I sure hope you have found some time to watch NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” on Friday evenings at 7 PM Chicago time.
So far there have been 4 episodes broadcast for this new season of material.
If you have not been able to view them or save them on your VCR or DVR you can always check out episodes you have missed and stories about the show by visiting the NBC web site at http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/ .
I will say the episodes have been very good and have been especially filled with emotion. So far Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell and Kim Cattrall have been featured in the 4 episodes that have aired.
Each star has been seen as researching their ancestral roots by tracing from the “known” to the “unknown” a technique which is critical to successful research. Each discovery then builds a base upon which to work further back.
Many of the stars have been able to trace back on direct lineage on names that are not their own surnames.
Librarians and researchers have helped them in their quest for information and have passed the star over to another researcher as information is discovered and other facts are discovered needing further research.
I don’t want to give out any of the surprises that were discovered other than to say you may not have a “dry eye” in the house by the time you get to the end of the show.
It appears that there will be at least 5 more new episodes to follow over the next five weeks. These shows are very good. You will discover pieces of research resources and techniques that may apply to your own research efforts.
It is really heartwarming to see these “major” stars experience the same feeling and emotions that you and I have routinely experienced. Their reactions are very sincere, touching and honest as I perceive them. They have discovered good and bad about their ancestors just as we have.
If you have not experienced this show you should give it a try. I think you will be more informed after viewing a show and I also believe you will be even more motivated with your own personal research.
Enjoy the balance of the season of “Who Do You think You Are?”
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