Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Ancestors in the Attic II - episode 2

The content for the second episode of the second series was mixed. There was a segment which involved researching forward in time to locate an obscure 70s era musician in Toronto. The searcher was seeking to get copyright clearance to reissue some album tracks. This wasn't searching for "ancestors" and the success was apparently reported by the program, with reenactments to suggest the host was involved, rather than being the result of their efforts.

The second segment, finding an ancestor who fought with British forces in the Napoleonic War, and subsequently came to Canada, was presented as if it wasn't much of a challenge.

In the best segment the panel made a reappearance with the task of tracking down a Canadian counterfeiter in the US in the early 20th century. Again, it was more family history than genealogy, but showed good use of a diversity of unconventional sources.

After having shown a more adult approach in the first episode of the new series the host reverted a bit. Pity.

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