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WXXI SPOTLIGHTS A LOCAL WOMAN’S GENEALOGICAL JOURNEY IN A VIDEO PIECE TO AIR AROUND THE NEW PBS SERIES, FINDING YOUR ROOTS Premiering Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD
Rochester, New York (March 23, 2012) – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns to WXXI-TV/HD on Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m. with Finding Your Roots —a new ten-part series, airing through May 20th, that explores the history of America through the lives, family histories, and DNA of some of its most celebrated citizens. In collaboration with the series, WXXI has partnered with The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) and the Rochester Genealogical Society (RGS) to create a short video piece that spotlights the genealogical resources available, while sharing Rochester native Marlene Capes-Bettin’s journey to find her husband’s family roots. The video will be a lead in to the 8 p.m. March 25th premiere of Finding Your Roots on WXXI-TV/HD, and will air throughout the series’ ten-week broadcast schedule. A longer version of the video piece will be posted at http://wxxi.org/roots after the television premiere.
In the video piece Capes-Bettin shares stories about her 13-year genealogical journey. For her search, she primarily used the resources available through the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library in the Rundel Memorial Building, and the assistance of volunteers from the Rochester Genealogical Society. She explains why and how she got started and shares some of the interesting and surprising information she has found about family ancestors. Also included is an interview with Christine L. Ridarsky, City Historian and Historical Services Consultant, who talks about the resources available at the library and offers advice on how to begin a genealogical search.
The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County boasts one of the premier collections of local historical and genealogical materials in western New York, while the Monroe County Library System’s smaller municipal member libraries such as the Ogden Farmers’ Library in Spencerport, the Henrietta Public Library, and the Penfield Public Library have built collections of materials relevant to their particular towns. MCLS libraries have developed collections and finding aids that make sense of the past in order to better serve local residents and visitors who come to find their roots. Volunteers from RGS are available designated Saturdays and evenings to assist with research in the collection and e-databases. To learn more, visit: http://www3.libraryweb.org. (Click on Local History/Genealogy) Resources)
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