Census Research Tip: Why Look at the Same Thing Twice

When may it pay off to look at the same records or indexes twice? When you can compare them on different genealogy websites. Here’s an example for this census research tip. census research tip

You’ve probably noticed that some record sets are available online at multiple websites. At each site, the images and indexes you find may be a little different. Online tools for viewing and searching at each site may also be different.

For example, a digitized image may be faded, dark, blurry, blotchy, cut off, or otherwise unreadable on one website but clearer on another site. Here are two images from the first few lines of the 1880 U.S. Federal Census taken in Bay Minette, Baldwin, Alabama. The first image comes from HeritageQuest Online (available at public libraries) and the second is from Ancestry.com. See the difference?

 

 

As you can see, depending on which line you’re reading, one image may be clearer than another.

Here’s another census research tip: The online tools available at each site are different, too. At HeritageQuest Online, you can view the image at original size, 200% or 400%, and you can look at the image as a negative, which sometimes helps faded text stand out a little more. Ancestry.com lets you zoom in and out, magnify specific areas, and rotate the image or view it in mirror form (in case you’re trying to read backward text bleeding through from the other side).

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Genealogy Gems Premium podcast episode 125: HeritageQuest Online, Ancestry Library edition and other great genealogy resources at the public library (Available only to Genealogy Gems Premium website members)

 

Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 243 – Lessons to Learn from History

Podcast host: Lisa Louise Cooke

July 2020

In episode #14 of Elevenses with Lisa (my YouTube channel show) we talked about how important it is to tell our stories. Then we went through the process of creating videos about the stories in our family history.

Every family’s story dovetail with history at large. That is certainly true for Daniel Horowitz and his family.

Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage Genealogy Expert

Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage Genealogy Expert

Daniel’s family experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. Many of his relatives tragically perished, and those who survived narrowly escaped to locations around the world like Trinidad and Venezuela.

Just a few decades later, Daniel and his family were once again forced to flee unforeseen and devastating societal upheaval. He and his young family left Venezuela and made their home in Israel.

In this episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast you’ll hear Daniel’s story and the lessons we can learn from history. You can watch the video recording of this interview here on Elevenses with Lisa.

 

Singer Family – 1920, Czernowitz, Ukraine

Getting Your History Digitized

Our family’s history comes in many forms, and some of them over time can become obsolete. I shared in this episode my continuing progress on my own project of converting the rest of my old home movies that are in a variety of formats (8mm, mini DV, High 8, and VHS.)  I use Larsen Digital and have been extremely pleased with the service and results. The folks at Larsen Digital have put together special and exclusive discounts for Genealogy Gems listeners and readers. Click here to learn more and receive exclusive discounts and coupon codes.

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Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 190: Missing Person’s Case SOLVED!

GGP 190In the just-published, free Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 190, hear from a genealogist who helped lay to rest a 30-year old missing-person’s case–and so much more.

Don’t you love it when everyday heroes help the experts solve baffling mysteries? I especially love it when that hero is a genealogist who wields research skills with deftness, creativity and bulldog tenacity. Has Lisa Louise Cooke got a story for us!

Scott Fisher, Extreme Genes

In the new Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 190, Lisa interviews Extreme Genes radio host Scott Fisher about his now-famous role in helping to solve a 30-year old missing persons case. He’s told this story to People, FoxNews and CBS.com, but here Lisa gets Scott to really lay out the details of how he did it for fellow researchers.

There’s more to love in Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 190, such as:

  • Lisa advises a listener on a pesky Gmail problem;
  • A whirlwind world tour of new genealogy records online;
  • Searching out military service details with Google Books;
  • One RootsTech attendee’s Google search success story
  • the new Genealogy Gems Book Club title, a brand-new, much-anticipated second novel by a breakout British novelist.

Click here to listen to the episode for FREE (no membership or login required).

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Genealogy Gems Podcast App for Windows 8 Phone and Desktop Now Available

Lisa Louise Cooke Studio FinalThe Genealogy Gems Podcast App is now available for Windows 8 phone, tablets and desktop! Our app provides you the ability to stream or download free Genealogy Gems Podcast content, and even share your favorite episodes. Here’s what you need to know:

Windows_phone_appPhone / Tablet:  First, download the Genealogy Gems phone app for $2.99 from the Windows Phone Store.

Once installed, a live tile will be available on the start menu. Opening the app will provide you a list of episodes available for the show.

You can swipe left or right to move through favorites, downloaded episodes, and recently played episodes.

Selected episodes will be highlighted with a check mark in the corner. Tapping on an episode you wish to listen to will open an in app player.

Clicking on the three dots in the lower right hand corner will open up the menu shortcuts, giving easy access to marking episodes as favorites, downloading the episodes for offline listening, or sharing the episodes out with your friends.

 

Desktop.  Download the Genealogy Gems desktop app ($2.99 from the Windows Desktop App Store.)

Opening the app will provide you a list of episodes available for the show on the right with a player on the left and utilizes all the standards of the Windows 8 navigation. Selected episodes will be highlighted with a check mark in the corner.

An episode can be bookmarked by marking it as a ‘favorite’, and episodes can be downloaded so that they are available offline.

When downloading a file, the status of the download will appear. Once an episode is favorited or downloaded, you can set the app to show only those favorite episodes or those downloaded files. You can also view a list of what episodes were recently played.

The Genealogy Gems Podcast app is the one and only family history podcast app available, and was named a Must Have Apps for Hobbies by App Advice.

 

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