Video & Television

Someone Upscaled And Colorized The Oldest Recorded Video In History

Want to know how people REALLY dressed in the 1880s? Now’s your chance!

The Roundhay Garden Scene, a black-and-white film that lasts for two seconds, was shot in Leeds in 1888 and is the oldest surviving film in existence. And for the first time, it’s been upscaled to 60 frames per second.

Upscaled with an ensemble of neural networks Louis Le Prince’s footage, Roundhay Garden Scene, shot in October 1888. And for the first time, it’s been upscaled to 60 frames per second. I find it interesting that the “video” was not recorded on film. Instead, each image was recorded on a glass plate in much the same manner as still photographs of that era.

Why You’re Related to Everybody Else

All of us are related to everyone else. Yes, you are distantly related to me, to your next door neighbor, to Donald Trump, to Queen Elizabeth, to every Hollywood star, and to everyone locked up in penitentiaries. Being related to everyone means that you have (distant) cousins who are black, white, Oriental, Middle Eastern and indigenous people everywhere. Your cousins also include Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Shinto, Hindus, and other religions. If you go back in time, you are also related to Nefertiti, Confucius, Socrates, and Attila the Hun.

I wrote about these relationships in an earlier article at https://blog.eogn.com/2015/08/25/we-are-all-related-so-get-over-it/ but a newer video on YouTube uses graphics, cartoons, and more to provide an easier-to-understand visual explanation. You might want to watch the video at https://youtu.be/KgQFeq6tNcw and then go outdoors to greet all your newly-found relatives.

You can also watch the same video in the video player below:

The U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” has been Renewed for Another Season

NBC has released a list of television programs canceled or renewed for the 2020/2021 season. In the list, there is a one-line entry that lists:

Who Do You Think You Are? 11 (13 episodes) returning series which will debut (TBD)

That’s not much information but at least it confirms the renewal.

You can find the entire list of NBC programs at: https://newslagoon.com/en/entertainment/cancelled-or-renewed-status-of-nbc-tv-shows/152227/.

Meet the 18-year-old Genealogy Wiz Uniting Long-Lost Relatives all over The U.S.

It’s estimated more than 26 million people around the world have dug into their family histories with the help of at-home DNA kits. But finding your ancestors often requires much more than just submitting your DNA. In this growing field of ancestry amateurs, the “CBS This Morning” television program discovered an unlikely pro and he’s only 18. Michelle Miller reports at https://youtu.be/b_Qt34n0qxg or in the video player below:

Joel Weintraub’s YouTube Genealogy Video Talks are Now Available

The following is a (slightly edited) announcement from Joel Weintraub describing some new YouTube videos he has created:

My initial goal was to put online 12 to 14 genealogy talks I’ve given to audiences on Census research, Ellis Island topics, and some natural history subjects. I never give the same talk twice, so I updated/revised/added to all the talks.

All six census talks are now available at my YouTube channel “JDW Talks”. They include two talks on the 1950 U.S. Census that should become available to the public on April of 2022. “The 1950 U.S. Census for Genealogists” talk (the only truly new talk) discusses how that census was done, hiring of census takers (do you own a fountain pen?), training of enumerators including part of an actual session for my virtual audience, sampling, questions, forms, housing schedule and where to find statistics for your large city block, and post enumeration processes like coding, and the results.

Find out why enumerators were told to lie about birthplace of a person for a specific situation they might encounter (that’s going to drive genealogists crazy). See original census forms in my collection but sorry, only I get to handle them.

Mayflower 400 (UK) Launches Second Film in New Virtual Voyages Digital Series Featuring Boston, Lincolnshire

The following announcement focuses on a new video focusing on Boston, Lincolnshire, England and was written by the video’s producers:

This weekend, Mayflower 400 (UK) is releasing the next film in the Virtual Voyages digital series and features the story and history of Boston, Lincolnshire. 

Virtual Voyages: Leiden. Before their Atlantic crossing nearly 400 years ago, and after they escaped England, the Pilgrims made a home in the city of Leiden.

Discover how the Mayflower Pilgrims made a daring escape despite being betrayed, locked up and hauled before the courts in our Virtual Voyage of Boston, UK, this Saturday 6 June at 5pm. (12 noon EDT in Boston, Massachusetts).

As well as looking inside the very cells where the likes of Bradford and Brewster were held, find out the story behind why Boston, USA, got its name from the bustling English port of Boston.

A Correction to the Correction Concerning the New Prime-Time Television Series “The Genetic Detective”

CeCe Moore

On April 16, I published an announcement at bit.ly/362qMiN of a new television series: The Genetic Detective, starring well-known genetic genealogist CeCe Moore. I simply copied-and-pasted the announcement sent to me by ABC News. The announcement stated:

“Moore Takes on Her First-Ever Cold Case – the Double Homicide of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg – in Series Premiere, Tuesday, May 26 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC”

I will refer to that as “the original announcement.”

