I am happy to share my newest discovery with you…the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast.
It is soooo fun and interesting you simply must check it out! I only happened across it yesterday and already have listened to “5 Historical Hoaxes”, “Ned Kelly’s Last Stand”, “Okichi the Tragic Geisha”, and “The Big Stink of 1858”. There are so many more I can hardly wait to listen to. Good thing I spend so much time in my car!
Each episode explores a fascinating story from history, researched by hosts Katie and Sarah. I appreciate their scholarly approach to historical research, and I also appreciate their wit and their “Get a load of this!” delivery. I have learned a lot of interesting history in the process, because they talk about these stories in context of the bigger historical picture.
If you are wondering what a podcast is, it is a kind of broadcast over the internet that you can download and listen to at your convenience. You can subscribe to a particular podcast and have episodes delivered to your listening device (phone, ipad, computer) automatically. Then when you are on the treadmill and are tired of watching Dr. Oz at the gym, just plug some headphones into your phone and there you go, A History of Underwear!
Here are some tips for podcast fans from iTunes. iTunes has a lot of podcasts available for free download, and you can find them for searching key words, like “Genealogy”. Be sure to spell it right!
So I was listening to the January podcast from Family Tree Magazine on a recent roadtrip, and was interested to hear that Google Books has digitized the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (published since 1847),
and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (published quarterly since 1870).
Cool! These are both genealogical journals that could help you once you follow your granny’s trail back in time, before she moved out west. There are probably other journals of interest to you in your research that have been digitized, especially if they are out of copyright. This includes publication before 1923.
By the way, Family Tree Magazine website has a lot of free resources, even if you don’t have a subscription to their magazine. The podcasts are one of them. I always learn something new when I listen to them, and it’s a good use of time when I in the car, gardening, or working around the house.
And if you haven’t heard about Internet Archive, you should check them out, too, as they have over 3 million digitized books and might have that journal you are seeking.