Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen

Kathleen Brandt

A "brick-wall"  DIY genealogy podcast that features your questions and Kathleen Brandt's answers. She wants your stories, questions, and “brick walls”.   But be ready to add to your "to-do" list.  As Kathleen always says, this is a Do it yourself (DIY) genealogy podcast. “I'll show you where the shovel is, but I'm not digging up your family.”
Maybe, you have no idea where to start searching for an ancestor. Or, perhaps you want to know more about your family folklore. Host Kathleen has 20 years in the industry and is the founder of a3genealogy. She's able to dispense genealogy research advice and encouragement in understandable terms that won't get you lost in genealogy jargon. Along with her husband and co-host, John, she helps you accomplish "do-it-yourself" research goals, learn some history, and have a bit of fun along the way. Light-hearted and full of detailed info, Hittin' the Bricks is your solution for your brick-wall research problems.

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Placing Out Children: Riders of the Orphan Trains
01-02-2024
Placing Out Children: Riders of the Orphan Trains
Researching your ancestor was "placed out" during the orphan train movement of 1854 - 1920's? Brace yourself for an episode that might just reshape how you research this pivotal, yet shadowy, segment of American history. John questions Kathleen on the transport of children bustling East Coast cities to all 48 states.  No state was missed as the trains traversed the heartland's rural expanses to the reach the southern and western states.Kathleen brings a wealth of knowledge to our conversation, casting a light on the diverse tapestry of experiences faced by the orphaned children.  John is also seeking more information on his half-brother, Bob, who grew up within the walls of a boys' "boarding home" rather than the family homes. This episode doesn't just recount the past; it connects us to the human stories that continue to echo through time.Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen is supported by our generous sponsors:     MyHeritage.com     Caymus Vineyards, CA & Private Donors to TracingAncestors.comBe sure to bookmark linktr.ee/hittinthebricks for your one stop access to Kathleen Brandt, the host of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen. And, visit us on YouTube: Off the Wall with Kathleen John and Chewey video recorded specials. Hittin' the Bricks is produced through the not-for-profit, 501c3 TracingAncestors.org. Thanks to MyHeritage for their generous support to Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen! Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to HTB with Kathleen in order to enter your name in our monthly MyHeritage Complete Package giveaway starting Jan 2024!
Identifying Native Americans: The Mysteries of the Tyeskey Lineage
25-07-2023
Identifying Native Americans: The Mysteries of the Tyeskey Lineage
Ever wondered what mysteries your family name might hold? Our guest, Dina Newman from Kansas City, shares her captivating DIY genealogy journey of tracing her roots, uncovering unexpected connections and piecing together a complex family history. As we delve into the unusual last name of Tyeskey, we explore not only a tale of adopted surnames but also a story that reaches back to ex-slave Phyllis Petite and a Texas plantation owner, Jack Bell. This isn't just a tale of name changes; it's a deep dive into the identities that names can shape,  and the stories they silently hold.As we navigate the winding roads of Dina's family history, we uncover the intriguing heritage of the Tyeskey family,  and their ties to Oklahoma and Texas.  We also shed light on the riveting tale of Phyllis Petite, revealing unexpected historical threads that challenge the familiar narratives of Dina's family history. From Fort Gibson to Rusk County, Texas, prepare to embark on an enthralling excursion into the past, unraveling mysteries, and exploring the fascinating intersection of names, family, and identity.Be sure to bookmark linktr.ee/hittinthebricks for your one stop access to Kathleen Brandt, the host of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen. And, visit us on YouTube: Off the Wall with Kathleen John and Chewey video recorded specials. Hittin' the Bricks is produced through the not-for-profit, 501c3 TracingAncestors.org. Thanks to MyHeritage for their generous support to Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen! Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to HTB with Kathleen in order to enter your name in our monthly MyHeritage Complete Package giveaway starting Jan 2024!
The Elusive Ancestor: Quest for Great-Grandfather Richard Bush
22-06-2023
The Elusive Ancestor: Quest for Great-Grandfather Richard Bush
We've got an intriguing genealogy mystery on our hands, as we chat with Bonnie Flatt from Illinois about her brick wall: Her DIY research reveals her great-grandfather, Richard Bush. Born in 1834 in either Illinois or Indiana, Richard's origins remain elusive, and Bonnie's quest for answers has led her to explore various strategies, such as understanding the naming conventions of the time period, investigating land records, and examining military records, wills, deeds, and probates.Elusive Ancestor Research TipsUnscramble the family using  and analyzing the following:Marriage RecordsAnalyzing Census Records by following children names, and ages and others living in the home.County Court RecordsCemetery Records. Or death certificates if recorded by stateDNA Analysis to connect to family, if applicable. May wish to use a professional.Wills Land Records Military recordsNeed More Information visit a3Genealogy blog: Elusive Ancestor Research tips and Hints posted 25 Jun 2023: linktr.ee/a3genealogyBe sure to bookmark linktr.ee/hittinthebricks for your one stop access to Kathleen Brandt, the host of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen. And, visit us on YouTube: Off the Wall with Kathleen John and Chewey video recorded specials. Hittin' the Bricks is produced through the not-for-profit, 501c3 TracingAncestors.org. Thanks to MyHeritage for their generous support to Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen! Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to HTB with Kathleen in order to enter your name in our monthly MyHeritage Complete Package giveaway starting Jan 2024!
