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We celebrate a milestone: Our 100th episode! In this hour long podcast, our host, Lisa Louise Cooke, looks back at some of her most memorable highlights of the last 99 episodes.
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Special Census with Curt Witcher
The US census is more than those every-10-years head counts; several types of “special censuses” may also hold ancestor answers. In our Top Tips segment, Curt Witcher, department manager for the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library
in Fort Wayne, IN talks about the content of these records and where to use them. Read our complete guide to nine types of special censuses in the July 2009 issue
of Family Tree Magazine
Local Flavor with Sunny Morton
One of the best ways to spice up your family history is by adding a dash of local flavor. Background details of your ancestors’ everyday lives like the fashion of the day, the foods they ate and local scandals rocking their neighborhood can all help you understand where they were coming from, and can also sweeten up your storytelling.
In this episode, Sunny Jane Morton, author of the article “Local Flavor” from the Sept. 2013 issue of the magazine, shares some of the homegrown ingredients that will help you cook up fresh genealogical discoveries.
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The Library of Congress with James Sweany
James Sweany, Head of Local History and Genealogy Reference Services at the Library of Congress
takes you on a tour of the website.
Finding Your Roots with CeCe Moore
Special guest CeCe Moore discusses what it’s like to research for the PBS show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Unusual Surnames with Dave Fryxell
David Fryxell is back to explain how an unusual surname can be an asset when researching your family history. And he’s got 6 strategies for using those oddball names to your advantage from his article, “The Unusual Suspects,” available in the Jan/Feb 2016
issue of Family Tree Magazine
. Get the digital issue here
- Count on the Cluster
- Go for the given names
- Consider geography
- Cast a spell
- Find the game changers
- Research extinct surnames
Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.