Plan for Genealogy Success in 2017: Family Tree Magazine Episode 104

By Lisa Louise Cooke, host

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Welcome to the January 2017 episode notes for the Family Tree Magazine podcast. In this episode, you’ll get interviews from several experts in making this year a successful one for finding your family history.

In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Cooke Podcast

Lisa’s book is available at Family Tree Shop: Mobile Genealogy

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider, Diane Haddad


Top Tips 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 Workbook: A How-to Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree 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.
Unofficial Workbook: A How-to Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree

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101 Best Websites

with Dave Fryxell
David Fryxell, author of the 101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots, helps set you up for success with Heritage Quest, 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
  • AutosomalTest: males and females can take this test. Available through AncestryDNA, 23andMe Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage.

Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Updated State Research Guides


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