Hear about the best genealogy tools and tips directly from Family Tree Magazine’s editors and experts! Tune in to the Family Tree Podcast for a dose of genealogy education and fun.
In this monthly online radio show, host Lisa Louise Cooke takes you behind the scenes to learn more about genealogy topics from our magazine, courses and more. Each episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree editors on using genealogy websites, records and resources, along with sneak peeks at the latest tools from Family Tree. Listen to our most recent episodes, or subscribe to listen on your favorite podcast service. Share your story with us! If you have a family history discovery you’d like to share on the podcast, email us at FamilyTree@Yankeepub.com.
All Podcast Episodes
Episode 161: Find German-Speaking Ancestors Outside Germany – An Interview with James Beidler | May 2022
In this episode, James Beidler offers practical tips for tracking down German-speaking ancestors who lived outside Germany. Plus: learn how to preserve special family treasures and navigate David Rumsey’s Map Collections Project, a priceless genealogical tool.
Episode 160: Become a 20th Century Census Expert — An Interview with Gena Philibert-Ortega | April 2022
In this episode, Gena Philibert-Ortega joins us to discuss the importance of understanding 20th century census records as genealogists. Plus: we explore how to participate in the indexing of the 1950 census and sniff out both facts and fictions in family stories.
In this episode we’re getting ready for the release of the 1950 census by learning how to research ancestors through the 1940s, as well as how to find your ancestors’ Enumeration District with Steve Morse’s One-Step Webpages. Plus, unlikely sources for family photos and much more!
Episode 158: Overcoming Challenges in African American Genealogy Research — An Interview with Shamele Jordon | February 2022
In this episode, Family Tree University instructor Shamele Jordon joins us to discuss challenges in African American genealogy research and how family historians can overcome them. Plus we explore websites for French genealogy records, newspaper research and a new online storytelling tool.
Have you ever wondered what it would take to become a forensic genealogist? In this episode, Dr. Claire Glynn joins us to discuss a new program that trains participants how to apply genetic and traditional genealogy to forensic investigations. Plus: genealogy writing strategies, Findmypast tips and much more.
In this episode, our host Lisa Louise Cooke and her guests discuss what archival supplies you need to safely protect and preserve your family history. Plus, editor Andrew Koch reviews the most significant genealogy news in 2021 and looks looks ahead to what’s new in 2022. Listen for all this and more, and set yourself up for genealogy success in the new year!
Episode 155: Researching Ancestors Among the Five Tribes — An Interview with Judy Muhn | November 2021
In this episode, genealogist and author Judy Nimer Muhn discusses how to research ancestors who who belonged to one of the United States’ five largest indigenous tribes today: Navajo, Cherokee, Sioux, Chippewa and Choctaw. Plus, Diahan Southard is back to shed some light on DNA Painter and what third-party DNA tools can tell you about your genetic ancestry.
In this spooky episode of the Family Tree Podcast, we learn how to locate and use historical obituaries for genealogy research. We’ll also compare the the three major cemetery websites and take a closer look at the origins of Halloween. Join our host Lisa Louise Cooke and her guests as we explore these topics and much more.
Do you feel a spiritual connection to your ancestors? In this episode, our host Lisa Louise Cooke interviews author Lori Erickson about the connection between genealogy and spirituality. Plus, our DNA expert Diahan Southard is back to discuss how and why ethnicity estimates change, and we take a look at a Facebook group that returns lost family heirlooms to their rightful homes.
In this episode of the Family Tree Podcast, Lisa interviews author Helen Parker-Drabble about how so-called “modern” mental health problems like anxiety or depression shaped the lives of our ancestors, and how understanding their experiences can benefit future generations. Plus, our DNA expert is back and we chat with Devon Lee of the YouTube channel Family History Fanatics.
