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Tony Burroughs is a professional genealogist, author, and teacher at Chicago State University. He lectures throughout the United States and Canada on American genealogy, African American genealogy, and technology. He can be serious or humorous but is always detailed and educational. Tony serves on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historical Genealogical Society, GENTECH, and the Friends of Genealogy at the Newberry Library. Tony is a contributing author to The African American Genealogical Sourcebook (Gale Research), and his book, Black Roots: A Beginnerís Guide to Tracing the Family Tree, will be published by the Fireside Division of Simon & Schuster (2001).

Tony Burroughs worked with Ancestors as a genealogical expert. He is available for interviews. Please contact him at (773) 924-7172.

 

Susan Hadler, Ph.D., is the co-author with Ann Bennet Mix of Lost in the Victory: Reflections of American War Orphans of World War II. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and the author of articles and reviews in the field of literature and psychology. Susan and her husband Jack, a professor at the Virginia Theological Seminary, live in Washington, D.C. They have two grown children, Jacques and Sarah. Susanís father was killed in World War II when she was three months old. Longing to know her father, Susan tells the story of her search for information about his life and death.

Susan Hadlerís research story is highlighted in Ancestors episode 209. She is available for interviews. Please contact her at (202) 332-6934.

 

David Rencher, A.G., FUGA. A professional genealogist since 1977, he graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a B.A. in Family and Local History. David conducted on-site research in the British Isles for six months for a commercial firm and, in 1994 and 1997, served as the research specialist for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) tour to England and Ireland. He is currently serving as President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is the director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

David Rencher worked with Ancestors as a genealogical expert. He is available for interviews. Please contact him at (801) 240-3485.

 

Megan Smolenyak began researching her family history in the sixth grade. Since then, she has appeared on "Weekend Today" with her second cousin Jack Ford and has traveled to more than 70 countries, including her villages of origin in Slovakia and Ukraine. By profession Megan is an international marketing consultant. She lives in Vienna, Virginia.

Megan Smolenyak worked with Ancestors as a researcher and is the author of the companion book, In Search of Our Ancestors: 101 Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History.

In addition, her research story is highlighted in Ancestors episode 204. She is available for interviews; please contact her at (703) 242-0690.

 

Scott Wilkinson, an avid amateur genealogist, has spent the past 24 years in the entertainment industry. He has appeared in over 70 films, television programs, and stage productions. In addition to his acting, he has taught privately and on the university level, been the talent and casting director for a film company, and served as the executive director of a theater company. Scott is married with three children and enjoys spending as much time with them as he can.

Scott Wilkinson hosted the Ancestors series.

 

Curt B. Witcher, FUGA, enjoys his work as manager of the Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also serves as chair of the American Library Associationís History Section, a National Genealogical Society Council member, adjunct professor in Indiana Universityís Division of Continuing Studies (IPFW), and co-editor of the 1987-1999 editions of Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Curtís areas of expertise within family history research include military records and newspapers as records.

Curt Witcher worked with Ancestors as a genealogical expert. He is available for interviews; please contact him at (219) 421-1226.

 

Ancestors Producers

KBYU Television is a PBS member station located in Utah, owned and operated by Brigham Young University. KBYU produces programming that encourages lifelong learning.

For information regarding KBYU Television, please contact Diena Simmons, director of program services, at (801) 422-8482.

 

Wisteria Pictures, Inc. credits include national and international documentary films for television, features for theatrical and home video release, and multi-media educational projects. Wisteriaís expertise in gathering and preserving the homespun stories found in oral histories makes it a natural match for Ancestors.

For information regarding Wisteria Pictures, Inc., please contact Marcy Brown, Wisteria Pictures president, at (801) 377-0200.

 

Ancestors Contact:

Diena Simmons
KBYU Television
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Tel: 801/422-8450
fax: 801/422-8478
diena_simmons@byu.edu

 

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