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Extreme Genes is a genealogy show hosted by Fisher. Fisher has 30+ years of radio experience and has had a passion for genealogy since he was a teen. On Extreme Genes Fisher sets out to educate the audience on resources and techniques for completing any gaps found in your family tree. Each week Fish…

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    Fisher's Top Tips #324r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 0:59

    Back in 1752, England enacted a law that changed our calendars forever. But did that law ever make a genealogist's life complicated!

    Episode 400 - 400th Episode! / Family Docs Found In Chicken House / History Of Genealogy Societies Explored

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin with some Thanksgiving thanks for the 400th episode of the show! Fisher then thanks FamilySearch.org for featuring him on the FamilySearch.org blog section. David then shares some stories he picked up on his recent visit to Utah, including a woman with a bizarre tale about Extreme Genes as she listened to it in Florida. In her shower. Then, in Family Histoire News, David talks about some relicts that were recently found in Utah tied to the Chinese workers who played a large role in the construction of the Trans-Continental Railroad. In the east, the Washington Post reports that the Wampanoags are not looking forward to the recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving. Hear why. Then, the BBC has come up with a great story about the general populace and their likely ties to royalty. Next, Fisher visits with Wendell Affield, the author of a series of books on his family history called the Chickenhouse Chronicles. They've been created with a large assist from 200 years worth of family history records found in his mother's chicken house in Minnesota! Catch his remarkable story. The conversation then turns to genealogical societies. Shannon Combs Bennett has been researching the history of these organizations and has learned about the timeline, and attitudes within and toward these groups over the years. She even has a count of how many have existed and still exist in the United States. David then returns for Ask Us Anything, including a question of foster children's inheritance rights, and FBI records. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #323r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 0:48

    Ancestors love to play tricks on us as we trace them down… sometimes by disappearing from where we think they should be. Fisher explains where you might want to look next.

    Fisher's Top Tips #322r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 0:45

    Fisher worked to break open one ancestral line for fifteen years. It wasn't until he was closing the book on the case by creating a timeline that he saw the answer!

    Episode 399 - Paul Woodbury Talks Mitochondrial DNA, Confirmation Bias

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by sharing news that he has been featured in an article about his witch ancestor in London's Guardian newspaper. In Family Histoire News, an Englishman has learned he descends from some Bidens. Those Bidens! Now he wants an invitation to the White House! Then, another metal detectorist in the UK has made quite a find… in his own backyard. Catch what he discovered. Then, another member of the famous Von Trapp family has passed away. David next talks about a unique type of DNA analysis that has proven the descendancy of the great grandson of Sitting Bull. And finally… a World War I ammunition shell has been found to be loaded… with many things other than powder and weaponry. Find out what was in it! Next, Paul Woodbury of Legacy Tree Genealogists visits with Fisher for two segments. The first talks about mitochondrial DNA. What can you use it for in your research? And what might be expecting too much? Paul explains. In part two, Paul Woodbury discusses “confirmation bias.” Are you guilty of confirming your researching by an incorrect analysis? Paul explains what NOT to do as you begin your genetic genealogy. Then, David returns for two rounds of Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #321r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 0:51

    Just the way not every record is digitized, many records are digitized but not indexed!  Can't find what you're looking for? It's time to check those massive unindexed records!

    Fisher's Top Tips #320r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 0:46

    Those Tricky Immigration Records

    Episode 398 - Pass It Down: The Future Of Your Family's Past / A Halloween Leftover Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England History Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin with Fisher talking about his research breakthrough after 39 years! He'll explain the key to breaking the brick wall. David then reveals the happy news that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is expanding their hours. Hear what the new hours will be. Then, a story is out about a man who met a psychic who delivered a message from his late father. David then tells about HIS experience with a psychic. (Yes, he's freaked out!) DNA is again bringing closure to a family… this time to the victim of a notorious serial killer. You'll know the name. No one would have ever imagined where the earliest evidence of tobacco usage has been found… on a bombing range in a western state. David will share the details. Fisher then visits with Marion Burk Wood. Marion has written a book, “Planning A Future For Your Family's Past.” It's an important topic for everyone. Marion has some great thoughts on how to get your genealogical collection in order for after you're… well… done! Then the Tie Die Genealogist, Dan Ford, joins the show to share his “ordinary person with an extraordinary find” story. It reads like a mystery novel, but it's all true! A definite Halloween leftover! Then, David rejoins Fisher for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #319r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 0:50

