Getting the Right Place Names on Your Family Tree

Getting the Right Place Names on Your Family Tree

Do you ever find yourself scratching your head about which of many local place names to record for a family event? A question on this comes in from podcast listener Joanne K.: "On FamilySearch I found birth and marriage records of a direct ancestor, then other...

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Free App, E-Book Celebrate Constitution Day

Free App, E-Book Celebrate Constitution Day

Today the United States celebrates Constitution Day! On this date in 1787--225 years ago--delegates finalized and signed the historic document that became the U.S. Constitution. In celebration, the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives has launched a free...

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What I Believe We Must Do as Family Historians Today

What I Believe We Must Do as Family Historians Today

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Santayana in The Life of Reason, 1905 One of the most important jobs we will have as family historians is passing on to the next generation our memories of September 11, 2001. I'll never forget my...

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Family History Episode 43: The Julian Calendar and Genealogy

Family History Episode 43: The Julian Calendar and Genealogy

Family History: Genealogy Made Easy with Lisa Louise Cooke Republished 2014 [display_podcast] Download the Show Notes for this Episode Welcome to this step-by-step series for beginning genealogists—and more experienced ones who want to brush up or learn something new....

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Scanning Old Photos: Tips from a Genealogy Gems Listener

Scanning Old Photos: Tips from a Genealogy Gems Listener

Thank you to Genealogy Gems Premium member Scott Scott D. in Roswell, Georgia, USA, who recently sent in these hard-won tips for scanning old photos: I start with the assumption that I want to preserve order of my pictures. I also am not so worried about the filename...

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Old Photo Solves Genealogy Mystery

Old Photo Solves Genealogy Mystery

Recently Genealogy Gems Premium member Scott Dickson of Roswell, Georgia, USA, sent me this great story about how an old photo helped him break through a brick wall on his family tree: "Lisa, You talked about discoveries through revisiting old photos. The first day I...

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Little House on the Prairie: A New Cookbook and Old Documents

Little House on the Prairie: A New Cookbook and Old Documents

Did you ever watch or read the "Little House on the Prairie" series? It certainly fired my childhood imagination and my lifelong love for history. The stories are based on a series of written-for-kids-but-loved-by-everyone books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her family...

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Using Google Earth for Genealogy: Q&A

Using Google Earth for Genealogy: Q&A

Have you ever found yourself looking for an ancestor's address that doesn't seem to exist anymore? Here are some strategies I recently shared via the following Q&A: Question: From the 1881 Census in England I uncovered the address for my relative: 3 Buckingham...

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Use Evernote to Organize Photos? Hmm……

Use Evernote to Organize Photos? Hmm……

Recently I heard from John B., who asked a question I get a lot these days: "Hello, Lisa, I've enjoyed listening to your podcasts for a couple years now. However, I think you have given me a new choice to make. Some time back I watched your video on how to organize...

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Childhood Friends Reintroduced as Long-Lost Siblings

Childhood Friends Reintroduced as Long-Lost Siblings

Recently The National Post reported that two men who were childhood friends have been reintroduced to each other--as biological brothers. According to the article, long-lost siblings Duncan Cumming, 72, and Ron Cole, 71, lived near each other as kids. They attended...

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Ancestry App Launches With “Solid New Features”

Ancestry App Launches With “Solid New Features”

Ancestry.com just relaunched the Ancestry App (version 6.0) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. "This isn’t just a re-launch on a new system," explained the Ancestry Mobile Team in a recent email. "We’ve worked hard to add some solid new features that we think...

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