Experts Offer Tips To Trace Your Genealogy
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Experts Offer Tips To Trace Your Genealogy

August 17, 2019


WELCOME BACK. IF YOU ARE A FAN OF THE PBS SHOW GENEALOGY ROAD SHOW YOU KNOW THE HOST HELPS SOLVE FAMILY MYSTERIES. THEY RESEARCH RECORDS TO TRACE AFRICAN AMERICAN TIES AMISH ROOTS OR DISCOVER CONNECTIONS TO ROYALTY. WHO KNOWS. WELL, OUR NEXT GUEST IS ONE OF THOSE HOSTS KENYATTA BURY IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF A NEW — BERRY IS THE AUTHOR OF A NEW BOOK TO GUIDE YOU ON YOUR OWN SEARCH. IT’S CALLED THE FAMILY TREE TOOL KIT. KENYATTA IS IN PITTSBURG FOR A SPECIAL APPEARANCE TOMORROW AT THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH AND IS HERE WITH NORTH HILLS GENEALOGIST WHO HELPED ME TRACE MY ROOTS A WHILE AGO. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. THANKS FOR HAVING US. I THINK THE BOOK IS A NEAT IDEA. FIRST THING THAT POPS IN MY HEAD IS IT’S A GREAT IDEA FOR THE HOLIDAYS. YES. WHAT BETTER GIFT THAN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND TIES TO PEOPLE. RIGHT I THINK IT’S GREAT BECAUSE AROUND THE HOLIDAYS IS WHEN YOU FATHER WITH THE FAMILY — GATHER WITH THE FAMILY AND TELL STORIES. THE BOOK WAS INTENDED AND I WROTE IT FOR FOLKS IN THE BEGINNING OR NEED ADVANCED HELP WITH MILITARY RECORDS OR IMMIGRATION AND THINGS LIKE THAT AS WELL. WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART FOR PEOPLE? JUST GETTING OFF THE GROUND KNOWING WHERE TO START. YES. THE HARDEST PART IS KNOWING THE RESOURCES. SO A LOT OF RESOURCES ONLINE AND IN ARCHIVES ARE LISTED HERE. SO I THINK THAT’S THE BIGGEST TASK. SEEMS VERY OVERWHELMING FOR PEOPLE. AS YOU HELPED PEOPLE, DO THEY UNCOVER A LOT OF SURPRISES? THINGS THEY WOULDN’T EVEN GUESS LIKE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE ONE THING AND IT TURNS OUT YOU ARE SOMETHING ELSE. YOU ALWAYS TELL PEOPLEO NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU WILL FIND SO BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU LOOK AT GENEALOGY BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS A SECRET. YOU CAN’T START IF YOU ARE CONVINCED IT WILL BE ONE WAY BECAUSE YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING OR ANOTHER. SOMEONE IS NOT SOMEONE’S SON OR. YES. SOMEBODY HAD A KID OUT OF WED LOOK OR SOMETHING — WEDLOCK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT THERE’S INTERESTING THINGS. SECRETS UNCOVERED. YEAH. YOU GET TO UNCOVER SKELETONS WHICH IS FUN FOR US. YEAH EXACTLY. WE LIKE IT. WE HAVE SEEN THE STUFF POP UP IN THE NEWS. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO GET RELUCTANT ABOUT GIVING THEIR DNA TO SOME OF THE COMPANIES THAT CAN START THIS PROCESS FOR YOU. IS THERE ANY REASON TO BE CONCERNED? I THINK THERE IS. I DO KNOW YOU KNOW OF ALL THE COMPANIES WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS COME OUT WHETHER THEY PARTNER WITH PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES OR A LOT OF CASES COCASES ARE SOLVED USING DNA. I DO KNOW PERSONALLY FAMILY TREE DNA THAT YOU HEARD OF AS WELL IS THE ONLY COMPANY THAT DOESN’T SELL YOUR DNA TO THIRD PARTIES. YOUR INFORMATION AND THEY HAVE THEIR OWN DNA FACILITY ON-SITE. RIGHT, SO THEY EXAM THE