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African American Ancestors Below is a list of some of the most common questions that are addressed to the Ancestors team. Although it is impossible to address every question, the vast majority of inquiries we receive center around these issues.

If you have additional feedback to provide, we can be reached at kbyutv@byu.edu. Please be aware that, due to the vast amount of e-mail we receive, a personal reply may not always be possible.

How do I find out more about a particular subject than the series provided?
The Ancestors website provides more information on each series episode and relevant topics as the episodes are broadcast (starting June 3rd). Watch the series for tips on what types of issues are covered in more detail on the website.

Also, several instructional materials are available to accompany the Ancestors series. These materials include an instructional video, an instructional guidebook, and a series of web courses associated with the series. Each offers instruction, activities, and online resources to help you begin your family history research.

Is this Ancestors series related to the series by the same name I saw previously on PBS?
Yes. This second season of Ancestors was created by KBYU, a PBS affiliate station. KBYU also produced the first series, which began airing on PBS stations in 1997.

This second series continues to instruct and enlighten with excellent stories and engaging experts. However, the series has shifted its focus to emphasize the world of records.

Additionally, each episode of the new Ancestors is shot on location around the world. Host Scott Wilkinson visits places such as Liverpool, Hong Kong, and France to bring you stories of family history research. In addition, the series visits important repositories and libraries, such as the National Archives and Ellis Island, where crucial family history records are kept. These changes in Ancestors will allow genealogists with all levels of experience to learn more about searching with success.

How do I get help in researching my family history?
The crew of the Ancestors series learned much about family history research during the making of the series. However, we have no professional genealogists on staff to help you to with your family history research. Additionally, we do not have access to many of the records and resources available to professional genealogists.

We encourage you to contact your local genealogical society or family history center to get help with specific research questions. Online websites dedicated to family history and your local library may also be valuable resources in your search.

Additionally, our hope is that the Ancestors series and its companion materials will contribute to your research. These companion materials designed to aid your search for family history include the Ancestors website, an instructional guidebook, instructional videos, and family history web courses. Watch the series or visit our website for information on how to order or access these instructional materials.

Will Ancestors be available on home video?
Yes. Ancestors episodes can be purchased individually or as a set.

Will Ancestors be made available in the United Kingdom and Australia?
The series' producers will pursue the possibility of airing Ancestors outside the United States. Whether or not a distributor is found, the series will be available on videocassette in NTSC and PAL formats.

As a teacher, how can I use Ancestors in my classroom?
Ancestors has a variety of applications for the classroom. The online teacher's guide includes instruction, discussion questions, and activities (both manual and online) to accompany each Ancestors episode. Each lesson is adaptable to a variety of subject areas and can be customized according to class needs. Recommended for grades 7-12 and for community education programs.

Will there be another series of Ancestors programs?
KBYU recognizes the unique place that genealogy has begun to occupy in the hearts and minds of family historians throughout the world and is anxious to help fulfill that need through media. Although no commitments have been made, future Ancestors series have not been ruled out.

Is Ancestors available on satellite, DirecTV, Dish Network or C-band?
PBS currently plans to distribute Ancestors only through PBS member stations. As a consequence, the PBS national channels available through satellite and digital cable services (PBS You, PBS Kids, PBS National Feed, etc.) will not carry this series.

 
 
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How do I find out more about a particular subject than the series provided?

Is this Ancestors series related to the series by the same name I saw previously on PBS?

How do I get help in researching my family history?

Will Ancestors be available on home video?

Will Ancestors be made available in the United Kingdom and Australia?

As a teacher, how can I use Ancestors in my classroom?

Will there be another series of Ancestors programs?

Is Ancestors available on satellite?

 

     
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