Genealogy Blog

11 February 2008

BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Scores Asian Deal

activeTV has optioned the format rights to the hit BBC celebrity ancestry series Who Do You Think You Are? from British independent outfit Wall to Wall.

The series was recently commissioned for a fifth season in the U.K., and has also been a ratings success on Australian pubcaster SBS. A locally produced version also airs in Canada on the CBC.

17 December 2007

Vidstone Serenity Panel: The electronic tombstone

No one would set a scrapbook filled with pictures and memories on the tombstone of a loved one. But what about a high-tech, weatherproof version, with digital images powered by a solar cell?

The Vidstone Serenity Panel is groundbreaking. Utilizing specially patent-pending technology, this solar-powered panel provides families with the option of viewing a custom-created multimedia tribute at a loved one’s place of rest. This 7″ LCD Panel attaches to most upright or slanted gravesite monuments, including gravestones, mausoleums and columbariums. At the mere touch of a button, a 5 to 8 minute video plays on the screen, recounting the most precious and poignant memories of a loved one.

27 November 2007

BBC: Time for a Family Reunion?

Blast! Films is developing an important documentary series for the BBC following the reunion of a large extended British family.

The series intends to explore the fascinating past and present that all families have at their core, and to rediscover the importance and strength of family bonds and relationships in modern Britain. The reunion will offer one extended family the chance to discover their collective history over the course of an all-expenses paid weekend in Spring 2008.

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5 November 2007

World’s First Genealogical Wave!

Megan Smolenyak has posted footage of the World’s First Genealogical Wave, taken during the last Wholly Genes cruise.

Video after the jump:

10 October 2007

BBC Show Who Do You Think You Are? was faked

THE BBC are under fire again after faking scenes in a documentary about Carol Vorderman.

Film makers allegedly persuaded people to lie as they concocted scenes for the ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are?

In the programme, cameras followed Vorderman through north Wales and traced the scene of a photograph.

But it has now emerged that one important “surprise” scene and some other details in the show, broadcast on September 27 were staged.

Vorderman wanted to know where a photo of her great-grandfather was taken and was shown asking passers-by in Prestatyn for help.

Finally, shop assistant Dawn Farrell identified it as Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley.

But Dawn revealed: “A man told me Carol was going to come into the shop with a photo and ask me about it. He said, “She is going to show you a photo - could you tell her it is Bodnant?”

“I felt sorry for Carol. I realise she would never have gone along with it.”

A spokesman for Vorderman said: “She was not aware of any of this.”

The programme was filmed after concerns over faking were raised and orders were issued by BBC chiefs to end to such practices.

But a BBC spokeswoman insisted: “This is absolutely not a case of misrepresentation.

“We think viewers are aware that a formatted show is very different to an observational show and expect different approaches.”

in The DailyRecord

4 October 2007

Scans reveal lost gravestone text

Illegible words on church headstones could be read once more thanks to a scan technology developed in the US.

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are making high resolution 3D scans of tombstones to reveal the carved patterns in the stone.

A computer matches the patterns to a database of signature carvings which reveals the words.

Scientists often find it difficult to distinguish between natural phenomena and man-made art works carved into stone, due to the build-up of algae and surface dirt.

At the moment, archaeologists are forced to do hand-tracing work with plastic sheets and to examine objects first hand in order to decipher obscured writings.

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12 September 2007

Grave Transcribing—Urban Archaeology At Its Best

You've traced your roots through to great-grandma Edna back to the early 1900s, but that's when the trail suddenly goes cold. Who were her parents? And their parents? Has a seemingly futile search left you wanting to beat your pretty head against a brick wall?

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23 August 2007

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour: Legacy 7 and GeneLines

In this week’s DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour,

• Geoff Rasmussen of LegacyFamilyTree discusses what’s coming down the pike for Legacy version 7 including compatibility with the much-anticipated new FamilySearch, also yet to be fully released.
• Pierre Cloutier of ProgenySoftware discusses GeneLines, software to place your ancestor’s life in a timeline format, in relation to other family members and to points of local and national history.
• Genealogy bloggers “Jasia” of CreativeGene and Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing The Tribe compare & contrast the use of the terms “genealogist” and “family historian”.

4 July 2007

The Mormons, a new documentary series about the LDS Church

American Experience and Frontline, two of PBS' most acclaimed series, join forces to present The Mormons, a new documentary series about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In two, two-hour episodes, filmmaker Helen Whitney explores both the history and the current reality of the Mormon faith.

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28 June 2007

Channel 4 family history program, Empire’s Children

Channel 4 has launched a new website to let viewers interact with its new family history program, Empire’s Children.

The British Empire expanded from the sixteenth century and by 1921 ruled over a quarter of the Earth’s land and population. By the 1940s, however, the Empire was in rapid decline. Empire’s Children tells the story of the end of the British Empire and the effects of its legacy through revealing the imperial backgrounds of various British celebrities, each a “child of the Empire”.

The Empire’s Children website allows you to view and comment on these Empire stories, as well as watch clips from the show after each episode has aired. You can also explore the historical events that shaped the Empire, enter our competition and trace and tell your own Empire story.

Channel 4 family history program, Empire's Children

Channel 4 has launched a new website to let viewers interact with its new family history program, Empire's Children.

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25 June 2007

CBC's Who Do You Think You Are ?

This is a new 13-part series airing this fall on CBC Television. It launches Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm Thirteen stars are taking part including:

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24 April 2007 Ad Campaign

In March 2007, launches its first ever fully-integrated external marketing campaign. This campaign will run throughout 2007 and will include television, print, radio, out-of-home, and online.

The ads capture the emotional experience of connecting with your ancestors and the rewards that result from gaining an understanding of your family history. The campaign will run on national cable including A&E and Scripps network, nationally syndicated radio stations including Fox News Radio, Air America Radio, and CBS News, and weekly and monthly Time, Inc. publications.

12 April 2007

Roots Television Wants You to Share Your Wild Roots for $500 !

Roots Television wants everyone to flaunt their roots! Launched just a few months ago, this first-ever online home for family history programming boasts 20 channels of great shows for the roots-enthusiast – all available 24/7 and almost all for free. And now viewers have the opportunity to submit their own video through the freshly introduced RootsTube channel and win $500!

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