Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Beginnings in Family Research

Hi fellow family history traveler. Glad to have you along on this journey! Though I began in land research in the old Fairfax County, Virginia Courthouse, it wasn't until my Aunt Jan and Cousin Michael showed me the family genealogy they had and are still performing on my mom, Phyllis', side of the family, that I really got hooked. Add to that BYU TV's
"The Generations Project", PBS's "Faces of America" and the now infamous show on NBC, "Who Do You Think You Are?", and well, it became almost an immediate obsession. I may have had courthouse research experience in land transactions, but genealogy was a different animal. So, I immediately "Googled" genealogy and through various clicks came across a few sites and subsequent pod casts that I would recommend, especially to the newbie, but actually also to the well worn researcher. My list of current favorites are:

Genealogy Gems by Lisa Louise Cooke ... wow what I've learned from her! I don't know her personal history, but I would not be surprised to find that she was a teacher, and a favorite one at that! You will find her at highly recommend her site and podcasts. One of her recent interviews with PBS's own History Detective's Tukufu Zuberi (Professor of Sociology, Author) was so uplifting and informative. You'll find her videos on YouTube, also. Check her out.

The Genealogy Guys with George G. Morgan and Drew Smith....Evidently, The Genealogy Guys Podcast is the longest running regular weekly podcast in the world. They share their vast knowledge on their pod cast with a friendly banter between themselves (along with Fletcher, Tosca and Rex the wonder cat), that will include current news in genealogy, listener emails, and among other things, the latest genealogical events The most current of which I am aware is the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree going on June 11, 12 and 13th 2010! Sure wish I could be there. You will find them on-line at

And lastly for today's blog and actually the one that first got me started on my way is, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is one of the partners who started Roots Television, and you may have seen her on the "Who Do You Think You Are" episode with the wonderful, Emmit Smith, explaining his DNA. You will find short videos on various subjects, events and interviews given in much like the YouTube format. I could watch for hours...oh, yes.....well, I guess I have!

I hope you will check out the above sites and pod casts. They are up on their game and are current with the modern trends in genealogy. And, they are just alot of fun to hang out with, cyber space and pod cast world speaking!

Next time, I plan on sharing other favorite sites/pod casts as well as some "tips and tricks" I've gleaned from these and other expositors of wisdom. And of course, though the learning is fun, what it all comes down to is family, and I will share where I am now in my research and would love comments from any interested reader on their genealogy journey.

Thanks so much for being here and I sure look forward to hearing from you!

Kim a/k/a KimmyT!


  1. Thanks so much for the shout out KimmyT! I'm so glad that you found genealogy and caught the bug. Wishing you great success with your new blog!

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  3. Thanks Lisa! Couldn't have done it without watching your great YouTube made it so easy. I'll be listening and watching :)

  4. Kim, This looks really good. Can't wait to see what's next. Mike

  5. Glad you came by, Mike! I understand that Karen and Rory's Tim has the bug, too! We need to compare notes with him, also...though you may already have :)
    Did you have any luck with the link I sent you this weekend? It really helped to give me the father's name on one of my people. That and the City Directory have helped me narrow down the date of death for the father, thought I couldn't find it on-line. I'm actually thinking of using that scenario for next week's blog to go over the use of City Directories and the LDS site in conjunction with the census. Sometimes you have to utilize all of them to see the bigger picture.
    Talk to you soon and thanks again for stopping by!

  6. So I have to say, I truly did enjoy this read. It gave lots of good information. I can't wait to see your next blog, I know you've got some good tips for getting started. Way to make an interactive blog, love it!

  7. by the way, it's Kathryn, I'm signed in under Cole's gmail :)