Unraveling Roots: Revealing Kaufman Ancestral Secrets
06-06-2023
Unraveling Roots: Revealing Kaufman Ancestral Secrets
E201  On this first episode of Season 2, join us on an enlightening journey as we explore the world of DIY genealogy with our inspiring guest, Ronnie, a dedicated teacher from Farmingdale, Long Island. Roni  joins Kathleen for a session that sorts out four Samuels, the Salvation Army, and why assumptions are the arch enemies of genealogy heroes.  Research Sites/ Repositories Bronx Jewish Synagogues:         http://www.bronxsynagogues.org/ic/bronxsyn/survey.htmlNYC Dept of Vital Records: https://a860-historicalvitalrecords.nyc.gov/searchJewish Gen: https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/jgform.phpJewish Genealogy Society of NY: https://groups.jewishgen.org/g/mainFamilysearch.org:  https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Ajewish Familysearch Wiki:  Russia Jewish Records        https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/Russia_Jewish_Recordsfold3.com: may have the naturalization records of parents or holder siblings born in Russia.  This database is most often  free through your library card. NY – NARA:  New York National Archives may hold naturalization records.  https://www.archives.gov/nyc USCIS. For naturalization records  after Sep 1906; some ship manifests https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/forms/g-639.pdfOther ResourcesResearch Orthodox Church in America (OCA) https://blog.a3genealogy.com/2012/06/research-orthodox-church-in-america-oca.html7 Steps to Begin Jewish Genealogical Research https://blog.a3genealogy.com/2018/01/7-steps-to-begin-your-jewish-research.htmlAnd be sure to follow the a3Genealogy blog for a full blog post on this topic.Happy Research (and learning). Be sure to provide feedback for each episode. Be sure to bookmark linktr.ee/hittinthebricks for your one stop access to Kathleen Brandt, the host of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen. And, visit us on YouTube: Off the Wall with Kathleen John and Chewey video recorded specials. Hittin' the Bricks is produced through the not-for-profit, 501c3 TracingAncestors.org. Thanks to MyHeritage for their generous support to Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen! Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to HTB with Kathleen in order to enter your name in our monthly MyHeritage Complete Package giveaway starting Jan 2024!
Lost in Indian Territory
26-03-2023
Lost in Indian Territory
Kathleen and Vickie begin a search in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma ) for Vickie's great-grandmother Ellen's maiden name. Kathleen's advice? "Let's let's go back to the starting gate." She outlined 10 resources/steps to review even before the DNA analysis.  The more information gathered on the family for your DNA analysis, the more success you'll have toward reaching your goal.  This Do it yourself genealogy work will help Vickie build a strong foundation to stand on when she starts swinging the hammer on her family brick wall.What was Ellen’s Maiden Name?1.     Organize. Separate family units (i.e. children from first and second husbands, and  grandchildren.)2.     Local Records. School census and enrollment documents will provide birthdates and parentage hints, and possible extended families.  Review school records for all of Ellen’s children and those under her care. 3.     Church Records. Marriage records often name parents, and family members as witnesses.  Local preachers may have kept records. You may uncover Ellen’s maiden name through her family connections.4.     Vital Records. Birth certificates, delayed birth certificates, and death certificates may name mother’s maiden name. These may also assist with #1: separating family units. 5.     Social Security Application ($$). This may not be fruitful at this time, as the children of Ellen may not know their mother’s maiden name. But, be sure to re-evaluate the cost/risk benefit. 6.     Marriage Records. Marriage applications often name mother’s maiden name. Review the marriage records for all children of Ellen.7.     Midwife Records / Family Bibles.  Midwives typically know the families and may have recorded Ellen’s maiden name. Don’t forget to research the midwife. Many families had a midwife in the family.  8.     Newspapers (Local and Online). Obituaries and even court recorder published announcements may proffer names and relationships. Who was Ellen’s family? 9.     Land Records. James (and/or Ellen) owned their land.  How did they acquire it?  Land deeds may provide hints to Ellen’s family, parents, or name first husband, if applicable.10. Native American Records / Applications (NARA).  Don’t forget the rejected applications also.   Our goal here was to identify records that often name mother’s maiden name.Interested in participating in an future episode of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen, just submit the form.Kathleen Be sure to bookmark linktr.ee/hittinthebricks for your one stop access to Kathleen Brandt, the host of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen. And, visit us on YouTube: Off the Wall with Kathleen John and Chewey video recorded specials. Hittin' the Bricks is produced through the not-for-profit, 501c3 TracingAncestors.org. Thanks to MyHeritage for their generous support to Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen! Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to HTB with Kathleen in order to enter your name in our monthly MyHeritage Complete Package giveaway starting Jan 2024!