CSI, genealogy TV show and producer David Rambo

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David Rambo, former producer of the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS, joined me on “The Forget-Me-Not Hour” radio show this week. He talked about being a producer of the show and shared how accurate the science on the show is. In addition, David explained how a fictional TV show is developed. David and fellow CSI producer Carol Mendelsohn wrote a script for a TV pilot called “The Genealogist” for which I consulted a few years ago. The progress on the script was fascinating to watch. David … Read More

Mayflower Descendants, Ancestry, Genealogy and all things Pilgrims

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Scott Andrew Bartley, former editor of the periodical The Mayflower Descendant, joined me on The Forget-Me-Not Hour last night. Drew talked about the Mayflower, the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620, and their descendants. An estimated 20 to 50 million people in the world today are descended from 26 families who were on board the Mayflower.  Only a handful have actually joined the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the hereditary association for people who can prove their descent from one of the Mayflower passengers. Drew also talked about The Mayflower … Read More

1911 New York State Capital and Library Fire

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In 1911 the New York state capital in Albany burned, along with the New York state library that was housed inside. Most of the state library’s collection, which had been collected since 1818, was destroyed. The history of this devastating fire and of the New York state library has been captured in photos and has been published in a recently released book. Co-author Paul Mercer, senior librarian at the New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections division, joined me on The Forget-Me-Not Hour radio show this week to talk … Read More

Community-wide Genealogy and Anthropology

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Have you ever taken a community-wide approach to your genealogy? That’s what Helen Shaw recommends to help you in your search. Helen, a professional genealogist with degrees in anthropology, routinely uses her anthropology research skills in her genealogy work. This approach entails looking at your ancestor’s neighbors and community as a whole to figure out the puzzles in your research. It can help you figure out who a wife is, where they went to church or to record a deed, or what documents that neighbors kept, like journals, that may … Read More

Chinese Genealogy and the One Family, One Child Policy

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I just returned from a nine-day trip to China and found out a few interesting things about Chinese genealogy. In China, couples can have only one child–with a few exceptions. One is based on ethnicity and genealogy. My guide in Beijing was descended from the predominant ethnic group Han, and his wife was from the ethnic minority group Manchurian. By law, they can have more than one child because one of them is an ethnic minority. (They in fact have two children.) Their children can have more than one child … Read More

Using History to Place Your Ancestors in the Context of Their Times

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Last week I was a guest on Geneabloggers Blog Talk Radio show with host Thomas MacEntee. Our topic was using history to place our ancestors in the context of their times. I had a ball on the show. I got to talk about what I love to do–finding out about the stories of the lives of our  ancestors and giving context to their lives with their politics, religion, society, occupations, and locations.  As a historian and genealogist, I do this all the time with my ancestors and for my clients’ … Read More

City Historian Edwin Ford of Kingston, N.Y.

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Ever wonder what a city historian does? City of Kingston, N.Y.  historian Ed Ford joined me on The Forget-Me-Not Hour last week to tell us. New York state has mandated that each town and city have a historian. Some of them are paid and some are not. The guidelines for historians, interestingly, do no include genealogy. The historian’s job is to focus on the overall history of the municipality and not the individual families. The historians document the buildings, commerce and other functions of a town. Each historian will tackle … Read More

Yad Vashem, IAJGS, the Holocaust, Jewish Genealogy and Gary Mokotoff

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Jewish genealogist, lecturer and author Gary Mokotoff joined me on the radio show last week. He was attending the IAJGS–International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies–conference in Washington, D.C. and shared the latest on Yad Vashem’s efforts to identify two million remaining unidentified victims of the Holocaust. Gary recently returned from Jerusalem, where he had been invited by Yad Vashem to participate in a conference of Eastern European archivists to discuss how to identify the remaining victims. Each year a new set of birth records is made available to the public … Read More

Obama Genealogy and Megan Smolenyak

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Did you know Megan Smolenyak was the instigator of President Obama’s recent visit to Ireland in May? She started it all by delving into his family history, looking for the most recent immigrant to the U.S. in his family tree on his mother’s side. President Obama’s ancestry has deep American roots–going back into the 1600s and 1700s. Megan found that the president’s most recent ancestor immigrated to the U.S.  in the early 1850s. He was Falmouth Kearney from Ohio and Indiana once he got here. With this knowledge, the presidential … Read More

Thomas MacEntee and Genealogy Blogging

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Thomas MacEntee from Geneabloggers joined me on my radio show this week, and he had some great advice about genealogy blogging. Anyone can set up a blog. WordPress (which I use) is a great format to use. Just do a google search for WordPress. You can choose one of their templates for your blog and start right in. Decide on a topic. You can share stories of your family, of your research methods, of records that you’ve used. Then connect with Thomas and his Geneabloggers and you’re connected to more … Read More

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