Podcasts

#26 Newspaper Research

In this episode we take a look at what you can find when you search for your ancestors in the funny pages, I mean, newspapers. We talk about where you can find your ancestors newspapers and what you can find in them. Of course, there are obituaries, birth notices, and marriage notices but there are also social announcements, crimes, stories of interest and more.

#25 Organization

Amy and I welcome archivist Margot Note to the podcast to discuss what to do with all of our documents. Margot’s newest book, Creating Family Archives, gives the family archivist direction on what to save and how to preserve it. Amy and I also talk about how we organize (or not) our documents.

Join us is learning about researching coast to coast. The different regions of the United States pose different challenges for researchers. We cover each region and a few individual states and go over what is available and where you can find it.
In this episode, Amy and I discuss planning and executing a successful genealogical research trip.
Strategies for overcoming brick walls in genealogical research. In this episode, we discuss all the places to hunt for genealogical treasure and how to use your research log and a few new tools to break down the brick walls in your family tree.
In this episode, Amy and I discuss immigration and ship records. We know our ancestors came here from other countries but how did they do it? What port did they arrive at and on what ship? Were they traveling with friends or family? Listen in and find out what you can learn from immigration records and how to find them.
Listen in on our discussions on privacy issues, ongoing research, and review of Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s latest novel, The Spyglass File.
What do you do with all the information you have collected and how to you pass it all onto future generations? You write it out in a form that is easy for others to process. It could be just the facts in easy to read paragraphs created by your computer program, it could be a short story with added embellishments or somewhere in between. Whatever your fancy, write it down! This podcast episode will give you lots of ideas on how to tell the story of your ancestors.
 What we learned at the National Genealogical Conference in Ft. Lauderdale FL May 2016

 

#17 Genealogy Education Opportunities Overview of numerous classes and educational opportunities in genealogy

Episode #16 Locality Guides Locality Guides- how to use them for your genealogy research. Where your ancestors lived can hold important clues about their lives. Learning where to research in these areas is important to you and your quest for documents.

Episode #15 Finding Female Ancestors

 

Episode 14 Tips and TrickHere are some of our favorite tips and tricks to finding documents and other artifacts and information on your ancestors. They are in no particular order but they do cover quite a bit of area from libraries to newspapers. You might find something you don’t know about yet and can use in your personal research.

Episode 13 Probate Records Happy is the family researcher who finds a length probate file.  Even a short, standard will can be critical to proving relationships within a family. Wills and probate cases can be a Eureka! the moment for family researchers.   These documents can hold the key to proving the names of spouses and children.  Careful analysis can also yield clues to how an ancestor lived, where he owned property or conducted business as well as clues to the names of extended family or in-laws. The Two Blondes discuss the components of probate cases and how family researchers may maximize the use of these records in their own genealogical journey.

Episode 12 Deed RecordsThere is nothing the Two Blondes like better than research at a local courthouse!   Deed records are vital to genealogical research but most records are not digitized or even microfilmed so they can only be accessed through onsite research. Deed records will give the description of property purchased and sold by our ancestors, but there can also be evidence to support kinships, socio-economic status, vital information and more in these often extensive records! This episode takes listeners through understanding how to use and analyze deed records.

Episode 11 Social Media

Episode 10 Locating and Using Military Pension Records

Episode 9 Case Study

Episode 9 Case Study

 

Episode 8 Proving Relationships

 

Episode 7 Naturalization Records

Episode 6 Lineage Societies and Pioneer Certificate Programs

Episode 5 Cemeteries

 

Episode 4 Using Census Records

Episode 3 Analyzing Documents and More Vital Records

Episode 2 Birth Records

 

Episode 1 Using Genealogical Forms