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Tom Jones to be DNA Tested for Possible Black Ancestry

Tom Jones has decided it’s time to get DNA tested for possible black ancestry. The following teaser is from the November 2, 2015 edition of the CBS News website. At 75 years old, Tom Jones wants to do something quite unusual. The singer wants to get a DNA test to find out if he has […]

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TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? to Feature Bryan Cranston & Tom Bergeron – Aug. 23 & 30, 2015

Bryan Cranston and Tom Bergeron discover absent fathers and a king’s daughter! There are just two shows left this season — and these final episodes include some truly fascinating celebrity family stories. Bryan Cranston follows clues to a paternal line full of revelations. And Tom Bergeron travels from France to Canada to find a filles […]

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Who Do You Think You Are? to Reprise Highlights from Past Seasons & Unveil Outtakes From the Vault!

The Learning Channel will air a special episode of the series Who Do You Think You Are? entitled ‘Into The Archives’ this Sunday. The special digs into its archives, featuring highlights throughout the past seasons, including triumphs and tragedies, delightful discoveries and sobering moments. This special episode also unveils outtakes and never-before-seen footage from the […]

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Alfre Woodard to Be Featured on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday, August 9, 2015

TLC was kind enough to supply me with a screener for the upcoming show again this week. Alfre Woodard will be the featured celebrity on TLC’s Who Do You think You Are? this Sunday, August 9, 2015. The episode is scheduled for 8pm/9c. Actress Alfre Woodard’s grandfather died before she knew him, and his family […]

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“Finding Your Roots” Series Remains in a Timeout

It was earlier rumored that Finding Your Roots was returning to finish Season Three. Now it seems that may have been premature. Following is an excerpt from the August 3, 2015 BEVERLY HILLS — Stung by Ben Affleck whitewashing his family history, PBS says its popular “Finding Your Roots” series remains in a timeout. […]

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JK Rowling Featured on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This Sunday, August 2, 2015.

I again had the opportunity to watch a screener for the upcoming Who Do You Think You Are? episode this last week. This one features J.K. Rowling as she sets off on a journey in France to trace her mother’s roots. She discovered that a family war story might not be what she thought when […]

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Who Do You Think You Are? To Feature Ginnifer Goodwin This Sunday

The Learning Channel’s Who Do You Think You Are? Premieres this Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (from ABC’s Once Upon a Time) is this week’s celebrity. I was allowed to view a “screener” of the episode. I found it to be a bit of a tearjerker, and fascinating. Be sure and tune […]

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TLC Announces Summer Season Celebrities for “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I happen to love TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” They have now announced who the celebs will be for the Summer Season 2015. I will be writing a lot more about this as time goes on. The following was received from The Learning Channel: Series returns Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c The two-time […]

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PBS Pulls “Finding Your Roots” After Ben Affleck Debacle

PBS has pulled “Finding Your Roots.” I’m guessing they didn’t like all the lousy publicity that they received over the seeming “cover-up” of Ben Affleck’s ancestry. So Season Three is ending before it gets started. That’s too bad, for over all, it was a good program. The following teaser is from an article written by […]

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The BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Announces Season 12 Celebrities

The following news release is from the BBC Media Center website. Who Do You Think You Are? from Wall To Wall (a Warner Bros Television Production UK Ltd company) is back with another glittering line-up of much-loved faces delving in to their family trees. Stars from the world of film and TV, theatre, music, cookery, […]

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Going to Germany to Discover His Heritage

The following teaser is from the June 11, 2015 edition of USA Today. CONCORD, N.C. — On Monday, after competing in this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will embark on a treasure hunt. Earnhardt will fly to Germany in hopes of tracing his family’s lineage, which dates to more than three […]

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William Butler Yeats Family-Related Archival Items Online for 150th Birthday Celebration

The poet, William Butler Yeats, was born on June 13, 1865. That was 150 years ago. Now we find that Church of Ireland Archive has made many items documenting Yeats life and death available online. Click on this link to see the Yeats 150: Church of Ireland archives record key events of the poet’s life […]

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So James Bond Isn’t from Britain After All?

The following teaser is from an article posted April 30, 2015 at the Daily Mail website. It’s the kind of genealogical puzzle that James Bond himself would have been satisfied to solve. Researchers have discovered that 007 star Daniel Craig has a rather more exotic heritage than the fictional Englishman he plays on screen. Records […]

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Ben Affleck’s ancestor may not have owned slaves at all…

I and many others wrote last week about Ben Affleck and his ancestor’s slaves. Now comes an article posted on The Daily Beast website that points out that Affleck’s ancestor may not have owned slaves at all. Following is a teaser. But new research conducted by The Daily Beast and Georgia genealogist Barbara Stock suggests […]

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TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? to Feature Melissa Etheridge This Sunday

This Sunday, Who Do You Think You Are? will feature Melissa Etheridge – as she goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. Ms. Etheridge is an American rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter. In this season finale episode, Melissa finds French Canadian ancestors who were shaken by a scandalous lawsuit, a turbulent relationship entangled […]

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