December 2011 Podcast Episode Notes

December 2011 Podcast Episode Notes

Tips on naming conventions, a discussion of the Western States Historical Marriage Index, and news on brand-new courses for beginners at Family Tree University. Plus: Learn more about Google+, a new networking tool that's taken the online genealogy community by storm.

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa has a new book available at Family Tree Shop: The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox. It’s available both in print form and as a digital download.
This episode is sponsored by Visit Salt Lake.  

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including a new mapping tool called Historypin and MyHeritage’s acquisition of FamilyLink and Read more at the Genealogy Insider blog.

Top Tips: Name Dropping

David Fryxell, author of the article “Name Dropping” in the January 2012 issue, shares insight into naming conventions.

101 Best Websites: Western States Historical Marriage Index

Lisa Louise Cooke talks about what you can find in the Western States Historical Marriage Index, a BYU Idaho Special Collections & Family History website. You can find a list of counties by state here. If you’d like to help, you can volunteer by emailing

Family Tree University Crash Course: First Steps

Kerry Scott talks about Family Tree University‘s new “First Steps” courses for new genealogists. You can sign up for First Steps courses here.

Social Media Minute

In this new segment, Online Community Editor Kerry Scott talks about Google+, the new networking tool from Google that has taken the online genealogy community by storm. You can find Kerry’s one-hour webinar on how genealogists can best use Google+ here.

The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us about the four vital things every genealogist should do this month.

Have fun climbing your family tree!

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.