Updated 'Ancestors' genealogy series returns

PROVO, Utah — "Ancestors," the highly successful genealogy series produced by KBYU Television, is back with a new host, an updated format, 13 new episodes shot on location around the world and an exciting new emphasis — the world of records.

The episodes combine dramatic stories with expert instruction, bringing family history information to a national audience. "Ancestors" looks at how records such as census, probate, vital, military and immigration, can provide important information.

Viewers will see where to find these records and how to use them. "Ancestors" follows the personal stories of individuals whose search has led them to discovery of their heritage and a greater understanding of themselves.

To follow these dramatic stories, host Scott Wilkinson takes viewers from the green hills of Ireland to the crowded streets of Hong Kong as the search for family history records spans centuries of family connections.

But the crowning jewel of the new "Ancestors" series is the in-depth instruction provided by some of the best-known and widely respected experts in genealogical research.

Executive Producer Macy Brown said, "After the first series aired in 1997 and people began to feel the excitement of family history research, we received feedback from viewers wanting more specific information about how to find their ancestors among the millions of records available worldwide."

In addition to the PBS broadcast series, instructional materials will also be available, including a printed guidebook that teaches the family history research process and an instructional video, with 26 lessons, for use in libraries and classrooms.

"Online Ancestors" offers "how-to" courses that can be taken at home, a teacher's guide, and an expanded web site that serves as a gateway to genealogy on the Internet.

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