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NinjaPoodle 03-15-2010 04:19 AM

Who Do You Think You Are?
 
Have you seen this show? I've watched the Emmitt SMith & Sarah Jessica Parker episodes. I like this.

http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Emotional, interesting and just fascinating.

Any thoughts?

Shellfish 03-15-2010 12:54 PM

I've been watching both this series and the recent Henry Louis Gates one on PBS, Faces of America, which also features celebrities' genealogies. The first thing I have to say is, I am so jealous! I wish both would accept audience entries and then choose among them for some regular folks' stories. They really have made some interesting discoveries with the people they've already shown, and I know from doing a little bit of genealogical research that it can change your outlook--in my case, it was sort of like SJP's in that I always felt very ethnic as the great-grandchild of immigrants, but then the other side turned out to have been here for centuries.

tld221 03-15-2010 01:16 PM

I caught the Emmitt Smitt episode Friday night too - love this show! The genealogy experts astound me in what theyre able to pull up!

Dont know if ill catch it every Friday - luckily it was pouring out.


ETA: loving the corresponding banner ad.

honeychile 03-15-2010 03:14 PM

For as much as I'm into genealogy, I'm ashamed that I haven't seen the show yet. FWIW, I just finished watching the Emmet Smith episode right now. How moving!

I heard about this show a while ago - it was supposed to be a special, but its popularity demanded that more episodes be filmed. Like shellfish, I wish that they'd pick some non-celebrities, though. (me! me! me!)

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is a very interesting woman. Smolenyak is her maiden name, and she married a man named Smolenyak. They went back to Hungary, and DNA'd an entire village to find out that, while her lineage and his lineage both went back to the same village, they were still not related by blood!

LeslieAGD 03-21-2010 08:07 PM

Loving it! I find geneology facinating, and agree with Shellfish that I wish they'd do a couple of viewer episodes, too.

NinjaPoodle 03-21-2010 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by LeslieAGD (Post 1909329)
Loving it! I find geneology facinating, and agree with Shellfish that I wish they'd do a couple of viewer episodes, too.

I do too.

honeychile 03-23-2010 12:56 AM

Last Friday was Lisa Kudrow, going back to Russia and Poland to trace a cousin of her father's, who told him that his grandmother was killed in one of the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units).

I wish they'd just open a phone book and pick someone randomly - or even have a contest on www.ancestory.com or such! That would be terribly interesting - we can't all have "exciting" ancestors!

NinjaPoodle 01-30-2012 08:50 PM

YEAAAAAH!!
http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-...1522?auto=true
Season 3 starts Friday Feb. 3!

Tulip86 01-30-2012 09:19 PM

Love this show!

My father has been exploring our ancestry for a while now, he traced it all the way back to the 16th century. Nothing too exciting though, everyone even seems to be from the same country, up until the 1820's even from the same region. And teaching might just be my destiny if teaching is in the blood, since a ton om my ancestors were teachers!

NinjaPoodle 01-30-2012 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Tulip86 (Post 2122214)
Love this show!

My father has been exploring our ancestry for a while now, he traced it all the way back to the 16th century. Nothing too exciting though, everyone even seems to be from the same country, up until the 1820's even from the same region. And teaching might just be my destiny if teaching is in the blood, since a ton om my ancestors were teachers!

You're lucky you can trace that far back. I'd be excited to get anywhere past the late 1800's.

Tulip86 01-31-2012 07:12 AM

That's absolutely true!

PeppyGPhiB 01-31-2012 03:27 PM

See, I like that this show features famous people. It's a reminder that they're just normal people, like everyone else. I'm not opposed to an episode or two for the non-famous, but for me it wouldn't be as interesting I guess...prob. because I will likely never see/hear of that person again.

Ancestry is really interesting, but a lot of hard work. My mom has been doing it for years. Recently a cousin of ours just shared research she's been doing for decades, and she was able to trace that side of our family back to Charlemagne.

NinjaPoodle 02-01-2012 09:08 PM

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Originally Posted by PeppyGPhiB (Post 2122439)
See, I like that this show features famous people. It's a reminder that they're just normal people, like everyone else. I'm not opposed to an episode or two for the non-famous, but for me it wouldn't be as interesting I guess...prob. because I will likely never see/hear of that person again.

I've though about this also. Maybe to get interest, it could be a person of local status like a mayor, or something of the sort.

AnchorAlum 02-01-2012 10:45 PM

I love this show. Professor Gates is a favorite of mine. What a dear he is.

honeychile 02-02-2012 02:24 PM

Obviously, I enjoy this show, too. But I did send an email to the producers, suggesting that at least ONE average person a season. I know that, in the many years I've been working on my genealogy, there have been very few times that anything was just handed to me. One was when I left the information I needed at the Pratt library in Baltimore, and three years later, I received an answer with great information! Another came from Richmond, which had been obviously passed around until the right person could help me. Gotta love the dedicated genies!


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