Finding Your Roots – Season 4 debuts tonight on PBS

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Finding Your Roots.

FindingYour Roots2017

Episode One “The Impression”
Featuring Bernie Sanders and Larry David

Two guests linked by one hilarious impersonation trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Europe. Larry David discovers his German heritage by way of ancestors who settled in Mobile, Alabama in the mid-19th century — including one who became a slaveholding Confederate; Bernie Sanders gains greater understanding of his father’s dangerous childhood in Austrian Galicia during World War I.

Both guests discover what happened to the family members who were still in Europe during the Holocaust — Larry David’s grandfather lost nine siblings; Bernie Sanders’ uncle, a member of the Limanowa Judenrat, heroically went head to head with a Nazi officer. Through DNA testing, our guests learn that there is more to their uncanny likeness than they ever suspected.  Go to to watch full episodes after the premiere and to learn more about the guests.

Sanders gets emotional sharing story of Jewish relative who died in WWII
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was visibly moved to learn that one of his ancestors died fighting Nazis during World War II.
– The Hill

Larry David Shocked to Learn His Ancestor Was a Confederate Slave Owner
n the first episode of Finding Your Roots: Season 4, Larry David discovers a lot more than his shared ancestry with Bernie Sanders. Watch the premiere next week to find out more!
 The Daily Beast


NAARA: Virtual Genealogy Fair 25 Oct 2017

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives (US). The detailed 2017 session schedule with links to handouts will be posted here.

NARAFair2017WHAT:   The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT

WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.



WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel

CAPTIONING:  Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

BACKGROUND: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.


10 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks
Archivist of the United States of America David S. Ferriero
10:05 a.m. Taking Care of your Family Heirlooms
Training Conservator Katie Smith, National Archives at College Park, MD
11 a.m. 19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records
Archives Technician Elise Fariello, National Archives at Chicago, IL
12 p.m.  From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis
Archivist Daria Labinsky & Archives Technician Cara Moore, National Archives at St. Louis, MO
1 p.m. A is for Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives at St. Louis
Preservation Specialist Ashley Cox, National Archives at St. Louis, MO
2 p.m Locating the Relocated:  Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II
Archives Specialist John LeGloahec & Archivist Jana Leighton, National Archives at College Park, MD
3 p.m. Beyond the War Relocation Administration: Finding Japanese Relocatees in Other Records
Director, Gwen Granados, National Archives at Riverside, CA
4 p.m. Closing Remarks
Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings