Episode # 57 Genealogical Work in Progress In this episode Amy and Penny discuss what they have been working on in their personal research, what is in progress and what they want to work on next.
Episode #56 Back to School A discussion on using school records in genealogical research with archivist Michelle Barker, author of the blog “A Genealogist in the Archives.”
Episode #55 Discussion with Diahan Southard author of “Your DNA Guide: the book.” How to successfully use DNA in genealogical research
Episode #54 Finding Female Ancestors Discussion on genealogical research techniques and strategies for identifying female ancestors. Interview with Lisa Lisson, author of the blog “Are You My Cousin.”
Episode #53 The Lost Family by Libby Copeland An interview with author Libby Copeland about her new book, The Lost Family, How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are.
Episode #52 Interview with Nathan Dylan Goodwin author of The Sterling Affair plus discussion on ordering documents from England and DNA Painter
Episode #51 Organizing and Digitizing your Family Archives. A discussion with author Margot Note.
Episode #50 Research Strategies – using new apps and research plans to discover what you need to know in your documents. Join us as we talk about how we have kept our new year resolutions and what we have been doing in our research.
Episode #49 Resolutions It’s the new year and new genealogy resolutions. Join us as we discuss ours and ones you can make as well.
Discussion on continuing education opportunities for family historians and genealogists, plus a list of must-have reference books for a genealogy library.
In the episode we talk about sharing our historical photos with other family members in a shared group setting. We also update you on Ancestry Health and Ancestry DNA.
Join us as we discuss researching in New York City. These tips can also help with researching in other cities that might be challenging.
We share questions and tip from our listeners that are sure to help everyone in their research quests.
In this episode we discuss our road trip research results. What we did and what we might have done differently.
We are getting ready to hit the road to Connecticut and New Jersey for some boots on the ground research and this episode is all about the prep work that needs to be done before we head out.
Two very similar cases involving women and the mystery of who their parents really were.
We continue to share our research, what we did, how we did it and if it was successful.
We interview Donna Cox Baker about her book Zotero for Genealogy and how it helps with research and citations.
In our recent podcast, Episode #38, we had the pleasure of interviewing Janine Adams of Organize Your Family History website and blog.
#37 An Interview with author Nathan Dylan Goodwin, we discuss his new book, recent books, and books yet to come.
#36 Interview with Kenyatta D. Berry. In this episode, we discuss Kenyatta’s new book, The Family Tree Toolkit.
#35 The Two Harrys We track down the answers to our genealogical questions using our research techniques.
#31 Sibling Research – Learn how researching your direct ancestor’s siblings can lead you to the answers you’ve been searching for in your genealogical research. Of course, we talk about a wine and in this episode, we have a book review on the latest genealogical mystery by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Wicked Trade.
#30 Post Research Trip – Join us as we discuss how we processed all the documents and information we obtained on our recent research trip. Learn what to do with all the photos on your phone or camera, how to get information out of those endless probate records, and how to write up your finds.
#29 Our Research Trip Adventure – what we found and what we did not find
Join us as we go over what happened on our recent research trip. Learn some do’s and don’ts and how to’s when researching in the county archives.
What you need to know to get ready to head out to a repository and search for your ancestors. Pre-trip planning is key to a successful adventure.
In the episode, we discuss our challenge for the year “Ask one question a week, or month” and then we dive deep into analyzing genealogical evidence and mining all data from birth records. Go beyond just date and place of birth!
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.
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.
#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 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.