Genealogy and Reality TV
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I'm very envious of your relationship to Jane Horrocks, albeit distant. She is one of our (Britain's) best actresses, a really talented woman who can do the whole lot - a great dramatic actress, fantastic at comedy, brilliant singer, the list goes on!
I'm a big fan of WDYTYA. It makes family history look a bit on the easy side, but it does offer up some new ideas and a bit of inspiration when you hit that brick wall and need enthusing!
As you say WDYTYA makes family history look easy and many newcomers will be encouraged. But the BBC funded by the hard-earned money of taxpayers has a bottomless pocket to send its researchers into every corner of the UK and, in many episodes, overseas as well. Again as you suggest we can all benefit from a new slant. Best of luck in your own researches.
"NBC's genealogy-reality TV series "Who Do You Think You Are?" will now premiere this fall, according to Genealogy Gems blogger and podcast host Lisa Louise Cooke.
Reports about the show surfaced last year (we covered it in the September 2008 Family Tree Magazine). Genealogists were thrilled when it was finally scheduled to begin in April, but the premiere was postponed. Let's hope this new date sticks.
The US version of "Who Do You Think You Are?", hosted by Lisa Kudrow of "Friends" fame, is based on Britain's successful show of the same name, which traces celebrities' family trees.
NBC's Web site for the show also says the network has partnered with Ancestry.com to produce a microsite where users can start their own family trees and learn more about the featured celebrities' trees."