Premium Episode 44 – Generations Project, Part 2 of Kendall Wilcox Interview

Date Published: April 19, 2010

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Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 86 features part 1 of Lisa’s interview with Kendall Wilcox, Executive Producer of The Generations Project

“Beta Buck” Webinar Registration for Premium Members
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Date: Wed. April 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm PDT

Premium member idea put into action:
From Deidre Dagner, Editor, Genealogical Society of Vermont Newsletter
Compressed Premium episode files Premium

Membership Improvements:
You can now change your password or update your email yourself in your Premium profile
Sign in to your account and click Your Profile link in the upper right corner of the homepage.

GEM: Profile America
The 75th Hit Parade
Your Hit Parade on TV at the Museum of Broadcast Communications
Below: Clip from “Your Hit Parade” on April 16, 1955. Dorothy Collins performing “Tweedlee Dee.”

GEM:  Kendall Wilcox of the Generations Project – Interview Part 2
Behind the scenes of The Generations Project
Apply to be on the show

GEM: Profile America
License Plates
Read more about the first license plates

Premium Episode 45 – Interview with A.C. Ivory

Premium Episode 45 – Interview with A.C. Ivory

Date Published: April 29, 2010

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“A love of the movies is in my DNA!” (Below: A snippet from Grandma’s diary.)












Google Earth for Genealogy in the Genealogy Gems store. 

How to view Google Earth in Google Maps:
1. Also this week Google launched Google Earth in Google Maps.
2. Go to
3. In the upper right hand corner click the EARTH button.
4. You’ll be prompted to download the Google Earth plug-in
5. Once the download is completed restart your Internet browser to activate it.
6. Go back to Google Maps
7. Jump between Google Maps and Google Earth by clicking the button for the view you want in the upper right corner of the screen.

I hope you’re all enjoying viewing the video recording of our recent Premium webinar on newspaper research.   Premium Member Raymond Millgate wrote in said that he really enjoyed the webinar, and suggested a future webinar on researching international newspapers. Here’s a website to get you started.

ICON: the International Coalition on Newspapers 
Click the Database link on the menu and select “ICON Newspaper Database”, and “Links to other Databases.”

Gem: Genealogy Research Process Wallpaper 

How to Search Google for Images a Suitable Size for Computer Desktop Wallpaper:

1. Go to Google Image Search and click on “Advanced Image Search”.

2. Enter your query in the first input box, for example: flower.

3. Select your preferred content type.

4. Click on “Use my desktop size” to find images appropriate for your desktop.

5. Perform the search.

6. If you have a favorite color, click on “All colors” and pick one of the 12 options.

Mark Tucker of the Think Genealogy blog who I just interviewed in Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 87 about researching the boy scouts in your family tree, has a terrific graphic perfect for the desktop called the Genealgoy Research Process Map.  Mark talked about this map and the Genealogical Proof Standard that it supports in an interview I did with him last year on episode 20 of the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast.

At Mark’s site you can download the perfect size for your desktop and choose widescreen or full screen.

GEM: Interview with AC Ivory
Visit A.C.’s genealogy blog called Find My Ancestor 

GEM: Expanding Google RSS Gadgets to fill the iGoogle Page
Update: iGoogle has been discontinued.

Premium Episode 46 – Memorial Day

Date Published: May 12, 2010

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At the Ontario Genealogy Society Conference in Toronto Canada I’ll be teaching
Podcasting 101
How to Save Your Genealogy Research from Destruction
Tap into your Inner Private Eye: Tracking Down Living Relatives

Check out Diane Haddad’s Genealogy Insider blog post called Elementary!

Update: iGoogle has been discontinued. 

How to Update the Genealogy Gems Podcast App:
1. Go onto your iPhone, iTouch or iPad
2. Go into the Apps store
3. click on Updates
4. Select the app
5. Download the free update

Get the new and improved Genealogy Gems app from the iTunes store if you have the iPhone, iTouch or iPad.  

Genealogy Gems Toolbar Update:
Update: The Genealogy Gems Toolbar has been discontinued because the platform it was built on was discontinued. 

FamilySearch Update
Eight new searchable collections were updated or added this week at Millions of new free images and records.
1. Go to
2. Click Search Records
Click Record Search pilot 

Google For Genealogy: It’s All Related video at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel covers the new release of Google Search Russ Worthington recommends updating your Google Profile in order to ensure that you get all the new and improved search features.
Sign in to your Google Profile to make sure it’s up to date.

Profile America: The First Phonograph May 14
Read more about Thomas Edison and the first phonograph at American’s Library

Memorial Day is a holiday observed here in the U.S. on the last Monday of May.  Once called Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while serving their country in the military.   There is evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead”
(Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

Here are a few website gems that have provide images from past wars:
Treasure Net Historical Image Collection

American Memory at the Library of Congress website

The American Civil War Picture Album

Photos of the Great War – WWI Image Archive

WWI Color Photos

WWII & Vietnam Photos at Footnote

WWII in Color

The Naval History and Heritage Command Website – the Korean War June 1950 – July 1953 Special Image Collection

Historical newspaper articles at the Library of Congress’ WWI rotogravure collection

and The US Army Center of Military History

WWII Historic Imagery in Google Earth

Music: Recollections of 1861 – 1865 by Edna White (1921) 

GEM:  Genealogy Society Benefits  
You may benefit from joining a genealogy society even if you are not searching or living in that area.  Some societies are now offering free access to subscription record websites as a benefit to members.   The Ohio Genealogical Society offers a number of benefits to its members — including home access to and

Ohio Genealogical Society
713 S Main St
Mansfield OH 44907

The folks at World Vital Records confirmed the access but clarified that some content may not be available depending on the arrangement with the content partner.providers can opt out of library subscriptions.

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