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Generations Cafe

Amy Johnson Crow

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Generations Cafe
Generations Cafe

Generations Cafe

Amy Johnson Crow

6
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54
Plays
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Generations Cafe is all about genealogy and family history. Discovering your family history should be enjoyable! Each episode will show you more about doing genealogy without the frustration. Host Amy Johnson Crow has been involved in family history for most of her life and is a noted researcher, blogger, author, and educator. She firmly believes that it is possible to do good genealogy research and enjoy the process. This isn't a stuffy or dry lecture. It's a conversation to help you explore the most exciting history of all: yours! Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair, and let's explore family history together.

Latest Episodes

11 Things You'll Find in Land Records

Land records show more than just the transfer of land from one owner to another. They contain tremendous amounts of information that we can use in our genealogy research. In this episode, you'll learn 11 things that are typical to find in a deed and what they could mean in your research. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/37.

13 MIN1 w ago
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11 Things You'll Find in Land Records

Lessons from Downsizing

In this follow-up to Episode 35, where we discussed strategies for downsizing, I share my real-life experience in downsizing my parents' home of 35 years -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/36

27 MINOCT 17
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Lessons from Downsizing

Downsizing and Family History

In genealogy, we tend to always want more. But there comes a time when it will be necessary to downsize. How do we get rid of stuff and yet still preserve our family history? Professional organizer and genealogist Janine Adams shares her tips on how to approach this balancing act. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/35

36 MINOCT 4
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Downsizing and Family History

Using Academic Libraries in Your Genealogy

Academic libraries can hold treasures for genealogy research -- and it's more than just yearbooks and class photos. Drew Smith, co-host of the Genealogy Guys podcast, is a librarian at the University of South Florida. In this episode, he shares what you might find at a college or university library and how you can tell what those libraries have. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/34

17 MINSEP 27
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Using Academic Libraries in Your Genealogy

Big News in the Genealogy World and What It Could Mean for Societies

The intended merger between the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies is about a lot more than just combining conferences. It could have a huge impact on genealogy societies. In this episode, Amy discusses what is known about the intended merger and what it could mean for societies -- and by extension, what it could mean for genealogy research. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/33

12 MINAUG 22
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Big News in the Genealogy World and What It Could Mean for Societies

When There's a Surprise in the DNA

DNA is powerful, bringing about remarkable discoveries to adoptees and long lost families. But there's another type of discovery - the unexpected relationships. Hear the story of how an experienced genealogist took a DNA test and the results changed her life and the lives of everyone in her family. She also shares how she dealt (and continues to deal) with the aftermath. It's a topic that all genealogists need to be aware of and be sensitive to. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/32

49 MINAUG 2
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When There's a Surprise in the DNA

How to Save Your Family History Treasures Before It's Too Late

What do you do when you go down to the basement and discover a box filled with family papers that has been down there for years? That's the situation Amy found herself in a few weeks ago. Hear how Amy and her daughter, Rachel, sorted through this treasure and worked to sort and preserve it. In this episode, you'll learn: What to watch out for (the icky stuff that can destroy papers and photos) Why working with white cotton gloves isn't always the best thing to do How to sort the material as you go You can find the show notes, including a link to a video showing Amy and Rachel unboxing this treasure, at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/31.

24 MINJUN 28
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How to Save Your Family History Treasures Before It's Too Late

Are You Missing Some Marriage Records in Your Genealogy?

Finding your ancestor's marriage record from the courthouse is a great feeling, but it isn't the only marriage record that you should look for. In this episode, Amy shows how one clue in a civil marriage record can lead to another record that can have even more information, as well as alternate sources for marriage information.Amy also talks about the reality of our ancestors getting divorced. You can find the show notes with examples of all of the records she talked about at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/

16 MINJUN 6
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Are You Missing Some Marriage Records in Your Genealogy?

Bringing Them Home: Army Repatriation with Megan Smolenyak

In this episode, Megan Smolenyak shares insight into what it takes to identify a serviceman who has been missing for years, locate his family, and bring him home. Megan also shares three of her favorite cases, including a Tuskegee Airman, a guitar hero, and a Red Cross worker. The show notes have links to articles about the three people Megan highlighted and a collection of digitized letters written by one of them. You can find the show notes atAmyJohnsonCrow.com/29.

