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Genealogy Gems Podcast, a free 30-minute
monthly podcast of genealogy resources, tips and fun hosted by our friend and colleague
Lisa Louise Cooke, received its 1 millionth episode download this past weekend.
In early 2007, when Cooke published the first episode, podcasting was in its infancy.
“It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology,” says Cooke, a genealogist
since the age of about 10. She has now published 146 free episodes, available through Apple’s
iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website.
What started out as a single podcast episode has turned into a multimedia offering
of audio, video, articles, books, DVDs, live classes and online webinars. The Genealogy
Gems mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store, and an Android version through
Amazon.com) gives genealogists the flexibility to hit the road and take it all with
“My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information
and chiseling out the gems—the items that are really worthwhile—so that my listeners
can have faster and greater success,” Cooke says. “Ultimately, the genealogy gems
I provide on the show lead to my listeners’ genealogy gems: their precious ancestors.”
Cooke is also the host of the free Family
Tree Magazine Podcast, our monthly online radio show that takes you behind
the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in the magazine. Each episode features
interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using
genealogy web sites, records and resources. Plus, publisher/editorial director Allison
Dolan gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues; managing editor Diane Haddad delivers
the scoop on the latest genealogy news.