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Sep 21, 2015

When when captured Southern soldiers were forced to fight for the North, they generally didn't want to talk about it.  But this guy took it one step further.  Ken Alford shares a great story he uncovered while writing a book.  And who ever thought there would be a "Center For Home Movies?"  But there is!

Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors.  David talks about the remarkable discovery of a young man whose remains were found hanging from the roots of a downed tree in Ireland... almost 1,000 years after his death!  Fisher and David also talk about the challenge awaiting young people in their research when they are unable to read cursive writing.  The problem has already begun.  David has a Tech Tip of the Week, and a brand new NEHGS Free Database.  You'll have to listen to hear what it is!

Fisher then visits with Dwight Swanson with the Center for Home Movies.  What do they do and how can your old home movies be a part of it?  Find out in segment 2.

Then it's another remarkable ancestral story.  Fisher talks with Ken Alford, a writer who came across the story of a "galvanized" Union soldier who took his true identity and Civil War experience to the grave.  Not even his wife knew!  Hear how his story was discovered by descendants and what the truth was.

Then Tom Perry, the Preservation Authority from, helps another listener with a preservation problem concerning some recently found daguerreotype photos.  (Send your questions to

It's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!