Ancestors: Discovering Your Heritage
ANCESTORS is the first series to capture the energy of the family history explosion. The 10-part series focuses on the impact that connecting with ancestors has on individuals and families. Hosts Jim and Terry Willard, amateur genealogists, introduce the topic of each 30-minute episode which consists of two components, a 'mini-documentary' and a 'how-to' segment. ANCESTORS goes on location to visit with family historians of various social, economic and ethnic backgrounds to find out why they began a search for family history and how that search has changed their lives. Each mini-documentary is followed by an instructional conversation between the hosts and various genealogical experts. These conversations are intended to help beginning family historians get started. Episodes include: Getting Started - dispels common misconceptions about family history research; tells how to use a pedigree chart.Leaving a Legacy - tells the different ways to create and celebrate a family history legacy.Looking at Home - explains what to look for at home and how to organize bits and pieces of the past.Gathering Family Stories - focuses on how to successfully interview living relatives.The Paper Trail - helps viewers understand how to locate and use records in genealogical research.Census and Military Records - Expert Curt Witcher highlights two major American records that are commonly used in family research history and explains the wealth of information that can be discovered in them.African-American Research - Tony Burroughs shares successful strategies that can be used in searching for African-American ancestors.Your Medical Heritage - Dr. Raymond White and genetic counselor Vickie Venne, leading experts in disease genetics, help viewers learn how to begin building their own medical pedigree.Libraries and Archives - tells how to get the most out of a visit to a family history library or archive.High-Tech Help - Richard Eastman, computer and Internet expert, shows how high-tech help has made beginning family history research easier.