The Family Histories Podcast began quietly with a trailer on 29th March 2021, with the first full guest episode on 1st June. The series ran until its bonus episode on 24th August.
Episodes discussed topics including emigration, DNA testing, crime and convicts, Irish politics, young people in genealogy, socialism, and family disputes.
Each guest also shared their own current research brick wall, in a hope that one of our listeners can help them make bring it crashing down.
Series One Trailer
The debut series kicked off with this trailer on 29th March 2021.
Episode 1: ‘The Tyrant’ with Daniel Smith-Ramos
Andrew meets genealogist Daniel Smith-Ramos and hears about a tyrannical ancestor who pushed his family away.
Episode 2: ‘The Laundress’ with Jane Hough
Andrew meets family historian Jane Hough, and hears about her scissor-wielding criminal ancestor who was transported to Australia.
Episode 3: ‘The Butcher’ with George Hall
Andrew meets ‘Hidden Branch’ genealogist, George Hall, and hears about his business empire-building ancestor.
Episode 4: ‘The Entrepreneur’ with Lisa Louise Cooke
Andrew meets the Genealogy Gems podcast host Lisa Louise Cooke, and hears about her husband’s entrepreneurial ancestor who left the UK for a fresh start overseas.
Episode 5: ‘The Quack’ with Valmay Young
Andrew meets family historian Valmay Young, and hears about an ancestor who was a fraudulent medical man.
Episode 6: ‘The Witness’ with David Ryan
Andrew meets Irish professional genealogist Claire Bradley, and hears how her ancestor not only survived multiple elections, but also five shipwrecks.
Episode 7: ‘The Activist’ with Pam Smith
Andrew meets local historian, and former professional genealogist Pam Smith, and hears about her socialist relative who came to an untimely end in Canada.
Episode 8: The Epilogue (Bonus)
When the secret time machine malfunctions, guest Pam Smith and Sándor Petőfi find themselves alone in a burning garage. Where did host Andrew vanish to?