“Tracing Your Roots” is back for another series

23 Sep

The genealogy radio programme Tracing Your Roots is back for another series on BBC Radio 4, in fact it started last week but I am only just catching up with the news. This is series five and there are five episodes in the series.

Each week presenter Sally Magnusson and genealogist Nick Barratt look at a different aspect of genealogy, mainly focused on investigating particularly tricky or unusual stories around a particular theme. For example the first episode of this series was based around tracing ancestors who vanished without trace.

The programme usually focuses of four or five stories, and features interviews with those carrying out the research and then Nick Barratt will discuss possible avenues of research or the results of his investigations. Unlike the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? this programme features ordinary people not celebrities and each story is quite brief.

Nick Barratt is probably the UKs best known genealogist, so the programme it is a great place to pick up hints and tips to help in your research and to discover new sources and where to find them and how to use them.

One of the best things about the series is that it is available as a podcast, which is great for people like me who can’t be listening to the radio at 4pm on Tuesdays when the programme is broadcast. The other good thing (for listeners in the UK at least) is that you can currently listen to all the episodes from series four online at the BBC website.

4 Responses to ““Tracing Your Roots” is back for another series”

  1. catwoman99 January 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I was lucky enough to take part in a past series of this programme. I was sent by taxi paid by the BBC to BBC Essex headquarters to record my contribution and to be asked questions by Sally Magnusson about my story. Then i was given a taxi ride home. It was a brilliant experience and i got to hear how the episode was put together.

    • John Gasson February 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      That must have been a really fun experience, have you written about it on your blog?

  2. catwoman99 February 6, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    No, i havent, but should do really before i forget things. Can’t complain that our ancestors never left us more information about themselves if i go and do the same thing myself eh?

  3. John Gasson February 6, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Very true, and I hope you have a copy of the programme saved somewhere safe for them to listen to.

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