The History of Genealogy

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ben_franklins_worldHistory has a history and genealogy has a history. And the histories of both affect how and why we study the past and how we understand and view it.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we explore why it’s important for us to understand that the practices and processes of history and genealogy have histories by exploring what the history of genealogy reveals about the early American past.

Our guide for this exploration is Karin Wulf, a Professor of History at the College of William & Mary and the Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. You can listen to the podcast here:

Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our world. Each episode features an interview with an historian who shares their unique insights into our early American past.

3 thoughts on “The History of Genealogy

    1. Liz CovartLiz Covart Post author

      There are several ways you can listen. You can listen right on the website. If you follow this link ( you will find a player in the blog post about the episode.

      If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can download the Ben Franklin’s World app or listen to the podcast through your favorite podcast app like Overcast, Google Play Music, or Apple Podcasts.

      If you have a tablet or Android Smartphone, I recommend downloading the OI Reader for this episode and listening to it through it as the OI Reader has extra content for this episode.

  1. Julie Dowd

    In the northern regions of New York and Vermont we have a very active interest in our family histories. In Clinton County, NY, we have a genealogical library dedicated to the family histories of those in Clinton County – the Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society or the Clinton County Genealogical Society in Dannemora, NY. We have several sister societies. In Franklin County there is a genealogical library in the Franklin County House of History in Malone, NY. Another society is the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society, in the Fort Ethan Allen Complex in Burlington. We also have connections to the Quebec Family History Society. All libraries are within an hour’s drive of Plattsburgh, NY, and have websites and Facebook pages.


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