It seems that genealogy is appearing everywhere in pop culture these days.... Did anyone else see the CSI episode (Genetic Disorder) this past week featuring genealogy? As always on that show, a somewhat convoluted storyline opened with a dead genealogist Doc Robbin’s bed.
It turned out another case the genealogist was working on had uncovered some unpleasant pasts. To solve the case Greg, one of the younger CSI investigators involves the partner of the dead genealogist in a search through her partner's case records and eventually to the source of the mystery. In the process we get introduced to a dedicated and able genealogist who quickly gets to the bottom of the mystery by doing what trained genealogists do best; establishing a line of descent that leads to the killer. As a by product, she also ends up getting the young Greg hooked on his own genealogy.
You can see a brief discussion of how the episode was developed by way of a blog posting by the writer at: http://www.cbs.com/shows/csi/insider_blog/79271/
Can anyone remember another instance where a genealogist was featured in the plot of a popular TV series?