The following announcement was written by the producers of Legend Seekers:
Chicago, IL – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated the producers of The Lively Family Massacre – a pilot for a documentary TV series titled Legend Seekers – for a regional EMMY in the documentary category.
Chicago area filmmakers Ken J. Marks and Frank Haney along with genealogist Madonna Davis were honored to receive news of the nomination for their TV pilot that features the genealogy of everyday ordinary people. The program continues to gain attention and wide-spread acknowledgement as it airs on independent public television stations across the country.
The show’s format is a hybrid of a reality television, detective story and historical reenactments. Some have even alluded to the show as the THIS OLD HOUSE for GENEALOGY (referring to the popular PBS home improvement series)
Here is the link to the trailer: http://www.Legendseekers.com/tvshow.aspx.
In The Legend of the Lively Massacre, program host – Madonna Davis -- helps trace the ancestry of Pam Frazer –an Illinois native -- connecting her to some of the first white settlers to arrive in the Indiana Territory prior to 1813. The search also uncovers a handwritten letter to William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) mentioning Pam’s ancestors by name, and the 200 year old graves of her ancestors who were massacred by a group of Native Americans.
The Lively Family Massacre program episode is a freestanding half-hour documentary that has already garnered other recent awards in the form of two 2008 Telly Awards, and Award of Superior Acheivement from the Illinois State Historical Society..
Chicago area viewers will be able to watch the program on WTTW-TV Channel 11:
11.1 HD: Sunday, August 30 at 12:30pm and Monday, August 31 at 3:30am
11.2 Prime: Monday, August 31 at 9:30pm; Tuesday, September 1 at 4:30am and 9:30am
Each episode a new family legend is explored and selected from actual stories submitted by the public to the producers on a new website: www.Legendseekers.org.
The program is presently in the process of seeking underwriters for the series on national public television.
The series is about everyday ordinary people who have legendary family stories, and the process to authenticate, discover and reenact these legends. Through travel, research, and genealogy, we introduce fascinating experts and cutting-edge science to engage the audience along this journey.