16 episodes

The Family Histories Podcast is a show that celebrates those of us sat in archives, libraries, and spare bedrooms all around the world, tirelessly piecing together our collective social and family history.
Join author and family historian Andrew Martin as he interviews a fellow genealogy addict about how they got hooked; listen to his guest tell the life story of their most fascinatingly good, bad, or plain ugly relative; and then it's time to face 'The Brick Wall' - where it's over to the listeners to see if they can help solve their family history puzzle.
As a parting gift, Andrew offers each guest a surprise that no family history fan could possibly turn down.... a trip in a time machine.
More at: familyhistoriespodcast.com

The Family Histories Podcast The Family Histories Podcast

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The Family Histories Podcast is a show that celebrates those of us sat in archives, libraries, and spare bedrooms all around the world, tirelessly piecing together our collective social and family history.
Join author and family historian Andrew Martin as he interviews a fellow genealogy addict about how they got hooked; listen to his guest tell the life story of their most fascinatingly good, bad, or plain ugly relative; and then it's time to face 'The Brick Wall' - where it's over to the listeners to see if they can help solve their family history puzzle.
As a parting gift, Andrew offers each guest a surprise that no family history fan could possibly turn down.... a trip in a time machine.
More at: familyhistoriespodcast.com

    S02EP06 - 'The Captain' with Steve Jackson

    S02EP06 - 'The Captain' with Steve Jackson

    In this sixth episode, host Andrew Martin meets family historian Steve Jackson, who not only traces his family tree, but also undertakes a One-Name Study for the Atcherley surname, and a One-Place Study too. We'll be finding out how he got into genealogy, and the challenges he's faced whilst researching. 

    Relatively Speaking - Captain James Atcherley 
    We're all at sea, as Steve tells us about his 2nd Cousin, 7x Removed, Captain James Atcherley. Captain James fought as part of Admiral Nelson's fleet in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar, against the Franco-Spanish fleet. Despite his successful naval career, his personal life was not quite as honourable.   

    The Brick Wall - Henry Atcherley 
    Steve has been bothered by the brick wall of Henry Atcherley for a long time. He was presented for baptism at Hinstock, Shropshire, England, in August 1822, but who were his parents? The baptism register names a 'Mary Atcherley, Widow', but was she really Mary? Was she really a widow? Why not at her home parish at nearby High Ercall?  Can you help him break this brick wall? Head over to the episode show notes at familyhistoriespodcast.com to find out more and how to contact Steve. 

    In the meantime, Andrew offers to help, but Steve has a few more questions... 

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    Episode Credits:
    Series Two, Episode Six
    Andrew Martin (Host, Producer)
    Steve Jackson (Guest)
    Show notes: familyhistoriespodcast.com
    ©2021 The Family Histories Podcast

    • 52 min
    S02EP05 - 'The Noble' with Marina Brizhatova

    S02EP05 - 'The Noble' with Marina Brizhatova

    In this fifth episode, The Noble, host Andrew Martin is joined by professional genealogist Marina Brizhatova. She'll be explaining what it's like to research ancestry in Russia, what kind of records are available, and how she got into genealogy. 

    Relatively Speaking - Vladimir Udovenko 
    Marina chose her step-mother's great grandfather Vladimir Udovenko as her Life Story to tell, and this is a story of a secret identity, but not a voluntary one. It wasn't until many years after Vladimir's death, that the truth about his noble origins came to light - a complete surprise for his descendants.

    The Brick Wall - Aleksey Grigoryevich Sarychev   
    Marina's Brick Wall is actually mid-way through the life of Aleksey Grigoryevich Sarychev. He and his family had lived in Nyukhovets, in the Ryazan region of Russia for generations until 1812 when all of a sudden they left for another village called Chernobayevo. Then, when the next Revision Tale took place, they'd returned.   

    Can you help Marina identify why the family suddenly left their ancestral base, only to return later? Were they escaping something? Were they forced to leave?   

    Marina accepts Andrew's offer of help, but her nervousness might be entirely justified... 

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    Episode Credits:
    Series Two, Episode Five
    Andrew Martin (Host/Producer)
    Marina Brizhatova (Guest)
    Show Notes: familyhistoriespodcast.com

    ©2021 The Family Histories Podcast

    • 43 min
    S02EP04 - 'The Pimp' with Justin Cascio

    S02EP04 - 'The Pimp' with Justin Cascio

    In this fourth episode, The Pimp, host Andrew Martin is joined by writer and Mafia genealogist Justin Cascio. We'll be finding out about how he got into researching his Sicilian family history, and the challenges of researching there, He'll also tell us about how his ancestors lived as immigrants in the US. 

    Relatively Speaking - Giuseppe Longo 
    Justin has chosen his Gt Grandfather Giuseppe Longo (sometimes 'Joseph') for his life story, and we're straight into a life of crime and prostitution that's all set amongst some of the most notorious mafia gangsters.

    We'll find out how this impacted Giuseppe and his family. 

    The Brick Wall - Giuseppe Longo!   
    In a surprise turn, Justin's brick wall is also his Life Story choice - Giuseppe Longo. However, it's Giuseppe's parents and siblings that are proving hard to find, thanks to conflicting sources of information, and archives that are hard to view.

    Was Giuseppe baptised in Cefalu or Capachi, Sicily? Maybe you can help Justin unravel this mystery that allows him to trace another generation back. 

    Finally, Justin is happy to accept Andrew's offer of help, but there's a bit of an 'IT glitch'... 

