A man sets out to write a family history. He researches his grandfather's colorful life and finds that he helped tame the Wild West (he even rode with Pancho Villa). Also: experts tell how to write and publish a family history.
Utilizing census and military records in family-history research. Included: Vietnam vet Garry Bryant traces the military career of 27 of his ancestors and in the process changes his image of himself and the U.S. Hosts: Jim and Terry Willard.
The daughter of a serviceman killed in war uses military records to connect with the father she never knew. Also: experts highlight service and pension records and tell how military records are a source of detailed information on a family history.
A man finds records of his ancestors in the 1880 Federal census and, from there, tracks his family back to the Revolutionary War. Also: instructions on how a census record can pinpoint an ancestor's place in American history.
A program about cemetery records follows a woman to the Pennsylvania cemetery where her great-grandfather is buried. Also: what to look for in cemeteries and the kinds of records kept there; how to transcribe a headstone.
Through immigration records, a woman discovers a family tragedy and reconnects the lost child to her family tree. Also: experts describe a variety of immigration records, and provide tips on how to unravel the mysteries of name changes and spelling variations from the “old country.”
A couple visit a county courthouse and uncover a probate record that leads them to an old family homestead in upstate New York. Also: experts discuss the various records that are generated by the probate process and some of the interesting details found in wills.
Computer resources help a woman find cousins she didn't know she had, both in the United States and in a Ukrainian village. Also: tips on using computers and the Internet in seeking out family connections. Host: Scott Wilkinson.
This series on family history research looks at the loss of records useful in genealogical research and efforts to preserve them. Included: records lost during the 1917 Russian revolution; the microfilming records by the U.S. National Archives and the Shoah Foundation. Scott Wilkinson hosts.
Three stories of family legacies wrap up the series. Included: a family that has preserved its reunions on film since 1915; a woman who has left a legacy of quilts for family members; and a jazz musician who celebrated his discovery of the grave of a slave ancestor with a musical tribute.
Using computers in genealogical research. Included: family-history investigation as a rehabilitation therapy for prison inmates; and using the Internet for on-line research, such as "chatting" and accessing databases.
Discovering a family's medical heritage utilizing records that document ancestors' health and family illnesses. Included: creating a medical pedigree chart; and gathering information culled from death certificates.
Researching one's roots using a pedigree chart. Also: a look at Californian Victor Villasenor's search for his Mexican-American heritage, a task that he began in the 1970s and which launched his writing career. Hosts: Jim and Terry Willard.
Researching family records to document important life events, such as births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, graduations and military service. Included: Rafael Guber creates a timeline of his Ukrainian ancestors, who entered America through Ellis Island.
Members of the Southern California Genealogical Association examine strategies in searching for records on African-American ancestors. Included: genealogist Tony Burroughs discusses the work of author Alex Haley.