November 22, 2017

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Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems Family History PodcastYour next genealogy event deserves a dynamic, educational and entertaining presenter! A genealogist since childhood, a background in theater, and hundreds of presentations around the world position Lisa as a world-class genealogy speaker. She will bring a deep understanding of her topics in a fun, easy-to-understand, and downright entertaining way. Her multi-media presentations will have your audience enthralled and inspired to learn more about their family history.

Lisa Louise Cooke is CEO of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy education company featuring The Genealogy Gems Podcast, available at in iTunes, and the Genealogy Gems app. Her books include Mobile Genealogy, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox Second Edition, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and she has published 100+ videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel. She also produces The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, regularly writes for the magazine, and teaches for Family Tree University. Learn more about Lisa here.

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Book one of the following presentations for your next family history conference, seminar or genealogy society meeting. Or save money on travel expenses and book a live online webinar taught by Lisa!  Email your specifications for pricing information.

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Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need
Envision your genealogy as technology speeds ahead into the future. There are 5 five key strategies that you can employ right now that will make the ride easier, and the results more exciting than ever. Discover the paradigm shift that will make finding the right technology for your needs easier than ever. And learn how to capitalize on how technology is changing the flow of information.  Finally, explore three areas that are poised to thrust ahead in the future, making this an exciting time to be a family historian!

The Great Google Earth Genealogy Game Show – Fascinating Family History Fun!
Getting your family involved in the family history can be challenging, but with Google Earth you can grab their attention and get them willingly involved! This session, presented in a game show format, will show you the possibilities that Google Earth offers. Contestants will be selected from the audience and arranged in two teams. Host Lisa Louise Cooke will take everyone on a tour of the globe using Google Earth, asking genealogical questions of the teams along the way. The team that answers the most questions correctly win prizes. Everyone who attends will not only learn more about genealogy, but they will also see the amazing capabilities of Google Earth when used for genealogy! It’s fun for everyone.

Keeping House: Reality TV & Women in the Census (NEW!)
Our Great Grandmother’s occupation of “Keeping House” on the U.S. Federal Census can easily be glossed over. Just what hides behind those two humble words? Several years ago Lisa Louise Cooke laced up her black boots, donned layers of petticoats, and hit the expansive West Texas desert with her family to find out. Join her for an hour of reminiscences and ruminations of living for a summer “in 1867” on the TV show Texas Ranch House. Then she’ll saddle you up with strategies for learning more about your own female ancestors who were listed as “keeping house.”

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The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology for Genealogy
This session is a must for every genealogist! As genealogists, we follow a process, so why do we Google so haphazardly? Bring method to the madness of millions of results with this tried and true methodology for using Google for your genealogy research. In this session, we will walk through the process, provide you with the tools, and wow your socks off with real-life examples of Googling success. You will leave this class inspired to revisit using Google for your online searches, and armed with the latest strategies to do so successfully. Not everything is online by any stretch, but even offline sources are more efficiently discovered and accessed when you start online. And the fastest and most effective way to locate online data, whether it resides on a university website or the blog of a distant cousin you’ve never met, is Google!

Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s Life with Google (NEW!)
A wide variety of rich resources are available for free through Google. But it’s not just Google search that can lead you to genealogy gems. Google’s empire includes a great collection of free online tools that are all powered by the same Google search engine, and many are brimming with historical information. In this session, we will build the story of  individuals from the past using Google tools like Google Books, Google Scholar, Google Patents, YouTube, Google Earth Pro, and Google Alerts.

Google Books: the tool you should use every day! 
Learn the secrets of getting more than you ever imagined from the largest online collection of digitized books, Google Books. With 25 million books, many of which are digitized and fully searchable, Google Books should be the first place to which you turn as you climb your family tree. Learn how to make the most of this goldmine chock full of historical data with little known techniques from the Google Guru, Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Second Edition.

Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames
Discover tips and tricks to find your ancestors with common surnames and surnames that double as common words in the English language with Google.  Learn how to weed out irrelevant search results to save time and get to what you want faster.  Then save and automate your searches to run for you! You’ll not only improve your searches, but also improve the chances that the information you post online will be found by other genealogists facilitating collaboration!

Update: Google! What’s New
Google continues to evolve and change every day. In this session, Google Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will give you an update on the most recent Google changes. Then she will unleash advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren’t using, but are ‘must-haves’ in order to get the best results possible. Here are tips and tricks you can put into practice right away.


