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Research Like a Pro is a podcast about genealogy research methodology. Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer of FamilyLocket.com discuss how to take your family history research to the next level and uncover more of your family tree. Learn about research objectives, analysis, locality research, research planning, source citations, report writing, case studies, and more. Diana and Nicole are the mother-daughter team at FamilyLocket.com and the creators of the Amazon bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide. Diana created the Research Like a Pro method after becoming an Accredited Genealogy professional through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Discover the process that a professional genealogist uses and make progress on your own brick walls.

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Research Like a Pro is a podcast about genealogy research methodology. Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer of FamilyLocket.com discuss how to take your family history research to the next level and uncover more of your family tree. Learn about research objectives, analysis, locality research, research planning, source citations, report writing, case studies, and more. Diana and Nicole are the mother-daughter team at FamilyLocket.com and the creators of the Amazon bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide. Diana created the Research Like a Pro method after becoming an Accredited Genealogy professional through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Discover the process that a professional genealogist uses and make progress on your own brick walls.

    Naturalization Records Part 3

    Naturalization Records Part 3

    Today's episode of Research Like a Pro we delve into the intricacies of naturalization records, with a special focus on 20th-century cases. A significant part of the episode is dedicated to a case study of Adolph Salmon, a German immigrant. We discuss how Diana traced his naturalization journey through various records, including census data, newspapers, and court documents. We highlight the significance of creating timelines and merging information from diverse sources to reveal a comprehensive story of an ancestor's life and their path to citizenship.
    Links
    Back to the Basics with Naturalization Records: Part 3 - https://familylocket.com/back-to-the-basics-with-naturalization-records-part-3/ 
    Naturalization Records -https://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/naturalization
    Missouri, U.S., Western District Naturalization Index, 1840-1990 - https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2494/ 
    Sponsor – Newspapers.com
    For listeners of this podcast, Newspapers.com is offering new subscribers 20% off a Publisher Extra subscription so you can start exploring today. Just use the code “FamilyLocket” at checkout. 
    Research Like a Pro Resources
    Airtable Research Logs Quick Reference - by Nicole Dyer - https://familylocket.com/product/airtable-research-logs-for-genealogy-quick-reference/
    Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide book by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
    14-Day Research Like a Pro Challenge Workbook - digital - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-digital-only/ and spiral bound - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-spiral-bound/ 
    Research Like a Pro Webinar Series 2024 - monthly case study webinars including documentary evidence and many with DNA evidence - https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-webinar-series-2024/ 
    Research Like a Pro eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
    RLP Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-study-group/
    Research Like a Pro with DNA Resources
    Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist's Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence book by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin - https://amzn.to/3gn0hKx
    Research Like a Pro with DNA eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-ecourse/
    RLP with DNA Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-study-group/
    Thank you
    Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:
    Write a review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!
    Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.
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    Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_podcasts/

