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From: Madonna Marks <>
Subject: [ILPERRY] genealogy show
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 16:24:39 -0800 (PST)

For Immediate Release –  Monday, March 3, 2009
Southern Illinois to Preview First U.S. Television Series Dedicated to the Genealogy of Ordinary People – Just Like YOU!
[Local Randolph County residents- Velda Moore, Pam Frazer, Harry Zang, and Bob Reid are featured in the program – as well as filming locations of Reed's Harvest House. Chester , IL , and the New Palestine Cemetery ]
[ Perry County - Lively & Huggins descendants lived in the area to be featured on the program]
Carbondale, IL –   WSIU-TV is scheduled to air– The Lively Family Massacre -- the pilot episode of a promising TV series called Legend Seekers on WSIU - TV / WUSI -TV Southern Illinois on the IN FOCUS program Friday, APRIL 10TH AT 9:30PM; Sunday APRIL 12TH AT 12:30PM; and Friday APRIL 17TH AT 5PM.
The Legend of the Lively Massacre is the first episode of a show about family legends and genealogy.  Program host – Madonna Davis -- helps trace the ancestry of Pam Frazer –an Illinois native -- connecting to some of the first white settlers to arrive in the Indiana Territory in 1813.  The search also uncovers a handwritten letter to William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) mentioning Pam’s ancestors by name, and the 200 year old graves of her ancestors who were massacred by a group of American Indians.
The Lively Family Massacre program episode is a freestanding half-hour documentary that has already garnered awards in the form of two 2008 Telly Awards, and praise from leading industry professionals. 
Some have referred to the show as THIS OLD HOUSE for GENEALOGY
Here’s what noted genealogist, Tony Burroughs says:
"The most compelling thing about Legend Seekers is that it deals with everyday, ordinary people and the stories they have heard that have been passed down from generation to generation
– Tony Burroughs
(Tony has appeared on the PBS series African American Lives, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News, ABC World News Tonight, BET Nightly News, and the Discovery Channel)

In each episode a new family legend is explored and selected from actual stories submitted by the public to the producers.   After March 25th the public will be able to upload their family stories and legends to a new website : WWW.LEGENDSEEKERS.ORG 
The program is presently in the process of seeking underwriters for the series on national public television.  For more information visit our website above..
The series is about everyday ordinary people who have legendary family stories, and the process to authenticate, discover and reenact these legends.  Through travel, research, and genealogy, we introduce fascinating experts and cutting-edge science (DNA, archivists, historians, satellite imagery, ground penetrating radar, etc.) to engage the audience along this journey.  It’s a unique cross between a “how-to” reality program and historic documentary that is designed to engage the estimated 100 million people in America interested in exploring their ancestry/genealogy -- now the most popular hobby in the world
(contact Ken J. Marks for more information 312 505-6193])

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