- Don’t forget! “Who Do You Think You Are?” (US) debuts this Sunday at 10/9 Central on TLC, with Julie Chen’s visit to China to learn more about her maternal grandfather. See the series schedule (including reruns) here. If you don’t have cable or you have to call it a night earlier than that, episodes usually become available on the show’s website after airing.
Also keep an eye on the show’s “Be a ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Star” sweepstakes, which isn’t open yet. It’ll reward the winner with a trip to your family’s homeland and a professional guide, Ancestry.com products (Ancestry.com is a show sponsor) and a trip to a Hollywood movie premiere.
- The University of North Texas Libraries’ Portal to Texas History is among 30 finalists for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The Portal to Texas History has digitized newspapers, yearbooks, photos and more.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services asks you to share a story about your favorite National Medal finalist on its Facebook page—which I did, after finding my grandfather named in a Temple Daily Times newspaper article on the Portal to Texas History.
- To raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research, the Global Family Reunion has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo: When you buy campaign perks, the proceeds go to The Alzheimer’s Association New York City and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Perks include tickets to the reunion (June 6, 2015, in New York City), a signed copy of event organizer AJ Jacobs’ upcoming book It’s All Relative, or a “computer visualization of how you’re linked to your 20,000 closest relatives.”
Jacobs’ grandfather’s struggle with dementia inspired the fundraiser. Learn more and purchase your perks here.
- The Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) has made its quarterly newsletter, Speak!, available to the general public—a great way toget speaking tips and find speakers for genealogy events. You can download the March 2015 issue from the GSG website.