Comment on New Genealogy Roadshow Program

Very light on substance – more or less provides conclusions to research that takes place off-show. In several cases conclusion as simple as “you are not related to this person”. Participants pre-submit information and it is generally presented at location of televised show. Show format seems to drive level of information provided. Not much opportunity for learning about genealogical research, even for beginners.

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About Rob Whitlock

Retired city planner, now focusing on genealogy, specializing in English records and to a lesser degree records of Canada. Completed a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto in 2010.

2 thoughts on “Comment on New Genealogy Roadshow Program

  1. I enjoyed watching most of the last show, set in Detroit. A few of the participants clearly had been doing their own research for a while, understood how much time (and expertise) it often takes and they were happy to hear what new information had been found by the many unseen researchers assisting with the show. Genealogy research is rarely ever going to be as easy as ‘seen on TV’. (And yes, there was that blooper, but still…)
    I’m also pleased that the show highlights two great genealogical organizations, the National Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Association of Professional Genealogists (of which I’m a member).

    • Watched tonight’s show set in San Francisco – for the most part it’s a nice mix of California history connections and some satisfying results for the participants. Those interested in the Chinese-American research question can still watch a recent NARA USA presentation on researching Chinese Exclusion Acts Case files: Perhaps other detailed research might provide more information about the elusive gangster, police records perhaps? And I was a bit disappointed that nothing was said of the groups that are supporting personal and academic research into Chinese American history and genealogy. (And the DNA session seemed awkward.)

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