Showing posts with label Genealogy Gems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genealogy Gems. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs Contest!

 Family Tree Magazine announced its 40 Best Genealogy Blogs contest for 2011!

Last year, by some miraculous reason, Heritage Happens was honored to make the top 40 Best Genealogy Blog  list! I was stunned, and it was truly amazing!  This year we have so many new and awesome blogs out there! Of course, we still have the "seasoned"  blogs available also. This year it becomes so much tougher though because there are now something like 1200 (?), or more, blogs to choose from! I have my favorites, and I bet you do too.

I understand that we will not be able to choose Genealogy GemsGenea-MusingsDearMYRTLE or GeneaBloggers as a choice for the top 40. Nor will we be able to choose any of  Thomas MacEntee's several other blogs, I have lost count how many he authors now, 10? Maybe it is 12? 

Anyway, each of these blogs authors, Lisa Louise Cook, Randy Seaver, Myrt, and Thomas are all panelists for this years contest. They have chosen the categories and the qualifications. Congrats to you all for being on the panel!

November 30, 2010 is the last day to nominate your favorite blogs for this contest. When you choose a blog be sure to select the category and why you believe it should be in the top 40. There have been some changes in the contest so you may wish to read the rules for this year.

There are 8 categories this year. I like the groupings. They are:

1. Local/regional genealogy
2. Heritage Groups (ethnic)
3. Research advice/ How to
4. Cemeteries
5. My history blogs
6. "Everything" blogs
7. Technology
8. New Blogs

Now, to take some time and make some choices!  There really are so many great blogs! I have a few in mind already. How about you? Make sure you take the  time to make your decisions and vote here. The winners will be very grateful to you!

I wish everyone good luck and I look forward to seeing this years winners! It just may be YOU!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jamboree 2010 ~ Smiling Saturday... Still ~ Post #7

After the Blogger's Summits on Saturday, it was Lisa Louise Cooke's LIVE Podcast for the Genealogy Gems Podcast , which I shared with you in the 6th post of Jamboree. Here is a picture of Chris Haley singing...I enjoyed his musical talent.

The lectures I attended on Saturday afternoon were "Archival Products and Their Use" and a mini-computer lab course "Writing Your Family History Using Microsoft Word." The archival products lecture was informative and jazzed me up to buy the products I needed at Jamboree. This was something I have been wanting to do for a couple years and hadn't done it, so it became a goal for me at Jamboree. I have a few items to store; a christening dress, a quilt, a tablecloth, and a sweater. Who would have thought ordering boxes could be so much fun? It really was, and, so much so that I added on some other boxes for pictures and things. They are being shipped to me, so I am now anxiously waiting for them to arrive.

The mini-course, well, let's just say wasn't one of my favorites. It wasn't what I was expecting it to be, I thought it was about writing your own personal story. It was learning to type a genealogical report in Word. I didn't feel I really needed to learn this as all genealogy software will print these for you. It was the first time I attended a session in which a laptop was a must and found it to be a real eye opener. Everyone in the session had different versions of Word and different skill levels. Someone was always behind or left out which made things frustrating for those who could move right along. It would have been nice to have a printout of the instructions, then people could follow their own program. But hey, nothing is perfect and I still learned something from this session, so I have no complaints!

I heard a little rumor that Thomas MacEntee, GeneaBloggers and Destination Austin Family, was going to be singing with Jean Hibbens after the days sessions. I made it a point to be in the Convention Center after the last lecture I attended. There I found Jean Hibbens, Circlemending, and her husband making music.

It wasn't long until Thomas joined in ~

Here are the two of them harmonizing ~

Great job and good entertainment! Jean's husband was playing the saw....yes, that is correct, the saw. I am sorry I missed that picture, I was involved making sure I got a picture or two of Thomas singing. You can see a picture of Jean and her husband Butch playing a concert of Civil War songs on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Touch of Jamboree Excitement

It is Jamboree week and I am getting very excited. Today I noticed a lot of tweets and posts from other bloggers regarding this exciting event. All of this, of course, adds to my excitement!

I need to get my ducks in a row. Amy at We Tree reminded me with her post "The Rock Star's Guide to Genealogy Conferences" not to over book myself. Her post explains the reason and also gives many wonderful ideas on how to be a Rock Star at conferences! I suggest you read her article, if you haven't already, especially if you are planning to attend any conference!

