Podcast, Episode 8: Tell Me the Truth – Genealogy for Biographers

Biography can be really dry and boring stuff, a string of facts without seasoning or flavor. In this episode, I’ll teach you how to use genealogical research of your subject to add spice and life to a biographical book or project. I’ll tell you how I’m using it to write a book of my own, and show you how much juicy deliciousness you can add to basic facts if you work to understand the entirety of your subject’s life. If you want to stand out from other biographers or non-fiction writers and find a style that is uniquely yours, season with family history. Then, call me with a question you want played and answered on air! Over 300 downloads now…thank you 🙂

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Have a great week, do your research, don’t be a Jeffrey, keep asking questions, and above all, Expect Surprises!

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Podcast, Episode 7: I Wish You Were Dead

I hate Valentine’s Day, so this holiday episode is all about death records. They rock my world. The focus is on Social Security and county-level death records, featuring my favorite: DEATH CERTIFICATES! Learn about the 6 W’s of assessing the purpose and value of a record before you ever use it, and then we’ll talk specifics about the US Social Security Applications and Claims Index, the US Social Security Death Index, death certificates and death indexes. Even if you’re from outside the US, the 6 W’s will be useful to you in creating best practices and in assessing best evidence. Put down the red wine and chocolates – it’s genealogy time!

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Podcast, Episode 6: Don’t Be a Jeffrey

Genealogy is populated with lots of groovy people, and just enough Jeffreys doing things the wrong way to thoroughly annoy the rest of us. Don’t be a Jeffrey, be awesome! Follow the best practice and best evidence guidelines for Ancestry in this episode and you’ll go far, Cousin. Happy Black History Month to all. And as the international strength of the podcast is growing, financial supporters are jumping on board. Join the crowd, and invite your friends! All are welcome here.

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If you have a request, a dispute, a book recommendation, or you just want to say hi, you can contact me at ancestorsalivegenealogy@gmail.com

Have a great week, do your research, don’t be a Jeffrey, and above all, Expect Surprises!

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Podcast, Episode 5: Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch

“Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch” is about the pros and cons of using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, the two main family tree sites used by the majority of researchers I know. Each has assets and drawbacks, but they’re best used together. And get a load of my fan hot spots! All kinds of folks are tuning in. Add your friends and family to the list!

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If you have a request, a dispute, a book recommendation, or you just want to say hi, you can contact me at ancestorsalivegenealogy@gmail.com

Have a great week, do your research, and above all, Expect Surprises!

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Saturday, 4:10pm EST, catch me LIVE!

I’m being interviewed about “From Paper To People” LIVE – it’s the first Facebook Live Podethon with Richard Parr!

See me at 4:10pm EST, and you might even witness a special appearance by Shukran the Wonder Kitty.

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Podcast, Episode 4: The Glory of the Story

“The Glory of the Story” is about the fun of gathering family stories. Folklore is great for finding facts and hints to start a tree, but it’s equally wonderful for entertainment and for preserving the memory of family elders for all generations, current and future, to enjoy. If your family tells stories, this is for you. If they don’t but you like stories, this is for you. If you just want to hear one of MY family stories, this is for you. And above all, if you want to hear about a bit of felonious scandal from my family’s past, this is for you. I hope you enjoy the ep, and my new theme music too!

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Have a great week, do your research, and above all, Expect Surprises!

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APB: Navy Discharge Papers FOUND

An Ancestry user has Navy discharge papers for Wendell Philip Albaugh. They were found on a front lawn in Rockport, Texas after Hurricane Harvey. If you know of anyone who would want them have them contact me through my website, through my Facebook page, or with a DM on Twitter and I will connect you.

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Now YOU can support Ancestors Alive!’s new podcast, From Paper To People, on Patreon! There are four support levels – Roots, Branches, Leaves and Blossoms – and each has its own reward.

  • $5 per month: Roots are my base. Your support enters you in an annual (May) lottery for a free Ancestry tree (Ancestry.com membership not included) and “tree reveal” interview on the podcast.
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Podcast, Episode 3: Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am

“Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am” is for EVERYBODY. If you’re doing research for yourself, or helping someone new start their own, this episode will help you to understand the whys and hows of using folklore-gathering skills to jumpstart your tree. I discuss a few examples of how folklore has helped me, and how asking the right questions in the right way will warm up any participant in a story-gathering session. Then, I give my ten-point plan for successful folklore gathering. AND – I announce my new Patreon account, where you can support the podcast and earn or win valuable prizes for as little as $5 per month!

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If you have a request, a dispute, a book recommendation, or you just want to say hi, you can contact me at ancestorsalivegenealogy@gmail.com.

Have a great week, do your research, and above all, Expect Surprises!

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Podcast, Episode 2: From Paper To People

This episode is directed primarily toward European-American Mormons, but no matter what, you will get something out of it. I discuss the Mormon Law of Consecration and how I apply it to family history work and working with others; the differences between African-American and European American genealogy; and the specific case of my research on a reparational tree for Recy Corbitt Thomas and anyone who may search out her family.

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If you have a request, a dispute, a book recommendation, or you just want to say hi, you can contact me at ancestorsalivegenealogy@gmail.com.

Have a great week, do your research, and above all, Expect Surprises!

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