Tracing Your Family Roots

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The TV Series

       Discovering your family history can be illuminating!

       Are you new to genealogy or has your research hit a brick wall? Whatever your interest, our shows provide a variety of genealogically related topics that could help. You will learn about best research practices and standards, where and how to access information, tips for breaking through a problem and more. Featured guests often include expert genealogists and historians with geographic or ethnic specialties. It’s also likely you will hear a personal story of discovery that informs and inspires.

       Once aired, the shows are always available on YouTube at this website. New shows are aired on Fairfax Public Access (FPA) channel 10 during the second and fourth weeks of each month at the following times: Sunday 1:00 PM, Wednesday at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 7:30 AM.

       The show has been on the air since 1997 and is currently hosted by Chuck Mason and Janell Blue. It is produced by Sidney Sachs and sponsored by the Mount Vernon Genealogy Society of Alexandria Virginia.

       Links to previous shows are available for viewing below


       Our expert hosts are now Charles S. 'Chuck' Mason, Jr., CG and Janell Blue. Earliers hosts were Arline Sachs and Sallyann Amdur Sack, Ph.D.

       Charles S. "Chuck" Mason, Jr. CG is a Certified Genealogist. He is a Past President of the Fairfax Genealogical Society and also of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult Education program and lectures at many conferences in the Mid-Atlantic area. He is a frequent contributor to the National Genealogical Society's Magazine and authors "Genealogy News and Issues" for their on-line newsletter, Up Front with NGS.

       Janell Blue is currently president of the board of Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Fairfax Genealogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society and Ulster Historical Society. She is a native Houstonian and has conducted considerable research on her family lines who were among the early German immigrants to Texas. Additional projects have included early families in eastern North Carolina and New Hampshire.

       Prof. Sachs is retired from teaching Computer Information Systems at Northern Virginia Community College. She held many positions in JGSGW including President, Vice President, Recording Secretary and computer consultant. She was the Secretary of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and started and headed its International Cemetery Project for seven years. She is the author of "The Dairies of Bernhard Cahn, ...".

       Dr. Sack, past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, was the founder and first president of JGSGW and is currently editor and co-owner of Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. She co-directed several international genealogical seminars, including two in Israel and has served on the advisory committee of the Dorot Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv. Dr. Sack has co-authored several books, including Where We Once Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust and Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel. She edited Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy.

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For information about the series, e-mail the producer Sidney Sachs.

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