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, Newspapers.com, 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!
||CleanEpisode 1: Expect Surprises||Yes, it's here! Episode 1 of Ancestors Alive, From Paper To People. It's a little bare-bones, but we'll get fancy later. I wanted to start the New Year off right by getting things going. Future episodes will be rife with bells and whistles like intro m.||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Consecration, Recy Thomas and African-American Genealogy, or Reparational Genealogy||This episode is directed primarily toward European-American Mormons, but no matter what, you will get something out of it. I discuss the Mormon Law of Consecration and how I apply it to family history work and working with others; the differences betwe.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma'am||"Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma'am" is for EVERYBODY. If you're doing research for yourself, or helping someone new start their own, this episode will help you to understand the whys and hows of using folklore-gathering skills to jumpstart your tree.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Glory of the Story||Folklore is great for finding facts and hints to start a tree, but it's equally wonderful for entertainment and for preserving the memory of family elders for all generations, current and future, to enjoy. If your family tells stories, this is for you.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch||"Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch" is about the pros and cons of using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, the two main family tree sites used by the majority of researchers I know. Each has assets and drawbacks, but they're best used together.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Be a Genealogy Jeffrey||Genealogy is populated with lots of groovy people, and just enough Jeffreys doing things the wrong way to thoroughly annoy the rest of us. Don't be a Jeffrey, be awesome! Follow the best practice and best evidence guidelines for Ancestry in this episod.||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Wish You Were Dead||I hate Valentine's Day, so this holiday episode is all about death records. They rock my world. The focus is on Social Security and county-level death records, featuring my favorite: DEATH CERTIFICATES! Learn about the 6 W's of assessing the purpose an.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTell Me the Truth: Genealogy for Biographers||Biography can be really dry and boring stuff, a string of facts without seasoning or flavor. In this episode, I'll teach you how to use genealogical research of your subject to add spice and life to a biographical book or project.||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeep It Simple, Researcher: One Life, One Tree||Sometimes, it's good to just stop and take a breath. This week, I'm discussing how to keep it simple in research by focusing all of your energies on one tree, where you provide for everyone in your family - biological parents, step parents,||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenealogy As Service Work: Lookups, Reparations & Social Justice||There are a lot of ways that we can serve one another in the world of family history. I like direct service the best. Researching for one another, teaching others, and giving back to those who deserve to have their family repaired or at least explained.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFindagrave & Find a Friend||Findagrave.com is another great way to provide service to the world of genealogy and family history. It's maintained by a worldwide army of genie geeks with cameras, and who can resist that? Membership is free,||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeeping It Orderly, Or Hygienealogy||Are you new to Ancestry.com? Do you like the FamilySearch interface better? Do hints just freak you out? Are all those possible document matches overwhelming you? If you answered "yes" to one or more of those questions, this episode is for you.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Am I Here?||I'm baaaaaaack! I think it's time to revisit the basics of the podcast - just in time for lucky episode #13! But why am I here? Having learning disabilities and neurological issues has made me sensitive to the needs of a range of non-traditional studen.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is AncestryDNA Favoring Americans?||An Australian listener pointed out to me today that the fantastic $59 DNA sale on Ancestry that runs through April 29th 2018 only applies to the US. That's not fair! In fact, AncestryDNA didn't even provide an Anzac Day sale.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShrubbing, Gedmatch, and the Golden State Killer||If you listen regularly but haven't started supporting the podcast financially, it's time to consider anteing up, my pumpkins! 2000 downloads, 200 listeners, and only 6 supporters. Can you help support this work? This ep is a twofer - first,||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHygienealogy 2: The Federal Census||Understanding the historical genesis and management of the decennial Federal Census, the digitization or "indexing" of the Census by FamilySearch, and the proper utilization of Census records in Ancestry is important to good Hygienealogy.||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Christopher Harris||This week is something special: my first-ever interview! My friend Christopher Harris joins the podcast to discuss his 12-year learning curve about family history through folklore, DNA, and African-American documentary methodology.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMail Bag for June 2018||It's our first mail bag, filled with questions and answers from the FPPP community! What's up with Ancestry, which of their records are good, do you believe a record over a human or vice-versa, and how do you make your slave-holding ancestors' info ava.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuneteenth!||Have you heard of a holiday called Juneteenth? Do you know what it is, or why it's important in American history? Well, listen here - this is the episode for you. This is straight-up history - Ancestry.com is on the blink,||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Brooke Schreier Ganz of Reclaim the Records||Have you ever gotten frustrated that the records you REALLY need from a US city or state across the country (or world), one you'll NEVER travel to, hasn't released their vital records indexes online? Brooke Schreier Ganz felt that way about New York (a.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Family Cookbook - The Hinzie Family Cornbread||For our inaugural episode of the folkloric and gastronomic aspects of family history, I'm presenting a staple recipe from my family's cookbook. It entered my family with my mother's mother's stepmother, and every generation that has made it has put a u.