Discovering Your Ethnic Heritage: Episode 66

By Family Tree Editors

Learn about your immigrant ancestors with tips and tricks for researching Germany, Norway, the Czech Republic and more.

Ep. 66: November 2013

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In this episode:


News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad brings us up to speed on the latest news from the blogosphere.


Top Tips: Religious Records

Religious records are key to tracing your German roots in Germany. Rick Crume stops by to guide us to our German ancestor’s church records using the six steps he outlines in his article “Going to Church” from the November 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine:

#1 Acquaint yourself with German church records
#2 Identify your immigrant ancestor’s parish
#3 Check online church records
#4 Rent FamilySearch microfilm
#5 Write to German churches
#6 Contact German Archives


101 Best Websites: National Archives of Norway

One of the shining stars on the Internet that offer rays of research hope for those with Norwegian heritage is the National Archives of Norway’s Digital Archive. Lisa’s special guest: Yngve Nedrebø, Chief archivist at Riksarkivet.


Family Tree University: Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots

Researchers with Czech or Slovak roots often battle certain brick walls—do surname issues, border changes and language troubles sound all too familiar to you? Lisa A. Alzo, a specialist in Eastern European genealogy, and she discusses some of the tools and tricks for tracking down those hard-to-find ancestors from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Czechoslovakia, which she covers in her Family Tree University class, “Discovering Your Czech and Slovak Roots: Strategies for Searching Over Here and Over There.”


The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison gives us her picks for this month from the Family Tree Shop.


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!