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Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 8:11 PM


Anybody else watching this show? It's celebrity geneology, very well done, I think. Last week they did Emmitt Smith, a fascinating detective trip through his ancestry, to find his great-grands of both races and follow his great grandmother's roots all the way back to Africa. We loved it!

This week. Lisa Kudrow tracks her ancestors into the confusion of the Holocaust. Incredible.

On right now in this time zone.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 8:14 PM

I love it. Have watched every episode.

Also, check out "Faces of America" which was a series on PBS hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

There are four episodes that you can watch online. They look at 12 well-known people, but unlike "Who Do You Think You Are," they are mixed in each of the episodes. The third episode was my favorite, with Yo Yo Ma's ancestry. And the fourth episode on DNA testing was fascinating.

If you watch either of these two shows, I'll bet it will get you interesting in tracing you own family's history.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 8:16 PM

I was thinking about it this very afternoon, now that you mention it.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 8:21 PM

They put in a few plugs for, which I have never tried...

Also, because of a program on Oprah on these shows, they have a DNA Ancestry Test that you can try for $199 (half price) through March 31. The link tells what this includes. This will do a breakdown of what percent you are of various ethnic groups, and in Emmitt Smith's case, they were able to trace his ancestry to a specific country in Africa. (I think you send in a mouth swab sample.)

Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 9:27 PM

Couldn't find the WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (not angry just c&p) What network airs this?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 9:40 PM

I live in the Central time zone, and it was on at 7 p.m. on NBC.

Here's information on the NBC website.

I believe you can watch full episodes there and also on Hulu.

Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 9:50 PM

Thanks so much. Also in Central Time Zone so maybe next time.

Lynnm  (Level: 226.5 - Posts: 1952)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 10:10 PM

I missed the first one but was thoroughly engrossed in Emmitt Smith's and Lisa Kudrow's stories. It's wonderful that those families' stories aren't forgotten, and the show emphasizes the importance of sharing memories with other generations.

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 19th Mar '10 10:27 PM

Enjoying the shows, which show fairly the downsides of genealogy searches as well as the upsides. is a great resource by the way...terrific but a bit pricey IMHO.

Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 20th Mar '10 6:46 AM

Yep, we've had this prog for a year or three in the UK - not sure whether it came from us or the US!
Great stuff, although necessarily fairly shallow in the time given and (in the UK at least) there tends to be an over-emphasis on any weepy bits they can dig out!
But family history is a major pastime/hobby/industry anyway in the UK - not so in the US?
But it can be dangerous to delve too far ...............
VERY loosely, there's a chance that my 1200s Norman ancestors held a castle in Wales while my Welsh family cowered in their 'mud huts' outside the walls! Still a standing joke whenever we all gather. The Welsh family still comes from the same town and I often revisit 'my' castle!

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sat, 20th Mar '10 11:59 AM

I know for a fact that I am related to some fellah who went marching through Georgia

Msastra  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 17)
Sat, 20th Mar '10 10:37 PM

I loved Faces of America. Thank you, Pepperdoc, for the limk. I had missed the last episode.

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