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Flushing Township woman to be featured on new PBS series

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(09/13/13) - A new PBS series that launches next week connects families to some of history's most fascinating people.

A Flushing Township woman will be featured in one of the episodes.

Flushing Township resident Michile Stoutenberg has spent decades researching her family heritage.

She has come across a lot of interesting information, but was never able to answer a burning question passed down from generation to generation in her family - were they related to Abraham Lincoln?

The question popped up years ago, based on the belief that Stoutenberg's grandmother owned a plate used in Lincoln's inaugural dinner.

"When I would go to wash it, she would say be careful with that plate, it sat on Abraham Lincoln's table. Well, when I was a child, that didn't mean anything to me, but as I got older and became more interested in the family tree, I wondered how on earth would we have gotten that plate," Stoutenberg said.

Despite all her research, Stoutenberg couldn't make the connection herself.

Then, a few weeks ago, she got her answer thanks to a new PBS series called "Genealogy Roadshow".

"You could send them information if you had a mystery in your family, something you didn't know about or thought you were related to someone important and you could be on the show," Stoutenberg said.

The network came to Stoutenberg's home, and picked up on the research she had done.

The taping of the reveal was held last month, putting the family's longtime question to rest.

"The findings were very important and I'm sure if you watch on the show on the 30th, you will find out those findings," Stoutenberg said.

The first show of the series airs this Monday. The episode featuring Stoutenberg airs a week later, on Sept. 30.

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