Family History: Genealogy Made Easy

Do you yearn to learn more about your family history, but just don’t know where to start? Have you started, but need a genealogy research boost? In each weekly 30 minute show host Lisa Louise Cooke will guide you through the genealogy search process in this easy to follow and entertaining podcast. The world of family history is open to everyone, and climbing your family tree has never been easier, or more rewarding! Learn how to use family tree software, locate genealogy records through online searches, create a family tree chart, and get tips on free genealogy resources.

You’ll also be inspired by the stories of other researchers who share their family history search – their experience, tips, and rewards. Whether you want to research Irish genealogy or Virginia genealogy, whether you’re looking for free family history tips or you need advice on the best genealogy sites this podcast will equip and inspire you to achieve great success in a short amount of time. Isn’t it time to claim your place in history?

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Episode 46: Lost Cousins - Reconnect Today

We’ve talked about posting your family tree online as a way to connect with other researchers and distant relatives.   And services like Ancestry’s Member Connect are another way to try to accomplish this.  But one of the concerns I regularly hear is that frankly it can get a bit messy if you will, sharing data online, having others post info to your tree, and having all this extra info show up while you’re trying to look at online documents.  The biggest problem is that it sort of feels like hit or miss – like information is being thrown at you to see if it sticks to the wall – or should I say, to see if it sticks to your family tree!

Well, there Is another option.  And in today’s show I’m very happy to bring to you my interview with Peter Calver, Founder and President of the LostCousins.com website.  Peter is a genealogists who shares our goals.  He explains the biggest benefit to the LostCousins approach to connecting with others.  And the difference between the matches you make with LostCousins and the matches you make with the other methods.

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Episode 45: Listener Family History Blogs

After listening to past episodes of this podcast where we talked about Family History blogs, I hope that you have not only started reading blogs, but that you have also tried your hand at genealogy blogging.  It’s a great way to share your findings and connect with other researchers and distant cousins you didn’t even know you had.

Well, in today’s episode, I’m going to share some of the family history blogs that you, the listeners, have created.  I’m hoping that you will not only be inspired to blog if you haven’t started already by seeing what others are doing, but that you will take note of the blogs that sound interesting and perhaps are relative to your own family history research. 

Being a community gives genealogists strength and inspiration, and today’s episode is all about our community.  Get your notepads out and get ready to jot down some terrific new genealogy blogs!

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Episode 44: Broken Branches in Your Family Tree

Today’s episode is unlike any other I’ve done on the podcast.  Today we are going to tackle some difficult subject matter.  You know, none of us have a perfect family tree.  In fact, I would venture to guess that at some point each one of us who are delving into our family’s past will come across some sad and painful stories.  An ancestor abandoned at an asylum, incarcerated for acts of violence, or perhaps who committed suicide. 

For Crystal Bell, my guest on today’s show, that sad and painful story was very close to her branch of the tree.  In fact, the troubles lay at her parent’s door, and she bore the brunt of the chaos that was created.  And yet there is tremendous hope that comes from Crystal’s story.  She is a wonderful example of the freedom that can come from facing your fears and breaking down the mystery of a troubled past.  It’s what I call the redemptive gifts of family history.

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Episode 43: How the Calendar Changes Through History Affect Your Research

Do you know what the date is today?  Or what the date was of the record you are looking at for one of your ancestors?  If you’re not familiar with the changes through history to the calendar, you might be recording incorrect dates in your family tree.  Well, I’ve got just the person on today’s show who can help us understand the history of the calendars through time and how they affect our understanding of genealogical records.  Today I’m welcoming back Margery Bell, Assistant Director of the  Regional Family History Center in Oakland California.  And she’s going to answer Does the changing historical calendar really affect our research?

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Episode 42: Family History Blogging Part 2

Introduction

In today’s episode we are going to continue setting up your own family history blog step-by-step.  In episode 40 you decided what the purpose of your blog is, and we got you started with the free Blogger web site and picked out your blog name and set up the web address for it, and got the basic framework started.

We will finish up this family history blogging lesson with adding a few more gadgets and details, doing a bit of pre-planning for your blog posts, publishing your first article, and then talking about how your readers will subscribe to your blog.

