I've had almost no time for TV of late, so I found myself slightly confused when my article on the first Hatfields & McCoys Reunion Festival from June, 2000 began generating a lot of interest. It's been over twelve years since I interviewed the families for that article--the famous feuding Hatfields and McCoys will now be celebrating their 13th annual festival next week (June 8-10, 2012).
Turns out the History Channel's hit miniseries "Hatfields and McCoys," with Kevin Costner playing the part of Devil Anse Hatfield, is reviving interest in the old feud. Tourists are inundating the Pike County, West Virginia, tourism office with questions about the old feuding families, and local sites of interest related to the feud. I'm happy that most of the questions I've received so far actually relate to the Hatfield and McCoy genealogy--people wanting to know if they are related I guess. But anything that generates an interest in family history is okay in my book. We may not all have family stories quite as titillating as these two famous families, but anyone who digs deep enough into their own roots is pretty much guaranteed to find a few neat stories of their own.