In this monthly online radio show, host Lisa Louise Cooke—creator of the popular Genealogy Gems podcast—takes you behind the scenes to learn more about genealogy topics from our magazine, books, courses and more. Each episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree editors on using genealogy websites, records and resources, along with sneak peeks at the latest tools from Family Tree.
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List of Episodes
Learn what you can expect from Family Tree University’s Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference, including previews of sessions and how to make the most of the experience.
Discover tools for using DNA testing in your genealogy research.
Learn more about your family history using old maps and mapping tools.
Research your heritage with these tips.
Explore the records of your ancestors in the Great War.
In this episode, Lisa and her guests talk about genealogy websites, including tricks for making the most of the ones you know and introducing a few you might not.
In this February 2017 podcast, we celebrate Black History Month with tips for tracing your African-American ancestry.
In this January 2017 podcast, we kick off the year talking about how to plan for genealogy success.
In this December podcast, we talk about finding our U.S.-based ancestors through state records.
Step into your ancestor’s shoes and discover what life was really like for them by reconstructing their neighborhoods and mining social history for clues.
Learn all about what cemetery records you can find and how they can benefit your genealogy research in this month’s podcast.
We’re celebrating our 100th episode with a look back at the highlights of some of our most memorable podcasts. From special censuses to unusual surnames, join us in revisiting our favorite genealogy search tips and resources.
In this month’s episode, get the best genealogy research tips for searching your family’s last names, from geographical tools and maps to the best websites and search methods.
In this month’s episode, learn the top tips for genealogical success in 2016.
In this month’s episode, learn how cloud computing can help you preserve and organize your genealogy research.
In this month’s episode, learn how to break down those brick walls in your family tree with fantastic tips and tools from Lisa Louise Cooke and her guests.
This month, learn how to use your time at the courthouse wisely with these 4 tips for finding courthouse records.
This episode is all about getting organized so you can quickly store and secure your genealogical findings and build your portfolio.
This month, learn about the 101 best websites in genealogy for 2015. Also, get a look into the Fall Virtual Conference and what you’ll find in the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org.
This month’s theme is Rooting Out Research Mistakes. Host Lisa Louise Cooke interviews contributing editors Sunny Morton and Nancy Hendrickson for tips on how to keep your genealogy clean of errors. Plus, learn how to correct mistakes on Ancestry.com.
This month’s theme is Archiving Family Photos. Host Lisa Louise Cooke interviews the Family Curator, Denise May Levenick, for tips on photo organizing secrets, editor Diane Haddad offers 25 keepsake family photo projects and Lisa provides strategies for navigating the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
This month’s theme is Source Citations Made Easy. Lisa interviews guests about key strategies for creating simple source citations, including Shannon Combs Bennett, instructor of the course Source Citations for Regular People. Plus, Lisa walks through how to use WorldCat’s source documentation tool.
This month’s theme is Mapping Mania. Lisa interviews guests about mapping strategies, websites to find and use old maps like HistoryGeo, David Rumsey and Google Earth, and the brand new Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe.
This month’s theme is Online Genealogy Hints and Hacks. We talk about tips for sites from Google to Facebook to FamilySearch.org. Plus, download a free cheat sheet of Keyboard Shortcuts.
In the 15th Anniversary episode of the podcast, Host Lisa Louise Cooke asks the editors and writers of Family Tree Magazine to reminisce about the past decade and a half in genealogy, and to speculate on the future of family history. Plus, enter the mega 15th Anniversary Sweepstakes!
This month’s theme is DNA & Your Genealogy. Learn about how CeCe Moore conducts DNA research for the TV show “Finding Your Roots,” go inside Family Tree DNA with founder Bennett Greenspan, and get a crash course in genetic genealogy with expert Blaine Bettinger.
This month’s theme is Haunting Ancestral Cemeteries. Learn how to analyze ancestral tombstones, find obituaries online, and how to prepare and carry out a visit to the cemetery.
This month’s theme is Your Genealogy Preparedness Plan. Learn how to backup your research digitally, archive your physical files and ensure the long-term preservation of your genealogy.
In this month’s episode we discuss Family Tree Magazine’s list of Best Genealogy Websites for 2015. The list includes selections from Ancestry.com to Chronicling America to Evernote. Plus: Learn about Family Tree University’s Fall 2014 Virtual Conference.
In this month’s episode, learn all about Ancestry.com. You’ll hear about the site’s recent attack from hackers, about the retirement of popular Ancestry.com services like MyFamily and Mundia, and about the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com book.
This month’s theme is Tracing Your Military Ancestors. Learn how to find info on your female veteran ancestors, what military records you can find on Fold3.com, how to find US military records and how to share your veteran ancestors’ story.
Prepare for your summer genealogy road trips and tours with the information in this episode, including what to pack, using your iPad for genealogy on the go, and the best apps for researching on the road.
For many genealogists, the final goal of their family research is to share it with future generations, allowing our origins to paint our identity. This month, learn about the different tools available to help you record and preserve your family’s story.