25 MINMAY 23
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Bringing Them Home: Army Repatriation with Megan Smolenyak

Using Mortality Schedules for Genealogy

One of the most overlooked sources in genealogy is actually part of one of the most used sources. Mortality schedules are part of some federal censuses and detail deaths in that area. In this episode, you'll learn what mortality schedules can tell us, what they cover, and where to find them. The show notes include screenshots and links to relevant collections on Ancestry and FamilySearch. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/28

16 MINMAY 10
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Using Mortality Schedules for Genealogy

Latest Episodes

11 Things You'll Find in Land Records

Land records show more than just the transfer of land from one owner to another. They contain tremendous amounts of information that we can use in our genealogy research. In this episode, you'll learn 11 things that are typical to find in a deed and what they could mean in your research. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/37.

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
11 Things You'll Find in Land Records

Lessons from Downsizing

In this follow-up to Episode 35, where we discussed strategies for downsizing, I share my real-life experience in downsizing my parents' home of 35 years -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/36

27 MINOCT 17
Comments
Lessons from Downsizing

Downsizing and Family History

In genealogy, we tend to always want more. But there comes a time when it will be necessary to downsize. How do we get rid of stuff and yet still preserve our family history? Professional organizer and genealogist Janine Adams shares her tips on how to approach this balancing act. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/35

36 MINOCT 4
Comments
Downsizing and Family History

Using Academic Libraries in Your Genealogy

Academic libraries can hold treasures for genealogy research -- and it's more than just yearbooks and class photos. Drew Smith, co-host of the Genealogy Guys podcast, is a librarian at the University of South Florida. In this episode, he shares what you might find at a college or university library and how you can tell what those libraries have. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/34

17 MINSEP 27
Comments
Using Academic Libraries in Your Genealogy

Big News in the Genealogy World and What It Could Mean for Societies

The intended merger between the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies is about a lot more than just combining conferences. It could have a huge impact on genealogy societies. In this episode, Amy discusses what is known about the intended merger and what it could mean for societies -- and by extension, what it could mean for genealogy research. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/33

12 MINAUG 22
Comments
Big News in the Genealogy World and What It Could Mean for Societies

When There's a Surprise in the DNA

DNA is powerful, bringing about remarkable discoveries to adoptees and long lost families. But there's another type of discovery - the unexpected relationships. Hear the story of how an experienced genealogist took a DNA test and the results changed her life and the lives of everyone in her family. She also shares how she dealt (and continues to deal) with the aftermath. It's a topic that all genealogists need to be aware of and be sensitive to. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/32

49 MINAUG 2
Comments
When There's a Surprise in the DNA

How to Save Your Family History Treasures Before It's Too Late

What do you do when you go down to the basement and discover a box filled with family papers that has been down there for years? That's the situation Amy found herself in a few weeks ago. Hear how Amy and her daughter, Rachel, sorted through this treasure and worked to sort and preserve it. In this episode, you'll learn: What to watch out for (the icky stuff that can destroy papers and photos) Why working with white cotton gloves isn't always the best thing to do How to sort the material as you go You can find the show notes, including a link to a video showing Amy and Rachel unboxing this treasure, at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/31.

24 MINJUN 28
Comments
How to Save Your Family History Treasures Before It's Too Late

Are You Missing Some Marriage Records in Your Genealogy?

Finding your ancestor's marriage record from the courthouse is a great feeling, but it isn't the only marriage record that you should look for. In this episode, Amy shows how one clue in a civil marriage record can lead to another record that can have even more information, as well as alternate sources for marriage information.Amy also talks about the reality of our ancestors getting divorced. You can find the show notes with examples of all of the records she talked about at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/

16 MINJUN 6
Comments
Are You Missing Some Marriage Records in Your Genealogy?

Bringing Them Home: Army Repatriation with Megan Smolenyak

In this episode, Megan Smolenyak shares insight into what it takes to identify a serviceman who has been missing for years, locate his family, and bring him home. Megan also shares three of her favorite cases, including a Tuskegee Airman, a guitar hero, and a Red Cross worker. The show notes have links to articles about the three people Megan highlighted and a collection of digitized letters written by one of them. You can find the show notes atAmyJohnsonCrow.com/29.

25 MINMAY 23
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Bringing Them Home: Army Repatriation with Megan Smolenyak

Using Mortality Schedules for Genealogy

One of the most overlooked sources in genealogy is actually part of one of the most used sources. Mortality schedules are part of some federal censuses and detail deaths in that area. In this episode, you'll learn what mortality schedules can tell us, what they cover, and where to find them. The show notes include screenshots and links to relevant collections on Ancestry and FamilySearch. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/28

16 MINMAY 10
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Using Mortality Schedules for Genealogy
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