Google Earth for Genealogy – Google Earth is a 360 degree three dimensional way to view your ancestor’s world!  In this class you will learn how to identify old photos, plot and virtually visit your ancestor’s homestead, and incorporate historic maps.  Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor’s lives, and lends itself very well to collaboration with other researchers.  It’s one of the best online genealogical tools available, and best of all, it’s FREE!eastman quote

Time Travel with Google Earth
Get ready to experience old historic maps, genealogical records, images, and videos coming together to create stunning time travel experiences in the free Google Earth program. We’ll incorporate automated changing boundaries, and uncover historic maps that are built right into Google Earth. Tell time travel stories that will truly excite your non-genealogist relatives! You’ve never seen anything like this class!

Create a Free Google Earth Map Collection for Your Research
Come to this session and you’ll walk out with potentially thousands of free historic maps organized for your family history research. And the good news is, you don’t need a lot of tech know-how to do it! You’ll learn how to find free digital maps for your ancestral locations, add them as permanent map overlays to Google Earth, and then organize them into your personal map reference collection. We will also cover best practices for keeping them organized so that they continually enrich your research.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Old Maps
Historic maps are a must for your research. Learn the five types of historical maps every genealogist should be using, and how to find them (many in places you would have never guessed!) Then learn how to create and save your own historic map collection, and discover truly innovative ways to incorporate them into your analysis and storytelling.

How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth – Google Earth is much more than just a mapping program.  In this presentation you will learn how to harness Google Earth’s capabilities by using it as a multi-media way to tell your ancestor’s story and leave a legacy for future generations. Learn how to incorporate images, videos, genealogical documents, and historic maps and bring it all together in a unique virtual family history tour that you can share on blogs, websites, by email and more, as well as use to further your research through geographic analysis.

The Google Earth Military March Game Show
Getting your family involved in family history can be challenging, but with Google Earth you can grab their attention and get them willingly involved!  In this fast paced session you see an amazing example of that in action. You will be part of an exciting, interactive genealogy game created in Google Earth, rich with multi-media.  Discover military history and learn about the associated genealogical records as contestants battle to answer questions for prizes.


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How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.

Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives
Learn the techniques that Private Investigators use to track down missing people.  These strategies will help you find those elusive living relatives who just may hold the key to your brick wall or possess that treasured photo you’ve been looking for.

Storming the Iceberg! Start Online to Get Offline (NEW!)
While online genealogical records are just the tip of the iceberg, storming that iceberg of offline resources always starts online! Using the web to do your homework and plan your attack will pay off big dividends. We’ll cover a methodical process for identifying offline resources, and determining the easiest and most affordable access to those records.


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Genealogy on the Go with Mobile Devices 
Tablets and smartphones are built for hitting the road and are ideally suited for genealogy due to their sleek size, gorgeous graphics and myriad of apps and tools.  In this class you will discover the top apps and best practices that will make your mobile device a genealogical powerhouse! (iOS and Android)

iPad & iPhone Power User Techniques for Genealogy
Move beyond apps and into power usage! Learn browser customization and discover little-known features, get organized, harness accessibility features, and perform Evernote genealogical tricks!

7 Awesome Apps that Eliminate Eye-Rolling!
Do your relatives roll their eyes in boredom when you mention genealogy? Learn how to captivate them with compelling stories and imagery! We’ll cover seven easy-to-use mobile apps that will help you tell your family history stories in a riveting way, that will have them asking for more.


How to Organize All this Genealogy Stuff! 
Save yourself future frustration and disappointment by putting a solid genealogy organizational plan in place for all the types of items that will be coming your way. I personally use the systems that I am sharing with you, and they have proven to be reliable and efficient. We will cover systems for 4 types of stuff:
1. Organizing All This Paper! The Physical Items Organization System
2. Organizing All That Genealogical Data! The Family Tree Data Organization System
3. Organizing All These Digital Files! The Digital Organization System
4. Organizing All that Web Information! The Online Notetaking System

How Alice the Genealogist Avoids Falling Down the Rabbit Hole (NEW!)
Don’t let unexpected genealogical finds drop you down the rabbit hole any longer. We’ll cover concrete strategies for staying focused on what matters most, while not losing track of opportunities that present themselves. You’ll learn about free tech tools that you can put in place to give you peace of mind, take back those lost hours, and help you be more productive.

