Extreme Genes - America's Family History and Genealogy Radio Show & Podcast

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Extreme Genes is a genealogy show hosted by Fisher. Fisher has 30+ years of radio experience and has had a passion for genealogy since he was a teen. On Extreme Genes Fisher sets out to educate the audience on resources and techniques for completing any gaps found in your family tree. Each week Fisher interviews national experts in the field of genealogy as well as news related to all of our genealogy. Be sure to visit ExtremeGenes.com for all the latest on the show.

Episode Date
Fisher’s Top Tips #364
01:00

Fisher talks about the risk of taking on line trees at face value and why copying isn’t researching.

Jun 29, 2022
Episode 426 - DNA Detective CeCe Moore On The Growing Fertility Fraud Scandal
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with guest host David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins with a little history of Father’s Day, and how it started with the love of one woman for her dad. Dave then mentions meeting a man who actually saw Babe Ruth play when he was a boy. (Not many of those folks are around anymore!)  DNA is helping the military and what they’re learning about some of those WW2 guys whose remains were sent home is disturbing. Next, hear about two women who discovered that they were sisters… and then went into business together! Then, find out how a man lived some 70 years with non-stop hiccups!

Fisher then, in two parts, visits with The DNA Detective, CeCe Moore. Recently, Netflix released a documentary about a fertility doctor in Indianapolis who has now been shown through DNA to have fathered 94 children! And there are likely many, many more. And this doctor is far from the only one. The documentary says 44 other doctors are known to have used their own samples in their practices, all revealed through commercial DNA testing kits.

CeCe has a unique insight into this scandal as she has identified children of unscrupulous fertility doctors long before the problem became well known to the public. Hear why this practice is largely an action for which these men cannot be prosecuted, what DNA has revealed, CeCe’s theory as to why this is happening, and what needs to happen to stop it.

Then, David returns to join Fisher for Ask Us Anything. The guys talk about coffin plates (what?!) and the challenges of talking to an aged relative about a child given up by her mother.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 27, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #363
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Lots of great records are not on line, and won’t be anytime soon. Fisher talks about a Catholic record type you might want to look for.

Jun 25, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #362
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Fisher talks about school districts who created some unique records to help plan for buildings, teachers, and enrollment. Hear what’s on these censuses and where to find them.

Jun 22, 2022
Episode 425 - Letter of Formerly Enslaved Man Leads To Ancestry Reality Movie / A Visit With The World’s First “Floral Genealogist!”
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Military expert David reveals he never heard about the subject of his first story in Family Histoire News. We bet you haven’t either. Then, you might be surprised that “mullet” hair styles have an ancient history. David will explain. The guys then talk ancestral pocket watches. Next, here about an escape destination for escapees from slavery, largely in the 18th century. It’s in Florida, where excavation is facing a major complication. Finally, a news story out of Iraq provides a tourist warning. David explains.

Fisher then visits with Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry. Crista reveals Ancestry’s newest databases. She then talks about a new movie called “A Dream Delivered- The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson.” The film is based on the real letters of the formerly enslaved man, Hawkins Wilson, who wrote to the Freedmen’s Bureau following the Civil War, hoping to reunite with his family. For him, it never happened. But 150 years later, his dream has come true for his descendants, and those of his siblings. Hear about it, then watch it!

Next, Fisher talks “floral genealogy” with Barbara Holloway Smith, a horticulturalist with Clemson Extension in South Carolina. Barbara, a passionate genealogist, has tracked down plants… planted by her ancestors… and plants and maintains them in a garden of her own… some going back to her great great grandparents!

David then returns for another round of Ask Us Anything, answering your questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 20, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #361
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Websites aside, it’s still a great idea to visit ancestral cemeteries. Fisher explains why and why Spring is the best time to do it.

Jun 18, 2022
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Tips for Geneies Who Are New to DNA Websites

Jun 15, 2022
Episode 424 - Legacy Tree Genealogists Celebrates 18th Anniversary / “Church Lady” Sunny Morton With A Church Record Story
44:16

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 another family history acquisition by David. Then, in Family Histoire News, catch the story of a 101-year-old World War 2 pilot who has just be reunited with his fighter plane! Then, the ladies of the 6-Triple 8 from WW2 are being recognized by Congress… there are five survivors! Ever hear of someone finding plants in the abandoned gardens of their ancestors and growing them in their own dirt? You have now! Hear the details. Historic Jamestown is getting some protection to keep it from being washed away. Find out what is happening and why. And finally, Ireland, 100 years after the disastrous fire of 1922, is bring some of those lost records back to the world. David explains.

Fisher then visits with (sponsor) Legacy Tree Genealogists Founder and President Jessica Taylor. The research giant is now celebrating its 18th anniversary. Jessica talks about the early days of the company and how they managed actual papers, plus some meaningful experiences that have come from working with various clients. (Legacy Tree is also offering a special anniversary rate, now through June 21st.)

Then, well known genealogist Sunny Morton joins Fisher talking her award winning book “How To Find Your Family History In US Church Records,” and how she used some of those records herself to learn about a special family tie.

David then returns for another pair of listener questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 13, 2022
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What’s in an occupation?

Jun 11, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #358r
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Creating a Genealogy “Research Log”

Jun 08, 2022
Episode 423 - Woman Discovers Late Dad’s “Ordinary Life” Wasn’t So Ordinary After All
44:16

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 the story of how old Roman roads throughout Europe can now be digitally tracked through omnesviae.org. Dave has the story. Then, the last “witch” executed in the Salem Witch Trials has been officially exonerated. Hear who it is and why her status has been adjusted after over 300 years. Utah’s and Arizona’s Lake Powell is going through a challenging water level drop. But a historical benefit is being seen. Find out what it is. Oldest man? Oldest woman? Yes, we keep track of those, but Guinness has now named the world’s oldest dog! Dave will tell you how old this frisky pooch is, along with some other great stories.

Next, in two parts, Fisher visits with Nadia Rupniak. Nadia never thought her late father accomplished much in his life, but as the result of discovering an old letter, she learned otherwise. Hear about the family history adventure she was launched into after going through her mother’s effects in England 14 years ago.

David then returns for more of Ask Us Anything, answering your questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 06, 2022
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When it’s time to hire a professional

Jun 04, 2022
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Have you ever considered “going wide” instead of “going deep?”

Jun 01, 2022
Episode 422 - Founder of “Dead Fred” Talks Photo Reunions / Maureen Taylor On New Facial Recognition Sites
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  Fisher shares a remarkable experience he had in the process of donating a book he wrote to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. David starts Family Histoire News with the story of an incredible 2,000 year old find at an antique store. Hear the history of this remarkable object. Then the dog tag of an American soldier, found in a lake in England, has been returned to the family. Catch the details. Then, hear the story of a 98-year-old woman who has just met the 80-year-old daughter she gave up for adoption during World War II. Next, the oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor has just celebrated another birthday. Find out how old he is! Then, one woman is thought to be the oldest person to ever live. Catch how old she is thought to be! (Do you believe it? Fisher doesn’t!)

Next Fisher visits with Dead Fred founder Joe Bott. Joe explains how the site works to reunite ancestral photos with descendants, how he started the site, and where that name came from!

Then, Photo Detective Maureen Taylor talks to Fisher about new facial recognition sites for your photos. How do they work? What do they do? How much do they cost? Maureen explains.

Then, David returns for two more listener questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 30, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #355r
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Are you taking full advantage DNA Test Results?

May 28, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #354r
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What is and what isn’t a genealogical “source?”

May 25, 2022
Episode 181: Classic Rewind - Of Creoles, Slaves, Spaniards, and French / Tom Perry On Separating Stuck Pictures
44:16

Originally aired in 2017

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David is on the road in Louisville, Kentucky. The guys start by discussing Fisher’s bizarre find of an 1807 church record where all of his ancestors and their relatives seem to be marked with a cross! David then begins Family Histoire News with the story of a woman whose 122-year-old house is getting some very unique treatment from the government of St. Louis. Next, it’s the story of a 99-year-old Dutch woman who just checked something off her bucket list that most of us would never think of. Find out why. Then, a Santa Barbara couple planned their wedding and then learned something very unique… concerning them… about this ancient venue.

Next, Fisher begins his two-part visit with Michael Henderson of Atlanta, Georgia. As an African-American Creole from New Orleans, Michael took an early interest in his family history, taking his lines back to numerous Revolutionary soldiers and branches to several Europeans countries. Wait til you hear about the two century old document concerning his ancestor he found and was able to hold.

In the second segment with Michael Henderson, he talks about the experience of becoming Georgia’s first African-American member of the Sons of the American Revolution. It’s a terrific wrap up to Black History Month!

Then, it’s Tom Perry from TMCPlace.com, back to talk preservation. Tom answers a question about what to do if you have pictures that are stuck together. Yes, they are salvageable! Hear what Tom has to say.

May 23, 2022
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Google Search Tricks

May 21, 2022
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Coats of Arms and Family Crests. What Are The Differences?

May 18, 2022
Episode 421 - 1950 Census DONE, More From Ancestry and Cherokee Research Tips
44:16
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher talks about discovering some never-before-seen pictures and David talks about an article on the subject. Then David shares one of his favorite YouTube channels for self-education about Irish research. A 6,000-year-old cemetery in Normandy has received a new analysis with a remarkable find. Hear what’s been learned. Then, it’s new technology that tells modern day researchers what ancient smells were present back at research sites in the day. David then talks about the size of ancestral brains. Wait til you hear what scientists have learned! Then David asks for birthday cards for a Pearl Harbor vet who turns 98 on June 2. Send them to Horace Hamilton, PO Box 1281 Caldwell, TX 77836.

Next, Fisher visits with Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry. She’s got big news about the 1950 Census indexing project. It’s done! Find out how they did it so fast! Crista then shares news about the Ancestry DNA app and new available databases on Ancestry.

Michelle Carroll of sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists talks about her experiences learning about her Cherokee ancestry. That was, until a DNA test showed that her grandfather wasn’t her biological grandfather. Still, it didn’t steal her knowledge of Cherokee research. She shares some tips on how to tie into your Cherokee ancestors.

David then returns for two more questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 16, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #351r
01:07

Directories and Maps Can Sometimes Tell  Stories as Plainly as a Personal History

May 14, 2022
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Journal keeping is a simple, old fashioned, and effective way to document your life’s adventures. And what a treasure it will be for your descendants.

May 11, 2022
Episode 420 - Families Exchange World War I Era Pandemic Letters / Japanese Family Koseki Records Are Unbelievable!
44:16

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 the story of the find of a hidden basement in a West Coast house. Then, a jawbone found on a Lake Michigan beach some time ago has been identified through the DNA Doe Project. In Israel, a man has discovered that his house stands on a remarkable piece of history. The guys will explain. Guinness has declared a Brazilian man the record holder for working for the same company for the longest period. Hear how long he has worked for the same organization! Also, the new “oldest person in the world” has been named. Find out how old she is. And finally, a remarkable ring has been found in the waters of the Thames. David will tell you all about it.

Next, Fisher visits with JoAnne Jessee… an ordinary person with an extraordinary find. JoAnne felt the urge to track down information on a great aunt that died young during the 1918 flu pandemic. Find out where it led her and the remarkable exchange coming up between two families. (Originally aired in 2021.)

Fisher then visits with Ryan Rockwood from sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists. Ryan talks about the remarkable family history record system the Japanese have had in place for some 150 years!

David then returns for Ask Us Anything as he and Fisher take on questions about an old photo and wooden grave markers.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 09, 2022
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Want your kids to find history a little more interesting? Try sharing family stories about how your ancestors were connected to historic figures and events.

May 07, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #348r
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Over many years anyone, like Fisher, can accumulate quite an Ancestral Museum. But without proper planning, where it goes after you might be to the dump!

May 04, 2022
Episode 125: CLASSIC REWIND - Handwriting Analysis on Ancestors’ Handwriting
44:12

Fisher and David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org, open the show.  They anticipate reviewing Roots Tech, the largest family history conference in the world, that is taking place over the weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah.  David then talks about a remarkable discovery of remains under a bus station in Harlem, New York!  Just whose remains have been discovered and what is their history in New York?  David will tell you.  David then talks about another discovery in Yorkshire, England involving Roman gladiators.  He’ll share the incredible numbers and what has been learned from these recently found remains.  Black History Month is in full swing, too, and David shares a special database related to African-American ancestral information from NEHGS.  Fisher then fills in David on a unique app he found that allows any face to be placed over yours in photos or videos.  You can even put your ancestor’s face over yours and then tell that person’s story!  Hear what that app is.  David also shares news about an exciting new audio app coming from MyHeritage.com.

Fisher then visits, for two segments, with Nancy Douglas, a handwriting analyst with WriteMeaning.com.  Nancy explains the various regions of handwriting and what they mean in learning about someone’s personality, and how she got started in this field.  In the second segment, Nancy then reveals information on several of Fisher’s ancestors based solely on their handwriting samples. 

Then Tom Perry talks preservation, and how to know about the formats of your current media, and how you can convert them for long term preservation.

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

May 02, 2022
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Many families have long running oral traditions. But just how accurate are they?

Apr 30, 2022
Fisher’s Top Tips #346r
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We all have family secrets. And if you’re concerned about how to handle those secrets in a history, Fisher has some thoughts.
Apr 27, 2022
Episode 419 - Photo Of Nebraskan WWII Soldier Completes Cemetery Collection / Volunteer Researcher On Tracking Photos & Stories Of WWII Heroes
44:16
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher opens talking about a friend’s “beginners’ luck” in finding a 1933 photo of his Dad on eBay, his first time searching for family material there. The guys then talk about Ancestry DNA’s latest breakthrough, separating the ethnicity you have received from each individual parent. Sponsor Ancestry has also updated the most recently completed indexed states and territories from the 1950 census. David then talks about the insane price that a Revolutionary War medal recently fetched at auction. Then, a documentary about Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys is being filmed in Cape Cod. David will fill you in.

Next, in two parts, Fisher visits with Scott Rayl, a volunteer for Stories Behind The Stars, an organization that seeks photos and stories on all 400,000 plus Americans killed in World War II. Scott recently tracked down a photo of a Nebraska man who is buried in a European cemetery, completing the collection from that state. He explains how he did it and other things he does for the organization.

Then, David rejoins Fisher for Ask Us Anything, talking DNA matching and coats of arms.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 25, 2022
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Over 40 years before photography became a thing, a printing process paved the way for the publication of numerous images, some of which may help tell your family story.

Apr 23, 2022
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Your old home movies may be a treasure trove of photographs you didn’t even know you had. Here’s how to get to them!
Apr 20, 2022
Episode 418 - Family Stories Told Through Artistic Charts
44:16
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David shares how he discovered a new cousin he didn’t know existed, and contacted her, with the help of the newly released 1950 US Census. He explains how it all worked out. Fisher then talks about the latest states and territories whose 1950 Census indexing has been completed and can be found on (sponsor) Ancestry. Fisher then talks about a great breakthrough by Ancestry in being able to separate ethnicity information to reveal the ethnicity you receive from each of your two parents. And it can be done without testing your parents! David then shares the touching news of a pair of Holocaust survivors, both 97 years old, who have been reunited eight decades after their nightmare. And finally… any idea who brought us all chewing gum? You won’t believe it! David explains.

Next, over two parts, Fisher visits with Janet Hovorka of FamilyChartmasters.com. Janet talks about the many ways family stories can be told using artisticly laid out charts. And they’re not just limited to pedigrees anymore. Janet will tell you all that can so easily be accomplished now and how the business has changed over the last fifteen years, and some of the fascinating stories she has portrayed in her charts.

David then returns for another pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 18, 2022
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Have you ever been told that you are a cousin one or more times removed? What that means is simpler than you may think.

Apr 16, 2022
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Have you been hesitant to write your own history? Everyone has a story to tell! Don’t deprive your descendants of the lessons and events of your life.
Apr 13, 2022
Episode 417 - First Indexed States Of 1950 Census On Ancestry / Little Known UK Courting & Marriage Traditions
44:16

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 by talking about their own experiences with the newly released 1950 US Census. David then shares a bizarre story about a photo found in an old box that led to a century old story of murder! Then, DNA is again coming through showing the migration of Europeans invaders some 1,500 years ago. Plus, really large (ten feet tall!) stone jars have been found in a jungle! Hear what has been learned about them.

Next, Fisher visits with Craig Foster of FamilySearch.org. In this segment (originally aired in 2016), Craig talks about little known courting and marriage traditions from the U.K. Little known AND unbelievable!

Then, Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry.com comes on to update us on Ancestry’s efforts to index the 1950 US Census that was just released. Already three states are 100% finished!

David then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. One has to do with an old letter that revealed information about a whaling ancestor. The other writer may have found a birth father in the 1950 census and wants to know about connecting.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 11, 2022
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Are you considering writing an ancestral history, but feel their life story is “spotty?” Here is how historical context can help you fill in the gaps.

Apr 09, 2022
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Most people have records, photos, or heirlooms in their homes. But other relatives almost certainly do as well. And often the things they have are different than what you’ve had passed down. Perhaps it’s time for an inventory of all the Family Archive “Branch Offices!”

Apr 06, 2022
Episode 416 - Going For Dual Citizenship: The Benefits & Hidden Landmines / One Woman’s Journey To Find The Voice Of Her Late Father
44:16
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with guest host David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin the show talking about the recent release of the 1950 Census and how to use it in these days before the indexing is done. Then, David shares the origins of the UK’s passion for fish and chips. You might be surprised where the tradition came from. Next, a whaling ship, dating back almost 190 years, has been found. Catch the details. Work on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has resulted in a fascinating find. Hear what it is. Also, an ancient discovery in Israel is causing some talk… and perhaps a curse! David has details. And finally… it sounds like a joke… Why did the Vikings leave Greenland? Hear the conclusion after a recent study.

Fisher then visits with Susan Guttman from sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists. Susan helps people apply for dual citizenship in Italy and Ireland. She explains the advantages for qualified people, and the big disadvantage for another country. Susan talks about how to apply and what exactly makes you qualified.

Next, it’s a classic segment from 2015 as Fisher visits with Leann Walker Young, daughter of the late Chicago Cubs coach “Rube” Walker. Leann explains how she searched for years to find a recording of the voice of her Dad, who passed when she was just three years old. It’s a great story!

David then returns for two segments of Ask Us Anything as the guys talk about the Internet Archive and planning for family history road trips.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 04, 2022
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Imagine a library that stores billions of webpages from sites that no longer exist, and digitized texts of millions of books and other assets. It’s not in Greece, and it costs you nothing to visit.

Apr 02, 2022
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There’s a time for collecting and a time for distributing. While you’re still here, it’s time you figure out how that’s going to happen. Fisher shares some thoughts on protecting your life’s family history work.

Mar 30, 2022
Episode 415 - New York! New York! Nine Million Vital Records Now Free Online
44:16

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 countdown to the release of the 1950 census on April 1. Then, it’s a marvelous find for a family who lost a pilot uncle in World War II. Hear what was found and what has come home to the family. The guys will then tell you about another World War II unit that is receiving a Congressional Gold Medal. Dorchester Heights in Boston is the site of a statue commemorating Washington’s troops’ success in forcing the British out of town in 1776. David will tell you about it, and “Evacuation Day,” recently celebrated. The guys wrap up with an incredible letter written by a formerly enslaved man to his long time enslaver. You will love it!

Next, Fisher visits with Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York. In the first segment, the guys talk about the recent release of millions of images of vital records… birth, death, and marriage records… for free on the “DORIS” website. In a second segment, Fisher and Josh discuss other new assets coming online in New York research covering both city and state.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything, as the guys answer your family history research questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 28, 2022
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Genealogy and family history, believe it or not, are actually defined very differently. Hear why the two terms are not the same.

Mar 26, 2022
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Wondering why you can’t always find articles you believe should be there in a digitized newspaper? Here are some tricks for squeezing it all out of digitized newspapers!

Mar 23, 2022
Episode 414 - Is DNA Just Another Research Tool? Diahan Southard Talks Genetic Genealogy
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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 by talking about the recent article in the Financial Times of London (subscription required) in which Fisher is quoted talking about the coming release of the 1950 US Census. Others from the genealogical community were also interviewed for the piece. Then, David talks about a Minnesota woman who recently won a Swedish reality show. You’ll love the prize she won! David then talks about a remarkable article just out on human life expectancy and how much it has changed. (Imagine a time when there were NO grandparents!) Then, explorer Ernest Shackleton’s legendary ship, Endurance, has been found! Catch the details. Next… it’s another week with another find behind a wall! And of course that was just the beginning of the story. And finally, Fisher shares great news for New York City researchers. The Department of Records & Information Services has just released a free database of over nine million digitized images of original birth, death and marriage records covering up to 1949. There are still four million to go and the search engine needs some work, but it’s up and running!

Next, Fisher visits, over two segments, with Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, who tackles the question “Is DNA just another tool?” You may already know the answer, but many others don’t. Diahan will explain, and will talk about the strategies to help you use DNA to break through your brick walls.

David then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. The first has to do with the heir to a hoarder! The second talks about the find of an ancestor on a passenger list and what those names around his ancestor’s may do for further research.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 21, 2022
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If you’ve ever dug into Swedish ancestry, you know the issue. Tons of people have the same name and live in the same places. Well, Swedish Church records can at least help a little in sorting out which Hans Olsen might be yours. Fisher explains.

Mar 19, 2022
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Two key census record sets were destroyed in Ireland in 1922, but some of that information was preserved in another way. Fisher explains why your ancestors’ data from those census records may still be available.

Mar 16, 2022
Episode 413 - Killing The Cold Case: CeCe Moore / How You Can Assist Artificial Intelligence At FamilySearch
44:16
Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher opens Family Histoire News with news of what Americans consider the most annoying accent in America. (David will not like this!) Then, David talks about the solving of some really old cold cases… from 1947 and 1964, one of them by a 20 year old genealogist! He also talks about how science has given us the face of a woman who lived 4,000 years ago! Then, a Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Philadelphia found a creative way to keep the doors open. Hear what they did. Then, if you have Royal lines, you may very well have a Ukrainian ancestor. David explains. Fisher then visits with a product manager from FamilySearch International, Ian James, who explains their new volunteer program, “Get Involved.” With new artificial intelligence, FamilySearch can create indexes for handwritten records faster than ever before. But those results need to be double checked. Ian will tell you how you can help.

Then, CeCe Moore, the DNA Detective, is back. People are now beginning to recognize that CeCe has solved more cold cases than anyone in history… and the math makes sense. Hear what CeCe has to say about it, and how many cases she and her team have cracked in just four years!

