On the 8th of January 2016, the anniversary of Stephen Foster's Death, Gena and Jean spent time talking about the composer familiar to just about every American (and a lot of folks in other countries). His memory lingers on on this date, declared Stephen Foster Memorial Day. The resources for the program can be found here.
Gena and Jean take extra time to explore the conditions that ended so disastrously for so many who traveled with the Donner and Reed migration parties. Originally posted on 13 November 2016, the anniversary of the rescue, their resources can be found here. The accompanying photo is the Statue at Donner Memorial State Park; the top of the 22-foot (6.7 m) pedestal indicating how deep the snow was during the winter of 1846–1847 and is attributed to https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donner_Party_Memorial.jpg#/media/File:Donner_Party_Memorial.jpg
Hallowe'en is not the only day people go door to door, begging for treats. This podcast, originally posted on 23 October 2016 mentions other holidays and cultures where the behavior was common-place for our ancestors. Resources for the research on this activity can be found here. The photo accompanying this broadcast is an 1852 depiction of an English mummers play. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sandys_1852_-_Modern_Christmas_Plays,_ChapterVIII.jpg
In recognition of National Firefighters Memorial Weekend, on 9 October 2016 Gena and Jean discussed the issues of firefighting for our ancestors. Research resources can be located here. The photograph is of the ribbon of Jean's g-grandfather, Adam Hollander, a volunteer firefighter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Originally published 25 September 2016, Gena and Jean cover a number of subtopics in their discussion of harvesting, farming, and the importance of agriculture to our ancestors. Resources for further research can be found here.
In honor of Newspaper Carrier Day, September 4th, Gena and Jean discuss the various benefits of newspapers in genealogical research in their podcast, initially posted on 11 September 2016. There references and recommendations for further research can be found here. The photo above is Overseer Jim Riley reading a newspaper on Isis Downs Station, 1915. State Library of Queensland. Flickr the Commons https://flic.kr/p/bhGHQv
As shown in the photo of the Library of Congress glassworks company, Labor Day is not all fun and games. To honor the American laborer, we often take time for picnicking and family outings. This podcast, initially posted on 28 August 2016, covers these topics and the resources can be found by clicking here.
Originally published 14 August 2016, Gena and Jean discuss their own experiences with picture taking and then talk about the advances in photography over the ages. The example above has the image reproduced on a glass plate (it is Jean's g-g-grandfather, Captain Nathan Wilcox). To learn where their information came from, click here.
The image depicts the Mormon Pioneers, leaving Illinois and crossing to what is now Salt Lake City, Utah. Gena and Jean discuss some of the trials and dangers of their experience and include a song about the trek. Originally posted on 24 July 2016 (the anniversary of the Mormons entering Salt Lake Valley), the resources for the information can be found here.