Juneteenth 150th Anniversary: Major Genealogy Announcement by FamilySearch

FamilySearch will make a major announcement regarding African-American genealogy records on Friday, 19 June 2015 - the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth.

We’ve just received a press advisory from FamilySearch related to a “historic announcement regarding historical records of African-American families.” The announcement will take place live and can be viewed online on Friday 19 June 2015, the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, an important holiday in African-American history.

You can visit the Discover Freedmen website at http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ to watch the event live at 10:00 am Pacific (12:00 pm Central) and follow along on Twitter at #DiscoverFreedmen.

Here are the details:

On Friday, June 19th Elder D. Todd Christofferson, leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will make an historic announcement regarding the release of Civil War-era free slave records at a press event in Los Angeles.

FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum, are working together to make these records available and accessible on-line for those interested in their ancestry.

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Our American Family New Episode: The Furutas

A new episode of Our American Family, the PBS family history - The Furutas - featung Japanese-American genealogy, is airing over the next few weeks in May!

Back in 2012, we highlighted a new documentary series on PBS called Our American Family (click here for the original post). Since then we’ve been in touch with the producers to keep tabs on upcoming episodes and we have good news!

Our American Family: The Furutas is ready for airing and here in Chicago, it will air on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 11pm on WTTW. You’ll need to check your local listing here to see when this episode will be broadcast on your local PBS station.

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Melissa Etheridge featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit on Who Do You Think You Are?, this Sunday, April 26th at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America. A new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs this Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c on TLC.

Melissa goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. She finds French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her; but Melissa discovers there’s more to their story than she thought. Then she follows the trail of her 5x great-grandfather to colonial America, where he was a prosperous businessman and navigated the tumultuous times of the Revolutionary War.

The Melissa Etheridge episode airs on Sunday 26 April 2015, 10:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 pm Central on TLC. Check your local television listings for the exact time in your location.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TLC. Used by permission.

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