Jan 20, 2020
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin with a quick discussion on whether or not 2020 actually marks the beginning of a new decade, or the end of the old one. Then, they note that creative material from 1924 has now gone into public domain, out of copyright. The first news of the new year has to do with a pair of twins born thirty minutes apart in different days, months, years, and decades! Hear the details. The DNA Doe Project has done it again, identifying a murder victim who was killed in 1916! Hear the basis and then get ready for next week when Fisher visits with the DNA Doe team leader who oversaw their research. Finally, the guys talk about the sad news that a cemetery containing body of people who were enslaved has been located under a country club golf course in Florida. David then gives a shout out to blogger Wendy Callahan at ourprairienest.com.
Fisher’s first guest of the new year and new decade is Gena Philibert Ortega. Gena specializes in solving the challenges of researching your female ancestors. Gena explains the history of women’s fight for the vote in America and Britain and tells you where you might find voting records of your female ancestors… some even before 1920!
Then, Fisher visits with the iconic Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Dr. Gates is welcoming Season 6 of Finding Your Roots on PBS. He shares who the celebrity guests will be this season, and some of the stories his team uncovered while putting these episodes together. Dr. Gates will be getting a little surprise himself later this season. He reveals a little of what it will be about. (Dr. Gates will be joining Fisher throughout the Finding Your Roots season for insight on each new episode!)
Next, David Allen Lambert is back to take your questions on Ask Us Anything.
That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!