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16 minutes | 3 days ago
063 - What Kind of Online Family Tree Is Right for You?
Putting your family tree online has some great benefits, including connecting with cousins, sorting DNA matches, and even preserving your research. But did you know that there are different kinds of online family trees? In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow explores the 3 main kinds of online family trees: individual trees on other sites, individual trees on your own website, and collaborative trees. Each one has its plusses and minuses. Take a listen on how to choose the one that best meets your needs. You can find the show notes for this episode, including links to all of the websites mentioned, at amyjohnsoncrow.com/63.
15 minutes | a month ago
062 - How to Get All the Clues From Genealogy Sources
If you're pulling out the one fact that you were looking for in a genealogy source, jotting it down, and then moving on... you're probably leaving a lot behind. Taking a closer look at that source might help you discover the answer you were looking for. Even if it doesn't spell out the answer, that deeper dive will likely give you ideas on other places you can look. In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow explains how knowing more about the type of record you're using can help in your search. She'll also share tips about pulling out more information from specific records, including an overlooked type of word.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
061 - Finding Female Ancestors
Finding our female ancestors can be difficult, what with name changes and a lack of records written by or about them. But it doesn't have to be impossible. In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow shares 3 practical strategies for discovering more about the women in our genealogy. Chances are good that you've started using them, but you haven't gone deeply enough -- and that's where the real discoveries happen! The show notes, including links to related episodes, can be found at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/61.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
060 - Exploring Modern Genealogy with Kenyatta D. Berry
What is modern genealogy? In this conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, we cover technology, motivations for starting (and continuing) family history, accessibility, the challenges of enslaved ancestor research, and diversity in the field of genealogy. It's an episode full of insight, as well as practical takeaways for everyday genealogists, professional researchers, and societies. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/60.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
059 - Finding Your Ancestor's Church
Episode 59: Church records can be a boon to our genealogical research. In this episode, Amy explains how to determine your ancestor's denomination, identify the church that he or she attended, and how to go about tracking down the records. Church records can help fill in the gap when civil vital records are missing. Even when you do have those civil records, the church records can yield more information. They really should be a part of everyone's genealogy toolkit! You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/59.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
058 - Finding All of Your Ancestors' Marriage Records (redux)
Marriage records make up an important part of our genealogy research. However, there are more records to find than just the civil marriage record at the county courthouse. In this episode, Amy shares other records related to your ancestors' marriages... records that often hold more information that we can put to use in our family history. The show notes contain all of the examples that Amy shared, along with links to the resources she mentioned. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/58
16 minutes | 4 months ago
056 - 5 Things You Might Be Missing on Ancestry
Ancestry has billions of records, but its features aren't always intuitive. In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow shares 5 features that are often overlooked on Ancestry that can boost your genealogy discoveries. Did you know that the title of an Ancestry database might lead you to an erroneous conclusion? See how you can avoid that problem! You'll also hear how to find specific collections, find hidden gems, and even connect with cousins without taking a DNA test. The show notes, with links and screenshots, can be found at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/56.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
055 - 7 Family History Activities When You're Short on Time or Focus
Genealogy and family history is a comfort for many of us. But what do you do when you can't focus on your research or you don't have time to devote to it? In this second episode of the "Research Renewal" series, Amy revisits the episode "7 Family History Activities for When You Can't Focus." It turns out that many of these activities are also great for times when you don't have a lot of time. Bonus: Several of these can be done with family members, even virtually -- get everyone involved! You can find the full Research Renewal playlist at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/55.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
054 - How Perfectionism Hurts Your Genealogy (redux)
We all want our genealogy research to be good. However, insisting on perfection isn't only unrealistic, it can also be detrimental to your genealogy. It can also literally destroy your research. In this first part of the "Research Renewal" series, Amy revisits her episode which asked, "Is perfectionism harming your genealogy?" She shows how it can be harmful and some ways to overcome it. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/54.