On May 15, I received a second announcement from ABC News that announced a change of date for the premier. It repeated the original announcement and then added some more information. (I will refer to that as “the second announcement.”) I copied-and-pasted the second announcement into this newsletter at https://bit.ly/3fYOyRp. This new announcement repeated the original announcement and then added a new section labelled “AIRDATE CHANGE” that announced:

Series Premiere Airdate Change: ABC News Presents New Prime-Time Series “The Genetic Detective”

I wrote about this new television series about a month ago at https://bit.ly/362qMiN. However, there has been a change announced since then. Originally slated for a May 19 launch, the series will now roll out on Tuesday, June 2.

The following is a new press release written by ABC News:

ABC NEWS PRESENTS NEW PRIME-TIME SERIES ‘THE GENETIC DETECTIVE’

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore Helps Police Uncover a Criminal Suspect’s Identity Through Crime Scene DNA, Research and Revolutionary Technology

Moore Takes on Her First-Ever Cold Case – the Double Homicide of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg – in Series Premiere, Tuesday, May 26 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC [Update: now rescheduled to June 2.]

ABC News presents a new prime-time series, “The Genetic Detective,” that follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and her work with DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs. In the series, Moore and her team are revolutionizing crime solving by working with police departments and accessible crime scene DNA to help trace the path of a criminal suspect’s family tree, uncover their identity and bring them to justice. “The Genetic Detective” premieres Tuesday, May 26 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. [Update: now rescheduled to June 2.]

The Genetic Detective: ABC News Series Follows Investigative Genealogist

The following announcement was written by ABC News:

CeCe Moore

From ABC News comes “THE GENETIC DETECTIVE” debuting TUESDAY, MAY 19 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT). The all-new series follows investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she uses her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving. By working with police departments and crime scene DNA, Moore is able to trace the path of a violent criminal’s family tree to reveal their identity and help bring them to justice. “The Genetic Detective” is a co-production with ABC News and XCON Productions. Carrie Cook and Marc Dorian serve as co-executive producers for ABC News. Christine Connor is executive producer and Christopher K. Dillon is co-executive producer for XCon Productions. CeCe Moore is producer.”

Ken Burns Presents the Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

What happens when a world-famous filmmaker reads a book written by leading physician, biologist, oncologist, and author and then decides to use the book as the basis for a 4-hour PBS special broadcast about genetics? The result is a documentary called The Gene: An Intimate History.

And, yes, quite a bit of this documentary will discuss the things that people inherit from their ancestors.

Ken Burns Presents the Gene: An Intimate History will be broadcast on April 7 and 14 on PBS. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., and acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns have collaborated on the new documentary inspired by Mukherjee’s best-selling 2016 book, The Gene: An Intimate History.

Quoting from the show’s web site at https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-gene/:

“Roots Less Traveled”, a New Television Series Co-Produced by Ancestry®, to Debut on NBC April 4

UPDATE: The following press release written by Ancestry and also available on the Ancestry blog at https://ancstry.me/2wSFtrR says the show will be broadcast on April 4 but some EOGN newsletter readers have found it in their local lists of television schedules as being scheduled for April 5.


The following is an announcement written by Ancestry®:

We’re excited to announce we have a new television show debuting on NBC which features real people and their personal discoveries! From the comfort of your own couch, you can tag along each week as Roots Less Traveled follows a pair of family members​ who bond over their joint quest to learn more about their shared family history.

NOTE for newsletter readers outside the USA: NBC is an American television network. Roots Less Traveled probably will not be available in your country.

The series features relatives as they set out on an adventure to solve mysteries in their family tree. From rumors of ancestors aboard the Titanic to stories of homesteaders forging a new path for future generations, the duos discover the truth behind the tales that have been passed down for generations, revealing the inspiring lives their ancestors led. In partnership with Ancestry®, they learn how their past has shaped their present and through this shared journey how family bonds are deepened.

Preservation Lab at the National Archives, St. Louis as Shown on YouTube

If you would like to see how the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration restores and preserves old records, especially fire-damaged documents, you should watch a YouTube video.

The video even shows how the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) can scan and digitize fire-damaged documents that are blackened so much that the text is not readable by the human eye. The digitization process can actually read black text on black, fire-damaged paper.

NOTE: You may remember the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) had a huge fire on July 12, 1973. It was not until July 16, nearly four and a half days after the first reports, that the local fire department called the fire officially out. Millions of military records were damaged or destroyed by the fire, by water from the firefighting effort, and by mold after the file. You can read more at https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center/fire-1973.

