Extreme Genes - Family History Radio

Extreme Genes - Family History Radio

  • Ep. 38 - In Search of Dad's Missing War Stories and Genealogical Cruises

    Apr 21, 2014 | 45 min
    Fisher has some incredible stories in this episode. Imagine a stranger knocking at your door to tell you the grandfather who died before you were born had left a message… 101 years ago! It happened in Germany. Fisher shares the amazing details. Plus, a Red Cross worker sketched soldiers in Holland in 1945. Photos of roughly 100 of those sketches were recently found by family, and an effort is now on to locate descendants of these World War II heroes. We’ll tell you where to find out more. Could one be of your ancestor? The Vatican Library has begun digitizing. What’s in the collection that you could soon be viewing on line? We’ll fill you in. And free Civil War records are available on line ...
  • Ep. 37 - Tear Down This Wall

    Apr 14, 2014 | 45 min
    Fisher welcomes new radio stations to the family of affiliates. News this week includes a conclusion that Hitler may have married a Jewish woman! Hear how the DNA trail of Eva Braun led to this remarkable story. Also, plans for major freeway construction has led to the discovery of remains of a 250 year old French settlement in St. Louis. And, an alumnus of Virginia Military Institute has been tracking down descendants of VMI Civil War soldiers who fought in the Battle of New Market. Find out why. Research Authority Stan Lindaas, from HeritageConsulting.com, returns with great advice on how to break down “walls”… those lines that just can’t seem to be extended over long periods of time. Stan...
  • Ep. 36 - Why Family History Researchers Need To Know "The Law!"

    Apr 07, 2014 | 45 min
    Fisher talks about how some listeners got “got” on April Fools’ Day and innocently tried to share the news with Extreme Genes listeners. Hear what one story said and where it came from! Fisher also has a source of common baby names and what they really mean. If you’re naming a child anytime soon, you may want to listen! Would you ever rely on information three-quarters of a century old to solve your 21st Century problems? One British woman did. Listen to how she solved her obesity and financial problems with a pamphlet from World War II! Guest Judy Russell, “The Legal Genealogist,” joins the show. In her first segment, she explains how it is that our family stories are typically lost forever...
  • Ep. 35 - Why Does It Matter If You Descend From Royalty?

    Mar 31, 2014 | 45 min
    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 a...
  • Ep. 34 - What is a GenWeb site?

    Mar 25, 2014 | 47 min
    Fisher talks about the latest science in following the migration patterns of our ancestors… “language family trees.” Find out what these trees have taught us about the origins of Native Americans, and how this technique might teach us about the migration of other ancient groups. Fisher also has the story of a Delaware man who lived a long life, but couldn’t resist leaving one final message to family and friends… his own hysterical obituary. Fisher will share some of what he wrote. Plus, what are the most disliked new baby names? With the boys, especially… there’s a pattern! Guest Karen Zach, a coordinator for two GenWeb sites in Indiana, joins Fisher to talk about just what GenWeb sites are....
  • Ep. 33 - "12 Years a Slave" and Lessons Learned From Our Past

    Mar 17, 2014 | 45 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher talks about the pending release of a new, free Extreme Genes app, to help you keep up with newly released podcasts. He also shares a story about a wedding ring, with first names, middle initials and a date found in Brooklyn, New York, and his (successful?) efforts to identify the happy (not-so-happy?) couple! “12 Years A Slave” was a story that wasn’t on anyone’s radar, and would never have been, if not for the lifelong efforts of an unknown researcher in Louisiana. Fisher well tell you all about it. Plus, a huge release of records is coming from… Ireland! Fisher calls Dublin to get the good news for Irish Americans! Imagine an ancestor who lived five generations a...
  • Ep. 32 - Cyndi Ingle, Owner and Operator of Cyndi's List

    Mar 10, 2014 | 45 min
    Fisher starts the show with a nod to last week’s visit from New England Historical Society researcher Rhonda McClure, who explained how to see if you tie into movie stars and celebrities. Fisher reels off quite a list he has learned he is related to. Plus, how much Neanderthal DNA do you have? It might be more than you think! Fisher explains from a great story on recent DNA discoveries. Plus, another big announcement concerning gravestones… this time from Find-A-Grave.com. Fisher also has a great story about a map that shows the increase and decrease in popularity of specific names over the past 90 years. Just put in the name, and watch how it has come and gone, and maybe come again! Cyndi I...
  • Ep. 31 - It’s the OSCARS! Could you be related to a movie star?

    Mar 03, 2014 | 45 min
    On this weeks show Fisher talks about how someone’s ancestor just made one couple’s lives… by leaving them $10,000,000 in gold. Of course, he didn’t know he was doing it at the time. Plus, it was a 200 year old Dutch family Bible that somehow was “misplaced…” around 1910! Hear how it got back into the proper hands. Rhonda McClure, researcher of the stars from the New England Historical and Genealogical Society talks about some of her interesting discoveries involving movie stars and the somewhat arduous process of finding out if you’re related to one. (Hey, they can’t put you in their will if you can’t prove you’re related!) Rhonda also talks about the NEHGS “Great Migration” project. If you...
  • Ep. 30 – Family Reunion in NYC!

