Join me for Elevenses with Lisa, the online video series where we take a break, visit and learn.

In this episode I share viewers’ family tree display, the latest genealogy news, answer your questions about my genealogy organization method, and show you how I file use Evernote and cloud notetaking in conjunction with my organization system. (This series on genealogy organization began with Elevenses with Lisa episode 6.) Scroll down for all the show notes for this episode. 

Today’s “Teacup”

About a month ago YouTube alerted that our Genealogy Gems channel had qualified to have a merch store. I couldn’t resist the temptation to create a mug of our very own for our time together each week!

The Elevenses with Lisa mug is now available here.

Elevenses with Lisa Merch

Elevenses with Lisa Merch availabe at the Genealogy Gems Store on YouTube


Genealogy News:

Free Access to Military Records and Yearbooks at MyHeritage for a Limited Time

In honor of Memorial Day, MyHeritage is offering free access to all if their military records from May 20–26, 2020. The MyHeritage collection consists of 57 million records and includes draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents from North America and around the world, dating back to the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. 

Remember, Colorized  U.S. Yearbooks are available at MyHeritage for free through May 23, 2020.

Read all the details here

From You:

Linda wrote in this week and shared her family history display. She said her daughter-in-law started it in 2009 and she took the ball and ran with it, and she even added family photos.

“I am really enjoying your Elevenses videos.”

Linda's Family Tree Display

Linda’s Family Tree Display


Organizing Your Genealogy Files Q&A

From Lynnette:
​Q: I have my “working” tree on Family Treemaker 3–a very old version and not supported now. Can I make a GEDCOM from this program to upload into Roots Magic?
A: Yes!

From Barbara:
Q: By “master database” do you mean, e.g., My Heritage or Ancestry?
A: The buck stops with you.
Click here to listen to Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode #229 to hear more on the importance of a genealogy master database. 

From C Davis:
​Q: How will your family know how to use your genealogy database, let alone program name?
A: It’s the same challenge your passwords, bank accounts, etc. The Family Heirloom Tracking Binder offers a solution. Download the template from Elevenses with Lisa
Episode 6 Show Notes here. 

From Janice
Q: ​So, if you have recent documentation(not available online) for living people, like birth certificates, do you save those in a binder?
A: You can. I have mine in easy to grab folders with “official documents” in my file cabinet.

From Robin:
​Q: Do you download and save the census docs from the main sites like Ancestry and FamilySearch – as those are not most likely going to close and can be retrieved anytime…
A: Absolutely! Click here to read my article “If My Ancestry Subscription Expires, What Happens to My Tree?”

From Linda
Q: ​What year do you put first? Is it the birth year of the person or the date and place of the photo?
A: The year and location of the photo.

From Robin:
Q: Why do you use underscores in your file names?
A: It’s not necessary. Nice for spacing.

From MargtheCar 
Q: Does Evernote work if the URL is behind a paid wall?
A: No. You will be prompted to log in to the website.

From BeeMelo
​Q: What kind of scanner do you use?
A: My scanner: The Epson Perfection V550 Photo flatbed scanner. (I LOVE this scanner! It can do the high resolution I need for all my projects. If you decide to buy online, I appreciate it when you use my links because we will be compensated at no additional cost to you. This helps support this free show.)

Organizing Web Information with Evernote

  • Note-taking software is your active research. 
  • Final archiving of documents: on your hard drive backed up to the cloud. 

Select a free note-taking tool such as:

  • Evernote
  • OneNote


  • Web Clipper built in
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Syncing across devices
  • Note restoration to a new device
  • Free software, mobile app
  • Universal use

Get the Evernote Web Clipper from your browser’s app store. 

Types of Notes: typed, handwritten, audio, photos, videos, drawings.

Don’t Print, Clip!

Types of Tags I recommend:

  • Record Type (ex. Census)
  • Surname (ex. Jones)
  • Locations (ex. Minnesota)
  • Action to be taken (ex. Follow Up)
  • BSO (AKA Bright Shiny Object!) 

The options are limitless!


25% Genealogy Gems Premium Membership

Terry asked: ​When do you typically have a sale for your prime membership?
So I created a special discount coupon code for you. Now through May 27, 2020 get 25% off with the coupon code ACTION25

Stay Smart, Stay Brave

I always think very carefully about what I want to say to you each and every week, and particularly how I close each episode and the thoughts that I leave you with.  Lately, it seems like everyone says “stay safe” particularly as they say goodbye or end an email. I’d just like to share a few thoughts with you about this phrase. “Be safe” implies fear, and when fear kicks in, it replaces reason. “Be safe” also implies that it’s attainable in this life, and it’s not really possible to be completely safe. 

I like more empowering salutations like “be smart”, “think, and make good decisions for yourself”, and “be brave”.

At the end of episode 6 I told you that I believe that not knowing your family history is like arriving 60 minutes into a movie and expecting to understand the story.

Family History is Knowing the Full Story - Lisa Louise Cooke

Family History is Knowing the Full Story – Lisa Louise Cooke

And of course if we know this story then we can also help our kids and our grand kids know theirs. And that’s so important for children to hear about the adversity the family has faced and how it overcame it. This helps them be resilient. This current adversity we face, like all adversity, is temporary in nature, and will evolve. We have the opportunity to help the kids in our lives understand that and gain a longer range perspective. (Click here to watch my conversation with New York Times best-selling author and television personality Bruce Feiler on How Family History Creates Happy Families.)

This is SO on my mind because my family is my number one priority. So, I’ve been looking carefully again at my family history these last few weeks, and I noticed something very interesting about my ancestors. None of them appeared to be preoccupied with staying safe.

In fact, there were an overwhelming number of brave and hard-working people in my family. So this week, consider taking an inventory of your family, and cultivate the simple stories of bravery and persistence that exist there in your family tree.

With Memorial Day approaching this weekend here in America, it’s a timely reminder that we are a country with a rich history of risk-taking and bravery, particularly in the name of freedom. So I’d like to end this episode with a short video I produced a few years ago that pays tribute to the very brave men and women who have served their country, featuring an historical author who happens to be from the other side of the ocean.

Stay wise, stay brave, and thanks so much for watching friends.

Note: Author Chris Cleave was my guest in Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast episode 139. Premium Members can click here to listen now
Click here or the image below to get your copy of this wonderful book:

Everyone Brave is Forgiven Chris Cleave

From New York Times bestselling author and Genealogy Gems Podcast guest Chris Cleave.

I’d Like to Hear from You

In this episode I encouraged you to leave your comments in the Comments section below the video on YouTube. Silly me, I didn’t realize that the Comments section doesn’t appear under the Live video because there is a live chat in progress. It only becomes available after the show has ended and the video replay is posted. However, I thank all of you who left comments in the Live Chat about what you would like to talk about in future episodes of Elevenses with Lisa. Two topics I suggested were How to Save Your Research from Destruction and Using Google Photos for Genealogy. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you would like to hear about and learn about in upcoming episodes. And of course I welcome your questions. Thanks for watching!

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