History is a critical part of ancestry research. If you don’t understand the history of the area you are researching, you will miss significant clues and record sets. What do the following have in common:
- 5 Historical Hoaxes
- The Bone Wars (Parts 1 and 2)
- The Halifax Explosion
- The Sisters Fox: They Talked to Dead People
- The Great Stink of 1858
These are just some of the more than 300 titles of episodes in the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast from Discovery. Twice a week, Deblina Chakraborty and Sarah Dowdey bring you a new perspective on interesting stories from history.
Podcasts run the gamut from biographical pieces, to period history, to unique stories. “The Bombardment of Baltimore” delves into the War of 1812 battle that lead to the Star Spangled Banner. They also discuss more modern historical events, such as “Who Wore the Pink Triangle?” which discussed the loss of German gays in the Nazi concentration camps.
Some of these stories, such as ”What Really Happened in Salem?” in which the duo separates fact from fiction regarding the events of 1692, may apply directly to your ancestors. Others, such as “The Great Stink of 1858,” may help give you historical context for the lives of your ancestors. Still others, such as Lizze Borden and Her Axe, may just be interesting historical lessons in general.
The best part about the podcast is that it is totally free. It is one of the offerings in iTunes University from the iTunes store. You can download individual episodes dating back to 2010, or just listen to them online. You can also subscribe so that new episodes will be sent to you as they are made available twice a week.
These make great listening when you are commuting by car or on the subway. They also work well when doing your housecleaning. Imagine how your family will feel when you have A Jewish Pirate’s Live For Me! blaring through the speakers as you are dusting the living room.