pack. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
March 30, 2012
Ep. 46: March 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including the latest on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Top Tips: Verifying Information From Online Family Trees You can find a lot of information in online family trees, but it’s critical to verify the data you uncover. Nancy Hendrickson joins us to discuss some strategies from her article, “One in a Million,” which appears in the March/April issue of Family Tree Magazine, and her upcoming book Discover Your Family History Online. Best Websites: MyHeritage.com Lisa talks with Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage.com. Family Tree University Crash Course: Finding Living Relatives Family Tree University instructor Thomas MacEntee gives tips on how to use online family trees to locate living relatives from his on-demand webinar, They’re Alive! Finding Living Relatives. Don’t miss Thomas’ Toolkit article, “Tools to Locate Living Relatives,” which features five great tools you’re going to want to use. You can find it in the March/April 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Social Media Minute Kerry Scott returns to talk about how you can use Facebook to learn more about your ancestors’ hometowns. Check out the Facebook page for Glenbeulah, Wis. to see a sample of what you might find. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us more about the Woman’s History Month Value Pack and the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
February 24, 2012
Antique wooden storage box with drawers. Ep. 45: February 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including RPAC’s “Stop ID Theft NOW!” campaign to save the SSDI and brightsolid’s new pay-as-you-go census records site. Top Tips: From the Special Discover Your Roots Issue Author and instructor Lisa Alzo covers some genealogy fundamentals from her new article, “Matters of Principle” from the special Spring 2012 Discover Your Roots issue of Family Tree Magazine. 101 Best Websites: Mocavo Lisa talks with Michael J. Leclerc, Chief Genealogist at Mocavo. Family Tree University Crash Course: A Variety of Online Genealogy Education Options Kerry Scott from Family Tree University explains the online genealogy courses available to suit all experience levels, budgets and time constraints. Social Media Minute Kerry Scott returns to talk about how hashtags can enhance your genealogy conference experience—even if you’re stuck at home. You can search for hashtags even if you’re not a Twitter user. Be sure to follow the #FTUVC hashtag during the Spring 2012 Virtual Conference. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us more about Family Tree University’s Spring 2012 Virtual Conference. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
January 24, 2012
Ep. 44: January 2012 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including Ancestry.com’s plans for 2012 and the celebrities scheduled to appear on Season 3 of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” Top Tips: From the February Issue Managing Editor Diane Haddad returns to share tips from the February 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Best Websites: Evernote Lisa and Online Community Editor Kerry Scott discuss why Evernote is an ideal tool for genealogists. You can learn more about Evernote and a variety of other genealogy topics by attending Family Tree University’s Spring 2012 Virtual Conference. Family Tree University Crash Course: Organize Your Family Archive Denise Levenick from The Family Curator shares tips from the her recent Organize Your Family Archive webinar. Social Media Minute Kerry Scott returns to talk about the one thing you can do to make it much easier to connect with fellow genealogists online. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are among the most popular social media sites for genealogists to connect. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us about the January’s Ultimate Get Organized Collection. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
December 22, 2011
Photo courtesy the Library of Congress Ep. 43: December 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Salt Lake Visit Salt Lake is the go-to website for any family historian planning a visit to Salt Lake City, Utah. Read Lisa Louise Cooke’s genealogy blog posts at the Visit Salt Lake blog.  News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including a new mapping tool called Historypin and MyHeritage’s acquisition of FamilyLink and BackUpMyTree.com. Top Tips: Name Dropping David Fryxell, author of the article “Name Dropping” in the January 2012 issue, shares insight into naming conventions. Best Websites: Western States Historical Marriage Index Lisa Louise Cooke talks about what you can find in the Western States Historical Marriage Index, a BYU Idaho Special Collections & Family History website. You can find a list of counties by state here. If you’d like to help, you can volunteer by emailing familyhistory@byui.edu. Family Tree University Crash Course: First Steps Kerry Scott talks about Family Tree University’s new “First Steps” courses for new genealogists. Social Media Minute In this new segment, Online Community Editor Kerry Scott talks about Google+, the new networking tool from Google that has taken the online genealogy community by storm. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us about the four vital things every genealogist should do this month. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
November 19, 2011
Ep. 42: November 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including the shutdown of the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) website and the Genealogists for Families project at Kiva.com. Top Tips: Getting Relatives to Talk About Family History Tips from Family Archivist columnist Sunny Jane Morton’s article “Family Feast” from the January 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Sunny’s new book is My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories. Best Websites: Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project The Michigan State University Library and the Michigan State University Museum have partnered to create an online collection of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Digital images of the pages of each cookbook are available, as well as full-text transcriptions and the ability to search within the books across the collection in order to find specific information. Our special guest is Peter Berg, Head of Special Collections and Associate Director for Special Collections and Preservation. Family Tree University Crash Course: Create a Family History Book Creating a family history book is a great way to preserve your family’s story and share it with others. Family Tree University instructor Nancy Hendrickson tells us more about her course on how to create a family history book. The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
October 19, 2011
