Tracing Hard-to-Find Ancestors: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 96

By Lisa Louise Cooke

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

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

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

Diane discusses the “in person” factor that occurs at conferences and can boost your research. Genealogy Insider Blog.


Top Tips

In the Top Tips segment Lisa invites David Fryxell back to the show to provide tips on how to find ancestors that seem to be hiding in the census, from his article “Hiding in the Census” which appears in the May / June 2016 issue.

David discusses dealing with:

  1. Transcription errors
  2. Unexpected name changes
  3. Age discrepancies
  4. Geographic wrong turns
  5. Untimely deaths
  6. Too many hits

2016 Family Tree Magazine May / June issue (digital)

101 Best Websites

Newspapers can offer genealogical information sometimes found nowhere else. Author and genealogist James Beidler discusses searching digitized newspapers at
Jim Beidler, author

Family Tree University Crash Course

Genealogy research isn’t just about finding records of your ancestor’s existence or building a pretty family tree. Family Tree University Dean Vanessa Wieland discusses what we can learn from the records we find, and how can we use that information to understand our past.
Next session begins June 27, 2016. Find out more here: Analyzing Genealogical Evidence

Vanessa Wieland

From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison’s top three tips for outwitting elusive ancestors:

  1. Researching the elusive ancestors sideways – siblings, cousins, coworkers, neighbors, etc.
  2. Making a timeline. Allison likes using Excel to create timelines that can expose gaps in her research.
  3. Putting the problem aside and taking a break! Come back with fresh eyes.


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