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Ancestors Alive! Genealogy: From Paper To People

By Carolynn ni Lochlainn

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The #1 job of genealogy is to take ancestors from names on paper to multidimensional people who lived, breathed, loved, lost, and helped us to be who we are. I'm a folklorist, historian, genealogist, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I'll teach you how to maximize online research using tools like Ancestry, FamilySearch,, and Findagrave with best evidence and best practices, and how to use folklore to find leads and to add color to your tree. I always add stories from my 38 years of mistakes and triumphs, and there's usually a tablespoon or so of snark mixed in. Together, we'll focus on cooperative and reparational genealogy, and how Anglo- or European-American researchers can work with African-American researchers to restore connections destroyed by centuries of enslavement. I also interview researchers in genealogy and related fields in all phases of their growth, and I even talk about ancestral meals in the Family Cookbook episodes. Join me!

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An absolute listening pleasure!

Finally, a snarky and smart fast paced podcast! It delivers a ton of helpful information in a no holds barred way. Carolyn is appropriately opinionated and backs it all up with logical rational. She’s witty and makes up her own vocabulary to describe actions and behavior. Listening makes you feel like you have found a new friend who knows so much more than you but in a good way! I also like her call for modern genealogists to be politically active by fact checking and doing reparation work. Great listen!

This show is fantastic!

And so is Carolynn - super smart, respectful, caring. Funny too! She really wants to help others learn the right way to research their ancestors. After putting a lot of old home movies on YouTube for my family to watch I wanted to learn more about genealogy. I inherited a lot of genealogy paperwork done in the 1980s by my grandmother. Carolynn’s approach has really helped me enter the info into Ancestry without using other people’s trees! And to shrub! It’s been a fun way to solve puzzles and get to know my grandma better even though she’s gone now. Thanks for what you do!

Best way to commute

I feel like Caroline is the best friend I’ve never met. I listen to the podcast on the way to work and home and her knowledge, mixed with quick wit, makes it a quick trip. I love the folklore mixed with the research tips. And being a fellow LDS member makes her feel even more like a Sister that I might hang out with in the family history center in Wednesday nights. I can’t say enough good things about the podcast and everybody should give her a chance!

Ancestors Alive! Genealogy: From Paper To People
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  • Category: Kids & Family
  • Language: English

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