Ep. 41: October 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including the release of two long-awaited software programs: Family Tree Maker 2012 and Personal Historian 2. Top Tips: Using Autosomal DNA Testing Blaine Bettinger, author of the article “More Power to You” in the December 2011 issue, discusses how he used autosomal tests to solve a family mystery. Blaine blogs at The Genetic Genealogist. Best Websites: Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation DNA offers family historians some exciting options. In this episode, we profile the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) website to learn more about what is available to family historians.  Our special guest is Dr. Ugo A. Perego, Director of Operations and a senior researcher at the non-profit organization. Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Salt Lake Visit Salt Lake is the go-to website for any family historian planning a visit to Salt Lake City, Utah. Read Lisa Louise Cooke’s genealogy blog posts at the Visit Salt Lake blog.  Meet Kerry Scott Get to know Kerry Scott, the newest member of the Family Tree Magazine staff. Kerry is the new online Community Editor for Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University. She also blogs at Clue Wagon. Family Tree University Crash Course: Land Records Land records are fascinating. Family Tree University instructor Diana Crisman Smith shares tips from her Land Records 101 course to help you mine land records for their genealogical gold. The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us about the Family History Month Daily Deal & Giveaway. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and
September 26, 2011
blank paper on the table Ep. 40: September 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives the scoop on recent census news, including Archives.com’s plans to add all US census records and Ancestry.com’s announcement that it will offer free access to the 1940 census, along with hints for finding your family’s 1940 census enumeration district. Top Tips: Searching Online Newspaper Collections Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Rick Crume shares tips from his article “Netting the News” in the November 2011 issue. Rick’s Top Tips: * Browse through online newspapers available in online collections to see which ones have newspapers covering the places and time periods where your ancestors lived.* Carefully word your query. Try different search terms and keep in mind that some sites have search limitations.* If your ancestor’s hometown newspaper isn’t online, request a microfilmed copy on interlibrary loan. Best Websites: PERSI Allison Stacy gives an overview of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) at HeritageQuestOnline, a fabulous resource for tracking down family history periodicals. Ask your library if it subscribes to HeritageQuest Online, and whether you can access the service from home using a library card. Watch Allison and Diane’s video tour of the Allen County Public Library, which created PERSI: Family Tree University Crash Course: Historical Books on the Web Family Tree University instructor Nancy Hendrickson provides tips on how to find family history publications from her on-demand webinar Historical Books on the Web. The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine, explaining how the issues of America’s favorite family history publication come together. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
August 16, 2011
Ep. 39: August 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Is your family photo collection a mess? Learn how to enter Family Tree Magazine’s contest to win photo organizing supplies and advice. Plus: Get the scoop on newly added international records on FamilySearch.org . Top Tips: Heritage Organizations Author Sunny Morton talks about fraternal ethnic organizations our ancestors belonged to, heritage-focused organizations you can join and more tips from her article “Culture Club” in the November 2011 issue. Best Websites: Genlias Sunny Morton returns to tell us about Genlias, a key website for genealogists researching Dutch ancestors. Family Tree University Crash Course Family Tree University Instructor Jim Beidler shares tips from his Find Your German Roots course. The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Stacy Allison chats with us about Family Tree University’s Summer 2011 Virtual Conference. Join us August 19-21, 2011, or check out the on-demand sessions available for purchase on Family Tree Shop. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
July 14, 2011
Ep. 38: July 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad It’s never too early to start preparing for next year’s 1940 census release. Diane chats with us about finding your ancestor’s 1940 census enumeration district. Top Tips: 101 Best Websites Author David Fryxell shares some of his personal favorites from his new article Dazzling Destinations covering the 101 Best Websites from the September 2011 issue of the magazine. Dave’s favorites include: * Daughters of the American Revolution* Virginia Memory* Cook County Illinois Vital Records* One Step Web Pages by Steve Morse Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Salt Lake Visit Salt Lake is the go-to website for any family historian planning a visit to Salt Lake City, Utah. Read Lisa Louise Cooke’s genealogy blog posts at the Visit Salt Lake blog.  Safe Keeping: Online Backup Services Grace offers advice on backing up your digital files. Check out these four services: * BackupMyTree* Carbonite* DropBox* Mozy Family Tree University Crash Course FTU Dean Grace Dobush interviews Lisa Louise Cooke about her Google Earth for Genealogy course. The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy Allison chats with us about Family Tree University’s Summer 2011 Virtual Conference. Join us August 19-21, 2011, at a genealogy conference you can attend in your slippers. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made E...
June 20, 2011
Ep. 37: June 2011 Back to the episode list In this episode: News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad Diane gives us the inside scoop on what’s happening in the genealogy world, including rapper 50 Cent’s appearance on a genealogy-centered documentary on VH1. Top Tips: Research Tips Genealogist, FTU instructor and author Lisa A. Alzo provides tips on hitting the road for your family history research from her article “The Research Trip Survival Kit” in the July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Safe Keeping: Ancestral Souvenirs Grace talks about the history and preservation of souvenirs your ancestors kept from their travels. Here are some more resources: * Historical postcards* Souvenir spoons* Collectable thimbles* Antique price guides* AIC’s Caring For Your Treasures Family Tree University Crash Course Family Tree University Dean Grace Dobush shares tips from the popular state webinar series. The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy Allison talks about some new resources at great savings. Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos. Have fun climbing your family tree!
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