    • 40 min
    Naturalization Records Part 2

    Naturalization Records Part 2

    Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about the evolution of naturalization laws in the U.S., tracing how these laws have shaped the process of becoming an American citizen from the country's early days to the modern era. By examining specific acts from 1790 through to the 20th century, we shed light on the legal landscape that our ancestors navigated as they sought to establish new lives in America. This exploration not only aids us in understanding the context of our ancestors' experiences but also provides valuable insights into the legal context of naturalization records, which are crucial sources for genealogical research.
    Links
    Blog Back to the Basics with Naturalization Records: Part 2 - https://familylocket.com/back-to-the-basics-with-naturalization-records-part-2/ 
    Airtable Universe - Nicole's Templates - https://www.airtable.com/universe/creator/usrsBSDhwHyLNnP4O/nicole-dyer 
    Updated Airtable Templates:
    FAN Club 2.0 Genealogy Research Log Template - https://www.airtable.com/universe/expnrFqMGyKYLe5ge/fan-club-20-genealogy-research-log-template
    RLP with DNA 4.0 (2024) Research Log - https://www.airtable.com/universe/expy4V9HzRUxtJLvh/rlp-with-dna-research-log-2022 (updated from 2022 and 2023)
    Sponsor – Newspapers.com
    For listeners of this podcast, Newspapers.com is offering new subscribers 20% off a Publisher Extra subscription so you can start exploring today. Just use the code “FamilyLocket” at checkout. 
    Research Like a Pro Resources
    Airtable Research Logs Quick Reference - by Nicole Dyer - https://familylocket.com/product/airtable-research-logs-for-genealogy-quick-reference/
    Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide book by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
    14-Day Research Like a Pro Challenge Workbook - digital - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-digital-only/ and spiral bound - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-spiral-bound/ 
    Research Like a Pro Webinar Series 2024 - monthly case study webinars including documentary evidence and many with DNA evidence - https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-webinar-series-2024/ 
    Research Like a Pro eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
    RLP Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-study-group/
    Research Like a Pro with DNA Resources
    Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist's Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence book by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin - https://amzn.to/3gn0hKx
    Research Like a Pro with DNA eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-ecourse/
    RLP with DNA Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-study-group/
    Thank you
    Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:
    Write a review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!
    Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.
    Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
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    Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_podcasts/
     

    • 26 min
    Naturalization Records Part 1

    Naturalization Records Part 1

    Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about naturalization records in the United States. We review the genealogical information naturalization records can hold, and discuss various records created in the process. We talk about Declarations of Intention (first papers), Petitions for Naturalization (second or final papers), and Certificates of Naturalization. We also go over the use of census records for clues about naturalization status, including columns for alien status, declaration of intent filed, and naturalized status, across various census years. An example is our ancestor, William Beddoes, and his naturalization in Utah.
    Links
    Back to the Basics with Naturalization Records: Part 1 - https://familylocket.com/back-to-the-basics-with-naturalization-records-part-1/ 
    Airtable Universe - Nicole's Templates - https://www.airtable.com/universe/creator/usrsBSDhwHyLNnP4O/nicole-dyer 
    Updated Airtable Templates:
    FAN Club 2.0 Genealogy Research Log Template - https://www.airtable.com/universe/expnrFqMGyKYLe5ge/fan-club-20-genealogy-research-log-template
    RLP with DNA 4.0 (2024) Research Log - https://www.airtable.com/universe/expy4V9HzRUxtJLvh/rlp-with-dna-research-log-2022 (updated from 2022 and 2023)
    Sponsor – Newspapers.com
    For listeners of this podcast, Newspapers.com is offering new subscribers 20% off a Publisher Extra subscription so you can start exploring today. Just use the code “FamilyLocket” at checkout. 
    Research Like a Pro Resources
    Airtable Research Logs Quick Reference - by Nicole Dyer - https://familylocket.com/product/airtable-research-logs-for-genealogy-quick-reference/
    Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide book by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
    14-Day Research Like a Pro Challenge Workbook - digital - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-digital-only/ and spiral bound - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-spiral-bound/ 
    Research Like a Pro Webinar Series 2024 - monthly case study webinars including documentary evidence and many with DNA evidence - https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-webinar-series-2024/ 
    Research Like a Pro eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
    RLP Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-study-group/
    Research Like a Pro with DNA Resources
    Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist's Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence book by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin - https://amzn.to/3gn0hKx
    Research Like a Pro with DNA eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-ecourse/
    RLP with DNA Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-study-group/
    Thank you
    Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:
    Write a review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!
    Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.
    Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of new episodes - https://familylocket.com/sign-up/
    Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_podcasts/
     