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Build a Life - John Joseph Dalain||I talk a lot about component parts, or the basic how-to's of handling records, but what about the how-to's of building one person's life in your family tree? Genealogy has become an immediate-gratification online phenomenon,||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Family Cookbook - Johnny Mazetti, or is it Marzetti?||Did you know that family recipes have their own genealogy? I thought I was skimming yet another back-of-the-magazine recipe in a special family cookbook when I Googled Johnny Mazetti, and then one of its key ingredients, Sauce Arturo.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUsing Public Records Databases to Find the Living and Recently-Deceased||Have you ever looked someone up on one of those reverse-phone-number sites to see who the heck is calling you at 2am? Did you know that those sites, and the apps that go with them, are great for genealogy? In this episode I'll discuss my favorite,||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Joseph McGill, The Slave Dwelling Project||This episode is a special treat, an interview with Joseph McGill about his incredible labor of love, The Slave Dwelling Project. He shares with us his background, his motivations, and what it's really like to encounter children and adults as an educato.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Family Cookbook - Emily's Casserole||Family ties, a slight genealogical mystery, a discussion of privilege, 19th and 20th-century classism in Midwestern America, and the value of comfort food all converge in this week's episode of The Family Cookbook. And,||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAncestry: What I Hate About New||Ancestry's Summer of Pain seems to have ended, but what does Autumn look like? And have they left us in the Winter of our discontent? They're answering their phones again, the screens seem more stable, but their primary new feature, Potential Parents,||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Amy Johnson Crow - Indexing and Arbitration||Have you ever wondered where all of those digitized versions of birth records, census pages, or city directories come from? Well, there is no Genealogy Stork. While quite a few organizations provide opportunities and services,||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Family Cookbook - Gingerbread Waffles||It's Autumn, but who needs Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING when you can join me and our Midwest Food Correspondent, Rick Leonard of An American Genealogy for an old family recipe - Gingerbread Waffles. And because they're homemade, YOU control the spice!||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHomemade Halloween Candy, 1913||Welcome to a new feature for Fall - a bonus series in addition to regular episodes, a jump backward in cooking and cultural history. Since October, November, and December all contain holidays celebrated with food,||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCome, Come, Ye Saints - Cross Over From Ancestry To FamilySearch!||So, Latter-Day Saints, your family history is all done, right? WRONG!!! Not only can you work on your tree more (another nag for another day), you can use your special powers in Ancestry to benefit non-Church researchers.||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween Candy, Cookies and a DRAGON, 1904||It's Episode 2 in our bonus series for Fall - vintage recipes, foodways, social and cultural history culled from early- to mid-20th century newspapers. We're hitting all the holidays that fall in October, November, and December,||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDepression-Era Halloween in Miami with Colonel Goodbody, 1932||It's Episode 3 in our bonus series for Fall - vintage recipes mix with straight-up US history this week as we talk about how the Great Depression changed what newspapers did to extend assistance to housewives at the holidays.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiwali Lakshmi (the Hindu Festival of Lights), 2005-2006||I'm back after a brief illness-induced break, and while I'm not up to teaching yet, I am definitely here to celebrate! How much do YOU know about Diwali? I knew basically nothing but the name until I put this episode together.||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroup Folklore for the Holidays||We're talking folklore again, but this time about the hardest gathering challenge of all: you vs. a room full of your family or friends at holiday celebrations. I'll tell you about my first folklore gathering assignment at age 18, which was me vs.||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Yankee Thanksgiving, 1895||Have you ever wondered what an old-fashioned, 19th-century, British-traditioned Yankee Thanksgiving was like? In the land of the original Pilgrims, did they really eat turkey? This episode draws on recipes from a November,||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Genie News - Podcast Edition||Time for a quick episode of The Genie News, to keep you apprised of a week of good things and some things you might not have known. Listen to the end for the best news of all! The podcast is now on iHeartRADIO - you can catch it on ALL SORTS of devices.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCookies of Christmas Past||In Western culture, what's the most important Christmas food? The Christmas cookie! There are entire baking competition TV series about the creation and decoration of Christmas cookies. There are entire family traditions about families baking and distr.||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUsing Genie Twitter to Build Community||Happy New Year, and welcome to Season 2! I meet so many people who have no idea about that which should not be a well-kept secret: Twitter is fantastic for genealogists! If you do the right things in the right ways (yes, of COURSE I'll teach you those),||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Family Horror Story||Wow, was this weekend big! Correcting one set of errors about my grand-aunt led me to find an absolutely horrific story about her, her husband, and her children. I'm telling it to you in all its gory glory,||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Interview with Kenyatta Berry||If you are a fan of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, you know who Kenyatta Berry is. If you are on Genie Twitter, you know who Kenyatta Berry is. If you have been to, or seen talks from, SLIG or RootsTech, you know who Kenyatta Berry is.||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Family Cookbook - Peanut Butter Muffins from U of Hawaii||Did you ever take Home Economics in school? In the 1950s, only girls and women did, all the way through college. My mother ended up taking Home Economics at the University of Hawaii because she was trying to figure out what she wanted to do.||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
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!
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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!
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