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The Genealogy Detective

Sep 12, 2023

We bring our investigation to a close, tracing Moby's tree back to Scotland and talk through all of Herman Melville's own family's ancestral hopes. 

  • Gregor Ehrlich

  • Background on Herman Melville’s genealogy and Thomas and Allan Melvill’s attempt to prove their relation to General Robert Melvill comes several...

Sep 11, 2023

Our research into Moby's ancestry begins in earnest and leads to a Melville ancestor.  


Sep 11, 2023

My friend Adam brings a question to me: is Moby (aka Richard Melville Hall) really related to Moby-Dick author Herman Melville.


Nov 15, 2020

Hannah's grandfather always said their family was related to Boris Pasternak. The Genealogy Detective digs for proof, and teaches herself the Cyrillic alphabet. 


The Genealogy Detective is written, researched, produced, edited, mixed, and hosted by Mary Duffy.

Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

Special thanks to the...

Oct 30, 2020

Mariel never knew her grandmother Ilona, a Holocaust survivor, or about Ilona's parents, siblings, and extended family. But she's in a place in her life where questions about her family and their history have begun to take on new importance. In this episode we find some answers. 


The Genealogy Detective is...