At Family Tree Magazine we like to shine a light on the most important sources for your genealogical research, and marriage records rank right up there at the top of the list. In this episode, Lisa is joined by Amanda Epperson to discuss how and why to research marriage records. Plus, our DNA expert is back to explain why you should upload your tree to your DNA test results.
Scanning documents and photos is an important step in preserving family history – but what about those items that are hard to scan (like slides and photo negatives)? In this episode, learn how to scan these items and overcome more common scanning challenges.
In this episode, join our host Lisa Louise Cooke and her guests as they discuss strategies for researching indentured servants, websites for Jewish genealogy research and so much more.
This month’s podcast features an in-depth look at the vast genealogy resources available at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Librarian Allison Singleton joins Lisa to discuss how this library can help anyone on their genealogy journey, no matter where they are. Plus, our DNA expert is back to discuss chromosome browsers, author David Fryxell shares his favorite websites for Civil War research, and much more.
In this episode, Lisa and her guests explore records and resources for tracing Irish ancestry. Plus, our DNA expert explains how to interpret your ethnicity results.
Episode 146: RootsTech Goes Virtual – An Interview with Jen Allen on RootsTech Connect | February 2021
The biggest genealogy event of the year has gone virtual! Lisa talks with RootsTech’s Jen Allen to see what participants can expect from RootsTech Connect. Plus, our DNA expert sheds some light on re-testing, and we get an inside look at the Freedmen’s Bureau records available on FamilySearch.
In this episode, we’re bringing you some of our favorite free genealogy resources and money-saving tips so you can start your year off strong (without breaking the bank). Plus, our DNA expert discusses how transferring your raw data can be a money-saving technique for acquiring more DNA matches.
Episode 144: How to Handle Difficult or Uncomfortable Facts When Writing Family History | December 2020
Lisa interviews author Annette Gendler about how to address difficult or uncomfortable information when writing your family’s history. Plus, tips from our DNA expert on how to persuade relatives to take a DNA test, as well as a closer look at the genealogy resources available at the State Library of Pennsylvania.
Chris Child, editor of the Mayflower Descendant journal, joins Lisa to discuss strategies genealogists can use to discover their connection to the Mayflower passengers. Plus, our DNA expert is back to talk about how to understand missing or unexpected matches in your DNA test results, and much more!
Author Joy Neighbors joins Lisa to talk about cemetery research and how you can use gravestone symbols to discover more about your ancestors. Plus, our DNA experts discusses testing deceased relatives and we explore strategies for success on Find a Grave.
In this month’s episode, Lisa talks with genealogist and librarian Daniel Klein about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected genealogy research and what genealogy will look like in the future. Plus, our DNA expert is back with tips on ethnicity estimates, and Lisa shares some of her favorite genealogy apps.
Episode 140: Becoming a Professional Genealogist – An Interview with Diana Elder (AG) and Nicole Dyer | August 2020
Mother-and-daughter genealogy team Diana Elder (AG) and Nicole Dyer join Lisa to discuss the process of becoming a professional genealogist. Our DNA expert Diahan provides organizational strategies for DNA matches, and author Rick Crume gives us a closer look at the digitized newspapers available on GenealogyBank.
Episode 139: A Closer Look at NBC’s “Roots Less Traveled” – An Interview with Host Faruq Tauheed | July 2020
Lisa interviews Faruq Tauheed, host of the NBC TV series “Roots Less Traveled” about the show and his own genealogy journey. Plus, highlights from the 101 Best Websites for Genealogy and a look at the burgeoning market of health-focused DNA tests.
Lisa interviews Brian Sheffey, author of the book Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History. Listen for practical tips you can apply to your genealogy research, plus the latest edition of our 101 Best Websites for Genealogy and much more.
Episode 137: How to Capture Family Stories Before They’re Lost – An Interview with Rachael Rifkin | May 2020
This episode, Lisa talks with author Rachael Rifkin about preserving our family history before it’s lost to time. Plus: some great online writing tools and pointers from our DNA expert on opting in (or out) of DNA research studies.
