Appalachian People and their Stories.

Documenting Appalachia one story at a time.  On each Webcast and Podcast, we introduce you to a special guest as they unravel what Appalachia means to them.  

It could be their work, their family, their home, or their heritage.  Appalachia is our heart and soul and it is our passion to document it one guest at a time.   

Our goal is to change the narrative about Appalachia one story at a time.  Join Us!


Listen to our "Commuter Friendly" podcasts:  History in Uniform, Across Branches & Eras, Appalachia Today.  

Each discussing Appalachia and Appalachians past and present.

History in Uniform

Co-Hosts: Mike and Sandy

Sharing Military History & Stories of Appalachians as they served our Country.  It is well known that when the call to join the military came, Appalachians were quick to sign up for duty.  We will explore an Appalachian and their military journey. Real stories from the front lines and unflinching tales of service and sacrifice. When we get lucky, special guests will join us. 

Across Branches & Eras

Host: Sandy

Take a journey as Sandy explores the Notables of Appalachia.  Learning about their struggles and successes and why they matter to Appalachia and Appalachians. Unveiling the stories that shaped legends and exploring the lives that leave a lasting impact. 

Appalachia Today

 Host: Sandy & Rotating Guests

Appalachia has always been in the news whether that is good or bad, we are here to talk about it.  This is a current events show discussing anything and everything from politics to environment.  Join us live and call in to our show to share your opinions. 


Join us as we welcome guests to our YouTube Channel for casual conversations about Appalachia and Appalachians.

Planting by the Signs

Join us each month as Rosann of Moon and Mountain Lore and Sandy of Ancestry Roads share 

Planting By the Signs gardening.  

Now streaming!

Click to Access the Monthly Playlist!   

NPE Diaries

Starting in September 2024, Ancestry Roads will explore Not-Expected Parent (NPE) that many discover from genealogical DNA tests.

Experts in DNA Research, Genealogical Research, and Actual Stories from those that found NPEs in their family tree and/or are a NPE either via adoption or unknown.

September 2024

Cornbread & Biscuits

Mother & Daughter
Appalachian Stories

Questions from a daughter to her mother on life growing up in Appalachia and traveling the Hillbilly Highway.

August 2024

NEW WEBCAST Documentary

Point Mountain Girls

Join Edie, Harriett, and Dottie as they talk about growing up in Appalachia after the Depression on Point Mountain, West Virginia

October 2024

Partnership Webcasts

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Join me as I share my family's personal stories of traveling the Hillbilly Highway.

Presentation a part of the WikiTree Day 2023 Symposium.  For more details visit the Appalachia Project on WikiTree.

Nov 2nd, 2023 at 5pm (EDT)

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For Appalachian Genealogy fans, watch our Project Presentation: A Journey through Appalachia.

Presentation a part of the WikiTree Day 2023.  For more details visit the Appalachia Project on WikiTree.

Nov 5th, 2023 at 5pm (EST)

For a list of all of 2023 Webcasts,  Visit the 2023 Episodes Link.

Professional Genealogy Services

We provide Professional Genealogical Services on a case-by-case basis.   Contact us for details.

Our Professional Genealogical Services provide accurate and detailed reports on Your Ancestors, Your Quests, Your Brick Walls.  We excel in researching Unknown Parentage/Adoption using DNA Research and US Based Research.

We provide an Ancestor History to our guests to complete their story.

Sandy Patak 

Webcaster / Podcaster

Appalachia.   When the word comes up in conversation with those not from Appalachia, I usually get asked if that is "The Trail".   No.  Most of the time, I also get asked if Appalachia is a real place or just a distinction of where Hillbillies come from (as if to say that Hillbillies are some mythical creature similar to how Fairies are defined in Scotland).  Yes.  Appalachia is a real "place".   Yes, there are Hillbillies too.

I started Ancestry Roads a long time ago as the place for my Professional Genealogical business.   During 2019, two things became quite evident:  Professional Genealogy is slowly winding down to the "Ancestry Arm Chair Genealogists" and at the same time Appalachia is under attack from the Media, Hollywood, Politicians, and even Professional Genealogists.  I could not stand by and let Appalachia continue to be attacked.

So, in 2022, I made the decision to close the Professional Genealogy part of my business (except for Adoption Angels which I will always do) and focus on something so dear to me:  Appalachia and Appalachians.   I want to Change the Narrative of Appalachia and Appalachians by sharing their stories, one at a time.

 The birth of the Ancestry Roads Webcast.  

Our guests are never paid to appear on the Webcast.  Opinions expressed are those of our guests.

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