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Podcast 71 - Conferences vs. Webinars vs. Institutes

Podcast 71 - Conferences vs. Webinars vs. Institutes

July 11, 2020

There are a number of differences among the genealogy conferences with individual classes being offered concurrently, requiring attendees to make choices (including lectures, workshops, and track sessions on specific topics or by specific organizations); webinars, that offer single lectures by single presenters (but with the large number available from different sources at different costs or, in some cases, no charge); and institutes, requiring pre-registration, that focus on a single topic with intense instruction - including homework, in most cases (a bit more costly but usually last 5 days with one or more facilitators/instructors and usually inclulding a completion certificate at the conclusion of the event).

Due to the pandemic, a number of conferences and institutes are being presented in virtual format. This is much more desirable for many folks since it means taking advantage of these forms of education with no additional cost for hotels, travel, or costly meals. There is a lack of one-on-one networking, but anything that is "live-streamed" usually includes some Q/A. Sara and Jean look at the pros and cons of the different forms of genealogy education and how to prepare for some of the options.

Coming up:

Federation of Genealogy Societies (FGS) - 2-15 September 2020 (all virtual; registration open)

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (registration opens on 8 August 2020, event on 10-15 January 2021 plus other events occurring at other times)

So. Calif. Genealogical Society (webinars & Jamboree - scheduled for 2022; virtual event in 2021)

National Institute on Genealogical Research; now Gen-Fed (event cancelled for 2020)

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (watch website for 2021 registration; event to be held about this time next year) 

Check for webinars and other virtual conferences at:

Conference Keeper

Free videos under "Help Center" - ? icon - at



Podcast 70 - Child Labor over the Years & around the World

Podcast 70 - Child Labor over the Years & around the World

June 12, 2020



Sara and Jean discuss some of the possible genealogical issues (i.e., tracking family) that may be affected by ancestors who were child laborers. They also talk some about their own work experience in hopes it might inspire listeners to include such details in their personal history writings.

Both genealogists mentioned some resources that folks might check out and those are listed here:

Child Labor (around the world)

Child Labor in China,on%20study%20than%20other%20children.

 Child Labor in Africa

 Child Labor Laws in US

 Info on Minors and Employment

 Digitized records from Riverside

 Indexing project

 The videos of the NGS conference Sara mentioned:

"Breaker Boys and Spinner Girls: Child Labor Laws and Their Records"

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

 "Turning Witnesses into Evidence"

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Access to these and other Lectures from NGS 2020 can be purchased at:


Photo above: 


Contributor Names Harris & Ewing, photographer

Created / Published[between 1910 and 1917]

Downloaded from Library of Congress 

Podcast 69 - Pandemics - More to Think about

Podcast 69 - Pandemics - More to Think about

May 9, 2020

Some of the resources we mentioned in the podcast:


(Book) Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
(Book) Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe
(Book) FLU: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused it, Gina Kolata
Jean's upcoming webinar on "Epidemics: Issues of Politics, Economics, & Religion" will take place online, hosted by the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California on Wed., 17 June 2020. Contact Jean at to get registration information.
Jefferson County Genealogical Society, Tom LaClair - Clayton, Jefferson County, NY historian - is working on collecting current information on the CoVID 19 pandemic and its implications for and impact on future generations. If interested in doing something similar, contact him at
Facebook group: "Riverside's Take-Out/Delivery/Shopping Options During COVID-19"



Podcast 68 - Pandemics - Then versus Now

Podcast 68 - Pandemics - Then versus Now

April 24, 2020

Influenza_Ward_Walter_Reed_Hospital.jpgSara Cochran and Jean Wilcox Hibben try out something new - recording a podcast together while staying in our own homes. Listen in as we discuss the differences between the pandemics our ancestors lived through and  COVID19. 

The blog will be moving soon, so here are the links mentioned in the episode:

National Archive of the UK: For a limited time, download up to 50 digital records a month for free.