David then returns for Ask Us Anything, answering your questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 14, 2022
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Within the United States, it was not uncommon for churches to give a “letter of transfer” to a member of their congregation who is moving to a new location. But sometimes they came with immigrants from across the ocean. What can this mean to you? Fisher explains.

Mar 12, 2022
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Obituaries often reveal connections to the Free Masons. If you have an ancestor that belonged to this organization, his membership application may provide great information on him. Fisher has more.

Mar 09, 2022
Episode 412 - Author’s Life Altered By Mother’s Revelation / Ancestry’s RootsTech Announcements
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historical Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open with talk about RootsTech, which opened Thursday March 3, and ends Saturday March 5 (although the videos of the courses continue on for a year, accessible for free!). David has recorded three different courses for the virtual conference. Then, David shares a story about the discovery of a dozen Revolutionary War cannons found in a river in Georgia. Catch the details. Speaking of multiples, the guys then talk about a pair of identical twin women who married a pair of identical twin men. The boys born to these couples just a few months apart look like siblings. There’s a reason for that… the guys explain. Then Fisher shares his latest find… a video on YouTube from 1969 of a television show he attended with his mother and brother. It’s hard to believe what Fisher noticed in this 52 year old recording.

Fisher next visits with author Peter Boni who has written a book called “Uprooted.” When Peter’s mother was hospitalized back in the 1990s, she confessed something to Peter that not only changed his identity, but changed the course of his life, which he has shared in the book.

Then, Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry joins the show to share the announcements from the company made at RootsTech. They will change how we tell stories and digitize photo albums. Hear the exciting news she has to share.

Then, David and Fisher field questions from listeners on pressed plants in family Bibles and a boxer in one man’s ancestry.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 07, 2022
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Slave research is hard enough, and this little nugget, unfortunately, might make it harder. Not all slave names come from the most recent slaveholder. Fisher shares some other possibilities.

Mar 05, 2022
Episode 411 - The Late Berlin Candy Bomber, Gail Halversen, In His Own Words
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins by talking about his recent visit to Las Vegas to see the display of recovered Titanic artifacts at the Luxor Hotel. He also just found an English ancestor who was shipped to America for crimes in 1673. David talks about upcoming lectures at RootsTech and the Indiana Historical Society. In Family Histoire News, David shares a 1922 prediction about what life would be like in 2022. You won’t believe how dead on it was! Then, a Washington Post article is asking “if you could go back in time, when would you like to live?” Next, a genetic marker has been identified that can indicate descent from the Bruce family of Scotland.

In segments 2 and 3, Fisher plays back an interview from December of 2014 with Col. Gail Halvorsen. Col. Halversen, better known as the “Berlin Candy Bomber,” passed away on February 16, at age 101. In this two part visit, Col. Halversen explains how the whole effort to share candy from the air with German children began.

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything. The guys tackle questions on the upcoming 1950 census and letters from soldiers in Civil War units.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 28, 2022
Episode 410 - Ancestry’s Handwriting Recognition Technology To Index 1950 Census / Let’s Get The National Archives Open Again
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by talking about a 1954 letterman’s jacket that is now back with the family of the original owner. He has also joined a new lineage society. Fisher has made a new discovery about his ancestors’ schooling in New York City in the 1840s. In Family Histoire News, David talks about how we got the “72 year rule” on census releases. The answer might surprise you. Then, something as old as Stonehenge has been dug up in England. Hear all about it! Then, it was quite the day when Amelia Earhart lost her leather headgear in the 1920s. And it’s going to be quite a day for the family that got it as it is now up for auction. Catch the latest price on it!

Next, Fisher visits with sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists  CEO and founder, Jessica Dailey Taylor. They are joined by Geoff Gentilini, President of the Archival Researchers Association. They talk about Jessica’s efforts to make some noise about reopening the National Archives Research Rooms that have now been closed for two years, and how you can help! Veterans seeking military records for benefits, families seeking information to identify birth parents, genealogists, film makers, and historians are all struggling to do what they need to do without access. Hear what you can do to help!

In Segment 3, Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry.com talks with Fisher about their new handwriting recognition technology that will be indexing the 1950 US Census when it is released on April 1. Volunteers working with partner FamilySearch.org will then review the results and make corrections. Crista will add more to how this remarkable project will work. She then fills us in on newly released databases on Ancestry, and an exciting new source out of England that will provide images of people and places dating back to 1547.

David then returns for another round of Ask Us Anything answering your questions, including one on a tattered scrapbook and an unexpected DNA test result.

That’s all this week on ExtremeGenes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 21, 2022
Episode 409 - Digital Bible Record Restoration / Sunny Morton On Writing YOUR History / RootsTech Is Almost Back!
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys talk about Fisher’s recent effort to digitally restore some tattered family Bible pages and the result was astonishing. Then, FamilySearch has announced plans to work with Ancestry.com in the indexing of the 1950 Census when it comes out on April 1. And the big news is that Ancestry will be using special handwriting reading computer technology! Then World War II’s American “Ghost Army” is to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service that is said to have saved 30,000 American lives. Hear their story. Next, the oldest pub in Great Britain is shutting its doors due to Covid. It only goes back 1,229 years! David shares the details.

In segment two, Fisher talks with Sunny Morton, long time contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine, about her new book “Story of My Life- A Workbook For Preserving Your Legacy.” Sunny shares some great tips and thoughts on how to go about writing your own history, including how to deal with those “messy” stories.

Andrew Parker, Director of Marketing for RootsTech, then joins the show talking about the upcoming mega-conference that last year attracted over a million participants from around the world. It’s all free, and Andrew will tell you what you can look forward to.

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything as he and Fisher tackle questions on an old pair of pilot’s lapel “wings,” and lighthouse keepers.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 14, 2022
Episode 355: Classic Rewind - Hank Jones On Those Weird Things That Happen When Doing Family History / Texas Genie Finds Herd Of Black Sheep
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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 by talking about a remarkable string of luck in their own research. Hear how Fisher discovered his late father-in-law’s unique place in the historical record. David kicks off Family Histoire News with a story about how modern genomics is rewriting history. Then, law enforcement in Tennessee is seeking public financial support to solve a four decade old cold case. Fisher notes that in Idaho, a grant has been awarded to a law enforcement agency there to cover DNA analysis on a cold case. He also points to a group of wealthy businessmen in Utah called the “Honorary Colonels” who financially support law enforcement in such matters. David then shares the story of Daniel Smith. He’s one of America’s last living children of a slave! Then, a man in eastern Europe has stumbled upon a 3,000 year old sword.

Next, Fisher shares one of his favorite “visits from the vault.” Actor, singer, and renowned genealogist Hank Jones talks about his collection of stories of strange things that have happened when doing genealogy and family history work.

Then, Fort Worth genie Sharon Manson discusses her journey that helped her learn why her parents would tell her never to ask about her paternal grandmother!

Finally, David returns for Ask Us Anything, discussing Revolutionary soldier lineage societies (there are more than you think) and Canadian emigration to the United States.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 07, 2022
Episode 408 - Defeating 1970s “Sticky” Photo Albums / DNA Insight from Paul Woodbury
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins with an interesting find he just made concerning the property his family has lived on for generations. It came from a census substitute from 1871. He’ll explain. Fisher then talks about a recently acquired century old photo of his uncle and a boyhood friend, and the crazy story that goes along with it! Then, how did birth certificates come to be? David will explain. A 4,000 year old board game has been unearthed… sadly, without directions. David has the particulars.

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, hops on with Fisher to talk about how to help your photos survive those 1970s era “sticky” photo albums. Fisher has already suffered a loss to one of these monstrosities. Catch Maureen’s tips. She’ll also share a discovery she recently made concerning family photos and an early 20th century scam. Also, hear about a great contest that Maureen and several other female heavyweights in genealogy are offering. Enter at YourDNA Guide.com/valentine.https://www.yourdnaguide.com/valentine

Paul Woodbury of sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists visits next to talk about the Centimorgan Estimator Tool on DNA Painter. It’s a little advanced, but still fascinating for the average genetic genealogist.

David then returns for more of your questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 31, 2022
Episode 407 - DNA Plus Records = Amazement! Plus, Turning An Heirloom Into A Local Resource
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David kicks things off talking about how he has identified, through DNA, the source of Native American ancestry on his wife’s side of the family. Fisher then shares the joy of finding a hoard of new newspaper stories on an ancestor, and receiving TWO Priority Mail packs from cousins on both sides of the family on the same day. They passed along old family Bible pages, photos, and other family gems. In Family Histoire News, David tells us about a letter that was just a little behind schedule in delivering. Like 76 years! Then he tells us about a formerly enslaved man who may have been the prototype for the Lone Ranger.

Next, Fisher visits with Jen Sansbury from sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists. Jen pulled off quite a breakthrough on behalf a client using DNA as well as her knowledge of records and customs in several countries.

Then, Sarah Hermans talks with Fisher about a quilt she inherited. Stitched together in 1903, there are well over 200 names on it. She has now come out with a book that will be of great interest for people in the area of Dutchess County, New York as she has researched all the names, even creating trees showing how all these people tie together. It’s a great example of turning something like this into an awesome local resource.

David then returns to help Fisher with Ask Us Anything!

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 24, 2022
Episode 406 - Your Union Civil War Soldiers In The Grand Army Of The Republic / What 2022 Holds For Ancestry.com
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  David first talks about his significant finds in the newly released 1921 England and Wales Census. He needed to use a little trick to find his ancestor, but he did! He’ll explain what this trick is and how you might use it. Then, the guys talk about the complicated story of the removal of a statue of a Confederate leader with his own remains beneath it. What til you hear exactly where this man’s final resting ground is! Then, it’s an odd story about a man’s DNA test that shows he has no past!  How can this be? You’ll find out! Next, it’s the season for suing over DNA test results, and one organization in Utah has double trouble.

Fisher then visits with Gary Clark, author of the newly released Grand Army of the Republic and Union Veteran Research. Gary talks about the founding of the organization, what their aims were, and what records they left.

Next, Fisher catches up with Crista Cowan over at sponsor Ancestry.com. Crista talks new newspaper databases, genie education opportunities in the New Year and more!

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything, as the guys tackle a pair of listener questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 17, 2022
Episode 405 - 2022: The Year Of The Census Begins In The UK / WikiTree Challenge Makes Changes In New Year
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. They begin with a look at some of the more unusual Victorian era New Year traditions. Then, a century old postcard stamp has broken a long standing paternity question. Next, Ireland is making public remarkable land and rent records that will fill in many gaps for researchers. David will explain. A New York Times story on a 1938 home movie showing a Polish Jewish community in 1938, just before the Nazi occupation, is garnering a lot of attention. Plus, the last American slave ship, the Clotilda, is back in the news and a pair of time capsules have been located in the base of the Robert E. Lee statue that was taken down last year.

Our first guest of the new year is Jen Baldwin of Find My Past. Her company has released the 1921 English and Wales census, complete with images and fully indexed. She’ll explain the significance of this important record set, and what you might expect to find in it!

Then, Mindy Silva, coordinator for the WikiTree Challenge comes on to talk about a new approach to the Challenge for this year. There will be fewer of them this year, but they will feature a slew of celebrities! You might be able to help these notables learn about their ancestry.

Then, Fisher and David go back to work answering your questions on Ask Us Anything!

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 10, 2022
Episode 390: Classic Rewind - Diahan Southard Talks DNA Challenges / Maureen Taylor On Standardizing Photo Metadata
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Family Histoire News begins with word of another major acquisition for (sponsor) Ancestry.com. This may be a big one for you if you have French ancestry. Hear all about it. Then, the Salem Witch Trials have been revisited by some middle schoolers who want to make a change in history. Catch what they’re up to! Meanwhile, another “archive in the attic” has been located… and it’s a big one! Hundreds of pages of documents of the enslaved that go back to the 1600s. And they were almost thrown out! Neanderthals are making news again with another discovery. Were they the first to have a local grocery store? David explains. And finally… by next year, we may well have a database of millions of graves in England covering 19,000 Anglican churchyards. Get the particulars.

Next, Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, talks about endogamy in DNA. What really defines it and how do you deal with it should you run across it? Diahan has some helpful thoughts. Then, she talks about mitochondrial DNA, that test that follows the female direct line. How is that test best used? Diahan explains.

Then, it’s the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor. Maureen is part of a small organization called the Family History Metadata Working Group. Their interest is to get major databases and companies to standardize how metadata tied to photos is transferred to any and all sites when you upload your photos. (Who wants to add all that info more than once?!) Hear how you can help.

Then David returns as he and Fisher tackle listener questions on the War of 1812 and a haul of old family postcards on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 03, 2022
Episode 388: Classic Rewind - CeCe Moore Reveals Her Family’s Own DNA Surprise / CeCe On Jane and John Doe Research
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys talk about the odd places being designated as dog parks… historic cemeteries. David then has an update on the state of the Titanic. Next, who knew that fruit could survive 2,400 years… in a basket! 

Fisher then begins his two part visit with Parabon’s CeCe Moore. He begins by asking about surprises leading CeCe to reveal a DNA surprise that only recently emerged in her own family! It even involves a crime.

CeCe then talks about her weekend work, tracing “Jane and John Does” using DNA, work she finds much easier than her criminal work.

David then returns for another couple of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

(This episode previously aired on the weekend of August 21-22, 2021.)

Dec 27, 2021
Episode 404 - The How And Why Of A Family Legend / Crista Cowan On Ancestry Changes And New Assets
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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 this last show of 2021 with a heartwarming story. Adopted siblings have found each other using DNA and are spending their first Christmas season together in over 50 years. Then, David talks about 68 Acadian families who were in Maine in 1790, but were passed over by the census taker. Those families have now been reconstructed through other records and published in a new book. Next, hear about the remarkable flight of a photo from the disastrous tornados in Kentucky to a window in Indiana, and BACK to its owner! Also hear about new finds including children playing with old human bones that led to a historic discovery and a billionaire turning in his ill gotten bounty from the black market.

Next, Fisher visits with Barbara Clements from Lombard, Illinois. Barbara’s family had a longstanding family legend about their Native American ancestry.  She has learned now how that story came to be and the “why” behind it.

Then, Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry.com comes on to talk about changes coming to the super-site and new assets coming our way soon!

David then returns for two more listener questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 20, 2021
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The settling of the west wasn’t much unlike the settling of colonial America a century or two earlier. And as people came, more and more lines were drawn. Fisher shares just a few so you know what to look for as you consider your research strategy.

Dec 15, 2021
Episode 403 - Survivor Talks Pearl Harbor On His 100th Birthday / Researching Your WW2 Ancestors
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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 reminder that you can now sign up for RootsTech Connect 2022 at RootsTech.org. Then David opens Family Histoire News talking about the new way authorities in Australia are using DNA to solve crimes. It could be a game changer! Speaking of DNA, who ever heard of a getting DNA off a murder weapon that was a conch shell?! It has happened! The Band of Brothers, portrayed in the HBO series, has lost its final officer at age 99. Hear who it is. Then, another kid has made another remarkable discovery with a metal detector! Catch what this 13 year old girl has found. And speaking of historic finds… King Richard III is making news again with this one. Find out what someone else has found! And if you thought Herman Melville’s Moby Dick lacked true history, wait til you hear about this most recent discovery.

Next, Jack Holder, a survivor of Pearl Harbor who narrowly escaped death, talks about his experience of being missed by the first bomb of World War II by the length of a football field, and then being strafed by a Japanese fighter pilot. While that was just the beginning of the war, it was also just the beginning of Jack’s part in history. And by the way, he turns 100 years old today! (December 13.) This segment originally aired back in March of this year.

Then, from sponsors Legacy Tree Genealogists, Kate Eakman joins us again to talk about her favorite type of research… military. She’ll talk about researching your World War II ancestors.

David returns for Ask Us Anything, talking about surprise finds he has made when researching the lines of celebrities, and then the guys talk about collecting documents and autographs of ancestors.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 13, 2021
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War, population growth and shifting can all contribute to boundary changes. And boundary changes mean that, even if your ancestors stayed in the same place, their records could be hiding in many places.

Dec 11, 2021
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Fisher had given up on finding the parents of an elusive ancestor when he took one last step before closing the book on the case. And it made all the difference in the world!

Dec 08, 2021
Episode 402 - Coming To Our Census With FamilySearch in 2022 / Maureen Taylor On Old Holiday Pix
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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 by talking about Fisher’s latest find that took a family ancestor from a Social Security card to a top security World War II Munitions plant. He explains the trail. Not to be outdone, David shares his find of a slew of pictures of ancestral gravestones that he was unable capture due to conditions on a visit to this Canadian cemetery several years ago. David then shares the news of the passing of what may have been the oldest living person ever!  Then, if you ever thought about exploring your Irish ancestors in their home country, wait until you hear the job opening available right now in Ireland!

Next, Jim Ericson from FamilySearch.org visits to talk about the soon-to-be-released 1950 US Census. He’ll explain when you can see the images, when indexing is likely to be completed, and how you may be able to help in the effort. Jim also talks about the remarkable handwriting interpreting computer indexing effort happening right now in Central and South America.

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, then hops on to visit with Fisher about holiday photos of the past and how they can enhance this year’s celebration.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything, taking questions on the reliability of family trees as well as using ancestral signatures to illustrate a history.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 06, 2021
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Females ancestors are sometimes difficult to find.  Fisher shares a few thoughts on other ways to look for them.

Dec 04, 2021
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Struggling to figure out where your ancestor’s Social Security records went? They might not have been there at all because things were different before 1951!

Dec 01, 2021
Episode 401 - Nathan Dylan Goodwin On His Latest Genie Crime Thriller / Crista Cowan On Ancestry
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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 the show with a shout out to Friend Of The Show, DNA Super Sleuth, CeCe Moore, who recently was featured in the New Yorker! David then talks about the upcoming release of England’s 1921 Census. FindMyPast will have it. Hear why this release is so special. Then, a Louisiana woman has set the world record for the 100 yard dash… for a 105-year-old! Find out more. DNA has finally resolved the identity of an unidentified hitchhiker killed in a car crash in Alabama in 1961. Catch this remarkable story. Then, in Italy, mummified children from the 16th to early 20th centuries are being studied. David will explain this bizarre story.

Then, Fisher visits with Nathan Dylan Goodwin, author of a series of genealogical crime mysteries. Nathan has a new book out called The Foundlings. He teases us with the plot and explains how he began this unique career and how he puts these stories together.

Crista Cowan from sponsor Ancestry.com then drops in to talk about all kinds of things happening there, including the completion of the indexing of Virginia probate records, BIG news for Mexico research, as well as DNA test kits!

David returns for a couple of segments as he and Fisher tackle a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. One concerns the care of a 19th century document, and the other some confusion from an entry in the 1900 census.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 29, 2021
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Ever notice familiar repeating family names in a single family group? It could be the parents were following a classic pattern. And that pattern can tell you some very important truths about the previous generation.

Nov 27, 2021
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Back in 1752, England enacted a law that changed our calendars forever. But did that law ever make a genealogist’s life complicated!

Nov 24, 2021
Episode 400 - 400th Episode! / Family Docs Found In Chicken House / History Of Genealogy Societies Explored
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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 some Thanksgiving thanks for the 400th episode of the show! Fisher then thanks FamilySearch.org for featuring him on the FamilySearch.org blog section. David then shares some stories he picked up on his recent visit to Utah, including a woman with a bizarre tale about Extreme Genes as she listened to it in Florida. In her shower. Then, in Family Histoire News, David talks about some relicts that were recently found in Utah tied to the Chinese workers who played a large role in the construction of the Trans-Continental Railroad. In the east, the Washington Post reports that the Wampanoags are not looking forward to the recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving. Hear why. Then, the BBC has come up with a great story about the general populace and their likely ties to royalty.

Next, Fisher visits with Wendell Affield, the author of a series of books on his family history called the Chickenhouse Chronicles. They’ve been created with a large assist from 200 years worth of family history records found in his mother’s chicken house in Minnesota! Catch his remarkable story.

The conversation then turns to genealogical societies. Shannon Combs Bennett has been researching the history of these organizations and has learned about the timeline, and attitudes within and toward these groups over the years. She even has a count of how many have existed and still exist in the United States.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything, including a question of foster children’s inheritance rights, and FBI records.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family Show!

Nov 22, 2021
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Ancestors love to play tricks on us as we trace them down… sometimes by disappearing from where we think they should be. Fisher explains where you might want to look next.

Nov 20, 2021
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Fisher worked to break open one ancestral line for fifteen years. It wasn’t until he was closing the book on the case by creating a timeline that he saw the answer!

Nov 17, 2021
Episode 399 - Paul Woodbury Talks Mitochondrial DNA, Confirmation Bias
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by sharing news that he has been featured in an article about his witch ancestor in London’s Guardian newspaper. In Family Histoire News, an Englishman has learned he descends from some Bidens. Those Bidens! Now he wants an invitation to the White House! Then, another metal detectorist in the UK has made quite a find… in his own backyard. Catch what he discovered. Then, another member of the famous Von Trapp family has passed away. David next talks about a unique type of DNA analysis that has proven the descendancy of the great grandson of Sitting Bull. And finally… a World War I ammunition shell has been found to be loaded… with many things other than powder and weaponry. Find out what was in it!

Next, Paul Woodbury of Legacy Tree Genealogists visits with Fisher for two segments. The first talks about mitochondrial DNA. What can you use it for in your research? And what might be expecting too much? Paul explains.

In part two, Paul Woodbury discusses “confirmation bias.” Are you guilty of confirming your researching by an incorrect analysis? Paul explains what NOT to do as you begin your genetic genealogy.

Then, David returns for two rounds of Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 15, 2021
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Just the way not every record is digitized, many records are digitized but not indexed!  Can’t find what you’re looking for? It’s time to check those massive unindexed records!

Nov 13, 2021
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Those Tricky Immigration Records

Nov 10, 2021
Episode 398 - Pass It Down: The Future Of Your Family’s Past / A Halloween Leftover Story
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England History Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin with Fisher talking about his research breakthrough after 39 years! He’ll explain the key to breaking the brick wall. David then reveals the happy news that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is expanding their hours. Hear what the new hours will be. Then, a story is out about a man who met a psychic who delivered a message from his late father. David then tells about HIS experience with a psychic. (Yes, he’s freaked out!) DNA is again bringing closure to a family… this time to the victim of a notorious serial killer. You’ll know the name. No one would have ever imagined where the earliest evidence of tobacco usage has been found… on a bombing range in a western state. David will share the details.

