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Sep 11, 2012

Published Sept 11, 2012

Enjoy a Blast from the Past with Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 140. You'll hear episodes 3 and 4 from 2007.

Show Notes

EPISODE 3 - Originally Aired March 11, 2007

A big thanks to Bill Puller of the Genealogy Tech Podcast, for mentioning the Genealogy Gems Podcast in his March 7 blog.  

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Check out Bill Puller’s podcast Episode #8 of the Genealogy Tech Podcast

You can create a thousand! 

(Idea:  Start with those items you highlighted in your family journals (See episode #2 below)



How to create a Favorite Search in eBay:

  1. Enter keywords in to the “All Items” SEARCH box
  2. click SEARCH
  3. (Consider clicking the Search title and description box to insure you are getting everything)
  4. Once you get the search refined to give you good results, click “Add to my Favorite Searches” (just below the search line on the right side of the screen)
  5. This opens a window where you can elect to create it as a new search, or replace one of your existing searches.  Usually you will just be creating a new search. 
  6. Make sure the “Email me” box is clicked so you will receive email notifications when new items are listed.  You can choose how long you want to receive emails.  (This can be modified at any time through My EBay)
  7. Click SAVE SEARCH

You’ll probably receive your first emails tomorrow morning!

LARSON screwdriver

SPORAN – San Joaquin Cotton Oil bale of cotton



Shadow Box "L J Larson"

Diana's Wall Display

EPISODE 4 - Originally Aired March 17, 2007


  • 19 Presidents of the United States have claimed Irish heritage.
  • One-third to one-half of the American troops during the Revolutionary War
  • 9 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Irish Americans.
  • Today, approximately one in four Americans can trace their ancestry in part to Ireland.

A Tribute to My Irish Roots-"Michael Lynch came to America first, and bought his land in Wisconsin in 1857.  He then wrote to a friend still in Ireland, and asked him to find him an Irish wife.  Margaret Scully was 16 at the time and agreed to go.  She traveled with her brothers Dan & Tom Scully in 1860.  They were married April 10, 1860 in Stillwater, MN."

Michael’s land was covered in timber.  He cleared all the land with oxen.  Margaret was very afraid of the Indians.  There were terrible Sioux Indian uprisings in the area at the time.  Family she would not stay in their cabin alone while Michael was clearing the land.  So she would take the children and hide in the woods."

Margaret (nee Scully) Lynch

Born July 17, 1839 in Limerick, Ireland

She died at the age of 87 and left behind 7 of her 8 children, 40 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. 


Find your Irish ancestors now with this book:

In Search of Your British and Irish Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your English, Welsh, Scottish, & Irish Ancestors [Paperback]

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Angus Baxter wrote a terrific book about finding your German ancestors which I found invaluable.  “In Search…” will take you step by step back to Britain and Ireland, even if you are new to family history research.


From the MAILBOX:

Kay Alderman saying that she’s enjoying the podcast and has added Genealogy Gems to her new genealogy blog called Another Amateur Genealogist.  (Update: no longer available)


DVD Gem: Berkeley Square

My eldest daughter and I have been glued to this DVD since we started it.  We are both HUGE Pride & Prejudice fans (The A&E version) and are thrilled to find a serial of the same caliber. Berkeley Square follows the intertwining lives of three London nannies at the turn of the 20th century.  Each episode (and there are 10 – yummy!!) is packed with romance, intrigue, and plot twists that have kept us glued to the couch.  We’ll be watching these nannies over and over in the future just as we do Lizzie and her sisters! Buy Berkeley Square through our Amazon search box and support the free podcast.


GEM: lends itself beautifully to family history research by offering a very creative method for not only sharing family photos and videos, but really telling your families story. 

What is it? YouTube is an online video streaming service that allows anyone to share videos with others by uploading them to the site.  In addition, it allows member to view the videos of others.  The website address is 

Sign up is easy and free:(Update: If you have a free Google account that will be your YouTube account)

  1. To become a member of YouTube, go to the "Signup" page (, by clicking SIGN UP in the top right corner of the home page.
  2. Choose a user name and password, and enter your information.
  3. Click the "Sign Up" button and you're done. 

Caution:  Be aware that there is objectionable content on YouTube.   Nonetheless, it is a powerful medium for genealogists to use, and I predict it will go by leaps and bounds when it comes to family history and history in general.


Videos I found relating to my family’s history:

Der Deutsche Osten - Ostpreußen/The Germ.East: East Prussia
This video was a photo montage set music.  The villages are part of Poland today, but the video shows them as they were before World War II. 

A video walk through Tunbridge Wells…

South East England old film
A nine minute film made up of very old film footage from the 1920s offering a tour of Margate, England and surrounding villages. (Update: no longer available)

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“Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson