Tuesday’s Tip – Genealogy Podcasts out there


In my day to day life I have about a 30 minute commute to and from work everyday. While there are several local radio stations I like to listen to, I still get bored with listening to them. Same songs, never enough traffic reporting (I mean seriously it’s rush hour!), too many commercials…..boo hiss! So most days I listen to podcasts I download onto my iPod. What kind of podcasts you ask….Well Genealogy podcasts of course!

So here they are (in alphabetical order just to be fair)

Extreme Genes – Family History Radio with Scott Fisher
The Forget-Me-Not Hour with Jane E Wilcox
The Genealogy Gems with Lisa Louise Cook
Genealogy Gold – Ancestral Findings
Genealogy Guys with Drew Smith and George Morgan
Genealogy Happy Hour with Amy Lay and Penny Bonawitz
The Genealogy Professional Podcast with Marianne Pierre Louise
Genies Down Under with Maria Northcote
Maple Stars and Stripes with Sandra Goodwin
Research at the National Archives and Beyond with Bernice Alexander Bennett

There are a few more I listen to which are not genealogy based. But they do help put the past into perspective with what was going on at the time our ancestors were alive.

BackStory with the American History Guys
History Chicks
with Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider
Stuff You Missed in History Class
 with Tracy V Wilson and Holly Frey

While it looks like there are lot of them…..wait there are a lot of them! You’re probably wondering how I get through all of those podcasts in a timely manner? Well its a little secret I figured out the more podcasts I started listening to…..I listen to them at time and half speed! I know…I know… it sounds like it would be hard to do but really it isn’t. Now if there is a person with a heavy accent (Scottish, Australian, etc.) I might return it to normal speed but the number of times I need to do that is few and far between.

So you might want to try listening to one, two or more of these podcasts in your downtime. They are very helpful when it comes to giving you new ideas on your genealogy research.

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DNA testing for me


I haven’t posted anything about this before but I thought I might as well write a little about my DNA experience.

First I took a FamilyTreeDNA test back in February 2015 got the results on 16 April 2015. You hear about of all the surprises people have when they get their results such as “oh wow! I have Jewish ancestry!” or “BAM, off I go to find the native american ancestry in my results!”

Well no such reveals for me…..But there were a couple of small surprises

97% European…..hmm, not a big surprise there.

Of that 87% British Isles…..no big shocker
5% Scandinavian…..OK a little shocked at this
4% Eastern European…..a little surprised with this
1% Southern European…..hmm this may explain my fiery temper😉

1% East Asian (specifically North East Asian)…..OK this did surprise me a little

1% Middle Eastern (specifically Asia Minor)…..again pretty surprising

The biggest surprise to me……the number of matches I have who don’t have a family tree uploaded. Or if they do have one uploaded (I get all excited when I see the possibility of one being there) it only shows their name😦

I know people take DNA tests for many reasons but I guess I had assumed (I know, I know what that word does!) that at least the majority of people testing would put up a tree.

Have any of you had a surprise or big reveal you weren’t expecting in your DNA results?

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So why do I sneeze so much?


A couple of weeks ago one of my Facebook friends, J Paul Hawthorne of GeneaSpy blog, posted an Excel spreadsheet that went viral on social media. In his spreadsheet he listed where 5 generations of his family were born. I thought what a wonderful idea it was so I joined in on the fun. It wasn’t until a day ago I realized what a wonderful thing to post to this blog.

So here it is:

My Five Generation Custom Chart JPH v2 Birth Places

I’m the first one on the left. My parents are the next row and so on. SOOOO, seeing this I have one question……..why am I so allergic to Kentucky’s native flora? I mean my ancestors have lived, worked and worshiped in this state for over 200 years! Shouldn’t that make MY body more accustomed to the native pollen in this state?

Well anyway it is interesting to see all of the Kentucky listed on the chart. I guess to get a little color variation I could list the different counties and make them different colors.

What would your chart look like?

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Tuesday’s Tip – Ganging up on unlabeled pictures


As I updated you all yesterday about what I have been doing to keep myself busy the last couple of months, I thought I’d pass along a little tip I have picked up.

Unfortunately, not all of the pictures in my piles can be forwarded to unsuspecting I mean lucky recipients. This is because they have not been labeled or identified as of yet.

What is a researching genealogist to do?

How about enlisting help from the distant cousin mentioned earlier? The main reason I “enlisted” his help in this project is because he has a different set of pictures and a different knowledge base than I do. So I thought the two of us might be able to “gang up” on the unlabeled pictures in both of our collections.

Here’s a couple examples of our successes:

First case – I emailed Cousin Joe a picture I know was taken at a family reunion and based on my mother’s apparent age in the picture was taken in the 40’s. I listed the names of the people I knew in the picture (which was only my mother, her parents and siblings) and asked Joe if he could name the people in the picture which he knew. He emails me back the next day with the name of everyone else in the picture. Success #1

Second case – Cousin Joe emails me two pictures of unknowns in his collection and ask me if I knew anything about either one of them. The first picture was of a couple with which I was unfamiliar. Fail #1 But the second one was of a baby sitting outside in a rocking chair. I immediately recognized this baby as one I had in my collection. Not only did I know the name of the baby, I could tell him the month and year the picture was taken. I was only able to do this because I had the companion picture to his picture. My picture contained my mother’s oldest sister standing beside the very same rocking chair holding the very same baby……my mother’s oldest brother. The information on the back of my picture was written by my grandmother so I am pretty certain as to the accuracy of the information. Success #2

In most of the pictures we have been questioning each other about, we have been able to help each other probably a good 40% of the time.

So if you have a group of pictures you aren’t sure who the people are in them (who doesn’t have those?) try “ganging up” on them with a fellow researcher, distant cousin, elderly relative or neighbors that lived near your families.

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What I’ve been up to lately?


I have written before how I was starting to label my parents & grandparents pictures. Well since then I’ve inherited more pictures from an aunt and a distant cousin, who is also going through inherited family pictures. (Yes, some times it seems to be a constant game of picture swap!)

I hadn’t realized how many pictures I had until gathering them together in a group. It was then I asked myself “Do I really want to house pictures of, not just direct ancestors, but cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles…..and on and on?” Well the answer is NO. It was then I decided the pictures of people who are not my direct line and have descendants (the lucky ones I can track down) need to go to them.

SO, this has been my project for the last eight months or so….Reuniting pictures with their people. It has been very rewarding mailing off pictures to distant cousins for at least two reasons:

1. seeing my pile of non-direct line ancestors dwindling Yah!


2. to give a face to a name in a genealogy program or a faded memory of a loved one long gone.

It’s nice to make a relative happy!

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