NEHGS:  For a limited time, $20 off membership.
Jean's Website and Goings-On:

Photo by Harris & Ewing of the Influenza Ward, Walter Reed Hospital, Washington D.C., circa November 1918. Obtained through the Library of Congress.

Podcast 36 - Radios and our Ancestors

Podcast 36 - Radios and our Ancestors

April 13, 2020

This is a re-insertion of a podcast originally posted on 29 July 2017 in honor of National Radio Day. It features Gena Philibert-Ortega and Jean Wilcox Hibben. Resources are provided on the blog post for that day on

Genealogy Journeys Post APG-PMC Podcast - 67.5

Genealogy Journeys Post APG-PMC Podcast - 67.5

October 4, 2019

Sara and Jean will soon return with their comments on a few more museums, but meanwhile, as they were in Salt Lake City, they attended the Association of Professional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference. Also in a location where they could conduct some research, they decided to record an impromptu podcast on their "takes" on the PMC experience as well as giving a few ideas for others and their genealogical research. So here the "silence" of podcasts is broken. There is no accompanying blog post with references, but both ladies are happy to answer questions about anything discussed here. Email should be directed to <>.

Thank you for your patience.

(This is a free podcast to any who wishes to tune in.)

Podcast Interruption Explanation

Podcast Interruption Explanation

June 27, 2019

During the past 3 to 4 months, the households of Gena, Jean, & Sara have been in upheaval due to a number of factors, including health, family issues, business obligations, travel, and more than can be listed here. As a result, the podcasts we enjoy recording and sharing have been on hiatus. We are hoping to get ourselves back on track by the end of summer and expect to record on a more regular schedule. 

Meanwhile, we have gone back to all podcasts before 2019 and made them available, in their full formats, free to anyone who chooses to listen. We are in hopes that the programs and recordings will resume in the near future and hope that you will consider becoming a premium subscriber ($20/year) for full episodes once we get back to a more predictable posting schedule.

Hope everyone has a safe and healthy summer.

Jean & Butch



Podcast 67 - Museum Series: Transportation & Regional History - FREE

Podcast 67 - Museum Series: Transportation & Regional History - FREE

April 19, 2019

Jean and Sara talk about transportation on the ground - different museums with displays (some interactive) that deal with various modes of transportation. Due to the unusual space between podcasts, they are offering the complete program as a FREE presentation to compensate for this tardiness. Thank you for your understanding.

Photo above is by Russell Lee in 1940 - Wagons used in frontier day wagon train now on display at the Bird Cage museum in Tombstone, Arizona obtained via the Library of Congress.

To read about some of the resources that were used in compiling the information for this podcast, please check the blog at 

Podcast 66 - Museums, Part 2: Historic events & disasters

Podcast 66 - Museums, Part 2: Historic events & disasters

February 26, 2019

Sara Cochran and Jean Wilcox Hibben discuss museums dealing with specific historical events, including disasters - general and specific. The second half includes even more specific detail on particular events - notably: floods, shipwrecks, train wrecks, and fires.

Information on resources used to compile these facts is located on the blog post for this same date, 26 February 2019 - check 

Above photo is of TITANIC disaster. Senate Investigating Committee questioning individuals at the Waldorf Astoria, copyright 1912.

Podcast 65 - Museums, Part 1, Military & Wars

Podcast 65 - Museums, Part 1, Military & Wars

January 15, 2019

Gena, Jean, & Sara discuss museums and other similar buildings that serve the purpose of displaying and explaining historical items and/or events. These are great resources for the social history buff. In the first half (included here) the program consists of definitions of terms, types of museums and the like, and some of the experiences of the podcasters. The second half covers specifics on wars and military museums.

Photo above is of the New York Museum of Natural History, copyright 1913, Irving Underhill, accessed via the Library of Congress.

For some of the resources used in this program, refer to the blog post of this same date - 15 January 2019 - at