    Historic Time Lines and What They Can Reveal

    Fisher's Top Tips #318r

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 0:52

    The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

    Episode 178 - Classic Rewind: Confirmation on Exactly Where the Salem Witches Died / Woman's Ancestor Is Buried Twice, Viewed Twice!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 44:16

    In this classic rewind from 2017, host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys were preparing for RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. David talks about a new record set by Queen Elizabeth II… and what a record it is! David then talks about a recent visitor he entertained who was certain of a very unique heritage. Wait until you hear what it is! David also shares a heart rending story about the remarkable way two cousins reconnected after nearly 80 years, and the place in history they share. And a celebration is on in one American city recognizing the anniversary of America's oldest subway system. With it being Halloween weekend you'll appreciate our two guest interviews this week. The first is with Professor Emerson Baker of Salem State University. Professor Baker is part of a committee that was able to confirm the precise location of the site of execution of the Salem “witches.”  He talks about the methods and clues they used to confirm what once was known only through tradition. Then, catch Fisher's visit with “Jersey Girl” Sue Wynne, a passionate genie, who learned that her fourth great grandmother was buried twice AND viewed twice… over several years! What's the story behind this incredible discovery? You'll want to hear it. Tom Perry of TMCPlace.com then joins the show to talk preservation, answering listener questions. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!  

    Fisher's Top Tips #317r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 0:58

    “Dit Names”… What the Heck Are Those?

    Fisher's Top Tips #316r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 0:49

    Marriage Bonds and What They Can Reveal

    Episode 397 - Crowd Sourcing Around the World/ More Genie eBay Finds!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys open Family Histoire News with the uplifting, yet sad story, of a man who finally found his birth father just days before his own death. Then, another amazing find has come out of Israel. Wait til you hear this one! David then shares the story of a man who has recreated Roman recipes from the 4th century. And one of these recipes would seem very familiar to us. Strange to think, but a reference to the land mass now known as North America has been found in a document in Italy that pre-dates Columbus by 150 years! David explains. And finally a pair of yard sale items in England have turned out to be extremely rare historic artifacts. Wait til you hear what the sale price and what the items were! Next, Melanie McComb joins the show from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Melanie was the recent beneficiary of the WikiTree Challenge, where researchers around the world looked at her family tree and went to work extending it, correcting it, and finding stories. And did they ever find a story! Melanie will share it. This is one great example of crowd sourcing. Fisher and Melanie then talk about the various ways crowd sourcing can benefit your research. Then, New Mexico listener Louise Gennetti Roach shares her crowd sourcing tale with a group of people in a small village in Italy. Her efforts have taken her lines back many centuries, with DNA confirming the accuracy of her name line. Louise's benefactors in Italy also made a remarkable eBay discovery related to Louise's family! David next returns for two questions on Ask Us Anything. The first has to do with ancestral medical records, while the second concerns researching your house and property. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #315r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 0:46

    What's Going to Happen to Your Records and Heirlooms When You're Gone?

    Fisher's Top Tips #314r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 0:50

    Can't Find Your Key Record on Line? Try the Old-Fashioned Way.

    Episode 396 - “Mr. Genealogist, Tear Down This Wall!”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 44:12

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin with Fisher's strange tale of finding a DNA match to his wife's family… a man who, along with his brother, murdered his grandmother and her boyfriend in the late 1980s when they were teens. Yes, this guy is doing family history now! Then David opens Family Histoire News talking about the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, and how the O'Leary descendants are still dealing with the misdirected blame on their ancestor, Elizabeth, and her cow. Next, a rare piece of 19th century “hair art” is again being displayed. It features hair from Abraham Lincoln, his Vice President and others from his Cabinet. Hear all about it. Finally, imagine finding hidden steps below your rented place that leads to an entire network of underground rooms! It has happened. David has the details with speculation as to what the purpose of this complex once was over a century ago. In segment two, Fisher talks with Helena Bouchez of Ohio. Helena struggled for twenty years to break through her Belgian “brick wall,” only to have it smashed by others in just 45 minutes! Hear how it was done and how far back it has taken her. Helena also talks about the near murder-suicide in her family from 1916 and how what took place that night entirely changed the trajectory of her family members' lives. Here's the link to the site of her Belgian heroes! Next, Fisher chats with Kate Eakman of sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists about a bizarre genealogical puzzle where two women appear to be rolled up into one. As her client was not inclined to use DNA to help with the problem, Kate was left to sort through the very few clues she was given to come up with the answer and break down a strange brick wall. Then David returns with Fisher for Ask Us Anything answering questions about researching an ancestral circus performer and tracking down the living for reunions. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #313r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 0:43

    Got an Ancestor Who Served? Look to Military Records as a Source for Incredible Family Stories.

