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Premium Episode 145
Best-selling author Annie Barrows talks about her novel The Truth According to Us and how we all must make sense of what’s true in the past. Also: Lisa Louise Cooke introduces a museum curator who has done some great genealogical sleuthing for a new exhibit; a Premium member shares her family disaster stories (TWO in the same family!); Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard shares a great case study about mixing autosomal and mtDNA information; and Lisa shares expert tips on researching historical disasters online; searching Google Books for free ebooks; and creating your own Google Books cloud library.
Premium Episode 144
Lisa Louise Cooke chats with Nancy Hendrickson, author of the Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook, about tips for taking your research to the next level. Also: a listener’s research discovery that ended up in an exhibit about Danish emigrants at an overseas museum; a leading Australian businessman shares what his family history means to him; and Diahan Southard talks about the evolving meaning of DNA ethnicity estimates.
Premium Episode 143
Lisa Louise Cooke welcomes Gems editor Sunny Morton to share what she’s learned (so far) about her family’s experience in one of the most horrifying disasters in U.S. history: the Johnstown Flood of 1889. Also: A library book gets returned 100 years late!; How a UK genealogist helped an Australian family identify old family vacation photos; How Google PhotoScan improves your ability to take digital images of old pictures—without glare; Jim Beidler talks about The Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs or Meyers Gazetteer, and MeyersGaz.org; A library research tip and freebies from a listener; The Genealogy Gems Book Club has a new featured title by an internationally best-selling U.S. novelist; and Great Depression Era Feedsack Dresses.
Premium Episode 142
Genealogy Gems Book Club interview with author Sarah Chrisman. The story of Betty McIntosh, a World War II reporter, spy and CIA operative. Lisa shares strategies for searching for video footage on both YouTube and Google. What to do if you need to put your Ancestry.com subscription on hold. The logistics of doing DNA tests with your relatives.
Premium Episode 141
Lisa talks to Maureen Taylor, “the Photo Detective” about Victorian-era portrait photography. Hear about people who are buying back their childhood homes—and suggestions for catching a glimpse of your own (including, possibly, a virtual tour of the inside!). A spotlight on newly published military records. Strategies for doing preliminary research online. An advanced Google search strategy you may find tremendously effective.
Premium Episode 140
Jennifer Davis from the Records Division at FamilySearch talks about death and cemetery records available on FamilySearch.org. She updates us on their progress in digitizing the entire FamilySearch vault and talks about the future of our ability to order records on microfilm. Also in this episode: A story about how an 1856 train ticket and Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train helped one woman solve the mystery of her grandfather’s adoption—and revealed the story behind it of a determined widow who never gave up on her children; We hear briefly from genealogist Lou Szucs who retired last year from Ancestry.com; Advice for a genealogist who’s in a slump; Military history gems on YouTube; A special Genealogy Gems Book Club season ahead with a featured author and how we are going to celebrate her unique lifestyle.
Premium Episode 139
The Genealogy Gems Book Club interview with Chris Cleave talking about his runaway best-selling novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven; Follow-up tips for discovering your own family’s stories in World War II newspapers; How a crowd-sourced effort on Facebook sent a family Bible back home; Evernote v. One Note, and free v. premium access to Evernote–and creative solutions for making free Evernote work for you; Follow-up tips from Premium listeners on the Atlas for Historical County Boundaries; A new novel from a favorite Genealogy Gems Book Club author; and a story from Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard about researchers who are analyzing DNA from ancient ponytails–and what itdoesn’t mean for your genealogy research.
Premium Episode 138
This episode is a great mix of family history education, innovation and inspiration: a fantastic story about twins who were separated at birth and how they have recently discovered each other; a listener’s thoughtful follow-up comments on our mystery tombstone tale and another listener’s inspiring Google research success story—to which I’ll add a few more tips myself; Pinterest for family history and follow up tips on how to edit your pictures right on your mobile device to help make them more Pinterest-worthy; a tech tutorial on finding images within Google Books; how to get the most out of unindexed or browse-only genealogical records content; Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard joins to talk about new DNA communities that are popping up online.
Premium Episode 137
How Harrison Ford’s acting chops run in his family; What’s been going on with the partly-disabled online Atlas of Historical County Boundaries—what’s in the works to improve it and how best to use it meanwhile; Why the appearance of new naturalization records online makes me happy; Tips for using Google Books for Genealogy—and a follow-up Google success story; Step-by-step sleuthing into the mystery of a duplicate tombstone; The new Genealogy Gems Book Club featured title;
Premium Episode 136
A comparison of Google searching v. Google Scholar for genealogy–and then another comparison of Google Scholar and PERSI, the Periodical Source Citation Index; An excerpt from the Genealogy Gems Book Club interview with author Helen Simonson on The Summer Before the War; A great online tool – findlotsize.com – for mapping ancestral properties and suggestions for solving those computer error problems we all hate; Health insights and stories from Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard; The new David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University in California.
