I’m a Guest at Family History: Genealogy Made Easy

This week I am honored to be a guest on Lisa Louise Cooke’s new podcast venue at the website Personal Life Media. Family History: Genealogy Made Easy is a 30-minute weekly show which Lisa hosts and is targeted toward those who are new to genealogy research. In the first part of each show, Lisa interviews someone who is experienced in family history research to share their tips. Then in the second segment, she demonstrates the next step in the research process.

All you need are speakers or a set of headphones to plug into your computer to listen to Lisa’s terrific shows!

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New Genealogy Podcast, Familiar Voice!

I don’t know how Lisa Louise Cooke does it: she’s a wife, mother, homemaker, and creator of the free Genealogy Gems Podcast, which just this year added Premium Memberships (subscription-based). The Members-only area contains videos, podcasts, a forum, and also a newsletter – all of which Lisa creates or maintains. She also maintains a blog and a website, keeps busy with her own genealogy research, is active on Facebook, and enjoys doing creative things like cake decorating and needlework. Additionally, she began hosting Family Tree Magazine’s free monthly podcast. She attends genealogy conventions, workshops, and seminars to promote her podcasts and interview interesting and well-known people in the genealogical world. I’m sure I’ve missed describing several of the many things that this busy woman is involved in…it’s so hard to keep up!

Now Lisa’s familiar gal-next-door voice with her tidbits of genealogical how-tos, tips, and techniques, along with fascinating interveiws can be found at the Personal Life Media website, which consists of free blogs and podcasts for every area of your personal life. Lisa’s Family History podcast can be found under the both the History and Hobbies categories, or directly here. Additionally, an audio player can be downloaded from Lisa’s Genealogy Gems Newsletter Blog here and added to any personal page, including iGoogle homepages (where I’ve currently got mine!), Facebook, or MySpace pages. This audio player will play not only any of Lisa’s podcasts from all her locations, but other Personal Life podcasts as well!

You may also subscribe to any of Lisa’s podcasts via iTunes. Don’t have an iPod? Well, neither do I; my teens and I all own various models of Sansa MP3 players, and my husband has a Creative Lab MP3 player. These–like any MP3 player–all work with iTunes as well (a free program). If you don’t know how to use iTunes, you can find Lisa’s great video tutorial on the Family Tree Magazine website here.

No iPod or MP3 players? Still not a problem! As long as you have speakers or headphones for your computer, you can listen to any podcast directly from each one’s site.

Expand your genealogical knowledge and listen to one of Lisa’s many podcasts today!

Genealogy Gems Podcast Announces Exclusive Interview with Tim Russell

The Genealogy Gems Podcast Announces Exclusive Interview with Tim Russell of the Prairie Home Companion Radio Show and Movie

San Ramon, CA – August 15, 2008
In the 50th episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, Lisa Louise Cooke chats with Tim Russell of the radio show and movie A Prairie Home Companion about his passion for family history.

“I’ve always been interested in history, I guess. I’m the only one in (my) family who has expressed some interest in roots and where we all came from.”

With his interest in history, it’s fitting that Tim has a career that hints of a bygone era – that of a radio show actor.

“We’re kind of the last stand for that. But I think Garrison’s (Keillor) writing is a prime example of why it should somehow continue. Because it’s a great medium. It really puts your imagination to work…and that’s why we enjoy it. For the most part, we’re doing things live and that gives it a little extra ZING!”

Tim also gives the inside scoop on what it was like to work with the likes of Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, and Lily Tomlin on Robert Altman’s movie set.

Also in this 50th episode Lisa does a bit of genealogical daydreaming with fellow genealogy podcasters The Genealogy Guys, DearMYRTLE, and Mike O’Laughlin among others.

Genealogists can listen to Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 50 free at:
http://genealogygemspodcast.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=368870.

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About Genealogy Gems:

Genealogy Gems Podcast is an audio show available FREE on the Web at www.GenealogyGems.TV and through iTunes. Host Lisa Louise Cooke provides genealogy research strategies to help listeners get the most out of their research time, and creative ideas for sharing and displaying their family history.

Genealogy Gems Premium offers listeners complete access to all features of the website including members-only podcasts and videos, Message Forum, Newsletter Archive, Genealogy Puzzles, and Behind the Scenes information. Monthly and Annual subscriptions are available.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and The Family Tree Magazine Podcast. She is the author of the book Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies (Lulu.com $15.98), and a national genealogy speaker.

