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by Maureen A. Taylor

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# Friday, August 29, 2008
Photo Detective Talks Roots on Today
Posted by Diane

This isn’t Maureen. I’m Diane from Family Tree Magazine’s Genealogy Insider blog—I'm dropping in to share the video of Maureen’s spots on NBC’s "Today" show this morning, giving tips on how to trace your roots.

She answers viewer questions in the first spot with Al Roker, and talks about photo research with Meredith Vieira.

Friday, August 29, 2008 7:01:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [3]
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 2:56:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I find it interesting that Maureen never mentions utilizing a library during the interviews on Today. Libraries often offer free access to AncestryLibrary (Library version of and numerous other internet databases - and then there are the primary source documents on microfilm and books. Local librarians can offer support and guidance to novice researchers. Perhaps she was only asked to comment on internet sources, but I feel this perpetuated the myth that your whole family genealogy can be found online if only you go to enough websites.
Thursday, September 04, 2008 6:43:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
This was a wonderful presentation on genealogy. You have done a lot to encourage people to start researching their history. Best thing since ROOTS aired!!! Thank You.

P.S. I fully agree with Karen about telling people to check out their local libraries. is way to expensive now.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 5:00:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks for your comments! As Karen mentioned, I do believe the producers wanted to focus on Web sites. Also, footage often gets edited before a segment airs.

Family Tree Magazine encourages readers to visit libraries, both to access database sites and to explore library collections. See our online articles on teh topic in our Libraries and Archives category at
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