    Fisher's Top Tips #312r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 0:47

    Got DNA Skills? Become A Search Angel for Others!

    Episode 395 - Connecticut Genie On Finding And Dealing With DNA Shocker

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin by talking about the National Archives and their fun way they are celebrating American Archives Month. Then, a toilet has been found! So what? Well, it's 2,700 years old and likely used by Biblical kings! There's an opportunity for you to help in a project indexing and transcribing letters that were sent to Teddy Roosevelt. David will tell you where to sign up. Great Britain is looking for relatives of war dead as they prepare for reburials and grave marker dedications. Then, it's a cave that, 40,000 years ago, was apparently home to Neanderthals. (Like the Flintstones… with more hair!) Hear what was found inside. Next, in two parts, Fisher shares his 2019 interview with Connecticut resident Jenny Hawran who was shocked to find out she was only a half sibling to her brother. She describes how the discovery was made, the emotional turmoil, the confrontation with her mother, and what she has had to do to manage her previously unknown family identity. Jenny also offers advice on how to help others who make similar discoveries. David then returns for Ask Us Anything as the guys tackle questions on war medals and an odd place name. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!  

    Fisher's Top Tips #311r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 0:47

    Tracing Forward Can Yield Family History Gold

    Fisher's Top Tips #310r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 0:42

    Once you've gone from the land of the researcher to the land of the researched, you no longer control what happens to your heirlooms and research records. Here's what you can do now!

    Episode 394 - Genie Learns Grandpa Was Very Active In The Community / Lockbox Discovery Reveals WW2 Jewish Rescue Efforts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin Family Histoire News with the story of the National Archives release of a remarkable database… Confederate Slave Payrolls. David explains the significance. Then, a new dig is underway at the Outer Banks to learn more about the 1585 settlement at Roanoke… the Lost Colony. In Utah, a young woman who found her birth father through DNA a few years ago had a remarkable wedding. Find out what made it so special for her and her two Dads. Did you ever know that a tombstone could be used to make fudge? Apparently so! David shares this bizarre story. Finally, there's been another remarkable find that was totally unexpected. It involves an ocean cleanup by some divers off the coast of Spain. Wait til you hear what they came upon! In the next segment, Fisher chats with Massachusetts resident Robin LaCroix. Several years ago, Robin interviewed her mother and aunts for family stories. What she learned has led her to a true hometown adventure following in the footsteps of her very friendly grandfather! Then, Steve Gruber of Elkhart, Indiana talks about the mysterious lockbox that once belonged to his grandfather. Discovered under the floor at his grandfather's one time place of business, its contents has led Steve to research and create a remarkable documentary on his family's efforts to rescue Jews who were under the control of the Nazis. David then returns for Ask Us Anything, answering questions on military ranks that no longer exist and state censuses in New York and New Jersey. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #309r

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 0:47

    Have you become reliant on online sites for your key records? If so, you're missing out on the thrill of the hunt the old-fashioned way!

    Fisher's Top Tips #308r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 0:49

    Who deserves to have their history recorded more than our veterans? Fisher shares some great places for finding military records and often the stories that can be uncovered through them.

    Episode 393 - FamilySearch Completes Digitizing Of 80 Years Worth Of Microfilm / Learning To Use The Top Sites

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 44:12

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin with kudos to FamilySearch on their historic announcement (with plenty more on it coming in Segment 2). Fisher talks to David about his latest research project… tracking a suspect in a cold case murder. David then reviews some of the finds the WikiTree Challenge people made on his own tree last week. There were some fascinating discoveries, as usual. Next, hear about the oldest “art” probably ever found… made by children. In a cave. A LONGGGG time ago! Then it's a happy birthday greeting to America's oldest living World War II vet. You won't believe how old he is! In Segment 2, David Rencher, Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, comes on to talk about the remarkable milestone FamilySearch.org just achieved… the digitization of some 2.4 million rolls of microfilm that were accumulated over 80 years! They haven't all been published just yet, but this collection covers BILLIONS of name listings. David also explains the Library's reactivated look up service, and on line consultations. The rerouting of resources due to the pandemic has brought about remarkable upgrades! Then, Fisher visits with Bob Taylor, the originator and Director of Development for The Family History Guide website, TheFHGuide.com. This site can train you, for free, on how to use any of the major sites including FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and FindMyPast.com. Bob explains how it all works. Then David Lambert rejoins Fisher for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #307r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 0:48

    Adoptees in particular, but many others as well, are looking for answers. If your skilled in the DNA world, you might want to consider helping these folks as a “search angel.”

