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  • Sep30

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    Update January 3, 2017: My podcast app told me over the holidays that It’s About Time had published some new episodes, which I found as interesting as the first set. However, when I went to share a link to one of them on The Twitter, I found that Ancestry had not updated their podcast page with any of the new episodes! That’s some poor marketing right there.

    So, for your own viewing pleasure, Visit the iTunes feed of this podcast to see the episodes titled “A Christmas Carol”, “Family Found”, “The Future of Family History”, and “All the Information John Tierney Needs to Find All of His Ancestors.” (Well, that last one may not be out there, but I am hoping it is just still in the editing process.)

    Now, back to the original blog transmission…

    A quicky bloggy post to point you in the direction of Ancestry’s new It’s About Time podcast.

    It's About Time PodcastI somehow missed the announcement of it earlier in the month, but stumbled upon it yesterday and have already listened to 4 of the 5 published episodes. (Thanks, daily commute!)

    The podcast is comprised of 15 minute-or-so vignettes of personal histories, beautifully produced, well written, and wonderfully read by Sir Tony Robinson. I recommend it highly!

    I believe my favorite so far is Episode 5: A story of identity, where Sir Tony talks about his own background and ancestral expectations prior to taking his own AncestryDNA test.

    I do have a complaint, though: there are not enough of them – the “season”ended with episode 5.

    You can read more about the podcast over on the Ancestry Blog.

  • Apr2

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    Girl with Flowers and Chair - IrelandSeveral months ago I wrote a post called Life on the Banks where I briefly discussed how the smaller details of life can sometimes surprisingly provide the most satisfying stories.

    My experience while visiting Holy Cross church in Manhattan where my grandparents married 90 years before opened my perspective to the often hidden importance of place and detail to the long story.

    In that post I also pointed to an interesting episode of the How Sound podcast, that discussed “intimate journalism” and introduced me to the writing of Will Durant. (See Life on the Banks for more on that.)

    How Sound Logo Well, for you writers and hopeful storytellers, I have another interesting and useful episode of that podcast to link to – My Kingdom For Some Structure goes over the various methods of storytelling used by well-known radio programs.  I especially love the very simple napkin drawings that depict the structures.

    The night after I listened to this episode, I sat down with my 9 year old son to talk about how me might tell some family stories together using both writing and media. Showing him the How Sound post and the napkin drawings gave him a clearer picture of what I was trying to explain to him. (I think. Who really knows what is going on in a 9 year old’s head? I’m sure there’s some Willy Wonka in there. and Minifig Lego men. and lasagna.)

    Image Fragment - Sabina Tierney and Dog If you are trying to learn more about how you might bring your family’s story to life, I suggest you check out those two How Sound podcasts – and follow the feed in general for many excellent tips and tools to help you along.

    Then use those tools to help your stories to the surface – and perhaps even find some hidden behind the ones that are more obvious.

  • May8

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    I haven’t posted any podcasts links lately so thought I would post information on one of my favorites – The BBC’s Coast and Country Podcast has that great radio feel, where the discussion and description of the hosts and guests as they hike and visit sites make you feel as if you are along. (A wonderful thing on a daily commute.)

    While this podcast does not have a genealogy focus, it does offer some historical discussion and people with a family history in the UK will certainly appreciate the locations they visit.

    I enjoyed the 15 March 2012 episode with in particular. The last program of host Clare Balding’s series of ‘Inspirational Walks’ was a walk around the village of Stisted with the former poet laureate Sir Andew Motion. His musings on location, family, and inspiration were both interesting and somehow calming.

    As of this writing you can find that episode in the BBC iPlayer here. If it falls off the iPlayer, you should be able to find it using the main podcast link below. Enjoy!

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    Coast and Country

    Countryside magazine featuring people, walks and wildlife from rural Britain. Clare Balding’s ‘Ramblings’ and ‘Open Country’ with Matt Baker and Helen Mark join forces to bring you a weekly tour of the best of the British countryside. In ‘Ramblings’ Clare joins her guests on a country walk that’s been significant in their lives. ‘Open Country’ travels to a different corner of the British Isles every week, seeking out the wildlife, the landscapes and the controversies that excite the passions of local people.