FamilySearch Records Update: New records for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, Sweden, and United States

A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you'll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909, Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

COLLECTION

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-2001

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68,774

Added images to an existing collection

Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913

32,642

208

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996

35,765

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865

146,760

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Sweden Örebro Church Records 1613-1918; index 1635-1860

42,405

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014

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27,075

Added images to an existing collection

North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909

876,769

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964

0

25,217

Added images to an existing collection

Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991

136,534

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

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Register for Webinar Friday - Snagit software for Genealogists by Michael Brophy

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Snagit possesses a multitude of applications for capturing images and video. Learn how to create engaging images to enhance your family history presentation using easy-to-use tools.

Join us and Michael Brophy for the live webinar Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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MichaelBrophy-144x144Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. He was the first Treasurer of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. He has lectured on a wide variety of genealogy subjects at the National Genealogy Society’s Annual Conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011. He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes seven certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.

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Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name - free webinar by Geoff Rasmussen now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name" which includes my live on-air discovery and the "Watch Geoff Live" after-party (adding a 1860 census record) by Geoff Rasmussen is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

Learn techniques for recording and organizing your research when you're not sure if you've got the right ancestor, or when you find several people with the same name. Get ideas for easily picking up old research and sharing your findings.

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This book is for genealogists and Legacy Family Tree users of all expertise. All levels of genealogists benefit from learning about how others do research. Long time Legacy users will enjoy the insights into the advanced features (especially the Shared Events!) and little tips and tricks along the way. Beginning Legacy users will not only begin to grasp what is possible in Legacy but they will learn to “do it right the first time.”

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  • Snagit Software for Genealogists by Michael Brophy. January 15.
  • The Basics of Virginia Research by Shannon Combs-Bennett. January 20.
  • The Paper-Less Genealogist by Denise May Levenick. January 27.
  • 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield. 1/29.
  • The Scots-Irish in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. February 10.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft Word by Thomas MacEntee. February 17.
  • Problem Solving with FANs by Beth Foulk. February 19.
  • A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 by Cyndi Ingle. February 24.
  • The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions by Michael Hall. March 2.
  • Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard. March 4.
  • How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow. March 9.
  • The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments by Judy Russell. March 16.
  • Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. March 23.
  • Proof Arguments - How to Write Them and Why They Matter by Warren Bittner. March 30.
  • Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin. April 6.
  • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier. April 8.
  • U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill. April 13.
  • Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli. April 20.
  • England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray. April 27.
  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
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  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
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  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
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2 New Legacy QuickGuides Now Available - South Dakota and Oklahoma Genealogy

Legacy QuickGuidesTM have quickly become one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four (sometimes five, sometimes more) pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, dozens of clickable links, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. We've added two brand new Legacy QuickGuides: South Dakota Genealogy and Oklahoma Genealogy by Cari Taplin. Now choose from 91 Legacy QuickGuides!

South Dakota GenealogySouth Dakota Genealogy by Cari Taplin - $2.95

South Dakota’s unique history makes it a fascinating place to study; much of the history of South Dakota parallels that of North Dakota. The land that became South Dakota changed hands many times. In its early history it was inhabited by Sioux Indians. After white explorers entered the area, it belonged to France, Spain, and England at various times. Following the Louisiana Purchase, land that would become South Dakota came under American control. Settlers in the area came first for furs and later for the lure of gold and other precious metals. Homesteading, cattle ranching, farming and railroads also affected population growth.
 
The South Dakota Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains valuable research strategy to help you find your Mount Rushmore State ancestors This handy 6-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
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Oklahoma Genealogy by Cari Taplin - $2.95

Oklahoma has a long history of Native American involvement, both before white settlers began to move in and during the relocation and resettlement of native people. The state was developed out of “Indian Territory” and saw many boundary modifications over time. It served as a migration point for many native tribes during its early years, and became a relocation point for Indians as white settlement and treaties moved them out of eastern states. This long history of Native American residence is what inspired the name “Oklahoma” a Chickasaw word meaning “red people.”
 
The Oklahoma Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains valuable research strategy to help you find your Sooner State ancestors. This handy 6-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
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Why you may need to redo every online search you've ever done

 This one image is making me rethink every online search I've ever performed.

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In her recent webinar, Read 'Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR, Mary Roddy presented a convincing case of why we need to not just think of and use name variants (nicknames or common misspellings) in our searching, but to also carefully study the letter combinations and perform alternate searches based on the limitations of the optical character recognition (OCR) that was used in creating the index.

Now, in English.

OCR is technology used by companies to automatically index digitized documents, like newspapers. While very good, there are some limitations of using indexes that were created with OCR technology, and there are other related limitations that are not the fault of the technology at all. Regardless, the end result is that you might not find your ancestor in the index, even though they may be in the record.