    Fisher's Top Tips #306r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 0:55

    Want to find rare family photos, family Bibles, and who knows what else? Fisher suggests that you try tracing forward!

    Episode 392 - Civil War Reenactor Makes Amazing Ancestral Find/Joining Lineage Societies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins with the story of his recent family history oriented trip. The guys then give a 100th birthday shout out to “friend of the show” Lou Conter, one of the last two survivors of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. David then reveals a major name that will soon be featured on the BBC version of Who Do You Think You Are. Next, have you ever wondered what you should keep among all those old family papers and trinkets? There's a new list out there that might help. Hear where you can find it. Then, scientists are talking about bringing back Wooly Mammoths! Why would they do this other than (maybe) they can? There's a very practical reason that could affect all of us. A Bronze Age log coffin has been found in the strangest of places, complete with original cargo! Hear more about it. And finally, a first time metal detectorist has made a remarkable find in Denmark. David has the details. In the next segment, Fisher visits with Civil War re-enactor Calvin Osborne. Calvin has been part of an African American reenacting group for 28 years and recently made a mind blowing family history discovery that ties into his hobby. Hear his story in his own words. Then, Adrienne Abiodun, a researcher with sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists talks about lineage societies and how to join them. Fisher reviews some of the more unusual groups available for you to join. David then rejoins Fisher for two helpings of Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #305r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 0:47

    Believe it or not, Fisher HATED history as a kid. How he came to love it can work for your child or grandchild, too.

    Fisher's Top Tips #304r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 0:49

    Fisher shares a simple strategy for growing your ancestral photo archive.

    Episode 391 - AI Allows Descendants To Interact With Your Story Recordings / Man Learns Birth Father's Frightening Past

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  David begins with a plug for his upcoming appearance in the WikiTree Challenge, where WikiTree researchers will go to town to try to find new breakthroughs for David. Family Histoire News begins with the identification of another Pearl Harbor victim from the USS Oklahoma through DNA. Hear the family's reaction. Then, St. James Gardens in London, the site of thousands of old burials, is getting a database. Hear what has prompted the effort. Next, could DNA tests have changed peoples' perceptions of their ethnicity? The 2020 census definitely suggests this is so. Catch the remarkable statistics. A lost human lineage has been found due to the discovery of an 18-year-old woman who lived over 7,200 years ago. David explains. And finally… who gets a golden tongue in death? Naturally, it's Egyptian. Find out what it meant. Next, Fisher visits with Heather Maio Smith of Storyfile.com, a company that any family historian will want to know about. Heather has appeared on 60 Minutes for her artificial intelligence software that allows people to interview Holocaust survivors by speaking to their hologram recordings. Now this technology is allowing anyone to do a similar thing from their home computer or phone. You will now be able to record your stories for your descendants to literally ask you about decades from now! You can try it for free at Storyfile.com/live. Then, Fisher visits with Glen Ringuette, an adoptee who found his birth parents and then later learned about the remarkable (and chilling) past of his birth father. You never know what you're gonna get! David returns for two segments of Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #303r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 0:49

    Continuing his conversation on family photo archives, Fisher gives a quick overview on what you have to do to keep them safe.

    Fisher's Top Tips #302r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 0:49

    OK, you're the one in your family with all the family pictures. Now what? The first thing you have to do has nothing to do with technology.

    Episode 390 - Diahan Southard Talks DNA Challenges / Maureen Taylor On Standardizing Photo Metadata

