August 2016 Family History Conference

August 2016 Family History Conference

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: and

Recommended Free Downloads for Genealogy Research:

  1. Google Earth
  2. Evernote
  3. OneNote (from Microsoft)
  4. Free podcasts from Genealogy Gems website

Creative Ways to distribute your family history

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