The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told

Catch Jane Wilcox, host of The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories To Be Told talk radio show from Kingston, N.Y. Begun on 950 AM radio in Poughkeepsie in November 2010, Jane’s show features  interviews with local, regional and national genealogy and history guests, a little music, and lots of genealogy tips.

Regional focus show: Hear from scholars, archivists, government officials, curators, authors, and others who are keeping the history and genealogy of the Hudson Valley in New York and beyond alive and well. Listen live at 10:00 a.m. or 9:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month on and can be listened to on-demand anytime on BlogTalk and on iTunes for JaneEWilcox.

National focus show: Join nationally-known genealogists, authors, bloggers, historians, and more on this show focusing on the rest of the U.S. and the world. Live at 10:00 a.m. or 9:00 p.m. Eastern on the third Wednesday of the month on and on-demand or on iTunes for JaneEWilcox.

Guests scheduled to appear:

 October 15, 9:00 p.m. Eastern – Records Preservation: Are We Losing Access to Records? Jan Alpert, the chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), joins Jane this evening to talk about the organization and its mission to preserve open access to records around the country. Jan will discuss the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights, which was announced at the NGS Conference in Richmond, Virginia in May; what it means to genealogists as records are increasingly being closed to the public; and what we can do to help keep records available to us and maintain privacy as the same time. She’ll tell us where the current hot spots around the country are.

November 5, 10:00 a.m. Eastern – New Netherland InstituteCharles Gehring, director of the New Netherland Research Center at the New York State Library in Albany, joins Jane today to talk about the New Netherland Institute. What does the NNI do? How can we use the records it has preserved and translated from colonial Dutch New York?

November 17, 10:00 a.m. Eastern — English Manorial Records for 17th Century American Immigrants. Archivist, paleographer and historical researcher Peter Foden joins Jane from the United Kingdom today to talk about using English manorial records to track your colonial American family, whether they were in New England or Virginia, to their roots in England. Peter will discuss what types of records can be found in the manor records, how to use the records, what information can be found in the records, and the challenges in using these records from the 17th and 16th centuries — including the penmanship and language. (Many of the records are in Latin!)  Peter has worked in local authority archive services in Shropshire and Staffordshire, in education, and in business (the Oxford University Press and Boots the Chemist). He is currently providing archive consultancy services to a stately home, amongst the other freelance activities listed on this website. He is a member of the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland).

December 3, 10:00 a.m. — TBD


Listen to previous recordings on-demand on BlogTalkRadio.

Broadcasts have included:

Megan Smolenyak, formerly chief family historian and spokesperson for the largest genealogical company in the world. Megan tells about her discoveries of Michelle Obama’s family history and talks about her work with missing U.S. soldiers. Megan has consulted for and appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, NPR, and the BBC and wrote the companion book to the NBC TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?”.

Genie Milgrom and My 15 Grandmothers: A Story of Crypto Jews Genie Milgrom, the author of My 15 Grandmothers, made headlines in January when her story of tracing her lineage to Crypto Jews became known. We will talk about Genie’s journey of discovery, the ancestors she learned about on the way, and her book.  Genie Milgrom crossed the planet in search of her Crypto Jewish  or Marrano ancestors. She was able to find 15 grandmothers in an unbroken maternal lineage going back to the early 1500’s. It was also possible to successfully prove that her family had been Converso  Jews from before the Spanish Inquisition.

Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Newsletter, talking about the history of computers and genealogy on one show and on another show interviewed live from the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event in London.



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