I look forward to seeing my blogger friends that I met last year. I especially look forward to meeting those I haven't met before. Thomas at GeneaBloggers listed the bloggers "WHO'LL BE AT #SCGS10 JAMBOREE?" . If you see me at Jamboree, please be sure to come say hi because I would love to see you! 

Lisa Louise Cooke from the Genealogy Gems Podcast will be interviewing some wonderful people for her podcast, and it will be done live! Those who wish can sit in on the action. You can bet I'll be there! Lisa shares who her interviewees will be and tempts us with a Promo Video!

These are just a few things that are on my mind for Jamboree. Now though, I am off to gather the items I would like to get scanned at the Ancestry scanning booth! Can hardly wait!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Genealogy "T.V."

Have you watched genealogy "T.V" interviews? Do you know what they are? Let me introduce a couple to you!

We have blogs, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and T.V. interviews! Yes, you can watch "T.V." on the internet. Dick Eastman is very well known for his interviews on Roots Television. The most recent that I have listened to of Dick's interviews, is the interview with DearMyrtle done at the SoCa Genealogy Jamboree. These interviews are very informative plus you get to "see" who is being interviewed, just like TV! Many people interviewed are those who have blogs and or those people involved in the genealogy world we don't tend to see in the spotlight, they are behind the scenes shall we say. Roots Television actually has a program guide too, so be sure to click on the link and check it out!

Lisa Louise Cooke from Genealogy Gems has a "TV" interview site, Genealogy Gems Video. Most recently, she also did interviews from the 2009 SoCa Genealogy Jamboree. I just listened to the interview she did with Randy Seaver, Randy's first video interview! (Nice job Randy!)

I am sure there will be more interviews from the Jamboree up and coming. Be sure to keep and eye on these "TV" channels to see more about Jamboree 2009, other conferences, and your favorite "stars' in the genealogy world! You will enjoy and learn a thing or two I am sure.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Podcasts with Lisa Louise Cooke

One evening last week I was able to attend my local genealogy meeting, which is rare for me as I am usually babysitting my grandson. There are a few meetings that for one reason or another I am extremely interested in and I will elicit my husband to take over the babysitting duties so I can attend. This meeting was one of those meetings.

Lisa Louise Cooke from Genealogy Gems Podcast was the speaker for the evening. I had some contact with her a year or so ago via her blog. There were a couple situations where I felt I could possibly meet her, but I never thought I was going to meet her at one of our regular meetings AND she would be the speaker!

She did a wonderful presentation. She gave us the background as to how she eventually came to podcasting. She spoke about her podcasts and informed her audience how to listen to them. A Podcast, for those who may be unaware, is like listening to a radio show on your computer or IPOD. I have listened to several of her podcasts and they are always very interesting. One of my favorites was her interview with Kathy Lennon from the Lennon Sisters.

She explained where her life has gone in the last couple of years and wow, is SHE busy! She is an amazing person and it is nice to know more about her. I was fortunate to be able to introduce myself and speak with her after the lecture. Although I was patiently waiting for others to finish speaking with her, she saw me and my name tag and jumped in and acknowledged me in the midst of a conversation with an other woman. We were able to spend a few minutes chatting and I truly enjoyed the conversation.

Lisa Louise Cooke has more going on than podcasts! I am sure you are aware of her "Genealogy Gems Podcast" and her monthly podcast with Family Tree Magazine. Also, there is the Genealogy Gems website, the videos on YouTube, the newsletter and the blog! She is involved in expos and cruises and her own genealogy society among other things. Oh and did I mention a book? Best of all, almost everything she offers is free! (She does offer a premium membership, which entails a cost but offers even more information, and the book must have a price tag.)

It is my pleasure to share with you these Genealogy Gems related links:

Genealogy Gems Website:

Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast:

Video: How to Locate and Subscribe to a Podcast:

Video:Navigating Podcast Websites:

Download FREE itunes:

Podcast FAQ at Genealogy Gems:

Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode List:

Sign up for the Free genealogy Gems e-Newsletter:

Genealogy Gems Videos:

Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel:

The Genealogy Gems Newsblog:

Book-Genealogy Gems Ultimate Research Strategies:

Premium Membership:

The Family Tree Magazine Podcast:

If you haven't already done so, you might what to see what is going on at Genealogy Gems! I thank Lisa Louise Cooke for spending an evening with our local society and sharing a bit of her life and podcasting with us! I know there were members who weren't familiar with podcasting prior to this, and probably hadn't ever considered attempting to find out about them. I believe what they learned this particular evening changed many minds!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!