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.
Share the joy of celebrating Appalachian Artisans as the Appalachian Artisan Center rebuilds from the flood of 2022.
Mining In Appalachia
Topics to include:
Growing Up in a Coal Company Town
A Day in a Life of a Mine Foreman
Black Lung & Mine Safety
Reclaiming Old Mines
July 1st, 2023
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.
All of our guests are never paid to appear on the Webcast.