Report on the Family History Conference, August 13, 2016
Speaker Lisa Louise Cooke’s most recent books include Mobile Genealogy and The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 2nd edition. Family Tree Magazine listed Genealogy Gems among their 101 best genealogy websites for 2016!
How to Find Living Relatives
Lisa Louise Cooke presented valuable information on locating living relatives. She suggested using the most obvious; finding a phone number via 411 or using phone books. By using the last known mailing address you can mail a letter to relative and see if it is returned, or not. She stressed that people are creatures of habits and to note their church attendance, clubs or hobbies and industries they might be associated with. Two good websites to track down living relatives are: www.whitepages.com and www.Pipl.com
Recommended Free Downloads for Genealogy Research:
- Google Earth
- OneNote (from Microsoft)
- Free podcasts from Genealogy Gems website
Creative Ways to distribute your family history
- Upload your old movies or videos to Youtube
- Locate or post photos of relatives to DeadFred.
- Make a custom collage of your favorite family photographs
Submitted by Leann Johnson