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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
Family Tree Magazine
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
Ben Franklin’s World – a Podcast about Early American History with Liz Covart
Footnoting History with various hosts
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.

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again 😉

11/9/2016 – I added some more (what?) podcasts that I am listening to.


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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