September 23, 2017

Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 189: Relative Race and More

GGP 189 Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 189The free Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 189 is published, with an exclusive interview with stars of Relative Race and more.

The newest episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast is published and ready for your listening pleasure! Two stars of the new BYUtv show Relative Race join host Lisa Louise Cooke to talk about their experiences criss-crossing the U.S. to meet their AncestryDNA matches.

Here are some more highlights from Genealogy Gems Podcast episode 189:

  • Irish research tips–and tons of new Irish records online–in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this month;
  • 3 reasons to test your DNA for genealogy, from Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard;
  • an excerpt from the new Genealogy Gems Book Club interview;
  • emails from several listeners offering inspiration and tips;
  • and news from the genealogy world, including databases on runaway slaves (in the U.S. and Britain) and an updated MyHeritage search technology.

I’m a fan of “genealogy TV,” and it’s fun to hear behind-the-scenes feedback from stars of Relative Race. This show’s approach–connecting everyday couples with genetic matches–puts faces to our DNA matches in a fresh and personal way. I’m not hoping to camp on my genetic matches’ lawns anytime soon, but I do sometimes wish I could knock on the doors of some (“please respond!”). Another favorite take-away from this episode was a tip from Matt in Missouri, who wrote in with a creative approach for connecting with relatives through Find A Grave.

Free PodcastRemember, this and all episodes of the Genealogy Gems podcast are FREE to listen to. Click here for FAQ on podcasts and how to listen on your computer or via your favorite mobile device. Click here for a list of past episodes you may have missed. Why not “binge out” a little and catch up during your next commute, workout or down time?

New Genealogy TV Show Debuts This Weekend: Relative Race

Relative Race genealogy tv showRelative Race debuts tomorrow: a new reality genealogy TV series that sends 4 couples chasing their genetic roots. 

Tomorrow evening, you’ve got a new genealogy TV option! The new reality series from BYUtv, Relative Race, “features four married couples as they travel across the US in search of long lost relatives, armed with only paper maps, a rental car, a $25 per diem and a flip phone.”

The show sounds like one part Amazing Race, one part Who Do You Think You Are? With autosomal DNA test matches provided by AncestryDNA, four “couples embark on a journey that starts in San Francisco, ends in New York City and leads them to unknown relatives along the way. Cameras follow all four teams as they drive across the country–more than 4500 miles–in just ten days, stopping each day to complete a challenge and find (and stay with) their newly discovered relatives in a different city.”

“At the end of each day, the team that finishes last receives a strike. After three strikes, teams are eliminated. The remaining teams travel to NYC for the grand finale where there is a $25k grand prize for the winning couple.” Here’s a preview–and something to curl up in front of tomorrow evening.

The show airs on Sunday, February 28 at 8pm ET/6pm MT/5pm PT on BYUtv, the television station of Brigham Young University. Watch Relative Race for free or on your preferred cable network:

  • Stream live or watch on demand on BYUtv.org
  • Download the free mobile app for iPhone/iPad, Android, Amazon and more
  • Cable options: Dish (Ch. 9403), DirecTV (Ch. 374), and carried by nearly 600 cable television providers nationwide

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