Apr 2, 2018
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher, who is struggling with a lung infection, is told by David that if the situation gets real bad, there is a place in the world that he should not go to. That’s because it is illegal to die there! Hear where that place is and why the law exists. Next, a New York Times story explains how it was determined at what point in time, Americans stopped marrying their cousins. David shares some of the story and why it happens. Then, it’s another halted project in Rome, Italy due to an incredible subterranean discovery. David then pivots to another story of the discovery of a World War II battleship, the second announced this month. Hear which one it was, who found it, and its significance. And final, DNA is being extracted from ancient human remains. Harvard is at it again. Could one or more of these people be your ancestor? (It’s more possible than you think!) David’s blogger spotlight then shines on DNA expert Blaine Bettinger. Blaine is a figure in the DNA field that everyone wants to hear from. See what he’s got to say at thegeneticgenealogist.com.
In the next two segments, Fisher mines some incredible World War I stories obtained by Christine Pittsley, a World War I Project Coordinator for the Connecticut State Library. Christine explains how the state went about obtaining this material from people’s homes as we recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of the “War To End All Wars.”
Then, Tom Perry is back to answer more of your preservation questions. Hear what about one woman’s recent find of old war photos, and her concerns for preserving them.
That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!