Mary's example of searching for the surname of Roddy in an online Ohio newspaper collection found 7,148 entries. Had she stopped there, she would have missed 155 additional entries for her potential ancestors. This doesn't even count searching for surname variations like Rody, Roddie, Rodey, etc. When we understand some of the limitations of OCR technology, and some of the history of typesetting, we can adjust our search strategies and come up with the right combination of alternative letters and names to search for.

In the example below, the surname of Roddy is shown in the digital image of the newspaper. But searching for the surname of "Roddy" in the index did NOT locate this entry.

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Using the techniques Mary explained in this webinar, she instead searched for "rodclv" and successfully located the record.

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Are you now starting to think about your own ancestral surnames, like I am? Which of them have the potential to fail the OCR test and thus cause your search to come up empty?

After you come up with a list of alternate spellings for the surname, Mary suggests adding these to a spreadsheet.

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If you use Legacy Family Tree, another way to keep track of these surname variations is to add a new unlinked person (Add > Add Unlinked) and give them the surname of "RODDY SURNAME". Then click on their AKA button and add every variation you can think of. Then, anytime you are searching for this surname, open up this person and you have easy access to their list.

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With the tips Mary gives in this webinar, including her chart of "How letters might appear", this may be one of the most important classes you view this year. As it is one of our BONUS webinars, you'll need either a monthly or annual webinar membership to view it, or you can watch the brief preview. If you are a subscriber, click here to view the class.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen

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Learn techniques for recording and organizing your research when you're not sure if you've got the right ancestor, or when you find several people with the same name. Get ideas for easily picking up old research and sharing your findings.

Join us and FamilyTreeWebinars.com's host, Geoff Rasmussen, for the live webinar Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit www.java.com to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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GeoffRasmussen-144x144Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program. On a personal note, Geoff enjoys playing the piano, organ, cello, basketball and bowling. His favorite places are cemeteries, the ocean, and hanging out with other genealogists. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center. He is the author of the recently-released, Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors, and the popular books Legacy Family Tree, Unlocked! and Digital Imaging Essentials.

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For Your Genealogy Toolbox: Social Searcher

Need a time-saver for chasing distant relatives? Here's a social media tool that making tracking folks down a little quicker!

This week on Webinar Wednesday, Lisa Louise Cooke presented "Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye - 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives."  (Catch the free replay while you can!) This webinar discussed the many ways you can track down living people, particularly distant cousins who may have information about your ancestors. Lisa discussed many online tools one of which was called Social Searcher.

According to their website, Social Searcher "allows [people] to search for content in social networks in real-time and provides deep analytics data. Users can search without logging in for publicly posted information on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit, Flickr, Dailymotion and Vimeo. Free users can also save their searches and set up email alerts."Social Searcher

In essence this is a time-saver tool. Instead of searching a number of social media sites individually you can use Social Searcher to search all of them at one time.

I gave it a try to see what it could do. In order to protect the privacy of others, I'll use myself as an example.  I started by first typing in my name - Marian Pierre-Louis. To be honest, that didn't work out very well. None of the results returned related to me in any way. You can see in the image below the kind of poor results I got. (Click image to enlarge.)

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However, when I put my name in quotations - "Marian Pierre-Louis" - the results improve greatly. The phrase now appears in the exact phrase box on the left rather than the keywords box.  All of the results related to me. When scrolling down the results you see social media posts that I've shared or interacted with on Google+, YouTube and Twitter.

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Not everyone is going to have as unique a name as I have.  What do you do if distant cousin is named John Smith?  Try searching for the name in quotations plus additional word(s) such as a location, occupation or school.  I tried searching for my name plus the word genealogy. 

This time, instead of typing into the white search box I typed directly into the yellow search parameters boxes on the left side of the screen. I typed genealogy into the keywords box and Marian Pierre-Louis into exact phrase box beneath it.  Then I used the orange search box at the bottom.  The white search box was then updated with genealogy OR "Marian Pierre-Louis." That's not exactly what I was hoping for.

I manually changed the white search box to genealogy AND "Marian Pierre-Louis."  I tried variations on the search terms. Social Search seems to return the best results when you put the most important term first. So changing my search to "Marian Pierre-Louis" AND genealogy  gave better results. You'll have to do some experimenting to get the best results for your searches.

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Click on the Advanced options header midway down the screen on the left. This will provide new options such as post types (links, photo, status or video), language and social media sites.

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Social Searcher may take a little experimenting to get your searches right but it is definitely a time saver if you want to search for distant cousins online across multiple social platforms.  Keep in mind that the results only return publicly accessible social media posts and interactions. You'll have to return to more traditional methods if it appears that your distant cousin doesn't have an online presence.