This month Lisa interviews author Libby Copeland on her new book The Lost Family and discusses how consumer DNA tests are changing the way we think of family relationships. Plus: a look at the reliability of DNA, free DNA websites and more.
Join Lisa and her guests as she discusses unusual and underused records for researching your female ancestors. Plus: Dutch genealogy websites, genetic communities, and a few great genealogy accounts to follow on social media.
This month, Lisa is joined by contributing editor Sunny Morton to discuss key strategies for researching enslaved African American ancestors. Plus, a quick tutorial on RootsTech apps from FamilySearch’s Jen Allen, tips for deciphering shared matches in your DNA and much more.
In this episode, founding Family Tree Magazine editor David A. Fryxell reflects on the past 20 years in the genealogy world and shares his favorite timeless genealogy problem-solving strategies.
Join Lisa and her guests for an update on Family Tree Magazine’s new edition of the best state websites for genealogy!
The podcast is back and better than ever with new tips, tricks and interviews with the experts. Join Lisa as she tackles perfect photo books and much more.
Discover valuable resources for online records with this month’s genealogy podcast.
Add these genealogy problem-solving tricks and strategies to your research arsenal with this February 2019 podcast.
Get the key genealogy organization tricks to make 2019 your best year yet.
2018 has been a busy year in the genealogy world! We’re wrapping it up with a recap, and chatting about what we look forward to in 2019. Join us!
This episode is all about UK ancestry. Lisa and her guests discuss the best UK websites, the genes that make up the British Isles, and much more!
Learn strategies for your biggest genealogy problems, discussing the difference between DNA types and looking at FamilySearch’s Communities.
This month we’re discussing unusual immigration records, plus find out which websites are best for saving and sharing your research.
Recorded live at the FGS conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, it’s our annual Best Genealogy Websites episode. We’re discussing our 101 best sites list, interviewing Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage, chatting with Rick Voight from Vivid-Pix and much more. Don’t miss this episode!
In this month’s podcast, we’re not only discussing DNA and adoption, but also premiering several new segments.
The Family Tree Podcast is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Join us as we discuss some of our favorite stories and interviews from the last decade.
Need help deciding which DNA test is right for you? In this month’s podcast we’ll share tips for selecting your test. We’re also discussing Family Tree Magazine‘s new look. Join us!
Ready to dive into Ancestry.com? Grab your headphones and join Lisa and her guests as they discuss top tips for maximizing the site.
This month Lisa focuses on online family trees. We’ll be discussing tips for digitizing your history, MyHeritage’s tree hints, and much more!
This month is all about genetic genealogy. We’ll be discussing Ancestry.com’s new Migrations tool, top DNA websites, and much more!
Our January Podcast is all about famous family trees. Join Lisa as she discusses heraldry and the upcoming royal wedding.
In our December 2017 podcast, we’ll be discussing DNA and adoption, plus some of our favorite things from 2017!
In our November 2017 podcast, Lisa shares tips on creating a family history book, plus websites for sharing your family history.
Lisa investigates tips for breaking down brick walls, knowing when to hire an expert, and chats with the FTU Dean.
Lisa discusses the 101 Best Genealogy Sites of 2017, along with interviews from the editors of Family Tree Magazine.
Learn what you can expect from the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference, including previews of what you learn and how to make the most of the experience.
Lisa dives into the topic of DNA testing, from the latest news from two of the best-known companies, getting started, and working with your results.
In this podcast episode, we talk about using old maps and mapping tools to learn more about your ancestors through the places they’ve lived and loved.
In this May 2017 podcast episode, host Lisa Louise Cooke brings in genealogy research experts Claire Santry and James Beidler to talk about researching ethnic heritage.
Learn how to research your ancestors during World War I.
In this genealogy podcast episode, discover fabulous online resources for finding your family history and working with the ones you frequent.
In this month’s podcast, we celebrate Black History Month with tips for finding your African-American ancestors.
