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.
Ep. 155: November 2021
In this episode:
Tree Talk (01:20)
Too often genealogists forget that their story IS family history! Social Media Editor Rachel Christian asked readers “Do you keep a journal? Do you include yourself in family history writing projects? How do you document your life and experiences for future generations?” In this episode she shares some of the great ideas these questions generated. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
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Featured Interview: The Five Tribes (05:21)
Many people have family stories of Native American heritage in their family tree. But how can you be sure? Author Judy Nimer Muhn is here to share tips for helping you find your ancestors who belonged to the United States’ five largest indigenous tribes.
DNA Deconstructed: What is a DNA Painter? (24:28)
Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard joins Lisa to discuss third-party DNA tools are, as well as answering common questions about DNA Painter.
Best Genealogy Websites: The 75 Best Websites for Genealogy (29:30)
We’re exploring some of the best genealogy websites for state research with Rick Crume, author of Family Tree Magazine’s new 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy list.
Websites featured in this interview:
- American Samoa: American Samoa Genealogy
- California: Calisphere
- Colorado: Denver Public Library Digital Collections
- Iowa: Iowa Digital Library
- Louisiana: Louisiana Digital Library
- Michigan: Michiganology
- North Carolina: UNC Greensboro: Digital Library on American Slavery
- Ohio: Ohio Genealogical Society
- South Carolina: The South Carolina Digital Library
Editor’s Desk (39:40)
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Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
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