Jan 2, 2017
It’s a “Best of Extreme Genes” episode! Fisher opens the
show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England
Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. They
exchange tales of recent finds. Fisher talks about his
discovery that he has a connection to the Major Deegan for whom the
“Major Deegan Expressway” is named. David talks about
learning that the adoption of his wife’s great great grandmother.
As it turns out, she wasn’t French-Canadian… she was Irish!
David then talks about how Wisconsin Indian burial grounds are in
jeopardy. Hear what lawmakers in that state have in mind for
these historic grounds. Next, David shares the news of an exciting
new digitization project. David then gives you a great tip on how
to find mug shots of your “black sheep” ancestors.
Fisher then shares his 2014 interview (starts at 11:09) with
Heather Leathergood who was SOLD at birth by an unscrupulous woman
who claimed to be a doctor. Heather talks about what she learned
about her origins, what she was worth (!), her journey to find
birth family, and her long sought after breakthrough which resulted
in the connection with two half-brothers! You’ll want to hear
Next (starts at 24:47), Martha Noland Bergstrom of
Independence, Missouri talks about her research which tied her into
the tragic shooting in the mid-1800s. The story involves a posse, a
robber, and a little girl. Here how Martha learned of her
connection and what she has done to memorialize the
Fisher visits with Tom Perry, the Preservation Authority from
TMCPlace.com about a photograph brought to him during this year’s
“Roots Tech” conference. As he explains, he “wanted it bad!” What
was so unique about the photo and what arrangement was reached?
Listen to the podcast and find out!
That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family