Genealogy Roadshow

Family History Case Studies


  • Charissa Joy Los's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    Meet Charissa Joy Los, a college student from Detroit, Michigan, who was born to a white mother and a black father and was adopted at 2 days old with an open adoption, in this clip from Genealogy Roadshow. Using census records and an 1860 slave schedule, genealogist Kenyatta Berry connects Los’s father’s family to the history of the Great Migration in the early 1900s.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Monica Donley’s Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Monica Donley, a wife and mother who has roots in Mexico and lives in Detroit, Michigan. Her husband, an amateur genealogist, suspects, but cannot confirm, that Monica has ancestral ties to the 15th century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Using techniques in Spanish genealogy, a professional genealogist successfully shows that Monica is the 15th great granddaughter of Ponce de Leon, demonstrating how to work forwards from a suspected ancestor and backwards from known ancestors to connect family trees. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • William Blackman's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on William Blackman, living in Detroit, Michigan, with suspected ancestral ties to Daniel Boone. A professional genealogist denies these ties, noting the pitfalls of genealogical research using online sources alone. Using military service records and a Civil War-era letter, a genealogist uncovers Blackman’s connection to an important moment in Civil War history. The genealogist also explains how Blackman’s name was changed from Blechmann to Blackman as one of his ancestors immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century from modern-day Latvia.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Janet and Michael Hatfield-Deweese’s Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Janet and Michael Hatfield-Deweese of Nashville, Tennessee. The two turn to genealogist Kenyatta Berry to reveal whether or not they are related to the notorious Hatfield family.

     

    Grades: 6-12
  • Edwin Kennedy's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Edwin Kennedy, who presents a mysterious photograph of his grandfather’s brother as a toddler with a household employee, Lafayette “Fate” Cox. With the help of genealogist Kenyatta Berry, Kennedy traces the history of his family’s connection to “Uncle Fate” to his present-day ancestors.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Marguerita Page's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    Marguerite Page is a Tennessee native in hopes of solving a longstanding family rumor involving ancestral ties to a former governor of Tennessee. Using a 1936 letter donated to the Montgomery County Archives, genealogist Josh Taylor traces the lineage of Page’s great grandfather’s cousin, Albert Roberts, to his father, former Governor Austin Peay, in this clip from "Genealogy Roadshow."

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cecelia Chen's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Cecelia Chen, a fourth-generation Chinese-American from San Francisco. Chen hopes to solve a family rumor that traces their lineage to an infamous gangster in San Francisco, Big Jim Chin. Genealogist Joshua Taylor examines old immigration records in the context of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to help Chen and her family find some answers.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Casey Robbins's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Casey Robbins, who believes that her paternal ancestry may be connected to Benjamin Franklin. Piecing together various historical clues—the legacy of a Nantucket whaler and a twenty dollar marriage contract—genealogist Joshua Taylor traces Robbins’s lineage to the Folger family, and thus Benjamin Franklin.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Jim Saltzman's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Jim Saltzman, who hopes to learn more about a relative—a reported survivor of the Wiynot Massacre of 1860. With the help of genealogist Joshua Taylor and census data from 1900, Saltzman traces the ownership of a family heirloom, a walking stick, to his ancestors Eliza Lindgren and Josephine Beach.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Denise Garza Steusloff's Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    This clip from Genealogy Roadshow focuses on Denise Garza Steusloff, a proud Tejano in search of answers to two major family stories: her relation to the Sephardic Jews who escaped the Canary Islands during the Inquisition and her relation to those who fought in Texas’ War of Independence against Mexico. Genealogist Joshua Taylor uses historical documents and DNA tests to help Garza situate herself in the historical narratives of her own family, as well as that of the state of Texas.

    Grades: 6-13+

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