Simple Steps to Practical Genealogy – An Interview with Brian Sheffey: Episode 138

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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.

Ep. 138: June 2020

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In this episode:

Tree Talk (1:23)

Family Tree Magazine podcast listener Pat R. shares a bit of her genealogical journey.

Share your story of discovery and you may just hear it here on the Family Tree Magazine Podcast! Email your story to:

Featured Interview: Simple Steps to Practical Genealogy (2:54)

Author Brian Sheffey shares tips from his new book Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History.

For more information about Brian and his book, be sure to check out his website.

Practical Genealogy by Brian Sheffey
Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History, by Brian Sheffey.

DNA Deconstructed (15:22)

Our DNA expert Diahan Southard joins Lisa to talk about your DNA matches and how to decide which ones to focus on.

Diahan’s got a new book out perfect for those looking to get started researching DNA. Check out Your DNA Guide – the Book.

It’s hard to know which of your hundreds of DNA matches are most important. Learn how to sort through them to find those most useful to your research.

Best Genealogy Websites (25:20)

James Beidler, author of the book Trace Your German Roots Online returns to the podcast to provide you with a wealth of German genealogy resources from his article Sturn und Drang featured in the May / June 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Dive into millions of church records, immigration documents, gazetteers, maps and more with these top German genealogy websites.

Editor’s Desk (36:57)

Family Tree Magazine Editor Andrew Koch gives us a sneak peek at what we can look forward to in the next issue of Family Tree Magazine as well as some of the exciting new online Family Tree University genealogy courses coming in July.

Andrew recommends:

Upcoming Online Family Tree University Courses

  • Master in 4 Weeks
  • Mastering Family Tree Maker
  • Google Search for Genealogy
  • Find Your Scandinavian Ancestors
With so many genealogy websites available for your family history quest, how do you know which sites are the best? Leave it to our genealogy experts!

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast in your favorite podcasting app or with the Genealogy Gems Podcast app in your app store, and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

Have fun climbing your family tree!

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