Give Social Searcher a try and have fun!

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.

 

 


Read 'Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR - new webinar by Mary Kircher Roddy

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First, learn about free sites, subscription sites and lesser-known ways for identifying and locating newspapers. Also learn strategies on searching for common surnames and forenames, as well as how to overcome the numerous spelling mistakes in newspaper searching. After understanding the “intentional” ways a name might appear differently than expected, learn about unintentional mistakes that creep in due to OCR technology and how to allow for these (Roddy = Rocldv). Finally learn how spreadsheets can track spelling and OCR variants to make sure researchers perform a thorough and reasonably exhaustive search of newspaper records.

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My DNA Dilemma - what would YOU do with these DNA kits?

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I've finally ordered a DNA kit. Two of them in fact. Now I'm wondering, "what now?"

I guess I'm late to the DNA-genealogy game. It's been the talk of the community for years now, yet I've not felt compelled to jump in. I've learned a lot about DNA from our DNA webinar series and I've heard your stories of how DNA testing helped has helped you.

I've finally given in to your peer-pressure:

  • "What, YOU haven't had your DNA tested Geoff?"
  • "Just do it Geoff - everyone's doing it!"

and so when Ancestry's DNA kits went on sale recently I did it. I placed the order. I'm almost a genea-DNA-peep like the rest of you.

Now I face my first DNA dilemma. Who should I test? The best answer is probably, "well, what are you hoping to find? What are your goals?" My current response is, "I'm not really sure." But I still have three grandparents with me (age 92, 81, and 81) and something tells me I should work with them before much longer. I'd also be interested in having myself tested. Why? Because I'm interested in the results. 

I also have an old genealogy case where I think Y-DNA testing would help. Asa had four children in his first marriage.

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I THINK that child #1 is Griffin:

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and child #3 is John:

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but I don't know yet. While I know there's more research that can/should be done on these two children, it's been difficult. And so I'm wondering if DNA would tell me if I'm on the right track. Here's what I'm thinking:

  1. IF I can locate a living male BROWN-surnamed descendant of one of the two known children (Nathan or Lorenzo)
  2. AND I can locate a living male BROWN-surnamed descendant of Griffin or John
  3. AND I can convince BOTH of them to take a DNA test
  4. AND their DNA matches

Would this suggest that Griffin and John do belong in the family and that I should use my efforts to continue the quest?

Legacy's DNA Chart, the "Male Y-DNA, Carriers Only" chart

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should make it easier to know which of these descendants would carry the right Y-DNA, right?

Y-DNA Descendant Carriers Only of Asa Clark Brown

On the other hand, my mother's mother, age 81, is a descendant of one of my brick wall ancestors. Below, Grandma's mother's mother's mother's mother's parents are unknown. Would testing Grandma with a mtDNA test be of value here?

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What should Geoff do?

My dear genea-DNA-peeps - I've got two AncestryDNA (autosomal) kits sitting on my desk. Should I:

  1. Test Grandpa Rasmussen (Dad's father)
  2. Test Grandpa Larsen (Mom's father)
  3. Test Grandma Larsen (Mom's mother)
  4. Test Dad
  5. Test Mom
  6. Test myself

And which other tests should I obtain?

  1. y-DNA test for the Browns
  2. mtDNA test for Grandma Larsen

If my budget were not an issue I know I should do 'em all. Or should I just keep these tests on my desk for now?


Pre-order now available - Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research by Lisa Louise Cooke

Mobile_Gen_COVERMobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research is now available to pre-order. This will undoubtedly be another genealogy best-seller written by Lisa Louise Cooke.

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Whether you have an iPad, an Android tablet, or a smartphone (or all three), Mobile Genealogy will help you put them to work for your genealogy research. Mobile Genealogy picks up where genealogy and tech guru Lisa Louise Cooke’s book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse left off, and then leaves it in the dust! This time around, she’s covered all of the bases:

  • tablet
  • smartphone
  • Android
  • and iOS.

And she’s expanded into more apps, in more depth, and provides the latest cutting-edge strategies for mobile genealogy. You'll get step-by-step instructions and tips and tricks!

Begins shipping February 15, 2016, Perfect-bound Paperback: 174 pages, 6" x 9"

$19.95

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About the author:

Lisa Louise Cooke is the founder of Genealogy Gems, a family history multi-media company. Since 2007 she has produced and hosted The Genealogy Gems Podcast, the #1 genealogy podcast in iTunes. As a technology expert she travels the world teaching family historians how to harness the power of tech to benefit their genealogy research and family history story-telling.

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