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Episode 41: A Special Announcement & Stories from the Genealogy Blogosphere

This week I’m working on a brand new and exciting project that I will tell you more about at the end of the show.  But because I’ve got my head down this week and I’m working diligently to meet my deadlines, I’m going to take a little bit of a different approach to this episode. 

We’ve been talking quite a bit about family history blogging in the last few episodes, and I have a few goodies for you this week that should help you make significant progress in creating your own blog if that’s something you’d like to do, and some goodies from other genealogy bloggers that will inspire and entertain you.

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Episode 40: Why You Need to Blog and How To Do It Part 1

In the last two episodes you’ve been hearing from experienced genealogy bloggers about family history blogging.  I hope it piqued your interest and got you thinking about the possibility of doing it yourself.  As we’ve discussed, it’s a great way to share your experiences with other researchers and potentially connect with long lost relatives.

Well in today’s episode I’m going to walk you through setting up your own family history blog step-by-step.  By the end of this episode you could have your own family history blog up and running and sharing your enthusiasm about genealogy with the world.  How does that sound?  Are you willing to give it a try?  And even if you’re not looking to start blogging today, listen in and plant the seeds for the future. 

But before we talk about how to reach out to the world, let’s hear from you first, and we’ll do that at the mailbox. 

MAILBOX:

Long time listener Will Haskell wrote in this last week about the recent blogging episodes. 

The Transcript software mentioned by Denise Levenick
http://www.jacobboerema.nl/en/Freeware.htm

In our listener email episodes and Anne-Marie had some questiones about how to make progress with her Maw-gee research, specifically how to track down their immigration records.  She wrote in again to say that she’s going to follow up on our suggestions and let us know what she finds.  But she also had some comments about my interview with genealogy blogger the Footnote Maven.

“I have begun listening to Family History and Genealogy Gem podcasts from the beginning again.  When I listened the first time I was so novice that I did not always understand what I was hearing.  Its great to have this audio reference guide.”

 

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Episode 39: Family History Blogging Part 2

This week we’re going to continue to explore the world of genealogy and family history blogging, which really is a terrific way to share your findings, connect with other researchers and long lost relatives, and pass on your own research experiences.  Just like Footnote Maven says anyone can blog, because there is something wonderful in all of us, and you just have to determine what that is and showcase it.

In this episode I have TWO more genealogy bloggers for you who are doing just that, and very successfully.  First is Denise Levenick author of The Famly Curator Blog and alter ego of “Miss Penny Dreadful” who writes on the Footnote Maven’s Shades of the Departed blog.

Denise will tell us about the origins of her Family Curator blog, and why she feels motivated to write it.  And she’ll also share some of her top tech tips!

Next I have on the show Schelly Talalay Dardashti author of the Tracing the Tribe blog.  She’ll tell us how she got started blogging, and what really got her hooked on it.  She’ll tell us about her process for posting articles and how much time she spends blogging, and will dispel the myth that you have to be technically inclined to have a blog.

This episode is your personal genealogy blogging training with some of the best in the biz!

 

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Episode 38: Family History Blogging Part 1

Now that you are making some substantial progress on your family tree, you are probably thinking about creative ways to share what you’ve discovered and perhaps your thoughts about the research process.  In episodes 12 & 13 we covered uploading your family tree to the Internet in order to make connections.  On today’s episode we are going to focus on another way to share online – and that’s through blogging.

While you have probably read genealogy blogs, you may not have felt prepared to start one of your own.  But in these next few episodes we’re going to change all that. And I’ve invited a seasoned genealogy blogger to start us off. 

The Footnote Maven has been blogging for quite some time now and has much to share on the subject.  Here blog Shades of the Departed has grown dramatically in popularity and in this episode FM as her friends call her will explain what that blog means to her…

And since there are so many different types of genealogy bloggers, Footnote Maven will try to sum up how she thinks of herself in the blogosphere…

…and she explains why YOU can be a genealogy blogger too!

And will give you specific tips for getting started, how she prepares her blog posts, what she would have done differently if she could start all over again, and 9 tips for getting readers to leave comments.

But even if you don’t plan on starting a blog anytime soon, I know you will enjoy the Footnote Maven’s passion for genealogy, sense of humor, and words of wisdom.  And that interview is coming up right after a quick trip to the mailbox.

