“Who Do You Think You Are” Genealogy Program Returns to NBC on January 21, 2011

Hi Everyone!

On November 15, 2010 Dick Eastman had a post on his blog that indicated the popular genealogy TV series “Who Do You Think You Are” will return to the air for new episodes on NBC on January 21, 2011 at 7 PM (Central time) and at 8 PM (Eastern time).

The show originally premiered in the spring of 2010 during which 7 episodes aired highlighting the genealogical research that was shown for 7 popular entertainment stars.

The show is now coming back for another run and hopefully for even more episodes.

I tried to search the NBC website to see if the network provided any schedule of who will be appearing in 2011 when the show returns.  So far, I could not find any scheduling information for the new series other than NBC posting a one liner for the show home page on NBC that it will be returning on January 21, 2011.

I found the show to be extremely entertaining and even somewhat emotional because we were hearing from Hollywood stars the same emotions expressed that we as everyday researchers also express when we make some discoveries on our ancestors.

If only someone could hand over to us the same research successes that you see on the show!!  Research is hard, tedious and laborious.  I only wish I could walk into an archive or depository and have someone show me all I need to know from original ledgers on my own ancestors!!

The show is still entertaining and informative but the actual research is not as easy as it is shown unless you are obviously a Hollywood superstar and someone else has done the brunt of the work!

I guess it does look good when a Susan Sarandon sits in front of a microfilm reader and cranks the film like you or I would do.  You really wonder how much work they really do in real life or are they just there for that 30 second view of them doing some research?? 

But after all it is TV entertainment first and foremost.

Now is the time to revisit the NBC website for the show at www.nbc.com  and become familiar with all that is there.  When you arrive at the NBC site click on the link for “Shows” and then select the show name for “Who Do You Think You Are” to get to all of the details and past episodes of the show itself.  Visit the site and even take some time to review online the 7 past episodes from early 2010.  If you did not see any of the episodes now would be the time to familiarize yourself with what the program has to offer in anticipation of the new upcoming season at the NBC website.

Mark your calendars for January 21, 2011 (Friday) at 7 PM in our time zone for the premier of this year’s episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are”.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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