The Your Pennsylvania Ancestors podcast Season 2’s theme is “Take a Second Look.” When we research our ancestors we have the opportunity to go farther than just names, dates, and places. What’s possible when we stand in someone else’s shoes and look at the world through someone else eyes?
Season 2 is full of resources and tips to go deeper into our ancestors lives. Learn how to use historical sources to give context to places and times, and see how using local resources that are off-line help break down brick walls. The season begins with three stories shared by listeners of times their ancestors lived through pandemics and how it strengthened them during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
Episode 14: Ancestors’ Stories Part 1 & Get Started with Journaling
Part 1 of my three part series on Ancestors’ Stories: “Be gracious…be caring…be that helping hand” is what genealogist Heather Wylie learned from her ancestors. Listen to her stories and get started with 14 Days of Journaling.
Episode 15: Ancestors’ Stories Part 2 & Finding Ancestors’ Journals
Part 2 of my three part series on Ancestors’ Stories: “People do hard things all the time and we can too” is what genealogist Julie Medlock Flake learned from her ancestors. Listen to her stories and then learn how to find if your ancestors have letters and journals in archives.
Episode 16: Ancestors’ Stories Part 3 & Finding PA Newspapers
Part 3 of my three part series on Ancestors’ Stories: “Hold fast in your faith or whatever goodness and kindness you believe in” is what genealogist and social historian Lauren Peightel learned from her ancestors. Listen to Lauren’s stories and then learn how to find your ancestor’s community newspapers.
Episode 17: Becoming a Better Researcher & PA German Research
Denys never thought that journaling through today’s current events would make her a better researcher, but 2020 is full of surprises.
Episode 18: Berks History Center with Charlie Adams
Pennsylvania’s local county historical societies are chock-full of learning for genealogists. In this episode Denys interviews Charlie Adams, author, historian, story teller, and story collector on what Berks History Center offers.
Episode 19: Genohistory with Donna Cox Baker
In 2020 Donna Cox Baker launched Genohistory on Purpose, combining her passions for genealogy and history. If you are a genealogist who loves hanging out with your ancestors in their time and place, you just might be a genohistorian.
Episode 20: What’s a Prothonotary with Jonathan Del Collo
If you’ve been wondering, “What is a Prothonotary?”, this episode is for you. Jonathan Del Collo is the Prothonotary for Berks County, PA and he explains what his office does and the records they have for genealogists.
Episode 21: Break Through Brick Walls with Berks County Genealogical Society
The local genealogical societies around Pennsylvania are experts on local records and history. Michelle Ebert, Board Member of Berks County Genealogical Society, gives researchers methods on how to solve brick wall problems using local records.
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