Because brick walls are such a consistent nuisance for genealogists, learn how to combat them with the latest tips and tricks from the experts, including the Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, the Digital Public Library of American website, the Unpuzzling County Boundaries on demand webinar and the Family Tree Problem Solver.
On the heels of the annual RootsTech conference, learn about the latest high-tech research tools, including the massive databases on Ancestry.com, 41 free family history tools, the upcoming web-centric issue, and Family Tree University’s Winter 2014 Virtual Conference.
This episode’s theme is the 175th Anniversary of Photography. Learn about photo editing and retouching for genealogists, cool photo features on sites like MyHeritage and FamilySearch.org, and hear about the history of photography from the Photo Detective herself, Maureen Taylor.
This episode’s theme is State Sources. Learn about the best state websites for your genealogy, go inside the wealth of information at the Kentucky Historical Society and discover state crash courses at Family Tree Shop.
This episode’s theme is Ethnic Heritage. Learn about your immigrant ancestors through church records, the National Archives of Norway, Czech and Slovak Genealogy courses and through ethnic value packs and eBooks.
This month’s theme is Family History Month. Learn how to convert old home videos, organize your genealogy, and how to use the site Tribal Pages. Plus: New section in Family Tree Magazine!
This month’s theme is Genealogy & Geography. Learn how to trace your ancestral village, money-saving resources for genealogists, and how to add “local flavor” to your genealogy. Plus: National Preparedness Month.
This month’s theme is 101 Best Genealogy Websites 2013. Learn about some of this year’s best websites, including the Newberry Library, FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com and My Genealogy Hound. Plus: Become an Ancestry.com Power User.
This month’s theme is Civil War Roots. Learn how to find your Gettysburg ancestors, honor the battlefield with a virtual visit, and learn to navigate the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System website.
This month’s theme is Family History Freebies. Learn about some free family history tools, Heritage Quest, and how to become a FamilySearch.org Power User.
This month, explore overlooked and underused sources with courthouse records, probate records and CyndisList.
This month, explore American history for genealogists with historic maps, social history tools and the Family Tree Magazine Top 40 Genealogy Blogs.
This month, dig into your female roots with the book From the Family Kitchen and Family Tree University’s new Finding Female Ancestors course. Plus: Take a closer look at Ancestry.com
Learn tips on historic photo identification and preservation from the Family Photo Detective, learn about the historical photograph identification site Dead Fred from founder Joe Bott, and explore a Family Tree University Power Course on photo restoration and preservation.
This month, explore genealogy online by learning about Google Books, WikiTree.com, Ancestry.com and the Ultimate Google for Genealogists Collection.
Celebrate the holidays be recording your family history. Learn quick tips for getting your name on the bookshelf or take an online course on creating a family book. Plus, discover British records on FindMyPast.com.
This month, give thanks for your family by digitizing your documents and photos. Learn tricks for scanning old pictures, discover how Facebook can house your history, and get the details on digital photography essentials.
This month, celebrate Halloween by diving into your heritage. Learn how to navigate a cemetery, tips and tricks for tombstones and the benefits of Find A Grave.
Source documentation, the benefits of DNA testing and how to prevent sick sources from infiltrating your tree.
Genealogy mobile apps, tips and tricks for family history travel, a tour of top mobile websites and the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference.
Celebrate The War of 1812 Bicentennial, get an update on the 1940 census, learn tips for Revolutionary War genealogy resources and how to search the Daughters of the American Revolution website. Plus: Secrets on how to find your immigrant ancestors.
Find out the best websites for putting your ancestors in historical context, get a taste of your family’s food history, and learn tips and tricks for researching your ancestors in old newspapers. Plus: How to locate archived genealogy blog posts on any subject.
Understanding the 1862 Homestead Act, using the Newberry Atlas of Historical Boundaries, and demystifying confusing land record terms. Plus: Why Facebook’s new timeline has a silver lining for genealogists.
Making the most of the 1940 Census, an interview with Amy Johnson Crow at Archives.com, and a great deal on an upcoming Family Tree University course. Plus: Why you should follow a genealogy company’s social media accounts.
Finding living relatives, verifying data from online family trees, and an interview with Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage.com. Plus: Using Facebook to find out more about your ancestor’s hometown.
The campaign to save the Social Security Death Index, an interview with Mocavo’s Chief Genealogist, a sneak peek at the Spring 2012 Virtual Conference, and an overview of Family Tree University’s online genealogy education offerings. Plus: Learn how hashtags can make your next genealogy conference more fun…even if you’re stuck at home.
Tips on organizing your family archive, a discussion on using Evernote to keep your genealogical research organized, and a sneak peek at the upcoming season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Plus: Learn the one trick that will help you make new friends in the online genealogical community.
Tips on naming conventions, a discussion of the Western States Historical Marriage Index, and news on brand-new courses for beginners at Family Tree University. Plus: Learn more about Google+, a new networking tool that’s taken the online genealogy community by storm.
