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Uncovering Your Hidden History: Genealogy in the Digital Age (2023)




Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-03-28

Duration: 00:27:33

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Genealogy


  • Arceneaux, Anne Moderator
  • Dodson, Lawren Panelist
  • Gordon, Ja'el Panelist
  • Peterson, Henry T. Panelist


This episode of the series “Newsmakers” features LPB’s Anne Arceneaux moderating a discussion at the Lafayette Public Library on March 28, 2023, called “Uncovering Your Hidden History: Genealogy in the Digital Age.” The panelists are: Lawren Dodson, adult services manager with the Lafayette Public Library; Ja’el Gordon, a historian and genealogist; and Henry T. Peterson of the Lafayette Genealogical Society. They answer questions on the following topics: the changes in genealogical research in the digital age; the resources available at the Lafayette Public Library; conducting African American genealogical research; the best primary sources; DNA and genetic genealogy; researching Native American genealogy; and the importance of preserving family history records.