Author Archives: carolynn ni lochlainn

Podcast, Episode 8: Tell Me the Truth – Genealogy for Biographers

Biography can be really dry and boring stuff, a string of facts without seasoning or flavor. In this episode, I’ll teach you how to use genealogical research of your subject to add spice and life to a biographical book or project. I’ll tell you how I’m using it to write a book of my own, […]

Podcast, Episode 7: I Wish You Were Dead

I hate Valentine’s Day, so this holiday episode is all about death records. They rock my world. The focus is on Social Security and county-level death records, featuring my favorite: DEATH CERTIFICATES! Learn about the 6 W’s of assessing the purpose and value of a record before you ever use it, and then we’ll talk […]

Podcast, Episode 6: Don’t Be a Jeffrey

Genealogy is populated with lots of groovy people, and just enough Jeffreys doing things the wrong way to thoroughly annoy the rest of us. Don’t be a Jeffrey, be awesome! Follow the best practice and best evidence guidelines for Ancestry in this episode and you’ll go far, Cousin. Happy Black History Month to all. And […]

Podcast, Episode 5: Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch

“Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch” is about the pros and cons of using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, the two main family tree sites used by the majority of researchers I know. Each has assets and drawbacks, but they’re best used together. And get a load of my fan hot spots! All kinds of folks are tuning […]

Saturday, 4:10pm EST, catch me LIVE!

I’m being interviewed about “From Paper To People” LIVE – it’s the first Facebook Live Podethon with Richard Parr! See me at 4:10pm EST, and you might even witness a special appearance by Shukran the Wonder Kitty. Tap the photo for the live stream link, and sign up for a reminder.

Podcast, Episode 4: The Glory of the Story

“The Glory of the Story” is about the fun of gathering family stories. Folklore is great for finding facts and hints to start a tree, but it’s equally wonderful for entertainment and for preserving the memory of family elders for all generations, current and future, to enjoy. If your family tells stories, this is for […]

APB: Navy Discharge Papers FOUND

An Ancestry user has Navy discharge papers for Wendell Philip Albaugh. They were found on a front lawn in Rockport, Texas after Hurricane Harvey. If you know of anyone who would want them have them contact me through my website, through my Facebook page, or with a DM on Twitter and I will connect you.

Support my podcast on Patreon!

Now YOU can support Ancestors Alive!’s new podcast, From Paper To People, on Patreon! There are four support levels – Roots, Branches, Leaves and Blossoms – and each has its own reward. $5 per month: Roots are my base. Your support enters you in an annual (May) lottery for a free Ancestry tree (Ancestry.com membership not […]

Podcast, Episode 3: Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am

“Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am” is for EVERYBODY. If you’re doing research for yourself, or helping someone new start their own, this episode will help you to understand the whys and hows of using folklore-gathering skills to jumpstart your tree. I discuss a few examples of how folklore has helped me, and how asking […]

Podcast, Episode 2: From Paper To People

This episode is directed primarily toward European-American Mormons, but no matter what, you will get something out of it. I discuss the Mormon Law of Consecration and how I apply it to family history work and working with others; the differences between African-American and European American genealogy; and the specific case of my research on […]