    • 28 min
    William Henry Kelsey Jr. - Tradesman and Entrepreneur

    William Henry Kelsey Jr. - Tradesman and Entrepreneur

    In today's episode of Research Like a Pro, we delve into the life of William Henry Kelsey Jr. (1856-1918), exploring his various roles as a tradesman, entrepreneur, and homesteader. His ventures in the sawmill industry, wholesale fruit and berry business, and homesteading in Idaho are thoroughly examined. Personal accounts from his children enrich our understanding of his experiences and contributions. We also consider his impact on his family and community, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.
    As genealogists, it's fascinating for us to dive into specific aspects of our ancestors' lives, such as their business pursuits. These explorations not only uncover the economic and social contexts of their times but also bring us closer to understanding their personal stories and contributions to their communities.
    Links
    William Henry Kelsey Jr. (1856-1918) Tradesman and Entrepreneur - https://familylocket.com/william-henry-kelsey-jr-1856-1918-tradesman-and-entrepreneur/ 
    Family History Serendipity: Revisiting the House That William H. Kelsey Built - https://familylocket.com/family-history-serendipity-revisiting-the-house-that-william-h-kelsey-built/
     Effie Kelsey, “William Henry Kelsey Jr., FamilySearch -  https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/4172671 
    Sponsor – Newspapers.com
    For listeners of this podcast, Newspapers.com is offering new subscribers 20% off a Publisher Extra subscription so you can start exploring today. Just use the code “FamilyLocket” at checkout. 
    Research Like a Pro Resources
    Airtable Research Logs Quick Reference - by Nicole Dyer - https://familylocket.com/product/airtable-research-logs-for-genealogy-quick-reference/
    Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide book by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
    14-Day Research Like a Pro Challenge Workbook - digital - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-digital-only/ and spiral bound - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-spiral-bound/ 
    Research Like a Pro Webinar Series 2024 - monthly case study webinars including documentary evidence and many with DNA evidence - https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-webinar-series-2024/ 
    Research Like a Pro eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
    RLP Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-study-group/
    Research Like a Pro with DNA Resources
    Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist's Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence book by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin - https://amzn.to/3gn0hKx
    Research Like a Pro with DNA eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-ecourse/
    RLP with DNA Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-study-group/
    Thank you
    Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:
    Write a review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!
    Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.
    Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of new episodes - https://familylocket.com/sign-up/
    Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_podcasts/
     

    • 27 min
    Nancy E. Briscoe and the Civil War

    Nancy E. Briscoe and the Civil War

    In today's episode of Research Like a Pro, we explore the life of Nancy Briscoe Fraser during the Civil War. We focus on the often overlooked experiences of women in this era, specifically examining Nancy's life in the Ozarks. We discuss her marriage to a Confederate soldier amidst the conflict and her life after the war. This conversation emphasizes the resilience of women like Nancy during the Civil War and highlights the importance of uncovering and understanding the stories of our ancestors.
    Links
    Nancy E. (Briscoe) Frazier, 1847-1924: The Disaster of the Civil War in the Ozarks - https://familylocket.com/nancy-e-briscoe-frazier-1847-1924-the-disaster-of-the-civil-war-in-the-ozarks/ 
    Russell Perkins. “Marmaduke, John S.” Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865. The Kansas City Public Library. (http://www.civilwaronthewesternborder.org/encyclopedia/marmaduke-john-s).
    McDonald and Newton County Sections : of Goodspeed’s Newton, Lawrence, Barry and McDonald Counties History. McDonald County Historical Society (Missouri), 1972. Digitized book on FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1878958).
    J.A. Sturges. Illustrated History of McDonald County, Missouri, From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Pineville, Missouri: Sturges, 1897. Affiliate link to Amazon: https://amzn.to/48WpDJ0
    Sponsor – Newspapers.com
    For listeners of this podcast, Newspapers.com is offering new subscribers 20% off a Publisher Extra subscription so you can start exploring today. Just use the code “FamilyLocket” at checkout. 
    Research Like a Pro Resources
    Airtable Research Logs Quick Reference - by Nicole Dyer - https://familylocket.com/product/airtable-research-logs-for-genealogy-quick-reference/
    Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide book by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
    14-Day Research Like a Pro Challenge Workbook - digital - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-digital-only/ and spiral bound - https://familylocket.com/product/14-day-research-like-a-pro-challenge-workbook-spiral-bound/ 
    Research Like a Pro Webinar Series 2024 - monthly case study webinars including documentary evidence and many with DNA evidence - https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-webinar-series-2024/ 
    Research Like a Pro eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
    RLP Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-study-group/
    Research Like a Pro with DNA Resources
    Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist's Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence book by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin - https://amzn.to/3gn0hKx
    Research Like a Pro with DNA eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-ecourse/
    RLP with DNA Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-study-group/
    Thank you
    Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:
    Write a review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!
    Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.
    Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of new episodes - https://familylocket.com/sign-up/
    Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_podcasts/
     

