pajamas & pedigrees

The Fun and Engaging Way to Dive Deeper Into Your Family History

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I know how intrigued you are by family history.  I know how much you want to explore your family tree, uncover family stories, and have the confidence that you are doing it right.

However, this journey can be filled with challenges. Do you ever find yourself stuck, unsure of the next step?  Navigating the powerful tools and features on Ancestry® can be daunting.  And, deciphering your AncestryDNA® results can be overwhelming.  Sometimes, the process of exploring your family tree can feel like a lot of hard work with little reward.  And, current educational resources often fall short - either too dull or too complex - making it hard to maintain your enthusiasm.

Exploring your family history should be fun, not frustrating.

That's why I created pajamas & pedigrees™, a unique community designed to make uncovering your family's stories an enjoyable experience.  Inspired by the way my nephews spend hours watching others play video games, I asked myself:

"What if genealogists could watch other genealogists do genealogy?"

Imagine the thrill of discovering new family history, amplified by a supportive community dedicated to making your genealogical journey more enjoyable and rewarding.

With pajamas & pedigrees™, you'll follow expert genealogists as they guide you through navigating the tools and features on Ancestry.  You'll learn how to find the historical records you need, wherever they may be.

Our step-by-step tutorials and live demonstrations ensure that you gain the skills and confidence needed to explore your family tree with ease and excitement.

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As a p&p community member you will gain:

Here is what our community is saying:

Beth White

"Another great session.  Could we do this every night?  I learn so much every time!"

Jo Anne Gannon

"This session held my interest the whole time.  I learned so much just by watching you move around Ancestry, how you used mapping, spreadsheets, and Google docs."

Linda Swanson

"You have taught me so many things I wish I'd known when I started my tree in 2011.  You are so appreciated!"

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Your pajamas & pedigrees™ Membership Includes:

  • 3 LIVE sessions a month and on demand session replays (valued at $360)
  • 2024 session archive:  Access to all 22 sessions from Jan-Jun (valued at $220)
  • Quarterly interactive sessions where you can participate in "Brick Wall Hot Seats" and member only "Ask Me Anything" (valued at $40)
  • pajamas & pedigrees™ Community Group includes discussion boards and chat logs from each session with useful links and resources (valued at $50)
  • Guest genealogist bonus sessions (valued at $40)
  • Access to specialty courses like the upcoming "50 State Summer" Series (valued at $150)
  • and full, ongoing access to the free BEGINNERS' Series.

Total value:  $860

Join the pajamas & pedigrees™ Community Now For Only


  • 3 Monthly LIVE Sessions
  • 2024 Session Archive
  • Quarterly Interactive Sessions
  • p&p Community Group
  • Bonus session with guest genealogists and access to specialty courses
  • BEGINNERS' Series
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In addition, for a limited time, you can take advantage of our Summer Sale Special Bonuses:

  • 2022/2023 Session Archive:  Access all 41 sessions from the first 13 months of the program.  Only being sold until July 10th and then it will not be made available again. (valued at $410)
  • The Search Party Method Course:  Get immediate access to the step-by-step method for breaking through your genealogy brick walls in a video course with accompanying workbook (valued at $97)
  • Blank Family History Chart:  Choose from any of the blank charts available through Family Chartmasters to display your family tree (valued at $55)

Total value:  $562

Summer Sale Special Bonuses


one time fee - only available until July 10th

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How do I know if p&p is for me?

Perfect for you if:

  • You are actively engaged (or want to be) in climbing your family tree
  • You recognize that there is still a lot you can learn
  •  You learn best by a combination of watching someone do it and trying it for yourself
  • You want to be part of a fun, engaged family history community

Not for you if:

  • You are not interested in family history
  • You already know everything there is to know about how to do genealogy research and how to use the available tools and resources
  • You learn best by reading a how to manual
  • You prefer exploring your family history on your own

"It's like a genealogy club but with slumber party energy!"

Someone recently asked me how I would describe this amazing pajamas & pedigrees™ community.  This is it!

I created p&p to provide a fun, engaging, and supportive community for us all to pursue our family stories together.  I want to help you climb your family tree (and ensure that you are climbing the right one!).  I want to help you discover and share your family stories in powerful ways that connect your family more deeply to one another.

When you join our little community, exploring family history can become an even more exciting and more rewarding journey.

I can't wait to see you in our next session!


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Oh, if we haven't met ...

I'm Crista Cowan.  World renowned genealogist and expert family history educator. 😊 I've got nearly four decades of experience climbing my own family tree and more than two decades teaching others how to do the same.

I've worked for Ancestry® since 2004. I'm the Corporate Genealogist there (but this is my personal website and not sponsored or endorsed by them in any way). That means I've spend thousands of hours helping others discover and share their own family stories.

I have an engaging (and quickly chart-climbing) new podcast called Stories That Live In Us.  I'm the host of the YouTube series, The Barefoot Genealogist.

I have an unwavering belief in the transformative power of family history to help you maintain meaningful family connections and develop a strong family narrative.

And, I'm always trying to find new ways to serve you in your family history journey.

Still not sure you want to dive all the way in to this amazing community?

You can try out the pajamas & pedigrees™ community on a month to month basis if you just want to dip your toe into the water and see what it's all about and if it's for you.

The basic monthly membership includes access to all LIVE sessions and recordings while your membership is active.

I Want Access to Everything! And the Summer Bonuses.
I'd Like to Just Try Out The Basic Membership.