Fisher then visits with Marion Burk Wood. Marion has written a book, “Planning A Future For Your Family’s Past.” It’s an important topic for everyone. Marion has some great thoughts on how to get your genealogical collection in order for after you’re… well… done!

Then the Tie Die Genealogist, Dan Ford, joins the show to share his “ordinary person with an extraordinary find” story. It reads like a mystery novel, but it’s all true! A definite Halloween leftover!

Then, David rejoins Fisher for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 08, 2021
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Historic Time Lines and What They Can Reveal

Nov 06, 2021
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The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

Nov 03, 2021
Episode 178 - Classic Rewind: Confirmation on Exactly Where the Salem Witches Died / Woman’s Ancestor Is Buried Twice, Viewed Twice!
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In this classic rewind from 2017, host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys were preparing for RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. David talks about a new record set by Queen Elizabeth II… and what a record it is! David then talks about a recent visitor he entertained who was certain of a very unique heritage. Wait until you hear what it is! David also shares a heart rending story about the remarkable way two cousins reconnected after nearly 80 years, and the place in history they share. And a celebration is on in one American city recognizing the anniversary of America’s oldest subway system.

With it being Halloween weekend you’ll appreciate our two guest interviews this week. The first is with Professor Emerson Baker of Salem State University. Professor Baker is part of a committee that was able to confirm the precise location of the site of execution of the Salem “witches.”  He talks about the methods and clues they used to confirm what once was known only through tradition.

Then, catch Fisher’s visit with “Jersey Girl” Sue Wynne, a passionate genie, who learned that her fourth great grandmother was buried twice AND viewed twice… over several years! What’s the story behind this incredible discovery? You’ll want to hear it.

Tom Perry of TMCPlace.com then joins the show to talk preservation, answering listener questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

 

Nov 01, 2021
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“Dit Names”… What the Heck Are Those?

Oct 30, 2021
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Marriage Bonds and What They Can Reveal

Oct 27, 2021
Episode 397 - Crowd Sourcing Around the World/ More Genie eBay Finds!
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open Family Histoire News with the uplifting, yet sad story, of a man who finally found his birth father just days before his own death. Then, another amazing find has come out of Israel. Wait til you hear this one! David then shares the story of a man who has recreated Roman recipes from the 4th century. And one of these recipes would seem very familiar to us. Strange to think, but a reference to the land mass now known as North America has been found in a document in Italy that pre-dates Columbus by 150 years! David explains. And finally a pair of yard sale items in England have turned out to be extremely rare historic artifacts. Wait til you hear what the sale price and what the items were!

Next, Melanie McComb joins the show from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Melanie was the recent beneficiary of the WikiTree Challenge, where researchers around the world looked at her family tree and went to work extending it, correcting it, and finding stories. And did they ever find a story! Melanie will share it. This is one great example of crowd sourcing. Fisher and Melanie then talk about the various ways crowd sourcing can benefit your research.

Then, New Mexico listener Louise Gennetti Roach shares her crowd sourcing tale with a group of people in a small village in Italy. Her efforts have taken her lines back many centuries, with DNA confirming the accuracy of her name line. Louise’s benefactors in Italy also made a remarkable eBay discovery related to Louise’s family!

David next returns for two questions on Ask Us Anything. The first has to do with ancestral medical records, while the second concerns researching your house and property.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Oct 25, 2021
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What’s Going to Happen to Your Records and Heirlooms When You’re Gone?

Oct 23, 2021
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Can’t Find Your Key Record on Line? Try the Old-Fashioned Way.

Oct 20, 2021
Episode 396 - “Mr. Genealogist, Tear Down This Wall!”
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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 Fisher’s strange tale of finding a DNA match to his wife’s family… a man who, along with his brother, murdered his grandmother and her boyfriend in the late 1980s when they were teens. Yes, this guy is doing family history now! Then David opens Family Histoire News talking about the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, and how the O’Leary descendants are still dealing with the misdirected blame on their ancestor, Elizabeth, and her cow. Next, a rare piece of 19th century “hair art” is again being displayed. It features hair from Abraham Lincoln, his Vice President and others from his Cabinet. Hear all about it. Finally, imagine finding hidden steps below your rented place that leads to an entire network of underground rooms! It has happened. David has the details with speculation as to what the purpose of this complex once was over a century ago.

In segment two, Fisher talks with Helena Bouchez of Ohio. Helena struggled for twenty years to break through her Belgian “brick wall,” only to have it smashed by others in just 45 minutes! Hear how it was done and how far back it has taken her. Helena also talks about the near murder-suicide in her family from 1916 and how what took place that night entirely changed the trajectory of her family members’ lives. Here’s the link to the site of her Belgian heroes!

Next, Fisher chats with Kate Eakman of sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists about a bizarre genealogical puzzle where two women appear to be rolled up into one. As her client was not inclined to use DNA to help with the problem, Kate was left to sort through the very few clues she was given to come up with the answer and break down a strange brick wall.

Then David returns with Fisher for Ask Us Anything answering questions about researching an ancestral circus performer and tracking down the living for reunions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Oct 18, 2021
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Got an Ancestor Who Served? Look to Military Records as a Source for Incredible Family Stories.

Oct 16, 2021
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Got DNA Skills? Become A Search Angel for Others!

Oct 13, 2021
Episode 395 - Connecticut Genie On Finding And Dealing With DNA Shocker
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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 by talking about the National Archives and their fun way they are celebrating American Archives Month. Then, a toilet has been found! So what? Well, it’s 2,700 years old and likely used by Biblical kings! There’s an opportunity for you to help in a project indexing and transcribing letters that were sent to Teddy Roosevelt. David will tell you where to sign up. Great Britain is looking for relatives of war dead as they prepare for reburials and grave marker dedications. Then, it’s a cave that, 40,000 years ago, was apparently home to Neanderthals. (Like the Flintstones… with more hair!) Hear what was found inside.

Next, in two parts, Fisher shares his 2019 interview with Connecticut resident Jenny Hawran who was shocked to find out she was only a half sibling to her brother. She describes how the discovery was made, the emotional turmoil, the confrontation with her mother, and what she has had to do to manage her previously unknown family identity. Jenny also offers advice on how to help others who make similar discoveries.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything as the guys tackle questions on war medals and an odd place name.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

 

Oct 11, 2021
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Tracing Forward Can Yield Family History Gold

Oct 09, 2021
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Once you’ve gone from the land of the researcher to the land of the researched, you no longer control what happens to your heirlooms and research records. Here’s what you can do now!

Oct 06, 2021
Episode 394 - Genie Learns Grandpa Was Very Active In The Community / Lockbox Discovery Reveals WW2 Jewish Rescue Efforts
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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 Family Histoire News with the story of the National Archives release of a remarkable database… Confederate Slave Payrolls. David explains the significance. Then, a new dig is underway at the Outer Banks to learn more about the 1585 settlement at Roanoke… the Lost Colony. In Utah, a young woman who found her birth father through DNA a few years ago had a remarkable wedding. Find out what made it so special for her and her two Dads. Did you ever know that a tombstone could be used to make fudge? Apparently so! David shares this bizarre story. Finally, there’s been another remarkable find that was totally unexpected. It involves an ocean cleanup by some divers off the coast of Spain. Wait til you hear what they came upon!

In the next segment, Fisher chats with Massachusetts resident Robin LaCroix. Several years ago, Robin interviewed her mother and aunts for family stories. What she learned has led her to a true hometown adventure following in the footsteps of her very friendly grandfather!

Then, Steve Gruber of Elkhart, Indiana talks about the mysterious lockbox that once belonged to his grandfather. Discovered under the floor at his grandfather’s one time place of business, its contents has led Steve to research and create a remarkable documentary on his family’s efforts to rescue Jews who were under the control of the Nazis.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything, answering questions on military ranks that no longer exist and state censuses in New York and New Jersey.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Oct 04, 2021
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Have you become reliant on online sites for your key records? If so, you’re missing out on the thrill of the hunt the old-fashioned way!

Oct 02, 2021
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Who deserves to have their history recorded more than our veterans? Fisher shares some great places for finding military records and often the stories that can be uncovered through them.

Sep 29, 2021
Episode 393 - FamilySearch Completes Digitizing Of 80 Years Worth Of Microfilm / Learning To Use The Top Sites
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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 kudos to FamilySearch on their historic announcement (with plenty more on it coming in Segment 2). Fisher talks to David about his latest research project… tracking a suspect in a cold case murder. David then reviews some of the finds the WikiTree Challenge people made on his own tree last week. There were some fascinating discoveries, as usual. Next, hear about the oldest “art” probably ever found… made by children. In a cave. A LONGGGG time ago! Then it’s a happy birthday greeting to America’s oldest living World War II vet. You won’t believe how old he is!

In Segment 2, David Rencher, Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, comes on to talk about the remarkable milestone FamilySearch.org just achieved… the digitization of some 2.4 million rolls of microfilm that were accumulated over 80 years! They haven’t all been published just yet, but this collection covers BILLIONS of name listings. David also explains the Library’s reactivated look up service, and on line consultations. The rerouting of resources due to the pandemic has brought about remarkable upgrades!

Then, Fisher visits with Bob Taylor, the originator and Director of Development for The Family History Guide website, TheFHGuide.com. This site can train you, for free, on how to use any of the major sites including FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and FindMyPast.com. Bob explains how it all works.

Then David Lambert rejoins Fisher for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 27, 2021
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Adoptees in particular, but many others as well, are looking for answers. If your skilled in the DNA world, you might want to consider helping these folks as a “search angel.”

Sep 25, 2021
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Want to find rare family photos, family Bibles, and who knows what else? Fisher suggests that you try tracing forward!

Sep 22, 2021
Episode 392 - Civil War Reenactor Makes Amazing Ancestral Find/Joining Lineage Societies
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins with the story of his recent family history oriented trip. The guys then give a 100th birthday shout out to “friend of the show” Lou Conter, one of the last two survivors of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. David then reveals a major name that will soon be featured on the BBC version of Who Do You Think You Are. Next, have you ever wondered what you should keep among all those old family papers and trinkets? There’s a new list out there that might help. Hear where you can find it. Then, scientists are talking about bringing back Wooly Mammoths! Why would they do this other than (maybe) they can? There’s a very practical reason that could affect all of us. A Bronze Age log coffin has been found in the strangest of places, complete with original cargo! Hear more about it. And finally, a first time metal detectorist has made a remarkable find in Denmark. David has the details.

In the next segment, Fisher visits with Civil War re-enactor Calvin Osborne. Calvin has been part of an African American reenacting group for 28 years and recently made a mind blowing family history discovery that ties into his hobby. Hear his story in his own words.

Then, Adrienne Abiodun, a researcher with sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists talks about lineage societies and how to join them. Fisher reviews some of the more unusual groups available for you to join.

David then rejoins Fisher for two helpings of Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 20, 2021
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Believe it or not, Fisher HATED history as a kid. How he came to love it can work for your child or grandchild, too.

Sep 18, 2021
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Fisher shares a simple strategy for growing your ancestral photo archive.

Sep 15, 2021
Episode 391 - AI Allows Descendants To Interact With Your Story Recordings / Man Learns Birth Father’s Frightening Past
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  David begins with a plug for his upcoming appearance in the WikiTree Challenge, where WikiTree researchers will go to town to try to find new breakthroughs for David. Family Histoire News begins with the identification of another Pearl Harbor victim from the USS Oklahoma through DNA. Hear the family’s reaction. Then, St. James Gardens in London, the site of thousands of old burials, is getting a database. Hear what has prompted the effort. Next, could DNA tests have changed peoples’ perceptions of their ethnicity? The 2020 census definitely suggests this is so. Catch the remarkable statistics. A lost human lineage has been found due to the discovery of an 18-year-old woman who lived over 7,200 years ago. David explains. And finally… who gets a golden tongue in death? Naturally, it’s Egyptian. Find out what it meant.

Next, Fisher visits with Heather Maio Smith of Storyfile.com, a company that any family historian will want to know about. Heather has appeared on 60 Minutes for her artificial intelligence software that allows people to interview Holocaust survivors by speaking to their hologram recordings. Now this technology is allowing anyone to do a similar thing from their home computer or phone. You will now be able to record your stories for your descendants to literally ask you about decades from now! You can try it for free at Storyfile.com/live.

Then, Fisher visits with Glen Ringuette, an adoptee who found his birth parents and then later learned about the remarkable (and chilling) past of his birth father. You never know what you’re gonna get!

David returns for two segments of Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 13, 2021
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Continuing his conversation on family photo archives, Fisher gives a quick overview on what you have to do to keep them safe.

Sep 11, 2021
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OK, you’re the one in your family with all the family pictures. Now what? The first thing you have to do has nothing to do with technology.

Sep 08, 2021
Episode 390 - Diahan Southard Talks DNA Challenges / Maureen Taylor On Standardizing Photo Metadata
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Family Histoire News begins with word of another major acquisition for (sponsor) Ancestry.com. This may be a big one for you if you have French ancestry. Hear all about it. Then, the Salem Witch Trials have been revisited by some middle schoolers who want to make a change in history. Catch what they’re up to! Meanwhile, another “archive in the attic” has been located… and it’s a big one! Hundreds of pages of documents of the enslaved that go back to the 1600s. And they were almost thrown out! Neanderthals are making news again with another discovery. Were they the first to have a local grocery store? David explains. And finally… by next year, we may well have a database of millions of graves in England covering 19,000 Anglican churchyards. Get the particulars.

Next, Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, talks about endogamy in DNA. What really defines it and how do you deal with it should you run across it? Diahan has some helpful thoughts. Then, she talks about mitochondrial DNA, that test that follows the female direct line. How is that test best used? Diahan explains.

Then, it’s the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor. Maureen is part of a small organization called the Family History Metadata Working Group. Their interest is to get major databases and companies to standardize how metadata tied to photos is transferred to any and all sites when you upload your photos. (Who wants to add all that info more than once?!) Hear how you can help.

Then David returns as he and Fisher tackle listener questions on the War of 1812 and a haul of old family postcards on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 06, 2021
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Fisher talks about the “luck” he has enjoyed through the years in genealogy, and how it really isn’t as much by chance as you would think.

Sep 04, 2021
Episode 389 - Connecting To Ancestors Through Food / Ancestry.com Makes A Game Changing Database Release
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins with a listener story of how he found a key genealogical puzzle piece on eBay after hearing about the strategy on the show. Fisher also announces the full searchability of all past and present episodes of Extreme Genes on the new ExtremeGenes.com website. David then notes his upcoming appearance on the WikiTree Challenge! Who knows what the WikiTree researchers will discover for David next month. Then, a marriage certificate from 1875 has been discovered in a thrift shop and the people there have done something very special with it. David then talks about how another Pearl Harbor victim’s remains have been identified through DNA nearly eighty years later. And finally, hear about the remarkably preserved remains found in Pompeii. David will tell you what researchers know about this person.

Next, Fisher chats with Sarah Yeoman of Portland, Oregon. Sarah has started the new company The Family Cookbook, which allows you to connect to your ancestors through family recipes. Each cookbook she makes Is unique.

Crista Cowan then joins us from sponsor Ancestry.com to talk about the highly significant new database release that dropped this past week. It’s the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau Bank and the Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages. These incredibly important records for African-American research are now available for free at Ancestry. Crista explains what might be found in them.

Then, David is back for more listener questions on Ask Us Anything!

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 30, 2021
Episode 388 - CeCe Moore Reveals Her Family’s Own DNA Surprise / CeCe On Jane and John Doe Research
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys talk about the odd places being designated as dog parks… historic cemeteries. David then has an update on the state of the Titanic. Next, who knew that fruit could survive 2,400 years… in a basket!

Fisher then begins his two part visit with Parabon’s CeCe Moore. He begins by asking about surprises leading CeCe to reveal a DNA surprise that only recently emerged in her own family! It even involves a crime.

CeCe then talks about her weekend work, tracing “Jane and John Does” using DNA, work she finds much easier than her criminal work.

David then returns for another couple of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 23, 2021
Episode 387 - Solving A Cold, COLD Case… Research In The South
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David opens congratulating Fisher on his new ExtremeGenes.com website and course offerings. The guys then dive into an amazing collection of 1860s era handwritten genealogies currently on eBay. They were created in response to an author’s request and were later used to create a book on descendants of the Hart and Andrews families. They are a great example of what might be found on your family!

Next, Fisher visits with Anthony Redgrave of the DNA Doe Project. Anthony and his team were able to identify murder victim… one that was found in a cave and dates back to 1916! Hear how they got the job done!

Then Fisher chats with Robert Cushing of Legacy Tree Genealogists. A Georgia native, Robert talks about the records of the South which are forever lost, as well as others that survived the Civil War that can help you in your Southern research. There’s often more out there than you think!

Then, David returns for more of your questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 16, 2021
Episode 361: Classic Rewind - 500 War Letters From Dad Found In The Attic
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Host Scott Fisher opens this Classic Rewind show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by losing his head over a story about Marie Antoinette’s mirror. It’s a mirror, mirror on a wall in England, but until recently no one knew its origins. David shares some details. Then, a teen in Britain has made a fascinating find on a British mountainside that impacted a family in Australia. Hear what he discovered. Next, there’s been another astounding discovery in England… a massive Anglo-Saxon grave site going back 4,000 years. Find out about the objects found there. Then, Smithsonian has shared a remarkable story about a female spy who started out cracking mobster codes in the 1930s, and eventually broke open a Nazi ring in South America a decade later. Catch the story of Elizabeth Smith Freedman. And finally, Megan Smolenyak has published some of her findings on the origins of new President Joe Biden. Are you related?

Next, Fisher visits with Loretto Thompson. A few years back Loretto learned about a treasure trove of letters from her father to the family during his time serving in World War II. He died when Loretto was only four years old, and the letters have led her on a remarkable journey… even by genie standards!

Then, Dr. Henry Louis Gates is back to talk about the next episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS.

David returns for the final segment as the guys answer another question on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 09, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #300
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Fisher explains what lineage societies are and why you might want to join one.

Aug 07, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #299
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As more and more secrets are exposed by DNA tests, are we prepared to discover that our ancestors were simply human?

Aug 04, 2021
Episode 386 - Talkin’ DNA: Stories From The Spit, Jonny Perl Talks DNA Painter
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins the conversation talking about his recent membership in a society that honors his War of 1812 ancestor. Then, David tells the tale of the rescue of hundreds of glass negatives that were headed to the dumpster in the Boston area. Some date back to the 1860s!  Next, it’s one thing to have your crime discovered through the DNA of your cousins… it’s entirely another when you post your OWN DNA and are found! David has the story of this knucklehead criminal. It seems that every major initiative results in some new advancement, such as with the space program in the 1960s. David shares the advancements caused by World War II… and they are significant. And finally, hear about the latest Viking treasure hoard, where it was found, and the time it has been dated to.

Next, Fisher chats with Brandt Gibson from sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists. As a long time DNA researcher, Brandt has some remarkable stories that have emerged from his client research. You’ll want to catch these!

Then, Jonny Perl, creator of DNAPainter.com joins Fisher from London talking about the origins of the unique site and the most popular tools that have been added to it since the beginning that can help you break open your lines.

David then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. One has to do with writing a family history, and the other with why someone’s grandmother would be working on a census for the government during the Depression.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 02, 2021
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Fisher explains the significance of “gateway ancestors” and how you can find out if you have any on your family tree.

Jul 31, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #297
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With all the scams happening in the world today, it’s not always so easy to connect with a “new” cousin. Fisher has some thoughts.

Jul 28, 2021
Episode 385 - Naming Kids After Assassins, British Naval Press Gangs
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins the conversation revealing coming changes to the Extreme Genes website and some coming new video courses. Fisher then talks about researching Civil War figures he’s reading about to see who he and his wife Julie might be related to. In the process he learned a remarkable thing about Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Wait until you hear this! Then David talks about a fascinating story about how people kept cool back in the 19th century. (They were pretty creative back then!)

Next, Fisher visits with author Lori Erickson. Lori discovered family history research after losing several family members and describes her journey in her new book “Soul of the Family Tree: Ancestors, Stories, and the Spirits We Inherit.”

Then, Professor Christopher Magra of the University of Tennessee talks about British “Press Gangs” and how their virtual kidnapping of young men to man their Navy contributed to the breakout of the Revolutionary War.

David then returns for two questions on “Ask Us Anything.”

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 26, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #296
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New techniques are revealing the good and the bad in our DNA test results. Are you prepared for the unexpected?

Jul 24, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #295
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There are bucket lists and then there are genealogy bucket lists. Are you prioritizing what you want to get done before joining the land of the researched?

Jul 21, 2021
Episode 384 - Mystery Of 1958 Disappearance Solved With DNA, Rocks Family’s World
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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 Family Histoire News with news about the 2022 RootsTech conference. Then, Fisher shares word of a landmark achieved by WikiTree research team with this year’s WikiTree Challenge. David then shares a DNA breakthrough story that COULD NOT have a better ending. For anybody. Ever. David then has a story of a remarkable archaeological discovery. Plus, who knew the Brits were kidnapping Americans to make the sailors before the Revolution? Hear what that led to!

Next, in two parts, Fisher visits with Jilayne Davidson of Calgary, Alberta. Jilayne never knew her father, a man, she was told, who was indigenous and from Oklahoma. Wanting to know about her indigenous side Jilayne began a journey that recently solved a mystery for two families who knew nothing of each other. One family knew what happened before 1958 and the other knew what happened after. And now, both families know the whole story.

Then, David returns for another round of Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 19, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #294
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Ireland will be adding a time capsule feature to their 2021 census, to be revealed in 100 years. Sounds like a great idea… but do we really need it?

Jul 17, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #293
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Fisher explains that sometimes you have to pioneer your own discovery technique to mine the most out of records you find.

Jul 14, 2021
Episode 383 - Experiencing Your Ancestors’ Experiences / Ancestry App Redesigned, Plus New Databases
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show. (David Allen Lambert is off this week.)  In Family Histoire News, an Irish woman who accurately predicted an Atlantic storm, resulting in a key postponement of D-Day, has been honored by the US House of Representatives. Hear more of her story. Then, descendants of Betsy Ross, who legend says stitched the first American flag, have made a tremendous gift to a Philadelphia museum. Hear what you can now see.  Next, some Senators of both parties are actually working together! They are trying to preserve Revolutionary War battle sites and connect them with a trail. Catch where this proposed project is intended to come together. Of course we all know Lizzy Borden is believed to have knocked off her parents in 1892. Now the house she allegedly did it in has been purchased. Find out what the new owners plan to do with it. Leonardo DaVinci’s known living relative count has increased seven fold! Find out about the new study that, of course, involves Y-DNA.

