“Great Migration” Creator Anderson on Pilgrims and Puritans / Apolo Anton Ohno On His Family History / Fisher Talks Holidays

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"Great Migration" Author Robert Charles Anderson on Pilgrims and Puritans

Robert Charles Anderson has been organizing the records of 17th century New England for decades. Listen to his visit with Fisher about some things we all might not know about our Separatist ancestors.
Listen to the Interview

Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno Talks Family History

It was about a year ago that Fisher ran into Apolo Anton Ono, the legendary Olympic speed skater and multiple gold medalist. Apolo kindly agreed to come on Extreme Genes and talk about his journey to know more about his rich and lengthy heritage.

Listen to the Interview

In Other News...

Fisher On The Holidays and Family History

Thanksgiving is done. Now Hanukkah and Christmas lay ahead, not to mention New Years. For most of us, that means memories of grandparents, parents, and other lost loved ones. How it "used to be," favorite gifts, anticipation, visiting relatives, incredible food, stories... oh, those stories... and even the arguments. Of course the holidays can also be a difficult time for many who are struggling financially or emotionally.

Still... if there are places that are "gold mines" for family history, there are also times that qualify similarly. With the exception of birthdays and reunions, there are no better opportunities to harvest genealogical gold than during the holidays.

Before the big gathering, tell your senior family members especially that you want to take some time to record an interview with them when you're at their place or they're at yours. Map out some questions as your guide, but be sure to let the interview flow in the direction your loved one takes it. Don't be afraid of the silence when someone takes a long pause to think about a question. The tendency to "fill in the gap" could cost you a gem of a tale. Suggestions for questions are all over the internet. 

Likewise, review some of Tom Perry's suggestions for getting your best audio, which includes wearing headphones to catch background sounds you might not otherwise hear, deadening a room, and using the right equipment.

As my mother reminded me often, "When a person dies, a library is burned." Here comes another great opportunity to check out a few great books before that happens. Happy holidays, and thanks for being part of our incredible Extreme Genes community of passionate "genies!"  Fisher 

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