Premium Episode 135
Why take a lunch break with PERSI; Genealogy TV shows and films making news; New tech tools Lisa is watching; Emigration records: would your ancestor appear in these?; DNA questions for Diahan; Listener email answered: finding more recent records than are on Ancestry.com; Evernote for Windows gets a facelift; The DAR is taking DNA evidence; The Johnstown Flood.
Premium Episode 134
Irish genealogy research tips with Donna Moughty; Lisa’s expert tips for recording oral history interviews with your mobile device; How listening to podcasts makes you extraordinary; Passport records; A tool for determining if a website is down; How one city is working to preserve a cemetery’s historic headstones; and How to talk about DNA at your next family reunion or gathering.
Premium Episode 133
Interview with Peggy Lauritzen, AG, on finding the women in your family history; The Genealogy Gems Book Club interview with Tara Austen Weaver, author of Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow; Spring 2016 Who Do You Think You Are lineup; an email from a Premium member and new blogger who shares a cool tool for syncing his blog content with his own online tree; and when to run a yDNA test: 3 Scenarios from Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard.
Premium Episode 132
Special Census, Mitochondrial DNA, Where I’m From inspirational poems, the first naturalized citizen, Book Club excerpt, software that will sync with Ancestry, new genealogy records.
Premium Episode 131
Genealogy cruises with Judy Russell; news about Findmypast and Mocavo integration; War of 1812 pension records FREE on Fold3 and new records from around the world; RootsTech 2016 and NGS conferences; Finding family history on ebay and an Evernote tip from a listener; The NEW Genealogy Gems Book Club featured title; ethnic percentage DNA results; searching indexed data v. unstructured data in digital books and newspapers.
Premium Episode 130
This episode features two incredible interviews. The first is the much-anticipated Book Club interview with Lalita Tademy, author of Citizens Creek, which tells the stories of African Americans and Creek Indians. And the second is with Norma Somerheiser on the Germans from Russia – their journey and legacy. Also new records and Your DNA Guide discusses How to Find Homes for Your Genetic Fourth Cousins.
Premium Episode 129
Church records research, using YouTube for genealogy, lots of new online records, six answers to one listener’s question, and demystifying Ancestry’s DNA Circles.
Premium Episode 128
Courthouse research tips and tales to inspire your next foray to the county courthouse, a chat about our Genealogy Gems book club featured book for the 4th quarter of 2015, Census and Adoption Research, Google Searching, big conference news and some great emails you’ve sent in recently.
Premium Episode 127
Follow-up thoughts on the Ancestry site re-design and some friendly advice inspired by a new family history blogger’s great work. Exclusive Genealogy Gems Book Club interview with Pamela Smith Hill, editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Diahan Southard brings us a story about a surprising genetic connection between two American women, and thoughts about adoption roots in her own family. And what Our Miss Brooks has in common with podcasting!
Premium Episode 126
When you head out on a road trip, are you tempted to squeeze some family history into them no matter who’s along for the ride? Sunny joins Lisa for a discussion of effective ways to incorporate genealogy and get your family’s buy in. Then we’ll talk about a new genealogy resource that’s so exciting it was worth interrupting a vacation, how to make Facebook show you what you actually want to see, and a few tech tips I shared during my recent keynote presentation at the BYU Family History Conference.
Premium Episode 125
Public library staff genealogist Cheryl McClellan shares strategies for getting the most out of your own public library and the public library in your ancestors neighborhoods, including her top tips on doing family history for FREE at public libraries. Also, Genealogy News, Going paper-less in the Mailbox, and the history of one of the world’s favorite foods.
Premium Episode 124
Contributing Editor Sunny Morton interviews Phil Goldfarb, author of two volumes on U.S. passport applications. Lisa has a gem that will help you use census records more accurately. Full-length Genealogy Gems Book Club interview with Nathan Dylan Goodwin, author of our featured title, The Lost Ancestor (The Forensic Genealogist). Tips for working with and photographing cemetery headstones. An easy, inexpensive craft that would be perfect for your next family reunion. Listener comments on Ancestry’s new user interface.
Premium Episode 123
Ancestry’s made news recently with the rumor that the company is going to auction. Whether anything there changes or not, in this episode I’ll remind you what data you should be backing up, and how, if you’re an Ancestry user. We’ll also talk about some great Canadian resources, tips for Google Earth and Evernote, a free video resource that suggests an alternative to potentially destroying tombstones in your well-meaning efforts to read them, and more!
