Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast
with Lisa Louise Cooke
- How Harrison Ford’s acting chops run in his family
- What’s been going on with the partly-disabled online Atlas of Historical County Boundaries—what’s in the works to improve it and how best to use it meanwhile
- Why the appearance of new naturalization records online makes me happy
- Tips for using Google Books for Genealogy—and a follow-up Google success story from Kevin
- Step-by-step sleuthing into the mystery of a duplicate tombstone
- The new Genealogy Gems Book Club featured title
IN THE NEWS: Harrison Ford, Celebrity Family Tree
NEWS: DPLA and FamilySearch Partnership
Amy Crow’s video on using the DPLA:
NEWS: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Update
RECORD SPOTLIGHT: Naturalization Records
New Ancestry.com naturalization record collections came online in June for the states of CT, NM, NH, IN, CO, MN, WI, RI, VA, IA, MT, MI, VT, IL, KS, NE, MO, MD, UT, SD. Updated collections were posted for the states of CA, PA, MA, ME, AZ and NY.
New Findmypast.com naturalization records came online for PA, NY, CT and MA.
Naturalization records series in the free Genealogy: Family History Made Easy Podcast:
Episode 29: Immigration and Naturalization Records for Family History, Part 1. Genealogy lecturer and blogger Stephen Danko, PhD, begins a 3-part series on U.S. immigration and naturalization records. Learn about passenger arrival lists in the U.S., little-known certificates of arrival and naturalization records: how to find them and what’s in them.
Episode 30: Immigration and Naturalization Records for Family History, Part 2. Stephen Danko continues this series by focusing on passenger departure records created in European ports. He also talks more in-depth about U.S. naturalization records.
Episode 31: Immigration and Naturalization Records for Family History, Part 3. Stephen Danko talks in-depth about passenger list annotations and the immigrant’s experience at Ellis Island. You didn’t know what you were missing with those mysterious scribbles on 20th-century passenger manifests!
PREMIUM HIGHLIGHT: NEW All About Google Drive Premium Video
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TECH TIP WITH LISA: Google Books
AUDIO CLIP: Google search success story from Kevin
MAILBOX: Where was Eliza buried? (The mystery of the duplicate tombstone)
MAILBOX: How to download Backblaze
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NEW GENEALOGY GEMS BOOK CLUB SELECTION: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
It’s a story inspired by love letters exchanged between his grandparents during World War II, when they were each in dangerous places: he on the island of Malta and she in London, both of which suffered some of the worst sustained bombing campaigns of the war.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a fast-paced book. It begins in London in 1939 with Mary North, a wealthy young lady from a privileged family who, on finding out that war has been declared, immediately leaves her finishing school and signs on for the war effort without telling her parents. She fulfills an assignment as a school teacher long enough to make a meaningful connection with a school official and one of her students. Then her students (along with the rest of London’s children) are evacuated to the countryside, leaving her to figure out what to do next.
The plot gets a lot more involved from here. There’s a love triangle, a long-distance romance, a series of scenes that take place on the heavily-bombarded island of Malta, harrowing descriptions of the London Blitz, homeless children who return from the evacuation only to find themselves parent-less, homeless and in constant danger. It’s intense and eye-opening, but it’s compassionate and it’s still very readable for those who have less of a stomach for blood and guts but still want to understand some of the human experience of living and loving in a war zone, and then picking up the pieces afterward and figuring out how to keep living.
Chris Cleave on the U.S troops coming to Europe in World War II:
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CLOSING: Ancestors in my Kitchen Corner
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