Kick off the year with these tips to formulate your plan for successful genealogy research.
In this December podcast, we explore state-based genealogy research and the available tools and techniques for discovering our U.S. ancestors.
Gain invaluable insight into the lives of your ancestors by learning how to use social history to reconstruct their neighborhoods, find new records, and more.
Learn all about what cemetery records you can find and how they can benefit your genealogy research in this month’s podcast.
Family Tree Magazine is celebrating our 100th episode with this special, hour-long podcast. From unusual surnames to special censuses, get the great genealogy search tips and tools, we revisit five highlights from the past few years.
In this episode, Lisa Louise Cooke and company discuss the best genealogy websites for 2016, recently published by Family Tree Magazine.
The secret to great genealogy: Learn how to organize your family history research! This episode is all about organization tips, tools and techniques.
Follow along with Family Tree University and host Lisa Louise Cooke as we cover the essentials of researching your ancestors’ military service.
Get genealogy tips for researching those hard-to-find ancestors: using newspaper archives, finding missing people in the census and more.
In this episode, get the scoop on tracing your immigrant ancestors, from tips on finding German and Eastern European ancestors, to tracing your Irish roots.
Learn about some great online tools, apps and resources you can use in your genealogy research.
Get the best genealogy research tips and tools for searching your family’s last names – from how to handle common surnames to using of geographical data.
Set yourself up to make your genealogy research efforts successful in 2016, with ideas for organizing, researching and more!
In this month’s episode, wrap up the year with Lisa Louise Cooke and her tips on using the cloud to back up your genealogy research online.
In this month’s episode, learn how to break down those brick walls in your family tree with fantastic tips and tools from Lisa Louise Cooke and her guests.
Join Lisa Louise Cooke and guest Sunny Morton to learn 4 tips to learn how to use courthouse records in your family search and create a research plan.
This episode is all about getting organized so you can quickly store and secure your genealogical findings and build your genealogy portfolio.
Get the scoop on the 101 best websites in genealogy and search strategies for maximizing your investigations.
This month, learn how to start searching for your family history with hints from Discover Your Roots, Instant Discoveries on MyHeritage and more.
This month’s theme is Rooting Out Research Mistakes. Lisa interviews contributing editors for tips on how to keep your genealogy clean of errors.
This month we have tips on photo organizing secrets, 25 keepsake family photo projects and Lisa provides strategies for navigating the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
Lisa interviews guests about key strategies for creating simple source citations. Plus, Lisa walks through how to use WorldCat’s source documentation tool.
Lisa interviews guests about mapping strategies and websites to find and use old maps like HistoryGeo, David Rumsey and Google Earth, and more.
This month’s theme is Online Genealogy Hints and Hacks. We talk about tips for sites from Google to Facebook to FamilySearch.org.
In the 15th Anniversary episode of the podcast, host Lisa Louise Cooke asks the editors and writers of Family Tree Magazine to reminisce about the past decade and a half in genealogy, and to speculate on the future of family history.
We’ll discuss major genealogy news to happen in 2014, the best family history websites of 2014, and tips from the best webinars to take place this year.
Special guest CeCe Moore discusses what it’s like to research for the PBS show “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”
This month we’re haunting ancestral cemeteries! Analyze ancestral tombstones, find obituaries online and learn how to make a cemetery research trip.
This month is all about Genealogy Preparedness. Learn how to backup your research, archive physical files and ensure long-term preservation of your genealogy.
Listen for highlights from our 15th annual listing of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites.
In this month’s episode, learn all about Ancestry.com including the site’s recent attack from hackers and about the retirement of popular Ancestry.com services.
This month’s theme is Tracing Military Ancestors. Learn how to find info on your female veteran ancestors, what military records you can find and much more.
Prepare for your summer genealogy road trips and tours with this episode, including what to pack and the best apps for researching on the road.
For many genealogists, the goal of their research is to share it with future generations. This month, learn about some helpful tools for doing just that.
