11 episodes

Love Your Lineage is a multi-faceted, friendly, and shame-free approach to family history. Our hosts, Michelle Franzoni Thorley and Miyamoto Loretta Jensen, help us see beyond finding missing names and show us how everyone, no matter what our background or family situation, can make deep and powerful connections to our ancestors. This podcast is centered in the BIPOC family history experience, although we invite all to listen and find and claim their space.

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    • 4.4 • 63 Ratings

Love Your Lineage is a multi-faceted, friendly, and shame-free approach to family history. Our hosts, Michelle Franzoni Thorley and Miyamoto Loretta Jensen, help us see beyond finding missing names and show us how everyone, no matter what our background or family situation, can make deep and powerful connections to our ancestors. This podcast is centered in the BIPOC family history experience, although we invite all to listen and find and claim their space.

    Language Loss and Diaspora Grief (with Dr. Joel Selway)

    Language Loss and Diaspora Grief (with Dr. Joel Selway)

    Here’s an interesting question: How many generations ago were your ancestors speaking a different language than you are now? When Dr. Joel Selway lost his mother when he was 12 years old, he also lost a tie to his Thai ancestry. But shortly before his mission he came across an old book about learning Thai, and something sparked inside of him. Little did he know then that he would embark on a decades-long journey to learn the Thai language and, in turn, discover more about his family history than he could have ever anticipated.   
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Impacts of Colorism (with Dr. David-James Gonzales)

    The Impacts of Colorism (with Dr. David-James Gonzales)

    What does sunshine have to do with family history? Well, besides helping our plants and vegetables grow, sunshine has a profound effect on our bodies. One of those effects is melanin production. Melanin is a dark pigment in our hair, skin, and iris of the eye, that protects us from the sun’s radiation. Tragically, throughout history, some have used melanin to create caste systems that determine social status, ultimately affecting our family history. In this episode, Dr. David-James Gonzales discusses how these caste systems and resulting colorism began and the impact they still have on us as we seek to learn more about ourselves and our ancestors.
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    • 53 min
    Spilling the Family History Tea (with Dr. Sharon Staples)

    Spilling the Family History Tea (with Dr. Sharon Staples)

    Have you ever heard the term “spill the tea”? In recent contexts, this phrase means to perpetuate gossip or rumors. But is spreading gossip and rumors always a bad thing? In family history, it might not be. For this episode, we invited Dr. Sharon Staples to discuss what gossip has to do with family history and whether it can be used as a clue to learn more about our lineage.
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    • 35 min
    “Dreaming of You:” The Role of Dreams in Family History

    “Dreaming of You:” The Role of Dreams in Family History

    “Late at night when all the world is sleeping, I stay up and think of you. And I wish on a star that somewhere you are thinking of me too.” These first lines of legendary singer Selena’s “Dreaming of You” may have been written about a romantic relationship, but they also apply to family history work. Our ancestors think of us, and we think about them—and sometimes we even dream about them too. For this episode, we invited Miya’s and Michelle’s friends (as well as our amazing producer Erika Free) to share how dreams have helped them draw closer to their families in the past, present, and future.
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    • 48 min
    Healing from Generational Trauma (with Jalynne Geddes)

    Healing from Generational Trauma (with Jalynne Geddes)

    An indigenous teaching in many communities around the world is that in nature, poison is often located very near the antidote. For example, in Mayan legend, the Chechen trees have a toxic sap that causes rashes or burns when touched, but the Chaca trees grow nearby and provide an antidote. This idea of sting and relief can also be found in family histories. In this episode, artist Jalynne Geddes shares in her own life how generational trauma has been a sting and family history the relief.
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    • 47 min
    The Bodies Our Ancestors Gave Us (with Dr. Ofa Hafoka)

    The Bodies Our Ancestors Gave Us (with Dr. Ofa Hafoka)

    When you think about the term “family history tools,” images of gigantic binders, wrinkled family history charts, and dusty rolls of microfilm probably come to mind. While these items can be useful, there’s another less obvious set of tools we need when we research—especially when we learn about challenging aspects of our family history. For this episode, we invited Dr. Ofa Hofaka to discuss emotional tools we need as we approach body dysmorphia, mental health, and internalized racism in family history work.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

KellyK44 ,

Who Knew?

Just listened to the “Dreaming of You” episode. Who knew that our ancestors would play such an important connection through dreams? The examples given show how close our ancestors are and how we can rely on them for strength, support, and as examples in our own lives. Knowing that dreams can be a spiritual gift and that they can be passed down through oral or written traditions hit home. I love the depth and touching examples shared weekly on this podcast. Who knew that genealogy could be so emotional? Thank you Miya and Michelle.

Leahbug:) ,

Woke

🙈 I had big hopes….total woke…such a let down

Luvit2012 ,

Therapy through genealogy

If you think genealogy is a snooze fest like I did, be prepared because Michelle and Miya will change your mind. Their passion, knowledge, enthusiasm, and ability to approach family history, especially with racialized people in mind, is contagious. I appreciate how wholesome and comprehensive this podcast is, in covering the complexities in uncovering family histories (the good and not so good), becoming good ancestors and breaking generational trauma, how it relates to spiritual beliefs, and so much more. Each episode is like genealogical therapy and leaves me feeling more committed, more curious, and uplifted.

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