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Oct 20, 2008

Published Oct 20, 2008

October is Family History Month 

Lisa with her prized pumpkin

Genealogy Gems Halloween Greetings 

Halloween Haunts Podcast by WHRO FM radio:  Stories based on ghostly legends and lore of Hampton Roads, Virginia.  Thanks to my friend Michelle Gabriele-Harrell producer off the Halloween Haunts podcast.

In iTunes:
Halloween Haunts 2006 Audio Podcast Series and the 2008 series Halloween Haunts Fright Bytes Video Podcast in iTunes 

iGoogle Update
iGoogle has been discontinued.   

WorldCat:  I also wrote a blog recently called Getting the Most Out of WorldCat and I wanted to mention that there is going to be a Free seminar Oct 28 at 2PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific online sponsored by WorldCat so I'll have a link to that posting so you can read all about it.

MAILBOX:   Kerry Steward called in about some comments I made on Genealogy Gems podcast Episode #40.  Here are two articles about Henrietta Pruisner Tesch and Katherine Tesch Rugg's families.
"Somewhat of a Record" and
"Homer Woman Has Given Birth to 15 Children"

GEM: Profile America - Oct. 13 Navy Month

"Hit hard, hit fast, hit often"  Admiral "Bull" Halsey (above)

GEM: Interview with Yvette Arts, Director of Content Partnerships at World Vital Records

Update: World Vital Records is now part of

Strategies for getting the most out of World Vital Records from Yvette Arts:

First-time users/browsing: Perform a Basic Search. You'll get the largest search results by just searching by last name. Look over the results to narrow down all the possibilities. Try adding first name next. Some combinations of first and last names are more difficult to find exact matches for than others (e.g., John Smith). But if you have an unusual name like Jared Quackenbush the search will only return a few results.

Next, if you know the location enter a full state name in the Place search. There are some results in their databases, such as for Google Books, that may not come up via the geographic. 

Don't forget to try alternative spelling for a surname.  

Additional Search Tips:  Entering a date is best when you only give a year.  If you already know a lot about an ancestor and now want to know specific information, try the Advanced Search.  Use broad search terms, not an exact year of birth.  Although you may know this information, mistakes may have been made in a document, or a first name may be abbreviated (e.g., Geo* is a good search term for George or J* may bring up a John that is otherwise listed as Jn). Excluding a source from a search because you have exact knowledge about an ancestor could lead to less accurate search results. 

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GEM: Profile America - Oct 24 is the anniversary of Chips the U.S. War Dog being awared the Distinguished Service Medal       


Interview with Mary Ann Whitley who's father Herson Lamont Whitley served with Chips the US War Dog 

A Dog Called Chips by Mary Ann Whitley at the U.S. War Dogs Website 

GEM:  The MacGenealogist - In today's MacGenealogist Minute with Ben Sayer, Ben's continues his reviews of Genealogy software for the Macintosh computer with a review of iFamily for Leopard

GEM:  Name That Tune - I need your help.  Several months ago I received a reel to reel tape that was recorded by my husband's Grandfather and Grandmother Cooke.  I'm going to play one song on each episode in the hopes that one of you dear listener's will recognize the tune and email me with the name. Or leave a voice mail at 925-272-4021.  Thanks!

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