The video is several years old but the information in it appears to still be current.

Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage Founder and CEO, RootsTech Address

RootsTech/2020 is now over and many of the presentations that were recorded are now beginning to appear as online videos. Here is one featuring Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage Founder and CEO:

On Friday, February 28, MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet spoke at the MyHeritage sponsored luncheon at RootsTech 2020. Gilad spoke about the launch of new products MyHeritage In Color™, Fan View, and U.S. City Directories.

Genealogy Documentary ‘Railroad Ties’

A genealogy documentary is available online.

In Railroad Ties, six descendants of slaves and abolitionists come together to explore their shared lineage (spoiler: four of them turned out to be related to one another.)

The video is sponsored by Ancestry.com and features renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. The film interweaves powerful personal moments with contextual historical anecdotes.

You can watch the documentary on YouTube at https://youtu.be/3MdupcscFi0 or in the video below.

The Story Behind the German Jewish War Hero Honored on Both Sides of the Atlantic, Decades Apart

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A beautiful story is featured today on CNN, made possible thanks to the dedicated efforts of the MyHeritage Research Team.


According to the MyHeritage Research Team:

“An iconic 1933 photo of Jewish shopkeeper Richard Stern standing defiantly outside his shop in Cologne, Germany, sparked the interest of our Research team, who noticed the Iron Cross on his lapel as a Nazi soldier [Correction: He is a brown shirt: a member of Hitler’s Nazi party] stands guard a few feet away. Using MyHeritage family trees and SuperSearch™, our researchers traced Stern’s incredible personal story from that day in Cologne and across the Atlantic Ocean. What they revealed was an inspiring story of hope and determination starring a real-life hero.”

You can read the article by CNN reporter Lianne Kolirin at: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/27/europe/richard-stern-photo-grm-scli-intl/index.html.

Danish Reality TV Show Seeks Americans of Danish Ancestry

American residents of Danish ancestry might be interested in learning that a Danish Reality TV show is conducting a nationwide casting call for people just like them.

The O’Connor Casting Company is seeking future cast members for the Great Danish Adventure, described as “an exciting Danish Reality TV series featuring Americans with Danish ancestry who fly to Denmark to compete in fun and adventurous challenges while learning about their heritage.”

From the announcement:

Synopsis: 2020 is here and maybe it’s time you gave yourself a life changing opportunity with the chance to meet long lost relatives and win a cash prize of $10,000.00.

Dr. Phil Learns More About His Family’s Roots with MyHeritage

From the MyHeritage Blog:

We just visited the set of television personality Dr. Phil to share with him unknown information about his family’s past. Dr. Phil was amazed and fascinated with what we were able to uncover about his family history, including never-before-seen photos and records.

Dr. Phil began his journey with MyHeritage roughly a year ago when he took a MyHeritage DNA test and discovered previously unknown details about his family history. We even presented his wife, Robin McGraw, with some amazing family history information. Among other things, she learned that working in the beauty industry runs in her family.

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey is Coming Soon to ITV

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are two British Academy of Film and Television Arts award winning TV presenters who are taking part in a new programme called Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey. The show will focus on using DNA to aid in researching the family tree of each TV presenter. They will be are joined by genealogists and historians as they follow their maternal and paternal bloodlines into the past.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly

Of the two, one will discover that their great-grandfather was a celebrated war hero while the other will find out that their cousin is a former US female wrestling promoter. The stories of Ant and Dec’s ancestors will be peppered with the duo’s trademark warm sense of humour, as the documentary treats viewers to a rare and personal glimpse into their remarkable friendship and close bond.

“A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall

From the Ancestry.com Blog:

“Set your DVRs and mark your calendars — we have a new television show debuting on NBC!

“We heard your feedback: You love “Who Do You Think You Are?” – but also want to see everyday people embark on journeys of personal discovery too. So, we bring you – “A New Leaf”!

“Each week ‘A New Leaf’ will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions.”

You can read more in the Ancestry.com Blog at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn190924b.

MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Are Now Online

The second annual user conference, MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam, was a huge success with attendees from 30 countries around the world plus thousands more who attended virtually by watching live videos on the internet of many of the presentations as they happened. Many of the lectures from the conference were recorded and are now available online.

The sessions, presented by world-renowned experts and valued MyHeritage staff, are now available on MyHeritage Education. If you missed the conference or the live stream, now’s your chance to take advantage of these fantastic recordings for free.

You can learn more in the MyHeritage Blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/myheritage-live-2019-lectures-now-online/. That article also has links to all of the available video presentations that are now available online in MyHeritage Education.

In addition, click here or click in the video player below to view a fun recap video featuring some highlights from the conference.