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52 Weeeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #12: Podcasts

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Podcasts: make it easy to learn about genealogy on the go. Which podcast is your favorite? Who hosts it and how has that person, pair or group helped your family history research?

If you have an iPod or iPhone, then you have no excuse for missing out on genealogy podcasts. Whether working in the yard, driving to and from work or just piddling around in the house, these broadcasts are free and convenient. A no-brainer!

I have listened to the Genealogy Guys, Genealogy Gems and Family Tree Magazine’s podcasts. They are all informative and fun. I download them to my iPhone and listen as I take my routine neighborhood walks.

And today, as I write this post, I am listening to an episode of Geneabloggers on BlogTalkRadio for the first time. This is a live 2-hr radio show, hosted weekly on Friday evenings by Genealobloggers founder Thomas MacEntee. As I usually work on Friday evenings, I have never caught the show live, but past episodes are available on-demand.

This morning I am listening to an episode from February, a recap of the recent RootsTech conference. I was unable to attend in person, and didn’t catch any of the online coverage, either, so this broadcast is a nice review of the conference’s activities. Thomas has several guests, including DearMyrtle, Lisa Alzo and George Morgan, making this a lively discussion.

My only complaint is the length of the podcast at 89 minutes, which seems a bit long to me. But maybe that’s just me: I have a hard time keeping my focus sometimes. It seems like I always have a thousand things to do!

But overall I like Geneabloggers Radio and expect to download upcoming episodes to listen to on my iPhone as I go about my busy day. Another tool for my genealogy research!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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