Because brick walls are such a consistent nuisance for genealogists, learn how to combat them with the latest tips and tricks from the experts.
On the heels of the annual RootsTech conference, learn about the latest high-tech research tools, including the massive databases on Ancestry.com.
In honor of the 175th Anniversary of Photography, learn about the history of photography as well as photo editing and retouching for genealogists.
Learn about the best state websites for your genealogy and go inside the wealth of information at the Kentucky Historical Society.
Learn about your immigrant ancestors with tips and tricks for researching Germany, Norway, the Czech Republic and more.
It’s Family History Month! This episode, learn how to convert old home videos, organize your genealogy and how to use the site Tribal Pages.
This month’s theme is Genealogy and Geography. Learn how to trace your ancestral village, how to add “local flavor” to your genealogy and more.
Learn about some of this year’s best websites, including the Newberry Library, FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com and My Genealogy Hound.
Learn how to find your Gettysburg ancestors, honor the battlefield with a virtual visit and learn to navigate the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System website.
This month’s theme is Family History Freebies. Learn about some free family history tools, Heritage Quest, and how to become a FamilySearch.org Power User.
This month, explore overlooked and underused sources with courthouse records, probate records and CyndisList.
This month, explore American history for genealogists with historic maps, social history tools and top genealogy blogs.
This month, research your female ancestors by learning how to tease out maiden names, good sources to check and more.
In this episode, learn tips on historic photo identification and preservation from the Family Photo Detective
This month, explore genealogy online by learning about Google Books, WikiTree.com, Ancestry.com and the Ultimate Google for Genealogists Collection.
Celebrate the holidays by recording your family history. Learn quick tips for getting your family history book into library stacks.
This month, give thanks for your family by digitizing your documents and photos. Learn tricks for scanning old pictures, and get the details on digital photography essentials.
This month, celebrate Halloween by learning how to navigate a cemetery, tips and tricks for tombstones and the benefits of Find A Grave.
This month, practice some preventative medicine with your family tree by guarding it from sick sources and learn what DNA tests can reveal about your genealogy.
Take your genealogy on the road with some great new mobile apps, learn tips and tricks for family history travel and tour the top mobile websites of 2012.
Celebrate The War of 1812 Bicentennial, get an update on the 1940 census and learn tips for Revolutionary War genealogy resources.
Find out the best websites for putting your ancestors in historical context and get a taste of your family’s food history.
Understanding the 1862 Homestead Act, using the Newberry Atlas of Historical Boundaries, and demystifying confusing land record terms.
In this episode, we’re celebrating the release of the 1940 census with tips, websites and resources you can use in your research.
Finding living relatives, verifying data from online family trees, and an interview with Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage.com.
The campaign to save the Social Security Death Index, an interview with Mocavo’s Chief Genealogist, a sneak peek at the Spring 2012 Virtual Conference!
Finding living relatives, verifying data from online family trees and an interview with Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage.com.
This month’s podcast features tips on naming conventions, as well as a discussion of the Western States Historical Marriage Index.
Tips on how to get relatives to discuss family history, a discussion of the Historic American Cookbook Project and news on the Genealogists for Families project at Kiva.com.
In this episode we explore using autosomal DNA testing to solve family mysteries, planning a research trip to Salt Lake City and more.
Search secrets for online newspaper collections, as well as pointers for using the Periodical Source Index to find articles about your ancestry.
Tips for tracing your roots in the old country, including a crash course in German genealogy with Family Tree University instructor Jim Beidler.
Get acquainted with Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Websites of 2011. David A. Fryxell points out some of his favorite resources.
Hit the road with Family Tree Magazine as we offer up advice for taking research trips and preserving your ancestors’ souvenirs.
It’s all about photos this month as Lisa explores Flickr, gets advice from our Photo Detective and talks digital photography with Nancy Hendrickson.
April’s episode is all about Civil War and military research. We chat with Michael Varhola, the author of Life in Civil War America.