Next, Sunny Morton visits the show again. This time she tells us about her recent adventure following in the footsteps of her ancestors. Hear where she went, why, and what she learned.

Crista Cowan from (sponsors) Ancestry.com has some great news in the third segment. The Ancestry app has been redesigned! Crista will tell you about all the wowy features, plus fill you in on Ancestry’s most recently released databases.

Fisher then handles two questions on Ask Us Anything, one concerning “reverse genealogy,” and the other on midwife birthing books.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 12, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #292
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Was your ancestor a homesteader? If so, you may have record treasures waiting for you.

Jul 10, 2021
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Fisher explains that not all stories are spelled out for you. They often assemble themselves through records you collect over time.

Jul 07, 2021
Episode 136: 4th of July CLASSIC REWIND Samuel Roukin, “Simcoe” of TURN: Washington’s Spies Talks Rev War and Playing a Historic Figure
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Fisher opens this classic rewind from 2016 with Family Histoire News talking about the amazing discovery of the remains of a Roman villa underneath a barn in England. Hear how it was discovered and what is happening to the site now. Fisher then shares the sad tale of the 1838 sale of over 230 enslaved Africans by Jesuit priests in Washington DC. Here why they were sold, and which well known university exists today because its debts were paid by the sale. Also hear about why major efforts are being made to find their descendants.

In segment two, Fisher visits with actor Samuel Roukin who plays Captain John Graves Simcoe in the (now NETFLIX) series “TURN: Washington’s Spies” who talks about his development of this despicable character based on a real historic figure. Sam also talks about his immersion in the history of the Revolution.

In segment three, Fisher continues his conversation with Samuel Roukin. Sam talks about what responsibility he feels to the real man and how he squares the character he portrays with the man who did some very good things after the Revolution. Sam also reveals that, despite being very British and portraying a brutal British officer in the Revolution, he is likely to do something in the not so distant future that will please many Americans.

Tom Perry then returns, the Preservation Authority, to talk about some special programs he is analyzing for personal use in editing video and digitized home movies. The great programs he talks about have since been upgraded several time.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 05, 2021
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Some newbies to genealogy aren’t so sure about the pace of this pursuit. Fisher has some advice for them.

Jul 03, 2021
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Most families have stories about loved ones that aren’t particularly flattering. But should you share it in a history?

Jun 30, 2021
Episode 382 - Genealogist/DNA Connects Families Separated By Holocaust
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open the show with word of a senior center in the Midwest that is home to SIX centenarians! Hear where it is. DNA has revealed the IDs of three brothers killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Catch their story. Then, a man working in his garden made a remarkable find that has impacted another family. Hear all about it. Next, a thousand year old discovery in Israel has a lot of people clucking. Find out why!  Finally, a new discovery places Native Americans in a whole new era. Catch how far back this discovery puts them.

Next, in two segments, Jennifer Mendelsohn talks about her transition into a professional genealogist and her remarkable work using DNA to connect family members separated during the Holocaust.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything for two listener questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 28, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #288r
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Sure, maybe you don’t want to tell everything, but if you don’t write your own story who will? And how will they tell it?

Jun 26, 2021
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The genealogy world calls it “serendipity.” You might just call it “weird!”

Jun 23, 2021
Episode 381 - Benedictine Monk on his Worldwide Adventures to Save Historic Writings / Forensic Genealogy and Probate Records
44:12

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 Fisher’s recent experience that CANNOT be explained! Catch what happened. Then, David shares good news for adoptees in Connecticut. Then, in neighboring Rhode Island a host of new records have been shared online by the state. Hear what you can now find! Who knew that there was still more to explore and excavate at Plymouth Colony. Find out about the latest dig. An underwater explorer has done great work in bringing closure to families who lost loved ones in World War 2 in several sunken submarines. Hear what he has done. Finally, a Massachusetts man has quite a new chapter in his personal history. He was literally swallowed by a whale and lived to tell about it!

Next, Fisher visits with Father Columba Stewart, a Benedictine monk who has traveled the world on a mission to preserve the historic writings of mankind in places subject to war and natural disasters. Wait til you hear some of the things he has endured in his quest!

Then, Jacqueline Tritsche from our sponsors at Legacy Tree Genealogists talks about forensic genealogy, working to connect estates with descendants.

At the back end, David returns for Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 21, 2021
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We all love finding new dates and places, but digging up a new story is a much greater accomplishment.

Jun 19, 2021
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Community celebrations such as the 4th of July is a great time to share family history with your kids.

Jun 16, 2021
Episode 380 - Another Switched at Birth DNA Find / Fisher’s Favorite 50 Interview: Bill Griffeth and “The Stranger In My Genes”
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  David begins with great news that NEHGS is now open! In Family Histoire News, David shares a story of how DNA is linking some of the families victimized by the Holocaust. DNA has also revealed another pair of women who were switched at birth. They are not happy about it and are suing the hospital. Catch the details. MyHeritage.com has found another celebrity genealogy connection. This time it’s within the cast of Friends! Hear who it is. Then, a remarkable set of documents are being returned to the Bunker Hill Monument in Massachusetts. It’s a set of guest books from the Civil War years signed by many known and unknown people. Might you have an ancestor in the books?

Next, Fisher welcomes renowned CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth to the show. Bill will take you through the day when he received an email from his cousin that informed him that the only man he had ever known as his father was genetically not his father!  A short time later, Bill had to go before the cameras on national television as if nothing was different that day. Bill also talks about his love of genealogy for many years prior and how this information caused him tremendous emotional trials for a time, and what he did to overcome them.

In our second segment with Bill Griffeth, the anchor talks about other people’s stories that he has learned of since going public with his very personal struggle. Bill speaks of how this has affected his relationship with his 98-year-old mother and how she feels about his public revelation.

Then, in the final two segments, Fisher and David answer your questions on “Ask Us Anything!”

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 14, 2021
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Lots of kids find no joy in learning history. But when family is tied into it, things can change!

Jun 12, 2021
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When starting your genealogical journey, it’s tough to skip a link in the chain. You have to begin with what you know.

Jun 09, 2021
Episode 379 - Genies Wanted: Massachusetts 54th Statue To Be Returned To Glory / WikiTree and the “WikiTree Challenge”
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David opens “Family Histoire News” with a birthday salute to a 103-year-old, the oldest living survivor of Pearl Harbor. Then Ancestry.com provided the DNA information for the family of a man killed at Pearl Harbor to bring his remains home. Catch the story. Then, DNA has become a staple in recent years in cold case investigations. Now two states have created new laws concerning the practice. Hear who they are. Then, MyHeritage.com has done it again! Their latest photo app repairs the tears and scratches in your old photos!

Fisher then visits with Liz Vizza, President of the Friends of the Public Garden in Boston. Liz’s organization is part of the effort to restore the decaying statue that celebrates Massachusetts’ famed 54th Infantry of Civil War fame, portrayed in the movie “Glory.” With a rededication on the schedule for this fall, Liz has need of genealogists’ assistance. Find out what is needed and how you can help.

Next, Laura DeSpain of WikiTree joins the conversation. She recently headed up the “WikiTree Challenge” where members researched Fisher’s lines, seeking previously unknown information. And that they did! Hear about the challenge and what may be waiting for you at WikiTree.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything questions on ethnicity numbers within your DNA results and on name changes and adoptions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 07, 2021
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If you haven’t at digitized newspapers in a while you might be missing out on some “new” old material!

Jun 05, 2021
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Family history information can come in many forms, and some of them may be surprising!

Jun 02, 2021
Episode 378 - Memorial Day Show: Progress On WW2 War Dead Bios / Crista Cowan on Fold3 Memorial Day Weekend Access
44:16

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 Family Histoire News with word on the release of a massive military database being put out by FamilySearch.org. Hear what it is. Then, Ancestry has bought up a company overseas with huge numbers of British military records. A new society has been created to recognize African ancestors who were present in British Colonial America. David will share more about the new group and how you might join it. A lot of people help salvage ancient records, but David has the story of an American monk who has gone above and beyond to salvage records around the world. Finally, happy 100th birthday to “Cheese-It!” It’s a classic snack that generations of ancestors have enjoyed.

Next, Don Milne of Stories Behind The Stars joins Fisher for an update on his project to write biographies for every American service person killed in World War 2. One state has already completed all of theirs! Hear who it is and what you can do to help where you are.

Then, Crista Cowan joins the show from sponsor Ancestry.com to discuss your free access to Fold3.com through the Memorial Day Weekend to mine the stories of your military ancestors. Crista will then share an update on newly released Ancestry databases.

David then rejoins Fisher for Ask Us Anything. First up… a question on jewelry heirlooms. Then, a DNA match seems to be a… um… mistake? (Not so fast!) 

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 31, 2021
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Modern on-line family research tends to deter us from reaching out to our relatives, but it’s still as good an idea today as it was years ago.

May 29, 2021
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Let’s face it, a Wiki model tree has many benefits. But when someone “corrects” your entries and improperly merges individuals, the tangled mess can be tough to straighten out. Here’s where to go and what to do.

May 26, 2021
Episode 377 - “Interesting” WW2 Postcard Leads California Woman on Worldwide Adventure / Paul Woodbury On DNA Painter cM Estimator Tool
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins with a shout out to the project team at WikiTree on the WikiTree Challenge they just completed on Fisher’s tree. He’ll explain. Then, Fisher talks about posting his discovery concerning the roots of a woman given up for adoption from a Utah maternity house in 1907. Hear about the adoptive family’s reaction.  David then tells about an accidental discovery in Egypt as well as a great new database on FamilySearch.org concerning a certain record set in Australia. Also, David tells of a recent burial of a man killed almost 80 years ago at Pearl Harbor. Then, how does an Italian Instagram influencer get to be a princess? Catch the details!

Fisher then visits with Leora Krygier of Los Angeles. Leora discovered a simple postcard from World War 2 at an antique store. And its content took her on an adventure around the world!

Paul Woodbury of sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists visits next to talk about the Centimorgan Estimator Tool on DNA Painter. It’s a little advanced, but still fascinating for the average genetic genealogist.

Then Fisher and David team up again for Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 24, 2021
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There are various types of DNA tests, but the Y-DNA test serves one particular purpose. Here’s why you might want to “Y.”

May 22, 2021
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It’s a great thing to find an old book with loads of information. But just how trustworthy are these “sources?”

May 19, 2021
Episode 376 - WW2 Vet, Jack Holder, Talks Experiencing Pearl Harbor and Midway Plus Another Ordinary Person With An Extraordinary Find
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open with “David’s Find of the Week” involving a document signed by John Hancock! In Family Histoire News the number nine is almost a theme. NINE babies have been born to a woman in Mali in a single birth, and they’re all doing fine! Then nine sets of Neanderthal remains have been found in a cave near Rome. Catch the story behind the discovery. Next, it’s the 20th anniversary of the completion of the human genome. How much has that impacted our genie world?! Speaking of which, using DNA, two brothers who died at Pearl Harbor on the Oklahoma have been identified. And finally a “stilt village” has been found 14 feet underwater at Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Hear how that changes their history… instantly!

Fisher then has the honor of interviewing his second Pearl Harbor survivor this year. Jack Holder has written a book called Fear, Adrenaline, and Excitement about his survival at Pearl Harbor as the first Japanese bomb in the attack exploded only 300 feet from where he was standing. Then, Jack was at Midway on the search plane that first reported the positions of the Japanese carriers. He is living history at 99!

Fisher then visits with another ordinary person with an extraordinary find. Catch the story of the ancestors of Cynthia Hallen who found themselves in a horrific fire on the same night as the Great Chicago Fire.

David then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 17, 2021
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Public on line trees can reveal great information. They can also lure you into a trap.

May 15, 2021
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It happens all the time. One record says one thing, and another says something else. Here’s how to sort things out.

May 12, 2021
Episode 375 - Man’s Father’s World War 2 Pilot Log Book Travels The World Seeking Signatures and History
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David shares a story he just learned that shows how close he came to never existing! Then the guys open up Family Histoire News with the story of an adopted woman whose DNA results led her to the identity of her biological father. The question is… will she find him first or will the FBI? Hear the details of this one! Then, we have a new “Oldest Person in America!” Find out who she is and how old. Next, it’s a lost and found for Viking remains. One museum had them, then lost them, and now they’re found again. Find out the details. The guys then talk about a cemetery for free persons of color that has been acquired in Richmond. Catch the rest of the story. Finally… the story of the alphabet may now be complete. Hear how the final piece of the puzzle may have been found.

Next, Fisher begins a two part visit with Nick DeVaux of St. Lucia. Nick’s father was a World War 2 pilot for England and left his son his pilot’s log book. A few years back, Nick had an idea to use that book to collect history by having history makers from the war sign the wartime heirloom. Hear the story of how it began, what he will ultimately do with the book, and some of the stories of the people who have signed it.

David then returns for questions about researching ancestral businesses and why some ancestors don’t appear in immigrant passenger lists.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 10, 2021
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We all love to show off family photos and documents, but it puts them at risk. Here’s a better way.

May 08, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #273r
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Tracking down keepsakes of ancestors isn’t always easy. But sometimes there are mementoes just below your feet!

May 05, 2021
Episode 374 - eBay Challenge Scores A Family Bible For Listener / Janet Hovorka On Becoming A Professional Genealogist
44:16

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 Family Histoire News with our new American population count from the 2020 census! (Now, to see the details we only have to wait another 71 years!) Then, the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor has passed. Hear who he was and how old he was. Next, there has been another passing of note. Peter Warner, 90, the man who rescued six shipwrecked boys from Tonga on a tiny island in 1966 has died. The guys will give you the details. Sadly, a genie trying to clean up and digitally share some gravestones has instead damaged them. Badly. Catch the story. The guys then discuss a story about how historians who research too deeply into violent or otherwise traumatic stories can be traumatized themselves from it. And to wrap up the segment, a person digging a garden in England has come up five bodies in what appears to be a “plague pit.” Hear all about it.

Fisher then visits with Katherine Andrew, a young genealogist who took our eBay Challenge and is celebrating an incredible find!

In segment three, long time “friend of the show,” Janet Hovorka, now with the Association of Professional Genealogists, talks with Fisher about how one can become a professional genealogist.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything as the guys take on a pair of questions. One has to do with pedigree collapse, and the other with preservation of children’s papers.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 03, 2021
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Yes, we’re all future dead people. Doesn’t it make sense to make plans for what will happen to your family heirlooms?

May 01, 2021
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It’s true… DNA testing can be confusing. Here’s what you should consider in choosing a good match in a DNA testing company.

Apr 28, 2021
Episode 373 - War of 1812 Project Tying To Your Ancestors / Sunny Morton On Digging Up Those Stories
44:16

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 by talking about the recent passing of America’s oldest person. And you won’t believe how many descendants she has left! Then, it’s a happy birthday greeting to one of the last two survivors of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Hear who he is. Then, an Illinois man has made a fascinating discovery under his home dating to the 1840s! It’s quite a find! Next, it’s a Civil War discovery in South Carolina that is more than unique. Find out what was found in a 19th century house. Finally, a man in Seattle picked up a photo album at a yard sale and historians are going nuts!

Next, Fisher visits with Mary Kathryn Kozy and Cara Jones of FamilySearch.org. Mary Kathryn and Cara are deep in the weeds in something FamilySearch calls the War of 1812 Project. You might find an unexpected link to your ancestor on FamilySearch involving this project. Hear what it’s all about.

Then, genealogist Sunny Morton shares her thoughts on discovering ancestral stories. Sunny’s got a great story of her own!

Then, Fisher and David take on a pair of listener questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 26, 2021
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Sometimes it’s tough to know what to do with photographs where you don’t know who the subject is. Fisher shares some thoughts that might help.

Apr 24, 2021
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Fisher shares a key clue in many photographs that many people overlook. But it might be all you need to help you identify the subject of the photo.

Apr 21, 2021
Episode 372 - Pirate Story’s New Final Chapter Goes Global / Ancestry’s New Community Impact Program
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins with a personal discovery involving a pin on a photograph of a relative and another amazing eBay find! Then, the guys discuss the late Prince Philip and his blood relationship to Queen Elizabeth through Queen Victoria. Then, Queen Victoria makes the news again as a family has discovered a family heirloom with her name on it from the early 20th century.

Fisher then visits with metal detectorist Jim Bailey about his discovery of Arabian coins in New England and his research on them which is rewriting the last chapter of the history of the “King of Pirates.” Jim first broke the story on Extreme Genes three years ago, but now the story is blowing up internationally! And it involves one of Fisher’s direct ancestors.

Crista Cowan from our sponsor at Ancestry.com then comes on to talk about Ancestry’s new Community Impact Program for preserving at-risk history. Hear what they’re doing with some half million students. Crista then talks about new databases and a sharpening of a key DNA tool. Also, good things are coming to the Ancestry messenger feature. Find out what it is.

David Lambert then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 19, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #268
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Who knows the old folks in your pictures, as well as their stories, better than old folks?!  Fisher talks about how to maximize your visits to senior relatives.

Apr 17, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #267
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There are definitely techniques for preserving paper documents and records that you can trust will extend the life of your important documents.

Apr 14, 2021
Episode 371 - Strange Happenings in the Woods/ 109-Year-Old’s DNA Test/ eBay Challenge Find
44:16

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 news of a second wave of photo animation with Deep Nostalgia from MyHeritage.com. Catch the review. Then, David talks about the discovery of the deepest sunken ship from World War 2. And it has a personal impact. Next, hear the story of the journey of a World War 2 pilot’s log. It’s a fascinating story. Pirate talk dominates the next portion of the segment with a tale from Port Royal, and word that Fisher’s ancestor pirate, William Downs, is part of a pirate story that has just gone international.

Fisher then visits with Kimberly Morgan, a researcher with Finding Your Roots on PBS. Kimberly had a shocking experience that led to research that has shaped her life. Don’t miss this one!

Shelbie Drake of Legacy Tree Genealogists then talks about her genie-journey, including finding an 109-year-old great aunt who took a DNA test!

Robert Warren of Alaska checks in to reveal his discovery of an ancestral item on eBay. Have you taken the eBay Challenge yet?

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything, taking one of your questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 12, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #266
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If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t get everything you think you should from a search of a digitized newspaper site, Fisher has some ideas that may open up a whole lot more.

Apr 10, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #265
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Marking pictures is essential for future generations, but using the right pens and markers will assure the identifications last without damaging your images.

Apr 07, 2021
Episode 370 - Mayflower Silver Book Project Expands / Actress Patricia Heaton Talks Family History With Fisher
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The two begin with David talking about his find the night before of a family history item he bought on eBay! Hear what it is, what he paid for it, and how he found it. Then, some improvements have come to Ancestry.com’s DNA home page. Find out what has been upgraded. Next, could Neanderthals really have used toothpicks? David explains. Then, it’s an FBI sting operation that rescued a document that’s pretty important to the state of North Carolina. Hear what it is, how long it was missing and how it was returned. Finally, who knew that among jobs occupied by women in the early 20th century one involved standing atop a high tower? David will fill you in.

Next, Fisher catches up with Bonnie Wade Mucia of the Mayflower Society. Bonnie talks about the “Silver Book Project,” it’s history, where it’s been, and now, where it’s going. It’s good news whether or not you descend from the Mayflower.

Fisher then shares one of his Favorite Fifty interviews. This one comes from 2019 when he sat down with actress Patricia Heaton after her RootsTech keynote address.

Then, it’s Ask Us Anything as Fisher and David tackle questions on World War I records and locating ancestors’ homes.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 05, 2021
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Fisher talks about the risk of taking on line trees at face value and why copying isn’t researching.

Apr 03, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #263
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Lots of great records are not on line, and won’t be anytime soon. Fisher talks about a Catholic record type you might want to look for.

Mar 31, 2021
Episode 369 - Nathan Dylan Goodwin And His New Genealogical Thriller / How Does MyHeritage Animate Your Photos?
44:16

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 100th birthday tribute to a World War II vet who received a very 2021 appropriate gift. Hear what it was. Then, there’s trouble in Greensboro, North Carolina, where a parcel of land, said to be the final resting spot for twelve Revolutionary War soldiers, may soon be developed. Find out what may be built there. Next, Maryland archaeologists have made a remarkable find dating back to the beginning of their colonial days. Finally, Fisher and David talk about a great article outlining all the remarkable historical finds discovered underneath parking lots! From kings to World War II bunkers… it’s an amazing list!

Next, Fisher visits with British author Nathan Dylan Goodwin. Nathan is the creator of the genealogical thriller genre, as well as its master. And for the first time, Nathan’s new book is centered in the United States. Hear more about it and how to get your copy.

Fisher then visits with Daniel Horowitz, Genealogical Expert with MyHeritage.com. Daniel explains (in understandable terms!) how the new “Deep Nostalgia” tool works to animate your old photographs.

Then, it’s Ask Us Anything with Fisher and David. The guys take on questions about a found World War I British medal as well as dealing with ancestral letters.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 29, 2021
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Fisher talks about school districts who created some unique records to help plan for buildings, teachers, and enrollment. Hear what’s on these censuses and where to find them.

Mar 27, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #261
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Websites aside, it’s still a great idea to visit ancestral cemeteries. Fisher explains why and why Spring is the best time to do it.

Mar 24, 2021
Episode 368 - Women’s History Month And Tracing Female Ancestors / Ancestors And Animals: Pets And Those “Wild Things!”
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys start off challenging listeners to get on eBay NOW and see all the family history material available for small money. They mention original 19th century hometown newspapers, family Bibles, letters, postcards, family and historic documents, and personal items. Perhaps you won’t find something right away, but you’ll be amazed what all is there! David then brings up the new record haul at MyHeritage.com… millions of Lithuanian/Jewish records. Then, it’s a librarian in Tampa whose father, as a boy, was pictured on ad labels of orange crates. This family connection has caused this librarian to collect orange crate ads of all types. What family connection might you wish to collect? Finally, new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found. Hear what is known so far.

Next up, Gina Philabert Ortega talks Women’s History Month and shares her tips on researching female ancestors. They can be tricky with all those name changes. She’ll also have some sources unique to women to share with you.

Maggie Stevenson from our sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists then talks ancestors and pets AND wild animals! How did these critters factor into your family history? Maggie has some thoughts on sources and what they can mean to your stories as you put them together.

David returns for the next two segments for Ask Us Anything. First, the guys tackle a question about sources by which you can learn what battles your Civil War ancestor may have fought in. Then, what to do with ancestors or relatives who have been in the movies. It’s a perfect question for Fisher who has two such people in his family, including his mother.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History show!