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Episode 37: Listener Email Part 2 - Just how DO you pronounce genealogy?

Today’s show is all about YOU!  This episode is made up completely of your emailed questions, comments and stories.  I couldn’t do this podcast without you, and I definitely want it to be a two way conversation. 

Joining me on today’s episode to read your emails is my daughter, Lacey Cooke.

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Episode 36: Listener Comments and Questions Part 1

Today’s show is all about YOU!  This episode is made up completely of your emailed questions, comments and stories.  I couldn’t do this podcast without you, and I definitely want it to be a two way conversation. 

Joining me on today’s episode to read your emails is my daughter, Lacey Cooke.

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Episode 35: Genealogy Research at Public Libraries Part 2

In Episode 34 I talked with Patricia Van Skaik, Manager of the History and Genealogy Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County about the unique genealogical resources that are tucked away in public libraries just waiting to be discovered, and she gave us some great ideas on how to prepare for your visit to get the most out of your time at the library.

In the first segment of today’s episode Pat explores the library catalog and provides tips on how to find what you’re looking for.   She then emphasizes the advantages of advanced search methods. 

Then in our second segment Pat takes us inside the unique collections of public libraries, and helps us ask for what we want!

Pat even exposes the obstacles librarians face when it comes to cataloguing large and unique collections that may interest genealogists.  So dust off your library card and grab your book bag and let’s head back to the public library

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Episode 34: Genealogy Research at Public Libraries

Did you know that there is a gem of a genealogical resource right in your own backyard?  Well, at least in your own neighborhood. And also in just about every neighborhood where your ancestors lived.  The Public library is one of the most under-estimated sources of genealogical information around, but in today’s episode we’re going to change all that!

I have invited Patricia Van Skaik, Manager of the History and Genealogy Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to join us here on the podcast.  In this episode she’s going to give us the inside scoop on the unique genealogical resources that are tucked away in public libraries just waiting to be discovered…

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Episode 33: Hard Drive Organization Part 2

In our last episode I shared with you a bit of my organizational background. How I went from disorganized procrastinator to proactive organizer after a few hard knocks.   I hope you will agree now that organization doesn’t have to come naturally, but rather can be learned and practiced. 

I also introduced you to a system that I developed about a decade ago, and have leaned on ever since to keep my computer’s hard drive organized as I have added hundreds if not thousands of source documents to it as I went about my genealogy research.  And even now I can retrieve exactly the document I need quickly and easily.  And you will be able to as well. 

In this episode I’m going to pick up where we left off, at the GENEALOGY folder on our C: drive.  So fire up your computer and rev up that mouse because we have some organizing to do!

 

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Episode 32: Genealogical Hard Drive Organization

So far in this Podcast series we’ve got you set up with a genealogy database, located birth, marriage and death records, scoured the census and newspapers, and most recently covered immigration and naturalization records.  We’ve covered a lot of ground and chances are if you’ve been putting in that hour a week that we talked about you’ve probably made some good progress on your family tree and that means you’ve collected a number of records.  And many of the records were probably found online and that means they are stored on your computer hard drive – but where???

Hard drive organization is one of the great challenges that quickly faces the new genealogists, and often continues to plague experiences researchers.  In today’s episode I’m going to share a system I’ve developed for organizing your computer hard drive files so that you can quickly and easily locate any document.  I’ve been using this system for almost a decade and it’s never failed me.  So set down your family tree, just for a little while, and put on your apron as we get ready to do some Hard drive spring cleaning and organization.

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Episode 31: Immigration & Naturalization Part 3

In episodes 28 and 30 I talked one on one with Stephen Danko about Immigration and Naturalization records.  I hope you got some great ideas as to how to find them and have had a chance to try some of those strategies out.  But the strategy doesn’t end when we finally locate the passenger list.  No sir.  In this episode we are going to get the magnifying glass out and take an even closer look at these information rich documents.  I want to make sure that you’re getting everything you can out of them. 

And I’m please to say that Stephen Danko has graciously agreed to let us listen in on some excerpts from a recent presentation he gave on the subject that focus in on the annotations that we may find on passenger lists, including references to special inquiry, Number sequences that reference the Naturalization process, and many more marks and notations that you may not have previously noticed, but that could indicate a deeper story of your ancestors immigration experience. 

