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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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Ben Affleck Apologizes for Attempting to Conceal Slave-Owning Ancestry

A few days ago, Ben Affleck apologized for the attempt to conceal slave-owning ancestry, which turned up during research for the PBS documentary “Finding Your Roots.” Wikileaks published emails which showed the attempt – which seemed to have worked… for a while. I find it humorous to see that Affleck was embarrassed by the facts. […]

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Who Do You Think You Are? to Feature Bill Paxton Sunday, April 19 on TLC

This week’s Who Do You Think You Are? features Bill Paxton – maybe best known for his lead role in the movie “Twister.” Bill always wondered if he was related to Texan hero, Sam Houston (who he just happens to be playing in a movie out next year). After Bill sees that indeed he and […]

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Megan Smolenyak Uproots 1/4 of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Online Family Tree

The following teaser is from an article posted by my friend, Megan Smolenyak, at the Huffington Post website. With a little digging, she proved that 1/4 of Hillary Clinton’s posted online family trees are wrong… Again, showing that just because it’s on the Internet does not make it true. Very good, Megan! When Irish America […]

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America Ferrera To be Featured in this Week’s “Who Do You Think You?”

The upcoming Who Do You Think You Are? will feature America Ferrera. She’s best known for her award-winning role as Betty Suaraz in the ABC Comedy, Ugly Betty (2006-2010). Ms. Ferrera actually heads to Honduras in this episode. She’s looking for a connection to her father, whom she barely knew. What’s really fascinating is that […]

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TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” to Feature Sean Hayes Sunday, March 29, 2015

I got to see a preview of the upcoming March 29, 2015 episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This one features Sean Hayes – who is most likely best known for his role as Jack McFarland in the long-running NBC sitcom, Will and Grace. He won an Emmy Award for that gig. […]

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