Ep. 35 – Why Does It Matter If You Descend From Royalty?

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Fisher’s family history news coverage begins with a story about a new science, targeted for police work, where DNA can be used to create a “predicted” face of the suspect!  Could there be applications for “genies” everywhere?  Also, Yale has discovered that the man they thought was the first African-American to graduate from Yale wasn’t.  How was the real “first” found?  Genies everywhere will appreciate the story.  Cemeteries are going GREEN!  (Aren’t they already?)  We’ll tell you just what that means.  And… Abe Lincoln’s cryptic letter of 1860 has been “decoded.”   Find out how and what it meant.

Guest Gary Boyd Roberts, a colorful and renowned family history researcher and writer makes his first appearance on the show, talking about “Gateway Ancestors,” ancestors most of us have that have proven lines to royalty.  Gary says there’s more than just “snob appeal” to have royal ancestors.  He’ll explain the reason you should want to know.  Gary also talks about the social mobility that makes it possible for descendants of kings to be American farmers in just a few generations.  You won’t want to miss it!
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Episode 35 aired 3/30/14

 

Comments

  1. Mary says

    Having nobility in my family tree is another facet to learn the stories of times and place. It helps me have access to books and histories that help me understand how my less then elite ancestors lived and why they decided to come to the New World.

    What amuses me that the more recent immigrants to America most likely have a connection to the nobility in their homeland, but were considered even in poetry as “refuse” to our teaming shores.

  2. J Brady says

    Further… “Gary says there’s more than just “snob appeal” to have royal ancestors. He’ll explain the reason you should want to know. Gary also talks about the social mobility that makes it possible for descendants of kings to be American farmers in just a few generations.” It’s ALL about “snob appeal.” How many early American farmers who also happened to be Founding Fathers, etc. were not descended from “kings” or any closely related European nobility? Many! This is dangerous stuff.

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