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.
Remembering the Wilmington Coup of 1898
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 success of Blacks in Wilmington. This uprising resulted in deaths, banishments, and the destruction of numerous businesses in town. It decimated the Black middle class in Wilmington for generations.
In this episode, Tim Pinnick, a noted genealogist and historian, explains the efforts underway to study the people who were there at the time. What happened to the families of those who were killed? What of the banished and their families?
Not only does Tim explain what happened in 1898, but how you can help with the research efforts.
You can find the show notes, including links to numerous resources, at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/65.
Exploring Military Cemeteries
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 find where your military ancestors are buried.
You can find the show notes with links to all of the resources at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/64.
What Kind of Online Family Tree Is Right for You?
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 trees on your own website, and collaborative trees. Each one has its plusses and minuses. Take a listen on how to choose the one that best meets your needs.
You can find the show notes for this episode, including links to all of the websites mentioned, at amyjohnsoncrow.com/63.
How to Get All the Clues From Genealogy Sources
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 places you can look.
In this episode, Amy Johnson Crow explains how knowing more about the type of record you're using can help in your search. She'll also share tips about pulling out more information from specific records, including an overlooked type of word.
Finding Female Ancestors: 3 Practical Strategies for Finding the Women in Your Family Tree
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 deeply enough -- and that's where the real discoveries happen!
The show notes, including links to related episodes, can be found at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/61.
Exploring Modern Genealogy with Kenyatta D. Berry
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 for everyday genealogists, professional researchers, and societies.
You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/60.
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!
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.