Best Genealogy Websites of 2014: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 75

By Family Tree Editors

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

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


News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Diane Haddad

Lisa and Diane break down some favorite selections from this year’s 101 best websites, including:

Top Tips & 101 Best Websites:

This September, Family Tree Magazine released our 15th annual listing of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites list. The collection is curated by Family Tree Magazine founding editor David A. Fryxell. This list can guide your research and give you new reasons to visit your old favorites.

  • See the full 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2014 list here

Family Tree University: Fall 2014 Virtual Conference

Coming in September is the Fall 2014 Virtual Genealogy Conference. You will learn strategies and resources to boost your research—and because it’s web-based, you can participate from anywhere! This conference features 15 half-hour videos about genealogy technology, research strategies, and ethnic research. You can also participate in live chats and message board discussions. In this month’s section, Online Editor Tyler Moss discusses one of his favorite live chats from the last virtual conference on Female Ancestors and the Law.

From the Publisher’s Desk

Allison Dolan
Family Tree Magazine Publisher Allison Dolan gives her best research strategies.

Tips to Maximize Your Online Research
1. Turn old searches into new leads.

  • Setting Google Alerts to do the work for you
  • Check your favorite genealogy websites to see if they offer notifications when your surname pops up, or an email newsletter notifying of new record sets
  • Use the “hints” from and MyHeritage

For a more in-depth tutorial, check out the video class “Timesaving Tools to Automate Your Genealogy”.

2. Customize your bookmarks.

  • Your browser will let you rename and organize your favorites
  • Pick a name that means something to you
  • Organize into folders by subject

3. Organize your internet finds.

  • Develop a filing system and file-naming strategy to keep track of files you download so you don’t accidentally accumulate many copies of the same thing
  • Use Evernote web clipper

Want to learn more? Register for our Ultimate Evernote Workshop (8/22/14 – 8/29/14).

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