Did you see Sunday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with Katey Sagal? Did you catch Katey’s visit to the NYG&B (see min 12:40)!?
We’re proud that shows like WDYTYA and Finding Your Roots have used our offices in the past for interviewing guests. We love these shows, and not just because they’re so entertaining (I definitely teared up a few times with Katey in this one), but because they offer some great leads to local resources.
My favorite line of this episode came from Dr. Philip Otterness, who made creating Katey’s family tree seem so easy, “Using some early censuses, some wills, some land deeds, and other family records, we were able to put together a family tree for you.” Anyone researching their family history knows it isn’t as simple as TV can make it seem—there was likely hours of researching in the trenches to make that sentence happen, with a lot of help and guidance from local historical and genealogical societies.
Here are just some of the resources mentioned in this episode:
- The Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/locations/divisions/billy-rose-theatre-division
- Sampling of USO Camp Show records in the archive:
- Pennsylvania State Archives http://www.phmc.pa.gov/archives/Pages/default.aspx#.VxZ8mPkrLct
- Ships’ Passenger Lists – http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Ships-Passenger-Lists.aspx#.VxZ83_krLcs
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Read their article on “How to Find the Materials You Need in HSP’s Collections” here: http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/how-to-find-the-materials-you-need-in-hsps-collections
- Berks History Center
- You can read more about the The Hochstetler Massacre at the Berks History Center here: http://www.berkshistory.org/multimedia/articles/hochstetler-massacre/
- You can learn more about the library and holdings here: http://www.berkshistory.org/library/
Good luck with your research!
-Heather Hoffman (Manager, Digital Collections and Online Services at the NYG&B)