Monday, November 18, 2013

Kicking Up the Past ~ News Release

Ken J. Marks sent me the following news release -


Last week to pledge support for documentary that portrays genealogy as art, science & hard-work.

Ambitious project must return pledges if funding goal is not met.

Speaking Saturday before a well-attended meeting of CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) Kicking Up the Past project producer Ken J. Marks said, “this is the only documentary you will find on television that portrays the hard-work, art and science of researching your family tree… no celebrities… no button-pushing short cuts”.

Just 7 days remain to the novel project conceived by Chicago-area teacher & genealogist, Madonna Davis to utilize crowd funding to fund a television documentary project called Kicking Up the Past. The effort relies strictly on the strength of the public to make pledges to support the expense of producing a made-for-television documentary preserving family histories. Co-producer Madonna notes, “If just one half of 1% of everyone who pursues genealogy in the U.S. pledges just a few dollars, it would fund a full season of great television that the whole genealogy community could fully endorse.”

The deadline for pledging is this Sunday, November 24th. Simply go to and type “genealogy” in the search bar to find the Kicking Up the Past project.The project rewards may also be viewed at

Kickstarter is a funding home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of the public. Since its launch in 2009, 5 million people have pledged $822 million, funding 49,000 creative projects.

For additional information go to or contact: Ken J. Marks 312 505-6193 EM:


Madonna Davis, Chicago-area teacher & genealogist


** End of News Release **

Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, wrote a blog post about this project in October. If you'd like to read his post, here's the link ~ Newly Proposed Genealogy Television Documentary with a Unique Funding Arrangement

Here's a short video about Kicking Up the Past:

Thanks for reading!


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