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How to find historic maps online, DNA in the UK, and the history of the linotype.
Premium Episode 121
Get ready to enjoy the long awaited full length interview with the author of our Genealogy Gems featured book this quarter, Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline. We’ll also cover a public records search site, Family History writing, how to use Google Cache, elevator history, a story that will inspire you to never give up genealogical hope.
Premium Episode 120
In this episode we’ll be discussing what’s new in using Google for your genealogy online searches. And in the mailbox Lisa will talk with you about a new genealogy blog, getting your paper organized, how to find topics that interest you on the Genealogy Gems website, and her upcoming appearance at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2015.
Premium Episode 119
Hear all about Orphan Train, our Genealogy Gems Book Club selection for 1st quarter 2015. Then I’ll give you 5 reasons why you should be blogging about your family history as well as some tips for making it easier. And my genealogy buddy Maureen Taylor and I will get together to toss around some ideas about the future of genealogy and technology.
Premium Episode 118
Genealogy Gems Book Club featuring Sunny Morton’s full length interview with Emma Brockes, author of She Left Me the Gun. Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard discusses adoption and DNA, and the history of A Christmas Carol.
Premium Episode 117
Do you have a technology tummy ache? Too much of a good thing can make you sick – or at least sick and tired of navigating the countless tech tools available out there. The good news is that you don’t need them all to accomplish your genealogy goals. In most cases, just one will do. Ah, but which one you ask? Soothe your suffering by simply focusing on these top 10 technology tools that will help you bypass tech overload and get back to your genealogy research. This is the audio version of the popular Premium video.
Premium Episode 116
Marie Dougan is a professional genealogist specializing in Scottish research, and in this episode she joins Lisa on the shores of Scotland to talk about how to research Scottish ancestors. Contributing And author Laura Hedgecock is here to share tips from her book Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life. We’ll also delve into a very unusual census record, tips on becoming a professional genealogist and the Internet’s birthday.
Premium Episode 115
An update on genealogical periodicals hitting the web, 10 Cool Things Evernote Can Do for Your Research Road Trip and more Evernote tips for genealogy, a truly heartwarming story about reunited brothers, and a success story that will inspire you to not only keep climbing your family tree, but help others along the way. Plus one of our favorite record groups: old newspapers!
Premium Episode 114
What’s new in Evernote, the free note-taking service you can use for your genealogy, and how to move items into Evernote from your mobile device. Plus tips on optimizing photos for Evernote’s OCR capability. Then we’ll tackle the eternal question: “How do I organize my genealogical paper?”
Premium Episode 113
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Who Do You Think You Are? has become a worldwide television phenomenon, starting in the UK and making its way around the world, telling the stories of well-known celebrities in search of their family history. Season 5 debuts here in the U.S. in the summer of 2014 and the show’s Executive Producer Dan Bucatinsky is here to tell us more about it.
Premium Episode 112
Tech Talk and Solution. Subjects covered: Facebook family groups and timeline graph search, WDYTYA 5th season, subscribing to Premium podcast episodes on mobile devices, Evernote testimonial, interview with Devin Ashby of FamilySearch on Google Glass and technology for genealogy, and Your DNA Guide explores the continuing role of DNA in genealogy.
Premium Episode 111
10 Ways to Add Volume to Your Family History with Video. Complete written instructions and downloadable show notes.
Premium Episode 110
Genealogy Outside the Box, Paying it Forward, New Free Apps for Genealogists, Honoring Elders, First Movie Digitized and Uploaded to the Internet, Grandma Betty and Clara’s Great Depression Cooking.
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Premium Membership Tips, Google Map’s New Time Travel Feature, Census Enumeration Maps, The Library of Congress with Head Genealogist James Sweany, and a Cold Case Busted!
Premium Episode 108
How to search for Google Earth files online, Siri Secrets, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and Telling Your Family History Story to others.
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Interview with Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, an online Missouri Research Tool, and Railroad History.
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Part 2 of the interview with Todd Lapin, of Flipboard (exclusive for Premium Members!) Also in this episode: Organizing notes in Evernote, Coalmining History, the Demise of the VW Bus and the Resurgence of LPs.
Premium Episode 105
FamilySearch Trees, Digital Libraries and Archives, Naming Your Family History Computer Files, and Another Incredible Story of a Cemetery Changed Forever.
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New Records at Fold3, History of Newsies, Research Collaboration Tips, Tips for Using Your iPad for Library Research, Evernote and Cloud Computing Questions Answered, Contest and Specials.
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New Google Search Tips, Evernote Quick Key Tricks, Washing Machine and Subway History, and an Author Identified. Also, update on Premium Podcast Fee and Downcast App.