Mar 22, 2021
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Tips for Geneies Who Are New to DNA Websites

Mar 20, 2021
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What’s in an occupation?

Mar 17, 2021
Episode 367 - RootsTech Connect Shines / Family History Library Goes Global / Ancestry’s New Databases & Genie Spring Cleaning
44:16

Host Scott Fisher opens a loaded show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historical & Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open Family Histoire News with news of a pair of twins who were adopted out. They attended school together and have known each other for decades. Enter DNA! Then, Ancestry.com is reindexing their US Probate Records Index. Hear what this may mean to you. DNA has again stepped in solve a nearly 40-year-old Colorado double murder case. And the suspect is still around. Then, a collector in England is looking to find descendants of people pictured in some 400 wedding pictures. Plus, hear where you might be able to find letters written by your relatives during all the wars in America’s history.

Fisher next interviews David Rencher, director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. David fills us in on the monumental success of RootsTech Connect and how the numbers continue to grow. He also talks about new services the Library is offering or will be offering that will make it more of a global genealogical source.

Then, the Archive Lady, Melissa Barker, visits with Fisher about some of the latest contributions to her archive in Tennessee. Melissa explains what you might find in your ancestral archives and offers some important tips for making the most of your visits there.

Next, Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com, (an Extreme Genes sponsor) talks about a new partnership with The Home Edit ladies, and how spring cleaning can apply to family history.

Crista then reviews some of the latest updates to existing Ancestry databases as well as what’s new.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 15, 2021
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Creating a Genealogy “Research Log”

Mar 13, 2021
Episode 366 - Two of “Fisher’s Favorite 50” Interviews Of All Time: The Driveway Sisters / Tracing A 19th Century Kidnap Victim
44:16

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 by talking about the remarkable, free new tool being offered by MyHeritage.com that animates your ancestral pictures! David then talks about a cousin discovery he made at RootTech Connect that’s opened a whole new line of research for him. And speaking of RootsTech Connect, FamilySearch.org has a new computer assisted indexing system for your handwritten documents. You’ll want to hear about this. Next, there’s been another awesome archaeological find… this time in Pompeii. Then, David relays an amazingly funny 19th century probate record. (It seems somebody’s priorities were just a bit off!)

In segment two, hear the first of two of “Fisher’s Favorite 50” interviews. Fisher visits with two Wisconsin women who have come to call themselves “The Driveway Sisters.” One moved in a year the interview and shares a driveway with the other. But they didn’t know they were sisters! Hear the odd way they learned the truth about their close relationship.

Then, Terri O’Connell of Chicago tells the story of the kidnapping of an infant relative in the 1890s. It’s a tale that’s been told in the family for well over a century. But now, thanks to DNA, she and her family know what became of the kidnapped baby!

David then returns for another round of Ask Us Anything, answering your listener questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 12, 2021
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When it’s time to hire a professional

Mar 10, 2021
Episode 365 - From Research to Reviews: Two Amateur Genies and the Books They’ve Published
44:16

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 chatting about the RootsTech Connect, the conference that will go on (in recorded fashion) for a year, and a couple of discoveries they each made in the past week involving flags! Then, David shares the recent discovery of an original copy of the Salem, Massachusetts 1810 census. You’ll soon have access to check on your witch descendants! Next, the question arises “Did Roman era male Brits wear their hair in a mullet?” David describes a recent discovery that suggests that was the case. Well, last week it was an Egyptian brewery that was found. This time around, it seems a Viking drinking hall has been discovered! Finally, a company of Irish fortune finders has been established to connect descendants with UK estates that no one has yet claimed.

In the second segment, Fisher visits with David Zucker, the man behind countless comedy films, including Airplane! Naked Gun and many others. David is a passionate genie and has written a book on his family history called “Before The Invention Of Smiling.” David gives some background and explains what he hopes readers will take from his first family history book.

Fisher then follows up with Debra Yates. She too is an amateur genie who felt her ancestor’s story was too significant to keep from the public. Her book, Woman of Many Names, addresses the history of her ancestor who was known as Nancy Ward, among other things. Nancy was a Cherokee and a friend to Daniel Boone and George Washington. Hear Debra describe Nancy’s remarkable life.

Then, Sabin Streeter, show runner and director for Finding Your Roots on PBS talks about the latest episode before the fundraising break in March. It features Clint Black and Rosanne Cash with some surprising discoveries.

David then returns with Fisher to answer a tombstone question from a listener on Ask Us Anything.

Mar 08, 2021
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Have you ever considered “going wide” instead of “going deep?”

Mar 06, 2021
Fisher’s Top Tips #255r
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Are you taking full advantage DNA Test Results?

Mar 03, 2021
Episode 364 - Families Exchange World War I Pandemic Letters / “Show Me The Money!” Melanie McComb On Ancestral Financial Records
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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 David’s serendipitous experience in touring his wife’s grandmother’s former home. David then talks about Black History Month assets available now from AmericanAncestors. A pop up DNA center has been established in Australia to help families of missing people. FamilySearch’s numbers from 2020 are off the chart. Hear what we all did there last year! Finally, David shares the story of how 3,000-year-old bones of a woman buried in Crete have revealed her occupation.

Next, Fisher visits with JoAnne Jessee… an ordinary person with an extraordinary find. JoAnne felt the urge to track down information on a great aunt that died young during the 1918 flu pandemic. Find out where it led her and the remarkable exchange coming up between two families.

Then, genealogist Melanie McComb, from AmericanAncestors.org and NEHGS talks about financial records of ancestors that can help you on your journey. It’s from a lecture she does called “Follow the Money!”

Next, Dr. Henry Louis Gates is out this week, so producer/director Sabin Streeter fills in to share the latest on the next episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS!

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 01, 2021
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What is and what isn’t a genealogical “source?”

Feb 27, 2021
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Google Search Tricks

Feb 24, 2021
Episode 363 - RootsTech Connect Is Upon Us! Finding Missing Marriages Through “Gretna Greens”
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins Family Histoire News with new information on the pirate ship Whydah, discovered some years ago in the waters of Massachusetts. Could this story tie you to this ship? Find out. Then, it’s another attic archive discovery that we can all only dream of. Hear what was found and how. Here’s a strange one. Was Stonehenge moved? One researcher says yes! And you won’t believe from where it may have come! The oldest-ever-found brewery has been dug up in Egypt. Hear some of the details. And finally, an indigenous fort in Alaska has been found. Find out about its history.

Next, Carolyn Tolman of Legacy Tree Genealogists joins Fisher to talk about towns known as “Gretna Greens.” Hear the history of the name, what it means, and how knowing about such places near where your ancestors lived might help your research.

Brandon Beckstead of FamilySearch is next up on the show. Brandon fills us in on this year’s edition of RootsTech, called “RootsTech Connect,” an all-virtual version of the world’s largest genealogical conference. And there are some fabulous features!

Then, Crista Cowan of Ancestry.com visits with Fisher in two segments discussing Ancestry’s offerings at RootsTech Connect as well as new releases now available at Ancestry.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 22, 2021
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Coats of Arms and Family Crests. What Are The Differences?

Feb 20, 2021
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Directories and Maps Can Sometimes Tell Stories as Plainly as a Personal History

Feb 17, 2021
Episode 362 - Man Who Survived Pearl Harbor Attack Has Written His Story/Professor Uses AI, Death Certs, And Census Records To Tackle Pandemic
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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 Family Histoire News with the story of the history eating fast in America. Then, it’s a great article on where your family history materials will go after you’re gone. Another victim of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been identified through DNA and has been buried with family 80 years later. Hear who he was. Next, a woman has passed at 115 years old who had more to say about Warren Harding than Donald Trump! Catch her story. Hold the presses! It seems we may have one more person living who was born in the 19th century. Catch what David has to say about this 124-year-old man. And finally, a family Bible has been found in an old house and returned to descendants of those named in the Bible. And you won’t believe what family that is!

Next, Fisher catches up with Lou Conter, one of the two remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack on the USS Arizona. Lou has written his life story that is now available. He explains how he survived the explosion of the ship, and what he did after 1941, and after World War II. Lou is now 99-years-old.

Then, Dr. Joe Price of Brigham Young University talks with Fisher about his latest project. It involves artificial intelligence to read handwriting on death certificates, searching digitized newspapers and research of census records to find what strategies really worked in the 1918 pandemic.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates is back to tell us about his newest episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS. The ancestral stories he shares this week are jaw dropping!

David then returns for another listener question on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 15, 2021
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Journal keeping is a simple, old fashioned, and effective way to document your life’s adventures. And what a treasure it will be for your descendants.

Feb 13, 2021
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Want your kids to find history a little more interesting? Try sharing family stories about how your ancestors were connected to historic figures and events.

Feb 10, 2021
Episode 361 - 500 War Letters From Dad Found In The Attic
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by losing his head over a story about Marie Antoinette’s mirror. It’s a mirror, mirror on a wall in England, but until recently no one knew its origins. David shares some details. Then, a teen in Britain has made a fascinating find on a British mountainside that impacted a family in Australia. Hear what he discovered. Next, there’s been another astounding discovery in England… a massive Anglo-Saxon grave site going back 4,000 years. Find out about the objects found there. Then, Smithsonian has shared a remarkable story about a female spy who started out cracking mobster codes in the 1930s, and eventually broke open a Nazi ring in South America a decade later. Catch the story of Elizabeth Smith Freedman. And finally, Megan Smolenyak has published some of her findings on the origins of new President Joe Biden. Are you related?

Next, Fisher visits with Loretto Thompson. A few years back Loretto learned about a treasure trove of letters from her father to the family during his time serving in World War II. He died when Loretto was only four years old, and the letters have led her on a remarkable journey… even by genie standards!

Then, Dr. Henry Louis Gates is back to talk about the next episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS.

David returns for the final segment as the guys answer another question on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 08, 2021
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Over many years anyone, like Fisher, can accumulate quite an Ancestral Museum. But without proper planning, where it goes after you might be to the dump!

Feb 06, 2021
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Many families have long running oral traditions. But just how accurate are they?

Feb 03, 2021
Episode 360 - Author Russell Shorto On His Mobster Grandfather / Sunny Morton On Mapping Out Your Research Year/ Dr. Gates On Finding Your Roots
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David shares his remarkable find in reverse genealogy, pulling forward from his War of 1812 ancestor to family ties to the “X-Men” franchise! Then, hear about the shoes people are finding behind walls in Canada and why they’re there. David also talks about the dead cats behind walls in Scotland he learned about years ago. What was that all about?! He’ll tell you. Then, it’s another major archaeological find in Egypt. The guys wrap up the segment, in the wake of the recent inauguration, talking presidents, particularly David’s connection to one of the greats.

Fisher then visits with well known researcher, speaker, and blogger Sunny Morton. Sunny has written a great article for Family Tree Magazine on how to plan out your research year, based largely on weather, holidays, and traditions. There’s no doubt an idea or two waiting for you.

Next, Russell Shorto, a renowned author talks about his new book coming out on February 2nd that discusses the history of the Mafia in small town America. His grandfather was part of the illegal activities that proliferated from coast to coast.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates returns to fill us in on the next episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS. Season Seven is underway with some fascinating celebrity guests and discoveries.

David then returns to wrap up the show with Ask Us Anything. He answers a question about sources for railroad workers.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 01, 2021
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We all have family secrets. And if you’re concerned about how to handle those secrets in a history, Fisher has some thoughts.

Jan 30, 2021
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Over 40 years before photography became a thing, a printing process paved the way for the publication of numerous images, some of which may help tell your family story.

Jan 27, 2021
Episode 359 - North Dakota Man Gathers Stories Covering 113,000 Miles In 14 Years
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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 Family Histoire News with the eyebrow raising story that the last Civil War widow has died! Catch the details on the show, plus the fact that her husband, who died in 1939, was already a great great grandfather. David suggests it is possible that this widow was a step FIFTH great grandmother at the time of her death! Fisher and David then talk about sharing DNA from their own fifth great grandparents who were born in the 1600s with other DNA testers. Next David notes a story about how women in Texas who couldn’t start their own business without their husband’s permission until 1968. Finally, a researcher has located a 97-year-old former World War II pilot who saved her father’s life through his skills in ditching a plane.

Next, Fisher begins a two part visit with Jim Puppe of Fargo, North Dakota. Jim travelled some 113,000 miles over 14 years collecting stories from seniors in every town, village and city in his state which he has published in a single book.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates returns to the show to talk about his newest episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS, featuring actress Glenn Close and director Jim Waters.

Then David is back for an Ask Us Anything question about chromosome mapping.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 25, 2021
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Your old home movies may be a treasure trove of photographs you didn’t even know you had. Here’s how to get to them!

Jan 23, 2021
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Have you ever been told that you are a cousin one or more times removed? What that means is simpler than you may think.

Jan 20, 2021
Episode 358 - Enslaved.org To Bring Together Multiple Databases / The 1890 Census Tragedy- What Happened?
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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 salute to the late Brian Sykes, a noted DNA research pioneer who passed last month. Then, the discovery of King Richard III under a parking lot in England eight years ago has now led to a DNA test that is causing some to question the legitimacy of the current Royals! Speaking of DNA, Fisher and David next speak of the claim from the science community that sleepwalking may be an ancient response gone wrong that essentially kept people awake with “one eye open” for their own safety. We have a couple of items in our “Lost and Found” department this week. First, it’s a metal detectorist in England who found a World War I medal in his back yard. He eventually returned it to the original recipient’s grandson. Then, it was the find of a teen’s “secret diaries” in an old house in Toronto that were also returned. Finally, aside from genealogy, there’s been another area experiencing a boon in the past year. Find out what it is.

Then, Fisher visits with Daryle Williams, co-principal investigator with Enslaved.org, a new website that is bringing together multiple databases on enslaved and enslavers from all over the world and all periods of time. Daryle shares a fascinating story about one enslaved man in Brazil and how the database revealed it.

Next, Rachel Derenthal from Legacy Tree Genealogists talks about the tragic fire that claimed the 1890 Census and the politics that followed. Rachel explains alternative methods to gathering information from that time period.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates visits with Fisher again to talk about the latest episode in a new season of Finding Your Roots on PBS.

Finally, David returns for an interesting question from a listener about a relative who was an early player for the NFL.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 18, 2021
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Have you been hesitant to write your own history? Everyone has a story to tell! Don’t deprive your descendants of the lessons and events of your life.

Jan 16, 2021
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Are you considering writing an ancestral history, but feel their life story is “spotty?” Here is how historical context can help you fill in the gaps.

Jan 13, 2021
Episode 340: CLASSIC REWIND - When and How Did Your Ancestors Get Here? / New York Man Learns Father Fought Nazis… In USA
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David shares his plans for a family trip and a visit he plans to make to a place he’s been before. Hear what he has in mind. David then shares the news that the Mayflower 2 is back at Plymouth after several years of repairs and maintenance. Then, the pandemic has led to the discovery of all kinds of historic and family items in a manor house in England. Find out what was discovered. In Scotland, a metal detecting investigator has stumbled upon a remarkable find dating back to the bronze age! Find out what he found and what is happening at the site now. And finally, a woman is celebrating what is thought to be her 116th birthday as the oldest person in America. You won’t believe how many descendants she has!

Fisher then visits with Marissa Gardner from Legacy Tree Genealogists. Marissa talks about passenger lists, immigration and emigration records, as well as some myths about Ellis Island.

In the third segment, it’s another “ordinary person with an extraordinary find.” Hear Long Island, NY resident Andrew Malekoff talk about what he learned about his father and his activities as a teenager in the 1930s. It was an eyebrow raiser for Andrew and it will be for you too!

Then David returns for two more of your questions on Ask Us Anything!

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jan 11, 2021
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Most people have records, photos, or heirlooms in their homes. But other relatives almost certainly do as well. And often the things they have are different than what you’ve had passed down. Perhaps it’s time for an inventory of all the Family Archive “Branch Offices!”

Jan 09, 2021
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Imagine a library that stores billions of webpages from sites that no longer exist, and digitized texts of millions of books and other assets. It’s not in Greece, and it costs you nothing to visit.

Jan 06, 2021
Episode 327: CLASSIC REWIND - Virtual YOU! How You May Answer Your Descendants Questions About You A Century from Now!
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins by talking about a method he figured out to date a photo of his great great grandfather. David begins Family Histoire News talking about several aspects of life we can take from the pandemic of 1918-1920. First is the story of unique recipes of the time, including one including ‘possum! Then the guys discuss the unique circumstances surrounding voting in the 1918 midterm election. David then talks about a family that is benefitting from a diary kept by their ancestor during the Spanish Flu outbreak.

Fisher then begins his two part visit with Heather Maio Smith who is a key player with the USC Shoah Foundation. Heather was recently featured on 60 Minutes. Heather talks about her pet project of the past several years, interviewing Holocaust survivors and then using technology so they can seem to be having a conversation with you. Ask the question, they will answer!

In part two of the conversation, Heather talks about how any of us will soon be able to use similar technology so that descendants generations from now can ask us questions about our lives and have us answer them!

Then Melanie McComb from NEHGS visits to help us out with Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show! 

Jan 04, 2021
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There’s a time for collecting and a time for distributing. While you’re still here, it’s time you figure out how that’s going to happen. Fisher shares some thoughts on protecting your life’s family history work.

Jan 02, 2021
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Genealogy and family history, believe it or not, are actually defined very differently. Hear why the two terms are not the same.

Dec 30, 2020
Episode 357 - Author Libby Copeland On Four Landmark Events In DNA In 2020
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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 discussion of an ancestral discovery David made this past week… one he could have had years ago had he paid attention to a communication sent to him in 2012! Then Fisher and David talk about a man who was given up as a foundling 83 years ago. Thanks to a genetic genealogist who wanted to help, he now knows who his birth parents were. Next, Smithsonian is running a great article on another pandemic Christmas… the Christmas of 1918. Genetic genealogy has again proven its worth in identifying a “Jane Doe” murder victim from 2000. Hear some of the details. Next, it’s nice to hear of a man who has decided to help lower income people learn about their past. Hear who and why this man is backing this ambitious project. Finally, in Wethersfield, Connecticut, a recent dig has revealed artifacts that may change Connecticut history books.

Then, Libby Copeland joins Fisher for a two part visit discussing four landmark events in DNA that all occurred in the past year, and where we might be going from here. She is the author behind The Lost Family, How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are.

David comes back next for another round of Ask Us Anything. The guys begin with a question about ancestral signatures and their use in genealogy, as well as how to handle family scandals when writing up a family history.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 28, 2020
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Wondering why you can’t always find articles you believe should be there in a digitized newspaper? Here are some tricks for squeezing it all out of digitized newspapers!

Dec 26, 2020
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If you’ve ever dug into Swedish ancestry, you know the issue. Tons of people have the same name and live in the same places. Well, Swedish Church records can at least help a little in sorting out which Hans Olsen might be yours. Fisher explains.

Dec 23, 2020
Episode 356 - A Grandfather’s Military Uniform Finds Its Way Home, and Holiday Traditions That Point to Our Heritage
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open the show talking about their discoveries this past week. Then, David plows into Family Histoire News starting with a little talk about the 79th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and an online message from one of the survivors. Then, genetic genealogy for solving cold cases has now spread to Canada. Hear about how one of their first cases was solved by a genie who was just doing his thing. Sweden has made another great find concerning those Vikings whose remnants keep popping up everywhere! Then, it’s a new site that’s devoted to memorializing the millions of people enslaved over the first several centuries of European settlement. Learn more about Enslaved.org.


Next, Fisher visits with David Gervais. The North Carolina man was the beneficiary of the kindness of a group of people who had a mystery on their hands, a 70-year-old military uniform without a name tag. Hear how David and his family were able to get his grandfather’s uniform, complete with ribbons from two world wars, back in the family.

 

Then, Jim Beidler of Legacy Tree Genealogists talks about holiday traditions that could help you start family history conversations or even point to your heritage. Jim also delves into a pair of eyebrow raising traditions from other countries.

 

David Lambert then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. The first concerns what to do with your records and heirlooms and how to plan for their future, while the second considers the subject of “gateway ancestors.”


That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 21, 2020
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Two key census record sets were destroyed in Ireland in 1922, but some of that information was preserved in another way. Fisher explains why your ancestors’ data from those census records may still be available.

Dec 19, 2020
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Within the United States, it was not uncommon for churches to give a “letter of transfer” to a member of their congregation who is moving to a new location. But sometimes they came with immigrants from across the ocean. What can this mean to you? Fisher explains.

Dec 16, 2020
Episode 355 - Hank Jones On Those Weird Things That Happen When Doing Family History / Texas Genie Finds Herd Of Black Sheep
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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 by talking about a remarkable string of luck in their own research. Hear how Fisher discovered his late father-in-law’s unique place in the historical record. David kicks off Family Histoire News with a story about how modern genomics is rewriting history. Then, law enforcement in Tennessee is seeking public financial support to solve a four decade old cold case. Fisher notes that in Idaho, a grant has been awarded to a law enforcement agency there to cover DNA analysis on a cold case. He also points to a group of wealthy businessmen in Utah called the “Honorary Colonels” who financially support law enforcement in such matters. David then shares the story of Daniel Smith. He’s one of America’s last living children of a slave! Then, a man in eastern Europe has stumbled upon a 3,000 old sword.

Next, Fisher shares one of his favorite “visits from the vault.” Actor, singer, and renowned genealogist Hank Jones talks about his collection of stories of strange things that have happened when doing genealogy and family history work.

Then, Fort Worth genie Sharon Manson discusses her journey that helped her learn why her parents would tell her never to ask about her paternal grandmother!

Finally, David returns for Ask Us Anything, discussing Revolutionary soldier lineage societies (there are more than you think) and Canadian emigration to the United States.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 14, 2020
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Obituaries often reveal connections to the Free Masons. If you have an ancestor that belonged to this organization, his membership application may provide great information on him. Fisher has more.

Dec 12, 2020
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Slave research is hard enough, and this little nugget, unfortunately, might make it harder. Not all slave names come from the most recent slaveholder. Fisher shares some other possibilities.

Dec 09, 2020
Episode 354 - CeCe On DNA Crime Exonerations / Ron Fox On Photos And His Dick Van Dyke Moment
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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 by talking about a shockingly low price on a whole genome sequencing test from Dante Labs. Neither Fisher nor David has ever done such a test before. David then begins Family Histoire News with news of a Maryland county that’s using a grant to support genetic genealogy in their police work. Hear who it is. Then, the Irish Times has been writing about how the ancestors of several presidents, including incoming President-Elect Biden, had Irish ancestors who all left the Emerald Isle in the same short period of time. Find out when and which presidents came from these people. Then, David talks about a military family that has received a remarkable, and very personal, long lost heirloom.

