RootsMagic Updates and Research-Friendly States: Episode 10

By Family Tree Editors

We review the best and worst states for genealogy research, plus a look at the Family History Library, World Vital Records and Irish roots.

Ep. 10: March 2009

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In this episode:


The Editor’s Desk with Allison Stacy

Lisa and Allison talk about Family Tree Magazine’s free, weekly e-newsletter and the free e-book you can get right now when you sign up: Best of the Photo Detective, a 42-page compilation of Family Tree Magazine contributing editor and blogger Maureen A. Taylor’s articles and columns on how to identify who’s in mysterious old photos and when they were taken.


News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

Genealogy Insider and managing editor Diane Haddad talks about the new features in RootsMagic 4, a new version of the software that just opened up for a free public beta test.


Top Tips with David A, Fryxell

As you probably know if you’ve done much US genealogy, not all states are created equal when it come to genealogical documents, resources and access. Contributing editor David A. Fryxell discusses which are the best and the worst for genealogy research, the topic of his article “States of Mind” in the May 2009 issue. Listen as David divulges the most genealogically friendly state on this month’s show.


Library Spotlight: FHL and FamilySearch

Don Anderson, director of the Family History Library and FamilySearch Support, discusses the world largest genealogy library’s vast collection.

Links to learn more:

  • Family History Library Catalog
  • Listen to Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Episode 16 for an in-depth look at The Family History Library and more conversation with Don Anderson.
  • And tune in to Episode 17, 18 & 19 for a three part series on everything you wanted to know about using the library and the Family History Centers around the world.

Best Websites: World Vital Records

Lisa interviews Steve Nickle, President and Chief Operating Officer of FamilyLink, about the collections and databases on World Vital Records.


Best of Family Tree Magazine: Irish Blessings

Lisa chats with the Sharon DeBartolo Carmack about Irish genealogy research and tips from her article “Irish Blessings” from the March 2008 issue.


Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

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.

Have fun climbing your family tree!