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    Episode Credits:
    Series Two, Episode Four
    Andrew Martin (Host/Producer)
    Justin Cascio (Guest)
    Show notes: familyhistoriespodcast.com
    ©2021 The Family Histories Podcast
     

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    S02EP03 - 'The Swindler' with Nathan Dylan Goodwin

    S02EP03 - 'The Swindler' with Nathan Dylan Goodwin

    In this third episode, host Andrew Martin meets genealogical crime mystery author, Nathan Dylan Goodwin to find out how he got into family history, how he keeps his ancestral reality separate from his fantasy worlds of Morton Farrier, Mrs McDougall, and the Venator Cold Case Team, and we'll get some teasers from the brand new Morton Farrier book. 

    Relatively Speaking - Silas Thomas 
    Nathan has chosen his ancestor Silas Thomas, of Sussex, England, and it's an unusual story featuring an unusual metal find that ends up earning him a fortune before landing him in prison. 

    The Brick Wall - Thomas Goodwin 
    Awkwardly, it's his own Goodwin line that provides Nathan with his research brick wall, so it's over to the listeners to try to help him find his 4x Great Grandfather Thomas Goodwin, born circa 1781, married in 1800 in St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London, but Nathan needs to find out where he was born. His only clue is the scant detail of the 1841 census, that simply tells him it wasn't Sussex.

    Can you help locate more information and bring this brick wall tumbling down? If you think you can help, head over to our show notes for ways to make contact.

    Andrew offers Nathan some help in solving this mystery, but he'll have to tread carefully.... 

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    Episode Credits:
    Series Two, Episode Three
    Andrew Martin (Host/Producer)
    Nathan Dylan Goodwin (Guest)
    John Spike (Sandór Petfői)
    Eliot Lees (Foley)
    Show Notes: https://familyhistoriespodcast.com
    ©2021 The Family Histories Podcast.

    • 48 min
    S02EP02 - 'The Granddaddy' with True Lewis

    S02EP02 - 'The Granddaddy' with True Lewis

    In this second episode - The Granddaddy - Andrew meets genealogist True Lewis and discovers how she got hooked on researching her family tree, what challenges she faces when researching her enslaved African-American ancestors, her work to research her American Revolutionary ancestor, and she talks about her co-host role on the Black Pro Gen Live show.

    Relatively Speaking - Ike Ivery 
    True has chosen her 2x Great Grandfather Isaac 'Ike' Ivery for her life story.

    Ike was born into slavery in Alabama, USA, but when emancipation came, it is then that his family became the Ivery family - adding an 'r' to discontinue the name of their enslaver.

    Ike lived a long and full life, marrying 3 times, having 23 children, and becoming a chaplain and a farmer - and listening to this life story, you can hear just how much love and respect True and her family continue to have towards their granddaddy.

    The Brick Wall - Anna Maria Lambert 
    It's True's 5x Great Grandmother, Anna Maria Lambert that is giving her the biggest Brick Wall headache.

    Anna was born in 1764 in Albany Township, Pennsylvania, USA. Despite knowing this, and having done DNA tests that show a U5b1c2 ancestor group, True has not been able to find records that detail her parents, rumoured to be Dorothea Zimmerman and Nicholas Lambert, and she's been unable to confirm Anna's death too.

    She really is True's mystery, and it's one that True believes gives her a connection to European, perhaps German, ancestors.

    Can you help her find out more about Anna Maria Lambert? Do you know of records or research techniques she could try? If you think you can help True with her research, you can contact her at her website or via her Twitter account @MyTrueRoots, or over at familyhistoriespodcast.com's contact form.

    In the meantime, True is keen to accept Andrew's offer of help, but her enthusiasm might just cause a bit of a problem...

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    Episode Credits 
    Series Two, Episode Two  
    Andrew Martin (Host, Producer) 
    True Lewis (Guest) 
    Show notes: familyhistoriespodcast.com  
    ©2021 The Family Histories Podcast.

    • 48 min
    S02EP01 - 'The Tailor' with Ruth Bramley

    S02EP01 - 'The Tailor' with Ruth Bramley

    In this first episode of Series Two - The Tailor, host Andrew Martin talks to genealogist and former-colleague Ruth Bramley about how she got hooked on tracing her Jewish family history, her passion for re-creating history, and how she traced the history of an object known as 'Alice'.

    Relatively Speaking: Woolf Bernstock
    Ruth tells the story of her 2x Great Grandfather Woolf Bernstock who was born in Warsaw, Poland in about 1844. By 1876, working as a tailor, he, his wife and family moved to Portsmouth, England to start a new life.

    The Brick Wall: Milly Mattenburg
    Ruth has been struggling to break her research brick wall, which is her Great Grandmother Milly Mattenburg (later Schneider), born about 1866.

    Whilst Ruth knows her whereabouts from 10th June 1883 onwards, when she gives birth to son Harry in London, UK, it's her earlier life that remains a mystery. She married Lipman Schneider in about 1882 (if the date on the 1911 census is to be believed), and her place of birth is given simply as 'Russia'.

    Ruth wonders whether Milly was born in Białystok (now in Poland), and knows that her Hebrew name was Malka. Her headstone from 1915 notes her father as having been Awigdor or Avigdor. Where was Milly born and did she have any siblings?

    If you think that you can help Ruth with solving her brick wall, head over to our show notes and send her a message via our contact form at familyhistoriespodcast.com.

    Andrew offers Ruth some help to overcome her brick wall, but she seems rather too keen....

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    Episode Credits:
    Series Two, Episode One
    Andrew Martin (Host, Producer)
    Ruth Bramley (Guest)
    John Spike (Sándor Petőfi)
    Show notes: familyhistoriespodcast.com
    ©2021 The Family Histories Podcast

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