May 2009 Family Tree Magazine Podcast Show Notes

May 2009 Family Tree Magazine Podcast Show Notes

Listen to genealogy tips from the experts on using census records to discover your ancestors.

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This episode highlights genealogists’ favorite source: censuses. Learn about “special censuses” of select groups that supplement the regular population schedules. Curt Witcher, department manager for the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., talks about these overlooked records. Contributing editor David A. Fryxell shares tips for using online census records. And publisher/editorial director Allison Stacy tells you about an upcoming opportunity to enhance your census research skills: the Online Census Secrets seminar in our new series of online workshops. Plus, hear the breaking news from the National Genealogical Society Conference in host Lisa Louise Cooke’s interview with Genealogy Insider and managing editor Diane Haddad.

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy

To kick off this census-themed episode, Lisa and Allison talk about Family Tree Magazine‘s upcoming webinar Online Census Secrets: Best Web Sites & Strategies to Find Your Ancestors—one of a new series of Family Tree Magazine online workshops. Plus, a contest to win a free genealogy class fromGenClass.

Listen to the episode for details, then submit your entry via e-mail by May 30.

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Genealogy Insider and managing editor Diane Haddad joins Lisa from the National Genealogical Society conference in Raleigh, NC, where she reports on breaking news out of this annual genealogy community gathering.  

Visit the Genealogy Insider blog for more details and updates from the conference.

Top Tips
The US census is more than those every-10-years head counts—several types of “special censuses” may also hold ancestor answers. In our Top Tips segment, Curt Witcher, department manager for the Historical Genealogy Department of theAllen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN talks about the content of these records and where to use them. Read our complete guide to nine types of special censuses in the July 2009 issue of Family Tree Magazine.   

101 Best Web Sites
Lisa chats with Footnote‘s Justin Schroepfer about what’s new on the historical records subscription site, including a way to memorialize relatives on Facebook.

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Best of Family Tree Magazine
In our last census-related segment, Family Tree Magazine contributing editor David A. Fryxell shares some of his tips for searching censuses online, from his articles in the April 2005 issue and the May 2007 issue.

Action Items

  • Enter for your chance to win a free genealogy class from GenClass. E-mail us with your name, e-mail address and mailing address, and tell us what you think about our new online workshop series by May 31, 2009, and you will be entered in the drawing. Then be sure to tune in to the June episode when we’ll be announcing the winner!
  • Read the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine cover story “Special Help” to learn more about special censuses and how they can assist you in your ancestor search.
  • Check out the April 2005 issue for more of David A. Fryxell’s online census hints.
  • Visit the Genealogy Insider blog for all the latest genealogy news on a daily basis.

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 Web site for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.