The Genealogy Gems Podcast
Lisa Louise Cooke
Producer and Host

www.GenealogyGems.TV
Email: GenealogyGemsPodcast@gmail.com

Family Tree Magazine Launches Podcast

From Diane Haddad, editor of Family Tree Magazine:

Family Tree Magazine Podcast Offers Genealogy News and Tips

Now you can hear about the best genealogy tools and tips by tuning into the free, monthly Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

In this online radio show, host Lisa Louise Cooke—creator of the popular Genealogy Gems podcast—takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in Family Tree Magazine. Each 30-minute episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy Web sites, records and resources. Plus, editor Allison Stacy gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues and managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.

You can listen whenever it’s convenient to you by visiting the FamilyTreeMagazine.com podcast page at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/podcast/.

I heard about this new Family Tree Magazine podcast through Lisa Louise Cooke’s podcast, Genealogy Gems, and since I’m a big fan of Lisa’s podcasts AND a big fan of the magazine, I went and listened to the FTM podcast. It was well done, of course, and I look forward to many more in the future!

What’s a podcast? Remember how you loved to listen to your favorite radio show as a kid? Well, podcasts are like radio shows, only they are offered through the Internet. There are podcasts for nearly every subject under the sun, and you can use Google to find podcasts for history, quilting, gardening, or whatever your second-favorite hobby may be (genealogy being your number one favorite, of course!).

By the way, you don’t need an iPod or an MP3 player to listen to a podcast. All you need is a pair of speakers or headphones plugged into your computer and you can listen. If you have dial-up for your Internet connection, you probably will need to download the audio file to your computer first (instructions below), then listen to it with Windows Media Player, Quick Time, Real Player, or whatever you have on your computer, rather than listening to it straight off the Internet. There are many genealogy podcasts, and links to them can be found at Cyndi’s List here.

Instructions: I’ve found that using Firefox (my browser of choice) does not allow me to download the podcast easily. So I connect to the Internet using Internet Explorer and go to the podcast site. At the bottom of each of the site notes for each podcast is usually a link that says “download.” Right-click and chose “Save Target.” Decide where you want to download the file (I have created a podcast folder in “My Music”). After the file has downloaded, go to the file wherever you have stored it on your computer. Double-left-click on the podcast file for it to start playing. If you have a little trouble getting it going, or want to choose which player will play the file for you, right-click instead on the file and choose the player you prefer.

“Using Podcasts to Further Your Genealogy” is on the list of computer classes we will be offering EWGS members in our new lineup for 2009 – 2010!

Family Tree Magazine Launches Podcast

From Diane Haddad, editor of Family Tree Magazine:

Family Tree Magazine Podcast Offers Genealogy News and Tips

Now you can hear about the best genealogy tools and tips by tuning into the free, monthly Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

In this online radio show, host Lisa Louise Cooke—creator of the popular Genealogy Gems podcast—takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in Family Tree Magazine. Each 30-minute episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy Web sites, records and resources. Plus, editor Allison Stacy gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues and managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.

You can listen whenever it’s convenient to you by visiting the FamilyTreeMagazine.com podcast page at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/podcast/.

I heard about this new Family Tree Magazine podcast through Lisa Louise Cooke’s podcast, Genealogy Gems, and since I’m a big fan of Lisa’s podcasts AND a big fan of the magazine, I went and listened to the FTM podcast. It was well done, of course, and I look forward to many more in the future!

What’s a podcast? Remember how you loved to listen to your favorite radio show as a kid? Well, podcasts are like radio shows, only they are offered through the Internet. There are podcasts for nearly every subject under the sun, and you can use Google to find podcasts for history, quilting, gardening, or whatever your second-favorite hobby may be (genealogy being your number one favorite, of course!).

By the way, you don’t need an iPod or an MP3 player to listen to a podcast. All you need is a pair of speakers or headphones plugged into your computer and you can listen. If you have dial-up for your Internet connection, you probably will need to download the audio file to your computer first (instructions below), then listen to it with Windows Media Player, Quick Time, Real Player, or whatever you have on your computer, rather than listening to it straight off the Internet. There are many genealogy podcasts, and links to them can be found at Cyndi’s List here.

Instructions: I’ve found that using Firefox (my browser of choice) does not allow me to download the podcast easily. So I connect to the Internet using Internet Explorer and go to the podcast site. At the bottom of each of the site notes for each podcast is usually a link that says “download.” Right-click and chose “Save Target.” Decide where you want to download the file (I have created a podcast folder in “My Music”). After the file has downloaded, go to the file wherever you have stored it on your computer. Double-left-click on the podcast file for it to start playing. If you have a little trouble getting it going, or want to choose which player will play the file for you, right-click instead on the file and choose the player you prefer.

“Using Podcasts to Further Your Genealogy” is on the list of computer classes we will be offering EWGS members in our new lineup for 2009 – 2010!