Online Genealogy Tools and Apps: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 94

By Family Tree Editors

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa’s book is available at Family Tree Shop: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Read Diane’s blog posts to get the details on the Genealogy Insider blog: demise and return of Family Tree Maker, plus’s partnership with RootsMagic.

You can get the webinar recording for download at Family Tree Shop.


Top Tips: Triple Threat

There are three big players in online genealogy records: Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage. Just how do they measure up to each other – and to your research needs?

In today’s Top Tips segment, Lisa Louise Cooke invites Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Morton back to the show to share what she learned when she dug into all three of them for her article that appears in the March/April 2016 issue of the magazine.

101 Best Websites

In our 101 best websites segment we’re going to take another look at Ancestry, and you might be surprised to hear that Ancestry features many database collections that don’t require a paid membership. Lisa chats with author Dana McCullough about exactly where to look. he has divided these free collections into about 4 main categories:

  • US Genealogy: 1940 census
  • Regional City and State: PA: Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records, 1890-1949
  • Military: Index of Revolutionary War Pensioners at, and full records available at
  • Ethnic records: Brandenburg, Prussia Emigration Records

Free Samples that appears in the March / April 2016 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Family Tree University Crash Course

So you’ve been assembling some great stuff on your family history and you want to share it with relatives near and far. One of the best ways to do that is with a website. In today’s FTU Crash Course, Lisa Alzo shares tips on How to Make a Family Website. In addition to being a great vehicle for sharing family history with our relatives, a website also gives us our own online bulletin board of sorts, that can help us connect with cousins who are Googling the same ancestors. So just about anyone can benefit from having a website. Thinking about creating your own family history website? Here’s where Lisa recommends you start:

  1. Importance of having an idea of what you want in a family website before you choose a platform, including evaluating a free site or a top level domain.
  2. Run a small trial site before investing a lot of time and effort, to get to know the features, etc.
  3. A few tips on what to include on your family website (photos, stories, family trees, history, etc.)

How to Make a Free Family Website next runs in June!

From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

3 Must-See Sessions from the Winter Virtual Conference. These sessions teach you how to maximize technology in your genealogy work.

  1. Dealing With Your DNA Matches with Kerry Scott
  2. Beyond Family Tree Maker with Lisa Louise Cooke
  3. Spreadsheet Secrets to Organize Your Genealogy with Shannon Combs-Bennett

All sessions from the Virtual Conference will be available from Family Tree Shop by April 1, 2016. The Fall Virtual Conference will take place September 16-18, 2016. Register at Family Tree University (coming soon!)

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s podcast, The Genealogy Gems Podcast in iTunes and visit her Web site for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.