Then, the one and only CeCe Moore joins the show. CeCe brings us up to date on what’s happening in her world and explains why she feels that her work solving cold cases is exonerating more people than it is finding guilty people.

Next, Ron Fox, the photo expert from Salt Lake City shares some thoughts on finding photos that can enhance your family history stories. He also shares a remarkable experience providing an important photograph to Dick Van Dyke! Hear about Van Dyke’s reaction to the image.

David then rejoins the show for Ask Us Anything as the guys tackle questions about inoculation records and ancestor criminals.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Dec 07, 2020
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The settling of the west wasn’t much unlike the settling of colonial America a century or two earlier. And as people came, more and more lines were drawn. Fisher shares just a few so you know what to look for as you consider your research strategy.

Dec 05, 2020
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War, population growth and shifting can all contribute to boundary changes. And boundary changes mean that, even if your ancestors stayed in the same place, their records could be hiding in many places.

Dec 02, 2020
Episode 353 - Ordinary Person / Extraordinary Find in Italy! “Archive Lady” Opens Minds To What Might Be Found
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David’s been up late a lot recently working his DNA matches while Fisher has been going through some items retrieved from an old family Bible. They talk about their experiences. Family Histoire News begins with word that RootsTech now has four fascinating keynote speakers lined up for this coming year’s virtual conference, RootsTechConnect.  Then, a German man has learned that his family business was obtained by his grandfather, a Nazi, who virtually stole it from a Jewish family. Hear what this grandson has done. Ground Penetrating Radar has brought about another awesome discovery in Norway. Hear what it is. Next, History is running a fascinating article on the family of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. It’s filled with eyebrow raisers. Then, David reveals a site for some amazing Civil War data. Might you have an ancestor in there?

Next, Fisher visits with Lisa Murphy of Orem, Utah, an “Ordinary Person With An Extraordinary Find.” Lisa’s grandfather was a family enigma. He died without ever telling anyone exactly where he was from, and very little about the family itself. But along comes DNA and well… you know the rest. Hear the story Lisa and her family has learned about her long deceased grandfather’s origins.

Then, Fisher talks new archive discoveries with “The Archive Lady,” Melissa Barker of Houston County, Tennessee.  Melissa is always digging up inspiring items in her archive to encourage people to get back to where many family treasures may be waiting. Hear what she’s found this time.

David then returns for “Ask Us Anything.” The guys discuss Revolutionary War pensions and coats of arms.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 30, 2020
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Fisher had given up on finding the parents of an elusive ancestor when he took one last step before closing the book on the case. And it made all the difference in the world!

Nov 28, 2020
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Female ancestors are sometimes difficult to find.  Fisher shares a few thoughts on other ways to look for them.

Nov 25, 2020
Episode 352 - Connecticut Man’s DNA Shocker and the Strange DNA Match That Could Have Led to the Wrong Conclusion, Ancestry’s Thanksgiving Gift
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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 salute to our veterans on this Veterans Day week. David then tells the story of the oldest living American vet. Hear who he is, his ridiculous age, and where and when he served. Next, a possible survivor camp for the early settlers of Roanoke may have been located. Catch the evidence for this intriguing site. Then, a man who obtained ten century old letters from an abandoned post office has gone to work to deliver them to living descendants. Plus, Psychology Today writes about why Americans are obsessed with family history… as if we need an explanation!

Fisher then visits with Crista Cowan from Ancestry.com, one of our show sponsors. Crista talks about how Ancestry.com is going to help us all through our socially distanced Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, with free access to stories about your ancestors. Hear how it’s done and how you can get to the information!  Crista Cowan, Ancestry's corporate genealogist, has worked at Ancestry since 2004. You can find Crista as The Barefoot Genealogist, hosting videos on Ancestry's social channels YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Tom Kelly from Shelton, Connecticut joins us next. Tom received a Christmas gift a while back that gave him an odd ethnicity result. With the help of Legacy Tree Genealogists (also one of our sponsors) he learned the truth about his parentage. But the full story might well have been missed because of an unusual DNA match.

Paul Woodbury, DNA specialist at Legacy Tree, picks up Tom’s story and talks about the match that could easily have led to the wrong conclusion. Paul explains why it didn’t.

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything. The guys first deal with a question about 19th century “dead mail,” and then another about military commissions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 23, 2020
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Struggling to figure out where your ancestor’s Social Security records went? They might not have been there at all because things were different before 1951!

Nov 21, 2020
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Ever notice familiar repeating family names in a single family group? It could be the parents were following a classic pattern. And that pattern can tell you some very important truths about the previous generation.

Nov 18, 2020
Episode 351 - Legal Genealogist Judy Russell On Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics In Preparing Your Histories
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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 the story of an adjustment that was made on the headstone of Susan B. Anthony just in time for election day. Hear what it was and why it was done.  Then, a Virginia State Senator has made a sad discovery on his own property, again involving headstones. Find out what it was. Then, the British are looking for descendants of three World War I casualties and another from World War II. Might you be one, or know of one? Next, the London Metropolitan Archives have begun a new database of Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and Indigenous descent. Learn more about it. And finally, what a family feud! And recently, the sale of a dinosaur skeleton made it even worse. You’ll want to hear this one!

Next, in a classic rewind interview with Legal Genealogist Judy Russell from 2019, Fisher and Judy discuss copyright, fair use, ethics, and much more in two parts. If you are preparing to write a history on your family this is must-hear radio!

Then David Lambert returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 16, 2020
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Back in 1752, England enacted a law that changed our calendars forever. But did that law ever make a genealogist’s life complicated!

Nov 14, 2020
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Ancestors love to play tricks on us as we trace them down… sometimes by disappearing from where we think they should be. Fisher explains where you might want to look next.

Nov 11, 2020
Episode 350 - Dr. Scott Woodward On Our Shared Blood With Neanderthals
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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 talking about the coming International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. (Want to speak there in Philly next August? Their Call for Proposals is open through November 19!) David then shares the story about how the grandson of a couple who were lost in the Holocaust recently was presented with an important item that once belonged to his grandparents. Next, David talks about an important new database released by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Might your ancestors names be in it?  The British Library has just released a remarkable collection of almost 18,000 maps tied to King George III! Black history Marine biologists have been recovering artifacts from 19th century slave ships and airplanes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. Hear more about their project.

Next, Fisher visits with Dr. Scott Woodward on our shared blood with Neanderthals and what that means in our fight with Covid-19.

Then David Lambert returns for Ask Us Anything, as we take your questions. That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 09, 2020
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Fisher worked to break open one ancestral line for fifteen years. It wasn’t until he was closing the book on the case by creating a timeline that he saw the answer!

Nov 07, 2020
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Just the way not every record is digitized, many records are digitized but not indexed!  Can’t find what you’re looking for? It’s time to check those massive unindexed records!

Nov 04, 2020
Episode 349 - Kenyatta Berry On Escapes And Attempted Escapes Of The Enslaved / Ancestry’s Todd Godfrey On Huge New Marriage Database
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.com. Fisher talks about his latest heirloom acquisition… an 1851 Bible with a special family inscription. The guys then pass 100th birthday greetings on to an American flying legend. David shares a story of a recent wedding that featured a surprise for his bride she will never forget.  (And it involved her late grandmother!) “Pepper’s Ghost” is “reappearing” in London. Hear what it is and how it got started.  Finally, the guys touch on the story of how and when controversial Columbus Day got its real start in our country.

Next, Fisher visits with slavery expert Kenyatta Berry. The two talk about the formerly enslaved individuals, including Frederick Douglass, who sailed to Britain in the late 1840s to reveal to the public there the horrors of slavery, and to create international pressure on the US to end it. They also talk about some successful escapes, and the challenges of even making the attempt.

Todd Godfrey, the VP of Global Content for Ancestry.com, joins the show next to talk about their huge new database release, the Newspapers.com Marriage Index. Created by artificial intelligence, it’s the latest use of this advanced technology to bring us some very valuable records.

David then rejoins Fisher to talk about collecting heirlooms and the use of eBay in your quest.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Nov 02, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #220r - Those Tricky Immigration Records

Oct 31, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #219r - Historic Time Lines and What They Can Reveal

Oct 29, 2020
Episode 348 - Dr. Henry Louis Gates on New Episodes of “Finding Your Roots”/ D. Joshua Taylor on Looming Clash Over Licensing Public Records Use!
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher opens the dialog talking about how he is using genetic genealogy to help a friend identify a parent of his grandfather. They need to narrow down from TWELVE children! David then shares news of the passing of the grandson of our tenth president, John Tyler! Yes… grandson! (Don’t worry, there is still another one living!) David then shares news that if you have an unusually high amount of DNA from Neanderthals, you might be at greater risk for harsh symptoms from Covid-19. A new study is out explaining how the human family is likely more closely related to each other than most realize. Of course, this has everything to do with what is called “pedigree collapse.” Hear the guys map this out. And finally, MyHeritage has another great photo tool available for you. Find out what it is.

Next, Fisher catches up with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots. New episodes have resumed and Dr. Gates fills us in on what is soon to come on the show.

Then, D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society joins Fisher to discuss the efforts of those tied to the New York Municipal Archives to license public records! These are records we, generally, paid to create, and taxes pay to maintain. Since they belong to us, “the people,” this licensing could become a costly problem, not only in New York, but elsewhere as well.

David then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. The first has to do with Civil War pension records, while the second has to do with alternatives to birth certificates.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Oct 26, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #218r - The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

Oct 24, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #217r - “Dit Names”… What the Heck Are Those?

Oct 21, 2020
Important Interview on Time Sensitive Matter Concerning Records
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Tune in to hear an important interview with Josh Taylor on a time sensitive matter concerning records.

Oct 20, 2020
Episode 347 - DNA-Woodbury on Ranking Key Matches across Web Sites / Reclaim the Records Shows up the Show me State
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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 news that RootsTech Connect 2021 is bringing in some 1,500 registrants a day! It’s going to be a massive on line event. (And it’s free!) Next, Fisher and David share thoughts on the Abraham Lincoln death picture that is making the rounds. A couple of World War II items were recently found and returned to their families. Hear what the items were, where and how they were found, and who the lucky families were. Then, a missing elevator has been found! Along with a missing early 20th century telephone switchboard! All at a hotel in Florida. Catch the details.

Fisher then visits with Paul Woodbury, lead DNA specialist at Legacy Tree Genealogists. Paul shares an interesting technique he uses to rank your most important DNA matches across web sites, in some cases allowing for the varying algorithms the DNA companies use.

Next, Brooke Ganz from Reclaim the Records explains the group’s latest victory. After a four year law suit, some important public records in Missouri are actually now freely available… to the public. Imagine that! Hear what they are and how you can access them.

Fisher then welcomes David back for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. This time they concern undertaker records and preserving old Bibles.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Oct 19, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #216r - Marriage Bonds and What They Can Reveal

Oct 17, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #215r - What’s Going to Happen to Your Records and Heirlooms When You’re Gone?

Oct 14, 2020
Episode 346 - Mayflower Ancestor Research Gets New Boon / Workin’ On the Railroad… Records
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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 Family Histoire News with a host of interesting information. First, FamilyTreeDNA has joined Ancestry.com in updating their ethnicity estimates. Fold3 has released a new collection of amazing military materials from Phan Rang Air Base in Vietnam. Plus, the oldest Roman body armor ever found has been dug up in Germany. It dates back to 9 AD! David then explains a recent court ruling that will allow a dive on the Titanic to recover some very important equipment. Hear what it is. Next, a log from a slave ship from 1796 reveals the horrors of the slave trade as an officer kept a detailed day-to-day account of life on the vessel.  Find out where you can catch the highlights. Then, imagine having up to 600 half siblings around the world. There is such a family! Hear how this came to be.

Next, Fisher visits with Don LeClair from NEHGS. Don explains the near completion of an important Mayflower project three years in the making involving a partnership with two other important genealogical organizations. Researching your possible Mayflower ties has never been easier as we recognize the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the ship.

Melanie McComb, another researcher with NEHGS then visits with Fisher about railroad records. So many families have railroad workers in their lines. Find out what you can learn about them and where.

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything as the guys answer a pair of questions about ship embarkations and fundamental genetic genealogy.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show.

Oct 12, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #214r - Can’t Find Your Key Record on Line? Try the Old-Fashioned Way.

Oct 10, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #213r - Got an Ancestor Who Served? Look to Military Records as a Source for Incredible Family Stories.

Oct 07, 2020
Episode 345 - CeCe Moore On Request For Exhumation Of President Warren G. Harding, Genetic Genealogy For Solving Crime, Latest On Her TV Show
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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 news of a great new database from the Library of Congress that allows you to search the captions in newspaper photos to find pictures tied to your family or area of interest. Then the Russian State Public History Library has now made public a huge number of genealogical documents, largely covering the Soviet Union era. Next, the USS Constitution, America’s oldest commissioned ship, now has a database to help us learn about the crew of the ship in the War of 1812.  Then, Places of Pride, an Australian site, has now made available online their national registration of every war memorial in the country. Might your ancestor’s name be on one?

Renowed genetic genealogist CeCe Moore returns to the show to talk about many things. She and Fisher begin with a discussion of a legal request by the grandson of President Warren G. Harding to have his remains exhumed so their DNA might be compared. It’s a strange case with many ramifications. CeCe then talks about her television show and the latest in the use of genetic genealogy in identifying suspects in cold cases and violent crimes.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything as he and Fisher tackle questions about old license plates and related databases and Crown Land records in Nova Scotia.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Oct 05, 2020
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Fisher’s Top Tips #212r - Got DNA Skills? Become A Search Angel for Others!

Oct 03, 2020
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Tracing Forward Can Yield Family History Gold

Sep 30, 2020
Episode 344 - When the Records Don’t Agree / Another Ordinary Person with an Extraordinary Find
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open with talk about Ancestry.com’s latest adjustment in ethnicity estimates. Have you checked yours recently? Next, famed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says her childhood interest in one sports team contributed to and enhanced her career choice.  Then, an island in New York likely contains the remains of over a million people, and New York doesn’t much like to talk about it. Hear which island and where it is.

Next, Fisher visits with McKenna Cooper from Legacy Tree Genealogists. McKenna talks about how genealogists deal with the ever present problem of conflicting records.

Then, Arkansas resident Kelsey Dunn talks about taking some of what he learned from Extreme Genes and making an exciting breakthrough into the origins of his grandmother in France.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything as the guys take on questions about a high school ring and researching a late father’s early career.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 28, 2020
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Once you’ve gone from the land of the researcher to the land of the researched, you no longer control what happens to your heirlooms and research records. Here’s what you can do now!

Sep 26, 2020
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Have you become reliant on online sites for your key records? If so, you’re missing out on the thrill of the hunt the old-fashioned way!

Sep 23, 2020
Episode 343 - Free RootsTech Connect Takes Conference Virtual and Global / To Run 24 Hours For Three Days / FamilySearch In The Pandemic
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open the show talking with Fisher’s latest communications with high school friends of his much older brother, who died when Fisher was eight. In Family Histoire News, the guys talk about two people, in two stories, one Australian, one Canadian, who recent learned some shocking things about themselves with the help of DNA. (The DNA stories keep on coming!) David also talks about the huge increase in prices that will soon be in effect for obtaining citizenship records of ancestors. And finally, what a discovery in Israel! It dates back to 700 B.C.  Hear what archaeologists have discovered.

Next, Fisher begins his two part interview with Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. In the first segment, Steve explains the opportunity he sees in the pandemic for taking RootsTech global, virtual, and continuous for three days. Plus, this presentation feast will be free! RootsTech Connect in February of 2021 will be like none other! Hear Steve explain this pioneering effort.

Then, Steve talks about how the pandemic has impacted FamilySearch. To hear Steve tell it, many things learned during this challenging time will become permanent features of the website.

Then, David Lambert returns for Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 20, 2020
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Who deserves to have their history recorded more than our veterans? Fisher shares some great places for finding military records and often the stories that can be uncovered through them.

Sep 19, 2020
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Adoptees in particular, but many others as well, are looking for answers. If your skilled in the DNA world, you might want to consider helping these folks as a “search angel.”

Sep 16, 2020
Episode 342 - Old Books, What’s Forgotten Inside? New Group Seeks Access To National Archives
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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 by talking about an awesome gift given to Fisher… a musket ball from the site of the Great Swamp Fight of 1675 during the King Philip’s (Native) War. Two of his direct ancestors were killed there, and another wounded. Then, they share the news that RootsTech for 2021 is full steam ahead virtual. You can now sign up for free! Next, two women recently met to research the same old southern plantation. One was a descendant of the slave holder, the other a descendant of the slave. Hear their story. A 1,000 year old Christian cemetery has been found in Poland. David shares the details of one strange burial in the cemetery. Finally, the guys talk about a story concerning DNA and crime. Things are not always going well with the police CODIS system.

Next, Fisher visits with Emma Smreker, a French teacher in Oklahoma with a fascinating fascination… old books and what may have been left in them. Hear what she finds and what she does with items!

Fisher then checks in with Don Mounts, Vice President of a brand new organization called  the Archival Researchers Association. They have one main goal… access to the National Archives which is largely shut down due to the pandemic. Hear what the group’s specific plans are and how you may be able to help.

David then rejoins the show for Ask Us Anything as the guys tackle a question about oral traditions and another about a state that has had two counties with the same name!

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 14, 2020
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Want to find rare family photos, family Bibles, and who knows what else? Fisher suggests that you try tracing forward!

Sep 12, 2020
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Believe it or not, Fisher HATED history as a kid. How he came to love it can work for your child or grandchild, too.

Sep 09, 2020
Episode 341 - Kitty Cooper Talks Why Note Longest DNA Segments / Ask The Experts- Kitty Cooper On Her Personal Favorite Breakthrough
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open talking about some fascinating finds in Fisher’s family this week. David then shares a great story about a man in Toronto who stumbled upon a World War I era Bible. Hear what he did with it. Then, a school teacher has an interesting hobby involving used books and what she finds in them. Find out what she does next. Next, archaeology has uncovered an unlikely Viking site. (You won’t believe where it is!) Finally, hear about the man with a rich criminal record who set himself up for arrest for decades old crimes by taking a DNA test to check out his ethnicity!

Then, Fisher begins his two part visit with Kitty Cooper. Kitty is a DNA specialist and talks about why she thinks Ancestry’s new feature, showing the longest DNA segments among your matches, is a good one.

Kitty then shares her greatest personal find with Ask The Experts, and how she solved the mystery.

David then returns for two questions in Ask Us Anything. The first involves researching the history of a house. The second concerns a listener’s problem searching old newspapers. Hear what the guys suggest she should do.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Sep 07, 2020
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Fisher shares a simple strategy for growing your ancestral photo archive.

Sep 05, 2020
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Continuing his conversation on family photo archives, Fisher gives a quick overview on what you have to do to keep them safe.

Sep 02, 2020
Episode 340 - When And How Did Your Ancestors Get Here? / New York Man Learns Father Fought Nazis… In USA
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David shares his plans for a family trip and a visit he plans to make to a place he’s been before. Hear what he has in mind. David then shares the news that the Mayflower 2 is back at Plymouth after several years of repairs and maintenance. Then, the pandemic has led to the discovery of all kinds of historic and family items in a manor house in England. Find out what was discovered. In Scotland, a metal detecting investigator has stumbled upon a remarkable find dating back to the bronze age! Find out what he found and what is happening at the site now. And finally, a woman is celebrating what is thought to be her 116th birthday as the oldest person in America. You won’t believe how many descendants she has!

Fisher then visits with Marissa Gardner from Legacy Tree Genealogists. Marissa talks about passenger lists, immigration and emigration records, as well as some myths about Ellis Island.

In the third segment, it’s another “ordinary person with an extraordinary find.” Hear Long Island, NY resident Andrew Malekoff talk about what he learned about his father and his activities as a teenager in the 1930s. It was an eyebrow raiser for Andrew and it will be for you too!

Then David returns for two more of your questions on Ask Us Anything!

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 31, 2020
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OK, you’re the one in your family with all the family pictures. Now what? The first thing you have to do has nothing to do with technology.

Aug 29, 2020
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Fisher talks about the “luck” he has enjoyed through the years in genealogy, and how it really isn’t as much by chance as you would think.

Aug 26, 2020
Episode 339 - Man Regains Citizenship for Deceased Grandmother / Dr. Sarah South on New Ancestry Health
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open with news of the sale of 75 percent of Ancestry.com. Hear who the company is going to. The guys then share that MyHeritage.com is allowing non-subscribers to use two of their top apps for free until September 10th. Find out which features you can take advantage of. Then, it’s a story of Irish girls being shipped out of Ireland during the Potato Famine to Australia. But some may have come to America, too. Now a new source names these girls. Might one have been your ancestor? Next, the DNA Doe Project is back on the job. Hear what they’re tackling now. And finally, it’s a Y-DNA study that covers 700 years and a historic document. Find out what it’s all about.

Next, Daniel Swalm, a Minnesota man learned that his grandmother, who was born in the US, died in the US, and never left the US, had lost her citizenship. And not for anything she had ever done except for one thing that most people do. Hear what Daniel did with this information and how the story got new life.

Then, Dr. Sarah South of the new AncestryHealth explains the new branding of this DNA arm of Ancestry.com, and how a new technique for detecting potential medical issues is a game changer.

David Lambert then returns for Ask Us Anything. The guys first field a question about a DNA match that doesn’t make sense to the listener. Then, David answers a question in which he reveals Civil War records you might not have known existed.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 24, 2020
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Fisher explains what lineage societies are and why you might want to join one.

Aug 22, 2020
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As more and more secrets are exposed by DNA tests, are we prepared to discover that our ancestors were simply human?

Aug 19, 2020
Episode 338 - Dr. Blaine Bettinger on Ancestry’s Centimorgan Change and How DNA from Heirlooms Could Lead to Great Breakthroughs
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by explaining a case of serendipity from which he was the recent beneficiary. Hear what happened! David then shares a great project opportunity for all of us… transcribing anti-slavery manuscripts at the Boston Public Library. It’s something you can do from home! A tribe in California has regained possession of some of their ancestral land. Hear about the tribe and how it came to pass. Then, a 52-year-old cold case has been solved by an amateur genealogist. He had the needed clue to identify a Jane Doe murder victim from 1968! David then talks about a photographer who has taken photos of descendants of famous ancestors in the look of their ancestors’ times. The results are remarkable.

