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. Interviews with special local, regional and national genealogy 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.

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

Guests scheduled to appear:


 March 5 – New York Loyalists Land Confiscations with William Ruddock. 10:00am Eastern. Author William Ruddock talks about the property forfeitures and confiscations of New York’s Loyalists during the American Revolution. Learn how the new state of New York went about confiscating property of those who supported the king and what records were maintained in the process. After a general conversation, we will focus on Putnam County and the confiscated properties of the Philipse Highland Patent, featured in Bill’s new book, Confiscated Properties of Philipse Highland Patent, Putnam County, New York, 1780-1785.

March 19 - New York Track at NGS Richmond 2014. 9:00pm Eastern. Join Jane this evening when she welcomes the presenters of the New York Genealogical & Biographical-sponsored New York Track at the National Genealogical Society’s 2014 family history conference in Richmond. The New York Track lecture team will talk about the exciting lineup of New York genealogy topics at this year’s conference. The track includes Naomi Joshi on Navigating the Past: Gazetteers and Genealogists, Terry Koch-Bostic with two topics: Misspelled, Misunderstood or Deliberate? Are Your New York Ancestors’ Records Hidden Under a Surname Variation? and Upside Down Migration: South Carolina to Nova Scotia to New York, Joan Koster-Morales on New York’s Confederate Prisons: Elmira and New York City, and radio show host Jane Wilcox on Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources. Naomi will also give the NYG&B Luncheon talk on How to assemble a weighty genealogical tome and survive the experience! The New York Track and Luncheon take place on Thursday, 8 May.

April 2 — TBD 

April 16 – Our Ancestors – Our Stories with the Memory Seekers. 9:00pm Eastern. 


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?”.

Mel Smith, featured with Mathew Broderick on “Who Do You Think You Are?” and reference librarian at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. Mel talks about his experience on WDYTYA? and shares his insights and expertise as a genealogy reference librarian. Find out what sources the library has that could help you in your research.

Lisa Wilcox, administrator of three family DNA groups–including the Wilcox DNA project. Lisa talks about genetics and genealogy and how genetics works hand-in-hand with paper genealogy and can sometimes reveal surprises in a pedigree.

Patty Matteson and Louisa Finn, members of the Smiley family who founded Mohonk Mountain House, talk about the Smiley family Quaker ancestry and their conservation legacy.

Sojourner Truth ~ Anne Gordon, Ulster County (N.Y.) Historian and Bob Lusk, nationally known folk musician, who are spearheading the drive to erect a statue of Sojourner Truth in Port Ewen, N.Y. (where Sojourner lived); and Thomas McLiechey, a descendant of Sojourner Truth from Battle Creek, Mich., talk about Sojourner Truth, her legacy, and slave ancestry in New York.

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