Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Long Lost Family I Should've Fought Harder to Keep Her

A mother searches for the child that her family never allowed her to hold and forced her to place for adoption. A father seeks to solve an exhaustive search and resolve an intense emotional journey by connecting with the daughter he regrets losing. To view, double click here.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Long Lost Family Nobody Knew I Existed

A couple worries about the fate of their son after all communication with his adoptive family suddenly stops. A woman seeks to uncover the truth surrounding her adoption, and shake off the lifelong fear that she is someone’s dirty little secret. Please hit here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Genealogy Workshops by Donie Nelson

Recognized veteran genealogist, workshop leader, and speaker

Whether you are a veteran wishing to brush up on your skills or a newbie with a lot of questions, the Santa Fe Springs Library has invited Donie Nelson to produce a series of monthly genealogical workshops in their Community Room.

When & Where
Saturday, March 26, 2016
10am – 12 pm
Santa Fe Springs City Library
11700 Telegraph Rd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Vital Records: How to Get Them, What Do They Reveal?
Vital records (birth/marriage/death) provide the family researcher with “cradle to grave” information on three important events in a person’s life. These primary documents include other information that can provide further clues and expand your knowledge of a person’s life and/or their family. In this workshop you will see samples of vital records, learn how to get copies and which copies you should ask for, etc. Bring copies of your own family’s vital records to share (NO ORIGINALS, PLEASE!).

Friday, March 18, 2016

Long Lost Family Your Mom's Been Here the Whole Time

The search for an adoptee’s mother takes a dramatic turn, when photos suggest they may have been unknowingly connected for years. A woman who did not learn she was adopted until her 20’s discovers some shocking news about her biological family. To view it hit here.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Who Do You Think You Are Returns April 3, 2016

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 3, 8 Eastern, 9 Central. This is one of the only TV shows that I watch. I particularly like this series because it allows enough time to actually create a story line for each person and family that they cover, and reasonably follow it through to the end. I also love the fact that the featured guests are taken back to their ancestral lands. Having been there and done that, I can attest to the deep emotional connection that happens as you stand on the land where your ancestor walked.

TLC’s announcement:

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this spring to follow more of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. The series continues to deliver unbelievable stories from crucial moments in history, including a number of firsts for the series, such as a male witch hunt, and traveling to Portugal, Sweden and Ellis Island.

The contributors featured in the upcoming season include:
Scott Foley finds a relative who risked his life for one of America’s founding fathers, and an ancestor who suffered unspeakably during one of this nation’s darkest times.
Lea Michele nails down where her mysterious paternal ancestors came from, and learns of the dire economic circumstances they endured while trying to emigrate to the U.S.
Chris Noth learns his ancestors suffered during one of the greatest catastrophes in American history, and a relative who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of all time.
Molly Ringwald explores family lore of Swedish royalty which uncovers her ancestors’ harrowing lives and a brave woman who forever changed her family’s fate.
Katey Sagal is shocked to learn of her family’s Amish roots, and digs deeper as she realizes the level of dedication to their faith.
Aisha Tyler tracks down her 2x great-grandfather, whose story had been lost over generations, and uncovers an astonishing tale of a prominent ancestor whose struggle to keep his illegitimate son a secret made headlines.

Take a look at this short sneak preview.

Friday, March 11, 2016

New Genealogy TV Show Debuts This Weekend: Relative Race

Relative Race is a new reality genealogy TV series that sends 4 couples chasing their genetic roots.

The new reality series from BYUtv, Relative Race, “features four married couples as they travel across the US in search of long lost relatives, armed with only paper maps, a rental car, a $25 per diem and a flip phone.” To view it hit here!

The show sounds like one part Amazing Race, one part Who Do You Think You Are? With autosomal DNA test matches provided by AncestryDNA, four “couples embark on a journey that starts in San Francisco, ends in New York City and leads them to unknown relatives along the way. Cameras follow all four teams as they drive across the country–more than 4500 miles–in just ten days, stopping each day to complete a challenge and find (and stay with) their newly discovered relatives in a different city.”

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Finding Your Roots – Season 3 Episode 10 – Maps of Stars

In the current season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS, this week’s episode featured actors Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow. The episode is entitled Maps of the Stars and can now be viewed online – click here to access the video. Video access expires on April 5, 2016.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Another television show "Long Lost Family"

Episode 1: I've Waited for This Call for 45 Years first aired yesterday on The Learning Channel for the show "Long Lost Family. This type of genealogy television focuses on the heartbreak of forced adoptions and the breakthroughs accomplished with children are reunited with their birth parents. Help is provided by show hosts. Research has been done by well-regarded genealogists, some with DNA specialties.
It deals with a mother forced to place her baby boy for adoption 31 years ago still holds on to his baby blanket & the hope of seeing him again. An adopted woman suspects mysterious circumstances around her birth and wants to find the answer before it is too late.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Come see us and our booth at Jamboree 2016

We will again participate at the largest genealogy convention on the west coast as an exhibitor at the SCGS Jamboree 2016 in Burbank, June 2-5,2016. Please stopped by and visit.

Information on the event is below. Early Bird registration will end April 23rd, 2016.

The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016.

Registration is now open and available on the Jamboree website. You can either complete your registration through the online shopping cart or download the registration form and mail it in. For more information and view their website hit

Jamboree 2016. SCGS's Jamboree 2016 offers an exceptional educational opportunity for family historians and genealogists of all experience levels.The theme for Jamboree 2016 is "Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past."

We welcome all attendees who are interested genealogy and preserving the past for future generations. Our heritage focus will be on German, Eastern European, and African-American research. Topics covered will include research methods, analysis and problem solving, organization techniques, family history writing, the use of technology, and more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Finding Your Roots – Season 3 Episode 9 – The Long Way Home

In the current season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS, this week’s episode featured actress Julianna Marguiles, author Azar Nafisi and chef Lidia Bastianich. The episode is entitled The Long Way Home and can now be viewed online – click here to access the video. Video access expires on March 29, 2016.