In early 2007, when Cooke published the first episode, podcasting was in its infancy. “It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology,” says Cooke, a genealogist since the age of about 10. She has now published 146 free episodes, available through Apple’s iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website. What started out as a single podcast episode has turned into a multimedia offering of audio, video, articles, books, DVDs, live classes and online webinars. The Genealogy Gems mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store, and an Android version through Amazon.com) gives genealogists the flexibility to hit the road and take it all with them.
“My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information and chiseling out the gemsthe items that are really worthwhileso that my listeners can have faster and greater success,” Cooke says. “Ultimately, the genealogy gems I provide on the show lead to my listeners’ genealogy gems: their precious ancestors.”
Cooke is also the host of the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast, our monthly online radio show that takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in the magazine. Each episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy web sites, records and resources. Plus, publisher/editorial director Allison Dolan gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues; managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.