Extreme Genes’ Scott Fisher Helps Find Family of Woman Whose Remains Were Found in Utah

The following was teaser is from an article posted at the April 5, 2015 FoxNews.com website.

A well-known Utah radio personality and genealogist used his sleuthing skills to help local cops track down the family of a woman whose remains were found in February, nearly 32 years after she vanished.

Scott Fisher’s exhaustive search to find relatives of Theresa Rose Greaves provided closure to a family left heart-broken when the young woman disappeared in 1983 on her way to a job interview in Salt Lake City.

“I’m an absolute nerd, there’s no question about it. It’s very tedious. To me, it’s trying to complete the puzzle. But when you do it, it’s enormously satisfying,” Fisher, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, “Extreme Genes,” told the Deseret News Sunday.

Read the full article at the FoxNews.com site.

Joan Griffis’ Illinois Ancestors Column is 18 Years Old

Newspaper genealogy columns have been around for years, but most haven’t had the longevity of Joan Griffis’ Illinois Ancestors column. She’s been writing the column for the News-Gazette of Champaign, Illinois.

She says “Time flies when you’re having fun.” You can now read her column online. Its always excellent. Check it out.

The Hobby of Genealogy is Bigger Than Ever…

The following teaser is from an article posted in the October 13, 2014 edition of dailyherald.com:


Who would have ever thought that genealogy would become a topic worthy of media giants like “Time” magazine and ABC News?

But it has. In a recent report, ABC News proclaimed that genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States after gardening and it is the second most-visited category of websites.

“It’s a billion dollar industry that has spawned profitable websites, television shows, scores of books and — with the advent of over-the-counter genetic test kits — a cottage industry in DNA ancestry testing,” Gregory Rodriguez wrote in “Time.”

Read the full article.

Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Advice on How to Research Family History, Part 2

My friend, Elizabeth Shown Mills, one of America’s best genealogists and an historical writer, is answering readers’ questions about how to research family history in a new column in the New York Times. We posted a blog about her first column last week. Check out Part two. Honestly, advice columns don’t get any better than this.

Congratulations, Elizabeth, on a terrific column.

Canadian Genealogist Needed for Research Project at Carleton University

Carleton University is conducting a survey and needs the input from Canadian Genealogists. The following article from the Morning Post Exchange details the project:

Carleton Researchers Conducting Canadian Genealogy Survey

Ottawa – Calling all genealogy buffs: Carleton University researchers want you!

A team of Carleton researchers is seeking family historians to complete an online survey detailing how and why they conduct their genealogical research. This is the first national survey of its kind and aims to capture the effects of digitization and the impact of the Internet on family history research. Over 2,100 surveys have already been completed but the researchers are making one last push before the Nov. 30 deadline.

A multibillion-dollar industry, the practice of genealogy is growing exponentially and the Canadian Genealogy Survey investigates who is doing the digging.

Read the rest of the article at the Morning Post Exchange website.

Photograph Album Finds A Home Thanks to Genealogist

The following excerpt is from an article in the Detroit Free Press.

Stanley Young III got a visit from his ancestors earlier this month.

Bundled in a parcel that arrived on his doorstep was an old photo album that depicted his great-grandmother and great-granduncle, along with various other relatives, in all their finery.

The family album, portions of which dated to the late 1800s, was accompanied by a family tree put together by a total stranger, a Maryland genealogist who researched the photo album as a side venture to her business.

The photographic family reunion across the generations was made possible by Melissa Corley, a tenacious researcher who loves to delve into historical mysteries.

When she came across the old album in an Easton, Md., antiques shop, Corley was smitten. She spent $75 to buy the book in March, then devoted dozens of hours of her own time — which could cost several thousands of dollars if she had been billing for the job — to put the puzzle together in a kind of historical treasure hunt.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Corley, 34. “I’m a genealogist, so I’m drawn to old photos and documents. Usually they’re associated with people who have a story to go with them. It’s a fun puzzle to solve.”

Read the full article.

