Monday, September 10, 2018

Genealogy Journeys Podcast #59 - WWI and The Spanish Flu

Sara Cochran joins Jean Wilcox Hibben for this discussion on how World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic had effects on each other.

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty Oct. 1918 Influenza epidemic.
Photo from Library of Congress
Resources used to gather information for the podcast:
digital copy of Women of the Empire in Wartime:

John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, New York: Penguin Books, 2004. (available from Amazon in Kindle format)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Meet our 2018 Sponsor: Grow a DIG

If you are one of the special few coming along on the Genealogy Journeys cruise (4-8 November 2018), you are likely to run into Kelli Bergheimer, who is one of our sponsors (see previous blog post about Mess on the Desk). Kelli will be assisting folks in understanding their DNA results or finding the best DNA company to choose for their specific goals.

Grow a DIG is a genetic genealogy training series. Kelli facilitates the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group and has a passion for helping genealogists use their DNA matches to break brick walls in their research. Grow a DIG is designed for genealogical societies to start a DNA Interest Group (DIG) without a resident expert.

PowerPoint presentations with recorded audio and handouts provide an all-inclusive DNA experience. Each presentation is designed to help take your group from a beginning understanding of genetic genealogy through more advanced topics as the group progresses. The initial presentation is a training on how to start at DNA Interest Group. The next four presentations are about 1.5 hours each and provide beginner, intermediate, and more advanced topics.

More advanced topics include many 1-hour presentations on y-DNA, mt-DNA, x-inheritance patterns, along with specialized topics and tools. It’s a full year of programming that societies and libraries can use over and over for years to come. 

But if you are not local to Kelli, consider contacting her for a webinar program or series that will assist in some of these same ways. Let's face it, DNA was confusing when we took biology way back when . . . while it's now a household world, it's not a lot less confusing. In fact, having a personal guide like Kelli may be just what you need to climb those helix ladders!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Meet our 2018 Sponsor: Mess on the Desk

Mess on the Desk is a genealogical organization company. Kelli Bergheimer started the company 2012 to help genealogists organize their piles and preserve their valuable collections. Her goal is to encourage organization that allows more room for the “fun stuff” of genealogy. Why spend time researching just to retread where you’ve already been? Kelli teaches genealogists to work more efficiently to make progress in their quest.

Most genealogists want to learn to write their family histories. Kelli helps clients learn to make visual and engaging family history books. There is no better way to preserve your digital collections and legacy than to make a book or digital display.

Tips and tricks for organization can be found on the blog,
Presentations, webinars, and workshops are available for your group or genealogical society. Consultations are available on a per-project basis.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Genealogy Journeys Podcast #58: The Hobo Lifestyle

Hobo in the Jungle, preparing dinner, Minneapolis, MN, ©1939, Vachon, 
Accessed from Library of Congress

Sara Cochran joins Jean Hibben on this Genealogy Journey into the life of hobos: their lifestyles, communication, difficulties, lexicon, reasons for taking on that lifestyle, food, and even the annual Hobo Convention. Jean adds the song "Go to Sleep You Weary Hobo" in the second half, available with the Premium version.
Hobo Jungle along the riverbank, St. Louis, MO, ©1936, Rothstein
Accessed from Library of Congress

Resources used in the podcast:

Definitions: (includes a limited list of jargon)

Words & Symbols

Hobo convention


Hobo gathering, Lower Douglas Street, Omaha, NE (one of the hobo centers of the west), ©1938, Vachon
Accessed from the Library of Congress