Monday, December 5, 2016


**Note to our readers: The folks at IDG are sponsors and supporters of the Gena and Jean Genealogy Journeys. We're happy to help them spread the word about their latest guide. For more inforomation on how to order this or their other great magazines and guides, see the links below.

December 4, 2016 | Utica, OH
Email Terri O’Connell for contact details, review copies, photos, and an author bio.


The fourth in a series of guides to popular research destinations 

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jacqueline Gamble entitled “A Genealogist’s Guide to Boston, Massachusetts”. The book is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area. Approximately 12 million people from all over the world visit Boston every year to take in its beautiful harbor, amazing history, museums, sporting events, and more. With its mixture of old buildings (some dating back to the 1600s), new skyscrapers, and everything in between, Boston truly is a meeting of past, present and future.

This guide will provide you with what you will need to know when planning a genealogy trip to Boston. Within the book is information on repositories, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, attractions, accommodations, and more in and around Boston.

"A Genealogist’s Guide to Boston, Massachusetts” is available now as a PDF, Kindle, and Nook download ($4.99) through The In-Depth Genealogist Store (  The paperback book will soon be available for just $9.99 in a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.  Subscribers to the website receive a 10% discount on purchase of the book.  

Jacky Gamble is a genealogist, historian and freelance writer. She discovered her passion for genealogy while crafting a list of cousins in her very large family. She sought the help of the internet for locating missing cousins and instead discovered records of her grandparents, great grandparents, 2nd great grandparents and so much more. The more ancestors she discovered, the more she wanted to know. And thus began her love of this hobby. She has yet to finish her original list of cousins.

When Jacky is not researching genealogy, she is writing about it. She regularly posts to her personal blogs at Tracing My New England Roots ( and The Graveyard Rabbit of Vermont ( Her articles have been published in various Internet publications and in Family Chronicle magazine. Jacky is the author of The In-Depth Genealogist’s column “Remembering Olde New England” in Going In-Depth magazine.


Jennifer Alford

The In-Depth Genealogist

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #21: The Donner Party

Statue at Donner Memorial State Park; the top of the 22-foot (6.7 m) pedestal indicating how deep the snow was during the winter of 1846–1847.

Today we discuss Manifest Destiny and the Donner Party.


Manifest Destiny & Promotion of the Westward Movement 

Wikipedia- Manifest Destiny  
Wikipedia - Lansford Hastings 

Harlan-Young Party 

Utah History To Go - Harlan Young Party
Overland Emigration, the California Trail, and the Hastings Cutoff by Gary Topping 

Donner Party, in general 

Wikipedia - Donner Party  (extremely well-sourced) - Donner Party  (great article and video) - 10 Things You Should Know About the Donner Party
Legends of America 
The Donner Party by Daniel M. Rosen
Eyewitness to - The Tragic Fate of the Donner Party, 1847
PBS American Experience - The Donner Party
(excellent video-to purchase) 
PBS American Experience - Introduction The Donner Party 
PBS American Experience - The Party Complete Transcript

-Jean Wilcox Hibben

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The 2016 Cruise!

It's early morning here and we are packing our bags and getting ready to head off to the Gena and Jean Genealogy Cruise!

Not our ship but more pics to come...(photo by David Ortega)

This 4 day Mexican cruise with stops at Catalina and Ensenada will also include 2 days of genealogy presentations by Gena and Jean. Presentations were chosen by participants and include new presentations not heard anywhere else.

Stay tuned for more information about this cruise and details on the 2017 cruise!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #20: Door to Door Begging

An 1852 depiction of an English mummers play.,_ChapterVIII.jpg


Calendars Through The Ages - History of Our Calendar 
History World - History of the Calendar 
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center - Calendars

Broward County Mummers - Origins 
Wikipedia - Mummers Play 
Harvest - English Harvest Festival 
Wikipedia - Mummering 

Other Cultures 
Irish - Saint Stephen's Day 
Smithsonian Magazine - The Irish Used to Celebrate The Day After Christmas by Killing Wrens
Wikipedia - Wren Day - Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead & the Sugar Skull Tradition 
Wikipedia - Day of the Dead 
Alabama Media Group- Days of the Dead: What's the difference between All Saints' and All Souls'?
Wikipedia - Mardi Gras 
Mardi Gras - Mardi Gras History 
Denmark - Traditions in Denmark 

Religious Connections 
Wikipedia - Holy Week 
Wikipedia - All Souls Day 
Wikipedia - Lent 
Wikipedia - Easter 
Wikipedia - Ash Wednesday 
Santa's Net

NPR - Soul Cakes: Hallowed Offerings for Hungry Ghosts
Click Americana - 21 Old-Fashioned Fruit Punch Recipes (1969)

-Jean Wilcox Hibben