Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

County Archivist Helps Find Movie Family's Ties to Morris County

Where do you think the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” gets the information that is presented about the family trees of celebrities they profile?

For one, the Morris County Heritage Commission (MCHC) and its Archivist and Acting Director Peg Schultz. If you tune in to TLC on Sunday night (April 5), you’ll see the end result of her recent efforts.

Shultz supplied information to help the show’s producers unravel some of the ancestry of television and movie star Tony Goldwyn, a star of the ABC drama “Scandal,’’ son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and grandson of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

Schultz helped show producers research the Coe family, who were Morris County ancestors to the Goldwyns – and who later moved to Oregon before the famed movie family eventually settled in California. She helped the show’s researchers find key court records and general family history.

The information Shultz provided to the show’s producers and the program with the Morris County connection will run this Sunday night on TLC at 10 pm (EST). Watch the show to see, Tony Goldwyn, trace his family tree and its ties to Morris County.

The county archive is the official institutional depository for records created by Morris County. It is maintained by the MCHC, and follow state-mandated standards.

The MCHC also publishes a periodic newsletter; researches and oversees repairs of the county historic site markers, creates and coordinates public programs, creates and researches online exhibits, publishes books and pamphlets about county history, and manages the MCHC website.

For more information about the commission, please visit: http://www.morriscountynj.gov/mchc/

For more about Tony Goldwyn, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001282/