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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, May 6, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 15

Friday, May 6, 2011
10pm-12:00am Eastern US
9-11pm Central US
8-10pm Mountain US
7-9pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Finding Your Female Ancestors

Our special guests will include Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist, who will help us understand the many ways of finding your female ancestors; Marguerite Kearns who runs The Suffrage Wagon blog will discuss her female ancestors involved in the women’s right-to-vote movement here in the United States; and Jana Broglin, a certified genealogist who will tell us about prostitutes in the Wild West!


Lisa Alzo
Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa writes the “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information see

Upcoming Engagements/Activities

  • Ontario Genealogical Society May 12-15


Other Websites

Marguerite Kearns
Marguerite Kearns

Marguerite Kearns started out her family history study by asking her mother years ago, “Why am I the way I am?” Finding out the answer through genealogy research became a full-time project Marguerite shared with her mother that led to a focus on women ancestors, and especially her maternal grandmother, Edna Buckman Kearns.

Marguerite’s grandmother Edna Kearns was involved in the Votes for Women campaign in New York from 1910 to 1920. Nationwide, women finally won the right to vote after the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

But grandmother Edna died in 1934, long before Marguerite was born. So the genealogical and family history research enabled Marguerite not only to get to know her grandmother better, but it led to a decade-long effort to find a home for her grandmother’s suffrage campaign wagon. Her grandmother hitched a horse to the campaign wagon and went from town to town to carry the message of Votes for Women. The wagon was used on Long island and in New York City suffrage parades.

Last year the Kearns suffrage campaign wagon was exhibited for two months at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York.

Marguerite’s dream is for the wagon to be on permanent exhibit at the museum. Marguerite’s working on a film featuring the wagon and its role in the woman’s suffrage movement and wants to share the story with others who can help manifest her dream.

For information about the Kickstarter campaign to fund the film about Marguerite’s grandmother, go to and type “suffrage wagon” in the search engine. Or link directly to:

It’s extremely important for genealogists and family historians to pass the torch to the next generation, and Marguerite will talk about how and why it’s so important.


Jana Sloan Broglin
Jana Sloan Broglin, CG

Jana Sloan Broglin, CG a native of northwest Ohio, is a professional genealogist with over thirty years of experience. She has spoken at local, state, regional, and national conferences. She is a lecturer and freelance writer. Over thirty publications on Kentucky resulted in being named a “Kentucky Colonel”.

Currently, Jana is serving as Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is a past trustee of the Ohio Genealogical Society.


Door Prizes!

And door prizes! First, thanks to author Lisa Alzo, we’ll be giving away two of Lisa’s recent products: Baba’s Kitchen and Silent Voices:  Tips and Tricks for Tracing Female Ancestors webinar including the syllabus.

In addition, thanks to Family Tree Magazine and, we’ll be giving away copies of a special digital download entitled Memories of Mom during the show.  This download is an excerpt from a soon-to-be-published guided journal with fill-in pages for recording life stories and events.  And don’t forget to use your special GeneaBloggers discount code for the website: GBLOG and you’ll receive a special 15% discount!

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