Fisher then visits with Dr. Blaine Bettinger about Ancestry.com’s recent announcement that they are raising the threshold for a “match” from six centimorgans to eight. How can we best preserve the six to seven centimorgan matches we already have and how might this change affect our genetic genealogy research? Dr. Bettinger has some thoughts.

Fisher and Blaine Bettinger then talk about Keepsake DNA, the new lab that just opened in Salt Lake City that allows genealogists to submit old envelopes, false teeth, hats, glasses and countless other items that may lead to DNA profiles of ancestors long since dead. How useful might these profiles from long ago be in breaking through brick walls? Dr. Bettinger explains his hopeful forecast.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything. The guys begin by answering a question about cattle marks and family history. Then, what is the story with British censuses? How come the US has already released its 1940 census and Britain has only released through 1911? When might we get another census from across the pond? David explains the reasons and issues, and what is to come. Eventually.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 17, 2020
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Fisher explains the significance of “gateway ancestors” and how you can find out if you have any on your family tree.

Aug 15, 2020
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With all the scams happening in the world today, it’s not always so easy to connect with a “new” cousin. Fisher has some thoughts.

Aug 12, 2020
Episode 337 - What’s There? Fisher Gets His “Big Reveal” On DNA From Family Envelopes / Melanie McComb On Researching Minister Ancestors
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open with the latest news on the GEDMatch security breach. Then, Delaware is removing a public whipping post, largely used to punish African-Americans for petty crimes. Hear where it’s going. Next, it’s another son finding another car that once belonged to his father. Only this time it’s a unique car and it’s over in England. Catch the details. A woman who qualifies as a “Rosie the Riveter” from World War II is back serving her country again. Find out what this amazing woman is doing. Fisher next updates everyone on the latest with Ancestry and their raising of the limit for a match from 6 centiMorgans to 8.

Fisher then follows up his visit from last week with Karra Porter, co-founder of Keepsake DNA. Today she reveals to Fisher whether any of his four ancestral envelopes that he supplied had sufficient DNA from which kits might soon be created. Be there for his “big reveal!”

Melanie McComb, longtime friend of the show from NEHGS, then shares her knowledge of researching family who served in the clergy. You might be surprised at how much information can be found on these relatives and how much information on their family might be a part of it.

David Lambert then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything.

We cover a lot of ground this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 10, 2020
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New techniques are revealing the good and the bad in our DNA test results. Are you prepared for the unexpected?

Aug 08, 2020
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There are bucket lists and then there are genealogy bucket lists. Are you prioritizing what you want to get done before joining the land of the researched?

Aug 05, 2020
Episode 336 - Fisher Submits Old Envelopes for DNA Testing, Possible Kit
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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 Family Histoire News with the story of GEDMatch being hacked. At the time of recording, it was only believed that the entire database had been opted in for police work. Now it appears the site was fully exposed for three hours on Sunday, July 19th. David then shares the heartwarming story of a British World War II vet, a centenarian, who raised some $40 million dollars to battle Covid-19. And his Queen has recognized him. Then, Mental Floss has come up with 14 slang terms from the colonial era. They sure sound strange today! David then passes along important advice from libraries around the country… don’t microwave your books! Hear what this is all about. The guys wrap up the segment with a fascinating story from Smithsonian concerning Apollo 13, the near disastrous mission, as well as the movie.

Fisher then begins his two part visit with Karra Porter, one of the founders of a new DNA lab, Keepsake DNA, devoted to genetic genealogy. Keepsake DNA can analyze DNA from old hats, earrings, dentures, hearing aids… among many other heirlooms…. and envelopes. In fact, Fisher is playing guinea pig, providing four envelopes for analysis. Hear what Karra has to say about what her new endeavor.

David then returns for your questions on Ask On Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Aug 03, 2020
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Ireland will be adding a time capsule feature to their 2021 census, to be revealed in 100 years. Sounds like a great idea… but do we really need it?

Aug 01, 2020
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Fisher explains that sometimes you have to pioneer your own discovery technique to mine the most out of records you find.

Jul 29, 2020
Episode 321: CLASSIC REWIND - Key Note From RootsTech, Kennerly, Talks Photography with Fisher / Paul Woodbury Shares Knowledge Distant DNA Matches at RootsTech
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Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open “Family Histoire News” with the story of a a woman who discovered a missing cemetery! (These things happen.) Hear the story. Next David reveals recent talk about Jeanne Calment, the French woman who has long been lauded as the oldest person ever to live at 122. But wait. Not so fast! Then a woman born in 1920 has just celebrated her 25th birthday. Those things happen when you’re born on February 29th! Hear her take on her special day. New research is now telling us the age at which we will be happiest. Find out how much longer you need to deal with the “misery” of life. Then, the first genetic genealogy DNA case is coming to a head. Word is the Golden State Killer will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. David then talks about a unique site… FamilyScrybe.com. It’s about how you can create your own free family history web site.

Fisher then visits backstage at RootsTech with David Hume Kennerly, one of the great historic photographers of our time, going back to the 1960s. David talks about his experiences as well as thoughts on how to get the most out of your family history pictures.

Next, Paul Woodbury, DNA specialist at LegacyTree.com, visits with Fisher from the Legacy Tree RootsTech booth about dealing with the distant matches and putting them to work for you.

David then returns as the guys talk about their highlights at RootsTech. The Mayflower 400 played a role, as did a new DNA lab that might be a game changer for many of us.

Then, it is Ask Us Anything as the guys talk about the St. Louis archive fire of 1973, and what still might be worth going after.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 27, 2020
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Was your ancestor a homesteader? If so, you may have record treasures waiting for you

Jul 25, 2020
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Fisher explains that not all stories are spelled out for you. They often assemble themselves through records you collect over time.

Jul 22, 2020
Episode 335 - One Man Seeks 400,000 WWII Obits / Genie Has Successful Italian “Cousin Fishing” Expedition
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. In “Family Histoire News,” David begins with a story highlighted in the Smithsonian and linked to at ExtremeGenes.com. It’s about the World War II “Race To Be Ace” that often cost American lives. Then, a national archive has opened. Unfortunately, it’s not ours. Find out whose it is and how it may benefit you. A Texas man and his son recently made a trip to Arkansas where they marked the grave of a man who died some two hundred years ago. Find out what these two learned about him. Why don’t people smile in 19th century photos? David shares several of the reasons. And finally, David passes on a story posted by Dick Eastman who has shared a reason why some genies cannot locate their Confederate families after the Civil War. You won’t believe where some of them went.

Next, Fisher visits with Don Milne of Bountiful, Utah. Don got caught up a few years ago in a project to create obituaries of a few of the 400,000 Americans killed in World War II. But his followers wouldn’t let him stop. And now many more are jumping in to create obituaries of ALL of those who died. Hear about the project and how you can help!

Then, Fisher visits with Zoe Krainik, a passionate genie, who finds time for her pursuit after her day with her young children is done. A short time back she went “cousin fishing” and brought in a big one… from Italy! Hear about her great connection and how she made it.

Then David returns for a pair of great listener questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 20, 2020
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Some newbies to genealogy aren’t so sure about the pace of this pursuit. Fisher has some advice for them.

Jul 18, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #189r
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Most families have stories about loved ones that aren’t particularly flattering. But should you share it in a history?

Jul 15, 2020
Ep. 334 - Unbelievable MyHeritage Free Photo Enhancement Tools / Grabbing DNA From Hair Without Roots
44:11

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 the story of an Ohio genealogy center offering curb side genealogy services during the pandemic! Hear what they’re up to.  Next, a man has tracked down an old Dodge Challenger and bought it. What’s the significance? It was once the pride and joy of his late father! Catch the details. Then, you won’t believe where seven Confederate soldiers are buried. Learn the stories behind this strange situation. At old Stonehenge, researchers have discovered something new about the ancient site. Find out what they found out. David then shines his blogger spotlight on Jane Howe’s site, AllThoseBefore.org.uk. Wait til you here the story of one of her ancestors that she posted on her blog.

Next, Fisher is joined by Paul Woodbury, a DNA specialist at Legacy Tree Genealogists. He’ll talk about something no one ever expected to happen… scientists pulling DNA from rootless hair! (And they said it never could be done.) Paul also explains why some DNA tests don’t work out the first time. Here’s what you need to avoid if you’re about to submit your spit.

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, then visits with Fisher about MyHeritage’s new “enhancement” tool. It’s raising eyebrows around the world. Find out why.

David Allen Lambert then returns to for Ask Us Anything, answering questions concerning researching your Revolutionary ancestors.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 13, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #188r
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Sure, maybe you don’t want to tell everything, but if you don’t write your own story who will? And how will they tell it?

Jul 11, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #187r
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The genealogy world calls it “serendipity.” You might just call it “weird!”

Jul 08, 2020
Episode 311: CLASSIC REWIND - Talking Seafarers: The Wives and Families of Pirates, Man Travels To Ports His Mariner Ancestors Went, Finding Your World War II Navy Ancestors’ Records
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open Family Histoire News with major news about GEDMatch.com. It has been acquired by a company out of California. Hear what we know so far.  Then, there’s news that Ireland is working on reconstructing the archives that burned in 1922. Find out how they’re going about accomplishing this immense task! Then a discovery at the site of a Civil War camp sheds fascinating light on how soldiers prepared to have their likenesses taken. It may surprise you! Then another place is asking the people to decide whether or not to open adoption records. Find out where, and what the strategy is. Next, hear about a woman in her 90s who was adopted who recently learned she has siblings. LOTS of siblings! Find out how it all was discovered and just how much family she has!

Fisher then visits with Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, author of the book called “The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families, and Communities.” She explains how pirates were not really anything like the way they are portrayed in movies and lore… and some didn’t even have a say in becoming a pirate! Hear Daphne explain.

Ray Weiss then visits with Fisher. Hear this Maryland man explain how he has been researching his seafaring ancestors for decades and how he continues to travel to all the places they went, even out-of-the-way little islands!

CeCe Moore drops in again to give us the inside scoop on the final episode of her ABC series The Genetic Detective for this season.

Melanie McComb from NEHGS then takes on Ask Us Anything. Melanie answers a question about finding records of an ancestor who helped enforce Prohibition.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jul 06, 2020
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We all love finding new dates and places, but digging up a new story is a much greater accomplishment.

Jul 04, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #185r
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Community celebrations such as the 4th of July is a great time to share family history with your kids.

Jul 01, 2020
Episode 300: CLASSIC REWIND - DNA Reveals New Info on Mayflower Descent Lines / Woman’s Ancestor’s Dying Words/ CeCe Moore On Her Latest TV Episode
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens Extreme Genes’ 300 episode with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys begin Family Histoire News with the latest on America’s oldest living World War II vet. Hear the story of Laurence Brooks. Then, a Purple Heart awarded posthumously to an airman who died in the Battle of the Bulge has found its way back to the family. The guys then talk about a genie who spends his time making clients rich through his research. Catch the details. Next, it’s a letter to Dear Abby complaining about a passionate genie mother. Is she, perhaps, too passionate? David’s Blogger Spotlight this week shines on RootsTech.org/blog where Elizabeth Miller shares Ten Reasons To Attend RootsTech.

Next, Fisher chats with Chris Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press and Editor of the Mayflower Descendant. Chris talks about his recent finds concerning Mayflower descendants through Y and mitochondrial DNA tests. He explains how one new find has given Mayflower ancestry to John Wayne and Winston Churchill!

Then Fisher visits with Heather Ruth Pack, a Utah resident. Heather tells her story about a relative who was with her great grandfather when he died in the 1940s, and what he said eventually led her to his long-missing parents. It’s another ordinary person with an extraordinary find.

CeCe Moore comes on next to talk about the latest episode of her ABC-TV series, The Genetic Detective.

Fisher and David then tackle “Ask Us Anything.” One question concerns the 1950 census. Another deals with colonial military records. Hear what the guys have to say.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 29, 2020
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Lots of kids find no joy in learning history. But when family is tied into it, things can change!

Jun 27, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #183r
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When starting your genealogical journey, it’s tough to skip a link in the chain. You have to begin with what you know.

Jun 24, 2020
Episode 333 - Y-DNA Testing Revisited / The Family History Library Makes Progress In Lockdown/ CeCe Moore On Genetic Detective
48:27

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 the story of the passing of the last recipient of a pension from the Civil War! Hear how this 90-year-old woman qualified. Then, George Washington feared a pandemic during the Revolution. Find out what he did for his troops to keep them healthy and ultimately win the war! David then talks about a great article from History that notes all the presidents… as in ALL the presidents… who have worked from home. That’s the White House and elsewhere. Drive In movies just celebrated an anniversary. You may be surprised when and where they started. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower arrival in North America. Hear how the pandemic is changing plans for the commemoration.

Next, Fisher chats it up with Gretchen Jorgensen, a genetic genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. Gretchen explains the significance of Y-DNA testing and how it differs from the “Big Y.”

David Rencher, Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, visits with Fisher about what’s been going on with the Library staff during the pandemic and how we will all benefit from it. He also talks about big changes coming to the Library itself. (You may need a map next time you visit!)

CeCe Moore returns to explain what we can expect in the next episode of The Genetic Detective Tuesday night on ABC. It’s another incredible story line.

Finally, David Lambert returns for another round of Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 22, 2020
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If you haven’t at digitized newspapers in a while you might be missing out on some “new” old material!

Jun 20, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #181r
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Family history information can come in many forms, and some of them may be surprising!

Jun 17, 2020
Episode 332 - Diahan Southard In For David / Idaho Woman On Birth Father Discovery / Archive Lady In Lockdown / CeCe Moore On Latest Episode Of Genetic Detective
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard filling in for David Allen Lambert. Diahan talks about the newfound benefits with the latest edition of Dr. Blaine Bettinger’s Shared cM Project. Next, Fisher and Diahan talk about a great new article on Civil War female spies. Things apparently haven’t changed much in the last hundred years as Fisher shares a story about a California mayor who got in big trouble for not wearing a mask during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Next, Fisher visits with Beverly Hewett. Ten years ago she learned from her beloved Dad that he was not her biological father. She turned to DNA five years ago, and just this past week her bio-father was identified. She explains what she learned along the way to final achieve “the big reveal.”

Then, Fisher catches up with Melissa Barker, “The Archive Lady” of Houston County, Tennessee. Melissa’s been a busy archivist during the pandemic. She tells us about some great things are awaiting us when we get to the back end of the lockdown at archives everywhere.

CeCe Moore, star of the ABC-TV Series “The Genetic Detective” then talks about the next episode of her show. She calls the featured case her “favorite” because it results in the exoneration of a convicted killer, and the identification of the real killer.

Diahan Southard then returns for Ask Us Anything. Naturally, it’s a question about DNA.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 15, 2020
Episode 331 - Family Storytelling with Amy Johnson Crow / Family Discovers Their Original African / CeCe Moore on New “Genetic Detective” Episode
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by talking about his experience with the first virtual family history conference he’s ever been a part of. Is this the wave of the future? David has also immersed himself in the new History series “Grant,” about our 18th president. In Family Histoire News, someone tried to recycle a Civil War cannonball!  It did not go well. Hear the details. Another cold case has been solved in Cincinnati because someone wanted to learn about their ethnicity. Then, since we’re all craving eating at restaurants again, David discusses an article about when the first restaurants came into being. You will be shocked at when that happened!

Fisher next visits with Amy Johnson Crow, a noted genealogist and podcaster from Ohio. Amy and Fisher talk family stories, and exchange a series of them, illustrating that stories is what makes family history fun and interesting.

Then, a Michigan woman, Linda Williams Bowie, chats with Fisher about the unusual fact that her African-American family has identified the original African in their line dating back over 300 years. Hear this fascinating account and the history of the subsequent generations.

CeCe Moore then returns to the show to talk about the next episode in her new ABC Series “The Genetic Detective.” It airs Tuesday nights at 10pm ET and PT, 9pm CT and MT. CeCe’s program is a boon to educating America on the process of genetic genealogy.

David Lambert returns for Ask Us Anything, fielding a question about touring ancestral homes.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 08, 2020
Episode 330 - Catching Up with Kenyatta In Quarantine / A Source for German Genealogy You May Never Have Heard Of
48:27

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 by talking about Fisher’s latest heirloom acquisition. It’s an Irish shillelagh, often called a “walking stick,” that was brought back to New York from a trip to Ireland by Fisher’s great great uncle, David Fisher. Fisher explains how he obtained this fascinating family piece. Then, David talks about a remarkable collection of World War I photographs that we can all now access for free. He will tell you where to look! David then shares the story of where the original “Getty Images” are stored and what it takes to get into that physical archive! (It’s unbelievable!) Do you descend from an accused “witch” of Scotland? You may be able to find out now that a very old book has been digitized and placed on line. David gives further details. In Rome, a sink hole has revealed a piece of history that dates back to 25BC. (Maybe your ancestor’s were familiar with it.) David explains. In China, a 32-year-old adoptee has been reunited with his birth parents from whom he was kidnapped thirty years ago! Catch the heart tugging details.

Fisher next catches up with the renowned genealogist, Kenyatta Berry, author of the “Family Tree Tool Kit.” Through the pandemic, Kenyatta has a lot going on. It begins with a new project… a book profiling five African-American individuals who played important roles in major events in American history. Then, to add to genie education, she outlines in the book how she was able to document and research each figure. And that’s just the beginning of everything Kenyatta is working on!

Then, Jim Beidler of Legacy Tree Genealogists visits with Fisher about a unique record set from Germany. And these records go back centuries in very specific places! If you are working your German ancestry (as Fisher is) you’ll want to know about these records, where to find them, and what Jim himself has learned about his ancestors through them. 

David then returns to the show for another pair of listener questions in our “Ask Us Anything” segment.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Jun 01, 2020
Episode 329 - CeCe Moore Talks About Her Upcoming ABC-TV Series / Dr. Eurie Hong Of Ancestry DNA Chats About New Covid-19 Study
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins by talking about a new, really old, heirloom he is about to receive. Find out what it is and where it’s coming from. Then, David shares the story about a woman who discovered a hidden panel in a bedroom in her house. What was found behind it turned into quite a family history adventure. Then, it’s been 75 years since V-E Day, celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany. The guys discuss the impact World War II continues to have on the world. David then talks about a discovery he recently made. When ancestors had headaches they undertook, er, an unusual method to deal with it. Hear what David learned!

Next, genetic genealogist CeCe Moore returns to the show to visit with Fisher for two segments. She will tell you all about her new ABC-TV series, The Genetic Detective. The show debuts on Tuesday, May 26th. (At the time this interview was recorded it was set for May 19th. The date for the debut is now May 26th.)  CeCe explains the format and how the show came about and why she chose to do it. In the second segment, CeCe talks about the matches now available to her through GEDMatch and FamilyTreeDNA. And she has a request for you as well! Hear what it is.

Fisher then visits with Dr. Eurie Hong, the head of Ancestry DNA. Dr. Hong’s team is now undergoing a Covid-19 study to help scientists around the world to battle the pandemic. She’ll explain how you can be part of this important work.

Then, David returns for Ask Us Anything. In this episode, a teenager has a question about both Fisher’s and David’s ancestors. Hear what they have to say.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 25, 2020
Episode 328 - Focus on Photography: Photo Detective Maureen Taylor on Photographing Your Pandemic History / as Important as the Picture: Metadata and a New Push to Standardize
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open the show with news that the National Genealogical Society conference for 2020 is going virtual. Hear when it is and how you can be a part of it. Then, a “social distancing happy hour” has resulted in a couple of families getting to know each other and learning that they’re related… and not that far back… in Norway!  Next, it’s amazing how close America came to losing baseball great Babe Ruth in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Hear the story of how close he came, and how close America came to never having seen the later “Sultan of Swat.” Another cold case has been solved and it never gets old. Find out about the latest crime breakthrough using DNA.

Next, Photo Detective Maureen Taylor talks about creating a “pandemic archive” or “coronavirus photo album.” We’re each having our own experiences in this mess. Maureen has some great thoughts on what to photograph and how to put it all together for the benefit of future generations.

Then, Chris Desmond from Memory Web and Robert Friedman from Permanent continue the photo theme. Visiting with Fisher, they explain the new group they are a part of that will hopefully result in the creation of standards so that metadata… all the information about a photo such as who, where, when, what, etc…. stays with the picture as it is shared from platform to platform. Without the metadata you lose all context about a picture. It’s an important project that we can all play a role in.

Next, David Allen Lambert returns to join Fisher for Ask Us Anything.  The guys tackle a question on an odd DNA result as well as another on pension records from the Spanish American War.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 18, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #180r
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Modern on line family research tends to deter us from reaching out to our relatives, but it’s still as good an idea today as it was years ago.

May 13, 2020
Episode 327 - Virtual YOU! How You May Answer Your Descendants Questions About You a Century from Now!
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins by talking about a method he figured out to date a photo of his great great grandfather. David begins Family Histoire News talking about several aspects of life we can take from the pandemic of 1918-1920. First is the story of unique recipes of the time, including one including ‘possum! Then the guys discuss the unique circumstances surrounding voting in the 1918 midterm election. David then talks about a family that is benefitting from a diary kept by their ancestor during the Spanish Flu outbreak.

Fisher then begins his two part visit with Heather Maio Smith who is a key player with the USC Shoah Foundation. Heather was recently featured on 60 Minutes. Heather talks about her pet project of the past several years, interviewing Holocaust survivors and then using technology so they can seem to be having a conversation with you. Ask the question, they will answer!

In part two of the conversation, Heather talks about how any of us will soon be able to use similar technology so that descendants generations from now can ask us questions about our lives and have us answer them!

Then Melanie McComb from NEHGS visits to help us out with Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show! 

May 11, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #179r
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Let’s face it, a Wiki model tree has many benefits. But when someone “corrects” your entries and improperly merges individuals, the tangled mess can be tough to straighten out. Here’s where to go and what to do.

May 09, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #178r
01:08

There are various types of DNA tests, but the Y-DNA test serves one particular purpose. Here’s why you might want to “Y.”

May 06, 2020
Episode 326 - Legal Genealogist Judy Russell Talks About the Law Behind Quarantines and a New Year of Public Domain Releases
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by talking about his recent experience of visiting Lexington Green and Concord Bridge on the 245th anniversary of the beginning of the Revolutionary War, while wearing a mask for another historic event. David also made a fascinating family photo find on Facebook featuring David as a child! He’ll explain. Then the guys talk about two half sisters who only recently found each other. Now they’re stuck together on a lonnnng visit, in quarantine!  A French soldier, killed in World War I, was memorialized by his parents who sealed off his bedroom with brick. That brick has now come down and its remarkable what is in that room! The guys will go through some of the items. Then, Fisher and David talk about a recent study that has determined the likely cause of death for the crew members of the Civil War submarine, the Hunley.

