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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, January 20, 2012


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 51

Go Local: Local History and Genealogy

Friday, January 20, 2012
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Go Local: Local History and Genealogy

This week our show is entitled Go Local: Local History and Genealogy with co-host Lisa Alzo, of The Accidental Genealogist blog. Our special guests will include: Marion Woodfork Simmons of The Discovering Yesterday blog and author of Memories of Union High: An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969 – she’ll tell us how she has combined her love of local history and genealogy into her recent book. Steve Glauberman, CEO of Enlighten Ventures and creator of the startup site What Was There – a virtual time machine you have to see to believe. And finally, author Dan Burns, known as “the cop who could write more than tickets,” who has written four local history books about the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

Special Co-Host: 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.



Marion Woodfork Simmons

Marion Woodfork Simmons

Marion Woodfork Simmons has been researching her family history for over 20 years.  In addition to preserving her family history, she is also interested in preserving the history of the communities where her ancestors lived.

Ms. Simmons is the owner of Woodfork Genealogy, LLC a research consulting company that assists individuals preserve their family history and the history of the communities in which their ancestors lived. Her website ( provides a wealth of information for individuals performing genealogy research in Caroline County, Virginia.

Ms. Simmons was one of several interviewers for the Fort AP Oral History Project which sought to preserve the history of the communities that existed in the area that became the Fort AP Hill Military Reservation. The final product of the project was a book titled Wealthy in Heart: Oral History of Life Before A.P. Hill.

In 2009, Ms. Simmons initiated the Union High School History Project to research, document and preserve the history of Union High School, Caroline County’s only high school for Negroes during the era of segregation.  The end result of the Project is a book titled Memories of Union High: An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969.   The book uses remembrances from alumni, faculty, family and friends; excerpts from school newspapers and yearbooks; and over 100 photographs and other memorabilia to preserve the history of Union High School.

Ms. Simmons is the author of the blog, Discovering Yesterday, ( where she provides research tips and tools, shares her thoughts on genealogy research, as well as, interesting local history.

Ms. Simmons has been interviewed on several occasions by the local news media regarding her research.   She has given presentations to genealogy groups in which uses her experience with the Union High History Project to give tools, tips and resources for researching, documenting and preserving local history.  It is her desires to encourage others to take an active role in preserving the history of the communities in which their ancestors lived.


Steve Glauberman

Steve Glauberman

Steve Glauberman founded Enlighten in 1983 as one of the nation’s first interactive agencies with a vision for how technology could be coupled with imaginative content and incisive marketing to improve the ways businesses connect with their customers. Under Steve’s leadership, Enlighten quickly established a sterling reputation for creating work that was visually stunning, technically powerful, and conceptually groundbreaking. Steve has continued to focus on the strategic development of interactive solutions that deliver efficient yet engaging user experiences – solutions that reflect his own uncommon blend of technical and aesthetic sophistication. Over the years, Steve has successfully guided numerous Fortune 1000 and smaller emerging companies in the ever evolving digital arena. To this day, Enlighten remains committed to creating integrated brand experiences that forge meaningful relationships with consumers by offering a wide range of digital services all within an independent agency. A board member of the Society of Digital Agencies (SoDA), Steve is a graduate in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.


Dan Burns
Dan Burns

Born in Pittsburgh, I received my degree in journalism and moved to Rochester, New York to teach high school English, literature and speech. I moved back to the Pittsburgh area to pursue a career in law enforcement becoming an officer for the City of Duquesne in 1994.

In addition to serving the residents of Duquesne, in 1997 I was called upon to help design the federal “Safe Schools Program” a comprehensive module initiated by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office to reduce the incidence of school violence. With that program, I became a federal instructor teaching this module to other members of law enforcement, schoolteachers, administrators and parents.

Although I have taught and have written much about crime and the prevention of it, my passion for history has led me to write the books” Duquesne,” “Bedford and its Neighbors,” Pittsburgh’s Rivers,” and “Homestead and the Steel Valley.” I have also contributed an extensive number of newsletter and magazine articles.

I have been featured on KDKA Radio, in numerous Pittsburgh Post-Gazette articles, the McKeesport Daily News and the WQED Rick Sebak documentary, “What Makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh?”

I am a Pittsburgh History instructor for Osher at Carnegie Mellon University, and I lecture at historical societies, schools, businesses and at various civic organizations on topics that include local history, writing and law enforcement.

Not too long ago, I was known as “the cop who could write more than tickets”, since I wrote four local history books including Duquesne, Pittsburgh’s Rivers and Homestead and the Steel Valley. Now after fifteen years in law enforcement specializing in crime prevention, I’ve decided to use my experience, write what I know, and publish a series of articles on safety and security. My experience includes teaching Crime Prevention to police officers for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the PA State Department of Education, as well as the FBI and US Attorney’s Office.


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