    Feb 25, 2014 | 45 min
    Fisher tells about the discovery of the identify of a man who etched his mark on the pillars of a British mansion just before leaving to fight at Normandy. Learn the remarkable way in which he was found. Next, the chart of George Washington’s lineage was large, flowery, and beautiful when presented to President Ulysses […]
  • Ep. 29 – Lost and Found: Two “New” Sisters! Plus An 1880s Love Letter and Gathering Records in Africa!

    Feb 18, 2014 | 45 min
    In this episode, Fisher reveals the bold new move by the major players in the world of family history. The result will be an incredible increase in the records you can access from your home and phone! Get the details in the opening segment. Plus, an Extreme Genes listener reads her ancestor’s love letter to […]
  • Ep. 28 – One Extreme Genie… and Fisher’s Ties to Ed Sullivan on The Beatles 50th Anniversary!

    Feb 10, 2014 | 45 min
    Social media and the internet has solved the mystery of a young girl staring hauntingly out a window in 1908. She was a child laborer working a cotton mill in North Carolina. Who was she and how was her identity finally made known? Fisher explains the answers and complexities that were overcome, as well as […]
  • Ep. 27 – David Allen Lambert of the New England Historical Genealogical Society

    Feb 03, 2014 | 45 min
    Fisher gets ready for Roots Tech in Salt Lake City as an official blogger. The audience has spoken concerning the 3D printer company offering to make 3D versions of couples unborn child! Cool or creepy? Fisher reveals the answer. In news… an African American woman was shocked when her brother’s Y chromosome DNA test came […]
  • Ep. 26 – Finding Treasures in Heirlooms

    Jan 27, 2014 | 45 min
    On this week's edition of Extreme Genes, Fisher shares important news for adoptees from Ohio. The governor there has signed a new law that will have an affect on people looking for their birth families. The “Grave Whisperer” is making news in Washington DC. What does he do and how does he do it? It’s […]
  • Ep. 25 – The Remarkable Adventure Brought About By A Single Photo

    Jan 20, 2014 | 45 min
    On today's show Fisher gives his take on the movie “Philomena,” starring Judi Dench. From ExtremeGenes.com, Fisher speaks of several great family history stories for this week. The first is about a man from Idaho who dropped by Antiques Road Show with a 1920s era etching given to him by his grandfather. This heirloom turned […]
  • Ep. 24 – Creating Family History with Best-Selling Author Richard Paul Evans

    Jan 13, 2014 | 47 min
    Fisher talks about a remarkable tribe of nomads in India whose living is family history. And they’ve been at it for 900 years! Plus… it’s a pedigree chart/group sheet nightmare… what happens when a woman gives birth to her own granddaughter? It’s about to happen! Best selling author Richard Paul Evans of “Christmas Box” fame […]
  • Ep. 23 – Researcher Reveals Possible Jewish Ancestry for Mexican Americans

    Jan 06, 2014 | 44 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher talks about how New Year’s was once celebrated on March 25! And how it took the eventual victory of one calendar system over another to get us to a Ball Drop to bring in January 1. Fisher also shares the story of an Australian man who learned the fate of […]
  • Ep. 22 – Fisher’s Final Five of His Top Ten Family Family History Stories of 2013

    Dec 28, 2013 | 46 min
    Fisher recaps his top five stories of 2013. Guest Marlo Schulte… a “mad professor” of family history software visits. Get the free software he talks about at HeritageCollector.com. Marlo’s daughter, Kathleen Bitter, on her talking story books and calendars. How you can make your own! Find out more at HeritageCollector.com. Tom Perry from TMCPlace.com talks […]
  • Ep. 21 – Women’s Rights Activist Ruth May Fox

    Dec 18, 2013 | 44 min
    Fisher reviews his picks for stories numbers 10 to 6 in his Top Family History Stories of 2013. Guests Brittany Chapman and Ron Fox join the show to talk about the discovery of a 56 year old tape recording of Brittany’s then-103-year-old great great grandmother, Ruth May Fox. Brittany has researched Ruth for years and […]
  • Ep. 20 – Heroic Story of Surving a Plane Crash During WWII

    Dec 09, 2013 | 43 min
    Fisher shares latest family history news from ExtremeGenes.com. Two stories will not make scientists happy. One is about a three year old boy who died 24,000 years ago in Siberia. His DNA shows a connection to two groups who were not supposed to be connected! Find out what theory is being turned upside down. Also, […]
  • Ep. 19 – Stan Lindaas of HeritageConsulting.com Returns!

