Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wordless Wednesday 01/06/10: Elizabeth Fenscak



















My paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Fenscak (on right) c. 1913 with her sister, Anna.

Original photo & Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

New Genealogy Gems Podcast App for iPhone/iTouch

I'm happy to share this press release from Lisa Louise Cooke about the brand new Genealogy Gems Podcast iPhone/iTouch app. Now there's no excuse for missing a single episode of this outstanding online genealogy radio show!


Press Release:

SAN RAMON, Calif. – January 4, 2009 - The Genealogy Gems Podcast, the #1 podcast in the genealogy category in iTunes has launched the first ever genealogy podcast app for iPhone and iTouch (in partnership with Wizzard Media). The Genealogy Gems Podcast app provides users with streaming genealogy audio and video on the go, and exclusive Bonus Content.


A free “online genealogy radio show,” The Genealogy Gems Podcast has provided innovative research strategies, family history expert and celebrity interviews, and genealogy news since 2007. These “gems” of genealogical information inspire family history researchers of all experience levels and helps them make the most of their valuable research time. The new app provides one more way for the popular podcast to reach it’s worldwide audience.


“Mobile technology is the wave of the future,” says Producer and Creator Lisa Louise Cooke. “At Genealogy Gems we strive to be out in front bringing the highest quality genealogy education to those seeking to enrich their lives through family history research. The app makes this possible on a whole new level.”


The app streams all the episodes (including show notes!), and new episodes are downloaded automatically.Bonus content on the new app includes exclusive material such as audio files and custom genealogy themed wallpaper, as well as Cooke’s 20 page pdf e-book 5 Fabulous Google Research Strategies for the Family Historian. New bonus content will be added as episodes are published. Cooke says users have much to look forward to, “There’s always something new coming to your iPhone and iTouch with the Genealogy Gems Podcast app!


About Genealogy Gems


Genealogy Gems is one of the leading producers of online quality genealogy-related media. Also found at the Genealogy Gems Web site http://www.GenealogyGems.TV , recognized as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Family History 2009: The Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast, the Genealogy Gems TV Channel at YouTube, the Genealogy Gems News Blog, Genealogy Gems Premium Membership including exclusive podcasts and videos, and The Genealogy Gems Podcast Toolbar.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and national genealogy speaker. She also produces and hosts The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, teaches online webinars, and writes and produces videos for the magazine.



Media Contacts:

Genealogy Gems

Lisa Louise Cooke, Producer and Creator

Phone: (925) 272-4021

Email: genealogygemspodcast@gmail.com

mailto:genealogygemspodcast@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.GenealogyGems.TV



Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy Birthday to Grandpap Alzo

Today would have been my paternal grandfather's 115th birthday.  

I never knew my Grandpap Alzo--he passed away two years before I was born.  He was 67 and died from a massive heart attack at home while painting the back porch.  Ironically, earlier that day he had served as a pallbearer at the funeral for one of his closest friends.



I'm sad that I missed out on the opportunity to spend time with my grandfather.  But, through genealogy I at least have an opportunity to learn a bit about his life.  

Below is a copy of his baptismal certificate from Kucsin, Slovakia obtained from microfilm copy from Presov, Slovakia archives [with thanks to my cousin Renata].




Happy Birthday, Pap!



© 2010, copyright Lisa A. Alzo