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Episode 30: Immigration & Naturalization Part 2

In today’s episode we are going to continue our discussion of Immigration and Naturalization with genealogy lecturer and blogger Stephen Danko. In today’s show Steve and I talk more about passenger lists, and some of the ramifications of an immigrant being detained or deported.

We’ll also discuss some of the challenges of finding records prior to 1820 in the U.S.  And then we’ll be meet the challenge of locating naturalization records

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Episode 29: Immigration & Naturalization Part 1

Stephen Danko, PhD is a genealogy lecturer, and a very popular blogger.  And in today’s show he’s helping us cross the pond through the use of immigration and naturalization records.  He’ll talk to us about the Challenges we’ll face in locating these records, the documents you may not know about, and the process by which these records were created.

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Episode 28: Your Ancestors in the News Part 2

In last week’s episode dipped our toes into the news pool with a discussion of researching our family tree in newspapers with Jane  Knowles Lindsey, President of the California Genealogical Society. In today’s episode we’re going to take it further as Jane tells us about the kinds of gems that we can find in newspapers

Newspapers offer such a unique perspective on history in general, and our ancestors specifically.  You can find everything from birth, marriage and death announcements, to school and club event, crime stories, sports activities and just about any other activity that your ancestors were part of that made the news.  So let’s get back to our conversation with Jane and read all about it!

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Episode 27: Your Ancestors in the News Part 1

So far in this podcast series we’ve focused much of our attention on primary sources – those records that were created at the or very near the time of the event by those involved in the the event.  Most recently we discussed birth records, but civil and church records.  Primary sources are vital to our research, but secondary sources can also add tremendous value as be very interesting to say the least.  Newspapers are just that kind of resource.  And in today’s episode we’re going to go in search of the color commentary on our ancestors with Jane Knowles Lindsey who teaches quite often on just this subject at the California Genealogical Society where currently presides as President. 

Newspapers offer such a unique perspective on history in general, and our ancestors specifically.  You can find everything from birth, marriage and death announcements, to school and club event, crime stories, sports activities and just about any other activity that your ancestors were part of that made the news.  So let’s get started and Read all about it!

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Episode 26: Church Birth Records

In our last episode we covered Civil Birth Records and as promised in this week’s episode we finish up this two part series with Church Birth Records.  And just like with civil birth records, there are a variety of records to track down.  So to help us in the hunt I’m bringing in professional genealogist Arlene Eakle who will helps us to see the challenges we face and the success we can have locating Church Birth Records

In today’s episode Arlene will give us specific, targeted information about which records are available and how to obtain Church Birth Records.  So get ready for another intensive half hour of training from the best in the biz, Arlene H. Eakle Phd.

 

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Episode 25: Civil Birth Records

In our last episode we covered Marriage Records, and as promised in this week's episode we finish up the category of Vital Records by going back to the beginning - Birth Records.  And just like marriage records, there are a variety of records to track down.  So to help us in the hung, I'm bringing in professional genealogist Arlene Eakle who will help us to see the challenges we face, and the success that we can have in locating Civil Birth Records.

There are two major groups of birth records, Civil and Church, and in today’s episode Arlene will give us specific, targeted information about which records are available and how to obtain them.  So get ready for an intensive half hour of training from the best in the biz, Arlene H. Eakle Phd.

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Episode 24: Marriage Records: Have You Found Them All?

So far in this podcast series you’ve already made a lot of progress.  You’ve set up your genealogy database, talked to your relatives, gotten familiar with the Family History Centers and you have your research worksheet to lead you in your investigation backwards in time, through death records and the census. 

In today’s episode we’re going to continue working backwards down the records aisle looking for Marriage Records.  Marriage records are part of the record group called Vital Records, and they can be a rich source of genealogical information.

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Episode 23: Get Your Free Research Worksheet

In today's episode we're going to follow up on the powerful process for doing your genealogy research that we discussed in Episode 20 called the Genealogical Proof Standard, or GPS.

The GPS process has been used for years by professional genealogists to ensure the quality, accuracy and success of their research.  And now you can use it too.  This is the ideal time to start because it may save you going back and re-doing some of your hard work later down the road.  

