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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Unclaimed Persons Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Unclaimed Persons Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, Unclaimed Persons launched as a volunteer effort within the genealogical community to help coroners reunite unclaimed bodies with their families. Here's what Unclaimed Persons has accomplished over the past decade--and how you can join the growing...

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New York Genealogy Records and More

New York Genealogy Records and More

Work on your New York genealogy research with these new naturalization and marriage license records. Also: WWII draft registrations; family history records for AL, ID, KS, KY, LA, OH, VA; and records from Australia, Canada (including a mapped-out photo archive of...

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Episode 218 – It’s All About You

Episode 218 – It’s All About You

The Genealogy Gems PodcastEpisode #218with Lisa Louise Cooke Download the episode In this episode, Lisa answers your questions and shares your comments. Hot topics on your minds that are covered in this episode: discovering new records online, working with...

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MyHeritage News: Pedigree View, End of WorldVitalRecords

MyHeritage News: Pedigree View, End of WorldVitalRecords

We have three pieces of MyHeritage news to share with you. First: a quick summary of the billion records they've added recently--including U.S. newspapers. Second: a much-requested feature for their online family trees launches. Third: they're retiring the site that...

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Pennsylvania Genealogy Brick Wall Strategies

Pennsylvania Genealogy Brick Wall Strategies

It’s a common Pennsylvania genealogy brick wall: “My ancestors are from PA—but I don’t know where!” Pennsylvania expert Jim Beidler has strategies that may help narrow down the needle-in-a-haystack problem of identifying your ancestor’s home county. Here, we also add...

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Courthouse research tips for genealogists

Courthouse research tips for genealogists

Got a research trip coming up soon? These courthouse research tips for genealogists from The Archive Lady, Melissa Barker, will help you get organized before you hit the road. That way, you'll be prepared to use your time well at your ancestor's courthouse--to explore...

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Forensic Genealogy: Beyond the Golden State Killer Case

Forensic Genealogy: Beyond the Golden State Killer Case

The Golden State killer DNA-credited arrest was just the beginning. Another cold case—a double murder—has new answers thanks to forensic genealogy research techniques and a company that helps criminal investigators use them. Though legal and privacy questions still...

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Irish history in pictures, film and folklore

Irish history in pictures, film and folklore

This week’s records roundup features Irish history in pictures, film and folklore; 1939 Register updates; British and Irish newspapers; UK WWI War Memorials Register, British folk music, Norfolk and Somerset parish records, Wiltshire wills and probate and Scotland...

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Create Your Family History Google Earth Tour

Create Your Family History Google Earth Tour

Tours are great way to see highlights in the shortest amount of time. Why not take your relatives on a virtual family history tour? You can do just that using the free Google Earth Pro software. Read more as Lisa shares some tips and strategies to use Google Earth to...

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