New radio show, website aimed at showing fun side of family history

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

The website features podcasts of the radio show, links to heartwarming stories as well as frightening stories, the kind where a person learns something scary about his or her ancestors. There are poll questions, reviews of the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and the latest on how DNA research is helping genealogy. Fisher has had fun keeping up to date with the latest on King Richard III, whose body was found under a parking lot after 500 years, inciting arguments over where to bury him. It's very entertaining, Fisher said.

"We have a story about a baby born in a parking lot in Chicago almost 33 years to the day after her father was born in a parking lot in Chicago," he said. "You know, you can’t make these things up."

Paul Richardson already considers himself to be a loyal “genie” for Extreme Genes. An avid family historian, Richardson once called in to share his own story with Fisher about his 40-year search to discover the identity of his biological father. His family enjoyed listening to the podcast.

“The show has tremendous insight for someone how has questions or wants to share a story. It’s helpful for us who are into genealogy and family history work,” said Richardson, who recently moved to Utah from Illinois. “Fisher is very gracious. He’s a great radio guy who knows genealogy inside and out. He does great interviews with the experts. I love the show.”

If someone wants to call Extreme Genes to ask a question, leave a comment or share a family history story, call the "Find line" by dialing 1-234-56 GENES (43637).

"It's fun," Fisher said. "The strangest, most miraculous things are always happening with it. Nationwide they call it serendipity. Here we tend to call it miracles. But they are just astonishing things. These things happen all the time. … Let's celebrate families, research and all that comes with that."

Showing the fun side of family history

Scott Fisher, Salt Lake CIty radio personality, has created a new radio show and website aimed at showing how fun and interesting family history can be. In this video, he tells the story of how he searched for a photograph of his great-grandfather for 30 years before finally finding one.

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