Why Are We The Only Humans Left?

Look around and you’ll meet some pretty smart animals, but there’s no species quite like us. But that wasn’t always true. As recently as 50,000 years ago we walked the planet along with at least three other human species. Denisovans and real-life Hobbits Homo floresiensis didn’t leave much behind to know them by, but Neanderthals […]

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

The world we live in feels normal, ordinary. It feels like this is just how humans exist and always existed. But, it’s not. Never before have we humans lived in a world as sophisticated and engineered to our needs as today. Giving us the luxury to forget about ourselves and not worry about survival. Food, […]

FINDING YOUR ROOTS | Season 4 Official Teaser Trailer | PBS

Henry Lewis Gates: Every family has family stories. This is your full family tree. Amy Schumer: Wait stop, is this a joke? Lupita Nyong’o: No! William H. Macy: I got a chill. VO: Henry Lewis Gates helps them discover a past they never knew. Scarlett Johansson: I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. Ted Danson: I’m […]

WPT University Place: A Genealogy of “America”

– Now it’s my great pleasure to introduce our guest speaker today, Professor Florencia Mallon. We would like to thank her in a heartfelt fashion for her acceptance of our invitation to present a lecture fitting the theme of the Peterson Lecture Series as well as the theme of The Year of Mexico. Professor Mallon […]

The Texas Vampires

The Texas Vampires. It sounds like the name of a biker gang from a bad TV show. It sounds like a 90’s rave club in Austin wherever people think that eyeliner makes you look edgy. It sounds like a drama in which Jonah Hill and Nic Cage play two men from Houston who have to […]

Ancestories: Tim & Annie’s story | Ancestry

I’m really sorry everybody that my great-great great-great granddad accidentally burnt down the Houses of Parliament. So Patrick Furlong was charged with the task of burning these tally sticks in stoves in the furnaces underneath the House of Lords. The tally sticks were probably about so big, probably about 4 or 5 inches tall, a […]

Germany and Genealogy | Audio Elgin Episode 3

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Audio Elgin podcast. This is your host, Abigail Fritz, and today I’ll be speaking with Timothy Baylor. Timothy is a current Elgin resident and he is going to be telling us about his fascinating life and about his family’s tragic connection to the history of Elgin and […]

The Expulsion of the Acadians

“Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers,— Men whose lives glided on like rivers that watered the woodlands, Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven?” So asked Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic 1847 poem, “Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.” His answer was fittingly grim. “Waste are those […]

Are YOU A Family History Hero?

Hello, this is Linda Sattgast from imaphotohero.com here to tell you that we’ve changed our name to familyhistoryhero.com. Now, why would we do that? Let me tell you. [music playing] Actually I love both names: imaphotohero and familyhistoryhero, but there are three reasons we decided to change it. First, it was hard for people to […]