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Frankie Meyer: ‘Roots Less Traveled’ and Other Genealogy TV Shows Can Provide Research Ideas | Lifestyles

As you research your family history, take the time to watch genealogy programs on television. The programs will inspire you and provide you with research ideas.

An example of this type of program is “Roots Less Traveled” hosted by Faruq Tauheed. During the half-hour program, the host guides two family members as they embark on a quest to investigate an old family tale and learn more about their family history.

The program, which airs Saturday mornings on NBC, debuted in 2020. Earlier programs are available for free on NBC’s website. As you follow the family members and learn about their quest, you will also learn about the history of our country and the world. The types of places that families explore are the same types of places that each of us explores in our genealogical quest.

Does your family have a history of an ancestor who fought in the Civil War in Pea Ridge, Arkansas; Wilsons Creek, Missouri; Carthage, Missouri; or Prairie Grove, Arkansas? Visit this national battlefield and walk along a park route taken by your ancestor. Read battle books and study battlefield maps. How many people were injured or killed, what type of medical treatment was available for the injured, was there a building that served as a hospital for injured soldiers, and what cemeteries were the soldiers buried in? Order a copy of your ancestor’s military record. In which unit did your ancestor serve? Was he a Confederate or Union soldier?

Is there a family tale that an ancestor died during an epidemic? Go to the area where the person lived, visit the ancestor’s grave, and check to see if the person had a death certificate. Learn the names of newspapers that were published in the area at the time of your ancestor’s death, learn if back issues were digitized, and read the issues that were published at the time of your ancestor’s death. Check court records, especially land records and probate records which may contain details about the person, their family, estate and possibly the circumstances of death.

Another way to learn more about the outbreak and your ancestor is to visit libraries in that area and read books about the history of the county and community where the ancestor lived. If the library subscribes to www.ancestry.com Where www.familysearch.org, go to these websites and learn what details they have about the outbreak, your family lineage and your ancestor. Do an online search to see if any distant cousins ​​still reside in the area. Contact them, as they may know family background details that have not been passed down your line. The cousin may be a genealogist or know a family member who unearthed the brick walls of ancestor research.