    Dec 01, 2013 | 46 min
    Fisher shares the latest family history news. Johannesburg, South Africa is being plagued by tombstone thieves, snarfing stones by the dark of night and selling them to unscrupulous stone masons for their granite and marble. But a local company has come up with a solution to put an end to the heists. A newspaper has […]
  • Ep. 18 – Gordon Remington of ProGenealogists.com

    Nov 21, 2013 | 48 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher shares news from the week… starting with the coming remake of “Roots,” the 1977 mini-series that popularized family history. He tells you who is doing it and what the plans are. A Purple Heart medal was found at a flea market in Arizona where a veteran bought it. Find out […]
  • Ep. 17 – Author David Laskin on the Paths of our Family

    Nov 20, 2013 | 47 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher shares several stories making news this week. He talks about latest discoveries concerning the “Boy King,” King Tut, who is still making news after all these years. Also, the story of the Lee family, which has been doing business from the same location in New York City since 1888. […]
  • Ep. 16 – Hudson Gunn of BillionGraves.com

    Nov 06, 2013 | 47 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher fills us in on the latest family history news. He starts with details on the reopening of Ellis Island following all the damage caused their during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Harry Potter author JK Rowling has gotten into family history research, had a breakthrough, and it was quite a disappointment! […]
  • Ep. 15 – Scary Stories from the Listeners!

    Oct 29, 2013 | 46 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher talks about Halloween and audience members who have actually seen ghosts! Hear two stories that’ll make your hair stand on end! There’s another reunion story on ExtremeGenes.com… this time it’s a Vietnam vet who was adopted. He had no idea that two people he went to high school with were […]
  • Ep. 14 – Tim Cross of FamilySearch.org

    Oct 21, 2013 | 46 min
    Fisher talks about Ancestry.com’s exciting announcement concerning their latest upgrade to their DNA results. Plus, two World War I related stories. One has to do with the discovery of a mysterious box in a church in Ireland which contained images of over 130 local young men who went off to fight in the War to […]
  • Ep. 13 – Jim Tipton of Find-A-Grave

    Oct 16, 2013 | 45 min
    Fisher reviews his research trip to New York City, including a visit to the set of David Letterman’s Late Show, where Fisher’s father worked for the Ed Sullivan Show from 1948-1971. He speaks of the discovery of a new photograph of his great grandfather in a highly unusual place! Family History news this week includes […]
  • Ep. 12 – Stan Lindaas on World War II

    Oct 10, 2013 | 46 min
    Fisher fills us in on some exciting recent stories posted on ExtremeGenes.com. He also gives six surnames that may mean you are descended from a pirate! Fisher also reveals information on his own pirate ancestor, and how he escaped capture in Rhode Island. Guest Stan Lindaas from HeritageConsulting.com talks about a man he recently met […]
  • Ep. 11 – Jennifer Utley of TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”

    Sep 23, 2013 | 46 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher shares the latest on the battle for the corpse of King Richard III. It’s York vs. Leicester in the competition for public opinion and legal victory. The Yorkies seem to be a bit behind in the race while the Leicesterians are putting up historic markers concerning Richard III through their […]
  • Ep. 10 – Ralph Gates on Building the Atom Bomb

    Sep 18, 2013 | 46 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher shares the announcements of the big announcement between the two family history giants, Ancestry.com and familysearch.org. What will their new agreement bring to us over the next five years? And how much will it cost? Listen to the podcast to find out. We also learned about a former world leader […]
  • Ep. 09 – Finding Ancestors in Digitized Newspapers

    Sep 13, 2013 | 45 min
    On this week show, Fisher’s got the latest on battle over the body of King Richard III. In fact, scientists revealed something he wishes had never been brought up! He also reviews the story of Trisha Yearwood on “Who Do You Think You Are.” This leads to a revelation about ancestors on both Fisher’s and […]
  • Ep. 08 – Family Charts are Works of Art

    Sep 05, 2013 | 47 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher talks about a ring swapped for chocolate at a World War II POW camp, and how it has found its way back to the prisoner’s family in America. A man discovers his family history on Antique Road Show! Also… DNA tests of relatives and DNA tests being done on three […]
  • Ep. 07 – Oral Histories with Stan Lindaas

    Aug 29, 2013 | 47 min
    This week on Extreme Genes: Fisher reviews Chris O’Donnell’s appearance on “Who Do You Think You Are?” Plus, the latest on the battle over the body of King Richard III. Where will he be buried for the NEXT 500 years? While King Richard was buried under a parking lot, a child in Chicago was born […]
  • Ep. 06 – Extreme Word War I Genes

    Aug 23, 2013 | 44 min
    On this weeks show, Fisher reviews family history news including a British man who retraced his World War I ancestor’s path on the battlefield right down to a very specific and remarkable site. Want to repair a tombstone or two? One man shows you how he does it in an extremegenes.com link. Also, a non-published […]
  • Ep. 05 – Tracing Our Lineage Back to Adam and Eve

    Aug 14, 2013 | 44 min
    On this week’s show, Fisher shares the latest family history news, including a shocking story involving a 1964 kidnap victim and what DNA has told him. He also talk about a firefighter whose family lost all the memorabilia of his firefighting grandfather then later received an amazing gift that neither he nor his family sought. […]

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