Webcasts on Appalachian People and their Stories.

Documenting Appalachia one story at a time.  Each Webcast 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.  

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New  Webcast Series


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

Planting By the Signs gardening.

Click to Access the Monthly Playlist!   


Starting in May 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.


Rugged ridges pierce the sky, 

Hollars echo with bluegrass sigh.

Strength and spirit, a land apart,

Appalachia holds my heart.

Upcoming Webcasts

March 2024
Cornbread & Biscuits

Mother & Daughter
Appalachian Stories

This month's topic is:
St Patrick's Day Pizza
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March 19th, 5pm (EST)

March 2024
Planting By The Signs

Appalachian Folklore Planting

This month's topic is:
Dark Nights and Potatoes

Click to Watch
March 1st, 2pm (EST)

Point Mountain Girls

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

April 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

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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