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Writing a Family History

Writing a Family History

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At some point, many genealogists decide that it's time to shift effort from collecting new information about the family to sharing it with...

Immigration Records

Immigration Records

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Cathy Horn discovers a family tragedy and reconnects a lost child to her family tree.

Probate Records

Probate Records

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Learn about the kinds of records that are generated by the probate process and interesting details found in wills.

Newspapers as Records

Newspapers as Records

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Old newspaper stories detail the escapades of Lori Davis's great-grandmother.

Military Records

Military Records

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Witness the success of Susan Hadler as she uses military records to connect with the father she never knew.

Census Records

Census Records

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Darius Gray discovers his African-American ancestors in the 1880 census and then traces his history back to the Revolutionary War.

Cemetery Records

Cemetery Records

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Beth Uyehara tracks down her great grandfather's tombstone and gains a new sense of her Welsh heritage.

Religious Records

Religious Records

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Learn how to make the most of religious records.

Vital Records

Vital Records

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Searching for his ancestors' birth and marriage records, Jeff Gallup reconnects with his Italian heritage in his ancestral village of Piana.

Genealogy and Technology

Genealogy and Technology

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Computer resources help Megan Smolenyak find cousins she didn't know she had, both in the United States and in the Slovak village of Osturna....

Compiled Records

Compiled Records

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At some point, many genealogists decide that it's time to shift effort from collecting new information about the family to sharing it with...

Family Records

Family Records

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Journals, diaries, letters, photographs, and family Bibles are a great resource for family history. In addition to providing names and dates,...

Records at Risk

Records at Risk

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Thousands of irreplaceable records are destroyed every day, but around the world, heroic efforts are being made to preserve them.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

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Hear the moving stories of three very different ways Americans have chosen to create a family history legacy. The More Family has held reunions...

High-Tech Help

High-Tech Help

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Go inside a maximum security prison to meet inmates who pursue their genealogy through computers. Their stories, and the remarkable...

Your Medical Heritage

Your Medical Heritage

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While her father was hospitalized for cancer of the prostate, television journalist Carol Krause and her sisters made a count of all the family...

African American Research

African American Research

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Learn about the distinct challenge in researching African American records. Collette De Verge and members of the Southern California Genealogical...

Census and Military Records

Census and Military Records

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Gary Bryant, a reluctant soldier in the Vietnam War, reveals how the study of his pedigree helped him discover his ancestors' legacy of military...

Libraries and Archives

Libraries and Archives

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Meet real people researching their pedigrees at the library and hear the story of police officer Tom Madrid, who combed through libraries,...

The Paper Trail

The Paper Trail

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Like many Americans, Rafael Guber has ancestors who immigrated to the United States. Together with 100 descendants of immigrants, Rafael helped...

Gathering Family Stories

Gathering Family Stories

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A recent immigrant to the United States, Fabiana Chiu had mixed feelings about her Chinese-Peruvian heritage. Wanting to know more, Fabiana...

Looking at Home

Looking at Home

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Begin your search for family history right in your home. Shannon Applegate shows how to find hidden treasures in the "debris of living." Antonia...

Getting Started

Getting Started

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Genealogy may seem daunting, but getting started is easy and rewarding. Join genealogy experts for advice on how to get started on your own...

Writing a Family History

Writing a Family History

At some point, many genealogists decide that it's time to shift effort from collecting new information about the family to sharing it with others. Writing a family history is one of the most effective and satisfying ways of doing this.

Immigration Records

Immigration Records

Cathy Horn discovers a family tragedy and reconnects a lost child to her family tree.

Probate Records

Probate Records

Learn about the kinds of records that are generated by the probate process and interesting details found in wills.

Newspapers as Records

Newspapers as Records

Old newspaper stories detail the escapades of Lori Davis's great-grandmother.

Military Records

Military Records

Witness the success of Susan Hadler as she uses military records to connect with the father she never knew.

Census Records

Census Records

Darius Gray discovers his African-American ancestors in the 1880 census and then traces his history back to the Revolutionary War.

Cemetery Records

Cemetery Records

Beth Uyehara tracks down her great grandfather's tombstone and gains a new sense of her Welsh heritage.

Religious Records

Religious Records

Learn how to make the most of religious records.

