47 episodes

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 explore the most exciting history of all: yours!

Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair, and let's explore family history together.

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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 explore the most exciting history of all: yours!

Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair, and let's explore family history together.

    047 - How to Analyze Your Genealogy Research

    047 - How to Analyze Your Genealogy Research

    When you're doing genealogy research, it's natural to start searching for more records when you want to answer a question. But what if the answer you're looking for has been in your notes all along?

    In this episode, you'll learn why you need to analyze what you already have (and why this is the second step in the WANDER research method). You'll also learn why analyzing is more than just re-reading your notes and how you can do this more effectively.

    Show notes for this episode: AmyJohnsonCrow.com/47

    • 11 min
    046 - How to Focus Your Genealogy Research

    046 - How to Focus Your Genealogy Research

    Genealogy research is filled with distractions. There are so many things to explore! So how do we stay focused and avoid those rabbit holes that are oh so tempting?
    Part of it is having a good research method to follow. In this episode, Amy shares how the first part of the WANDER method — What do you want to find? — is her best tip for focusing your research and staying on track. 
    You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/46

    • 11 min
    045 - 7 Family History Activities for When You Can't Focus

    045 - 7 Family History Activities for When You Can't Focus

    Genealogy research brings many of us enjoyment, even comfort. So it can feel bewildering when we can't focus long enough to do it. This episode shows how you can still do family history activities even in this time of stress.

    Instead of trying to force ourselves to break down brick wall research problems, let's look at other things we can do -- things that are still meaningful and enjoyable, but don't require a ton of concentration. 

    Find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/45

    • 16 min
    044 - Our Ancestors and the Spanish Flu Epidemic

    044 - Our Ancestors and the Spanish Flu Epidemic

    You've probably seen references to how the Corona virus compares to the Spanish Flu. But what was life like for our ancestors during that scary time of 1918-1919? In this episode, Lori Lyn Price, a social historian, explains what our ancestors went through back then. 

    Note: if you typically listen to this podcast w/children, you might want to listen to it without them first to make sure that it's age appropriate. 

    Shownotes w/links to Lori Lyn's site & other resources: AmyJohnsonCrow.com/44

    • 29 min
    043 - DNA Slowing Down: What It Means for Genealogy

    043 - DNA Slowing Down: What It Means for Genealogy

    Sales of genealogy DNA kits, such as AncestryDNA and 23andMe, has slowed dramatically. This is what's listed as the cause of layoffs at two major companies. 
    Why is this slowdown happening and what does it mean for the field? Can anything be done to correct the impact?
    You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/43

    • 16 min
    042 - 3 Types of Newspapers That Every Genealogist Should Know

    042 - 3 Types of Newspapers That Every Genealogist Should Know

    Newspapers are a gold mine of genealogical information. But if you stop looking for them after using the daily or weekly newspaper from your ancestor's home town, you might be stopping too soon. 

    In this episode, Amy shares 3 other kinds of newspapers that you need to know and where you can find them. These other newspapers are often more detailed than the mainstream newspaper and are well worth the effort to find. 

    Find the show notes, complete with links to resources, at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/42

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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Very Informative and Interesting

Amy talks wonderfully about all sorts of topics relating to genealogy. Her talks are always very informative and Amy always makes it all interesting. This by far my favourite genealogy podcast!

Seer Yrrab ,

A Great Little Genealogy Gem

I have been a reader of Amy's blog for some time, and seen occassional videos of her talks. This new podcast series gives great little gems of genealogy wisdom. Short enough to listen to without eating into the day, but long enough to get the key points across. Some good sound advice in bite size chunks. I would highly recommend it.

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