Timeless Strategies for Genealogy Research Success: Episode 133

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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.

Ep. 133: January 2020

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In this episode:

Tree Talk (1:03)

For this month’s episode of Tree Talk, David Fryxell, author of the new book, The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway shares how he tracked down his ancestor in Swedish Household Examination books.

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

Read David’s Article: How I Did It: Tracked Down my Ancestor in Swedish Household Examination Books

Read David's article: How I Did It: Tracked Down my Ancestor in Swedish Household Examination Books

Timeless Strategies for Genealogy Research (5:18)

David Fryxell joins Lisa to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Family Tree Magazine and cover some timeless family history tips for good research.

Back in the year 2000, Google was just a start-up, 16-year-old Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t even invented Facebook yet, and genealogy websites like MyHeritage and Findmypast were years away from launching. But genealogy was gaining in popularity and David Fryxell, who was also the founding editorial director of Family Tree Magazine was convinced there were no signs of it slowing down. And it certainly hasn’t. But with all the advances and technological changes, the core of good genealogy research remains the same.

Read David Fryxell’s article “The Roaring Twenties” in the Jan / Feb 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine

DNA Deconstructed (21:23)

Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard returns to the show to talk about the history of GEDmatch and the acquisition by the forensic DNA company, Verogen.

Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard

Best Genealogy Websites (36:40)

It’s a new year and if you’re going to hold a family reunion this summer, it’s probably time to start planning now! Contributing Editor Sunny Morton returns to the show to talk about the top tech tools for family reunions from her new article, Coming Together.

Sunny recommends the following websites for managing invitations to your family reunion:

Sunny says that these websites and tech tools can help you figure out the food like a pro:

For more great websites like these that can help you plan your next family reunion, read Sunny’s article called “Coming Together” the January  / February 2020 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Check out Sunny’s new book: How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records.

Sunny Morton

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!

Lisa Louise Cooke, host of the Family Tree Magazine podcast.