New to the podcast? Looking for a new research resource? This guide to the Family Tree Podcast by Family Tree Magazine highlights the best episodes from the show’s past ten years, as well as a few favorite episodes from our host, Lisa Louise Cooke.
We’ve also listed our best episodes on specific topics to make it easy to find the information you need for your family history research. Whether you’re new to the podcast or just looking for more information on a certain topic, this guide will help you find the episode you need.
Explore below, or print out this guide to keep nearby for easy reference and note-taking.
For a full list of episodes, visit the Family Tree Podcast archive where you’ll find every episode in chronological order, as well as links to the show notes for each.
These episodes are perfect for new listeners, as well as anyone looking for timeless genealogy advice.
- Free Genealogy Resources and Money-Saving Tips (Ep. 145)
- Simple Steps to Practical Genealogy – An Interview with Brian Sheffey (Ep. 138)
- Research Secrets from the Pros (Ep. 113)
- Explore Your Family History at the Allen County Library Genealogy Center (Ep. 148)
- Combating Brick Walls (Ep. 70)
- Source Citations Made Easy (Ep. 83)
- Unusual and Underused Records for Researching Female Ancestors (Ep. 135)
We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing so many talented folks over the years. Here, our host Lisa Louise Cooke lists some of her favorite episodes and interviews.
Gain Major Genealogy Problem-solving Skills (Ep. 129)
This episode features an interview with Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D on cluster research.
Make This Year Your Most Organized Yet (Ep. 128)
This episode focuses on organizational strategies for genealogy, but it also includes an interview with Cheryl A. Lang, manager at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center.
Episodes by Subject
From immigration to DNA, find the right episode to help you achieve your research goals.
- Tracing Immigrant Ancestors (Ep. 95)
- Immigration and Our Ancestors (Ep. 124)
- Online Records Roundup (Ep. 130)
- How DNA Tests Shape Our Idea of Family – An Interview with Libby Copeland (Ep. 136)
- Strategic DNA Testing (Ep. 110)
- DNA and Adoption (Ep. 122)
- Decoding Grave Symbols – An Interview with Joy Neighbors (Ep. 142)
- Cemeteries and Genealogy (Ep. 101)
Preservation and Storytelling
- How to Capture Family Stories Before They’re Lost – An Interview with Rachael Rifkin (Ep. 137)
- How to Handle Difficult or Uncomfortable Facts When Writing Family History (Ep. 144)
- Picture-Perfect Photo Books (Ep. 131)
What is the Family Tree Podcast?
The Family Tree Podcast is a monthly podcast created by the editors of Family Tree Magazine along with our host, Lisa Louise Cooke. It covers all areas of interest for family historians including finding records, DNA research, preserving family history and much more. Each episode includes several segments, which you can read more about below.
In this segment, New Media Editor Rachel Fountain provides an update on what’s been going on in the Family Tree community, including reader responses to discussion questions posted on social media.
Lisa interviews a special guest on a genealogy topic. Our guests have included award-wining journalist Libby Copeland, Family Lockett genealogists Diana Elder (AG) and Nicole Dyer, Faruq Taheed of the genealogy show “Roots Less Traveled” and many more.
In this segment, Lisa is joined by Diahan Southard of Your DNA Guide to discuss what’s new in the world of genetic genealogy, as well as strategies for DNA research, answers to research problems and more.
Genealogists are always on the hunt for free and low-cost resources for tracing their ancestors. That’s why each episode of the podcast includes a Best Websites segment, where we feature a great online resource and how it can help genealogists achieve their goals.
Each episode concludes with a message from one of the editors of Family Tree Magazine about the latest goings-on at Family Tree.