Trying to find an ancestors whose case has gone cold? Lisa Alzo offers brick wall busting strategies from our March 2011 issue.
February is Black History Month, and this edition of the podcast is chock full of great resources for African-American researchers.
We’ll show you how to get 2011 started on the right foot. We’ve got tips for using a research plan and ways you can make 2011 the year of the heirloom.
Learn how to preserve your family’s legacy. We offer tips for collecting family stories, preserving heirloom recipes and organizing your memories online.
US research is the focus of this episode, with the best websites for state research and the Washington State Digital Archive
In this episode, we’ve got advice on tracing immigrant ancestors, news about Ancestry.com’s acquisition of Footnote.com, Scots-Irish research tips and more.
We’ve got a roundup of portable scanners, advice on going green with your research and a look at the new FamilySearch Beta website.
Having trouble finding your family tree’s Mr. Right? Helpful advice from Sharon DeBartolo Carmack will help you break down your brick wall.
We talk about our list of Family Tree Magazine‘s 101 Best Websites for 2010, and give you links to some of the best preservation resources online.
We celebrate the podcast’s second anniversary with tips for preserving your own legacy and heirlooms.
We’re hanging out in the cemetery this month, with advice on doing tombstone rubbings and info on a great cemetery website.
Be the first to know about our new book, 101 Brick Wall Busters. Plus, get tips for preserving heirloom quilts.
The March 2010 episode of our podcast is a census extravaganza to go along with our May 2010 issue.
Tune into the February 2010 episode of our podcast, which features tips on African-American genealogy, newspaper preservation and tips for getting your genealogy in shape.
The January 2010 episode of our podcast is celebration of Family Tree Magazine’s 10th anniversary. Founder and contributing editor David Fryxell talks with us about the origins of Family Tree Magazine and shares some of the top tips from its pages over the last decade.
Learn about our humorous tombstone search, plus Lisa talks with Illya D’Addezio about his website: Live Roots.
Diane Haddad gives you the inside scoop on Footnote’s new interactive census collection, which will add 9.5 million documents to the website’s collection.
Searching for Native American roots? Jim Warren offers advice from his article in the November 2009 issue.
In this episode we explore the variety of US collections available at the Library of Congress.
Lisa talks with publisher Allison Stacy about Family Tree Magazine’s 10th anniversary, as well as a sneak peak of the magazine’s redesign.
In this episode’s top tips segment, Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Maureen A. Taylor tells us how reversing the rules can deliver some great results.
Allison and Lisa talk about upcoming genealogy events where you can meet Family Tree Magazine staff, network with fellow researchers and take away great ideas for tracing your roots.
In this episode we get some tips from the experts on using census records to discover your ancestors.
Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor talks with host Lisa Louise Cooke about historical hairstyles and what they can tell us about our ancestors.
We review the best and worst states for genealogy research, plus a look at the Family History Library, World Vital Records and Irish roots.
We share new record releases, money-saving research tips, plus advice for creating, sharing and preserving family photos.
Learn secrets for searching online library catalogs, historical newspapers on GenealogyBank, and great ideas for tracing your roots in the new year.
Highlights from this episode include genealogy gifts, top tips for making the most of Google, hints for interviewing relatives over the holidays and more.
This episode is all about Civil War Research, including a look at the Soldiers and Sailors Database from the National Park Service.
Lisa chats with Sunny McClellan Morton, author of the article “Skeletons In The Closet” from the Nov 2008 issue, plus much more.
Host Lisa Louise Cooke and managing editor Diane Haddad bring you news from the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference.
Lisa and Allison discuss ways that listeners and readers can get involved with Family Tree Magazine.
This episode is all about websites! Join us as we feature some of our favorites from the upcoming 101 Best Websites for Genealogy feature.
Welcome to the premiere episode of the Family Tree Magazine podcast! We’re sharing our best tips, resources and more.