As you’ll recall from episode 20, we got an overview of the GPS from Mark Tucker of the ThinkGenealogy Blog.    Well, in today’s episode I’m going to help you put these ideas into concrete action.  And I have a downloadable free tool that will help you do the job. 

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Episode 22: Legend Seekers: Behind the Scenes of TV Show About Your Family History

In this episode I have a special treat for you.  A bit of inspiration to get keep you motivated in your quest for your family’s history.  A brand new television series is hitting the airwaves this month called Legend Seekers and the executive producer Ken Marks is joining us here on the show to share his vision for the series and the role that you can play in bringing it to television.   Legend Seekers is unique in that the family history stories they research and bring to life are stories from you, the viewing audience.  Not movie stars or rock stars, but every day folks like you who have some very extraordinary stories in their family tree.  In segment Ken talks about the pilot episode about the Lively Family Massacre in Illinois, and how he went about helping the TV execs understand the mass appeal of the show.

In our second segment Ken talks about the genealogical serendipity that he has his crew found themselves tapping into throughout the production of the pilot episode, and where he envisions the ideas for future episodes to come from.

So sit back and enjoy this sneak peek at the behind the scenes world of TV, and listen close because you’re going to find out how you can become involved in this ground breaking series. 

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Episode 21: Bruce Buzbee, Irish Research Expert & A Chance to Win!

The Guest Host for this week’s episode is Lacey Cooke.

In the first segment you’ll from Bruce Buzbee, president and founder of Rootsmagic Genealogy Software. Rootsmagic just released a beta version of Rootsmagic 4, which takes a leader in the market of genealogy database software and makes it even better!   

And in our second segment you’ll hear from Judith Wight.  This is a very timely conversation since we just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and Judith is a professional genealogist who’s specialty, and personal passion, is Irish research.  This is your chance to learn from a master about how to find those elusive Irish ancestors.

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Episode 20: Navigating Your Research with Mark Tucker and the GPS

If you’re new to research you may hear some terms that you’re not familiar with. This is the ideal time to start getting familiar with them because it may save you going back and re-doing some of your hard work later down the road. 

If you’re an experienced researcher, you may already have had some experience with the GPS.  But even if you have, you likely haven’t heard it quite like this.  My very special guest is Mark Tucker of the ThinkGenealogy blog at thinkgenealogy.com.  Mark is a software architect by day and an avid genealogist evenings and weekend.  And it’s safe to say Mark has a passion for genealogy and he brings his computing expertise to genealogy in some pretty exciting ways, most recently by process mapping the Genealogical Proof Standard – the GPS – into a visual aid that will help you navigate your way to a successful family tree.

In our first segment Mark tells us how he got started using the Genealogical Proof Standard, why he created the GPS map, and what it will do for you to improve your genealogy research.  Then he gives us an overview of the Genealogical Proof Standard and the various tools that go along with it.

In our second segment we talk about how the GPS map can be effectively used for breaking down your research brick walls. 

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Episode 19: Family History Centers Part 3

In our first segment we’re going to talk about the educational opportunities available through the Family History Centers including the new online Wiki

Then in our second segment, Margery will give you her Top 7 Tips for getting the most out of your visit to a Family History Center

And in our final segment, Margery will inspire you with some stories of genealogical serendipity that she has experienced over her many years working at Family History Centers.

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Episode 18: Family History Centers Part 2

Last week Margery Bell introduced us to the Family History Center, and walked us step by step through the process of ordering and using microfilm

She also discussed the wide range of resources beyond microfilm that you will find at both your local Family History Center and one of the 14 larger Regional centers.

In our first segment in this episode she preps us for our visit, including a terrific handout for you to download, and reveals the subscription websites you can use for free at the family History Center.

Then in our second segment, Margery discusses Making Copies in all forms, the future of digitizing microfilm, and the future of Family History Centers.

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Episode 17: Family History Centers

My very special guest is friend of the show Margery Bell, Assistant Director of the Oakland Family History Center in Oakland, California.  You’ll remember Margery’s warm personality and expert knowledge from Episode 1 of Family History: Genealogy Made Easy

Margery has over 35 years of experience working in Family History Centers, and she’s going to share her experience with you so you can get the most out them.

In our first segment she introduces us to the Family History Center and walks us step by step through the process for ordering and using microfilm

Then in our second segment, Margery discusses the wide range of resources beyond microfilm that you will find at both your local Family History Center and one of 14 larger Regional centers.

