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An Anchor/Reporter’s Exciting Discoveries in Family History

Rob Cardwell is a news anchor/reporter for WTVR – CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia. He didn’t know much of anything about his family tree, and even less about Richmond history when he moved there from Panama Beach, Florida nearly 15 years ago. However, with some digging (pun intended), Chesterfield County Public Library,, and other resources, […]

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PBS Genealogy Roadshow Season 2 Premieres January 13

The following news release is from Nisa Kiang at ARLINGTON, VA; DECEMBER 9, 2014 – From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs every Tuesday through February […]

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The “Genealogy Roadshow” Comes to Philadelphia October 25 & 26

The following excerpt is from an article by Kristie Rearick, posted in the October 14 edition of On Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, PBS and WHYY bring the TV series “Genealogy Roadshow,” to Philadelphia. Anyone can attend this free event and watch as preselected area residents have family mysteries revealed on camera […]

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“Roots: Our Journeys Home” Debuts Sunday, October 12 on CNN With 2 hour Primetime Showing

Finding celebrity roots has become a big deal on television. Now CNN show hosts have gotten into the act with a “Roots, Our Journeys Home” series which begins Sunday, October 12 at 9 pm Eastern. Following is the schedule. Click on the link for more detail. “ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, […]

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Who Do You Think You Are? Off To A Good Start For the Season

Last evening I kicked back and watched Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC for three hours running. The evening’s “new” hour-long show was an episode dealing with Jess Tyler Ferguson’s family history. The show dealt with a great-grandfather by the name of Jessie Wheat Uppercue. The man had what we might call a […]

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Researchers From Help Explore the Oregon Trail, Klondike Gold Rush, & More on New Season of TLC Series “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The following is from globenewswire: PROVO, Utah, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – In the new season of TLC’s Emmy-nominated series “Who Do You Think You Are?” researchers mined thousands of historical documents to help producers make new family history discoveries for an all-star line up of celebrities. The new season premieres tonight and […]

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Nas Discovers His Ancestry Via Gates’s “Finding Your Roots:

Hip Hop star, Nasir Jones, found out about his ancestry recently as part of the 10-part season 2 of Finding Your Roots. The following excerpt is from an article posted July 24, 2014 at Throughout his career Nas has used his music to explore and present historical information he felt was relevant to his […]

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Last Week to Pledge Support for Documentary That Portrays Genealogy as Art, Science & Hard-Work.

The following is from Ken Marks: Ambitious project must return pledges if funding goal is not met. Speaking Saturday before a well-attended meeting of CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) Kicking Up the Past project producer Ken J. Marks said, “this is the only documentary you will find on television that portrays […]

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Kicking Up the Past Fundraiser Starts Today

Chicago-area teacher and genealogist announces a project to “crowd-fund” a television documentary based on submitted family history stories. Genealogist Madonna Davis announced that she has received approval of her creative project to “crowd-fund” a television documentary based on submitted family history stories from The fund-raising project launched today, Thursday, October 10th and will run […]

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Genealogy Roadshow Playlists

The Genealogy Roadshow will be showing on Monday evenings on PBS. The episodes were filmed in a number of cities, Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco, and Austin. Every great story needs a soundtrack. What’s yours? As PBS prepares to hit the road in the new series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, premiering Monday, September 23rd, we thought this cross-country […]

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Queen Latifah Agrees to be on Who Do You Think You Are?

The following excerpt is from the September 23, 2013 edition of QUEEN LATIFAH has agreed to research her family tree for genealogy show WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? after producer LISA KUDROW revealed the singer/actress previously turned down the chance to appear on the series. Kudrow was a guest on Latifah’s new TV […]

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Genealogy Roadshow to Debut on PBS Monday, Sept. 23

Most of us have been watching TLC’s Who Do You think You Are? Celebrity’s are visiting archives, flitting about the world from one city to another, and finding all kinds of neat things about their ancestry – all brought to us in one hour. Of course, there very well may have been 1000 hours of […]

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Background on the Trisha Yearwood Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I’ve been a Trisha Yearwood fan since I saw her at FanFair in Nashville in 1991. Her big hit, which launched her career was “She’s in Love With the Boy.” It had a catchy tune to it that made it one of those songs, that once heard, made it one that stayed in your mind, […]

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More on the “Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode Featuring Chris O’Donnell

This last week I posted a blog about the “Who Do You Think You Are?” episode featuring Chris O’Donnell. In the episode, Chris O’Donnell read some excerpts from the written reminiscence of his great-great grandfather Michael McEnnis. The Missouri Historical Museum posted the full reminiscence on their website. Click here to read the original document! […]

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Chris O’Donnell of “NCIS: Los Angeles Featured in Tuesday’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The following is from the website. If you’ve seen the Gateway Arch in the opening titles of this season’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” (8 p.m. Tuesdays on TLC), maybe you wondered which celebrity would be investigating his or her family history here. Turns out, it’s Chris O’Donnell of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” who […]

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