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.
Mountaineer Military Museum
Join us as we talk with Barbara about the museum, her and Ron's dedication to all of those in West Virginia that served our Country, and how you can help their efforts.
Nov 16th, 2023 at 4pm
Point Mountain Girls
Join Edie, Harriett, and Dottie as they talk about growing up in Appalachia after the Depression on Point Mountain, West Virginia
Max Fraser, Author of Hillbilly Highway, the Transappalachian Migration and the making of a White Working Class., joins us for a discussion on this largely untold story and the effects it caused.
We are headed deep into Appalachia during October 2023 to meet business owners, locals, and the people that make Appalachia special.
Kentucky and It's Kin
Rusty Heckaman, Archivist for the State of Kentucky joins us to discuss the Kentucky Genealogical Society's latest book provides guidance and information in this publication provides a wealth of records found in the Kentucky archives.
Join Allison as she discusses Heartsick and Astonished. Twenty-seven divorce cases from Pre & Post Civil War in Wheeling, WV.
These cases provide a captivating window into marital life—and strife—in the border South.
Appalachia Road Trip
We headed deep into Appalachia during October 2023 to meet business owners, locals, and the people that make Appalachia special.
Each day, a different location. Each day, different people of Appalachia to talk to and hear their stories.
Daily Reveals on our YouTube Channel: @ancestryroads
Appalachia Road Trip - Share the Journey
Weaverville, North Carolina
Forge + Hobbit House
Alderson, West Virginia
Coal Mine + Glamping Dome
Nuttalburg, WV +
Coal Mine Ghost Town + Haunted Mansion
The Largest City in Appalachia
Western Maryland &
Candyland & Antiques
Apple Butter Festival
And Berkeley Springs
Randolph County, WV
The Pioneer Cabin
Webster Springs, WV
Walking the Steps of my Ancestors and Parents
Mountaineer Military Museum
Glass, Appalachia, and More Glass
Traveling the Back Roads of Appalachia
Bristol, Virginia & Bristol,. Tennessee
Birthplace of Country Music
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.
None of our guests are ever paid to appear on the Webcast.