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DESCRIPTION - thirteen, thirty-minute programs

Ancestors returns for a second season with thirteen new episodes, a new host, and a new focus–the world of family history records. Shot on location around the world, each episode weaves expert instruction with moving personal stories. Ancestors shows viewers how to find and use a wide variety of records for family history research.

Companion print, video and online materials provide family historians with additional opportunities to learn "how-to" improve their family history research skills.


201 Records at Risk
202 Family Records
203 Compiled Records
204 Genealogy and Technology
205 Vital Records
206 Religious Records
207 Cemetery Records
208 Census Records
209 Military Records
210 Newspapers as Records
211 Probate Records
212 Immigration Records
213 Writing a Family History


These copyrighted materials may be used in print, broadcast or online publications for the purpose of promoting Ancestors or assisting with family history research instruction, provided the materials are credited as follows:

Made available courtesy of ANCESTORS/KBYU ©2001. All rights reserved.


In addition to summaries and video clips of each episode, Ancestors Online offers advice from experts, genealogical forms, a state-by-state guide to family history resources, and links to other important family history sites. Ancestors Online includes sections for visitors to exchange research tips, order Ancestors companion materials, and check local air dates and times. Courtesy of Ancestral Quest, Inc., visitors may also use the site to search major databases, review timely articles, and even create their own family web site.


ANCESTORS: A Guide to Discovery - Key Principles and Processes of Family History Research by Jim Tyrrell, published by Ancestral Quest, Inc., helps users understand and apply the principles of the research process. Includes extensive illustrations, expert commentary, a resource guide, and reproducible forms and activities. Approx. 95 pages.

In Search of Our Ancestors: 101 Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History, by Megan Smolenyak, published by Adams Media Corporation, tells the true stories of amazing luck, unexpected kindness and unusual serendipity encountered by individuals as they pursue their family history. 242 pages.


Using each of the broadcast episodes as a starting point, the Ancestors Teacher’s Guide offers lessons adaptable to a variety of subjects. Each lesson consists of educational objectives, key concepts and student activities. Handouts, charts and worksheets are included. The guide also introduces new vocabulary and research skills that are applicable beyond family history. For use with students in grades 7-12 and community education programs.


Ancestors: The Research Process is designed for use in any teaching situation. Twenty-six segments model the five key research steps that successful family historians follow.


The Ancestors Web Courses offer solid instruction on a variety of family history research topics delivered via the Internet. Users may select lessons best suited to their research experience and needs. Offered for personal enrichment by the Brigham Young University Division of Continuing Education.


The broadcast series is available on videocassette either as a boxed set or as individual episodes. For home or educational use.


Content development assistance provided by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Brigham Young University.


Major funding provided by Ancestral Quest, Inc., the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Brigham Young University with additional support from U.S. Bank. Ancestral Quest, Inc. has been dedicated to the quest for family history since 1947. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation is dedicated to improving the welfare of mankind and enriching the quality of life and learning.


Ancestors was produced by KBYU Television, a PBS member station owned and operated by Brigham Young University, in cooperation with Wisteria Pictures, Inc., a creator of documentary, dramatic and educational media for theatrical, broadcast or online distribution.

Ancestors Contact:

Diena Simmons
KBYU Television
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
tel: 801/422-8450
fax: 801/422-8478


All material made available courtesy of ANCESTORS/KBYU ©2001. All Rights Reserved.