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October 28, 2013

‘Genealogy Roadshow’ looking for candidates

DUNCAN — “Genealogy Roadshow” is a recent addition to the PBS programming schedule that delves into family history.

The truth of legends, the whereabouts of missing ancestors and whether there are any genealogical connections to America’s history and icons are only a few of the questions put to professional genealogists by the average citizen who wants answers to long-asked family questions.

One of the professionals who answers the questions is Kenyatta Berry, a lawyer with more than 15 years experience in genealogical research and writing. She is currently president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and sits on the Council of the Corporation of the New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston.

The second professional is Joshua Taylor, a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer and researcher. He is the former director of education and programs at the New England Historical Genealogical Society and is currently the president for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

In this first year of broadcasting, “Genealogy Roadshow” has visited San Francisco, Nashville, Detroit and Austin. Berry and Taylor have answered many family history questions and solved some family mysteries. It has been broadcast on OETA at 8 p.m. on Mondays. All shows can be seen on the website genealogyroadshow.org.

Do you have a family mystery you want solved? Have you been told you are related to Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass or Betsy Ross? Do you want to learn if an event nobody wanted to talk about really happened?  The producers of “Genealogy Roadshow” are looking for people who want to know about their ancestral background to use on the series for the next season.

If you are interested in applying to be a candidate for an appearance, go to www.grcasting.com and fill out the application.

If enough people apply, the producers might consider filming the program here in southwest Oklahoma.

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