Podcast 34 - Moon, and more - first half only - FREE

July 30, 2017

To remember the 48th anniversary of the 1969 moon walk, Gena and Jean discuss the moon, how it was important to our ancestors, and how it was viewed by different civilizations. In the second half, they go deeper into the cosmos in discussing some of the folklore but also historical, astronimical events - in particular, the 1833 Leonid meteor shower: "The night the sky fell."

The image here is a copy of a woodcut of an artist's perception of the event and obtained from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids; information on and links for resources used to compile the material provided in the podcast can be accessed at the blogpost for 30 July 2017 at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com

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Podcast 34 - The Moon, the cosmos, and family history

July 30, 2017

To remember the 48th anniversary of the 1969 moon walk, Gena and Jean discuss the moon, how it was important to our ancestors, and how it was viewed by different civilizations. In the second half, they go deeper into the cosmos in discussing some of the folklore but also historical, astronimical events - in particular, the 1833 Leonid meteor shower: "The night the sky fell."

The image here is a copy of a woodcut of an artist's perception of the event and obtained from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids; information on and links for resources used to compile the material provided in the podcast can be accessed at the blogpost for 30 July 2017 at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com

This is the first of our premium subscription podcasts. The first half of the podcast can still be accessed for free, but to hear both parts of the programs, a $20/year subscription is required. Follow the instructions given here at Podbean to put your subscription in motion (all major credit cards accepted). Thank you for your interest.

Podcast 33 - Fathers Day Stories from our Listeners, 2017

June 25, 2017

Gena and Jean share stories submitted by their listeners. Some of these have photos that accompany them and they can be found on the blog - http://genaandjean.blogspot.com. Thank you to those who shared their memories!

Photo from the Library of Congress, Courier & Ives "Father's Pride"

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Podcast 32 - National Sewing Machine Day

June 11, 2017

To celebrate the oft overlooked National Sewing Machine Day (June 13), Gena and Jean begin their discussion with their own experiences as sewing machine users. Perhaps the listener will be inspired to include his/her sewing activities in a personal history. After the break, the history of the sewing machine is discussed, along with its connection to "time payments" as we know them today. Learn about all these from the podcast or the list of resources, posted at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com.

Photo from the Library of Congress

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Podcast 31 - Celebrating Buy A Musical Instrument Day

May 28, 2017

On this program, Gena and Jean talk about the ways to identify musical instruments our ancestors may have played as well as their own musical instrument experiences. There is an advertisement for the Jamboree forums and lectures that the ladies will be presenting at the event. At the end of the broadcast is an instrumental version (played on saw and mandolin) of Londonderry Aire. Resources for the information discussed here can be found on the blog at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com. The photo included here is Jean's Swedish Harpeleik that had belonged to her grandfather and was her first instrument (started playing at about age 7).

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Podcast 30 - National Bike Month

May 14, 2017

Bicycles are nothing new, as clearly illustrated by Gena and Jean in this episode of the Genealogy Journeys podcasts, honoring National Bike Month. Learn the history of the bicycle, along with the names of various folks responsible for its evolution. Also hear about the use of bikes in war time, as well as times of recreation and necessity. Become acquainted with the latest bicycle use trends, as well. The photo is a depiction of the the Paris unveiling of the velocipede (or hobby horse, AKA draisienne) by Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun, 6 April 1818, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_during_the_Restoration.   

Reference material for this podcast can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com/2017/05/genealogy-journeys-podcast-30-national.html

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Plumbing - Podcast 29

April 23, 2017

Gena and Jean talk about our ancestors' issues with waste disposal and other plumbing advancements through the years. From outhouse to water closet to our current "bathroom," they cover just about every aspect of the field. Join them for laughs and realizations. The accompanying image is from the Library of Congress collection on line. Resource information can be accessed here.

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Treatments, Remedies, Cures - Podcast 28

April 18, 2017

Our ancestors often turned to home remedies, patent medicines, and questionable cures when they were ill. Gena and Jean discuss these elements of life in "the good old days," and explain why some of our ancestors may not have survived the cure when they may have overcome the illness. Check their resources here. Podcast originally posted 9 April 2017.

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Women’s History Month - Podcast 27

April 18, 2017

In recognition of Women's History Month (March), Gena and Jean covered the topic in many different directions. Looking at the advancements women have made in the workplace caused them to reminisce about their own experiences. Their research was aided by sources found here. The accompanying photo has the following attribution: Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. https://flic.kr/p/4jyDCK

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Cereal - Podcast 26

April 18, 2017

There is probably more to the story of how cereal has become a staple in many homes than you have been aware. Take a trip down memory lane to cereals of our youth and where they came from (as far as being invented is concerned). Learn about men named Kellogg and Post and how they figure into your household breakfast fare. The photo included here is just a sample of cereal at Gena's house. This podcast originally posted on 13 March 2017, National Cereal Day. The information gathered for the program can be found here.

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