Extreme Genes Family History Radio’s Roots Tech Wrap-up: Where is Family History Going Now?

Fisher is the primary person behind Extreme Genes Family History Radio. His popular podcast has thousands of listeners all over the world. The latest episode features interviews with myself and with Mark Donnelly.

I talked about recent experiences at the combined RootsTech and FGS conferences with about 22,500 attendees.

Mark recently broke through a genealogy “brick wall” about a man who changed his name in the 1890s and his descendants had no clue as to his true name. Mark used DNA to find the man’s true name. That sounds impossible but listen to the Extreme Genes podcast to learn how Mark did just that.

Fisher also tells the latest news about the recent discovery of Richard III’s body and the DNA analysis as well. He described a possible case of babies being switched at birth in 1913, all discovered by DNA. Tom Perry also answered a listener question on preservation.

You can listen to the latest broadcast of Extreme Genes Family History Radio and also see a list of previous podcasts by starting at http://extremegenes.com.

You can also listen to Extreme Genes podcasts on an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Android device by going to your device’s app store and searching for “Extreme Genes.”


Wow this program is great! He has a new fan.

However you had to bring up AJ and I can’t let that go. Saying something that isn’t true by changing the definition of words is just a form of lying.

A promise to donate money to a worthy cause at a future date dose not relieve one of the moral obligation to tell the truth.

While the donation is in the future, he has already personally made money from these lies.

The show left these dilemmas with “well at least it builds awareness of genealogy”.

It might however, what it definitely doses is spread the message that it’s not necessary to do the hard work. If you can’t figure out one of your 4X grandparents, just find someone with a second marriage and usurp this family tree of people who are not related to you.

One of AJ’s captains said that his project turned from genealogy to the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” because: (exact quote) “finding the genealogical connections is too hard”. That’s not raising awareness, that’s an insult to everyone who does it right.


Dick, thanks for mentioning this! I loved the Extreme Genes family history podcast. I especially enjoyed the interview with you, but the whole latest episode was one of the best I have ever listened to. I book-marked their website and downloaded their android app. I have a lot of catching up to do on their previous podcasts, but I am looking forward to it.

Thanks for all that you do to make genealogy easier and more fun!


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