Tuesday, August 06, 2013

PBS series 'Genealogy Roadshow' filmed in Detroit

The taping of a new PBS series titled Genealogy Roadshow took place a few weeks ago in Indian VillageThe show will premiere nationally this fall.

Described as part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover Americans' family stories. The show's first season is to feature participants from Detroit; Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; and San Francisco.

One of the genealogists featured in the show is from DetroitKenyatta Berry graduated from Cass Tech, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

From the Genealogy Roadshow website:

While Detroit is known mainly for two things — cars and Motown — there is much more to the city, which boasts one of the most diverse populations in the country. After its settlement by French-Canadians, Detroit attracted a large number of Europeans and immigrants of Middle Eastern descent, making it now home to the largest Arab-American community in the country. As well, hundreds of thousands of African-Americans moved to Detroit from the rural southern U.S. as part of The Great Migration of the 20th century. Detroit was the first place in the country to have a stretch of concrete highway and a four-way, three-color traffic light. It supplied 75 percent of the liquor during the Prohibition era and was the birthplace of the ice cream soda.

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