Vital Records

Vital Records

Searching for his ancestors' birth and marriage records, Jeff Gallup reconnects with his Italian heritage in his ancestral village of Piana.

Genealogy and Technology

Genealogy and Technology

Computer resources help Megan Smolenyak find cousins she didn't know she had, both in the United States and in the Slovak village of Osturna. Experts elaborate on how to use computers and the Internet to seek out family connections.

Compiled Records

Compiled Records

At some point, many genealogists decide that it's time to shift effort from collecting new information about the family to sharing it with others. Writing a family history is one of the most effective and satisfying ways of doing this.

Family Records

Family Records

Journals, diaries, letters, photographs, and family Bibles are a great resource for family history. In addition to providing names and dates, they can bring our ancestors to life.

Records at Risk

Records at Risk

Thousands of irreplaceable records are destroyed every day, but around the world, heroic efforts are being made to preserve them.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

Hear the moving stories of three very different ways Americans have chosen to create a family history legacy. The More Family has held reunions every five years since 1889. What makes them so unique is that they have preserved every reunion for the past 60 years on film. The inspiring legacy of the dozens of handmade quilts Tabula Bottoms left her family is a quiet testament to her courage and humility. Jazz musician Hannibal Lokumbe celebrates the discovery of the lost grave of his great-great-grandfather, a former slave. Gathering his family at the burial site, he pays tribute to his ancestor with African ritual music and dance.

High-Tech Help

High-Tech Help

Go inside a maximum security prison to meet inmates who pursue their genealogy through computers. Their stories, and the remarkable rehabilitative influence of family history, will surprise and inspire you.

Your Medical Heritage

Your Medical Heritage

While her father was hospitalized for cancer of the prostate, television journalist Carol Krause and her sisters made a count of all the family members who had passed away, and came to a shocking conclusion: a large number of them had died of cancer. She began to research her family history, an important part of which was sending away for family death certificates. The information she discovered in this search ended up saving her own life as well as the lives of other family members: she herself was diagnosed with colon cancer and was able to have it treated early on. In the studio segment, hosts Jim and Terry Willard discuss with geneticists Dr. Raymond White and Vickie Venne the advantages to building a medical family pedigree in addition to a family pedigree, and the proper way to interpret the information resulting from this type of search.

African American Research

African American Research

Learn about the distinct challenge in researching African American records. Collette De Verge and members of the Southern California Genealogical Association share what family history and genealogy means to them as African Americans. Then, expert Tony Burroughs dispels myths about African American records and introduces new information to help begin a successful search.

Census and Military Records

Census and Military Records

Gary Bryant, a reluctant soldier in the Vietnam War, reveals how the study of his pedigree helped him discover his ancestors' legacy of military service, giving him a sense of purpose and self-worth. In the studio, hosts Jim and Terry Willard talk with genealogy expert Kurt Witcher on the value of U.S. Census and military records as sources of information. He tells viewers what detailed information to look out for, and what pitfalls to avoid when looking at these older records.

Libraries and Archives

Libraries and Archives

Meet real people researching their pedigrees at the library and hear the story of police officer Tom Madrid, who combed through libraries, courthouses, and church records to research his family history.

The Paper Trail

The Paper Trail

Like many Americans, Rafael Guber has ancestors who immigrated to the United States. Together with 100 descendants of immigrants, Rafael helped re-create the experience of first entering the United States via Ellis Island, near the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Experts Sharon Carmack and John Colletta introduce the major types of records you can find as you look for the written accounts of events in the lives of your ancestors.

Gathering Family Stories

Gathering Family Stories

A recent immigrant to the United States, Fabiana Chiu had mixed feelings about her Chinese-Peruvian heritage. Wanting to know more, Fabiana traveled with her parents to Peru to interview living relatives. Through her journey, she discovered strong links to her Chinese heritage. Journalist Bill Zimmerman focuses on how the novice can not only successfully interview living relatives, but document and preserve the information they share.

Looking at Home

Looking at Home

Begin your search for family history right in your home. Shannon Applegate shows how to find hidden treasures in the "debris of living." Antonia Cottrell Martin demonstrates how to look for and preserve important family documents.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Genealogy may seem daunting, but getting started is easy and rewarding. Join genealogy experts for advice on how to get started on your own family history.

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