Thursday, April 12, 2007

Family Roots Radio today

I was away from home during the Family Roots Radio hour, but the one-hour show hosted by Kory Meyerink is available for listening or download at http://www.familyrootsradio.com/. To listen to any of the shows, click on the link "listen to the show live" and pick the show you want to hear from the list.

Here's the summary of today's show:

"With an award winning colonial historian like Martha McCartney on the show, it seems good to explore the growing field of biographical sources for colonial settlers. Her new book is certainly not the first. Genealogists have been writing such books for more than a century. Now there are a growing number of websites devoted to the topic. We'll explore some of them, including the People of Colonial Albany as well as Mayflower History. Researchers with Pennsylvania German ancestry will want to learn about the Palatine Project, while all will appreciate the introduction to Google Books and how it pertains to this topic."

I listened to it tonight while finishing up my tax returns (yes, I can multi-task fairly well!). The interview with Martha McCartney was good, and Kory's discussion of the three web sites above was wonderful. While listening to Kory, I opened another tab on my browser and connected to each of the sites.

I have several ancestors in colonial Albany (including my Bresee/Bries line if I can connect Cornelia to a set of parents). I also have 7 Mayflower passengers (William White, Susanna White, Peregrine White, Richard Warren, George Soule, Francis Cooke, John Cooke). And I have several German immigrants into Pennsylvania in the 1700's. At each web site, I found information that I had not collected before.

The Palatine Project link has the most helpful information I've found to date about these immigrants to PA (the site has more than PA, however!).

Listening to the show made the tax project go a lot faster, but unfortunately it didn't reduce the taxes owed!

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