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Episode 200 America’s First Mug Shots Can Now Be Seen / How Court Records Can Answer Old Questions


Extreme Genes’ host Scott Fisher reveals the mystery of the “barber pole”. Why is it red, white, and blue? It’s far from what you think!  Fisher also visits with Shayne Davidson. Not long ago, her research led to her what is called St. Louis’ “Rogues Gallery,” a group of 1850s and 1860s era photos, that we would today call “mug shots.” It’s the earliest surviving known collection. Fisher visits with genealogist Lisa Lisson about court records, and the fascinating story about what they taught her about her ancestor. The details were juicy, and she shares how you can use these records to answer questions you may have had about an ancestor for a very long time.

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