Premium Episode 56 – Think Like an Archivist

Date Published: Oct. 18, 2010

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Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast News:
How to get the corrected dates in iTunes and on your mp3 player
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FamilySearch Recent Enhancements
4 Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta:
– Redesigned Home Page
– The New Getting Started Section
– Redesigned Learning Resources including online Research Courses
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The Library of Congress
Call to Record Veteran’s Histories During the Veterans History Project’s 10th Anniversary Commemoration
Their goal is to gather the accounts of 10,000 veterans by Veterans Day.   Library of Congress Public Service Announcement with more info

Project Guidelines

Request information by email from or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.

Google Earth Street View now available on all 7 continents! 
Street View Recently added:

Street View of Long Ago:
Over at the Google Blog they published an article called “The world as the Eagle and the Wild Geese See It.”  The photo is part of the archive at the Boston Public Library.  “Google Earth users have contributed to the creation of a 3D, photo-realistic virtual world by using tools like Google Building Maker, which makes it easy for anyone to use aerial imagery to model 3D buildings for display in Google Earth.” Google Building Maker  In Google Earth for Genealogy Volume II DVD I show you how to import and embed images that you find into your family history maps.

Google Alerts for video is now in 40 languages

Set up alerts for historic video footage you can incorporate into your Google Earth maps. Check out Amy Coffin’s We Tree blog where she talks about the party I held and a fun cake I made for the occasion Ain’t No Party Like A Genealogy Party.
Steve’s Genealogy Blog
Latin is the newest language to be added to their Google Translate tool.

I love getting your emails and hearing how you’re applying what you are learning to your own family history.  Dot Elder from Australia wrote in recently to share how she’s applied the techniques we cover in the Google Earth for Genealogy videos which are part of your Premium membership to her family history maps.   Dot’s Family History KMZ File
Genealogy Gems 97 (update: no longer available)

“I love your personal touch -it’s like a friend to friend conversation, yet I am learning so much.” 

“So I could understand their connection I placed them on their farms using an overlay and Google Earth…I have found that by using a visual geographical presentation such as Google Earth to place information of our  ancestors and those with my ancestors names,  I have now a much better grasp of the individuals, their families and their relationship with each other. They  starts to become real as we start rebuilding their lives in context with the geography and the history of their times.”

How to Save and Open a KMZ File on a PC:
1. Right click on the file
2. Save it to your hard drive
3. Open “My Computer” go to the file
4. right click the zipped KMZ file
5. select EXTRACT ALL save all the contents to your hard drive
6. Click on the extracted KMZ file it will automatically open Google Earth

If you have any project you’d like to share I’d love to hear about them.  Email Lisa

GEM: Think Like an Archivist
Interview with Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS
Finding Hidden Genealogical Materials in  Libraries and Archives

Nancy’s Genealogy Blog: 

Download Nancy’s notes packed with websites: How to Think Like an Archivist!

Premiumn Episode 57 – German Records with Tamra Stansfield, AG

Premiumn Episode 57 – German Records with Tamra Stansfield, AG

Date Published: Oct. 29, 2010

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Ancestry News:
Article: Make Crime Pay with new Federal Prison Records.

Google for Genealogy Updates:
Google has just released new historical imagery in Google Earth covering nearly all of London from 1945.

Updates to the Panoramio Layer in the Layers Panel in Google Earth.  Panoramio Website
They’ve updated their network link KMLs that are used in Google Earth to make them faster and more useful.

Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series

KML file links mentioned in this episode:
1. Popular photos in Google Earth
(click on the link in the lower-left corner of the Site)

2. Popular photos in Google Earth (Including photos not selected for the Panoramio layer in Google Earth.)
(you need to select the box before downloading the file from the lower-left corner of the Site)

3. Recent Panoramio uploaded photos
(select the recent tab and then click on the link in the lower-left corner of the Site)

4. Photos from a specific tag.  Search Panoramio.

New Map Images in Google Earth:
west part of Lima Peru
Kimry, Russia
Medford, OR

Genealogybank News:
GenealogyBank announced the addition of millions of new records from over 74 newspapers in 30 sates from 12/22/1824 to today including:
– Philadelphia Inquirer
– Longmont Ledger  out of Colorado
– Kansas Baptist Herald
– Vermillion Today out of Louisiana
– The Lexington Clipper-Herald of New Hampshire
– And many more!

Using our links supports the free podcast – thankyou!

Library of Congress Acquires Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Portraits
From the press release: The Library of Congress has acquired an exceptional collection of nearly 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs showing both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. To view the photographs online, click here.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress


Google Translate iGoogle Gadget

From Darren Engh:  “Catching up on your premium podcasts and loving your Google earth videos.  Makes me realize my work is never done…….. and I love it.”
Search results for Norwegian research in the Family Search Wiki

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GEM: German Records
Lisa’s Guest: Tamra Stansfield, AG
Tamra is a German Research Consultant within the International Research Unit at the Family History Library.

Tamra says that to find German records in the Family History Library website, you should run a “Place Search” within the Library catalog.  You’ll need to know the record jurisdictions of the locality your researching.  You can view the records through your local Family History Center (Find the center closest to you)  Instructions for ordering microfilm through your local Family History Center go to the search wiki and do a search on “Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche from a Family History Center.”

