December Podcast – Podcast Interview Highlights from 2023

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In this episode, we look at some of the most memorable interviews from 2023, including Lisa Alzo sharing her family history research plan and Denise May Levenick offering tips for preserving old family recipes and kitchenware. Also, Family Tree Magazine Editor Andrew Koch provides a 2023 genealogy year in review.

Feature: Revisiting the Family History Research Plan from January 2023 (02:04)

At the beginning of the year, Lisa Alzo broke down the basics of genealogy research into five distinct steps to determine the who, the what, the where and the why. We’re revisiting that plan just in time 2024 and the research resolutions that are sure to come with it.

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Don’t know how to begin your genealogy research, or hit a brick wall? Get on track and inspired with this sample family history research plan.

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Family History Home: Preserving Recipes and Kitchenware (10:52)

In this segment, we head back to February to revisit strategies for preserving priceless family recipes and kitchenware with Denise May Levenick.

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How did our ancestors go from eating with their hands to using knife, fork and spoon? Discover the surprisingly fascinating development of cutlery.

Editor’s Desk (21:25)

Andrew Koch provides an in-depth review of 2023’s most significant news in genealogy.

Resources Mentioned in This Interview:

Record Releases

1931 Census of Canada release

American Ancestors – 10 Million Names Project

Preserve the Pension Resumes

DNA News

September 2023 – GEDMatch DNA Data Retrieved from Users Who Opted Out

Hackers Access Information from 23andMe (More information at DNAeXplained)

FindMyPast Ends Partnership with LivingDNA

New Ancestry DNA Subscription

Ancestry Introduces Know Your Pet DNA

Big Genealogy Websites

MyHeritage Introduces PhotoDater and Reimagine

Ancestry to Migrate Parts of RootsWeb

RootsWeb to Become Read Only Announces Fan Chart

Other Genealogy News

NGS Acquires ConferenceKeeper and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

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