Be sure to set aside all of your Friday evenings for the next several weeks at 7:00 CST to watch “Who Do You Think You Are” on NBC. This seasons celebrities will be:
- Vanessa Williams (on Feb. 4)
- Tim McGraw (on Feb. 11)
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Ashley Judd
- Kim Cattrall
- Rosie O’Donnell
- Lionel Ritchie
- Steve Buscemi
The new season, a sweepstakes, a trivia game, a link to sponsor Ancestry.com, and more are featured at www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/ on the NBC Website.
While these programs make family history research look much simpler than it is (the genealogists who do the behind-the-scenes work rarely are shown), it would be hard to do so in such a short program. Instead they focus on the successes, showing the viewer the most remarkable finds, along with the hoped-for look of surprise and pride on the faces of the celebrities. Rarely do genealogists have a way to connect what we find in documents to historical resources in a multimedia format. It’s all inspiring and great fun.
By the way, you can watch last year’s episodes from this site, until 2/5/11. The six stories from last year were those of Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee.
Remember that if you want to start finding out who you are, library cardholders can use Ancestry Library Edition (not the same as Ancestry.com, but similar) at any branch of the Tulsa City-County Library.