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Generations Cafe is all about genealogy and family history. Discovering your family history should be enjoyable! Each episode will show you more about doing genealogy without the frustration. Host Amy Johnson Crow has been involved in family history for most of her life and is a noted researcher, blogger, author, and educator. She firmly believes that it is possible to do good genealogy research and enjoy the process. This isn't a stuffy or dry lecture. It's a conversation to help you explor ...
 
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DNA is great for genealogy, and it goes way beyond the ethnicity estimate -- and what is that estimate even telling you anyhow?! (Spoiler alert: don't get a tattoo based on what that estimate says. It will change!) Think you have Native American ancestry and it didn't show up in your ethnicity estimate? There's a reason for that. You might be surpr…
 
This week Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow is joined by Frazine Taylor, a professional genealogist, who specializes in records and research of enslaved and freed individuals in Alabama. She is the author of Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide, which is currently being updated to a second edition. Sh…
 
Millions of Americans descend from a Civil War veteran. But how can you identify which one of your ancestors served (if any)? In this episode, Amy will show you easy steps for finding clues about service. You'll also see how you can identify your ancestor's regiment, which is key to getting into more military records. You can find the show notes, a…
 
This week, Kenyatta D. Berry is joined by Dr. Malcolm Wardlaw, from the University of Georgia. Dr. Wardlaw has been working closely with colleague Virginia Traweek in researching the Freedman's Savings Bank and Trust Company. Their work has been substantial to the genealogy community in that they have helped revitalize critical records, as well as …
 
This week, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, is joined by Kelvin Meyers, a forensic genealogist. Kelvin tells Kenyatta was a forensic genealogist does, along with examples of how he does his research, as well as how he got started as a forensic genealogist. Find out more about Kelvin and his work b…
 
It's frustrating to search on Ancestry and not get any results, especially when you know the record should exist. No matter how you change your search, you just can't find it. The issue might not be in how you're searching. It might be a matter of Ancestry doesn't have the record. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell what Ancestry doesn't have. In this…
 
In this episode, Kenyatta D. Berry, author and host of The Genealogy Roadshow, is joined by author, professional genealogist, and current president of The Board for Certification for Genealogists (BCG), LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson. LaBrenda and Kenyatta discuss not only LaBrenda's career, but also what is required to become a board-certified genealogis…
 
This week Kenyatta D. Berry, author, and host of The Genealogy Roadshow is joined by James R. Morgan III. James is a fascinating individual and has many accolades under his belt: historian, genealogist, and award-winning author of The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West. James is also a Prince Hall Freemason, and Honorary Fellow and Life…
 
Kenyatta D. Berry, host of The Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, is joined by author and house historian Betsy J. Green. The two talk about Betsy's work as a Writer and Editor, as well as her work as a House Historian, which involves her researching and evaluating properties to submit for historical preservation. Betsy share…
 
Join Kenyatta D. Berry, author and host of The Genealogy Roadshow as she's joined by Bernice Bennett. Bernice is a professional genealogist with two books under her belt, who has won numerous awards for her work. Bernice hosts her own podcast on genealogy (though it is being retired) and her work ranges from tracing her own family history in South …
 
Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit and former host of The Genealogy Roadshow is joined by author Lori Erickson, whose new book, "The Soul of the Family Tree" releases on Amazon on August 24 (be sure to order it by clicking here). In this episode, Lori discusses multiple topics, including how to cultivate a writing practice within …
 
Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit and former host of The Genealogy Roadshow is joined by professional genealogist Renée Carl, who not only works with ancestry but has been at the forefront for keeping records accessible to all populations and has taken the fight to Washington, D.C. In this episode, she discusses how records are t…
 
In this episode, former Genealogy Roadshow host and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, has a conversation with Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy, Descendant Project Researcher at the University of Virginia, to discuss the role and responsibilities that higher education and academia plays in acknowledging being founded on slave ownership, and institutions th…
 
Join Kenyatta as she has a conversation with Samara Garth, owner of Crush Sweets (IG/FB: CrushSweets) about her "Black is not Bitter," product, how food is related to our families and our past, and what you can do to connect with your ancestors through cooking. Follow Crush Sweets on IG or FB with the handle mycrushsweets. The music for this episod…
 
