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The German-American Genealogist Podcast Will Return in 2015!

December 1, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

The German-American Genealogist Podcast will be taking a break this month, to return in 2015. In the meantime, if you’ve missed any of the previous episodes, now is your chance to catch up: Episode #8: “Happy Dankegiving” – an exploration of German Thanksgiving practices and busting myths about the Pilgrims’ 1621 Thanksgiving feast Episode #7: […]

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Episode #8: “Happy Dankegiving” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 25, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 24 November 2014 Did you know that the “First Thanksgiving” was not actually the first Thanksgiving? Or that some of the Native Americans who greeted the Pilgrims already spoke English? Or that the Thanksgiving feast of 1621 was actually a three day celebration, and that turkey was probably not on the menu? […]

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Episode #7: “It’s Alive!” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 18, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 17 November 2014 Put away that Ouija Board. You may not need to summon the dead to get your genealogical quandaries solved. You might find the answers you seek by locating and connecting with your living relatives. There are many reasons for wanting to find living relatives–whether it’s to locate an heir […]

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Episode #6: “Family History Interview Strategies” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 11, 2014 Josiah Schmidt PodcastPublications

Download file Published 10 November 2014 Your loved ones aren’t going to be around forever. Have you ever wanted to sit down and ask your dad about his experience in the war, or interview your grandma to get her life story, but haven’t been sure how to conduct the interview and how to ask the […]

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Episode #5: “Birthplace Hunting Made Easy” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

November 4, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 3 November 2014 Have you ever pulled your hair out trying to find the birth place of your immigrant ancestor? Well, save your hair line, because this whole episode is devoted to that very topic. In this episode, we talk about how an examination of the first household your immigrant ancestor inhabited […]

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Episode #4: “What’s in a Word?” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 28, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Episode 4: What’s in a Word? Download file Published 27 October 2014 What’s in a word? When doing German genealogy, it pays to recognize that the way German words are used can have profound meaning for locating and understanding your German ancestors. In this episode, find out how and why German towns changed their names […]

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Episode #3: “All About Death” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 21, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 20 October 2014 Happy Halloween! To celebrate the spooky and the macabre, this episode of the podcast is dedicated to exploring the records left behind by our ancestors after their deaths. How to find a death certificate, how to find a newspaper obituary, how to find cemetery burial records, and how to […]

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Episode #2: “The Average Johann” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 14, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 13 October 2014 You’ve traced your family as far back in Germany as you can. You’ve gotten all the birth, marriage, and death dates. Now you want to know: What was real life like for your German peasant ancestors? Sure, there’s plenty of books on German politics, religion, and geography, but what […]

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Episode #1: “German-American Day” | The German-American Genealogist Podcast

October 7, 2014 Josiah Schmidt Podcast

Download file Published 6 October 2014 The very first episode of The German-American Genealogist Podcast! In this episode, we discuss the history of German-American Day, October 6th, and the struggle of German-Americans to find their place in the national fabric. We also discuss tips for researching German ancestors: things you need to know about your […]

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