DNA AT THEIR LABS. THEY ARE THE ONLY COMPANY THAT DOES THAT. AND I THINK WHEN YOU ARE THINKING — WHEN YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DOING DNA YOU SHOULD READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO YND STAND WHAT YOU ARE GETTING YOURSELF INTO. YEAH. AND — UNDERSTANDED WHAT YOU ARE GETTING YOURSELF INTO. YEAH. THAT’S NOT THE ONLY PATH. NO. DNA IS PART OF THE TOOLS THAT WE USE AS GENEALOGISTS BUT ONCE YOU DO YOUR DNA, THERE’S LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT COME UP SUCH AS FAMILY SECRETS THAT COME OUT. SO, GENEALOGY IS MORE FOR US IS REALLY AROUND RECORDS SO IT’S THE RECORDS RESEARCH AND ALL THAT THAT’S DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK AND THAT RICH DOES AS WELL. DNA IS A SMALL COMPONENT. PART OF THE TOOLBOX AS OPPOSED TO THE MAIN TOOL. IT’S HELPFUL FOR ADOPTEES AND PEOPLE THAT DON’T — UNKNOWNPARENTAGE BUT IF THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S CONCERNING IT’S BY NO MEANS A VITAL PART OF DOING GENEALOGY. IT CAN ADD A LOT OF INTERESTING AND RICH HISTORY. AND CONTACTS TO THE RESEARCH. BUT, IF PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AND LOOK THROUGH THE TNCs AND FEEL WORRIED ABOUT IT. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO THAT DON’T INVOLVE DNA. RICH, ONE OF THE PREVIOUS TIMES YOU WERE ON YOU SAID THE FIRST THING WAS TO TALK WITH YOUR FAMILY TRY TO LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. ONCE YOU PASSED THAT STEP MAYBE YOU DON’T HAVE A LOT OF LIVING RELATIVES THAT CAN GIVE YOU FAMILY HISTORY. WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP? GET KENYATTA’S BOOK. YES. BUY THE FAMILY TREE TOOL KIT. IT WILL WALK YOU DOWN THE PATH. I THINK THAT YOU KNOW MAKE SURE TO WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN IF YOU HAVE A LIVING RELATIVE MAKE SURE TO RECORD THE STORIES. AND THERE’S A LOT OF TOOLS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT IS CAN HELP PEOPLE. THERE’S BOOKS ESPECIALLY LIKE KENYATTA’S THAT’S THE MOST UP- TO-DATE KIND OF GUIDE TO RESEARCHING GENEALOGY. THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT PATHS TO CHOOSE AND IT DEPENDS ON IF YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE OR STAY IN. IF YOU ARE LOCAL TO A GENEALOGY SOCIETY OR LIVE FAR FROM A SOCIETY AND WANT TO LOOK INTO MORE ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES. BUT THERE’S DIFFERENT WAYS TO REALLY GET STARTED AFTER YOU HAVE GOTTEN THAT FIRST BUNCH OF INFORMATION. AND TELL BUTTS EVENT THIS WEEKEND. SO WHAT CAN PEOPLE LEARN AND SEE. SO TOMORROW, YOU CAN — YOU DON’T NEED TO REGISTER AND SHOW UP AT CAR GI LIBRARY — CARNEGIE LIBRARY IT’S BECAUSE IT’S A HOW TO BOOK, IT’S REALLY INTERVIEW STYLE ME TALKING ABOUT GEOLOGY ROAD SHOW AND POT SEES AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS. SO PEOPLE IF PEOPLE HAVEQUESTIONS HOW TO RESEARCH THE FAMILY HISTORY SHOW UP AND I WILL TAKE ORDERS FOR THE BOOK. AT THE EVENT. AND IT STARTS AT 11. ALL RIGHT. KENYATTA RICH, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING THUS MORNING. THIS IS GREAT. AND YOU CAN COME HEAR MORE FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE FAMILY

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