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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Black History Month - Podcast 25

April 18, 2017

February is Black History month so, in recognition of that, Gena and Jean covered that topic in a discussion of Civil Rights, personal experiences, and the Underground Railroad. Resources used in their discussion, which was initially posted on 26 February, can be found here. The accompanying photo has the following attribution: Photograph of a Young Woman at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. with a Banner, 08/28/1963. https://flic.kr/p/i3ZYbF

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Postal Carriers - Podcast 24

April 18, 2017

To honor Thank a Mail Carrier Day (February 4), Gena and Jean talked about mail delivery, the history of the Post Office, and related subjects. Their sources can be found here. It was originally posted on 12 February 2017. The related photo is of a Mississippi Post Office.

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Laundry - Podcast 23

April 18, 2017

Originally posted on 30 January 2017, Gena and Jean discussed laundry and the issues our ancestors faced when trying to get their clothes clean. See the many resources that led to this discussion here.

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Stephen Foster Day - Podcast 22

April 18, 2017

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.

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