15 minutes | 6 months ago
053 - 5 Easy DIY Family History Gifts
When you're into genealogy, it's natural to want to give family history themed gifts, but sometimes they miss the mark. Here are 5 gifts that are easy and fun to put together that will bring a smile to those who receive them. There's also a tip about a common genealogy gift that you might want to reconsider giving. The key is to keep it simple and fun. This episode shows you how. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/53
15 minutes | 7 months ago
052 - The 3 Biggest Mistakes in Genealogy Research
We have all made mistakes in our genealogy research. Over the years, host Amy Johnson Crow has found these 3 mistakes to be the most common and the most detrimental. Amy will share what they are, how they can affect your research, and how you can fix them. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/52
17 minutes | 8 months ago
051 - Lessons from Breaking Down a Brick Wall
Recently, host Amy Johnson Crow solved a genealogy problem that had plagued her for more than 20 years. In this episode, you'll not only learn how she solved it, but what lessons every genealogist can learn from the experience. You can find the full show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/51
14 minutes | 10 months ago
050 - 4 Things You Need to Evaluate in Your Genealogy
"Evaluate your sources" is good advice, but it doesn't go quite far enough. There are actually 4 different, but related, things that you need to consider as you're judging the accuracy of a record. In this episode, you'll learn how sources, information, and evidence are different and what you need to look out for with each one. You'll also learn why looking at a record all by itself can lead to some wrong conclusions. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/50.
24 minutes | a year ago
049 - 7 Free Genealogy Websites That You Might Be Overlooking
It's easy to fall into a research rut, looking at just the same couple of favorite websites over and over. Here are 7 websites that will help you find more records so you can make more discoveries in your family history. What's cool about all 7 of these websites is that they are absolutely free, yet they point to millions of resources that we can use. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/49
14 minutes | a year ago
048 - Better Notetaking in Your Genealogy
Taking notes in our genealogy is an often-overlooked aspect of organizing. But taking good notes -- and taking them efficiently -- pays off in terms of analyzing your research and planning for future research. In this episode, we'll explore why your genealogy software isn't the ideal way to keep your notes, what needs to be part of an efficient system, and review how Amy keeps her notes. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/48.
11 minutes | a year ago
047 - How to Analyze Your Genealogy Research
When you're doing genealogy research, it's natural to start searching for more records when you want to answer a question. But what if the answer you're looking for has been in your notes all along? In this episode, you'll learn why you need to analyze what you already have (and why this is the second step in the WANDER research method). You'll also learn why analyzing is more than just re-reading your notes and how you can do this more effectively. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/47.
12 minutes | a year ago
046 - How to Focus Your Genealogy Research
Genealogy research is filled with distractions. There are so many things to explore! So how do we stay focused and avoid those rabbit holes that are oh so tempting? Part of it is having a good research method to follow. In this episode, Amy shares how the first part of the WANDER method — What do you want to find? — is her best tip for focusing your research and staying on track. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/46
16 minutes | a year ago
045 - 7 Family History Activities for When You Can't Focus
Genealogy research brings many of us enjoyment, even comfort. So it can feel bewildering when we can't focus long enough to do it. This episode shows how you can still do family history activities even in this time of stress. Instead of trying to force ourselves to spend our stay-at-home hours breaking down brick wall research problems, let's look at other things we can do -- things that are still meaningful and enjoyable, but don't require a ton of concentration. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/45
29 minutes | a year ago
044 - Our Ancestors and the Spanish Flu Epidemic
You've probably seen references to how the Corona virus and COVID-19 compare to the Spanish Flu. But what was life like for our ancestors during that scary time of 1918 and 1919? In this episode, Lori Lyn Price, a social historian who has studied life during the Spanish Flu, explains what our ancestors went through back then. Note: if you typically listen to this podcast with children, you might want to listen to it without them first to make sure that it's appropriate for their age level. Show notes with links to Lori Lyn's website as well as several other Spanish Flu resources are available at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/44.
17 minutes | a year ago
043 - DNA Slowing Down: What It Means for Genealogy
Sales of genealogy DNA kits, such as AncestryDNA and 23andMe, has slowed dramatically. This is what's listed as the cause of layoffs at two major companies. Why is this slowdown happening and what does it mean for the field? Can anything be done to correct the impact? You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/43
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