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Episode 16: The Family History Library

In our first segment we’re going to get acquainted with the largest depository of genealogy in the world:  The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s free and available to the public and I’m going to get you ready to make good use of it. And if you’re already tapping into it’s resources, I’ve got some catalog research tips that are going to help you get even better results. 

Then in our second segment my guest is Don R. Anderson, Director of the Family History Library.  We’ll be talking about the Library as it is today, and the vision for the Family History Library of tomorrow.

 

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Episode 15: Genealogical Cold Calling Part 2

Last week we talked about how to go about contacting other researchers and relatives that we find through posting our online family trees.  I like to call it Genealogical Cold Calling

And it was a genealogical cold call that brought me and my cousin Carolyn Ender together as online research partners.  And as you heard last week she has a knack for quickly connecting with folks she doesn’t know over the telephone in ways that puts them at ease and brings to light the information that she’s looking for.  And in today’s episode I’m going to play part 2 of my interview with her

In our second segment we’re going to pull it all together by in a review of the 14 Steps to Genealogical Cold Calling.

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Episode 14: Genealogical Cold Calling

It can be a big boost to your research to connect with someone who may have additional information and even photographs of your ancestors.  But we shouldn’t just post our own family trees online and then sit back hoping that someone contacts us.  We need to also be going out there on the Internet and looking for trees that others have posted and initiating contact with them!

So in today’s episode we’re going to talk about how to go about contacting other researchers as well as relatives that we find.  I call this “genealogical cold calling” – and I’m going to call on a relative of mine who is an expert in contacting and interviewing folks for the first time. 

My cousin Carolyn Ender has conducted hundreds of telephone interviews and has a knack for quickly connecting with folks she doesn’t know over the telephone in ways that puts them at ease and brings to light the information that she’s looking for.

But first, we do some follow up with an email from a listener about family trees.  Then, I share a little story that puts into practice what we’ve learned so far in this podcast series.

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Episode 13: Online Family Trees Part 2

In today’s episode we’re going to continue exploring the incredible options that are available today in online family trees.

In our first segment my guest is Scott Huskey, President and Founder of an innovative website called Photoloom which, like the name implies, creatively WEAVES photos and your family tree together for a very unique visual family tree

Then in our second segment I’ll be talking to Sasha Masick of GeneTree a family networking website that also incorporates a genetic component by allowing you to incorporate DNA test results.

Putting your family tree, your genetic profile, your treasured family photos online are all ways to not only connect with other researchers and distant cousins, but also to gain greater enjoyment for you personally as you research your family tree.

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Episode 12: Online Family Trees

In this episode we focus on posting your family tree online. There’s no use in re-inventing the research wheel, and by posting what you know about your family tree online you can easily connect with others who are researching people in your family tree, share information, collaborate and even connect with distant relatives.

Then in the second segment my guest is Kenny Freestone, Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com whose primary responsibility is Ancestry’s Family Tree Feature.  Kenny’s not only going to walk us through the process of setting up and using our family tree on Ancestry but this tree expert will be giving us his Top 5 Tips making the most of them.

Whether you’re currently working with your family tree online, or have just thought about doing so, this episode is for you!

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Episode 11: Wrapping up the Census

In our first segment I’ve invited back genealogy author and lecturer Lisa Alzo.  She is an accomplished genealogist.  She has authored seven books including  Three Slovak Women, Baba’s Kitchen, and Finding Your Slovak Ancestors.  She also writes regularly for prominent genealogy magazines, is a sought after conference speaker, and teaches online genealogy courses for GenGlass.com and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. 

Then in our second segment we’re going to help you along on your own genealogy journey.   In today’s show we’re going wrap up following the census bread crumb trail by making our way through the 1800s until we reach our final destination, the first U.S. census taken back in 1790.

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Episode 10: Continuing to Follow the Census Trail

We start off this episode by continuing our use of U.S. Federal Census Records.  Last episode we located relatives in the 1930 census, and today we’re going to push further back in time to follow the census bread crumb trail.

Then in our second segment we’re going to explore some census enumerations that often go overlooked by family historians Curt Witcher, Manager, Historical Genealogy Dept, Allen Co. Public Library.  Curt is a very well known genealogy lecturer and he has some great tapping in to the more obscure census resources.