Types of German Records:
Census Records / Population / Residency
Compiled Genealogies
Emigration / Immigration / Migration
Land and Property
Medical (Innoculation)

Tamra’s Suggested Further Reading:
Jensen, Larry O. Genealogical Handbook of German Research, Pleasant Grove, Utah, 1980; available at ~ Research Helps ~ Articles ~ “G” ~ Genealogical Handbook of German Research, Chapter 11, Record Repositories. provides a complete listing of Ortsippenbuchs available digitally online at  Online Berlin City address books from 1799-1943.  Modern day telephone book ~ Gazetteers ~ use the down arrow to go to “Using Meyers Gazetteer” for instructions and links to the digitized version.  Also available at

Premium Episode 58 – Private Investigation Intersects with Genealogy

Date Published: Nov. 13, 2010

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In this episode we take a twist on the genealogy news by talking about genealogy that appears in the news.  These are “feel good” stories, which is the best kind of news, don’t you think?  And I have to say, as I searched for these stories it was really nice to see family history making it’s way into the main stream media on a pretty regular basis.

A Celebration of Maps
From the Westport Patch at
In her article Placing Westport on the Historic Map, author Nancy Burton covers a terrific map making exhibit put on the by the Westport historical Society in celebration of Westport’s 175th anniversary as a town.

The Postman Surfaces Twice
From the Press of Atlantic CityThe article by Donald Wittkowski is called Photo Reunites First Atlantic City Mailman with Family

The article features a photo of the two Harrold’s sitting next to a humungous blown up version of the photo.  And you can click a thumbnail of the photo to see it full screen.  It’s really pretty incredible the size of the sack of mail he’s carrying.

Like the map in our first story which was found in an old mailing tube, this photo was found in a time capsule that had been buried back in 1936 under Atlantic City’s old post office which was being demolished.  And what’s really neat is that John Harrold Sr. saw the photo in the newspaper and recognized it as his great grandfather!  If you happen to live in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area you’re in luck because it looks like they are going to put the photos and the other time capsule items on display in the Atlantic City Free Public Library.
22 Siblings
From the Bexleytimes, South London, England.  Author wanted to pen history of Plumstead woman with 22 siblings by Kate Nelson

This is quite a story.  Doreen Fifield of Plumstead had an extraodinary childhood.  She was one of 22 siblings, and back in 1951 their mother was jailed for child neglect and the children were taken to a children’s home called Pilgrim House.  Some of the kids were adopted, some left, and only 15 made it to adulthood.  All the children lost touch, so in 2004 Doreen had some very important family history work to do – finding her brothers and sisters.

The real point of this story: She says “ I have so much information now.  I need someone to help me write it all down.  It would make a brilliant book.”

Contact information can be found at the end of the story.

The Power of Patience
As you may know by now, I’m a huge fan of Google Alerts and I’ve had an alert set up for quite some time for the phrase “horseless carriage exhibition.” And that’s because my husband’s great grandfather Harry Cooke lived and worked in Tunbridge Wells England at the turn of the 20thcentury.  He was a carriage maker, and worked for Sir David Salomon who owned a large estate and bought one of the first automobiles brought to England, or certainly at least to Kent.

It’s been quite some time since I set up an alert on “horseless carriage exhibition,” but suddenly I got a Google Alert email saying it had a webpage result for me.  I clicked the link and it took me to an article called:

Charting the beginning of a revolution on four wheels in the county which appeared on the website.

“One evening, quite late, Sir David phoned dad from Paris.  He told dad he was buying a French buy anti depression medication online automobile and would bring it across the English Channel the next day.  Dad was to go to Dover on the train and meet him. It was dad’s job to walk ahead of the auto, a distance of 40 miles, waving a red flag as a warning to people driving horses as the horses became quite frightened by this infernal machine.”

Raymond’s story was confirmed by the quote from the book Motoring Around Kent: the First 50 Years in the article.

Full Circle
From the CambsTimes24 website, Cambridgeshire, England 
March Family Reunited with a Piece of Family History by Maggie Gibson is the story of how a Genealogy Gem ended up on the doorstep of a building hundreds of miles away from where it began.

Back in 1927 Railwayman Clifford William Pollington received an ornate scroll.   Clifford died at the age of 88 and his brother inherited it.  Somewhere along the way the scroll disappeared until recently when it landed on the doorstep of a lodge in South Wales.  So it was a happy ending for the traveling scroll as it was finally returned to Clifford Pollington’s son Cliff.


Premier member Linda Tisdale Manson wrote in about how a previous episode helped her draw out new information from relatives that lead to genealogy gems.

”I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for that podcast. I might never have asked her about someone else (extended family) and never connected with my cousin Jimmy and his wealth of information. And he lives 60 miles from my Mama, so we have a lunch date next time I am in West Tennessee!!! I love the podcasts an listen to them over and over, and still hear something I missed the first time, or forgot. Thank you again!” Linda

Google Earth Question
Lois Shaffer Burton wrote in with a question about how X is marking the spot where a Google Earth map overlay should be!

“When I add an overlay all that appears is a box with a red X.  Why can’t I see the map overlay?  Is it the format of the picture?  I have it in .jpg.”

Lisa answers:  The red X means the image can’t be accessed by Google Earth.  Here are a few things to check:

1) Did you move the location of the image?  If you saved it to your hard drive, created the overlay, and later moved the image on your hard drive to another folder or location, perhaps to organize things, Google Earth will continue to check the original location and when it doesn’t find it the X appears.

2) When you created the overlay, did you save it?  Google Earth will temporarily save the map and overlay in My Places, but when you close the program it will ask you if you want to save your work.  You should save the “temporary files” when you exit.

3) Another thing you can do is create the overlay and manually save it yourself to a specific location of your choice on your hard drive.  Do it through the menu under FILE – SAVE (demonstrated in the video)  Make sure you don’t move the image on your hard drive later on because even a saved overlay must know where to access the image.
GEM: Private Investigation Intersects with Genealogy
Interview with professional genealogist and private investigator Alvie Davidson  

Alvie is the winner of the Association of Professional Genealogists Certificate of Appreciation in 2009 for continued generosity and involvement in the support, planning, and execution of APG’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and the 2009 Professional Management Conference.


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