Next, Fisher begins his two part visit with the Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell. First, Judy shares the history of legal quarantine. It goes back much further than you might suspect! In the second half, Fisher and Judy discuss the exciting prospects for 2020 concerning material from 1924 that has come out of copyright and into the public domain.

Next, David returns for another couple of great listener questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

May 04, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #177r
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It’s a great thing to find an old book with loads of information. But just how trustworthy are these “sources?”

May 02, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #176r
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Public on line trees can reveal great information. They can also lure you into a trap.

Apr 29, 2020
Episode 325 - Free Genealogy Lectures From NEHGS & AmericanAncestors / Dr. Henry Louis Gates On New African American History Tools
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and American Ancestors.org.  Fisher and David talk about little projects they are doing during the lockdown. David then shares news about the latest cold case crime solved using DNA. He then shares a story about a document that was said to be found in the 1930s in an old family Bible, allegedly tied to the Salem Witch Trials. Then… was Ponce de Leon truly the European “discoverer” of Florida?  A new analysis says “no!” David then talks about a fascinating project he has undertaken at home… the transcription of a non-digitized census record of Native Americans. You can now see the results. Find out where.

Next Fisher visits with Ginevra Morse, the Director of Education and Online Programs for AmericanAncestors. Ginevra talks about all the free online genealogy lectures that you can benefit from … for free!...  and how to find them from American Ancestors.

Then Dr. Henry Louis Gates from the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” visits with Fisher again. But this time on two other projects he’s involved in concerning African American history. Both are something that can particularly benefit your children.

On Ask Us Anything, it’s a unique DNA match question that is causing confusion… a common match between a mother and a step father. Hear what the guys have to say about it.

Then David takes on a question about prison records and mental health institution records.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 27, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #175r
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It happens all the time. One record says one thing, and another says something else. Here’s how to sort things out.

Apr 25, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #174r
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We all love to show off family photos and documents, but it puts them at risk. Here’s a better way.

Apr 22, 2020
Episode 324 - The FAN Club Principal Cracks Open Brick Walls the Possible Location of Your Lost Civil War Pension Records Revealed
48:27

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 the story of the oldest living COVID-19 survivor. Coronavirus isn’t the only thing he’s gotten through!  Then, a great grandfather who’s nearly 90 is going to be a father again in July! Hear who this man is and more of the remarkable family dynamics. Then, Smithsonian has a great article on ExtremeGenes.com about ordinary items that go way back, and some unique stories surrounding them… like why forks were not avoided for years on end. The World War I Museum in Kansas City is struggling like many organizations through the lockdown, but they’ve come up with a unique way to keep their employees busy… and employed. Then, the guys fill you in on live FamilySearch sessions the site is providing during the lockdown. David has the schedule.

Next, of two segments, Fisher visits with Rachel Popma of Legacy Tree Genealogists. Rachel talks about the FAN Club Principal and how many use it to break open brick walls and find the origins of ancestors. It’ll make sense to you when you hear it and how Rachel used it in one of her own cases.

David then returns for Ask Us Anything. The guys answer questions about how to determine who a DNA match is when the match doesn’t post a tree or respond to a message as well as where a missing Civil War pension file might be found.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 20, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #173r
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Tracking down keepsakes of ancestors isn’t always easy. But sometimes there are mementoes just below your feet!

Apr 18, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #172r
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Yes, we’re all future dead people. Doesn’t it make sense to make plans for what will happen to your family heirlooms?

Apr 15, 2020
Episode 323 - Blaine Bettinger Talks DNA, New Products and Latest Edition Of Shared Centimorgan Project
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open Family Histoire News with word of the passing of a woman in England, Hulda Churchill, who was nearly 109, from coronavirus. She had survived the Spanish flu as a young girl, but her sister died in that pandemic a century ago! But another centenarian has survived. Hear his story. Next, it has been determined who the last surviving victim of the transatlantic slave trade was. Learn her story and when she passed. Then, the story is being shared about how the diary of Anne Frank was heavily edited… by her own father. Learn more about it and what his motivation was. David then gives a shout out to a 13-year-old who has latched on to Extreme Genes!  The guys then chat about museums that are now taking out ancient items and materials for DNA testing, and what they’re learning from it.  Next, bones found under a rock in Ireland have led to a new conclusion about the origin of at least some of the Irish. Hear the story!

Next, Fisher visits with Dr. Blaine Bettinger talking all things DNA, including his thoughts on new tools and his latest edition of his Shared CentiMorgan Project. You’ll also find out whether it’s a good idea to send in DNA samples during the current lockdown.

Finally, David returns for Ask Us Anything, answering your questions.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 13, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #171r
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It’s true… DNA testing can be confusing. Here’s what you should consider in choosing a good match in a DNA testing company.

Apr 11, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #170r
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Sometimes it’s tough to know what to do with photographs where you don’t know who the subject is. Fisher shares some thoughts that might help.

Apr 08, 2020
Episode 322 - Coming Soon: Technology to Test Hats, Hair, Glasses, and Envelopes for Ancestral DNA
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. This is the first episode fully recorded and edited from Fisher’s home studio in isolation. Fish talks about his recent illness that took away his voice for a time. (NOT believed to be coronavirus.) David then makes a fascinating observation about the time we’re now living in. Fisher and David then compare the genealogically worthless 2020 census to what was asked in 1920. In Family Histoire News, David shares the news about a fabulous heirloom in an old Bible recently picked up by a collector. Hear what it is and what the new owner has done with it. David reports we have lost another Pearl Harbor survivor. At 98, he had quite a job on December 7, 1941. Find out about his story. An old family graveyard has been uncovered in Maryland. Hear how it was found and what plans are in place for the site. Finally, spell check has led to one genie uncovering a very sad family tale from early last century.

Next, Fisher begins the first of a two part visit Karra Porter, one of the founders of a new lab for DNA analysis. The lab was scheduled to open in April as you’ll hear in the segment, but this was recorded before the social isolation began. It will be delayed. Kara explains how we’ll soon be able to possibly obtain ancestral DNA from old hairbrushes, envelopes, hats, jewelry, glasses… all kinds of heirlooms. She will explain some of the concerns and how Keepsake DNA plans to address them, and also how we can help her determine the percentages of success for certain items and specific time periods. The potential is beyond exciting!

David Lambert then returns for a couple of questions on Ask Us Anything.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Apr 06, 2020
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Fisher shares a key clue in many photographs that many people overlook. But it might be all you need to help you identify the subject of the photo.

Apr 04, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #168r
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Who knows the old folks in your pictures, as well as their stories, better than old folks?!  Fisher talks about how to maximize your visits to senior relatives.

Apr 01, 2020
Episode 296: CLASSIC REWIND - Genie Turns Extreme Genes Tip Into Family History Gold/ Lineage Societies- Picking The Right One For You, How To Join
48:27

Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Both of the guys have had great family history experiences in recent days. Fisher’s involved finding a rare photo, and David’s had to do with a special house. Hear what happened. In Family Histoire News, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society have made a joint announcement. You’ll want to hear this one. Then the guys talk about a great Civil War story that is being added on to in recent weeks. Catch how it started, and what has happened concerning it most recently. Then Fisher and David talk about the US Board of Geographical Names. It’s a federal bureau (very small) that gets to decide what places get their names changed and what to! Find out about one place that recently lost its name and why.

Then, Kimberly Nagy joins Fisher to talk about her passion… lineage societies. She belongs to roughly SIXTY different groups. She has tips for finding the organization that’s right for you and how to go about gaining membership.

Bonnie Wade Mucia, a South Carolina resident, then talks to Fisher about a tip she learned from Extreme Genes and how she turned it into family history gold on eBay! Find out what she found and how she found it.

David Lambert then returns for Ask Us Anything. David talks about identifying locations of ancestral homes, and how you might be able to tour them.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 30, 2020
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There are definitely techniques for preserving paper documents and records that you can trust will extend the life of your important documents.

Mar 28, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #166r
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If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t get everything you think you should from a search of a digitized newspaper site, Fisher has some ideas that may open up a whole lot more.

Mar 25, 2020
Episode 249 - Genetic Counselor Specializes In Shocking DNA Results / “The Archive Lady” Discovers Touching Story
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open the show with “Family Histoire News.” First up: great news that the University of North Carolina has begun a project to digitize thousands of slave deeds and bills of sale. It will be a boon to slave researchers.  Then, an Irishman who fought for the United States in World War I and was killed in France will finally get a tombstone in Chicago. Hear the details behind this man’s amazing journey. A family in Wisconsin was shocked to learn that their kinsman, who was killed in a plane crash in World War II on the grounds of “Downton Abbey,” Highclere Castle, will soon be honored at the site in England. And finally, a remarkable ancient building has been uncovered in Cologne, Germany. Wait til you hear what was once housed there! David then recognizes blogger Lara Diamond. Lara’s site, LarasGenealogy.blogspot.com, which she calls Lara’s Jewnealogy, features Lara’s insight into her Jewish background.

Next, Fisher visits with perhaps the only genetic counselor who specializes in people who get unexpected results in their DNA testing. As the first in her field, Brianne Kirkpatrick shares some of her insight into the challenges many people face when they learn something from DNA they had never imagined.

Then, Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady from Houston County, Tennessee is back to share some of her latest stories of acquisition, and a remarkable event from a century ago that drew her into a fascinating research project. Learn from Melissa what family items your local archives may hold.

Finally, Fisher visits with Tom Perry, the Preservation Authority from TMCPlace.com. Believe it or not, when it comes to the holidays time is almost up! There are deadlines you’re going to need to hit to be certain your family home movies and videos can be digitized on time. Tom will get specific with you.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 23, 2020
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Marking pictures is essential for future generations, but using the right pens and markers will assure the identifications last without damaging your images.

Mar 21, 2020
Fisher’s Top Tips #164r
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Fisher talks about the risk of taking on line trees at face value and why copying isn’t researching.

Mar 18, 2020
Episode 321 - Key Note From RootsTech, Kennerly, Talks Photography With Fisher / Paul Woodbury Shares Knowledge Distant DNA Matches At RootsTech
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Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open “Family Histoire News” with the story of a a woman who discovered a missing cemetery! (These things happen.) Hear the story. Next David reveals recent talk about Jeanne Calment, the French woman who has long been lauded as the oldest person ever to live at 122. But wait. Not so fast! Then a woman born in 1920 has just celebrated her 25th birthday. Those things happen when you’re born on February 29th! Hear her take on her special day. New research is now telling us the age at which we will be happiest. Find out how much longer you need to deal with the “misery” of life. Then, the first genetic genealogy DNA case is coming to a head. Word is the Golden State Killer will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. David then talks about a unique site… FamilyScrybe.com. It’s about how you can create your own free family history web site.

Fisher then visits backstage at RootsTech with David Hume Kennerly, one of the great historic photographers of our time, going back to the 1960s. David talks about his experiences as well as thoughts on how to get the most out of your family history pictures.

Next, Paul Woodbury, DNA specialist at LegacyTree.com, visits with Fisher from the Legacy Tree RootsTech booth about dealing with the distant matches and putting them to work for you.

David then returns as the guys talk about their highlights at RootsTech. The Mayflower 400 played a role, as did a new DNA lab that might be a game changer for many of us.

Then, it is Ask Us Anything as the guys talk about the St. Louis archive fire of 1973, and what still might be worth going after.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 16, 2020
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Lots of great records are not on line, and won’t be anytime soon. Fisher talks about a Catholic record type you might want to look for.

Mar 15, 2020
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Fisher talks about school districts who created some unique records to help plan for buildings, teachers, and enrollment. Hear what’s on these censuses and where to find them.

Mar 11, 2020
Episode 320 - Tying Together Records and Photos Through “Mind Mapping”/ Concern: Massachusetts Governor Wants to Limit Access to Vital Records
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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 Fisher prodding David on his recent appearance in the pages of Woman’s Day! David explains. David then shares that Extreme Genes has received something of a clerical blessing. Next the guys share the sorrowful news of the passing of genealogist Johni Cerny. Johni was the chief genealogist for Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ PBS program Finding Your Roots, whose crew is mourning her loss. (Dr. Gates talks about her later in this show.) David then talks about the outstanding piece recently shared on Fox News about the oldest crimes that have been solved over the last two years using genetic genealogy. He then notes that a Canadian police force is now turning to the method. The last Negro League ballplayer to have played at the time of Jackie Robinson has passed. Hear who he was and just how old he was!

Fisher then visits with Ron Arons, best known as a speaker on the subject of “black sheep” ancestors. Ron talks about a very useful technique for coming to understand more about the details in your ancestors’ lives. He calls it “Mind Mapping.” Find out how it works.

Next, Ryan Woods, COO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org  comes on to talk with Fisher about how the Governor of Massachusetts is seeking legislation to limit access to vital records. It’s a concept that, if spread around the country, could truly impact family history research. Hear Ryan’s take on the situation.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates visits with Fisher in the fourth segment, telling us a little about the late Johni Cerny, as well as the celebrities he hosts on this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS.

David Allen Lambert then returns for Ask Us Anything, tackling another listener question.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 09, 2020
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Websites aside, it’s still a great idea to visit ancestral cemeteries. Fisher explains why and why Spring is the best time to do it.

Mar 07, 2020
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If you’re just beginning to share your family tree on public sites, here are a few standards for how you should record your ancestor’s data.

Mar 04, 2020
Episode 319 - Project Recover Locates Three World War II Bombers in Pacific Lagoon / Maureen Taylor on MyHeritage Colorized Photos
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys open with bad news from Plymouth, Massachusetts, where, in this year of Mayflower commemoration, someone or some group has sprayed some historic sites with spray paint. Hear the details. David then talks about a pair of great finds he recently made on an ancestor in a digitized newspaper site. The guys next talk about a recent follow up story from the Smithsonian about how an extremely rare piece of Thomas Jefferson 1800 campaign memorabilia was found by two boys in 1958. More recently, an eleven-year-old in Virginia, walking along a river, thought he found a gun shaped rock. Guess what?! David then shines his blogger spotlight on three bloggers out of eastern Europe.

Fisher next visits with Colin Colbourne, Chief Historian of Project Recover. The non-profit recently announced that they have located three American World War II bombers in a lagoon in the Pacific. Hear about how the group did it and what happens next.

Then, Photo Detective Maureen Taylor joins the show to talk about MyHeritage.com’s recent colorization feature.  Maureen and Fisher compare observations and share with you thoughts on how it may improve in the future… automatically!

Dr. Henry Louis Gates then visits with Fisher about his latest episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS. This week, Dr. Gates talks about his guests who all are at least partly of Italian descent. But for at least two of them, there’s a little surprise waiting in their DNA!

David Allen Lambert rejoins Fisher to wrap up the show with another round of Ask Us Anything. The guys tackle a listener question about altered ages and birthdates in various records.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Mar 02, 2020
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What’s in an occupation? The answer is often similar to that of the question “What’s in a name?”

Feb 29, 2020
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Genealogy research demands a lot of notes. Why would you want to add to them with a “research log?” Fisher explains.

Feb 26, 2020
Episode 318 - Photo Colorization Comes To My Heritage / “Your DNA Guide,” Diahan Southard, On Her New Book To Simplify Your DNA Experience / Memory Web Co-Founder Chris Desmond On Preserving Your Photos
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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 the show talking about a remarkable new tool from MyHeritage.com which allows you colorize your old photos! Everyone is having a blast with it as it works well for most photos.  Fisher and David talk about some of the emotion they felt seeing their old photos in a whole new way. David then announces his appearance on the History Channel on February 19th talking about Black Patriots for Black History Month. The show is hosted by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Next, an African-American cemetery from the colonial era is getting the DNA treatment. A company in Texas hopes to identify descendants of those interred in the cemetery in New Hampshire. The guys then talk about the recent find of underground Nazi bunkers near the beaches of Normandy. Hear what was in them.  David is excited that NEHGS has received a collection of Roosevelt family papers from the family of Theodore Roosevelt. Hear what the collection contains. David’s blogger spotlight shines on Carl Benedict McCarthy of New York City. Find his blog at ofaplace.com.

Next, Fisher visits with Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, who has written a book to help you strategize on meeting your DNA research goals. It is called “Your DNA Guide, The Book.” It is in presale right now at YourDNAGuide.com and you’ll be able to get your signed copy at RootsTech! Diahan explains how various DNA research goals require different strategies. She will share a couple.

Then, Fisher visits with Memory Web co-founder Chris Desmond who talks about some strategies for organizing, digitizing and sharing your family photo collection. He also explains how the Memory Web app simplifies organization like no one else can.

Sabin Streeter is in this week from PBS, filling in for Dr. Henry Louis Gates, talking about the latest episode of Finding Your Roots.  Sabin shares some remarkable stories from the show, one that is particularly fascinating concerning the origins of an ancestor of Tonight Show drummer Questlove.

Then, David Allen Lambert returns for another Ask Us Anything listener question. This one has to do with the War of 1812.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes- America’s Family History Show!

Feb 24, 2020
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When your most “expert” friends can’t help you solve your genealogical problem, may it’s time to hire a professional.

Feb 22, 2020
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Have you ever considered “going wide” instead of “going deep?” No, we’re not talking football here. But it is a genealogical technique that can earn you a lot of research yardage.

Feb 19, 2020
Episode 317 - Adoptee Rights Moves Forward in New York And Nationally/ Migration Patterns- Using Them to Find Your People/ Dr. Henry Louis Gates on Finding Your Roots
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. They begin Family Histoire News with a story you probably never heard of in your family… exploding pants! They were a real thing in the 1930s. Hear where and why. Then, the guys will tell you about America’s oldest driver. You won’t believe his age and life story. Then, World War II continues in London. Hear why. Next it’s the story of the London Loo! It’s really old and there is a lot stuff from a LONG time ago being found in it. David then spotlights VLOGGER Jarrett Ross. His blog is all video at youtube.com/geneavlogger.

 

Fisher then visits with Greg Luce and Annette O’Connell, advocates for adoptees rights. New York has just opened original birth records to adoptees born there. Find out what this means to adoptees there and elsewhere, potentially, in the United States. If you are an adoptee born in New York, Annette will tell you how you can obtain your original birth certificate.

 

Fisher then chats with Jessica Howe of Legacy Tree Genealogists. Jessica shares how to use migration patterns to help learn the origins of your ancestors. Jessica has a great story she discovered in her own lines using this technique.


Dr. Henry Louis Gates next brings you up to date on the latest episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS. The latest celebrity discoveries will amaze you!

 

David Allen Lambert then rejoins the show for Ask Us Anything, as the guys tackle a question about firemen records.


That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 17, 2020
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DNA test results can give you a whole lot more than ethnicity numbers. Are you taking full advantage of all they have to offer?

Feb 15, 2020
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What is and what isn’t a genealogical “source?” Fisher explains why it’s important to know the difference.

Feb 12, 2020
Episode 316 - Dr. Henry Louis Gates On How Genealogy Teaches Us About Ourselves / What To Expect At RootsTech 2020- How To Access From Afar
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, the Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  The guys talk about a new download record on the podcast side of the show… over 63,000 for January. Thank you genies! David then shares some historic anniversaries from the past two weeks, including the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, the start of Prohibition in 1920 and the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. Plus Arlington Cemetery is getting a reprieve on its space problems. Hear what has happened. Speaking of cemeteries, a grave yard in Tennessee is in trouble for reusing a casket! Get the details. Another lost African-American cemetery has been found in Florida. This time its under an office building. David then talks about a DNA study you might play a role in concerning Scotland and the Shetland Islands.

Next, Fisher visits with Dr. Henry Louis Gates from the PBS show Finding Your Roots. Dr. Gates talks about the most recent episode and gets into an important discussion with Fisher about what genealogy can do to teach people about themselves. It’s a remarkable conversation by an icon in our field.

Then, if you’re wondering what’s happening at RootsTech 2020, Tyler Stahle and Jen Allen from familysearch.org take a few minutes to go through the highlights. It’s going to be a great conference!

David Allen Lambert then returns for Ask Us Anything. David and Fisher tackle a question about a dispute over an ancestral couple and where they’re buried and how to resolve it. Also, a genie wants to know about finding an account of a family story he has heard since his youth.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 10, 2020
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Searching Google is a great way to find family history. Here are a few tricks for improving your searches.

Feb 08, 2020
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Have you ever considered ordering your family Coat of Arms or Crest from one of those on line companies? Here is what they are and why you might want to think again about buying.

Feb 05, 2020
Episode 315 - Genealogist Sunny Morton on Adding Detail to Family Stories / GEDMatch Founder Curtis Rogers on Recent Sale of Site / Dr. Henry Louis Gates on Latest Episode of PBS’ Finding Your Roots
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys cover a lot of ground beginning with news of the 2020 Census. It is underway! Then, an aircraft carrier is going to be named for a decorated World War II hero… the first African-American to be so honored. Hear who he is. Next, an Indiana state employee is retiring. But you won’t believe how old he is! The guys will then horrify you with news about a woman’s cremains and what her son has done with them. Finally, the Netherlands are beginning to market themselves in a whole new way and don’t want you to call them the old way any longer. Find out the whats and whys.

Next, Fisher visits with genealogist Sunny Morton. Sunny has some great tips on how to add detail to your family stories. She gives an example of one in her own family and what she was able to add to it and how.

Curtis Rogers, founder of GEDMatch.com then joins the show to talk about the recent sale of the helpful third party DNA site. He explains the reasoning and what he expects will be the benefits to all of us.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates from the PBS program Finding Your Roots returns to share with Fisher and you stories from the latest episode of the iconic show.

Then, at the back end of the show David returns for Ask Us Anything answering a question about school records.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!

Feb 03, 2020
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Directories and maps are great genealogical tools that can work together to reveal all kinds of family history detail.

Feb 01, 2020
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Journal keeping is a simple, old fashioned and effective way to document your life’s adventures. And what a treasure it will be for your descendants.

Jan 29, 2020
Episode 314 - The DNA Doe Project On IDing A Murder Victim From 1916 / England’s Invaluable Quarter Sessions Records
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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 birthday shout out to the oldest person in the world. And you won’t believe how old she is! Then, the people who run Stonehenge are looking for a certain type of photo that you may have taken there. David had an experience there that he’ll tell you about. Next it is good news out of Charleston where the African American Museum is finally underway.  DNA has done it again… brought closure to a family who lost a son in Korea in 1951. But it took a genealogist to put the pieces together. Hear the story. David’s Blogger Spotlight this week shines on Christine Lee Howard at