Podcasts are good way to enhance your genealogy education


Podcasts are one more way that genealogists are getting the word out about their specialty.

“The Genealogy Guys Podcast,” by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, is said to be the longest-running one. Smith also does “Genealogy Connection” at the same site, which features interviews with professional genealogists on various topics. Lisa Louise Cooke, who has an email blast free to subscribers, does a podcast called “Genealogy Gems,” which is well worth listening to, as she covers many topics. She also does the “Family Tree Magazine Podcast.” Scott Fisher hosts the podcast “Extreme Genes.” Bernice Bennett focuses on African-American research, as well as other topics, in her “Research in the National Archives and Beyond!” For a more unique topic, see “Maple Stars and Stripes,” about French-Canadian genealogy, by Sandra Goodwin. There are many, many more, so find a favorite podcast and listen frequently, or check out previous broadcasts at each site.

DNA magazine issue worth reading

“DNA, Tracing Your Ancestors and Your Genealogy,” a A 66-page special issue of Your Genealogy Today magazine, covers all the basic information on DNA tests and how to use them to help with your genealogy research. The writer, Dr. Maurice Gleeson, has a slightly different approach from other authors, but his 1-2-3 steps for various problem solving methods is worth a try. Even after lecturing on DNA testing for the past two years, I found a lot of new ideas in the magazine and, thus, find it worth recommending to people. He calls a spade a spade, saying that 23andMe customers “are the least interested in genealogy.” His chapter “DNA & Adoption” walks readers through how DNA testing can help find kinfolk. This magazine should be useful to anyone seriously using DNA testing to figure out aspects of their genealogy. It is available for $8.50 for a PDF or $9.95 for print edition (plus mailing) from familychronicle.com’s online store.

New Orleans turns 300 this year

During New Year’s Eve broadcasts, I learned New Orleans celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding this year. That ought to produce some new materials on its history and genealogy. See 2018nola.com for Tricentennial information. Note, the city is 15 years older than Georgia, founded in 1733.

Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O.Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or gagensociety.org.



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