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Historical Society television series to explore questions surrounding genealogy in Kentucky


Every family has at least one mystery — an intriguing person, a possible connection to someone famous, or maybe even someone infamous. The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is excited to launch a new show, Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall, set to premiere on the state’s major television markets featuring host Renee Shaw. The premiere episode airs in February and will tell Kentucky’s story, one family at a time.

A program centered on genealogy discovery, Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall digs into the roots of Kentucky’s family tree to answer big questions that have eluded families for generations. By making connections between family folklore and the existing historical record, the KHS team investigates a series of mysteries rooted in Kentucky genealogy and reveals the findings in a live presentation. From the Civil War and abolition to serial killers and medical malpractice, Shaw reveals the results of the KHS research team with each family, often with a few surprises along the way.

“By delving into these compelling family histories and then sharing our findings, we hope to inspire others to trace their roots,” said Cheri Daniels, Head of Library and Archives at KHS. “These cases offer invaluable teaching moments that give people new tips and techniques for solving their own family mysteries. They also tell some of Kentucky’s most rich and fascinating stories, and those moments can be really exciting and sometimes very emotional.”

The series has five-episodes airing from February-June 2021. Season premiere dates & times listed below.

• February 20, 7:00 p.m., WTVQ-TV ABC Lexington
• February 24, 9:30 a.m., WHAS-TV ABC Louisville
• February 25, 9:30 p.m., WLJC-TV IND Eastern Kentucky
• February 27, 11:00 a.m., WEHT-TV ABC Evansville
• February 27, 5:00 p.m., WBKO-TV ABC Bowling Green
• February 27, 6:30 p.m., WPSD-TV NBC Paducah

For more information, visit history.ky.gov.

From Kentucky Historical Society


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