April’s episode is all about Civil War and military research. We chat with Michael Varhola, the author of Life in Civil War America, and Diana Crisman Smith, the instructor of Family Tree University’s US Military Research class and the Civil War Research class. Plus: Tips on preserving military uniforms and details on how to enter our Civil War sweepstakes.
Trying to find an ancestors whose case has gone cold? Lisa Alzo offers brick wall busting strategies from our March 2011 issue. We also dig into Irish resources, talk about source documentation and offer advice on digital photo preservation.
In this episode of the podcast, we’ve got a roundup of portable scanners, advice on going green with your research and a look at the new FamilySearch Beta website. Plus: Digital Library of Georgia and advice for dealing with digital photos.
Having trouble finding your family tree’s Mr. Right? Helpful advice from Sharon DeBartolo Carmack will help you break down your brick wall, as will advice from Allison Stacy and Family Tree University. Plus: News from the blogosphere, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness and our upcoming November 2010 issue.
Learn about our search for the funniest tombstone photos, and Diane Haddad tells you how you can submit captions for possible inclusion in our next book. Lisa talks with Illya D’Addezio about Live Roots, a website he founded. Grace Dobush talks about heirloom preservation, and Allison Stacy offers her picks for the best genealogy holiday gifts.
Diane Haddad gives you the inside scoop on Footnote’s new interactive census collection, which will add 9.5 million documents to the website’s collection. GeneTree product manager Dusty Rhoades and your host, Lisa Louise Cooke, discuss DNA facts and fiction, and Rhoades answers the most common questions about DNA services. We explore the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, and Rick Crume shares tips from his article “Clean Sweep.”
The Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad tells you all about the first International Black Genealogy Summit and our quest to find the 40 best genealogy blogs. Searching for Native American roots? Jim Warren offers advice from his article in the November 2009 issue. We get a tour of FindAGrave.com from its founder, and we explore the East Tennessee History Center.
Trying to track down immigrant ancestors online? In this episode, contributing editor Rick Crume talks about his article “Express Shipping” in the November 2009 issue of Family Tree Magazine, in which he offers four real-life examples of searches that work. We highlight one of our 101 Best Web Sites—HeritageQuest Online, and managing editor Diane Haddad talks about the most recent developments at Ancestry.com. In the Best of Family Tree Magazine segment, Allison Stacy sheds light on some of the common myths in genealogy, and in Library Spotlight, we show you what the Library of Congress has to offer.
Your host Lisa Louisa Cooke jump starts this month’s podcast by talking with Allison Stacy, publisher and editorial director, about Family Tree Magazine‘s 10th anniversary, as well as a sneak peak of the magazine’s sleek redesign. Managing editor Diane Haddad discusses what’s new with Ancestry.com and Footnote. The September 2009 issue is hot off the presses and it contains this year’s 101 Best Web Sites, and contributing editor David Fryxell gives us the low down. The Indian River County Library is in the spotlight with an interview from librarian Pam Cooper, and contributing editor Sharon Carmack talks tombstones in the best of Family Tree Magazine.
This month’s episode is jam-packed with genealogical goodies. Publisher/editorial director Allison Stacy leads you through organizing your genealogical life, while managing editor Diane Haddad serves up the latest news on Genealogy Wise. Top Tips on reverse genealogy are explained by Maureen A. Taylor. Lisa Louise Cooke chats with DeadFred’s Joe Bott about reuniting orphaned photos. In a bonus segment, Lisa explores the genealogical bounty found at the Daughters of the American Revolution library. Also, explore living history with Nancy Hendrickson as she discusses the best of Family Tree Magazine.
Tune in for a host of ideas for advancing your genealogy this summer: In the Top Tips segment, author Sunny Morton shares advice for gathering family history during your family reunion. And before you go buy a “family crest” to show off at the reunion, listen to Lisa’s conversation with Sharon DeBartolo Carmack about heraldry. Lisa and publisher/editorial director Allison Stacy also talk about genealogy events happening this summer where you can boost your research skills and meet the Family Tree Magazine staff. Those with Swedish roots will want to be sure to listen to the 101 Best Web Sites segment on Genline, a subscription Web site with digitized church records and other documents. And if you’re stuck, learn about online services that help you find a researcher for hire.
This episode highlights genealogists’ favorite source: censuses. Learn about “special censuses” of select groups that supplement the regular population schedules. Curt Witcher, department manager for the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., talks about these overlooked records. Contributing editor David A. Fryxell shares tips for using online census records. And publisher/editorial director Allison Stacy tells you about an upcoming opportunity to enhance your census research skills: the Online Census Secrets seminar in our new series of online workshops. Plus, hear the breaking news from the National Genealogical Society Conference in host Lisa Louise Cooke’s interview with Genealogy Insider and managing editor Diane Haddad.
Free e-book offer, RootsMagic 4 public beta test, best and worst states for genealogy research, the Family History Library, World Vital Records and Irish roots.