Episode 355 – Hank Jones On Those Weird Things That Happen When Doing Family History / Texas…


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 a remarkable string of luck in their own research. Hear how Fisher discovered his late father-in-law’s unique place in the historical record. David kicks off Family Histoire News with a story about how modern genomics is rewriting history. Then, law enforcement in Tennessee is seeking public financial support to solve a four decade old cold case. Fisher notes that in Idaho, a grant has been awarded to a law enforcement agency there to cover DNA analysis on a cold case. He also points to a group of wealthy businessmen in Utah called the “Honorary Colonels” who financially support law enforcement in such matters. David then shares the story of Daniel Smith. He’s one of America’s last living children of a slave! Then, a man in eastern Europe has stumbled upon a 3,000 old sword.

Next, Fisher shares one of his favorite “visits from the vault.” Actor, singer, and renowned genealogist Hank Jones talks about his collection of stories of strange things that have happened when doing genealogy and family history work.

Then, Fort Worth genie Sharon Manson discusses her journey that helped her learn why her parents would tell her never to ask about her paternal grandmother!

Finally, David returns for Ask Us Anything, discussing Revolutionary soldier lineage societies (there are more than you think) and Canadian emigration to the United States.

That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!



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