6 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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    • 4.5 • 47 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.

    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
    Bonus: Would You Be Friends with Your Ancestors? (with Lisa Valentine Clark)

    Bonus: Would You Be Friends with Your Ancestors? (with Lisa Valentine Clark)

    Here’s a joke: What did the pickle do when it won the championship? He just stood there to relish the moment. If you’re wondering what a pickle joke has to do with family history, just a wait a minute. Miya and Michelle invited Latter-day Saint comedian and actress Lisa Valentine

    Clark to discuss An American Pickle, a movie all about family history. And just like the movie, Miya, Michelle, and Lisa all ask the question, “Would you be friends with your great-great-grandparents?” and discuss how that answer may be more complicated than we think.
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    • 37 min
    Becoming a Transitional Character (with Dr. Christopher Jones)

    Becoming a Transitional Character (with Dr. Christopher Jones)

    Have you ever heard of Marie Kondo?  She’s a Japanese professional organizer known for her method of only keeping what “sparks joy” in her life. We can follow her example by becoming a transitional character—someone who breaks cycles of negativity and embraces joyful practices. In this episode, we talk with BYU professor Christopher Jones about what it means to be a transitional character, and how we can spark joy in our own family histories.   
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    • 53 min
    Shame and Poverty in Family History (with Dr. LaShawn Williams)

    Shame and Poverty in Family History (with Dr. LaShawn Williams)

    Thanks to Encanto, everyone knows we don’t talk about Bruno. But there are other aspects of family history we don’t talk about, like poverty and shame. Our guest Dr. LaShawn Williams explains, “When we talk about shame, we’re talking about this felt sense of unworthiness to be in connection or relationship with other people despite desperately, desperately wanting to connect with other people.” And like we see in the Disney movie, this feeling of shame can be passed from one generation to the next. So how do we combat it? We talk about Bruno. We talk about poverty and shame within our family histories. And that’s exactly what hosts Miya and Michelle plan on doing with Dr. LaShawn as they address shame and poverty in this episode.  

    References:  "The problem with pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps is not everyone has working bootstraps"
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    • 45 min
    Gaining Genealogical Consciousness (with Dr. Amy Harris)

    Gaining Genealogical Consciousness (with Dr. Amy Harris)

    Dead cats and genealogy might seem like an odd mix. But when it comes to genealogical consciousness, they actually make perfect sense. BYU professor Amy Harris puts this into perspective by explaining that as a child, she would mourn the passing of her pet cats. But then she found peace when she realized that all “relationships are durable and meaningful—even beyond death.” This got us thinking—if we can feel connected to cherished but long deceased pets, shouldn’t our feelings about our ancestors run just as deep? In this episode, hosts Miya Jensen and Michelle Thorley discuss with Professor Harris how we can ensure our relationships with our ancestors stretch into the past as well as the future through genealogical consciousness.  

    References:  "Of Dead Cats and Dead People: How Family History Can Save the World" by Dr. Amy Harris
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    • 40 min
    Welcome to Love Your Lineage

    Welcome to Love Your Lineage

    Love Your Lineage is a new podcast with a multi-faceted, shame-free, and fun 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. Although for everyone, this podcast is centered in the BIPOC family history experience, inviting all to find their space and claim their space. 
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

kierstenkn ,

A must listen

Oh my goodness, where to start? This podcast is so so good. Miya and Michelle are such fantastic hosts! They’ve found wonderful guests, and approach the subject with energy and passion and empathy and joy. It’s really about more than just family history—or maybe I should say that the podcast shows that family history is about more than just pedigree charts and microfiche. It’s even about more than just stories from the past. It’s about us! Understanding how we’ve each been shaped by the trauma and triumphs of our ancestors; learn what to hold onto and what to leave behind, discovering how to become good ancestors ourselves and adding to the richness of our family lines. I honestly just cannot recommend this podcast enough.

MMCarrasco ,

The inclusivity we need

First, I love the hosts’ energy and how well they just vibe off of each other. When I’m listening to the podcast I feel like I am sitting in a room listening to a genuine conversation between friends. Last, hearing these topics being discussed from a gospel perspective is exactly what I need! I would love to hear the experiences of all members of our faith, especially those who have been historically marginalized, being validated in church meetings the way this podcast does so beautifully.

Tanbag2 ,

A accessible positive approach

I’ve been waiting for someone to take an approach that opens access to folks from many traditions to the lineage space. Talking about how that looks to people from all over the world in their own communities is a wonderful idea. Anything that encourages people to engage in their families in a way that heals is very welcome!!

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