On Saturday morning, I caught an early train to Los Angeles Union Station to see the filming of the PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. It was a fascinating experience to peek “behind the curtain” to see how things are done, and was not at all what I expected.
For starters, I was really surprised at the number of people who showed up thinking they could just walk in and be part of the show. They were disappointed to learn that they needed to apply several months ago, but fortunately, volunteers from SCGS, FGS, FamilySearch, and several lineage societies were present to offer research assistance. My favorite was the gentleman who walked up and announced (with a big smile on his face), “I want to find my ancestors!” I had to restrain myself from saying, “Don’t we all, buddy, don’t we all!” 😉
We were not able to hear the conversations taking place between the genealogists and the people they were helping, nor were we able to see what was on the “big screen” behind them. So basically, I have no idea what went down. I did, however, have a chance to ask one of the people if she found out anything interesting, and was told, “Oh my gosh, it was amazing. It blew my mind!”
(Not all the photos are showing up in the slideshow, so please visit my Flickr album to view the rest.)
I also had a chance to noodle around with Periscope for the first time. Being that I was a complete and total noobie, the quality isn’t the greatest (there was a lot of background noise), but you can catch my video of Susan Kitchens interviewing Annette Kapple about the amazing discoveries she found on her recent trip to Nicaragua here on my Katch page.
Not only was it fun to watch the filming of the show, but I had a great time visiting with the other genealogists and attendees who came to watch. If you have a chance to attend a Genealogy Roadshow filming in your local area, I highly recommend that you go! 😀
Season 3 premieres on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, on PBS, but we were not told when this particular episode would air. Stay tuned!