How to Use Evernote for Genealogy
Evernote puts all your notes right at your fingertips no matter where you are. In addition to super fast and easy note taking and retrieval, you’ll learn how to clip items from the Internet (rather than saving entire bulky web pages!) use OCR technology to search your digitized documents like newspaper articles, and tap into a myriad of apps that help Evernote help you do just about anything you need.  Evernote harnesses the power of the Cloud to allow you to work across all your computing devices (including your iPad and smart phone.) Best of all, it’s free

Making Evernote Effortless
Learn the best strategies for making Evernote a breeze to use for your genealogy research. Shave time off your note-taking with quick keys, shortcuts, saved searches, search operators, Reminders, note sharing, source citation,  and building Evernote into any browser you use (including mobile devices!)

How to Create a Genealogy Research Plan in Evernote
A genealogy research plan helps you identify what you want to know and formulate the questions and strategy which will provide the answers. In this session you will learn how to set up and work your plan in Evernote, and integrate it with your existing genealogical notes.


How to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure Its Future Survival
Don’t let your lifetime of genealogy research end up in the landfill!  Lisa Louise Cooke  will teach you the 7 key strategies to securing the future of your research including designating a  “research keeper,” setting up a Genealogy Materials Directive, and making donations with a Deed of Gift.  Don’t miss this class – your family research legacy depends on it!

Cloud Backup: The Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Family History (NEW!)
We will answer all the questions that are holding you back from putting a full-proof, automated Cloud backup plan in place: What is Cloud backup? Why should I use Cloud backup? How does Cloud backup work? Is Cloud backup safe? What should I look for when selecting a cloud backup service?


Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors.  Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools that will get you started.


Seminar QuoteSoothe Your Tech Tummy Ache with these 10 Tech Tools
Are you sick and tired of navigating the countless tech tools available to help with your family history? The good news: You don’t need them all to accomplish your genealogy goals. This session will soothe your suffering by simply focusing on these 10 technology tools that will help you bypass tech overload and get back to your genealogy research.

Genealogy Podcasts 101
Want to learn about genealogy while exercising, driving your car, cleaning your office or just relaxing?  Genealogy podcasts are the perfect way to pursue your family history passion no matter where you are or what you’re doing.   They are packed full of genealogy news, tips, entertainment and interviews with the experts.  However, the term “podcast” may seem a bit intimidating. Learn everything you need to know about how to find and listen to genealogy and history podcasts.


Inspiring Ways to Capture the Interest of the Non-Genealogists in Your Family
If you are researching your family tree but haven’t shared it with your family in a way that sparks their interest, then you are only experiencing half of the joy of genealogy! And if your descendants don’t grasp the importance of their heritage, your hard work may tragically find it’s way to the city dump when you are gone. Don’t just collect your family history and store it away in binders and files! Learn how creative displays and crafts can capture the imagination of your non-historian friends and relatives, while honoring your ancestors. These projects are guaranteed to inspire your family to ask you to tell them more about the family tree!

Pixels to Pins: How to Use Instagram and Pinterest for Family History (NEW!)
Instagram and Pinterest may play second banana to Facebook, but they are TOPS for creatively sharing with the next generation and other genealogy researchers. Discover the joy of creating compelling images and content, how to share it in innovative ways, and the best practices to get the most from your efforts.


How to Use YouTube for Family History: Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel
If you’re not on YouTube, then you are allowing the video revolution to pass you by.  It is estimated that YouTube Mobile receives more than 100 million views a day and is the #2 search engine on the planet! YouTube is fast becoming the first place that many people turn to for answers to their questions, including fellow genealogists. Including video content on your website can also drive more traffic to your site. In this presentation Lisa Louise Cooke, producer of the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel (founded just 2 years after YouTube’s launch and currently boasting over a quarter of a million views) will share her tips and tricks for a robust YouTube channel that will power boost your genealogical efforts.

10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video
A recent Nielsen Study shows Internet video is experiencing explosive growth. Don’t let the video revolution pass you by! In this class Lisa Louise Cooke of the popularGenealogy Gems YouTube channel will give you ten ways that online video can enrich your family history. Genealogists can use video in countless ways to learn more about their ancestors, enhance their online presence to attract others researching the same family lines, and create intriguing projects to share their family stories.

What folks who have attended Lisa’s presentations say:

“Excellent Keynote speaker – thank you!”

“The members of our club thoroughly enjoyed your presentation.  You are clearly passionate about history.  You also did a terrific job with the PowerPoint photos and captions.  We would love to have you back from another genealogy presentation.”

“What a grand job you did!  Everyone was engrossed.”

Read the over 40 positive reviews for the podcast in iTunes