Happy Monday

Happy Monday

Happy lazy days of summer.  Have a wonderful week! -Lisa Lisa is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show and app. She is the author of the books The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Mobile Genealogy, How to Find Your Family...

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New European Genealogy Records Online

New European Genealogy Records Online

This is the week to explore new European genealogy records online! This weekly record roundup covers four areas of England as well as France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. Boost your family history research by keeping up with new records...

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New Google Video from Genealogy Gems!

New Google Video from Genealogy Gems!

Google your family history with Genealogy Gems! Google has a great collection of free online search tools--all powered by the same Google search engine--that can help you discover your family history. In this new Genealogy Gems Premium eLearning video, Google guru...

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Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 219

Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 219

  Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 219 In this episode, Lisa shares the stories of Julianne Mangin, who has explored the tragic and twisted stories of her ancestors, Graziella and Philippe Metthe. These stories caught Lisa's eye: "The tragic tale with its surprises...

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Best Census Entry Ever?

Best Census Entry Ever?

This census enumerator clearly had an opinion  about Mr. Coleman's "real" occupation! What funny tidbits have you found in genealogy records? I've got my fingers crossed that you'll leave your comments below so other Gems can share the fun. Have a wonderful week!...

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Mayflower Ancestors Tops US Genealogy Records now Online

Mayflower Ancestors Tops US Genealogy Records now Online

A new Mayflower ancestors database can help connect you with your Pilgrim roots. Also, amateur US newspapers: Hill Air Force Base newspaper, Norwegian and African American Mormons, PERSI updates and collections for Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio,...

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Which of your family do you think of  when you celebrate your nation's birthday? A patriot who fought for freedom? Immigrant ancestors who came to these shores? Your current generation, as it seeks its unique American dream? Or your youngest and the...

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YDNA Test Q&A for Genealogy

YDNA Test Q&A for Genealogy

Here’s a YDNA test Q&A with questions from a Genealogy Gems Podcast listener. Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard has answers: where to test, on joining a family DNA project, and those conflicting DNA ethnicity percentages. Recently Lisa Louise Cooke received a...

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Scandinavian Genealogy Records and More

Scandinavian Genealogy Records and More

It’s a Scandinavian genealogy dream come true: over 135 million new free records at FamilySearch! Also new (and free): church records for England, France, Germany; Italian and Mexican civil registration; archival indexes for The Netherlands; South African court...

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4 Easy Steps to Preserving Old Letters

4 Easy Steps to Preserving Old Letters

Preserving old family letters is one of the best things you can do to be sure their precious content is available to future generations. Follow these easy steps from The Archive Lady, Melissa Barker, to organize and preserve the old correspondence in your family...

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When Genealogy Challenges You….

When Genealogy Challenges You….

What obstacles are you facing this week? A research brick wall... finding a particular record... getting your stuff organized? Leave your comments below so we and other Gems can cheer you on. Have a wonderful week! -Lisa

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DNA and Privacy: No Man is a Genetic Island

DNA and Privacy: No Man is a Genetic Island

The recent identification of the Golden State Killer through a DNA database for genealogy is just one way your DNA may be used in unexpected ways. Lisa Louise Cooke shares 5 key principles to keep in mind when considering your online DNA presence.   Golden State...

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British Isles Genealogy Records New Online

British Isles Genealogy Records New Online

New U.K. suffrage records are online—and so is a related historical experience at Google Arts & Culture! Also: U.K. slavery notices, Scottish memorial inscriptions, British newspapers, and Irish school records. Featured: The Suffragettes and the Road to Equality...

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