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Your Family History Life and how we can draw from our past to strengthen the lives of children, Protecting Your Genealogy from Disaster, and George Morgan on starting a genealogy club.
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New free digitized newspapers, PERSI, and using Evernote for Genealogy – web clipping large scale pages, and sharing Evernote on computing devices. Bonus: Evernote Web Clipper Comparison Chart
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iPad Gems, Organizing Digital Files, Sneak Peek Interview with the Producer of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?
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Understanding Meta Data, Locating Soldier Burial Locations, Vintage Cookbooks, New York Times Historical Newspapers
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Interview with Certified Genealogist and Irish research specialist Eileen O’Duill. We’ll also cover the new version of Google Earth, a free iTunes app for Mac, and researching your college-going ancestors.
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iCatcher app for Premium Feed, Flipboard, Chinese Heritage, Google Earth Update, Full Interview with Dr. Turi King at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London.
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Online Historic Maps, Including your Evernote notes in your Genealogy Database, Free Tools for Translating Documents and Books, and New Historic Newspaper Records.
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A Comparison of Evernote and OneNote, Customizing Computer Folders for Better Organization
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Immigration Research and Ancestral Travels
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Quick Tech Gems, and Immigration Records
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DNA, Postal History, and New Online Historic Maps
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Paper, Ink, Fonts, and Books
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Google Search Mash Up
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The Ohio Expansion
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Color coding your computer folders, and taking advantage of similar sites.
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Behind the Scenes of the Martin Sheen Episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
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Focus on FamilySearch.org
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Genograms with Colleen McHugh, and a Member shares her family history display.
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Special WDYTYA Edition
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Lisa’s Top 10 iPad Quick Gems
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iPad for Genealogy Part 2
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iPad for Genealogy Part 1
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Ultimate Google Search Strategies
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Are You Genealogically Aware?
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FatFingers and eBay, and 3 Tech Gems
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Google Earth Update; Visualizing Newspapers
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English Idioms, PDF Pandemonium, and Newspaper Visualization
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iWeb2Shot, and Focus on Photographs
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Newspaper Map, and Improve Your Google Earth Tours
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Quick Gem Journey
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Google Earth for Genealogy Gems
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Cemetery Records and Deceased Online
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The Family Bible, Google Search
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WDYTYA, and Military Records
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Geo-Tagging, and Library Digitization
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Follow Your World, Dual Monitors, and WDYTYA
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Evernote for Genealogy
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WDYTYA Kudrow and Williams
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Interview with an Archivist
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Think Historically, and Google Earth Projects
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Rethinking the Journal
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10 Tips to be a Better Ancestor
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Private Investigation Intersects with Genealogy
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Think Like an Archivist
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Google Earth for Genealogy Special
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Publish Your Family History on Demand Part 3
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Publish Your Family History on Demand Part 2
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Publish Your Family History on Demand Part 1
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The Census and Enumeration Districts
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Interview with Tom Kemp on Newspapers
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New iGoogle Gadgets
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Dr. Robert and Dr. George Leonard
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iGoogle Expansion and Young People in Genealogy
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Generation Project Part 2
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Behind the Scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?
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Tips for Visiting the Family History Library
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Behind the Scenes at Ancestry, Google Alert Gadget
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Behind the Scenes with Ancestry, County Boundaries
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Finding Newspaper Part 2
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Finding Your Ancestors in Newspapers Part 1
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Research Hypothesis Theory
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Interview with Jean Wilcox Hibben
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Audio Tour of the Library of Congress
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The 72 Year Rule with Joel Weintraub
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Google Alerts Gadget, Family History Charts
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Virginia Genealogy with Dr. Arlene Eakle, and More on Maps
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Geo-Tagging with Ken Watson
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Location Based Genealogy
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Location Based Genealogy Interview
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Eastern European Research, Ancestor Handwriting Analysis
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Cold Cases Part 3
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Cold Case Strategies Part 2
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Genealogical Cold Case Strategies Part 1
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Genealogical Cold Case Strategies Part 1
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Follow Up on Facial Recognition
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Tips for Finding Family History Related Items on eBay
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Interview with Ruth Mannis of The Family History Library
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Copyrights with Cath Madden Trindle
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A Fish Story
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Chicago Research, What to Do with a Moldy Photo
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Handwriting Analysis, Interview with Leland Meitzler
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What Softball Can Teach You About Genealogy
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Let Your Fingers Do The Walking Part 2
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Let Your Fingers Do the Walking Part 1
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GOOGLEPALOOZA and Heirlooms
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Googlepalooza: Page2rss.com and iGoogle
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Walking in My Ancestor’s Shoes
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Save Your Research From Destruction
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Seven Strategies That Will Lead You To Living Relatives
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WPA Records with Paula Stuart Warren
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