Like history, genealogy studies people. It’s a field of study that can tell us who we are in a more exact sense by showing us how our ancestral lines connect from one generation to the next.
In this episode of the “Doing History: How Historians Work” seres, we investigate the world of genealogical research with Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a professional genealogist.
About the Series
“Doing History” episodes will introduce you to historians who will tell you what they know about the past and reveal how they came to their knowledge.
Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.
This series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with a historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
In this episode of the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series, we investigate the world of genealogical research with Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a professional genealogist.
During our investigation, Josh reveals information about professional genealogists and their research process; Where genealogists look for information and the digital resources they use; And, the role DNA plays in genealogical research.
What You’ll Discover
- New-York Genealogical and Biographical Society
- Overview of professional genealogy
- Where genealogists start their research projects
- How far back you can expect to trace your family tree
- Differences in access to records between the United States and European countries
- The role questions play in genealogical research
- Genealogists’ research process
- Where genealogists look for information
- Digital resources for genealogical research
- Types of historical sources genealogists use
- How genealogists research people who left little-to-no written record
- How genealogists use the work of other genealogists
- How to know if the family tree constructed by another genealogist is accurate
- The role of DNA in genealogical research
- Objectivity in genealogical research
- The final products of genealogical research
- Strategies for becoming “unstuck” in your genealogical research
- The role historical context plays in genealogical research
- Researching in U.S. census records
- Tips and tricks for conducting genealogical research
- Local genealogical societies
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Joshua Taylor
- New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
- Genealogy Roadshow
- Who Do You Think You Are?
- Boston University Genealogy Certificate Program
- Board for Certification of Genealogists
- GPS: Genealogical Proof Standard
- GPS: Genealogical Proof Standard Explained
- New England Historical and Genealogical Society
- New York State Family History Conference
- New York State Archives
- New York State Library
Episode Supplement PDF
- Episode 066: Simon Newman, How Historians Find Research Topics
- Episode 070: Jennifer Morgan, How Historians Research History
- Episode 075: Peter Drummey, How Archives Work
- Episode 084: Zara Anishanslin, How Historians Read Historical Sources
- Episode 092: Sharon Block, How Historians Research Online
- Episode 097: Billy Smith, How Historians Organize Their Research
In your opinion, what will the future of genealogical research look like? What types of records are we creating today will prove useful to future researchers? What types of tools or access to records do you think we can look forward to as we continue to advance in our digital age?
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