Sunday, September 25, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #18: The Harvest

Mccoy's Farm. Missouri State Archives via Flickr the Commons,
Today's podcast is about the harvest. Farming ancestors? It's time to learn more about their lives. As genealogists we too often discount our farming ancestors as "just farmers." But in reality there's much to learn from their lives. Better yet, there's much to write about.


Drought, insects, fungus

The Effect of the Drought on Insects  by Kathy Keatley Garvey 

Insects in Drought Conditions by Ian MacRae (PPT slides)

Role of Drought in Outbreaks of Plant-Eating Insects by William J. Mattson and Robert A. Haack 

Wikipedia - History of Agriculture in America (not fully sourced)

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #17: Newspapers

Overseer Jim Riley reading a newspaper on Isis Downs Station, 1915. State Library of Queensland. Flickr the Commons
In today's podcast we discuss researching in newspapers. We take a look at various types of articles, excluding obituaries.

From the collection of Jean Wilcox Hibben


Online Genealogy Databases with Newspaper Collections

United States



Chronicling of America 


Trove (Australia) 

British Newspaper Archive  

Library and Archives Canada 

Google News (list of newspapers)

Finding Aids

Wikipedia: List of Online Newspaper Archives

Online Historical Newspapers

Cyndi’s List: Newspapers

The Ancestor Hunt



Your Guide to Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research Newspaper Research Class

Skillbuilding: Using Newspapers Effectively by Sheila Benedict (BCG website)

FamilySearch Wiki - African American Newspapers

Missing Men: Lost Husband Ads in Newspapers for GenealogyGenealogyBank Blog.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #16: Picnics, Picnicking, and Labor Day

Glass works. Midnight. Location: Indiana by Lewis Wickers Hine. Library of Congress.

United States Department of Labor - History of Labor Day 

Canada's History - The First Labour Day

Wikipedia - International Worker's Day

Wikipedia - Labor Day - Labor Day

Wikipedia - Martin Luther King Day Jr.

Wikipedia - Worker's Memorial Day

GenealogyBank Blog - Our Ancestor's Summer Picnics and Recipes

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


**Note from Gena: This press release is from our sponsor/friends at The In-Depth Genealogist. This guide is a must for making the most of your trip to the 2016 FGS conference.

August 23, 2016 | Utica, OH
Email Terri O’Connell for contact details, review copies, photos, and an author bio.


The third 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, Jane Gwynn Haldeman entitled A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in Springfield, Illinois in addition to leisure and family activities. 
These guides are designed as a resource for genealogists when traveling away from home.  Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities.  It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois is available now as a PDF download ($4.99) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store ( Subscribers to the website receive a 10% discount on purchase of the book.  The paperback version ($9.99) is slated for release August 25, 2016.    

Jane Haldeman is a professional speaker and owner of It’s Relative with more than 20 years of research experience. The Chicago area-based genealogist lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and at national conferences. She enjoys speaking about topics including family history technology and  genealogy research methodology. Jane has been very active with the genealogical community in Illinois. She was President, Illinois State Genealogical Society; President, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; Registrar, Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR; and Registration Chair, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference in Springfield, IL. Jane can be contacted through her website It’s Relative ( or .

Terri O’Connell
PO Box 241, Utica, Ohio 43080