Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Watch Look Listen - Spotlighting Audio & Visual Content for Genealogy

Spotlighting Audio and Video Content


This is the first in a series of  posts for audio and/or video content in the genealogy and family history world.

Watch Look Listen Audio and Visual Content for Family History

The amount of knowledge and entertainment that can be accessed from online audio and video content is staggering. Search for virtually any topic and you are likely to find a Podcast or YouTube video on the subject. Webinars are a great teaching medium and many genealogy societies provide this service for free to members or for a limited time to non-members.

I spotlight podcasts I have listened to and found to be above the norm

To help you break through the noise, I will spotlight podcasts I have listened to that I found to be above the norm, YouTube videos that teach as well as webinars and hangouts I've watched. The episodes I highlight could fall into any or all of these categories.

  • Genealogy & Family History: for every genealogy enthusiast
  • Small Business Tips: for genealogy entrepreneurs and societies
  • Marketing & Social Media: for genealogy bloggers, societies and small businesses

You can listen via your desktop or through various apps available for your smart device


If you are new to podcasts, give them a try. I personally use the Podcast Addict app on my Android phone. YouTube videos, including recorded Hangouts, as well as webinars are generally viewed through your desktop or via a mobile app. 

To assist with deciding which podcast to listen to or which Hangout to watch, many publishers will provide show notes or time stamp the video for you. Often the show notes will include the links to sites that are discussed during the show. You can think of the show notes as a blog post which you may prefer to read if listening isn't your cup of coffee.

Print off the show notes or save them in Evernote for later reference

A time stamp, such as on a Hangout, will allow you to start watching at a specific point in the video. This is helpful if you want to re watch a portion of the video that you found particularly interesting. I understand that the process of time stamping a video is time consuming and why many publishers do not do this.

Webinars generally provide an overall description of the content to be presented and may or may not come with a handout. The goodness in a handout is usually the URLs of the sources the presenter refers to during the webinar are provided.

In The Spotlight Audio Content:


This is a two-part spotlight from a 2010 episode of Genealogy Gems with Lisa Louise Cook interviewing Dr. Robert Leonard a forensic linguist.
Part 1: Episode 89
Part 2: Episode 90 

In The Spotlight Video Content:

Research At The National Archives
Take note that the content I am spotlighting is not necessarily the most current episode. These are episodes I feel are worth listening to, some from several years ago. I point that out as any breaking news, functionality and technology mentioned may have changed since the episode aired.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Top 4 Reasons To Attend MoSGA's Annual Conference 2015 Roundup

I hope to see many of you this weekend in Columbia, Missouri.

The 35th Annual Missouri State Genealogical Association's Conference is sure to be a success with Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, as our Keynote Speaker.

Liars Laws and Brickwalls MoSGA 34th Annual Conference

My 2014 Conference posts still apply. I hope you enjoy hearing a bit about what Missouri has to offer in the way of genealogy research. Read on for my top four reasons to attend.

Reason #1, Judy G. Russell:
The Legal Genealogist
Reason #2, If you are traveling from the west:
Kansas City
Reason #3, The Show Me State Capitol:
Jefferson City

Reason #4, MIZZOU!
If you failed to pre-register, no worries, you may register for the conference at the door Friday and Saturday morning. For more details visit mosga.org. See you soon!