The Family Tree Podcast Listening Guide

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New to the podcast? Looking for a new research resource? This guide to the Family Tree Podcast by Family Tree Magazine highlights the best episodes from the show’s past ten years, as well as a few favorite episodes from our host, Lisa Louise Cooke.

We’ve also listed our best episodes on specific topics to make it easy to find the information you need for your family history research. Whether you’re new to the podcast or just looking for more information on a certain topic, this guide will help you find the episode you need.

Explore below, or print out this guide to keep nearby for easy reference and note-taking.


For a full list of episodes, visit the Family Tree Podcast archive where you’ll find every episode in chronological order, as well as links to the show notes for each.

This guide to the Family Tree Podcast by Family Tree Magazine highlights the best episodes from the show’s past ten years, as well as a few favorite episodes from our host, Lisa Louise Cooke.

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These episodes are perfect for new listeners, as well as anyone looking for timeless genealogy advice.

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Lisa’s Favorites

We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing so many talented folks over the years. Here, our host Lisa Louise Cooke lists some of her favorite episodes and interviews.


Gain Major Genealogy Problem-solving Skills (Ep. 129)
This episode features an interview with Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D on cluster research.

Make This Year Your Most Organized Yet (Ep. 128)
This episode focuses on organizational strategies for genealogy, but it also includes an interview with Cheryl A. Lang, manager at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center.

Lisa Louise Cooke

Episodes by Subject

From immigration to DNA, find the right episode to help you achieve your research goals.



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Preservation and Storytelling

Learn how to find, subscribe to and listen to online radio shows in this step-by-step guide.

What is the Family Tree Podcast?

The Family Tree Podcast is a monthly podcast created by the editors of Family Tree Magazine along with our host, Lisa Louise Cooke. It covers all areas of interest for family historians including finding records, DNA research, preserving family history and much more. Each episode includes several segments, which you can read more about below.

Tree Talk

In this segment, New Media Editor Rachel Fountain provides an update on what’s been going on in the Family Tree community, including reader responses to discussion questions posted on social media.

Featured Interview

Lisa interviews a special guest on a genealogy topic. Our guests have included award-wining journalist Libby Copeland, Family Lockett genealogists Diana Elder (AG) and Nicole Dyer, Faruq Taheed of the genealogy show “Roots Less Traveled” and many more.

DNA Deconstructed

In this segment, Lisa is joined by Diahan Southard of Your DNA Guide to discuss what’s new in the world of genetic genealogy, as well as strategies for DNA research, answers to research problems and more.

Best Websites

Genealogists are always on the hunt for free and low-cost resources for tracing their ancestors. That’s why each episode of the podcast includes a Best Websites segment, where we feature a great online resource and how it can help genealogists achieve their goals.

Editor’s Desk

Each episode concludes with a message from one of the editors of Family Tree Magazine about the latest goings-on at Family Tree.

Family Tree Podcast Survey

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You can access the Family Tree Podcast Survey by clicking here.

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