Christine Stibbe wrote a good step-by-step walk through the Rosie O’Donnell episode of NBC’s “Who Do You think You Are?” Following is a teaser.
Friday night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? followed Rosie O’Donnell on her genealogical journey to discover her Irish roots. In the beginning of the episode, we learn that her mother passed away when she was a child which resulted in a lack of family knowledge and a disconnected relationship with her siblings. This inspired O’Donnell’s journey to learn more about the ancestors on her maternal side.
Rosie O’Donnell began her venture by meeting with her brother, Ed, who is the only sibling she remains in contact with. They discussed their childhood experience growing up in an Irish-Catholic home and looked through old family photographs, hoping to find some clues to their past. The two came across a photo of a woman that hung in their childhood playroom. They did not know the identity of this woman but thought it may be their grandfather, Daniel Murtha’s, step-mother.
Rosie O’Donnell realized the mysterious woman’s photograph was her first clue, so she set out to uncover her true identity. With her grandfather’s address and birth date on hand, O’Donnell browsed Census Records to find any information she could about him. In the process, she learned that her grandfather was born in Canada and that her great-grandfather was Daniel Murtha.
Read the full article at the January 21, 2011 edition of The Celebrity Cafe. I recommend that you turn your sound down, as it’s irritating, but the article itself is interesting.
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