Video: “Genealogy Today” on HOUSTON 8

When I’m not watching, NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” or PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., I enjoy watching the local show Houston 8 that airs on Fridays at 8 PM. The May 4th show titled – Genealogy Today – will feature Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO, Family Tree DNA, George Allen, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Houston, and Susan Kaufman, Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library.

So check out the show; enjoy!

On Houston 8  — RE-BUILDING OUR PAST — Genealogy Today

Now more than ever, we as a community are interested, and often fascinated, with our own past — who are we, where we come from, and finding our personal history. Books, documentaries and even shows like PBS’ “Finding Our Roots”, are capturing our attention. And now we can find these answers more easily than at any other time in our history — through the use of dedicated libraries, the internet and even with the use of science and DNA testing. This week on Houston 8, a look at how we can trace our family histories.

Broadcast date, May 4, 2012

Follow Friday: Once Removed Family History, Taneya’s Genealogy Blog, and Red River Sankofa Project

Today is Follow Friday and I’m honored to call special attention to some excellent genealogy professionals I’ve had the pleasure to connect with recently. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried to explain the “once-removed” concept to someone to only have them get that glazed look in their eyes? I’m sure you have because you know exactly what glazed LOOK I’m talking about – ROFL!!! Well, if  you have a difficult time explaining this concept, or even understanding it yourself, I invite you to visit Genealogist & Family Historian, Anna Burroughs (@Njambi2/@OnceRemoved_AB) webpage titled, “So what IS a cousin ‘once removed’???, for a quick and easy explanation! I had the pleasure of personally meeting and chatting with Anna at the Houston Family Expo 2012 in April. She’s WONDERFUL and if you’re thinking of hiring someone to assist you with your family history research, then explore her website while you’re there for more information!

If you enjoy using technology with your genealogy as much as I do, then you should really think about adding Taneya’s Genealogy Blog to your feed reader — quick fast and in a hurry! Taneya (@Taneya) is a medical librarian who really knows her stuff! But what I love most about her is the way she uses her professional experience in information management & organization to demonstrate and disseminate information about how to use various types of technology in genealogical research. Her reviews on all the tools of the trade that she samples via her blog are on point. In short, I can always count on learning something exciting and new whenever I visit her special place in cyberspace. Check her out for yourself; visit her online today!

I had the pleasure of virtually meeting Genealogist & Family Historian, George Allen, when a branch of my family tree linked to his wife’s family tree on! I sent him a message through Ancestry, we exchanged phone numbers and family information, and my connection with him as I grow my family tree online has been AWESOME! George’s excellent and informative website is the Red River Sankofa Project. This project and historical society functions as a non-profit historical data repository committed to researching, documenting, and preserving underreported African American burial grounds in NW Louisiana and NE Texas. Why these areas? The area along the upper Red River of Louisiana and along the Texas Louisiana border has long been forgotten in historical text. Therefore, this project’s goal is to honor the African American ancestors who settled in this area by telling their stories, sharing their contributions and rich legacy with future generations!