In celebration of the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast’s second birthday, host Lisa Louise Cooke remembers some of her great guests and favorite advice with this guest post:
It’s a kick traveling down memory lane as we celebrate the 2nd birthday of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast this month. What really struck me as I was preparing to write this blog post are some of our stats. In two years we’ve had more than 40 expert guests, including:
- Professional genealogists such as Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Lisa Alzo
- Top website gurus such as Joe Bott of the Dead Fred web site and Dusty Rhoades of GeneTree.
- Leading librarians and archivists such as Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library and James Sweany of the Library of Congress
In total, we’re talking about 15-plus hours of content so far. It’s like attending a virtual genealogy conference from the convenience of your own home! And sometimes you learn surprising things that you might not otherwise hear.
For example, Maureen A. Taylor is known as the Photo Detective, but did you know that in her family she’s also referred to as the Family Cheapskate? In the February 2009 podcast episode, she pulled some of her best tips out of her article Research Trips on a Shoestring (March 2009 Family Tree Magazine).
I could easily see where this label came from! Not only does Maureen have a knack for seeing critical clues in photos, but also for spotting good deals online. She recommended some of her favorite-yet- less-well-known travel sites, including Farecast.com, Kayak.com and Travelzoo. I’d never heard of any them, but now regularly check them for deals.
As a Californian, I hadn’t considered libraries in Ohio to be high on my list of research locations, but Patricia changed all that. Cincinnati Library genealogy holdings cover all 50 states and 23 foreign countries, and the collection is more than 150 years old. In fact, back in 1850, Cincinnati was the sixth largest city in the nation—which makes it a hotbed of records from that time period. Add in a map collection ranked in the top three in the country and I’ll never look at distant libraries the same way again!