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# Friday, June 22, 2007
Fun with iGoogle
Posted by Diane

I got a blast from the past—well, from last year, anyway—when Lisa Cooke e-mailed that she's started a Genealogy Gems podcast.

Cooke and her family had applied to be guinea pigs on PBS' "Texas Ranch House" reality show, which aired in May 2006. She's a veteran genealogist, too. So for the June 2006 Family Tree Magazine's Branching Out news column, I asked her how it felt to be transplanted to 1867 and walk in her Western forebears' shoes.

Hot and sweaty, but satisfying, it turned out. Fast foward 150 years and Cooke is dispensing research advice through her podcast.

I just listened to this week's session about creating a genealogy iGoogle page. Kind of like making your dream home page, with tools ("gadgets") that will search for GEDCOMs, find genealogy blogs, keep your research to-do list, and lots more.

Once you start your page, click Add Stuff and then type "genealogy" into the iGoogle search box to find the gadgets.

Here's my iGoogle page, so far:


Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, June 22, 2007 5:20:52 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Thursday, June 28, 2007 5:43:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I love iGoogle! It puts the new additions to sites I normally visit all in one place--saving me the time of having to go check each site manually. When I see something new, I can just click the link.

The technology that makes iGoogle work is called RSS, or really simple syndication. Thanks to RSS, you also can get automatic notifications every time we post a new article to this blog, either through a Web page such as Google or by e-mail. Just click the link or enter your e-mail address in upper left corner of the blog.
Allison
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