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Episode 9: Finding & Interpreting Census Records

We switch things up a little bit and start off by talking about a group of records that are critical to your family history: U.S. Federal Census Records.

Then in our second segment we’re going to delve into the history of the census by going straight to the source – Bill Maury, Chief of History Staff at the U.S. Census Bureau.  I’ll be talking to him about a new census history website that they launched in 2008.

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Episode 8: Finding Free Genealogy Records Online & World Vital Records

In a follow up to last week’s episode about subscription genealogy records website, my first segment our guest is Yvette Arts, Director of Content Partnerships at World Vital Records.  She’s going to tell us about the exciting things going on at the website and what we can expect to see in 2009.

Then in our second segment we’re going to help you along on your own genealogy journey.  In today’s show we’re going to look at websites where you can find free genealogy records.

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Episode 7: Paid Genealogy Records Online, & Author Lisa Alzo

You probably have a lot of curiosity about your family history, but not a lot of TIME.  That’s why I created this podcast.   In each episode I’m going to give you the tools you need to uncover your family tree in quick and easy ways.

In our first segment my guest is Lisa Alzo, a genealogist, and author.  We’re going to talk a about her reasons for researching her family history and what she’s learned along the way.

Then in our second segment we’re going to further your own family history journey by exploring the wealth genealogical records available online. 

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Episode 6: An Overview of Genealogy Records & Interview with Genealogist Barry Ewell

In our first segment our guest is Barry Ewell, Senior Marketing Manager for IBM who is also a writer and researcher with extensive genealogical experience in Internet and field research, digital and software resources and mentoring genealogists.  We’re going to talk about his reasons for researching his family history, how to be a Sherlock Holmes, and getting the focus off just collecting names.

Then in our second segment I’m going to be covering the variety of genealogical records available and helping you make some choices about how to obtain them. 

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Episode 5: Author David Fryxell & Scouring Your Home For Clues

In our first segment my guest is genealogy author and publisher David Fryxell.  I’m going to be talking to him about locating valuable family resources and the importance of being tenacious in your research.

Then in our second segment we’re going to help you along on your own genealogy journey by talking about the important of scouring your home for family clues and creative and effective ways to get the words out to your relatives so that family history information finds you!

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Episode 4: Interview with online genealogy pioneer Dick Eastman & Tracking Down Death Records

In our first segment our guest is probably the most well known genealogist in the country, Dick Eastman, the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Then in our second segment we’re going to help you along on your own genealogy journey. In each episode I’m going to give you tools to help you reach your ancestral goals. In today’s show we’re going to follow up on our last episode by discussing how to order Social Security Death Index records, as well as talk about how to locate and order those primary source Death Certificates which will provide the facts you need to climb your family tree.

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Episode 3: Why Do We Work Backwards? & Your First Online Record!

In our first segment in this episode my guest is Miriam Robbins Midkiff, a well know genealogy blogger and teacher. I ask her for her best research tips, and about what motivates her to delve into her family history and how that discovery has enriched her life.

Then in our second segment we answer the question “Why do we work backwards in genealogy?” and then fire up the Internet and go after your first genealogical record.

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Episode 2: What Your Relatives Can Tell You

In this episode Lisa talks with well known family hsitory teacher and certified genealogist Cath Madden Trindle about how she got started researching her family history, the story of "dysfunction" that she discovered in her family tree, and her tips for getting off to an excellent start in your research. 

Then in the "How To" segment, move beyond what you know personally and start collecting information from your relatives through in person and telephone interviews. The place to start: your oldest living relatives.

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Episode 1: Get Inspired, Get Started!
Premiere Episode:

In this episode host Lisa Louise Cooke interviews Margery Bell, Assistant Director of the Oakland Regional Family History Center, and author of

Line Upon Line: A Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy.

Margery talks about how she first got started in researching her family history, some amazing and inspiring stories of genealogy serendipity, and her advice for those who want to get started. Next, Lisa will get started in doing your own family research by helping you select a genealogy database where you can collect, restore and retrieve all of the family information that you uncover. Then it's time to take the first step: enter everything you know about your family into the database. It's the first step to learning about your ancestors and creating a family legacy that will endure.

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