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Family Histoire News begins with word of another major acquisition for (sponsor) Ancestry.com. This may be a big one for you if you have French ancestry. Hear all about it. Then, the Salem Witch Trials have been revisited by some middle schoolers who want to make a change in history. Catch what they're up to! Meanwhile, another “archive in the attic” has been located… and it's a big one! Hundreds of pages of documents of the enslaved that go back to the 1600s. And they were almost thrown out! Neanderthals are making news again with another discovery. Were they the first to have a local grocery store? David explains. And finally… by next year, we may well have a database of millions of graves in England covering 19,000 Anglican churchyards. Get the particulars. Next, Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, talks about endogamy in DNA. What really defines it and how do you deal with it should you run across it? Diahan has some helpful thoughts. Then, she talks about mitochondrial DNA, that test that follows the female direct line. How is that test best used? Diahan explains. Then, it's the Photo Detective Maureen Taylor. Maureen is part of a small organization called the Family History Metadata Working Group. Their interest is to get major databases and companies to standardize how metadata tied to photos is transferred to any and all sites when you upload your photos. (Who wants to add all that info more than once?!) Hear how you can help. Then David returns as he and Fisher tackle listener questions on the War of 1812 and a haul of old family postcards on Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #301r

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 0:46

    Fisher talks about the “luck” he has enjoyed through the years in genealogy, and how it really isn't as much by chance as you would think.

    Episode 389 - Connecting To Ancestors Through Food / Ancestry.com Makes A Game Changing Database Release

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins with a listener story of how he found a key genealogical puzzle piece on eBay after hearing about the strategy on the show. Fisher also announces the full searchability of all past and present episodes of Extreme Genes on the new ExtremeGenes.com website. David then notes his upcoming appearance on the WikiTree Challenge! Who knows what the WikiTree researchers will discover for David next month. Then, a marriage certificate from 1875 has been discovered in a thrift shop and the people there have done something very special with it. David then talks about how another Pearl Harbor victim's remains have been identified through DNA nearly eighty years later. And finally, hear about the remarkably preserved remains found in Pompeii. David will tell you what researchers know about this person. Next, Fisher chats with Sarah Yeoman of Portland, Oregon. Sarah has started the new company The Family Cookbook, which allows you to connect to your ancestors through family recipes. Each cookbook she makes Is unique. Crista Cowan then joins us from sponsor Ancestry.com to talk about the highly significant new database release that dropped this past week. It's the records of the Freedmen's Bureau Bank and the Freedmen's Bureau Marriages. These incredibly important records for African-American research are now available for free at Ancestry. Crista explains what might be found in them. Then, David is back for more listener questions on Ask Us Anything! That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Episode 388 - CeCe Moore Reveals Her Family's Own DNA Surprise / CeCe On Jane and John Doe Research

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys talk about the odd places being designated as dog parks… historic cemeteries. David then has an update on the state of the Titanic. Next, who knew that fruit could survive 2,400 years… in a basket! Fisher then begins his two part visit with Parabon's CeCe Moore. He begins by asking about surprises leading CeCe to reveal a DNA surprise that only recently emerged in her own family! It even involves a crime. CeCe then talks about her weekend work, tracing “Jane and John Does” using DNA, work she finds much easier than her criminal work. David then returns for another couple of questions on Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Episode 387 - Solving A Cold, COLD Case… Research In The South

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David opens congratulating Fisher on his new ExtremeGenes.com website and course offerings. The guys then dive into an amazing collection of 1860s era handwritten genealogies currently on eBay. They were created in response to an author's request and were later used to create a book on descendants of the Hart and Andrews families. They are a great example of what might be found on your family! Next, Fisher visits with Anthony Redgrave of the DNA Doe Project. Anthony and his team were able to identify murder victim… one that was found in a cave and dates back to 1916! Hear how they got the job done! Then Fisher chats with Robert Cushing of Legacy Tree Genealogists. A Georgia native, Robert talks about the records of the South which are forever lost, as well as others that survived the Civil War that can help you in your Southern research. There's often more out there than you think! Then, David returns for more of your questions on Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Episode 361: Classic Rewind - 500 War Letters From Dad Found In The Attic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 44:16


    Host Scott Fisher opens this Classic Rewind show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins by losing his head over a story about Marie Antoinette's mirror. It's a mirror, mirror on a wall in England, but until recently no one knew its origins. David shares some details. Then, a teen in Britain has made a fascinating find on a British mountainside that impacted a family in Australia. Hear what he discovered. Next, there's been another astounding discovery in England… a massive Anglo-Saxon grave site going back 4,000 years. Find out about the objects found there. Then, Smithsonian has shared a remarkable story about a female spy who started out cracking mobster codes in the 1930s, and eventually broke open a Nazi ring in South America a decade later. Catch the story of Elizabeth Smith Freedman. And finally, Megan Smolenyak has published some of her findings on the origins of new President Joe Biden. Are you related? Next, Fisher visits with Loretto Thompson. A few years back Loretto learned about a treasure trove of letters from her father to the family during his time serving in World War II. He died when Loretto was only four years old, and the letters have led her on a remarkable journey… even by genie standards! Then, Dr. Henry Louis Gates is back to talk about the next episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS. David returns for the final segment as the guys answer another question on Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!


