First, a correction: I had read on a genealogy blog that last night’s episode would be set in San Francisco. It was actually set in Nashville (which I should have figured out by the trailer I linked to *facepalm*).
The show is formatted very much like antiques roadshow, the difference being that instead of just showing up with an antique teapot and standing in the line for the expert on antique teapots, participants had to submit their genealogy questions ahead of time, which makes sense considering the amount of research that would be required to answer anyone’s question. They showed a wide variety of cases, my favourite being a woman whom they were able to prove was related to the outlaw Jesse James. They also included short histories of some of the famous people who were researched, and the historical building in which the taping took place.
In all, I enjoyed the show, although I missed the last 15 minutes because one of my babies started crying and I needed to go deal with him. I look forward to next week’s episode, which will be set in Detroit.
There has been a proliferation of genealogy television shows lately. From Ancestors in the Attack to Who Do You Think You Are (produced separately in America, Canada, and England), there are lots of options for armchair genealogists. Tonight a new title is being added to the selection. The producers of the very popular Antiques Roadshow have created Genealogy Roadshow. Just as you’d expect, they travel around the country to provide access to history experts, only instead of appraising antique tea cups, they’re uncovering the truth behind people’s family history. Tonight’s episode comes from San Francisco, a city with a fascinating history including bootlegging, gangster, and the Gold Rush.
For those of us in Toronto, tune in at 9:00 on PBS Buffalo (WNED). You can see trailers for the show here. I’ll post my thought’s on tonight’s episode tomorrow.
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I strongly believe that genealogy is about more than census records and birth certificates; it’s about social history and understanding ourselves and our world through the lens of whom and what has come before us. This blog will be my chance to talk to you about genealogy, history, and all the little things that made up life then and make up life now.