GENEALOGY GEMS DELIVERS
The site belongs to Lisa Louise Cooke, who is really dedicated to sharing information with those of us in the trenches. She covers everything from beginning steps to ideas that help professional genealogists. She attends all the major genealogy conferences and send backs interviews with speakers and presenters. I think they are interesting pod casts even if you are not interested in actively searching for your roots. She also has a gift for connecting family heritage with other family members in fun ways. Her website offers access to past pod casts as well as classes in recently took one of her online classes in using the Evernote program to organize all the notes and information in a way that is easily to retrieve. The class was about $49 and was worth every penny by the first 15 minutes. The best idea I came away from was the idea that you could use Evernote (a free program available from the iTune Store) allows researchers to move away from the idea of the necessity of storing information in folders that are stored in other folders requiring us to remember where everything was sorted to. Instead, Lisa showed how Evernote can use TAGS and the search process to make any note randomly filed in one big folder labeled genealogy quickly available to retrieve and use. There were more tips and information on other free software that works with Evernote.
Found a new website today
websites to check out
Together We Served is a website for Marines by Marines, gives details of individual Marines. I think there are similar sites for other branches of the service, but I have only used the Marine site so far.
Find A Grave is a commercial website that allows the public to access and add to an online database of cemetery records.
Genealogy Gems is easily one of my favorite genealogy websites out there. In addition to her fun pod casts, Lisa also provides information and classes on research, and genealogy conventions (including the Who Do You Think You Are convention in England). The website provides lots of free information for anyone who accesses it, but there is also a Premium Membership ($29/yr) for even more and better gems.