Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Genealogy broadcasting -- gosh we need our own channel

Ol’ Myrt here is always talking up GeneaWebinars, but that’s just one piece of the online genealogy education pie available to family historians. Here's a smattering of TV, internet radio, podcasts and YouTube channels to inspire your research.


Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African American Lives (2006), African American Lives 2 (2008) and Faces of America(2010), Gates finds new ways to, as he says, “get into the DNA of American culture.”

Who Do You Think You Are?
Now in it's third prime time season for US viewers, NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? has finally figured out that it's better to have the celebrity following the leads rather than just having the compiled genealogy handed to him on a silver platter. I like that. Friday's episode is a new one featuring Emmy award winning Helen Hunt, who played Jamie Buchman on "Mad About You" for seven seasons. 

PODCASTSdownload them through iTunes to any .mp3 player.


With so much content being provided at a variety of locations, it's high time we got our own "GENEALOGY" media channel. I wonder if Oprah is listening?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.


  1. What a great idea! With all of the topics around--why not have a Family Roots Channel on Cable? There are amazing family histories by the millions and a team of researchers would truly make such a show more than a hit! So to whom does one make the pitch? :)

  2. Fantastic Idea, but when would I get any work done, I would have it on all the time. Sure would be better than the current state of television and all it's so called "reality tv" shows. We would give new meaning to reality tv.

  3. Thanks for gathering all that media information. Where's the shows "Randy's Genealogy Cave" or "Genealogy Island"? Oh, they haven't invented that yet...

  4. We do - but how would I find the time to get any work done? I'd be too busy enjoying podcasts, radio and webinars :-)

  5. Thanks for this post, is right on point,someone really need to make this a reality:)