Plan for Genealogy Success in 2017: Episode 104

By Family Tree Editors

Kick off the year with these tips to formulate your plan for successful genealogy research.

Ep. 104: January 2017

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In this episode:


News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad talks about how to revive lost memories in your own histories.


Top Tips: Ancestry.com

Ancestry is one of the mainstays of online genealogy research, and that means that one of the keys to success in 2017 will be to say up to date on the best way to use the site. Nancy Hendrickson, the author of the brand new Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook: A How-to Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the #1 Genealogy Website joins Lisa to talk about one of the features you should master this year: hinting.

Nancy’s Tips:

  • Don’t use the website, use the mobile app – filter “show me hints on all the Jones”, and “stories”.
  • Work on one surname or person at a time.
  • Ancestry casts a wide net – Quickly skim down and look for stuff that doesn’t apply, clear them out.

Best Websites: HeritageQuest

David Fryxell, author of the 101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots, helps set you up for success with HeritageQuest, a long-time favorite genealogy website that may be available through your local library.


Family Tree University Crash Course

Blaine Bettinger is the instructor of our Genetic Genealogy 101 course and author of the book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. In this episode, he shares tips for choosing the right DNA test.

TIP: Test oldest generation first

  • Y-DNA Test: paternal line (males only) Available through Family Tree DNA
  • mtDNA Test: mother’s line (less informative for genealogy) Available through Family Tree DNA
  • Autsomal Test: males and females can take this test. Available through AncestryDNA, 23andMe Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage.  

The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Lisa and Allison discuss the new and improved State Research Guides.


Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

Have fun climbing your family tree!