The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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M ike Rowe, best known as the host of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs and CNN's Somebody's Gotta Do It, recently spent several days in Louisville, home of the SAR Headquarters and the SAR Library. "When Jessie [Hagan] learned I was going to be in town for a few days, he offered to trace my family roots back to the American Revolution and present me with the results before I left," Rowe said. "I was intrigued but too busy to reply. I also know how much work it takes to assemble that kind of detail and didn't want to casually accept such a generous offer. Well, Jessie decided to proceed anyway." If Rowe had known Hagan, who works as a staff genealogist, a little better, he might have realized that the long-time employee doesn't take "no" easily and might have made a worthy subject for Somebody's Gotta Do It, which highlights unique individuals and their respective passionate undertakings. "He compiled no less than 50 pages of marriage certificates, birth certificates and death certificates, along with census records, population schedules and all sorts of documents," Rowe said after Hagan met his plane at Bowman Field, a small, private airport on the city's east side. "I'd just spent the day shooting a new episode of Returning the Favor [in West Virginia] and he presented me with a veritable compendium of genealogical goodness." How Hagan came to meet Rowe at the tiny airport when he landed is where he proved his true detective skills. "I posted a short video from Mercer Field in West Virginia," Rowe continued. "Jessie noted the tail number of my plane, went to a website and accessed my flight plan. He then drove to the airport to present me with my family tree that goes back into the 1600s. Extraordinary. And fascinating." Hagan has been a staff genealogist for 27 years and has researched applications for everyone from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell to Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. As for 56-year-old Rowe, a Baltimore-born actor best known as a television host and narrator, Hagan traced his family to James Forbes, from Charles County, Maryland. A member of the Continental Congress, Forbes served from 1779 until his death in 1780. "Rowe's online post has been shared thousands of times, and one person asked if Rowe had any horse thieves in his family tree," Hagan said. "I responded that it was possibly worse—I'd found a politician." R enowned genealogist Mary Tedesco visited the SAR National Headquarters in Louisville on Aug. 15. She is a professional genealogist, speaker and author, and is a co-host/genealogist on the PBS television series Genealogy Roadshow. Tedesco also is the founder of Origins Italy, a genealogical research company specializing in Italian genealogy and heritage travel to Italy. In addition to her Italian ancestry on her father's side, she has deep American roots on her mother's side of the family. Tedesco is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the first vice regent of the Paul Revere Chapter NSDAR in Boston, Massachusetts and a member of the America 250! Membership Task Force. She serves as the senior state historian of the Massachusetts Society Children of the American Revolution. She was the featured speaker at Celebrate America Night at the 2016 NSDAR Continental Congress and thefeatured speaker at the Registrar General's Forum at the 2018 NSDAR Continental Congress. Tedesco was named the Paul Revere Chapter's Outstanding Junior in fall 2017. She holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University's Center for Professional Education and a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Boston University. She also is a councilor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Mary and her mother, Sally Tedesco, were in Louisville to attend the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution Summer Workshop, at which Mary was a keynote speaker. Her presentations included "Seeking Patriots; Research Strategies for DAR Applications & Supplementals" and "Minorities & Women in the American Revolution." KSDAR State Regent Leslie Miller arranged for the Tedescos to visit the NSSAR during their stay. Tedesco received a tour of SAR, beginning in the library by Library Director Joe Hardesty. Education Assistant Director/Archivist Rae Ann Sauer shared the early SAR applications of President Theodore Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as well as other artifacts in the SAR collections. Mary Tedesco can be contacted at www.originsitaly.com . TV Personalities Visit SAR Mike Rowe SUMMER 2018 23 From left, Jessie Hagan, Bev Hicklin, Executive Director Don Shaw, Leslie Miller, Brendan Potter, Denise Hall, Susan Julien, Mary Tedesco, Sally Tedesco, Patty Riemann and Pam Kalbfleisch.

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