Do you or your relatives reminisce about sitting around the radio waiting for favorite radio broadcasts? Well, you can still do that!
Today I tuned into one of the monthly 42 minute podcasts from Family Tree Magazine at: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/info/podcasts
Every month this podcast (iPod broadcast) comes across the Internet airwaves with its segmented format. You won't need an iPod/iPad to enjoy a podcast: they would just makes the show recordable and portable. I listened to the show through iTunes on my computer but you could use any Internet browser, instead. You can even subscribe to the podcast and listen to past broadcasts.
July's segments included interviews with the blogger from Genealogy Insider, Genealogy Insider home, Diane Haddad. Diane had hints and techniques for getting prepared for the release of the 1940 US Census on April 2, 2012. Diane recommended using the one-step website of Steve Morse, now, to prepare for this release. Don't forget that when the census is released that it won't be indexed. This means you'll need to know the enumeration district for anyone you are searching for and be prepared to read through the pages of that district. The Steve Morse One-Step site will help you figure the district out at http://www.stevemorse.org/.
The Family Tree Magazine author David Fryxell talked about his article in the September 2011 issue: Dazzling Destinations Covering the 101 Best Websites. David gave his insight into the best re-designed/updated websites: http://www.dar.org and http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/. His pick for biggest surprise: http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/. This Illinois website has over 500,000 records that include naturalization records from Illinois and Indiana that were filled in Cook County, (home of Chicago) Illinois.
Thought Google Earth was just for street views and armchair travel? Nope - it's Google maps on steroids. More on that tomorrow.