I came across something interesting that came to my attention via the Dick Eastman blog. Thought I would share this with you. I actually included my description of this interesting topic in the March 2018 Handouts document that you can read from the Handout document in the right sidebar of the blog. Thought the topic was so interesting that I wanted to get it out to you via this blog post. I never had an idea such a thing existed!
Had enough of the Genealogy TV shows? For some of you maybe “yes”, for others, “can’t get enough”. That is what follows below … check it out
Are you tired of seeing genealogy TV shows that only feature Hollywood celebrities? They just show up, speak to someone, travel to an exotic destination and are given all the research all while posing for the camera and sounding interested. What if that Hollywood celebrity could be an “average Joe”. Genealogy Roadshow caters to the “average Joe” but in a way different . And now, you can even find another source to see similar “average Joe” genealogy discovery shows, but in a really different way!
“Relative Race” is just now starting Season 3. “Relative Race” by BYU TV seems to have twists along the way. I did not realize that the show is being conducted like a race. I did look at the “teaser” link from the Dick Eastman blog post. Not only is it a race, but one of the four teams will win $50,000 if they are the first to find their “unknown” cousins and out score their race opponent teams.
Apparently, both of the contestants on a two-person team submits their DNA to Ancestry DNA. The show’s production company then researches and “finds” a cousin that matches their DNA. The discovery of the cousin then becomes the goal for that team somewhere in the United States over the 10 day period of searching. During the ten days the two person team does receive clues to help them narrow down their searching.
Does any of this sound familiar? How about the CBS show called “Amazing Race” in which two person teams travel the world with the goal to be the last surviving couple that did not come in last on solving puzzles and completing tasks along the way for the events of the day. Sure does to me!
How can you watch the show? The show is on a station called BYU TV. It does appear to be a channel that is available within cable and dish companies. However, it may not be part of a “package” of stations that you currently subscribe to. So you would need to determine what new “package” structure you would need to get that includes BYU TV. There is a Wiki entry for BYU TV that does seem to indicate through which cable and dish companies the channel is available. Check out the Wiki entry here:
Wikipedia Entry for BYU TV
Also, you can go directly to the website for the show and see what it is all about at “Relative Race” on BYU TV.
I saw that the website does have Season 1 and Season 2 programs available to view. I clicked on the Season 1 Episode 1 program and got connected to viewing without any problems. No registration, no subscription. How nice is that. In viewing parts of Season 1 Episode 1 the twists in the show start immediately. All 4 couples had to give up their smart phones and instead were given the resource we used for traveling 20 years ago …. an old-fashioned paper map. The couples do receive a “burner phone” from the host before traveling. The “burner phone” will be used by the host to provide the couples with a text message having clues to help them find their newly discovered cousin in that city they are in. Just like “Amazing Race”, you do not want to be the last couple to discover your new cousin in the city of your destination for that couple. Come in last and you get a strike. Get 3 strikes and the game is over for you. It also looks that each couple uses a car for the traveling. No airplanes. The start of the race is in San Francisco for Episode 1 and the end destination is New York City. So, it is a 4,000 mile race over 10 days!
If you like the “Amazing Race” and you are into genealogy, this show sure could be a perfect fit for your viewing likes. My biggest surprise was just seeing so many young couples in the race. Contestants are not predominantly older by any stretch. Plus, many couples tell you upfront that they are in it for the “money”, the “adventure” and not necessarily the “family”. Maybe they are not in it for the “family” but for many of the contestants background information is revealed that indicated they may have been adopted or lost one or both of their parents when they were still young and have no idea about family that is out there related to them.
I did not have the time at work to view the entire one-hour episode that I started. I do think that I am going to return to it and view the show in its entirety just to gauge how an entire episode works.
This show has raised my curiosity to at least see one full episode. Never knew it existed. Never heard about it. Maybe you want to check it out also.
I can’t wait to view a full episode just to get the full flavor of what an episode is, especially the discovery of family!
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