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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, April 8, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 11

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Friday, April 8, 2011
10pm-12:00am Eastern US
9-11pm Central US
8-10pm Mountain US
7-9pm Pacific US
2am London UK
3pm Sydney AUS

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Colonial Period Genealogy, Mayflower Ancestry and More!

Join us for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, April 8, 2011 starting at 10pm Eastern, 9pm central, 8pm Mountain and 7pm Pacific when this week we’ll be discussing Colonial Period genealogy, the Revolutionary War and Mayflower ancestry.

This week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will feature actress Ashley Judd tonight as she seeks the truth behind the tall tales of her larger-than-life ancestors.


Our live guests will include genealogist Josh Taylor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society who appears as one of the researchers on tonight’s episode of WDYTYA; Diane Rapaport of Quill Pen Historical will discuss Colonial Period records and how to use them for genealogy research; and Heather Wilkinson Rojo, of the Nutfield Genealogy blog, will not only discuss Mayflower ancestry and the Mayflower Society but also tell us about her recent adventure at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  Let’s just say it involves a signature by George Washington on a document belonging to one of her ancestors!

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor “Josh” is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Currently, Joshua is the Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. A frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations, his previous speaking engagements include GENTECH, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conferences, the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and RootsTech. He has authored articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and New England Ancestors, and was a columnist for Digital Genealogist.

Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), where he also serves as chairman of the Conference Planning Committee and co-chair of the FGS/ISGS 2011 National Conference. He previously served as chairman of the Bylaws and Outreach committees as well as Parliamentarian for FGS.  He is currently the chair of the , where he previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Parliamentarian .

Joshua is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and was a featured genealogist on the series premiere of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? with actress Sarah Jessica Parker.


Heather Rojo

Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Heather Wilkinson Rojo has been researching her family genealogy for over 30 years, ever since she rode a bicycle to register as a researcher at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts in the mid-1970s.  She “retired” from teaching when she became a Mom, but has been working as a volunteer genealogist and researcher for her local historical society in Londonderry, New Hampshire for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), and the Mayflower Society.  Heather started writing historical sketches for the Londonderry Hometown News website and eventually this became her own blog in 2009, “Nutfield Genealogy”, named for the original settlement of Ulster Scots Presbyterians.

Heather is Captain of the New Hampshire Mayflower Society, a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Societies of Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and Iolani Palace in Honolulu.  She is currently planning a return trip to Hawaii to continue researching the Boston/Hawaii families of the early 1800s.


Diane Rapaport

Diane Rapaport

Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period.

Diane researches New England ancestry, mostly in the Colonial period using court records as the main resource. She is the author of The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England, as well as the long-running column “Tales from the Courthouse” in American Ancestors (formerly New England Ancestors magazine). Diane has also written the only reference book about finding and using New England court records: New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.


Door Prizes!

And we have a major door prize to give away tonight! We are giving away the new book Revolutionary War Pensions by Lloyd deWitt Bockstuck courtesy of Genealogical Publishing Company.  Visit to learn how you can enter and win!

Plus we have a few other door prizes in honor of Tartan Day for listeners to call in and claim!

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Disclosure statement: I have a material connection with Genealogical Publishing Co. in which I frequently receive review copies of publications and other items.  I usually review these items and then give them away via contests at GeneaBloggers or as door prizes on GeneaBloggers Radio. In addition, I currently am contracted to do consulting work for Diane Rapaport and Quill Pen Historical. To review the other material connections I have with genealogy vendors, please see Disclosure Statements.

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