Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Genealogy Journeys Podcast #42 - The Cruise Recap and Overview of What's Ahead

Our cruise was successful on many levels, but most importantly, people came away from the experience with renewed fervor for doing their family history as well as some ideas on where to find elusive ancestors. The networking was also a positive activity for a lot of people and we are honored to have been instrumental in helping folks find new friends. Our podcast on this topic - a recap of the cruise along with a look at some subjects we expect to tackle in the coming months - is accessible here:
Podcast 42 - 1st Half, Free

Or, to access the full podcast, as a premium member, Click here:
Podcast 42 - Complete 

We mentioned that we would include some references to help folks get ideas for incorporating social history into their family history. Check these out:

Drake, Paul. What did they Mean by That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New.  Bowie MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2003.

Goldrup, Lawrence. P. Writing the Family Narrative. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 1987.

Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, 3rd Ed., New York: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 1991.

Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing a Quality Family History.  Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 1996.

Imber-Black, Evan. The Secret Life of Families: Truth-Telling, Privacy, and Reconciliation in a Tell-All Society.  New York: Bantam Books, 1998.

Isay, Dave, Ed. Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the Storycorps Project. New York: The Penguin Press, 2007.

McCutcheon, Marc. Everyday Life in the 1800s: A Guide for Writers, Students & Historians. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 2001.

Miller, Ilene. Publishing Your Family History with a Computer: A Five-Step Guide. Garden Grove, CA: Shumway Family History Services, 1998.

Pfeiffer, Laura Szucs. Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2000.

Pratt, Michael W. & Barbara H. Fiese. Family Stories and the Life Course: Across Time and Generations. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc, Publishers, 2004.

Sims, Martha C. Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions. Logan, UT: Utah State Univ. Press, 2005.

Stone, Elizabeth. Black Sheep and Kissing Cousins: How Our Family Stories Shape Us. Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2004.

Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Bringing your Family History to Life through Social History.  Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2000.

Taylor, Dale. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America: From 1607-1783. Cincinnati, OH: Writers Digest, 1997.

Underhill, Tom. Dead Men Tell No Tales: How to Record your Family's Oral History.  Placentia, CA: Creative Continuum, 2002.

Urdang, Laurence, Ed. The Timetables of American History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981.

Vansina, Jan. Oral Tradition as History. Madison, WI: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1985.

Weitzman, David. Underfoot: An Everyday Guide to Exploring the American Past. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976.

Zeitlin, Steven J., Amy J. Kotkin, & Holly Cutting Baker. A Celebration of American Family Folklore.  Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press, 1982.

Looking for some helpful websites?

Newspaper helps:

And 2 misc., just for good measure: (Steve Morse's One-Step Pages) (A lesser known cemetery site)

That should keep folks busy until our next podcast, scheduled to be posted on the 2nd Sunday in January.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #41: Education Week

What's your education history? What about your family?  Jean and Gena explore education in this week's podcast.



Mahajan, Sanjoy. “Were Colonial Americans More Literate than Americans Today?” Freaknomics blog , 1 September 2011.

Roser, Max & Esteban Ortiz-Ospina. “Literacy Rates around the World from the 15th Century to Present – Our World in Data, with Data from Various Sources.” Our World in Data: Literacy. On-line graph at , ca. 2012. (Great overviewof the changes over time . . . extensive research on world literacy.)

Snyder, Tom (Ed.). “Literacy from 1870to 1970.” National Center for Education Statistics. (Excerpts from Chapter 1 of 120 Years of American Education: A Statistical Portrait, 1993). On-line at .

Wikipedia - Normal School
Wikipedia - Common School 

--Jean Wilcox Hibben

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bon Voyage 2017!

Used with permission. 

Gena and Jean are packing up and getting ready to head for the Long Beach port and Carnival's Imagination cruise ship for the Genealogy Journey's 3rd annual cruise! Before we set sail, we want to thank everyone who has made this educational cruise possible including our sponsors, guests, and other supporters. Check out our sponsor's websites by clicking their logo on the right-hand side of this page.

Stay tuned for future cruise news!

Bon Voyage!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #40: Origins, Traditions, & Superstitions of Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en Greeting. New York Public Library

It's time to look at Halloween and other Fall traditions.


May Day


Jack Tales

Hallowe’en – traditions, history

--Jean Wilcox Hibben