    • 29 min
    Exploring New Tools at Living DNA

    Exploring New Tools at Living DNA

    Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about the new DNA tools at LivingDNA. Initially, we discuss our personal projects and thoughts on time management, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing life goals and projects. We then shift to the main topic: our experience with LivingDNA's new tools, specifically the chromosome browser and the Matchbox. We explain how these tools help in organizing DNA match lists and provide insights into ancestral connections. LivingDNA's unique feature of giving detailed biogeographical breakdowns, particularly for British Isles ancestry, is highlighted.
    A case study is presented where Diana uses these tools to identify a mystery DNA match. By filtering out small segments and focusing on larger ones, she successfully imports data into a chromosome map on DNA Painter. This process aids in distinguishing between maternal and paternal matches. Diana illustrates how analyzing shared centimorgans and geographical regions, along with using tools like Lucidchart and ancestry trees, can confirm hypotheses about family connections. We conclude by emphasizing the benefits of using multiple DNA databases for comprehensive genealogical research, noting the unique information each provides. 
    Links
    Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman - https://amzn.to/3HasTon (affiliate link)
    Exploring New Tools at Living DNA: Chromosome Browser and Matchbox by Diana - https://familylocket.com/exporing-new-tools-at-living-dna-chromosome-browser-and-matchbox/
    LivingDNA - https://livingdna.com/ 
    Sponsor – Newspapers.com
    For listeners of this podcast, Newspapers.com is offering new subscribers 20% off a Publisher Extra subscription so you can start exploring today. Just use the code “FamilyLocket” at checkout. 
    Research Like a Pro Resources
    Airtable Research Logs Quick Reference - by Nicole Dyer - https://familylocket.com/product/airtable-research-logs-for-genealogy-quick-reference/
    Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide book by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com - https://amzn.to/2x0ku3d
    Research Like a Pro Webinar Series 2023 - monthly case study webinars including documentary evidence and many with DNA evidence - https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-webinar-series-2023/ 
    Research Like a Pro eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-e-course/
    RLP Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-study-group/
    Research Like a Pro with DNA Resources
    Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist's Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence book by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin - https://amzn.to/3gn0hKx
    Research Like a Pro with DNA eCourse - independent study course -  https://familylocket.com/product/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-ecourse/
    RLP with DNA Study Group - upcoming group and email notification list - https://familylocket.com/services/research-like-a-pro-with-dna-study-group/
    Thank you
    Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:
    Write a review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!
    Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.
    Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of new episodes - https://familylocket.com/sign-up/
    Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts - https://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_podcasts/

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
225 Ratings

225 Ratings

Lefteardud ,

Love this show

I absolutely love the content of this show. Been listening for at least a year. The genealogical research is done so carefully, and we’ll shared.

I will say, I often listen to podcasts while I’m out and about (gym, commute), and I would maybe point out to hosts that the volume seems much much lower than other podcasts. Perhaps a tweak of the audio might be in order?

OsCookie ,

Research like a pro with DNA

I enjoyed your course on DNA and listening to your inspiring podcasts. The challenge is to take all this wonderful information and apply it to my own research and reports.

Jfcd ,

One of the best!

Whether you are new to family history, or have been collecting ancestors for years, you will become a better researcher just by listening to the numerous topics of interest on this weekly podcast “Research Like A Pro.” Diana and Nicole are a great teaching team who break down the most complicated subjects into easy to understand pieces. Additionally, blog posts, research aids, and links to genealogical resources such as their newsletter can be found on their website Family Locket.

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