Conquering the Courthouse: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 89

By Lisa Louise Cooke

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa’s newest book is available at Family Tree Shop: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse.


News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Diane Haddad

Read all of Diane’s blog posts on the Genealogy Insider blog.

Top Tips: Fab 15


Guest: Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor, Sunny Morton

Sunny shares courthouse research strategies from the Court Records class she developed for Family Tree University.

Sunny’s Tips for pursuing courthouse research:

  • Know what questions you hope to answer and where your data gaps are.
  • Learn what resources exist to answer those questions.
  • Read up on complicated record types like deeds and probates before you go research them in person.
  • Make a copy of records and then digest and interpret what they tell you.

101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots

Guest: Dana McCullough, author of the Unofficial Guide to


From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison Dolan

Publisher Allison Dolan recommends the Family Tree Sourcebook ebook

The ebook is organized by state and is fully keyword searchable. The first thing you’ll see in each chapter is an overview of state history and historical records, followed by listings for organizations, reference books and published records. For each county, you get the following:

  • Location and contact information for the county courthouse
  • Date incorporated
  • Parent counties
  • The date and court or office that holds birth, death, marriage, divorce, land, probate, naturalization and other court records

This helps you focus on exactly the right place to look for the records you seek.

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