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Mar 8, 2013

Show Notes
Lisa Louise Cooke

I am back from speaking at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference in London, and I’ve brought back some gems for you for this episode which I’m excited about. I got to spend about a week in England and this time around got to do some touring with my friend Janet Hovorka owner of Family ChartMasters. We went to Windsor castle which I’ve always wanted to see, and it did not disappoint.

What windsor castle can teach us about family history. It’s all in the details!

The highlight for me was going to Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire. I’m an Austenphile, and I soaked in nooks and crannies of the home where she lived with her sister Cassandra. It was fantastic seeing the little desk where she worked on her books like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma.” Janet and finished up the tour with tea at Cassandra’s Cup  teashop across the street, where hundreds of china tea cups hang from the ceiling, and where I had the best bowl of tomato soup in my entire life!

Oh yeah, I was there for a genealogy conference. And yes, WDYTYA Live lived up to all expectations. Janet and I had a booth and I taught classes on Google Search and using your iPad and tablet for genealogy. The classes were sold out and people were lined up around the walls. The turn-out they get for this event is just incredible. I haven’t heard the final numbers, but word is it was well over 12,000 people over the three days.

So here’s my own genealogy story from the event. Now, if you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while then you may remember me telling you about my first trip to WDYTYA Live and how after one of my presentations several of my husband’s distant English Cook cousins met up with us and we sort of had an impromptu family reunion upstairs in the expo hall. One of those in attendance was Louise Cook (without the “e”) who is married to my husband’s cousin Peter. I know, it gets a little confusing with Louise Cook and Lisa Louise Cooke! But anyway, Louise and I stay regularly in touch, and we met up at the conference this year.  She found me after one of my classes and we got to visit, and she told me that she was going to help out with her friend’s society booth. So we are walking back to my booth, and when we arrive, she looks up and laughs because the Lincolnshire booth was right next to ours and there was her chair! 

Can you imagine if we had not already met, that Lisa Louise Cooke, and Louise Cook would have been sitting right next to each other throughout the conference not knowing that our husbands were related by way of their third Great Grandfather? ! The moral of the story: Next time you sit down at a genealogy conference introduce yourself to those next to you, you never know who you might be related to.




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Delray wants to know where the Family History Podcast Show Notes have gone...
“I've been listening to your podcasts for over two years now:  GenealogyGems and GenealogyGems Premium.  ALL of the podcasts are on my iPod, so that I can listen to them over and over. 

It seems each time I listen to your podcast, I learn something new that I missed last time.  Somehow I missed the fact that you used to have a podcast called Family History: Genealogy Made Easy. 

I'm going to be teaching a class to genealogy newbies in April, so I've been listening to these older podcasts to see what you shared with beginners.  You mention the "show notes" like you do in GenealogyGems, which are always a life saver when I miss a web address or something; however, I cannot locate any "show notes" for the Genealogy Made Easy show.”

Lisa’s Answer:
The Family History podcast is in a bit of transition right now. We are no longer part of the Personal Life Media network and so all of the show notes pages that they previously hosted have been removed from their website. We are now working to transition the Tunes podcast feed. As soon as that happens, we will start republishing the show on the Genealogy Gems website.

Gus chimes in on Genealogy Podcast No. 148
“Here are my thoughts on internet rip offs. I have both a blog and a web site and my feelings are that if I put anything up there, people will steal anything and use it for their own use. I have copied myself from two books, one published in 1888 and another published in 1895, I don't feel that I am really stealing from these old books. In the book from 1888, I gave credit to the original author, (my ancestor) in a new book."

Dan shares his experience with copyright:
“When rock legend Ronnie James Dio died in 2010 I used his obituaries as a starting point for genealogical research on his ancestry, blogging about what I found at "What I have in common with Ronnie James Dio".  Two people contacted me politely requesting permission to reprint the information, so in my experience people have been quite respectful of copyright.  One of those people wanted to add my findings to the Hungarian Wikipedia page on Dio, increasing my reach as a blogging genealogist beyond my wildest dreams. 

Getting the Word out on a Genealogy Blog
“I regularly listen to your podcast through iTunes and see that sometimes you feature blogs on your show.  I've been meaning to write to you for quite some time now and am hoping you can let your audience know of my genealogy blog. My blog, called “No Hoof Left Behind,” features a family history of the Breeding family.  Our roots are specifically in the following areas: Wythe County, VA; Overton County, TN; Carroll County, AR and Tulsa, OK. 

Over the past two years, I have tackled genealogy from a different perspective: that of looking at my great-grandpa Hugh Breeding’s trucking company.  At first, I merely intended on putting together some basic facts and figures on the company and calling it a day.  However, I have really gotten into the history of the company and the place it held in the trucking industry…the employee vignettes featured throughout my company research really drives home the story of the company on a more personal level as well as adding much more color to the overall history of the firm.

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Interview with Dr. Turi King

Read her bio at the University of Leicester website

Read my blog on the discovery of the remains of Richard III

Full interview on Premium Episode 97


Lisa’s Articles:

Check out my two article in the March / April 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine

The Evernote vs. Microsoft OneNote Quick Guide  and

The Toolkit Tutorial Using the David Rumsey Map Collection