Jeff Bockman’s Quest for Ancestry

There was a good article by Susan Dibble printed in the February 24, 2011 edition of the Daily Herald about my friend, Jeff Bockman. It was quite a write-up. Following is just a teaser.

Genealogy author and speaker Jeff Bockman doesn’t expect everyone to spend years Jeff Bockmanresearching their family history as he has done.

But he does encourage everyone to save, preserve and identify family records and photos already in their hands or readily available to them.
“Once you find what you don’t know about the family, curiosity kind of takes over,” he said.

As Bockman tells the story, it was his son’s sixth-grade homework assignment that got him started. He was getting his twin sons off to bed one night 24 years ago when one of them said he needed to list four great-grandparents for class.

“It only took me 20-some years to complete his homework assignment,” he said.

Bockman looked back to genealogical research one of his grandmothers had done only to find she apparently had embellished the family tree.

He faced immediate challenges in learning about the two grandfathers he had never known. His paternal grandfather had deserted his wife and four small children, so she destroyed his photos and never spoke of him again.

Bockman later was able to confirm family stories that his grandfather had been born in Nicaragua of Danish parents and that his great-grandfather had owned a banana plantation.

Read the full article.

Who is Benjamin Kyle?

There is an excellent article is the October 2, 2009 edition of the Orange County Register about Colleen Fitzpatrick and one of her projects. Following is a teaser:

Finding people is her thing. Benjamin Kyle

Until now.

The mysterious case of Benjaman Kyle has the one-time nuclear physist stymied.

“I’m an avid genealogist,” says Fitzpatrick, 54, of Fountain Valley. “And I have a knack for finding people that others have given up on.”
This time, however, the person’s already been found. This time, the question is: Who the heck is he?

There is a short prayer that goes: St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come down, something is lost, and can’t be found.

If anyone ever needed the Patron Saint of Lost Things it is “B.K. Doe,” a man who thinks he’s in his 60s but, like everything else about his life, isn’t certain.

In 2004, he was beaten, stripped and dropped by the dumpster of a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia. It wasn’t until he landed in a Savannah hospital that anyone realized just what he’d lost: his memory.

The hospital nicknamed him Burger King “B.K.” Doe, and that’s who he remained. With no family, no home, no paper trail – a big problem for Fitzpatrick.

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Blaine Whipple – Genealogist

Blaine Whipple I first met Blaine Whipple about 20 years ago. He wrote an article or two (maybe more) for Heritage Quest Magazine, which I accepted, then came to one (or more) of my many “Road Shows” that I did around the county. I was impressed with the guy’s knowledge of all things genealogical. There’s a good article about Whipple in the June 11, 2009 edition of the Times. Following is a teaser.

“I just got hooked on it, and I just kept going,” Whipple says. “I have been to every place, including England, where they lived. I visited all the spots that they moved to as they kept moving west after their settlement. They were always quite active people, so there was a lot in the public record about them. So I just kept going and going and going, like the battery.”

Going and going and going is quite an understatement. His four-volume history-genealogy book “15 Generations of Whipples” begins in England in 1560 and ends in Portland in 2007. From his ninth great grandfather Matthew Whipple to his son Scott Whipple, all of the family members are documented. This includes approximately 20,000 of Matthew’s descendants, 3,500 surnames, 8,800 marriages and 3,200 locations. From his 52 years of research, Whipple was able to collect enough data to include 3,331 historical data endnotes and 15,099 genealogical data endnotes.

Read the full article.

Dollarhide in the V.A. Hospital For Minor Surgery

UPDATE: Bill is out of the hospital and back home. The last I saw of him this afternoon, he had a big grin on his face, and told be he was feeling fine. He’s also relieved that things went well. He now has a bump on his left collarbone where the defibrillator is located.

My friend and colleague, Bill Dollarhide, checked in to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital here in Salt Lake City today to have a defibrillator implant. The surgery is to be done tomorrow, and if all goes well, he should be coming home on Friday. Bill is okay – but that’s about all. His flow-through of blood from his heart is at about 25%, half of what’s considered normal.