You might have heard in the news recently about commemorating the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921 (the destruction of "Black Wall Street.") You might — or might not — be surprised that Tulsa isn't the only event of its kind. In 1898, the elected government of Wilmington, North Carolina, was overthrown by whites who were outraged at the suc…
 
Join Kenyatta as she discusses not only records available to you, but also projects going on at the Library of Virginia to help tell the stories of enslaved individuals. She's joined by Errol Somay and Greg Crawford to discuss this pivotal work. The music for this episode is "Good Vibe" by Ketsa.By Kenyatta D. Berry
 
Honoring those who died in service to their country or after their service is one of the most sacred duties of a country. Finding the burial place of a veteran ancestor can be a deeply moving experience. In this episode of Generations Cafe, we explore the history of military cemeteries in the United States, as well as some resources you can use to …
 
Join Jeff Jackson, Professor of Sociology, Chuck Ross, Professor of History and African American Studies, and Jodi Skipper, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies who formed the Slavery Research Group at the University of Mississippi as they join with Kenyatta to discuss what research can be done at universities to support an incl…
 
Putting your family tree online has some great benefits, including connecting with cousins, sorting DNA matches, and even preserving your research. But did you know that there are different kinds of online family trees? In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow explores the 3 main kinds of online family trees: individual trees on other sites, individual tr…
 
Join Kenyatta and Janice Lovelace, a professional genealogist, who not only has a degree in biology but who has worked as a clinical psychologist for forty years, sit down to talk about trauma and genealogy. Janice shares tips on how to process finding enslaved ancestors and learning what they went through, and how to give space to the fact that th…
 
If you're pulling out the one fact that you were looking for in a genealogy source, jotting it down, and then moving on... you're probably leaving a lot behind. Taking a closer look at that source might help you discover the answer you were looking for. Even if it doesn't spell out the answer, that deeper dive will likely give you ideas on other pl…
 
Finding our female ancestors can be difficult, what with name changes and a lack of records written by or about them. But it doesn't have to be impossible. In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow shares 3 practical strategies for discovering more about the women in our genealogy. Chances are good that you've started using them, but you haven't gone deepl…
 
What is modern genealogy? In this conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, we cover technology, motivations for starting (and continuing) family history, accessibility, the challenges of enslaved ancestor research, and diversity in the field of genealogy. It's an episode full of insight, as well as practical takeaways f…
 
Episode 59: Church records can be a boon to our genealogical research. In this episode, Amy explains how to determine your ancestor's denomination, identify the church that he or she attended, and how to go about tracking down the records. Church records can help fill in the gap when civil vital records are missing. Even when you do have those civi…
 
Marriage records make up an important part of our genealogy research. However, there are more records to find than just the civil marriage record at the county courthouse. In this episode, Amy shares other records related to your ancestors' marriages... records that often hold more information that we can put to use in our family history. The show …
 
Ancestry has billions of records, but its features aren't always intuitive. In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow shares 5 features that are often overlooked on Ancestry that can boost your genealogy discoveries. Did you know that the title of an Ancestry database might lead you to an erroneous conclusion? See how you can avoid that problem! You'll als…
 
Hank Jones talks about his collection of stories of strange things that have happened when doing genealogy and family history work. Sharon Manson discusses her journey that helped her learn why her parents would tell her never to ask grandma questionBy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
 
Genealogy and family history is a comfort for many of us. But what do you do when you can't focus on your research or you don't have time to devote to it? In this second episode of the "Research Renewal" series, Amy revisits the episode "7 Family History Activities for When You Can't Focus." It turns out that many of these activities are also great…
 
We all want our genealogy research to be good. However, insisting on perfection isn't only unrealistic, it can also be detrimental to your genealogy. It can also literally destroy your research. In this first part of the "Research Renewal" series, Amy revisits her episode which asked, "Is perfectionism harming your genealogy?" She shows how it can …
 
The guys begin with the story of an adjustment that was made on the headstone of Susan B. Anthony just in time for election day. Hear what it was and why it was done. Then, a Virginia State Senator has made a sad discovery on his own property.By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
 
When you're into genealogy, it's natural to want to give family history themed gifts, but sometimes they miss the mark. Here are 5 gifts that are easy and fun to put together that will bring a smile to those who receive them. There's also a tip about a common genealogy gift that you might want to reconsider giving. The key is to keep it simple and …
 
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