Navigating Naming Conventions: Episode 43

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Male nicknames can be critical in finding your ancestors, particularly if your ancestor had a common name.

This month’s podcast features tips on naming conventions, as well as a discussion of the Western States Historical Marriage Index.

Ep. 43: December 2011

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In this episode:

Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Salt Lake

Visit Salt Lake is the go-to website for any family historian planning a visit to Salt Lake City, Utah. Read Lisa Louise Cooke’s genealogy blog posts at the Visit Salt Lake blog

News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

Diane gives the scoop on recent news in the genealogical community, including a new mapping tool called Historypin and MyHeritage’s acquisition of FamilyLink and

Top Tips: Name Dropping

David Fryxell, author of the article “Name Dropping” in the January 2012 issue, shares insight into naming conventions.

Best Websites: Western States Historical Marriage Index

Lisa Louise Cooke talks about what you can find in the Western States Historical Marriage Index, a BYU Idaho Special Collections & Family History website. You can find a list of counties by state here. If you’d like to help, you can volunteer by emailing

Family Tree University Crash Course: First Steps

Kerry Scott talks about Family Tree University’s new “First Steps” courses for new genealogists.

Social Media Minute

In this new segment, Online Community Editor Kerry Scott talks about Google+, the new networking tool from Google that has taken the online genealogy community by storm.

The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison takes you behind the scenes at Family Tree Magazine and tells us about the four vital things every genealogist should do this month.

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

Have fun climbing your family tree!