Announcing the Tony Burroughs Podcast on African American Genealogy

Genealogist Tony Burroughs, FUGA received the Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship for Independent Researchers at Newberry Library. Tony spent the month of July at Newberry Library doing a statistical analysis of slave census schedules. He discusses this project and its relationship to African American genealogy with Keelin Burke on Newberry Library’s podcast at: https://www.newberry.org/african-american-genealogy-0

Tony Burroughs, FUGA is author of Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (Simon & Schuster) 2001. He serves on the board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and is former President of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Genealogical Society, the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stearn Humanitarian Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Lowell Volkel Medal from the Illinois Genealogical Society

Genealogy Guys Welcome New Sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists

The following announcement was written by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith:

Aha! Seminars, Inc., welcomes Legacy Tree Genealogists as a new sponsor of The Genealogy Guys Podcast and the Genealogy Connection podcast, effective immediately.

“We are very excited to welcome Legacy Tree Genealogists as a sponsor of both of our podcasts,” says George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “They bring their outstanding proficiencies and value in professional client research to our global audience.”

Listen to “Twice Removed,” a Family History Podcast hosted by A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is a well-known author who has been mentioned before numerous times in this newsletter. See https://goo.gl/X5de4Z for the past articles about him. He was the host of the world’s largest family reunion, the bestselling author of “The Year of Living Biblically,” in which he attempted to follow the literal words of the Bible for a year, and “Drop Dead Healthy,” where he tried out every diet plan and workout. Now he has a new venture and it looks like and sounds like a good one.

twice-removed“Twice Removed” is a podcast that is described as sort of like “Finding Your Roots” with a mystery twist. In each episode, A.J. Jacobs takes a well-known figure and tells each about their most interesting ancestors and relatives. And at the end, he reveals how each guest is related to a mystery guest, and then introduces them live in the studio. (It could be a hero of theirs, an old boss, a mentor, etc.)

I listened to the first episode and was delighted to learn that Jacobs found criminals amongst the guest’s ancestors. Not small-time crooks, but true Chicago gangsters.

Sir Tony Robinson Tells Stories from the Past in New Podcast Series “It’s About Time”

The following announcement was written by the folks at ancestry.co.uk:

New history podcast from Ancestry launches with three compelling episodes

  • Sir Tony Robinson brings stories from the past to life in the present
  • Tales include a sordid murder in Victorian England, immigration to America through a Charlie Chaplin classic and the split of famous suffragette sisters the Pankhursts
  • Podcast brought to you by Ancestry, available on iTunes and Stitcher now

New podcast series It’s About Time has launched online today (Wednesday 7th September), featuring narrator Sir Tony Robinson bringing stories from the past to life in the present.


It’s About Time is produced by Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, and the first three episodes are available to listen to and download for free through iTunes and other podcast platforms.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., Announces New Podcast

The following announcement was written by Aha! Seminars, Inc.:

“Genealogy Connection” Joins “The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast”

drewsmithTAMPA, FL, 20 June 2016 – Aha! Seminars, Inc., provider of training, consulting, and
production of podcasts for the library and genealogical community, announces today
that it is launching a new genealogy podcast titled Genealogy Connection, sponsored
by Findmypast.

Genealogy Connection will present interviews with genealogical speakers, authors,
librarians and archivists, database service providers, software and technology
developers, and other leaders in the community. Each episode will be approximately
one hour in length, hosted by noted genealogical speaker, author, and podcaster Drew
Smith. The first episode of the new podcast will debut the week of 27 June 2016.

Legacy Tree Genealogists to Sponsor Extreme Genes Radio Show

The following announcement was written by the Extreme Genes Family History Show:

Utah genealogists may remember listening to “Fisher and Todd in the mornings” on KISN 97 radio, which ran for 15 years beginning in 1986. Most Utah genealogists probably did not know that Fisher – actually Scott Fisher – is not only a well-known radio guy but an avid genealogist. So much so that he started the first ever syndicated radio show in 2013 and has been running with it ever since, and is now heard on 31 radio stations from Florida to Washington State, as well as by podcast.

Extreme_Genes_LogoExtreme Genes – America’s Family History Show” is a one-hour weekly program that talks about anything genealogically related (get it?), from cracking murder cases with genealogy to discovering the genealogy of a house. Show sponsors add continuity and expertise to the show.

Extreme Genes is extremely pleased to add the experts of Legacy Tree Genealogists as regular guests on the show. Legacy Tree is a client research firm and MyHeritage.com’s (another sponsor) recommended research partner. Since 2004 Legacy Tree has been canvassing the globe searching for genealogies of clients as far reaching as China, Turkey, and South Africa.

Podcast: “Bridging the Gap between North America and Europe for Genealogists”

Timo Kracke and Dirk Weisslede

Timo Kracke and Dirk Weisslede

The Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS), the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota (PRG), and the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV) have formed a partnership to create a German-American genealogy structure between countries and organizations for sharing contacts and genealogical research. The partnership is open to all organizations interested in Germanic genealogical research.

An Interview with Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger has a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and is extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy. He has been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about his ancestry for almost 20 years. In 2003 he used an autosomal DNA test from one of the first companies offering this type of testing. Since then he has been writing and lecturing extensively about how to apply DNA to your genealogy research.

I had a chance to talk with Blaine at the recent New York State Family History Conference in Syracuse, New York. Blaine talked about his involvement in DNA and he gave great advice for newcomers on how to get started.