    Fisher's Top Tips #300

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 1:04

    Fisher explains what lineage societies are and why you might want to join one.

    Fisher's Top Tips #299

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 1:15

    As more and more secrets are exposed by DNA tests, are we prepared to discover that our ancestors were simply human?

    Episode 386 - Talkin' DNA: Stories From The Spit, Jonny Perl Talks DNA Painter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. David begins the conversation talking about his recent membership in a society that honors his War of 1812 ancestor. Then, David tells the tale of the rescue of hundreds of glass negatives that were headed to the dumpster in the Boston area. Some date back to the 1860s!  Next, it's one thing to have your crime discovered through the DNA of your cousins… it's entirely another when you post your OWN DNA and are found! David has the story of this knucklehead criminal. It seems that every major initiative results in some new advancement, such as with the space program in the 1960s. David shares the advancements caused by World War II… and they are significant. And finally, hear about the latest Viking treasure hoard, where it was found, and the time it has been dated to. Next, Fisher chats with Brandt Gibson from sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists. As a long time DNA researcher, Brandt has some remarkable stories that have emerged from his client research. You'll want to catch these! Then, Jonny Perl, creator of DNAPainter.com joins Fisher from London talking about the origins of the unique site and the most popular tools that have been added to it since the beginning that can help you break open your lines. David then returns for a pair of questions on Ask Us Anything. One has to do with writing a family history, and the other with why someone's grandmother would be working on a census for the government during the Depression. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #298

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 0:48

    Fisher explains the significance of “gateway ancestors” and how you can find out if you have any on your family tree.

    Fisher's Top Tips #297

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 1:07

    With all the scams happening in the world today, it's not always so easy to connect with a “new” cousin. Fisher has some thoughts.

    Episode 385 - Naming Kids After Assassins, British Naval Press Gangs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. Fisher begins the conversation revealing coming changes to the Extreme Genes website and some coming new video courses. Fisher then talks about researching Civil War figures he's reading about to see who he and his wife Julie might be related to. In the process he learned a remarkable thing about Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Wait until you hear this! Then David talks about a fascinating story about how people kept cool back in the 19th century. (They were pretty creative back then!) Next, Fisher visits with author Lori Erickson. Lori discovered family history research after losing several family members and describes her journey in her new book “Soul of the Family Tree: Ancestors, Stories, and the Spirits We Inherit.” Then, Professor Christopher Magra of the University of Tennessee talks about British “Press Gangs” and how their virtual kidnapping of young men to man their Navy contributed to the breakout of the Revolutionary War. David then returns for two questions on “Ask Us Anything.” That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #296

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 1:07

    New techniques are revealing the good and the bad in our DNA test results. Are you prepared for the unexpected?

    Fisher's Top Tips #295

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 0:58

    There are bucket lists and then there are genealogy bucket lists. Are you prioritizing what you want to get done before joining the land of the researched?

    Episode 384 - Mystery Of 1958 Disappearance Solved With DNA, Rocks Family's World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 44:16

    Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. The guys begin Family Histoire News with news about the 2022 RootsTech conference. Then, Fisher shares word of a landmark achieved by WikiTree research team with this year's WikiTree Challenge. David then shares a DNA breakthrough story that COULD NOT have a better ending. For anybody. Ever. David then has a story of a remarkable archaeological discovery. Plus, who knew the Brits were kidnapping Americans to make the sailors before the Revolution? Hear what that led to! Next, in two parts, Fisher visits with Jilayne Davidson of Calgary, Alberta. Jilayne never knew her father, a man, she was told, who was indigenous and from Oklahoma. Wanting to know about her indigenous side Jilayne began a journey that recently solved a mystery for two families who knew nothing of each other. One family knew what happened before 1958 and the other knew what happened after. And now, both families know the whole story. Then, David returns for another round of Ask Us Anything. That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!

    Fisher's Top Tips #294

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 0:49

    Ireland will be adding a time capsule feature to their 2021 census, to be revealed in 100 years. Sounds like a great idea… but do we really need it?

    Fisher's Top Tips #293

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 1:07

    Fisher explains that sometimes you have to pioneer your own discovery technique to mine the most out of records you find.

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