The Family Histories Podcast is a show all about celebrating our family historians and the stories they uncover.
Join author and self-confessed family history addict Andrew Martin as he interviews a fellow addict about their passion for genealogy.
Each episode Andrew interviews a genealogy guest to find out how they got hooked, they then tell the life story of their most fascinatingly good, bad, or plain ugly relative, and then it's then it's time to face the dreaded 'Brick Wall' - the part of the show where you can try to help them break down their research 'brick wall'. As a parting gift, Andrew makes offers them a surprise that no family history fan could possibly turn down....
S01EP08 - The Epilogue
In this little bonus Series One episode - The Epilogue, we rejoin Episode 7 guest Pam Smith, and 19th century Hungarian revolutionary and poet Sándor Petőfi, just as an explosion leaves them both in danger in the garage, and Andrew has suddenly vanished....
Series One, Episode Eight
Andrew Martin (Host/Producer),
Pam Smith (Guest),
John Spike (Sándor Petőfi).
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S01EP07 - 'The Activist' with Pam Smith
In the seventh and final episode of this series (sorry folks!), host Andrew Martin meets Pam Smith, a family historian who went from hobbyist, to professional genealogist, and then to local historian. We'll find out how she made those moves, how she ended up co-founding the research site NameAndPlace.com, and her dual loves of North Yorkshire and heraldry.
Pam's choice of life story is that of her Great Great Uncle, Albert 'Ginger' Goodwin. Ginger left the collieries of Yorkshire behind and headed to Canada where he advanced his political activism until he met an untimely death. Pam will tell his incredible story, and his legacy that is still very much felt in the communities he stood up for even now, more than 100 years after his death.
The Brick Wall:
The hunt is on for Sir Richard Etherington of Rillington, North Yorkshire, England, as Pam explains her current Brick Wall. Aside from owning land and collecting his knighthood in 1603, it's his connection to other Etheringtons in the area that is baffling Pam. Do you have a connection to a Knight? Does he connect to the others? What are his origins?
Pam agrees to Andrew's offer of help, but something is about to go very wrong indeed...
Series 1, Episode 7.
Andrew Martin (Host, producer), Pam Smith (Guest), Eliot Lees, John Spike, Meg Spencer-Thomas (Additional sound production).
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S01EP06 - 'The Witness' with David Ryan
Host Andrew Martin is joined by David Ryan, an Irish family historian who discovered his passion for genealogy after studying for his MA in Medieval History. He'll be telling us how he made this transition, the challenges of researching family history in Ireland, and what it's like to work for Ancestry as one of their team of professional genealogists.
David has chosen to tell the life story of his Great Great Grandfather John Hyland. He'll explain the hardship that John was born into at the end of the devastating famine in the early 1850s, and the events that have since shaped Ireland in the 20th century - most of which were revealed by a chance discovery of a record in The National Folklore Collection.
The Brick Wall:
Family rumour has always said that David's paternal and maternal 3x Great Grandmothers - Honora and Bridget Williams, were sisters. They are both born in the 1820s, and both married in the 1840s, all in the village of Ballyporeen in County Tipperary, Ireland.
Were they sisters, or is it just a case of coincidence? Can you help David solve this old family story?
David isn't sure whether Andrew's offer of help will come to much, but he's in for a surprise...
Series 1, Episode 6.
Andrew Martin (host, producer), David Ryan (guest), Eliot Lees (additional sound production).
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S01EP05 - 'The Quack' with Valmay Young
In this episode, host Andrew Martin meets genealogist Valmay Young to find out how she got into researching her far-flung family tree. We'll also hear about what it's like to work for a county archives, and her work with the Families In British India Society (FIBIS).
Valmay chooses her 3x Gt Grandfather, Richard Sheridan Wardley. As you'll hear, he sounds like a complicated man, with regular vanishing acts, trips to the USA, his attempt to publish someone else's work, and more seriously, posing as a medical doctor. In the process, Valmay also quashed a family rumour about Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
The Brick Wall
Fred Beckwith is Valmay's 2x Gt Grandfather, and he's proving to be a mystery for her. Aside from his marriage to Selina Woolf at West Ham Registry Office in 1882, and his death in 1939, there seems to be no other trace of him. Where was his father Henry? Why is he so vague about addresses? Is Fred the link to Valmay's rumoured Romany ancestry?
Andrew tries to help Valmay with her breakthrough, but they're not alone in the garage....
Series One, Episode Five.
Andrew Martin (Host, producer), Valmay Young (Guest), Eliot Lees and John Spike (Additional Sound Production).
Show notes: https://familyhistoriespodcast.com/2021/06/29/s01ep05-the-quack-with-valmay-young/
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S01EP04 - 'The Entrepreneur' with Lisa Louise Cooke
In this episode, host Andrew is joined by family historian, author, lecturer, and podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems). She talks about how she got hooked on researching her own family history as a child.
Lisa chooses her husband's entrepreneurial grandfather Harry Cooke as her life story. We follow him from his beginnings in mid-19th century rural Huntingdonshire, to Kent in England, before a double family tragedy sends the family off for a brand new life in Canada.
The Brick Wall
The hunt is on for Lisa's great grandfather Gustaf Sporowski, born in Kotten in Kreis Johannisburg, East Prussia (modern-day Poland). Do you have any research ideas or clues that could help her demolish her research Brick Wall?
Andrew offers to help with Lisa's research by using something special he keeps in his garage. How could she refuse?
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S01EP03 - 'The Butcher' with George Hall
In this episode, host Andrew meets George Hall - a fairly recent convert to researching family history, who will talk about how he got into researching as a Generation Z genealogist. He'll explain what it's like to be a younger researcher, the tools he uses, and the work of The Hidden Branch, and his One-Place study.
Note: There is a background sound throughout this episode that was not detected whilst recording. Unfortunately despite our best efforts, we've not been able to remove it, and hope you will forgive us.
George chose to tell the life story of Henry Hopkinson, his 4x Great Grandfather, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, UK. Henry made it somehow from the textiles industry to becoming an empire-building Butcher, whilst doing his best to raise his family with his wife Agnes. This came with plenty of challenges, often seeing Henry falling foul of planning laws, fines, and money troubles.
The Brick Wall
It's off to census night 1871 in Sunderland, UK, where we hear about George's attempts to discover the origins of his 3x Great Grandfather James Conley. James seems to have origins in Ireland, but with a lack of clear evidence, a place name that doesn't seem to exist, and a mystery Catherine Collins, can you help George demolish this brick wall.
Credits: Series 1, Episode 3
Andrew Martin (Host and producer), George Hall (Guest), Eliot Lees (Additional sound production).
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